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KVMX (96.5 FM, "96-5 Max FM") is a commercial radio station that broadcasts a classic hits music format and is owned by Lotus Communications Corporation. The station is licensed to serve the community of Bakersfield, Californiamarker.


KIFM (1966-1969):96.5 FM Bakersfield signed on-the-air on August 24, 1963, as KIFM. From 1966 to 1969 the KIFM format was Top 40 Rock & Roll. The call letters KIFM now belong to a radio station in San Diegomarker.

KHIS/KHIS-FM (1975-1996):In September 1975, the call letters were changed to KHIS-FM. 96.5 FM was bought by The Church of the Foursquare Gospel which also operated KHIS (800 AM) in Bakersfield. Format was Religious/Contemporary Christian music on KHIS-FM. KHIS-FM signed on the air on November 17, 1980, airing as a contemporary Christian radio station until December 27, 1996.

KSMJ (1996-1998):On December 27, 1996, the call letters KHIS-FM were changed to KSMJ. KSMJmarker aired a smooth jazz music format branded as Smooth Jazz 96-5 KSMJ.

KKXX (1998-2004):On July 2, 1998, KSMJ moved up the dial to 98.5 FM and radio station KKXX-FM moved from 105.3 FM to 96.5 FM alternating between a rhythmic top 40 and Top 40 music format until September 3, 2004. The station was branded as X96.5 and at the time was owned by Mondosphere Broadcasting. On August 16, 2000, Mondosphere Broadcasting was sold to Clear Channel Communications. Clear Channel relabeled KKXX-FMmarker from X96.5 to 96.5 KISS-FM and also stated that no changes were expected at that time.

KBKO (2004-2008): September 3, 2004, the format was changed to country with the call sign changing to KBKO-FM. The station was branded as Big 96-5. Later, it was rebranded as 96-5 KBKO. On February 15, 2008, the KBKO-FM call letters and the country music format were briefly moved to 98.5marker FM in a frequency swap with KDFOmarker, a classic rock station which then became 96-5 The Fox. On Friday, June 20, 2008, the two stations were moved back to their previous frequencies after a four month, swap.
KVMX (present):On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, KBKO-FM was sold to Lotus Communications and the station began stunting before revealing the new format. At noon on August 5, 2008, the station announced a new classic hits format branded as 96-5 Max FM. The new format was led off with "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones. On August 13, 2008, the KBKO-FM call sign was changed to KVMX.


The weekday programming on this station includes program director Gregg Stepp on mornings. Max Music is on mid-mornings, and Lorrin is on during the afternoons. Max Music is on evenings and overnights. KVMX also airs the classic Casey Kasem's American Top 40: The 70s, which is on Sunday mornings with host Casey Kasem plus Max Music weekends.


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