KZZP

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KZZP
104.7 KISSFM.jpg
City of license Mesa, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding 104.7 KISS-FM
Slogan All The Hits
The Valley's Number One Hit Music Station
Frequency 104.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)104.7HD2 The Hot Spot
First air date 1950 (as KTYL-FM)
Format Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: Pride Radio
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 472 meters
Class C
Facility ID 47742
Callsign meaning KiZZ fm Phoenix.
Former callsigns KTYL-FM (1950-1958)
KBUZ-FM (1958-1976)
KIOG (1976-1980)
KZZP-FM (1980-1991)
KVRY (1991-1996)
Owner Clear Channel
Sister stations KESZ, KFYI, KGME, KMXP, KNIX, KOY, KYOT
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1047kissfm.com

KZZP (104.7 FM) - currently branded as 104.7 KISS-FM - is a Top 40 (CHR) radio outlet serving the Phoenix, Arizona area. The Clear Channel Communications station broadcasts at 104.7 MHz with an Effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 kW and is licensed in Mesa, Arizona. Due to its 100 kW signal from South Mountain, the station can be easily picked up in most parts of Tucson. The station plays a large variety of hip-hop, pop and rock tracks, as well as the flagship station of the Johnjay and Rich in the Morning. Its studios are located in Phoenix near Sky Harbor Airport and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

104.7 FM originally signed on the air in 1950 as KTYL-FM (calls now used by a station in Tyler, Texas), co-owned with 1310 AM in Mesa. It later became KBUZ-FM with a beautiful music format. In 1976, the station changed its call letters to KIOG and aired a soft rock format. Western Cities Broadcasting purchased KIOG in 1980 and flipped it to a Top 40 format as KZZP, with personalities like Jonathon Brandmeier, Jimmy Kimmel, Dave Otto, Kevin Ryder of Kevin and Bean fame, and Steve Goddard.

KZZP (1980–91)[edit]

104 KZZP[edit]

Brandmeier, better known to everyone as Johnny B., later made a huge[clarification needed] name for himself in Chicago at WLUP-FM. His show on KZZP featured prank phone calls, parody songs which Brandmeier himself usually wrote, sang and recorded, and a cast of regular characters. When Brandmeier went to Chicago's WLUP, Western Cities won an injunction to keep him off the air in the Windy City until his contract with KZZP had officially expired. As of July 2012, Brandmeier hosts mornings on Chicago's WGN-AM for a reported seven-figure salary.[citation needed]

Hitmusic 104[edit]

KZZP a.k.a. "Hitmusic 104" in their early days enjoyed a spectacular[clarification needed] run from 1985 until early 1990 as one of America's leading CHR stations, led by program director Guy Zapoleon and owned by Nationwide Communications. During Zapoleon's era, the station played mass appeal hits along with some adventurous dance and alternative releases. Zapoleon hired morning man Bruce Kelly from Boston in July 1985.

KZZP 104.7 FM[edit]

"KZZP 104.7 FM, The Number 1 Hit Music Station" also produced a long list of future stars in the radio business including Valerie Knight, Kevin Weatherly, Gene Baxter, Todd Fisher (now GM, KSTP Minneapolis), Clarke Ingram (who came from B-94 in Pittsburgh, served as KZZP's OM, and later went on to Z-100 in New York City, among others), Nick Sommers (Nick Sommers Productions), Michelle Santosuosso, William "Billy Stu" Stewart (now PD - KGOT, Anchorage, AK), Carey Edwards (Programmed KHPT, Tucson, and more recently MD, APD/PM Drive at KAMX Austin), Kent Voss (now a news sidekick with Brandmeier on WLUP), William "Buddy" LaTour (KZZP's Production Director, weekend on-air personality, currently Production Director at CBS Radio Chicago) who launched an electronic music career under the name LaTour, Mike Elliot, John O'Rourke, and Susan Karis (who started in sales at the station in 1981 and now oversees it as a Clear Channel executive vice president).

In December 1989, Bruce Kelly signed a five-year contract with the station, but was fired weeks later. He sued for wrongful termination and won, years later Bruce went to KKFR and team up with former WLUP jock Maggie Brock to host "Power 92"'s New Morning Show "Bruce And Maggie In The Morning".

KVRY (1991–96)[edit]

Variety 104.7[edit]

On April 28, 1991, after playing "Funeral For a Friend" by Elton John, KZZP began stunting with a ticking clock. Two days later on April 30, KZZP flipped to Hot Adult Contemporary, branded as "Variety 104.7." The KZZP calls were retired for KVRY at the time of the flip. The first song on "Variety" was "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood.

Return to KZZP (1996–present)[edit]

KZZP 104.7, and 104.7 ZZP[edit]

On April 1, 1996, KVRY returned to KZZP, and returned to a Top 40 format, albeit with a Modern AC lean. Brandmeier made a brief return, via syndication, in mornings, in 1996, but to no ratings success. Kelly returned in August 1998 for a brief run in mornings.

The station is now branded on-air as KISS-FM; the KZZP call letters are only used as hourly station identification as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

104.7 KISS-FM[edit]

On April 20, 2001, they played the last song called "Higher" by Creed, then at 6pm, KZZP began playing Prince's song Kiss consecutively for three days straight. This was done on April 23, 2001 at 12pm, where to promote the new name of the station, KISS-FM, featuring an introduction from Destiny's Child, whose song Survivor was the first song played on the new "104.7 Kiss FM". [1] Now owned by Clear Channel, KZZP, under PD Tom Caloccoci, went into a Rhythmic Top 40 direction that included some dance crossovers. Although they would broaden up to include mainstream Pop product by 2004, KZZP's playlist still leaned heavily towards Rhythmic, similar to many Top 40 stations in large cities, as their playlist is less rhythmic-leaning, though they still add more rhythmic tracks than the usual CHR.

Competition-wise, KZZP is also one of three Top 40 stations battling for listeners in the Phoenix market, the other two being rhythmic rivals KKFR and KZON, as well as new top 40 rival KMVA.

HD Radio[edit]

KZZP's HD Radio signal is multiplexed. The main signal is a simulcast of KZZP's Top 40 programming. The second channel carries The Hot Spot, a pop and new music format which is heard on several other Kiss stations across the United States.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°20′02″N 112°03′36″W / 33.334°N 112.060°W / 33.334; -112.060