KBZN

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KBZN
KBZN FM logo.png
City Ogden, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
Branding Now 97.9
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 97.9 MHz
Translator(s) 103.1 K276DR (Montpelier, Idaho)
Repeater(s) 97.9 KBZN-1 (Park City, Utah)
First air date 1978 (as KZAN)
Format Hot Adult Contemporary
ERP 26,000 watts
HAAT 1149 meters (3770 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 8690
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′35″N 112°12′5″W / 40.65972°N 112.20139°W / 40.65972; -112.20139Coordinates: 40°39′35″N 112°12′5″W / 40.65972°N 112.20139°W / 40.65972; -112.20139
Former callsigns KZAN (1978-1988)
KKGB (1988-1989)
KKWY (1989-1990)
Owner Capital Broadcasting
Sister stations KLO, KSQN
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kbzn.com

KBZN (Now 97.9 FM) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Ogden, Utah and serving the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The station airs a hot adult contemporary radio format and is owned by Capital Broadcasting.[1][2]

The station's studios and offices are located at the 257 Tower building in downtown Salt Lake City, along with sister stations 1430 KLO and 103.1 KSQN.[3] KBZN's transmitter site is located southwest of the city on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains.[4] The station is also heard on a repeater station, 97.9 KBZN-1 in Park City[5] and on translator station, 103.1 K276DR in Montpelier, Idaho.[6]

History[edit]

In 1978, the station first signed on as KZAN.[7] The station was owned by Ben Lomand and broadcast a country music format. The station switched call letters to KKGB in 1988. In 1989, the station changed its call sign to KKWY, as a Top 40 station. In late 1989, the license was purchased by local Capital Broadcasting, becoming KBZN ("Breezing"). It became an affiliate of the syndicated Smooth Jazz service known as "The Breeze." It later became a locally programmed Smooth Jazz station.

In 2009, as the Smooth Jazz format was in decline, KBZN made the switch to a hot adult contemporary sound and the "Now 97.9" moniker.[8] The move has proven to be a good one, with Now 97.9 regularly rated as one of the top music stations in the market from 2012 to the present.

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