KTAR-FM

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KTAR-FM
KTAR logo 2012.jpg
City Glendale, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix metropolitan area
Frequency92.3 MHz ( HD Radio)
BrandingKTAR News 92.3 FM
SloganArizona's News Station
Programming
FormatFM/HD1: News/Talk
HD2: Latter-day Saints Channel
Affiliations Westwood One
Compass Media Networks
ABC News Radio
Ownership
Owner Bonneville International Corporation
KMVP-FM, KTAR (AM)
History
First air date
December 19, 1970 (as KXTC)
Former call signs
KXTC (1970-1981)
KJJJ-FM (1981-1982)
KEZC (1982-1984)
KJJJ-FM (1984-1985)
KKFR (1985-2006)
Call sign meaning
K The Arizona Republic ( KTAR AM 620 had been owned by the newspaper)
Technical information
Facility ID65479
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT545 meters (1,788 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
33°19′58″N 112°3′48″W / 33.33278°N 112.06333°W / 33.33278; -112.06333
Latitude and Longitude:

33°19′58″N 112°3′48″W / 33.33278°N 112.06333°W / 33.33278; -112.06333
Links
Webcast Listen Live
Website KTAR.com

KTAR-FM (92.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Glendale, Arizona, and serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, a profit-making division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [1] KTAR-FM broadcasts a News/Talk radio format. [2] Its studios and offices are on North 16th Street near Piestewa Peak. [3]

In the Phoenix radio market, KTAR-FM and KFYI 550 AM owned by iHeartMedia, compete for talk radio listeners. KFYI mostly carries nationally syndicated conservative talk hosts while most weekday hours on KTAR-FM are local. The weekday schedule begins with "Arizona's Morning News," followed by "The Mike Broomhead Show." The syndicated " Dave Ramsey Show" is heard in middays, followed by "Gaydos & Chad," then "Arizona's Evening News." At night, other syndicated shows air, including more of Dave Ramsey, followed by Chad Benson, " Red Eye Radio" and " This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal." On weekends, shows on money, health, home improvement and other specialties are heard, some of which are paid brokered programming. Nights and weekends, most hours begin with ABC News Radio.

KTAR-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum for non- grandfathered FM stations. The transmitter is in South Mountain Park, amid the towers for other Phoenix-area FM and TV stations. KTAR-FM broadcasts in HD Radio. Its HD2 digital subchannel carries the Latter-day Saints Channel from Salt Lake City.


History

KXTC

On December 19, 1970, the station first signed on as KXTC, owned by the Arizona Communications Corporation. [4] It aired a mix of mainstream and contemporary jazz music, and was an affiliate of the ABC-FM Radio Network. It initially broadcast from a transmitter atop the Westward Ho. [5]

In 1978, with disco music gaining in popularity, KXTC switched to an all-disco format, using the name "Disco 92". Disc jockeys included Scott Tuchman and Rick Nuhn. But after a couple of years, the disco craze faded.

KJJJ-FM and KEZC

The station dropped disco for country music in 1980, going by the moniker "KC-92". In January 1981, the station's studios moved to Shaw Butte, and three months later, the station switched its call sign to KJJJ-FM for the first time.

In 1982, the call letters switched to KEZC, which stood for EZ Country. Easy Country played the softer hits from current and recent country music charts, designed for office listening and relaxing. In 1984, the station began to simulcast with AM 910 KJJJ (now KGME). It returned to the call sign KJJJ-FM, moving back to mainstream country music.

Top 40 Years

In 1985, KJJJ-FM flipped to KKFR as a gold-based Top 40 outlet as "The Fire Station, Arizona's 92 Fire FM", and later as "92.3 KKFR, Your Fire Station!". In 1988, KKFR began calling itself "Hot Hits 92.3", but was forced to drop that by radio consultant Mike Joseph, the owner of the " Hot Hits" slogan nationally.

Over the next few years, the station began shifting towards a Rhythmic Contemporary sound. It also adopted the name "Power 92", influenced by former sister station Power 106 KPWR in Los Angeles. During this time, KKFR heavily competed 104.7 KZZP and 95.5 KOY-FM for contemporary music listeners. In April 1991, however, KZZP flipped to Hot AC, and in September 1993, KOY-FM dropped out of the format, flipping to a short-lived "rhythm and rock" format, and then smooth jazz, leaving KKFR as the lone Top 40-oriented station in the market.

On December 16, 1993, despite high ratings as a rhythmic contemporary outlet, KKFR evolved to Mainstream Top 40, leaning slightly toward Modern Rock. However, the station's ratings slipped. From January to March 1995, the station re-added rhythmic and dance music to the playlist, which helped the station regain much of its lost audience. By 1997, KKFR began dropping the dance hits, transforming into an R&B/ Hip-Hop approach. By the end of the year, the station was no longer Top 40 at all.

Chancellor Media (which later became AMFM, Inc.) purchased the station in late 1998 from its longtime owners The Broadcast Group. But when Chancellor merged with Clear Channel Communications, the company had to divest the station to meet FCC ownership regulations. Emmis Communications bought the station in 2000. By this time, the station began calling itself "Power 92.3".

News Talk 92.3 KTAR-FM

In 2006, Emmis sold the station to Bonneville International. In turn, Bonneville announced it would move the news/talk format airing on KTAR 620 AM to 92.3 KKFR beginning September 18, 2006. That same day, KKFR became KTAR-FM. The AM station merged its programming with AM 860 KMVP, the local ESPN Radio sports radio station. The merger was complete by January 1, 2007.

As KTAR-FM carried all news/talk programming, KTAR AM became "Arizona Sports 620". (On September 15, 2014, KTAR AM became "ESPN Phoenix 620 AM" with the local "Arizona Sports" format moving to 98.7 FM on January 6, 2014.) 860 AM was divested to the non-profit Cesar Chavez Foundation on March 9, 2017. [6] [7] [8]

KKFR Programming

The former occupant of the 92.3 frequency, KKFR, went through several changes. Its intellectual property was acquired by Riviera Broadcast Group (which already owned 103.9 KEDJ and two stations in Las Vegas). Shortly thereafter, KKFR moved to 98.3 FM licensed to Mayer, which was KKLD in Prescott Valley.

Sunburst Media let Riviera operate and later own the station. KKFR took over KKLD and created the new KKFR on September 1.

HD radio

KTAR-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format. The main signal airs KTAR's news/talk programming. The HD2 digital subchannel carries the Mormon Channel, aimed at members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which owns Bonneville International. The Mormon Channel originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and broadcasts religious and lifestyle shows 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

References

  1. ^ "KTAR-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Spring 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  3. ^ KTAR.com/contact-us
  4. ^ Information from the Broadcasting Yearbook 1973 page B10
  5. ^ "FCC History Card" (PDF). Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Phoenix's Peak Flips to Sports". 2014-01-06.
  7. ^ "Bonneville to Launch ESPN Phoenix in September". 2014-07-10.
  8. ^ "Bonneville Sells Phoenix AM To Cesar Chavez Foundation - RadioInsight". RadioInsight. 9 March 2017.

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