Univision Launches “Radio H2O” 107.9 Dallas

H20 H2O Dallas 107.9 KESS Recuerdo Univision Los AngelesUnivision has flipped Spanish Oldies “Recuerdo 107.9” KESS Lewisville/Dallas has flipped to Hispanic CHR “Radio H2O“. The flip looks like it took place at 12:30pm local time.

The music so far is predominantly English with a few Spanish songs mixed in. The station is branding itself with H20 standing for “Hispanic 2.0”. Univision recently ran an “H20 Music Festival” in Dallas featuring a mix of English and Spanish artists including Juanes, Snoop Dogg, Gym Class Heroes, Weezer, Paulina Rubio, Tiesto and Damian Marley. A similar festival will be held in Los Angeles in August.

Is this the first of many similar Radio H20’s? Univision has registered domains for every market is currently operates stations such as: RadioH20Chicago.com, RadioH20NewYork.com, etc..

Two other Univison Dallas stations debut new formats as well. Regional Mexican “La Jefa” moves from 99.1 KFZO Denton to 107.1 KDXX Benbrook. 107.1 had been simulcasting “Recuerdo” with 107.9. 99.1 debuts as Spanish AC “Maxima 99.1“.

The first hour on RadioH20 Dallas included:
Pitbull – Hotel Room Service
Maroon 5 – Payphone
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Rhianna – Where Have You Been
Lady Gaga – Alejandro
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Shakira f/Pitbull – Rabiosa
Flo Rida f/Sia – Wild Ones
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Adele – Someone Like You
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Sensato f/Pitbull – Crazy People
Alicia Keys – No One

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  1. C Huff says

    It’s part of a larger Univision rim-shot shuffle (an almost annual tradition here):
    “La Jefa” moves from 99.1 to 107.1
    99.1 becomes “Maxima FM” (Spanish AC)
    107.9 becomes “Radio H20”

    1. Lance Venta says

      Univision does that with their rimshots in many markets every year or two. It wouldn’t be much to go out on a limb to except a shakeup at their Phoenix or Bay Area stations next.

  2. Really says

    Wasn’t this format called CASA 106.7 a few years back and that didn’t work?

    1. Lance Venta says

      Casa was a similar concept. H20 seems to be much more focused on English music and presentation while still targeting a Hispanic audience.

      1. Really says

        Hopefully it works. The bilingual Hispanic audience has been overlooked for quite some time.

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