KESZ

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KESZ
KESZ 999KEZ.png
City Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding 99.9 KEZ
Slogan A Better Variety For A Better Work Day (General)
The Valley's Home For Christmas Music! (Nov.-Dec.)
Frequency 99.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
99.9 HD2 KEZ Classic
First air date 1982 (as KNNN)
Format Adult Contemporary
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 519 meters
Class C
Facility ID 40992
Callsign meaning EaSZ (The Z substitutes for the Y)
Former callsigns KNNN (1982-1984)
KLZI (1984-1988)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(CC Licenses, LLC)
Sister stations KFYI, KGME, KMXP, KNIX-FM, KOY, KYOT-FM, KZZP
Webcast Listen Live
Website kez999.iheart.com

KESZ (99.9 KEZ FM) is an adult contemporary radio station based in Phoenix, Arizona. Its studios are located in Phoenix near Sky Harbor Airport and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air in 1982 as KNNN, a Spanish-language station. It made the evolution to its current format in 1988. In 1999, Clear Channel added the station to its Phoenix cluster.

The station is anchored by the highly successful "Beth and Bill Show," its Morning Drive Program since approximately 1990 (hosted by Beth McDonald and former KPNX meteorologist Bill Austin). The show was renamed Beth and Friends after Bill Austin retired in early 2010 due to his cancer. On June 2, 2010, Bill Austin (real name William Austin Waggoner) died of bladder cancer.[1]

Since January 2016, KEZ reimaged using Cam Brainard and Rachael Mcgrath, along with a jingle package change from RW One CHR to RW One AC and changed their positioner to a Better Variety For A Better Work Day. KEZ uses the WLTW logo melody in its jingle presentation. After christmas music ended on December 26 kez change to new slogan more music,more variety.

Traditions[edit]

Each year after Thanksgiving, the station has a tradition of playing "Non-Stop Christmas Music". Beth and Friends still air as regularly scheduled but the songs they play are strictly Christmas music.

Since 2008 the music has started prior to Thanksgiving.

Competitors[edit]

The station competes with two of its sister stations. One competitor is KMXP, which is Hot AC and excludes the 1970s' hits on KESZ. Another competitor is KYOT-FM, which offers an adult hits format (although it was a competitor for many years with its Smooth Jazz/Smooth AC format).

HD Radio[edit]

KESZ's HD Radio signal is multiplexed. The main signal is a simulcast of KESZ's adult contemporary programming. The second channel carries KEZ's Classic Channel programmed by Clear Channel's Format Lab classic hits format consisting of songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Coordinates: 33°20′02″N 112°03′47″W / 33.334°N 112.063°W / 33.334; -112.063