|City of license||Provo, Utah|
|Broadcast area||North central Utah, including most of the Wasatch Front.|
|First air date||1981 (as KLRZ)|
|HAAT||853 meters (atop Lake Mountain)|
|Callsign meaning||THe Blaze (former station branding)|
|Former callsigns||KLRZ (1981-1986)
|Sister stations||KBEE, KBER, KENZ, KFNZ, KJQS, KKAT, KUBL|
KHTB is an alternative rock radio station broadcasting to Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding areas. KHTB broadcasts on 94.9 and currently identifies itself as ALT 94.9. It is owned and operated by Cumulus Media.
The station and frequency was previously owned and operated by Millcreek Broadcasting. In early summer 2008, the station was acquired by Citadel Broadcasting. Millcreek Broadcasting moved The Blaze to a new frequency, KZZQ 97.5 FM (Coalville) and KAUU 105.1 FM (Manti). As a result of the purchase of 94.9, Citadel divested KKAT-FM to Wasatch Radio, LLC as Trustee due to ownership limitations. Citadel did not acquire the intellectual property rights to maintain the former station slogan "The Blaze", and this resulted in the current name "94.9 Z-ROCK" (which was previously "94.9 ROCKS").
Starting in 1981, the station was known as KLRZ. While with those call letters, the station carried an adult contemporary format, which later flipped to CHR as KBNG. As KTOU ("The Touch") the station carried a new age format. The format lasted a few years before the station became KZHT, and the format changed to rock.
The station, as KZHT, was popular among teens along the Wasatch Front. KZHT moved up the dial to 97.1 FM in 2004 and maintained the top 40 format, while KHTB became an active rock station which became known better as "The Blaze". The reason for the move was primarily based on signal. The 94.9 transmitter is located on Lake Mountain south of Salt Lake, and west of Provo. 97.1's transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak. The station was quite popular through most of its run and then in August 2008 Citadel acquired the frequency and "The Blaze" moved to 97.5 which was then the defunct KOAY. KHTB is now known as 94.9 Z-Rock, and now a modern rock station, going up against KXRK, but still reporting as an active rock station on Mediabase and Nielsen BDS. Sister station KBER moved to classic rock at the same time. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.
Carrying an active rock format, the station boasts a number of personalities. Howie Rock, Corky, and Lindsay the Traffic Girl lead off with The Rock Show from 6-10am local time, followed by Monroe from 2-7pm. Flapjack does nights and Melissa Snow does Saturday afternoons.
On September 2, 2013 KHTB shifted an alternative rock format, branded as "ALT 94.9".
- "KHTB Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "KHTB Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- Salt Lake Broadcasting History
- "KHTB Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Deseret News February 21, 2003
- "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- KAOS - KHTB-FM
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KHTB
- Radio-Locator information on KHTB
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KHTB