KJJZ

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KJJZ
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City of license Indio, California
Broadcast area Palm Springs, California
Branding K-Jazz 102.3
Frequency 102.3 MHz
First air date 1993 (as KLCX)
Format Smooth Jazz
ERP 2,600 watts
HAAT 101 meters
Class A
Facility ID 43132
Callsign meaning K J JazZ
Former callsigns KRCQ (1990-1993)
KLCX (1993-1996)
Owner RM Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website 102kjjz.com

KJJZ is a 2.6 kW Class A commercial smooth jazz radio station licensed in Indio, California, with studios in Palm Springs and which serves the greater Coachella Valley on 102.3 FM. The transmitter site is on a peak of the Indio Hills.

The station, one of the first smooth jazz stations in the country, aired in 1996. The frequency was allocated less than three years before to KLCX Palm Desert, the area's first classic rock station. Though KLCX began as one of the most ambitious broadcasting projects to come to the Coachella Valley in years, the station soon fell on hard times. Financial troubles forced the sale of KLCX, its license and equipment to RM Broadcasting, owners of KPLM Palm Springs and KAJR Indian Wells. The studio equipment was moved to KPLM's Palm Springs studios.

RM Broadcasting hired smooth jazz concert promoter Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald as an independent contractor to head KJJZ as its program director and morning drive personality, positions he holds to this day.

Like sister station KPLM, KJJZ is active in bringing top name talent to the area for concert performances via Mr. Fitzgerald's promotions company. Fitzgerald also sponsors "Fitz's Jazz Café," an ongoing series of small concert venues which has featured name artists such as Michael McDonald, Chris Botti and Kyle Eastwood. Saxophonist Euge Groove headlined the station's 2008-09 New Year's Eve party.

As of November 2006, both KJJZ and KPLM stream real-time audio via the internet.

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Coordinates: 33°52′16″N 116°13′41″W / 33.871°N 116.228°W / 33.871; -116.228