|City of license||Ames, Iowa|
|Broadcast area||Des Moines, Iowa|
|First air date||1968|
|HAAT||100 meters (330 ft)|
|Former callsigns||KCCQ (1968-2014)|
(Citicasters Licenses, LP)
KCYZ (branded as Now 105.1) is a commercial radio station located in Ames, Iowa, broadcasting to the Des Moines, Iowa area on 105.1 FM. KCYZ airs a Hot AC music format branded as "Now 105.1". KCYZ is owned by iHeartMedia and licensed to Citicaster Licenses LP.
Prior to the switch to Alternative rock, the station was known as "Hot 105 KCCQ" with a contemporary hit radio format. Many years in the 1990s, KCCQ was the only contemporary hit radio station broadcasting in central Iowa, including the Des Moines metro area. Much of the history of KCCQ prior to 1990 is unknown. Since it signed on in 1968, KCCQ had several contemporary format incarnations throughout the 1970's and 1980's. The signal in Des Moines itself was relatively weak prior to 1998 when the station moved frequencies to 105.1 from 107.1 and the wattage was increased. Much of the time the station occupied 107.1, listeners in Des Moines and other parts of the southern fringe of KCCQ's coverage area could often hear interference from KJJC of Osceola, Iowa, which was broadcasting at 106.9 with higher wattage than KCCQ.
Previous to 1998, the station only targeted the Ames, Iowa area and was known as "Hot 107 KCCQ" and before that "107 KCCQ Ames' Hot FM". Ames Broadcasting Company owned KCCQ along with KASI in Ames, Iowa, and KIKD-FM in Lake City, IA until 1999 when KASI & KCCQ were sold to Jacor, which, at the time recently merged with Clear Channel Communications.
After the purchase by Clear Channel, the company swapped KCCQ's CHR format with the alternative rock format of new sister station KKDM. KCCQ was then known as "Channel Q". In August 2010, KCCQ rebranded as "New Rock 105.1". On December 26, 2013, at Midnight, KCCQ flipped formats with sister station KPTL and began broadcasting a Hot AC format, while its alternative rock format moved to 106.3.
On April 4, 2014 KCCQ changed their call letters to KCYZ.
- Roepke D (1999) Two local radio stations sold for unspecified price Iowa State Daily 06/29/1999 p1.
- Heman B (1999) Carroll Broadcasting Co. announces bid for KIKD Daily Times Herald 02/04/1999 pp 1.
- Official Website
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- Radio-Locator information on KCYZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KCYZ
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