KSIZ

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KSIZ
City of license Weed, California
Broadcast area Weed/Mount Shasta, California
Branding 102.3 KSIZ
Slogan Classic Rock Superstation
Frequency 102.3 MHz
Translator(s) 99.3 K257CA (Mount Shasta)
101.7 K269AT (Grenada)
First air date 1983 (as KSQU-FM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 15,500 watts
HAAT 592 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 68152
Callsign meaning K SIZzling Classic Rock
Former callsigns KSQU (1981-1984)
KWHO (1984-2003)
KNTK (2003-2008)
KCWH (2008-2012)
Owner Mark & Cynthia Kay Baird
(Buffalo Broadcasting, LLC)

KSIZ (102.3 FM) is a radio station based in Mount Shasta, California (city of license is Weed, California), owned by Mark & Cynthia Kay Baird's Buffalo Broadcasting, LLC, which also owns KSYC-FM in Yreka. KSIZ broadcasts to the Siskiyou County and Redding markets, and has one of the largest geographical reaches of any FM station Northern California. The program director/on-air talent is Joe Kesterson, who also hosts the evening show on KSYC show. Kesterson replaces Rick Martin, former station owner/general manager/on-air talent, who had been on the air in the market for 20 straight years, longer than any other local personality.

The station hit the air once again under the classic rock format in January 2013 with the slogan "Sizzlin' Classic Rock".

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air in 1983 as KSQU-FM, in Weed, California. It was later purchased in 1984 by Tom Erickson of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, moved to Mount Shasta and renamed KWHO-FM. The station was one of two country music radio stations in Siskiyou County and the first to broadcast country music on the FM band in the market.

KWHO was sold to Huth Broadcasting in 1997 and the format was changed to adult contemporary. Then the station was flipped to Four Rivers Broadcasting, which already owned KSYC-AM, KSYC-FM, KMJC, and KMJC-FM. The format remained until 2003 when the news talk format moved from the AM stations to KWHO. The call letters were changed to KNTK in 2004.

On August 1, 2008, KNTK — along with sister station KSYC-FM in Yreka — was sold to Jamison-Wolf Broadcasting. The new owners changed the station's format from news/talk to classic hits. In December 2008, the call letters were again changed, this time to KCWH.

On August 1, 2009, Jamison-Wolf entered into an LMA (Local Marketing Agreement) with TRC Enterprises, LLC, a company owned and operated by long-time morning show host and Program Director Rick Martin. The LMA is a precursor to an outright purchase of the station, and is pending FCC approval. The sale became official in late August 2009.[1]

Martin sold the station and translators K257CA and K269AT to Buffalo Broadcasting, LLC, owned by Mark and Cindy Baird, and on July 24, 2012, KCWH went silent (off the air). The sale to Buffalo Broadcasting was consummated on December 26, 2012 at a purchase price of $295,000. The station has since returned to the air as a classic rock station under the new call letters KSIZ at the same frequencies with Joe Kesterson as lead deejay.

Translators[edit]

KSIZ's signal is transmitted up and down the Interstate 5 corridor from Weed to Orland at 102.3 (on-air), to Yreka at 101.7 (on-air), and locally in Mount Shasta at 99.3 (on-air), all on the FM band.

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
K257CA 99.3 Mount Shasta, California 52 D FCC
K269AT 101.7 Grenada, California 7 D FCC

Local sports[edit]

KSIZ was a longtime affiliate of the Oakland A's, and was the flagship station for Mount Shasta High School football with Rick Martin and the late Al Blackmore. It was also the flagship station for Mount Shasta High School basketball with Martin calling the action on a solo basis. They occasionally included Weed and Dunsmuir High School, and College of the Siskiyous games. The station was also home to Oregon State Beavers football games, as well as Sunday Night and Monday Night NFL Football games broadcast on Westwood One. However, due to the latest ownership change, it is uncertain whether or not local sports will return to the station.

Past program directors[edit]

  • Tom Erickson (1980s-1997 as KWHO)
  • Mike Summers (1997-1999 as KWHO) (now owner of Action Video Entertainment and the new Shasta Cascade Broadcasting)
  • Cal Hunter/Tom Huth (1997-2002 as KWHO) (now of KBLF-AM in Red Bluff, California)
  • Rick Martin (2002-2008 as KNTK)
  • Lee Jamison (2008-2009 as KCWH)
  • Rick Martin (2009–2012 as KCWH)
  • Joe Kesterson (2012-present)

[edit]

KCWH Radio Main Logo.png (Station's logo under previous KCWH calls)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio station is Martin's now, Steve Gerace, Mount Shasta News, August 26, 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°21′29″N 122°12′25″W / 41.358°N 122.207°W / 41.358; -122.207