KFMA

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KFMA
City Oro Valley, Arizona
Broadcast area Tucson, Arizona
Branding Rock 102
Slogan Tucson's New Rock
Frequency 102.1 MHz
First air date 2001 (as KCMT at 101.9)
Format Modern Rock
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 81 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 87841
Callsign meaning K FM (Frequency Modulation) Arizona (or Alternative Rock, the format)
Former callsigns KCMT (2000-2014)
Former frequencies 101.9 MHz (2001-2002)
Owner Lotus Communications Corporation
(Arizona Lotus Corp.)
Sister stations KTKT, KCMT-FM
Website kfma.com

KFMA (102.1 FM) is commercial radio station located in Tucson, Arizona, broadcasting to the Tucson, Arizona area. KFMA airs a modern rock music format. KFMA has an ERP of 100,000 watts. Its studios are in northern Tucson while the transmitter is southeast of the city.

KFMA was formerly broadcast on the 92.1 frequency with a repeater on 101.3 FM. 'The signal was sometimes hard to pick in all areas of the Tucson Metro Area due to distance, and the fact that the 92.1 frequency had an ERP of 50,000 watts. To overcome this, it has K267AF, a translator located in Tucson that broadcasts on 101.3, which in many parts of Tucson is much easier to hear. Nevertheless, Lotus Communications coordinated a frequency swap with 'KCMT' because the 92.1 frequency better served their target audience while the 102.1 frequency better served the target audience of 'KFMA'

History[edit]

In 1982 the station began using the calls KEZG, as a class A station, which aired easy listening and 'beautiful' music. After changing hands in the mid-80s it became KFXX, a CHR station, until it was sold to Bill Yde.

In the early 1990s, the station was sold to Bill Yde, who eventually sold it Lotus Radio, its current owner. Between October 15, 1991 and September 21, 1993, it was KTZN, which played a Rock and Adult Contemporary mix.[1]

KTZN then became 92.1 and 101.3 The Echo with the call letters KEKO. As the Echo, it was an Adult Album Alternative station. In November 1995 the flip to KFMA and alternative rock was made.

KFMA began streaming audio on the internet in 2003.

Effective March 21, 2014 KFMA moved to a new signal which broadcasts on 102.1 FM.

Programs[edit]

The current lunch-time show is "The All Request Drive Thru Lunch", KFMA has an evening countdown show called the "9-o-clock riot", where the top 5 requests of the day are played.

The nationally syndicated radio show Loveline is currently run in the late night spot, from 10 p.m. to Midnight (11 p.m. to 1 a.m. during daylight saving time, which Arizona does not observe). Loveline airs on KFMA nightly Sunday to Thursday.

On Sundays, KFMA has the "New Music Test Department," where new songs are played on the air to determine if they should be played on the air.

Awards[edit]

  • Tucson Weekly Best of Tucson: public-vote winner for its radio station category (usually Best Rock Station) every year since 1996 except once.[2]

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Coordinates: 32°00′11″N 110°47′53″W / 32.003°N 110.798°W / 32.003; -110.798