KJWL

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For the Fresno, California radio station that held the call sign KJWL at 99.3 FM from 1994 to 2017, see KWDO.
KJWL
105.5 K-Jewel.png
City San Joaquin, California
Broadcast area Fresno, California
Branding 105.5 K-Jewel
Slogan It's All About The Music
Frequency 105.5 MHz
First air date 1999 (as KWOL)
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 64144
Callsign meaning K JeWeL
Former callsigns KVPC (1989–1999, CP)
KWOL (1999–2004)
KTSX (2004–2005)
KUUS (2005–2006)
KJZN (2006-2017)
Owner John Ostlund and Fat Dawgs Broadcasting, LLC
(One Putt Broadcasting)
Sister stations KFRR, KJFX
Webcast Listen Live
Website KJWL.com

KJWL (105.5 FM) is an American commercial radio station located in San Joaquin, California, broadcasting to the Fresno, California, area. Owned by One Putt Broadcasting, its studios are located at Fresno's Radio Center on Shaw Avenue in the city's north side, while the transmitter is west of Raisin City, California.

History[edit]

KJWL aired a smooth jazz music format until April 28, 2009, and began stunting with Christmas music interspersed with Santa Claus-voiced liners which invited listeners to tune in on Friday, May 1, at noon if they "can handle the truth." At noon on May 1st, the station flipped to a conservative talk format called 105.5 The Truth, creating a fifth strong-signal conservative talk station in the region (a region which remains without an alternative progressive talk radio broadcaster).

This was the second station in Fresno to use the smooth jazz format, which was previously heard on KEZL (96.7 FM). That station has since been flipped to the Hot Adult Contemporary format (under the call letters KALZ), and is now known as "Alice 96.7".

On January 28, 2013, the then-KJZN changed their format from talk to sports, branded as "105.5 The Game", with programming from CBS Sports Radio.[1]

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, KJZN and sister stations KFRR and KJFX were purchased by One Putt from Wilks Broadcasting for $6.6 million. The purchase was consummated on January 30, 2015.

On March 5, 2015, at 6 AM, KJZN flipped to classic hip-hop. Initially set to be branded as "Bling 105.5", One Putt decided that 105.5's branding under its new format was to be chosen via an online name-the-station contest. In mid-May, the contest ended, and 105.5's new branding was revealed as "Rewind 105.5".[2]

On January 1, 2017, KJZN dropped the classic hip-hop format and adopted KJWL's old branding of "K-Jewel", with the KJWL's AAA format shifting back to Adult Contemporary.[3] On January 5, 2017, KJZN changed their call letters to KJWL.

Previous logos[edit]

KZJN-FM 105.5 The Truth logo.jpg KJZN 105.5 The Game logo.jpg Rewind 105.5.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilks Planning Multiple Sports Flips | RadioInsight". radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Fresno’s Classic Hip-Hop Gets Named | RadioInsight | Game Over in Fresno". radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  3. ^ 99.3 Now FM Fresno Launches as Jewel FM Moves Radioinsight - January 2, 2017

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Coordinates: 36°36′29″N 119°59′53″W / 36.608°N 119.998°W / 36.608; -119.998