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City of license Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding "102.5 KNIX"
Slogan New Country and The Valley's All-Time Favorites
Frequency 102.5 (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
102.5 HD2 KFYI AM 550
102.5 HD3 Total Traffic Network
First air date December 25, 1961
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 494 meters
Class C
Facility ID 7698
Callsign meaning K PhoeNIX
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(CC Licenses, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live

KNIX is a country music radio station in Phoenix, Arizona. Its studios are located in Phoenix near Sky Harbor Airport and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park. The station's frequency is 102.5 MHz


The station originally signed on the air on December 25, 1961 as a beautiful music station. In 1968, singer Buck Owens bought the station and its AM sister in separate transactions. The AM station was country music KTUF and the FM station changed to progressive rock in August 1968. In early March 1969, KNIX-FM switched to the country format and the two stations began simulcast operations. Station bumper-stickers proclaimed "K-TUF/KNIX, We Stamped Out 3-Letter Radio". In 1998 Clear Channel acquired the FM from Owens and continues as a country station.

KNIX led not only the Phoenix radio market, but was considered one of the premier country radio stations in the United States. Under the leadership of General Manager Michael Owens and Programming/Operations Manager Larry Daniels, KNIX was consistently number one in the Phoenix market. In addition, the station won many prestigious awards including honors from the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music, Billboard Magazine, and the Marconi Award for excellence in broadcasting.

  • Footnote: Beginning as early as 1988 KNIX began receiving awards on the National Level from a host of recognized sources. See the station's [webpage][1] for a complete list.
  • Footnote: KNIX Originally signed on the air on December 25, 1961. Its owners John & Donna Karshner also served as On Air Staff and programmers. Their son John P Karshner II became one of the youngest DJ's in America at age 16. Source 1963 Broadcasting Yearbook

HD Radio[edit]

KNIX's HD Radio signal is multiplexed. The main signal is a simulcast of KNIX's country programming. On April 25, 2006, Clear Channel announced that KNIX's HD2 subchannel would carry a format focusing on music from new and up-and-coming Country artists. The second channel has now switched to carrying KFYI AM 550, a valley AM news/talk radio station. The third channel carries Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network (TTN). A data only service broadcasting real-time traffic streaming to GPS devices with HD Radio receivers, providing accident, traffic flow, and road construction information. Devices capable of receiving traffic data are available from manufactures such as Garmin or Cydle.

On-air staff[edit]

The current lineup (as of August 2012): Starting the day in the morning drive are Ben & Matt with Ben Campbell, Matt McAllister, Robyn Moore, Producer Joe Wallace & Jason Christopher (Traffic). Next is Cindy Spicer on middays. Holding down the afternoon drive is Billy Michaels. Wrapping up the day is Bree Wagner on nights, and on overnights is the syndicated After Midnite with Blair Garner.

Weekends/fill-ins include Barrel Boy and Garry D.

Former staff[edit]

  • Charlie Ochs (mornings)
  • W. Steven Martin (mornings)
  • J.D. Freeman (afternoons)
  • "Layback" Lenny Roberts (afternoons)
  • John Buchannon (evenings then midday, also Music Director)
  • [Brian McNeal] (Evenings)
  • [Buddy Alan] Buddy Alan (Music Dir. - midday)
  • George King
  • Steve Harmon
  • Jim West
  • Steve Wood
  • Bill Kramer
  • Brian Kelly
  • John Michaels
  • RJ Curtis
  • Susan Geary
  • Bobby Lewis
  • Steve Goddard
  • Tim & Willy (mornings)
  • Dick Leighton (traffic)
  • Bill Denny (sports)
  • Larry Clark (news)
  • Mary Ganier (news)
  • Stephan Kaufman (news)
  • Marti McNeil (news)
  • Gwen Foster
  • Scott Fisher
  • Russ Knight
  • Larry Daniels (midday)
  • Red Skyler
  • Bobby Butler
  • Mike Scott (afternoon drive & Music Director)
  • Camille Wood (traffic & voice work)
  • Robin Lee (overnights)
  • Gary Gardner (weekends)
  • Carolyn Coffey (mornings)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°19′59″N 112°03′54″W / 33.333°N 112.065°W / 33.333; -112.065