The station signed on the air on June 4, 1977 as KNVR-FM, then in 1992 changed to KZZP. In 1995 The "Z" switched to "A" and the current call letters KZAP became reality. KZAP became the market's AC leader in 2000 as "Star 96.7" and in 2002 switched to Rhythmic Top 40 as "Club 96.7". Program director is Randy Zachary, former owner and main on-air personality at KYIX-FM.
On June 18, 2007 KZAP flipped to adult album alternative and adopted the KPIG brand for the Chico area. The format was not successful in the market, and on May 10, 2010 the station switched to its news/talk format. The station then decided to change to an oldies format in March 2011 called "Classic Hits 96.7".
KZAP has become Chico's mainstream local radio station with mornings hosted by long-time Chico radio personalities Randy and Monica Zachary complemented by local news, local sports, weather and NBC News.