KMVQ-FM

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KMVQ-FM
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City San Francisco, California
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Branding 99.7 Now
Slogan The Bay Area's New Hit Music
Frequency 99.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date October 12, 1949 (as KNBC-FM)
Format Analog/HD1: Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: Pulse Radio (Dance)
HD3: KZDG simulcast
ERP 40,000 watts
HAAT 396 meters
Class B
Facility ID 1084
Callsign meaning K Movin Q (previous branding)
Former callsigns KNBC-FM (1949-1962)
KNBR-FM (1962-1975)
KNAI-FM (1975-1978)
KYUU (1978-1988)
KXXX (1988-1991)
KFRC-FM (1991-2007)
Operator Bonneville International
Owner Entercom Divestiture Trust
(CBS Radio KMVQ-FM Inc.)
Sister stations KBLX, KOIT, KUFX
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website 997now.com

KMVQ-FM is a radio station licensed to San Francisco, California. The station currently broadcasts a Top 40/CHR format branded as 99.7 Now. KMVQ's transmitter is located in the San Bruno Mountains.

KMVQ was previously operated by CBS Radio. As part of its merger with Entercom, the company was required to divest four of its radio stations in San Francisco in order stay within ownership caps. KMVQ was placed in a trust and is currently being operated by Bonneville International under a local marketing agreement, pending its sale to another party.

KMVQ broadcasts in the HD Radio format.[1]

History[edit]

The 99.7 FM frequency was originally owned by NBC, with sister station KNBR. The station signed on the air on October 12, 1949 as KNBC-FM. At various times, it aired a middle of the road format as KNBR-FM and an all-news format as KNAI-FM.

KYUU[edit]

In 1978, NBC decided to take advantage of the newfound success of FM radio, so programmers were hired to create a new format, similar to Top 40 but targeting a market they felt was underserved, adults in the 25-34 age range. Years later, this approach would be labeled as "Hot adult contemporary." The station became KYUU.

Over time, the station migrated to more of a Top 40 format as "The Hit Music Station". By 1986, the station migrated back to its Hot AC direction. During much of this time, KYUU's morning host was Don Bleu.

KXXX/X-100[edit]

In 1988, NBC decided to sell all its owned-and-operated radio stations and concentrate on television. KYUU was among the last to be sold when Emmis Communications bought the radio station. Emmis made many changes, and due to heavy competition, in October 1988, decided to relaunch the station as X-100 and changed the call letters to KXXX.[2][3] It had a dance-leaning CHR approach, mixing Top 40 hits with dance music. Notable personalities included George McFly, Chuck Geiger, Super Snake, Rex McNeil and morning hosts Bill Kelly & Al Kline.

X-100 fared poorly compared to the legacy of KYUU, which led Emmis to sell the station to real estate developer Peter Bedford under his "Coast Broadcasting" division. X-100 flipped to oldies as KFRC-FM on March 18, 1991.[4] The following month, Bedford would buy 610 AM from RKO General, completing the sell-off of RKO's radio division.[5] In January 1993, Alliance Broadcasting, a company run by former KYUU general manager John Hayes, would buy KFRC.[6] On August 12, 1993, 99.7 FM began simulcasting on 610 AM.[7]

Oldies 99.7 KFRC[edit]

This was not KFRC's first attempt at FM broadcasting. For many years, KFRC owned an FM counterpart at 106.1 FM, which carried a variety of formats. In 1977, KFRC's owners sold off the money-losing FM station at 106.1 (which soon became successful AOR station KMEL). Over the next few years, as the FM band eclipsed AM in popularity, it became clear that the owners had made a mistake. This was finally remedied in 1991 under different ownership with the purchase of KXXX.

As KFRC, 99.7 FM simulcast the oldies format of its well-known sister AM station. The oldies format proved very successful in the Bay Area market, reaching number one with the 25-54 year old demographic. In September 1995, Alliance would be bought out by Infinity Broadcasting.[8]

In 2005, Infinity Broadcasting (later becoming CBS Radio) traded 610 AM to Christian radio broadcaster Family Stations, the owners of KEAR, for their station at 106.9 FM. On April 29, 2005, Family Stations began simulcasting the signal of their FM station on 610 AM, and the oldies format and KFRC call letters remained at 99.7 FM.

