KZNS-FM

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KZNS-FM
City of license Coalville, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City and surrounding areas
Branding The Zone
Frequency 97.5 MHz
First air date August 10, 2005 (as KFMS)
Format Sports
ERP 89,000 watts
HAAT 647 meters (2,123 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 87974
Transmitter coordinates 40°52′16″N 110°59′43″W / 40.87111°N 110.99528°W / 40.87111; -110.99528
Former callsigns KTPM (2003–2005)
KFMS (2005–2006)
KOAY (2006–2008)
KZZQ (2008–2011)
Affiliations NBC Sports Radio
Owner Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1280thezone.com

KZNS-FM (97.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Coalville, Utah, the station serves Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. This station is owned by Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation and is branded as 97.5 The Zone.

Until July 2011, KZZQ was an active rock station called 97.5 The Blaze, previously located on 94.9 under the call sign KHTB, which was then branded as 94.9 Z-Rock and currently as Alt 94.9. The station changed call signs from KOAY to KZZQ on September 9, 2008.[1][2] A tribute concert for the Blaze by local artists took place shortly after the station was taken off the air. It was one of three active rock radio stations in Salt Lake City, the others being Z-Rock and KBER 101 (KBER).

History[edit]

The station was assigned the call letters KTPM on June 11, 2003. On August 10, 2005, the station changed its call sign to KFMS and began carrying a talk radio format. On September 5, 2006, the station became KOAY and branded itself as "The Oasis", carrying mostly soft adult contemporary music.

The Blaze[edit]

On September 9, 2008 the station changed to active rock and became The Blaze, with the call letters becoming KZZQ.[3] The Blaze had previously been located on 94.9 with the call sign KHTB, which subsequently became the call sign for a new active rock station called 94.9 Z-Rock. Reportedly, The Blaze had almost been shut down, but was able to continue using the Blaze moniker because Citadel failed to acquire the naming rights.[4] However, on this date, due to poor ratings (possibly as a result of competition against Z-Rock),[citation needed] The Blaze changed to what they called a "Rockin' Hits" format. However, this new format was met with even poorer ratings and extremely negative response from the station's longtime listeners.[citation needed] However, on December 1, 2010, The Blaze's morning host, Roger "Big Rog" Orton, spent his shift protesting the station's new mainstream rock format by playing active rock songs. This protest was met with overwhelmingly positive response from listeners, and the station received thousands of supportive phone calls, song requests, e-mails, and Facebook messages.[citation needed] Several Facebook fan pages showing support for The Blaze also appeared and hundreds of listeners signed the radio station's van, which was spray-painted white to act as a petition for the station to return to the active rock format. The Blaze returned to playing active rock shortly afterwards.

The Zone[edit]

On July 7, 2011 at 12 midnight KZZQ changed their format to sports, simulcasting KZNS 1280 AM "The Zone". On July 15, 2011 KZZQ changed their call letters to KZNS-FM.

Fox Sports Radio 97.5[edit]

On May 23, 2012 KZNS-FM relaunched as "Fox Sports Radio 97.5" with programming from Fox Sports Radio.

The Zone[edit]

In 2013 KZNS-FM resumed simulcasting KZNS 1280 AM as "The Zone".

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