KKGQ

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KKGQ
City of license Newton, Kansas
Broadcast area Wichita, Kansas
Branding Q92
Frequency 92.3 MHz
First air date 1959 (as KJRG-FM at 92.1)
Format Stunting
ERP 95,000 watts
HAAT 195 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 35020
Former callsigns KJRG-FM (1959-1975)
KOEZ (1975-10/27/2000)
KMXW (10/27/2000-01/23/2007)
KFTI–FM (01/23/2007-12/13/2014)
Former frequencies 92.1 MHz (1959-1963)
Owner Envision Broadcast Group
(Envision Broadcast Network, LLC)
Website q92wichita.com

KKGQ is a 95 kW radio station operating in Wichita, and licensed to Newton, Kansas. The station is currently stunting. The station is owned by the Wichita-based blind advocacy group Envision under their broadcast group division.

History[edit]

What is now KKGQ started as KJRG-FM in 1959. It was a sister station to Newton-licensed KJRG and had its studios there; both stations were owned by George Basil Anderson. After spending its first 4 years at 92.1 FM, KJRG-FM relocated to its current dial position in 1963. For nearly 4 decades, the station aired a Beautiful music/Easy listening format. In 1975, KJRG-FM changed call letters to KOEZ. After being purchased by Journal in 1999 and focused its audience to Wichita (as well as moving studios there), they flipped to an Adult Contemporary format as "Mix 92.3" and would later evolve to Adult Top 40. The station would change call letters to KMXW. The station was the Wichita affiliate of the Dallas-based morning show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning (which moved to KFBZ in 2006). In the fall of 2002, the station flipped to "92-3 the Zone" with an automated Modern AC/Modern Rock format. One year later, the station would revert to Hot AC as "The New 92-3." In September 2004, KMXW flipped to a gold-based Rhythmic Adult Contemporary format as "Magic 92.3". On January 16, 2007, KMXW flipped to classic country as "Classic Country 92.3". The call letters were changed to KFTI-FM.

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that The E.W. Scripps Company would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm will retain their broadcast properties and spin off their print assets as Journal Media Group.[1] KFTI-FM, their sister radio stations in the Wichita area and 2 TV stations were not included in the merge; in September, Journal filed to transfer these stations to Journal/Scripps Divestiture Trust (with Kiel Media Group as trustee).[2][3]

On October 10, 2014, Journal announced that the station will be sold to Envision Broadcast Group. The format and call letters will change once the sale is approved and completed in January 2015. Journal also announced that the format and KFTI call letters will be moved back to 1070 AM after a 4 1/2 year absence; at Midnight on October 22, 2014, KLIO dropped ESPN Deportes for a simulcast of KFTI-FM. The simulcast continued until the approval of the sale on December 12, 2014; the station's new format has yet to be determined. Envision applied to change KFTI-FM's call letters to KKGQ upon the closing of the sale, which was also granted on December 12.[4] Although Envision is a non-profit organization, the station will continue to operate with a commercial license. In addition, Envision has registered several website domains with "Q" in the address, including Q92TheBeat.com, Q92TheBeat.net and Q92TheBeat.org, as well as anonymous domains for Q92Wichita.com, Q923Wichita.com, 923QFM.com and 923TheQ.com that were registered when the sale was announced (Q923Wichita.com would be picked as the official domain).[5]

At Midnight on December 13, 2014, KKGQ broke from the simulcast, and began stunting with music from blind musicians, as well as construction sound effects and greeting messages from Envision employees. At 6 AM on the 15th, the station shifted its stunting to Christmas music, now using the moniker "Santa Q92." At 6 AM on December 26, the stunting shifted towards playing a wide variety of music from multiple genres (while leaving hints of a possible contemporary music direction based on the stunting), now utilizing the station's intended moniker "Q92." The station will debut its permanent format on January 1st.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glauber, Bill (30 July 2014). "Journal, Scripps deal announced". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Description of the Proposed Transaction". Federal Communications Commission. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions". Federal Communications Commission. November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Envision Sets Plans For 92.3 Wichita" from Radio Insight (December 10, 2014)

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Coordinates: 38°01′12″N 97°23′06″W / 38.020°N 97.385°W / 38.020; -97.385