KNZZ

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KNZZ
City Grand Junction, Colorado
Broadcast area Grand Junction, Aspen
Branding Newsradio 1100
Frequency 1100 kHz
Translator(s) 92.7 K257FH (Grand Junction)
First air date May 1, 1926 (in Edgewater, moved to Grand Junction on January 31, 1931)
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts day
36,000 watts critical hours
10,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 39465
Transmitter coordinates 38°57′6″N 108°25′10″W / 38.95167°N 108.41944°W / 38.95167; -108.41944
Former callsigns KFXJ (1931-1956)
KREX (1956-1984)
KVEE (1984-1989)
KJYE (1989-1990)
Owner MBC Grand Broadcasting, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1100knzz.com

KNZZ (1100 AM) is a radio station licensed to Grand Junction, Colorado, United States, the station serves the Grand Junction area. The station is owned by MBC Grand Broadcasting, Inc.[1]

KNZZ's broadcast towers outside of Grand Junction

They are an affiliate of the BYU Cougars Sports Network.

History[edit]

KNZZ signed on for the first time on May 1, 1926 as KFXJ, operating out of Edgewater. It was owned by Rex Howell, who ran the station himself--including the advertising. He originally intended to base the station in Denver, but was unable to do so because the equipment for the station had originally been licensed for portable use. Under the regulations of the day, it thus could not operate in any city with a fully licensed radio station. For this reason, Howell built his studios at a house in Edgewater, just two blocks from the Denver city limits. For all intents and purposes, though, it was a Denver station, and quickly established itself as one of the city's leading stations. It established such a strong reputation that it was widely expected to garner the CBS Radio affiliation for Denver. When it lost out to KLZ, Howell decided to move the station to Grand Junction, which didn't have any radio stations at the time. KFXJ signed on from Grand Junction on January 31, 1931 from an Art Deco and block glass building on Hillcrest Manor.[2]

Howell added a television station in 1954, KFXJ-TV. However, searching for a more distinctive callsign, in 1956 he changed the call letters to KREX-AM-TV--after his first name. He added KREX-FM in 1960. He sold the stations to a Cincinnati group in 1966, but reclaimed control after several missed payments in 1969. Howell died in 1978, and his estate broke up his empire in 1984, earning a handsome return on Howell's original investment of 58 years prior.[2] The television station still has the KREX-TV calls, and still operates out of the building Howell originally built for its former radio sister.

The AM station changed its calls to KVEE after the sale.[2] On 1989-11-15, the station changed its call sign to KJYE and on 1990-04-30 to the current KNZZ.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KNZZ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ a b c Schweitert, Kenneth (Spring 1991). "The KREX Story: A History of Broadcasting in the Grand Valley". Journal of the Western Slope. Mesa State College. 6 (3): 19–31. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  3. ^ "KNZZ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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