KNZR (AM)

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KNZR
KNZR logo.gif
City Bakersfield, California
Broadcast area Bakersfield, California
Branding 1560 & 97.7 FM KNZR
Slogan "News. Talk. Dodgers."
Frequency 1560 kHz
First air date 1933
Format News/Talk
Power 25,000 watts (day)
10,000 watts (night)
Class A
Facility ID 7715
Former callsigns 1933-1990: KPMC[1]
Owner Alpha Media, LLC
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stations KKBB, KLLY, KNZR-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website knzr.com

KNZR (1560 AM) is a news/talk radio station based in Bakersfield, California, United States. The station broadcasts with 25,000 watts of power daytime and 10,000 watts nighttime, and can be heard in most of California and other Western states at night. KNZR is designated by the FCC as a clear channel, Class A radio station. It is owned by Alpha Media, LLC, through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC. The station was assigned the KNZR call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on September 21, 1990.[1] An FM simulcast on KNZR-FM began in November 2011.

Programming[edit]

KNZR is the local home of Coast to Coast AM, The Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, The Terry Maxwell Show and The Mark Levin Show.

The station has not been without controversy. Midday host Jaz McKay drew protesters to the station and was investigated by the Kern County Sheriff's Department in May, 2017, for a social media post in which McKay, a concealed carry permit holder, stated that he was “getting ready to open a 30-round mag on you people” while disparaging the number of Spanish-language radio stations in the Bakersfield, California market, referring to them as “Messican.”[2][3]

On January 18, 2018, McKay used the racial epithet spic to describe Hispanics.[4] At 45.5%, Hispanics comprise the largest demographic group in Bakersfield.[5] On January 24, station licensee Alpha Media reported that McKay’s time slot was now being filled by Sean Hannity.[6] On the same day, it was also reported that McKay’s fellow conservative talk show host Inga Barks was, for unspecified reasons, no longer associated with the station.[3] Barks’ 3-6 p.m. time slot has been filled by Terry Maxwell, the station’s only “live and local” host.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ “Kern County sheriff investigating social media comments made by KNZR host Jaz McKay”, ‘’Bakersfield Californian’’, May 31, 2017
  3. ^ a b “Two conservative radio talk show hosts lose jobs at KNZR”, ‘’Bakersfield Californian’’, January 24, 2018
  4. ^ “Facebook ablaze over racist comment by local talk radio host”, ‘’Bakersfield Californian’’, January 19, 2018
  5. ^ Race and Ethnicity in Bakersfield at Statistical Atlas
  6. ^ “Sean Hannity Is Back In Bakersfield”, KNZR.com, January 24, 2018
  7. ^ Program Schedule at KNZR.com

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Coordinates: 35°18′30″N 119°02′46″W / 35.30833°N 119.04611°W / 35.30833; -119.04611