On September 5, 2005, KFRC relaunched its oldies format, this time focusing on 1970s & 1980s music with a low-key approach. The station billed itself as "the Bay Area's Classic Hits."

MOViN 99.7[edit]

Logo for MOViN 99.7, 2006-2007

At 10:03 a.m. on September 22, 2006, after playing "American Pie" by Don McLean, KFRC switched to a Rhythmic AC format, relaunching this time as "The New MOViN' 99.7" (with KFRC calls) with "Gonna Make You Sweat" by C+C Music Factory as the first song.[9][10][11] The "MOViN'" brand had previously been picked up by KQMV/Seattle, KMVN/Los Angeles, KYMV/Salt Lake City, KMVK/Dallas and WMVN/St. Louis.

Logo for MOViN 99.7, 2007-2010

The format switch was met with sharp criticism from long time listeners of the oldies format because it was the last remaining oldies station in the region.

On May 17, 2007, CBS Radio decided to bring back the old KFRC, as they dropped the "Free FM" talk format on 106.9 FM and revived the old "classic hits" format. The KFRC call sign moved to 106.9 FM. As a result, 99.7 FM received the new call sign KMVQ. (KFRC-FM is now an All-news radio station, simulcasting KCBS 740.)

Transition to CHR[edit]

Logo for MOViN 99.7, 2010

During the late summer and early fall of 2008, KMVQ evolved towards a Rhythmic-leaning Top 40 format with occasional classic rhythmic songs carried over from the previous format, becoming the first mainstream top 40 station for San Francisco in six years since KZQZ flipped to country in 2002. As a result, KMVQ became musically similar to CBS Radio's other newly launched top 40 stations in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Detroit. To fill the void, Clear Channel's KISQ shifted from urban AC to rhythmic AC.

In early 2009, KMVQ added many former DJ's from KYLD, including St. John, Strawberry, Joe Breezy, and Dennis Martinez. Later that year, on November 12, KMVQ added Fernando and Greg in the Morning as the station's new morning show, replacing Baltazar and Maria. The pair are the first openly gay duo to host a morning broadcast on American commercial radio. Before moving to KMVQ, the show was initially established on KNGY.

99-7 Now[edit]

Original 99-7 Now logo from December 2010-2012.
99-7 Now logo from 2012-January 2016.

In mid-2010, KMVQ changed its logo to match the "AMP Radio" stations in Los Angeles (KAMP-FM) and Detroit (WDZH). The station began using the slogan "All The Hits!" On December 31, 2010, the station re-branded as "99-7 Now" to match the CBS owned WNOW-FM (92-3 Now) in New York City with afternoon host St. John as the station's imaging voice.

On April 29, 2015, KMVQ introduced a new mid-day jock, Shan Berries, replacing Letty B, who left for KIIS in Los Angeles.

On January 25, 2016, KMVQ introduced a new slogan, "The Bay Area's New Hit Music", and a new logo patterned after those of AMP Radio stations KAMP-FM in Los Angeles, WBMP in New York and WQMP in Orlando.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom (which locally owns KBLX, KOIT, KRBQ, KUFX and KGMZ).[12] On October 10th, CBS Radio announced that as part of the process of obtaining regulatory approval of the merger, KMVQ would be one of sixteen stations that would be divested by Entercom, along with Entercom stations KOIT, KUFX, and KBLX (KCBS, KFRC-FM, KITS, KLLC, KZDG, KGMZ and KRBQ will be retained by Entercom).[13] On November 1, Entercom announced that Bonneville will begin operating KMVQ, KOIT, KUFX and KBLX via a local marketing agreement when the merger of CBS and Entercom closed on November 17, while their licenses will be placed into a divestiture trust pending a sale to a different owner within 180 days.[14][15][16]

Competition[edit]

KMVQ has competition from KYLD (owned by iHeartMedia) and KREV which also air Top 40 music, as well as Hip Hop KVVF, heritage Urban KMEL and Rhythmic AC KRBQ.

HD Radio[edit]

KMVQ-HD1 airs the same programming as the analog frequency. KMVQ-HD2 features a Dance format, billed as "Pulse Radio." The move came about after KNGY dropped its Dance format for Top 40/CHR in September 2009. KMVQ-HD3 airs a simulcast of KZDG.

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Coordinates: 37°41′13″N 122°26′10″W / 37.687°N 122.436°W / 37.687; -122.436