KAJM

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KAJM
CityCamp Verde, Arizona
Broadcast areaPhoenix, Arizona
Frequency104.3 MHz
BrandingMega 104.3
Slogan"Arizona's Old School"
Programming
FormatRhythmic oldies
Ownership
OwnerSierra H Broadcasting
KZCE
History
First air date
1984 (as KKJJ at 103.9)
Former call signs
KKJJ (1984-1987)
KAFM (1987-1988)
KRIM (1988-1998)
KBZG (1998-1999)
Former frequencies
103.9 MHz (1984-1987)
Call sign meaning
Arizona JaMz (Moniker during the late 90s/early 00s)
Technical information
Facility ID52818
ClassC
ERP40,000 watts
HAAT807 meters (2,648 feet)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.mega1043.com

KAJM (104.3 FM) is a commercial rhythmic oldies-formatted radio station in Camp Verde, Arizona, broadcasting to Phoenix, Arizona. Its studios are located on Indian School Road in Phoenix, and its transmitter is in Crown King.

History[edit]

The station began in the summer of 1984 as KKJJ 103.9, a Class A station licensed to Payson, and would remain until 1987, when they got the approval and completed the move to 104.3. The original format was country.

Callsigns since then included first KAFM then KRIM then KBZG which were in use during part of the KBZR simulcast. The KRIM calls once dropped for KBZG were picked up later when KRIM-LP took them.

Previous formats include country, an AOR/Modern Rock/CHR format called "The Blaze", a simulcast of CHR/Rhythmic KBZR-Coolidge (later KPTY-Gilbert), a return of the "Blaze" format (under the new name "CD Rock"), Traditional Oldies as "K-Best", and a 60’s-90’s Rhythmic Oldies format, under the name “Arizona Jamz”, featuring sweepers with "Beavis and Butthead" sound bytes.

Carey Edwards, an established Phoenix air talent who had most recently been programming Rhythmic Oldies KGMG "Mega 106.3" in Tucson, was brought to the station. Soon after his arrival, allaccess.com reported that KAJM would be "relaunched" soon. On April 20, 2001, at 5:00 pm, as Edwards applied the formula from KGMG — KAJM became "Mega 104.3 & 99.3".[1] Since then, the station has shifted towards a gold-based Urban Adult Contemporary direction in part due to having a sister station in KNRJ, whose playlist and direction features an Urban Contemporary direction with a heavy emphasis on Classic Hip-Hop. As of June 2011, KAJM has picked up competition from Gold-based Rhythmic AC KYOT-FM, a move that prompted KAJM to rechristen its slogan to "Arizona's #1 Old School Station" to counter KYOT-FM's library of R&B/Pop/Dance classics (KYOT-FM has since flipped to adult hits).[2]

Move[edit]

In June 2007, KAJM moved its signal at 104.3 MHz from a location north of Payson, to Wildflower Mountain near Crown King, and changed its city of license to Camp Verde. Despite a power reduction, this location gives the station a little better coverage in the Phoenix metropolitan area, mainly in the western suburbs. The 99.3 translator would become part of KNRJ. [1] [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Arizona Jamz" KAJM relaunches as "Mega 104.3 & 99.3"". Format Change Archive. 2001-04-20.
  2. ^ "First Listen: Phoenix's Jammin' Oldies Battle" Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine from Radio-Info.com (June 7, 2011)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°13′47″N 112°21′06″W / 34.22975°N 112.351528°W / 34.22975; -112.351528