KZZU-FM

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KZZU-FM
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City of license Spokane, Washington
Broadcast area Spokane, Washington
Branding "92.9 ZZU"
Slogan "Today's Modern Hit Music"
Frequency 92.9 MHz
Translator(s) 92.5 K223AN (Coeur d'Alene, ID) (Spokane, WA)
First air date September 1955 (as KREM-FM)
Format Adult Top 40
ERP 85,000 watts
HAAT 634 meters
Class C
Facility ID 38493
Callsign meaning ZZU = "ZOO"
Former callsigns KREM-FM (1955-1984)
Owner Morgan Murphy Media / Spokane Television Group
(QueenB Radio, Inc. / Louis Dearias, Receiver)
Sister stations KEZE, KHTQ, KXLX, KXLY, KXLY-FM, KXLY-TV, KXMN-LP, KVNI
Webcast Listen Live
Website 92.9 ZZU's website

KZZU-FM, also known as 92.9 ZZU, is an Adult Top 40 outlet in Spokane, Washington. The station broadcasts at 92.9 MHz on the FM dial and has an effective radiated power of 85,000 watts. It has a 46 watt translator in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They are owned by Morgan Murphy Media. Its current slogan is "Today's Modern Hit Music."

History[edit]

KZZU was previously KREM-FM, an Adult Album Alternative station. In 1984, KREM-TV sold KREM-FM and its frequency, changed call letters to KZZU FM, and switched to a Top 40 [[Contemporary Hit Radio|CHR] ]format, enjoying relative success for two decades. During this time the station was known as "KZZU The Zoo!" & "93 Zoo FM". Part of the station's popularity stemmed from the "93 Zoo FM Breakfast Boys' Morning Show", Dave Sposito and Ken Hopkins, who, in their morning show, almost exclusively discussed pop culture items. KZZU has also hosted some famous on-air talents well in its past such as Jamie Patrick, Casey Christopher, Sean Rivers, Devin James, Steve Hawk, with Paul Gray, and Jeffrey Parker who rocked the nights for many years.

In response to their primary competitor, Spokane's 103.1 KCDA, KZZU shifted from their highly successful CHR/Top 40 format, to its now current but legendary Adult Top 40 format, on October 17, 2005 and offers a range of music that includes an Adult Oriented Hip-Hop and Pop selection. With the new format, The Breakfast Boys were reunited with Molly Allen, discarding the "The Breakfast Boys" monicker. Dave, Ken, Molly and producer Dan Roberts currently host the station's morning show, which runs from 6 to 10am. Their targeted audience are individuals from 18 to 49 years of age. By 2008, KZZU returned to their CHR roots following the flip of KEZE from Rhythmic Top 40 format, to a new Country format. KEZE swapped formats with sister station KXLY-FM in 2010, as KEZE programmed a adult album alternative format until its return to Rhythmic CHR roots as "The New Hot 96.9" in 2011. Mediabase & Nielsen BDS still describe KZZU as Hot AC, even after the return to top 40 at the station. However, it would resurface as Adult Top 40 when KZBD dropped alternative rock for CHR because of Mediabase & Nielsen BDS still reporting the station as adult top 40. Most of the Modern AC acts heard on sister station KEZE (and prior to 2010, KXLY-FM) have been replaced by rhythmic contemporary acts by then, with a similar trend done by most hot AC stations in Canada, as well as Cincinnati's WKRQ.

Air-Staff[edit]

6am to 10am, M-F: Dave, Ken & Molly (Dave Sposito, Ken Hopkins, Molly Allen)

10am to 3pm, M-F: Dan Roberts

3pm to 7pm, M-F: Jackie Brown

Trivia[edit]

In 2005 KZZU became the only Top 40 outlet of its kind in the United States to have an all-female airstaff, a rarity for a Top 40 station in the U.S, and it remained that way for about a decade.

It is one of seven local Spokane FM radio stations heard across Canada to subscribers of the Shaw Direct satellite TV service.[1]

Translators[edit]

Broadcast translators of KZZU-FM
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
K223AN 92.5 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 89150 17 450.6 m (1,478 ft) D FCC

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Coordinates: 47°35′42″N 117°17′56″W / 47.595°N 117.299°W / 47.595; -117.299