|City of license||Parker, Colorado|
|Broadcast area||Denver metro area|
|Slogan||KBPI Rocks The Rockies|
|Frequency||106.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||June 19, 1962|
HD2: Alternative rock
|Former callsigns||KLZ-FM (1962–77)
|Affiliations||Compass Media Networks
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KBCO, KHOW, KKZN, KPTT, KOA, KRFX, KTCL|
KBPI (106.7 FM) – branded 106.7 KBPI – is a commercial active rock radio station licensed to Denver, Colorado, serving the Denver metro area. Owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., KBPI serves as the Denver affiliate for Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and Skratch 'N Sniff. The KBPI studios are located in Denver, while the station transmitter resides in Boulder. In addition to a standard analog transmission, KBPI broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online via iHeartRadio.
KBPI started at 105.9 FM in 1965. During the 1970s and 1980s, its television commercials featured a blonde woman lip-synching with bits of popular Rock songs and DJ's voices, and the tagline "KBPI Rrrrrrrrocks the Rrrrockies!" This catchphrase is still used in advertising and for a while the campaign was used at other rock radio stations in the United States and Canada. The "blonde woman" AKA "KBPI's Remarkable Mouth" was Kelly Harmon, sister of the actor Mark Harmon.
During the 70's, KBPI gained press for inviting people to bring their disco records to the station office for destruction, and this was frequently broadcast live over the air to the tune of Black Sabbath songs. This was commonplace among AOR stations who were riding the anti-Disco theme at the time. For four years, Steven B. and the Hawk ruled the Denver morning FM ratings, mixing rock music with their witty repartee and routines. As they put it, in their own words, "It really didn't matter what kind of music they played. Listeners tuned in to hear them."
Their comedic style was highlighted by a self-deprecating sense of humor, rather than "shock jock talk." The duo loved to ridicule the entertainment industry, regularly parodying movie and TV stars with their original humor. One of their favorite routines was an ongoing spoof of the soap opera genre. They even created their own ongoing series, whose titles were partially taken from the real shows that aired at the time: Edge of Guiding Days of My Children Turning Hospital. They Also did commercials featuring "Whamco" products and promotions. Don Hawkins died in Denver in November 1994, following what initially was considered routine surgery. Steven B. Williams was murdered in 2006.
In 1994, Chancellor Media would swap frequencies with KALC & KBPI moved from 105.9 to 106.7 FM, which had been the home of KAZY, its long-time competitor and a former sister station to KLZ-TV and AM. Notable DJs include Willie B., Scoop, Missy, Uncle Nasty, Matt Need, Double A Ron, Dan, Tim Bourke, Eddie, Joe the Russian and B Lo, among others.
106.7 FM signed the air on June 19, 1962 as KLZ-FM and started airing a rock format in the early 1970s. In 1977 KLZ-FM changed their call letters to KAZY and continued with a rock format on up until 1994, when KBPI took over the 106.7 frequency, moving from 105.9 (now KALC).
Dean and Rog hosted the KBPI Morning Show from 1991 to 1996. They were known for features like "The Birthday Scam" and "Torture Tuesday", plus crazy stunts like dropping a car off of an 8 story Parking Garage. In 1996 they and 2 other station employees were charged with misdemeanor offenses related to entering a Colorado Mosque and Playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on a trumpet and a bugle, in an attempt to satirize NBA Player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf's refusal to stand for the Anthem at NBA games. In July 1996 they opted to leave Denver and move to Phoenix and finally Houston, TX where they can currently be heard on 107.5 KGLK.
In 2007, the station was nominated for the Radio & Records magazine Active Rock station of the year in a top 25 market award . Other nominees included WIYY in Baltimore, WAAF in Boston, WRIF in Detroit, WMMR in Philadelphia, and KISW in Seattle.
As of 12/6/2012, Uncle Nasty (Gregg Stone) has been released from the station. Clear Channel cites it as a cost cutting measure. They plan to rely more on syndicated fare.
Weekdays: Your Morning Show 6-10am, Dan 10am-3pm, Big Rig 3-7pm. KBPI also airs Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx via Premiere Networks and Skratch 'N Sniff via Compass Media Networks. The station also relies on Clear Channel's Premium Choice syndicated programming to fill parts other parts its on-air lineup.
- "Charges Are Filed In Mosque Incident". The New York Times. March 24, 1996. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- "Vox Jox". Billboard 107 (41): 79. Oct 14, 1995.
- "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. September 28, 2008.
- Holden, Will C. (December 7, 2012). "Clear Channel dismisses popular Denver radio personalities". KDVR.com. KDVR. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
... Stone thinks Clear Channel is making a mistake by turning to its Premium Choice syndicated services to fill the seats he and others once occupied.
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