KEZO-FM

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KEZO-FM
KEZO logo.png
CityOmaha, Nebraska
Broadcast areaOmaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area
BrandingZ-92
SloganEverything That Rocks
Frequency92.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
92.3 HD2 KXSP
First air dateMay 15, 1961
FormatMainstream Rock
ERP95,000 watts
HAAT360.9 meters (1184 feet)
ClassC0
Facility ID74105
Transmitter coordinates41°18′16″N 96°1′41″W / 41.30444°N 96.02806°W / 41.30444; -96.02806Coordinates: 41°18′16″N 96°1′41″W / 41.30444°N 96.02806°W / 41.30444; -96.02806
Callsign meaningEaZy listening Omaha - refers to previous format
Former callsignsWOW-FM (1961–1971)
KFMX (1971–1973)
KEZO (1973–1987)
OwnerSummitMedia
(SM-KEZO-FM, LLC)
Sister stationsKKCD, KQCH, KSRZ, KXSP
WebcastListen Live
Websitez92.com

KEZO-FM (92.3 MHz Z-92) is a commercial FM radio station in Omaha, Nebraska. It is owned by SummitMedia.[1] KEZO airs a mainstream rock radio format. Studios and offices are on Mockingbird Drive in south Omaha, and the station's transmitter is off North 72nd Street and Crown Point at the Omaha master antenna farm.[2]

Todd-n-Tyler (Mike Tyler and Todd Brandt) host the station's morning show, with the program syndicated to other radio stations. KEZO broadcasts the sports programming from its sister station KXSP on its HD Radio digital audio subchannel.

History[edit]

On May 15, 1961, the station signed on as WOW-FM, a sister station to 590 WOW (now KXSP).[3] After initially simulcasting the AM station, it switched to broadcasting beautiful music. It become a Top 40 station for a short time in the early 1970s under the call letters KFMX. Then it switched back to easy listening music, and, in 1973, changed its call letters to KEZO, standing for EaZy Omaha. The station flipped to rock music at 9 a.m. on September 6, 1978, still keeping its KEZO call letters but using the identification Z-92.[4]

Notable former Z-92 announcers include Otis XII of the group Ogden Edsl and his long-time partner Diver Dan Doomey. A popular long-running feature of their morning show was Space Commander Wack, produced by Ralph Caldwell who was also the voice of announcer Yerzik Narge. Other recurring characters included the Mean Farmer and Lance Stallion, Radio Detective. Some notable DJs include Chuck Yates, Joe Blood, Rick Setchell, and Tim Bourke.

Journal Communications and the E. W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new media company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that would own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KEZO-FM. The transaction was completed in 2015.[5] Scripps exited radio in 2018; the Omaha stations went to SummitMedia in a four-market, $47 million deal completed on November 1, 2018.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Login to All Access - Breaking Radio News and Free New Music - AllAccess.com". allaccess.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "KEZO-FM Radio Station Coverage Map". radio-locator.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-137
  4. ^ "KEZO History". NebraskaRadio.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops". TVNewsCheck. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Scripps Completes Two More Pieces Of Radio Division Sale". Inside Radio. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.

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