|Broadcast area||Visalia, California, area|
|First air date||May 1983|
|HAAT||761 meters (2,497 ft)|
|Former callsigns||KUFW (1981-2019)|
|Owner||Educational Media Foundation|
KLXY (90.5 FM) is an American non-commercial educational radio station licensed to serve the community of Woodlake in Tulare County, California. The station is owned and operated by the Educational Media Foundation, and is an affiliate of the Christian contemporary network K-Love.
As KUFW, KLXY previously broadcast a Regional Mexican music and educational programming format branded as "La Campesina 90.5 FM" to the farmworkers of the Visalia metropolitan area as part of the Radio Campesina Network. ("Campesina" is a Spanish word meaning "peasant" or "farmworker".) Anthony Chavez, president of Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc., is the youngest son of American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist César Chávez.
In July 1980, the United Farm Workers union, working through a subsidiary named Farmworkers Communications, Inc., applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station. The FCC granted this permit on August 31, 1981, with a scheduled expiration date of August 31, 1982. The new station was assigned call sign KUFW on November 30, 1981. After multiple extensions, construction and testing were completed in May 1983 and KUFW began broadcasting under program test authority. KUFW became the first radio station in the United States "dedicated to the needs of farmworkers". The station was granted its broadcast license on June 28, 1984.
The station was taken temporarily off the air in mid-April 1990 by a fire that gutted the interior of the broadcast facility and destroyed the station's control room. While repairs were being made, broadcasting resumed from one of the station's remote broadcast vans parked at the site of the fire-ravaged facility.
In August 1995, Farmworkers Communications, Inc., filed an application with the FCC to transfer the KUFW broadcast license to National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc. The FCC approved the move on December 13, 1995, and the transaction was formally consummated on December 14, 1995.
On September 2, 2011, lawyers representing radio stations KUFW and KNAI (Phoenix, Arizona) notified the FCC that license holder National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc., had legally changed its name to the "César Chávez Foundation" on June 30, 2010.
Effective August 20, 2019, the Cesar Chavez Foundation traded KUFW to Educational Media Foundation, in exchange for 106.3 KVPW, to consummate a deal that had been announced three years earlier. KUFW became an affiliate of K-Love, and changed its call sign to KLXY.
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KUFW, broadcasting on FM frequency 90.5, is the nation's first radio station dedicated to the needs of farmworkers.
- "UFW shows its agility in middle age". Fresno Bee. September 1, 2002. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
The union's radio network, which began with KUFW in Visalia in 1983[...]
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- "Fire Shuts UFW Station; Broadcast Equipment Destroyed In Morning Blaze". Fresno Bee. April 19, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "Application Search Details (BALED-19950821GH)". FCC Media Bureau. December 14, 1995. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Paxson, Anne Thomas (September 2, 2011). "Change of Corporate Name of Licensee of Noncommercial FM Radio Stations". Borsari & Paxson. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "La Campesina Returns To Fresno Following Long Pending Sale Closing", RadioInsight. August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KLXY
- Radio-Locator information on KLXY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KLXY