|Broadcast area||Spokane, Washington|
|Branding||104.5 Hank FM|
|Repeater(s)||104.5 KNHK-FM1 (Spokane)|
|First air date||1990 (as KMJY-FM)|
|HAAT||319 meters (1,047 feet)|
|Callsign meaning||K N HanK FM|
|Former callsigns||KMJY-FM (1989–2005)
|Owner||Radio Station KMJY, LLC|
KNHK-FM (104.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve the community of Newport, Washington, United States. The station is owned by Radio Station KMJY, LLC and broadcasts to the greater Spokane, Washington, area. The station's programming is also rebroadcast in Spokane on a booster, KNHK-FM1. From May 1, 2010 to April 1, 2014, the station had been operating under a LMA by Pendleton Broadcasting. On December 11, 2014, KNHK returned to the air as a classic country outlet, branded as "104.5 Hank FM".
KQQB-FM was one of two Rhythmic Contemporary outlets serving the Spokane area when it signed on in December 2005 (KEZE was the other). In December 2006 they re-imaged themselves as "Live 104.5" and shifted away from their Rhythmic lean for a somewhat more mainstream direction. In June 2008, the station fell silent for nearly a full year.
On June 5, 2008, the on-line website All Access reported that KQQB and KAZZ were taken off the air. No reason was given for the abrupt sign-off, but whatever issue took the stations dark is now "in court," although there are no details as to what those issues are. According to messages posted at Radio-Info.com, there were issues detailing the sale of both stations that resulted in former owners Radio Station KMJY, LLC going to court to regain control after Proactive Communications defaulted on paying the final $1 million of a $6 million deal. Radio Station KMJY, LLC then obtained a court order to seize the equipment from the studio and the station tower.
According to the FCC database, the station went silent on June 4, 2008, and on June 16, 2008, applied for special temporary authority to "remain silent" which was granted on August 27, 2008. The reason given in the application was "A secured creditor has seized transmitting equipment necessary to the operation of the station." This special temporary authority was scheduled to expire on February 24, 2009. The FCC accepted an application for an extension of this stay-silent authority on February 2, 2009. Per the FCC notification, the broadcast license of KQQB-FM would have automatically expired as a matter of law if broadcast operations did not resume by 12:01 a.m. on June 5, 2009.
In a June 2009 filing with the FCC, KQQB-FM says that it resumed broadcasting shortly before the deadline but that it began "experiencing program delivery problems" and fell silent again on June 3, 2009. The licensee attests that it is working on an alternative method of program delivery so that it may "return the station to broadcast service". The FCC accepted this new application for authorization to remain silent but as of July 23, 2009, had taken no further action.
In September 2009, the station returned to the air with a rhythmic contemporary music format branded as "Cube 104.5".
Pendleton Broadcasting announced they would enter under a lease management and purchase agreement with KMJY, LLC in May 2010 and relaunched KQQB's Rhythmic CHR format as "104.5 JAMZ" on June 1, 2010. The station's call letters changed to KGZG-FM on June 16, 2010. The station is noted for having a wide variety of music, including breaking new music that other Rhythmic stations in the country wouldn't play, as well as having no on-air personalities or syndicated shows.
On April 1, 2014, KGZG's 4 year LMA agreement ended and was not renewed by Pendleton Broadcasting. KMJY then took the station silent while waiting for a new purchase offer and new ownership. Pendleton has since moved the station's format to the internet as an online radio station.
On December 11, 2014, KGZG returned to the air under new LMA with Alexandria Communications, as they launched a classic country format as "104.5 Hank FM." The launch also gives Spokane its fourth country outlet. On December 1, 2014, KGZG-FM changed their call letters to KNHK-FM.
In July 2005, Radio Station KMJY, LLC, reached an agreement to sell this station to Proactive Communications, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 1, 2005, and the transaction was consummated on September 28, 2005.
In July 2008, Proactive Communications, Inc., reached an agreement to return the broadcast license for this station to Radio Station KMJY, LLC. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 10, 2008, and the transaction was consummated on the same day.
KNHK-FM programming is also carried on broadcast translator stations to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.
|City of license||ERP
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