KEZK-FM

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KEZK-FM
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City of license St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast area Greater St. Louis
Branding 102.5 KEZK
Slogan Today's Hits, Yesterday's Favorites
Frequency 102.5 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 102.5-2 FM Contemporary Christian "The Spirit"
102.5-3 FM News/Talk (KMOX simulcast)
First air date 1972
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 309 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 13507
Transmitter coordinates 38°34′24″N 90°19′30″W / 38.57333°N 90.32500°W / 38.57333; -90.32500Coordinates: 38°34′24″N 90°19′30″W / 38.57333°N 90.32500°W / 38.57333; -90.32500
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations KMOX, KYKY
Webcast Listen Live
Website KEZK.cbslocal.com

KEZK-FM (102.5 FM, "102.5 KEZK") is an adult contemporary formatted radio station licensed to St. Louis, Missouri. The station serves the city of St. Louis as well as its suburbs in Missouri and Illinois. The station is owned by CBS Radio.[1] The station is also broadcast on HD radio.[2] The station's studios are in downtown St. Louis on Olive Street, while its transmitter is located in Shrewsbury.

KEZK's HD2 subchannel broadcasts The Spirit, a contemporary Christian music format which includes faith-based music from mainstream artists along with artists from the contemporary Christian genre. The Spirit is also available online on the station's website. The Spirit is programmed by longtime on-air personality Stel Pontikes[who?].

History[edit]

KEZK's last logo as "Soft Rock 102.5", used until December 2010.

KEZK first went on-the-air as an easy-listening music station owned by Heftel Broadcasting in 1972. Prior to that, the frequency had been occupied by listener-supported KDNA, later reincarnated as KDHX at 88.1 MHz. In 1991, KEZK shifted from the instrumental-based easy listening format to a soft adult contemporary format, playing music mostly from the 1970s and 1980s as well as some current soft hits.

Jeff Kapugi became KEZK's Program Director in November 2010, replacing Mark Edwards.[3]

On December 27, 2010, the station rebranded from "Soft Rock 102.5 KEZK" to "Fresh 102.5",[4] adopting the brand used on sister CBS stations WWFS New York, WCFS-FM Chicago and WIAD Washington, D.C.. However, while those three stations had playlists more closely resembling hot adult contemporary stations, KEZK continued to feature '70s artists such as Billy Joel and Chicago,[4] indicating the name "Fresh" was more of a rebranding than a format change; sister station KYKY already features Hot AC format.

KEZK's logo as "Fresh 102.5", 2010-2015

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 7:05 AM, after stunting that weekend with '80s music (ending with "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys), KEZK dropped the "Fresh" handle, rebranding as "102.5 KEZK, Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites." The first song on 102.5 KEZK was "P.Y.T." by Michael Jackson. [5] While many AC stations have moved more contemporary, KEZK continues to play artists from the 1980s, such Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Hall & Oates. The station features an all-80s lunch hour and runs occasional 80s weekends.

Awards[edit]

In 2007, the station was nominated for the top 25 markets Adult Contemporary station of the year award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WMJX in Boston, KOST in Los Angeles, WALK-FM in Nassau, New York, WLTW in New York, and WBEB in Philadelphia.[6]

Programming[edit]

The morning show features Vic Porcelli with traffic from Sue Thomas (5-9am). Other on-air hosts include Trish Gazall (middays 9-2pm), Greg Hewitt with traffic from Sue Thomas (afternoons 2-7pm), and Stel Pontikes (12am-5am). Weekends include Elaine Everett, Jackie McCoy, Curt Allen, and Sabrina. KEZK airs the syndicated John Tesh radio show on Sunday mornings from 7-10am. KEZK had aired the syndicated Delilah 7pm-12am nightly until May 2012, when the station discontinued the program.

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