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|Broadcast area||Minneapolis-St. Paul|
|Branding||KFXN AM 690|
|Slogan||Hmong Radio News, Talk, and Entertainment|
|Frequency||690 AM (kHz)|
|First air date||April 5, 1962|
|Format||Commercial; World Ethnic, Hmong language|
|Power||500 watts (day)|
4 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||derived from former sister station KFAN|
|Former callsigns||KTCR (1962–1984)|
|Owner||Kongsue and Xeng Xiong |
(Asian American Broadcasting, LLC)
KFXN (690 AM; "Hmong Radio AM 690") is a radio station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving the Twin Cities area. The station is owned by Kongsue & Xeng Xiong, through licensee Asian American Broadcasting, LLC.
On July 21, 2010, former owner Clear Channel Communications announced it would donate the station through the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC)-Clear Channel Ownership Diversity Initiative. In September 2011, the station switched to an ethnic-based format catering to the local Hmong-American community.
KFXN is essentially a daytime-only station, broadcasting at 500 watts, though it does have a four watt signal during nighttime hours with very limited reach. This is likely to protect CKGM in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The transmitter and three-tower antenna array are located in New Hope on Winnetka Avenue north of 36th Avenue. This has been the only transmitter location for the station since it signed on the air on April 5, 1962. In August 2009, KHTC (96.3 FM) relocated its transmission facilities from Watertown to the KFXN site.
In 1983, both stations were sold to John and Kathleen Parker, who gave the stations a makeover. The FM was changed to an adult album alternative/new-age music format as KTCZ-FM, and KTCR became jazz as KTCJ to complement 'Cities 97'. The AM's jazz format lasted several years and the station was among the early market adopters of AM stereo, but eventually ceded to a simulcast with KTCZ-FM. On April 17, 1997, KTCJ, the sole remaining AM simulcasting an FM in the market, switched to classic country music. The call letters were changed to KXBR ("The Bear") that December.
In December 1998, KXBR dropped country and became KFXN, a counterpart to sports-formatted sister KFAN 1130. The station was branded as "Score 690" airing a complementary sports talk format, which consisted mostly of syndicated shows from Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio, as well as Jim Rome's nationally syndicated program, and repeats of KFAN's local shows. With its 2011 divestiture of KFXN and resulting format change by the new owner, Clear Channel moved the sports format of "The Score" to the HD2 subchannel of KTCZ-FM.
The station was sold by MMTC to Asian American Broadcasting, LLC in a transaction that was consummated on May 5, 2014. The purchase price for the station was $255,000.