KZII-FM

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KZII-FM
City of license Lubbock, Texas
Branding 102.5 Kiss FM
Slogan "All the Hits"
Frequency 102.5 MHz
First air date 1992
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 100,000 Watts
Class C
Former callsigns KRUX, KFYO-FM
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Lubbock License, LLC)
Sister stations KFMX, KFYO, KKAM, KKCL, KQBR
Webcast Listen Live!
Website http://www.1025kiss.com

KZII-FM (102.5 FM), known as "102.5 Kiss FM" is a Top 40 (CHR) formatted radio station serving Lubbock, Texas. The station is owned by Townsquare Media.

History[edit]

KZII went on air as KRUX in mid-March 1982. Studios were on the third floor of the Plains Bank building at 5010 50th, and the transmitter was at 98th and University (the KJTV tower). Station featured "six packs" of country music. It was owned by Rex Broadcasting Corporation of owner of KCUB (AM) and KIIM (FM) in Tucson, Az, and KROD (AM) and KLAQ (FM) in El Paso, Texas.

Rex was owned by Jim Sloane, and had filed for the station on 102.5 in 1977. A couple of other local stations (580 KDAV and 1590 KEND) also filed for the channel. The original engineering had been prepared by Guy Smith at the Ray Moran stations (Albuquerque and Roswell). Moran filed for 101.1 in 1973 and received it unopposed in 1973, went on air in 1974. Sloane delayed filing until the later seventies and ended up in a comparative hearing for the station.

KRUX was sold to the owners of crosstown 790 KFYO (AM) in mid 1985. Studios were consolidated at the KFYO Transmitter Site at 4322 82nd Street (present-day Kingsgate North shopping center). Then, in 1986 the Z102/KFYO studios and KFYO 790 AM transmitter site were moved to South Slide Road, south of Lubbock, south of FM 1585. The studios were then moved again in the Fall of 1996 to the then Gulfstar (later Capstar, then AM/FM, then Clear Channel in 2001, then GAP and now present-day Townsquare Media) studios at 4413 82nd Street (82nd and Quaker).

By year end in 1985, the 102.5 transmitter had been relocated to a temporary location in north Lubbock, and in 1985-1986 the transmitter was moved to a new tower at 82nd and Avenue P (The Lubbock Tower) shared by then 94.5 KFMX, 96.3 KLLL, 99.5 KRLB (now KQBR), and 102.5 KFYO-FM. In the late 1990s ('98 or '99) 98.1 KKCL moved on to The Lubbock Tower, with 95.5 KAIQ-FM moving onto The Lubbock Tower in 2004.

After Gulfstar's parent company, Capstar, merged with Chancellor Broadcasting, these stations were eventually sold to one of the Hicks family controlled groups that were later rolled up into Clear Channel Communications.

In 2006, Clear Channel announced they were going private, and later announced they would sell many of their smaller market stations, including their cluster in Lubbock. GAP Broadcasting purchased these stations, including KZII-FM.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at midnight, GAP Broadcasting dropped the Z102 format in favor of the "Kiss FM" branding. The station became 102.5 Kiss FM at 5 p.m. on March 20, 2009.

What eventually became Gap Central Broadcasting (following the formation of GapWest Broadcasting) was folded into Townsquare Media on August 13, 2010.[1]

Programming[edit]

Kiss FM's current format is Mainstream CHR which is a variant of Top 40, although the station has shifted between Mainstream CHR and Rhythmic CHR over the past 10 years, as different stations entered the Lubbock market to compete.

From the 1990s through mid-2001, Z102 was the home of Jay (Shannon), Chris (Kelly) and Dina (Morales) in the Morning. The show was regionally syndicated throughout West Texas in the late 1990s, 2000 & 2001. The show (and Texas syndication) briefly moved to KHFI-FM, in Austin, in 2001. Before the end of 2001, Chris & Dina moved back to Lubbock to host "Chris & Dina in the Morning" which was exclusively heard on Z102. Jay Shannon then went on to serve two separate stints as OM/PD for KHFI from 2001 to 2014. In his time at KHFI, Shannon found a DJ named Bobby Bones and eventually created a morning show centered around him. The present-day Bobby Bones Show was originally patterned after "Jay, Chris & Dina in the Morning" with Bobby filling the role that Jay served, Lunchbox filling the antagonist Chris Kelly role and Amy taking Dina's role.

For a number of years in the 2000s, into the early 2010s, on Saturdays from 8PM to 11PM KISS FM broadcast live from Heaven Nightclub called "Saturday Night Heaven". The remote broadcast was ended in 2011.

On air, Z102's positioning included "Hot Hitz, 102.5 Z102"; "H - I - T - Z102" (How you spell Hits); "Continuous Hit Music, 102.5 Z102"; "Your #1 Hit Music Station, 102.5 Z102"; and was "Lubbock's #1 Hit Music Station, Z102" prior to changing to the "Kiss FM" branding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Townsquare Media completes roll-up of GAP". Radio Business Report. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°31′05″N 101°51′25″W / 33.518°N 101.857°W / 33.518; -101.857