|City of license||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Broadcast area||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Slogan||Phoenix's Best Variety of Music (General)
Phoenix's Holiday Station (Nov.-Dec.)
|Frequency||99.9 MHz (also on HD Radio) 99.9 HD2 KEZ Classic|
|First air date||1982 (as KNNN)|
|Format||Adult Contemporary (Christmas music Nov.-Dec.)|
|Callsign meaning||EaSZ (The Z substitutes for the Y)|
|Former callsigns||KNNN (1981-1984)
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||KFYI, KGME, KMXP, KNIX, KOY, KYOT, KZZP|
KESZ (99.9 FM, "KEZ-FM") is an adult contemporary outlet based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Clear Channel Communications station broadcasts at 99.9 MHz with an ERP of 100,000 watts. Its studios are located in Phoenix near Sky Harbor Airport and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park.
The station signed on the air in 1982 as KNNN, a Spanish-language station. It made the evolution to its current format in 1988. In 1999, Clear Channel added the station to its Phoenix cluster.
The station is anchored by the highly successful "Beth and Bill Show," its Morning Drive Program since approximately 1990 (hosted by Beth McDonald and former KPNX meteorologist Bill Austin). The show was renamed Beth and Friends after Bill Austin retired in early 2010 due to his battle with cancer. On June 2, 2010, Bill Austin (real name William Austin Waggoner) died of bladder cancer.
Other KESZ hosts include Kevin Gossett (3pm-7pm), Robin Rock (10am-3pm), and Lori Bradley (evenings). All three also appear on radio stations owned by Clear Channel in other markets. Gossett is based in Phoenix, and also serves as KESZ's Program Director, while Rock is based in Chicago and Bradley in Seattle.
Each year after Thanksgiving, the station has a tradition of playing "Non-Stop Christmas Music". Beth and Friends still air as regularly scheduled but the songs they play are strictly Christmas music.
In 2008-2012 the music has started prior to Thanksgiving.
The station competes with two of its sister stations. One competitor is KMXP, which is Hot AC and excludes the 70's hits on KESZ. Another competitor is KYOT, which offers a Rhythmic AC format (although it was a competitor for many years with its Smooth Jazz/Smooth AC format).
KESZ's HD Radio signal is multiplexed. The main signal is a simulcast of KESZ's adult contemporary programming. The second channel carries KEZ's Classic Channel programmed by Clear Channel's Format Lab classic hits format consisting of songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
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