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- For the former occupant of the 102.1 FM frequency in San Francisco, see KDFC-FM.
|City of license||San Francisco, California|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|Branding||98.5 & 102.1 K-FOX|
|Frequency||102.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1946 (as KDFC)
January 24, 2011 (as KUZX)
|Callsign meaning||variation of KUFX, its sister simulcast station|
|Former callsigns||KDFC (1946-2011)|
|Sister stations||KGMZ, KOIT, KUFX, KBLX|
KUZX (102.1 FM) is a classic rock-formatted radio station in San Francisco, California. It is owned by Entercom Communications. As of noon January 24, 2011, the station is simulcasting the programming of sister station KUFX in San Jose. The station is referred to on-air as K-FOX.
From its beginning in 1946 until 2011, the 102.1 FM frequency was always known as KDFC. The station was founded in 1946 by Ed Davis, and programmed classical music for most of its history, though at one point during the 1950s, it featured a beautiful music format.
For many years the programming, which was largely automated after 1976, was simulcast on KIBE, a daytime-only 5 kW AM station in Palo Alto, California that began broadcasting in 1949 from a transmitter near the western approach to the Dumbarton Bridge and is now KDOW, a news-talk station. It also had a booster station in Concord, which fills in coverage gaps caused by topography issues.
Ed Davis' company Sundial Broadcasting sold the AM and FM to Brown Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 1993 for US$15.5 Million. In 1996 BBC sold the FM station and AM simulcast sister station (KDFC 1220) to Evergreen Media, who in turn sold the FM to Bonneville Broadcasting and the AM to Douglas Broadcasting in 1997. New station management transitioned KDFC's programming to a more mass-appeal approach, which boosted ratings significantly, though was occasionally criticized for their new "top 40 of classical music" approach.
Bill Leuth, who had done mornings on rival classical station KKHI, moved to mornings at KDFC in 1997 and also contributed to the station's rise and shift from automation to live hosts. In 2003 KDFC became the first station in the Bay Area to broadcast using HD Radio.
Sale to Entercom
On January 18, 2007, Bonneville signed an agreement with Entercom Communications Corporation to trade three San Francisco stations — KOIT, KMAX, and KDFC — for three Entercom stations in Seattle, Washington and four in Cincinnati, Ohio. Entercom officially took ownership of KDFC in March 2008.
KDFC makes non-commercial move; K-FOX takes 102.1
The University of Southern California announced, on January 18, 2011, the purchase of KUSF (90.3 MHz) from the University of San Francisco. That same day, a deal, in the works for months prior, was announced to acquire the intellectual property and call letters of KDFC from Entercom, thus making KDFC a listener-supported non-commercial outlet, operated by a San Francisco-based non-profit organization, and also simulcasts on newly acquired KNDL (89.9 MHz) in Santa Rosa.
Entercom, in turn, flipped the 102.1 MHz frequency to a simulcast of San Jose station KUFX, which Entercom acquired earlier in the month, on January 24. The final piece KDFC played on 102.1 was "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland as performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, while the first song in the simulcast was "Roll Over Beethoven" by Electric Light Orchestra.
- KFOX website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KUZX
- Radio-Locator information on KUZX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KUZX