|City of license||De Pere, Wisconsin|
|Broadcast area||Green Bay-Appleton-Oshkosh|
|Branding||95.9 Kiss FM|
|Slogan||"Green Bay And The Valley's Hottest Hits"|
|Format||Rhythmic Top 40|
|Callsign meaning||W-KSZ (sounds like "kiss")|
|Former callsigns||WJLW (1983-1995)|
|Owner||Woodward Communications, Inc.|
|Sister stations||WAPL, WHBY, WKZG, WKZY, WSCO, WZOR|
WKSZ (95.9 FM, "95.9 Kiss FM") is a Rhythmic Top 40formatted radio station licensed to De Pere, Wisconsin, that serves the Green Bay and Appleton-Oshkosh areas. The station is owned by Woodward Communications.
95.9 frequency history
The history of the 95.9 MHz frequency in the Green Bay area dates back to the mid-1980s, with WJLW. Locally owned by Jack LeDuc (from whom the "JL" of the call letters originated), WJLW broadcast a country music format  until October 1995, when LeDuc sold the station to Woodward Communications. (LeDuc would resurrect the WJLW call letters, and its country format, one year later at the 106.7 frequency in Green Bay.)
The 95.9 frequency went dormant for a month until November 1995, when Woodward launched WKSZ as "95.9 Kiss FM." The station was positioned as a contemporary hit radio station, putting it in direct competition with Midwest Communications' heritage CHR station, WIXX.
Kiss FM's ratings managed to stay only in the middle of the Arbitron ratings for the Green Bay market, thanks to the long-time dominance of WIXX as the premiere hit radio station in Northeast Wisconsin. However, a ratings surge by WKSZ in 2001-2002 had the station beating WIXX in several key younger demographics. In response, Midwest Communications changed the format of their low-rated adult contemporary station, WLTM, to a rhythmic format as WLYD, "Wild 99.7."
In April 2003, after a stellar first book performance by Wild, Woodward pulled the plug on "95.9 Kiss FM." A local research project commissioned by Woodward indicated a format "hole" for hot adult contemporary, and after stunting with Christmas music, Woodward launched the new hot AC format on WKSZ as "Today's Best Variety, Mix 95.9". The move to hot AC, however, backfired for Woodward, as Mix 95.9's listener share sank to at or near the bottom of the Arbitron ratings in the Green Bay market.
In February 2006, Midwest Communications dropped WLYD's rhythmic format in favor of variety hits (as WZBY). One month later, on March 13, 2006, Woodward would fill the void "Wild 99.7" left behind, flipping WKSZ from Hot AC back to "Kiss FM", mixing Kiss' contemporary hit music with some rhythmic music formerly heard on "Wild." (Reviving the "Kiss FM" moniker was an acknowledgment that listeners still referred to WKSZ by that name, even during its "Mix" days.) A noticeable addition to "Kiss-FM" after its return has been the "tagging" of each song (artist and song title) at its conclusion, regardless of whether a DJ will be heard afterwards.
The 2006 return of Kiss paid off, for in the first Arbitron ratings book after the flip (spring 2006), WKSZ leaped to a fourth place ranking (of 21 stations) with an audience share that was five times greater than the share "Mix 95.9" pulled in during its waning days. The station finished second place in the most recent (fall 2010) Arbitron ratings for the Green Bay market.
- WKSZ-FM official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WKSZ
- Radio-Locator information on WKSZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WKSZ