KEEZ-FM

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KEEZ-FM
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Broadcast area Mankato, Minnesota
Branding Z99
Slogan "All The Hits"
Frequency 99.1 FM (MHz)
First air date 1974
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 239 meters
Class C1
Former callsigns KEYC-FM
Owner Three Eagles Communications
Sister stations KMKO-FM, KRBI-FM, KYSM-FM
Webcast Listen Live!
Website www.myz99.com

KEEZ-FM (99.1 FM, "Z99") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Mankato, Minnesota and serving the Minnesota River Valley with a Top 40 (CHR) format. The station is owned by Three Eagles Communications, along with sister stations KYSM-FM, KRBI-FM and KMKO-FM.

History[edit]

The station was granted license on May 15, 1968 as KEYC-FM.[1] The station was started by Lee Enterprises, which also owned KEYC-TV. The station was sold in 1977 to Faribault County Broadcasting Co. for $200,000, principally owned by Paul C. Hedberg and his wife.[2] The station was a Top 40 (CHR) station, and shifted to a Hot AC format in the early 1990s. Hedberg Broadcasting sold the station in 1993 to Nolan Broadcast Group.

From January 1993 to the fall of 2000, KEEZ was owned and operated by Nolan Broadcast Group. KEEZ was managed by Michael E. Nolan, who along with his father Philip E. Nolan owned KAUS-AM/KAUS-FM in Austin, Minnesota. In 2000, the station was sold to Three Eagles Communications.

Z99's longtime competitor, 96.7 KDOG was CHR from 1984 until shift towards Hot AC in 2000. KDOG returned to CHR as "Hot 96.7" on September 4, 2009.

While Z99 was a Hot Adult Contemporary format playing a mix of hit music from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and today, it became a full fledged Top 40 (CHR) at night as it added hip-hop and Rhythmic Contemporary product to its rotation, thus it could be considered an Adult Top 40. By 2012, Z99 evolved into a full fledged Top 40 (CHR).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting: 66. 27 May 1968. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting: 67. 16 May 1977. 

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Coordinates: 44°03′07″N 94°18′00″W / 44.052°N 94.300°W / 44.052; -94.300