KTCR (AM)

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KTCR
Broadcast areaYakima, Washington
Frequency980 kHz
BrandingKruzn 106.9 KTCR
Programming
FormatOldies
Ownership
Owner
KHHK, KRSE, KXDD, KARY, KBBO
History
First air date
1955 (1955) (as KUTI)
Former call signs
KUTI (1955–1996)
KCHT (1996[1]–1997)
KJOX (1997–2004)
KBBO (2004-2013)
Technical information
Facility ID7918
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
46°38′25″N 120°35′48″W / 46.64028°N 120.59667°W / 46.64028; -120.59667Coordinates: 46°38′25″N 120°35′48″W / 46.64028°N 120.59667°W / 46.64028; -120.59667
Translator(s)102.5 K273DK (Yakima)
106.9 K295BT (Wapato)
Repeater(s)99.7-3 KHHK-HD3
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitekruznktcr.com

KTCR (980 AM "Kruzn 106.9 KTCR") is a radio station licensed to Selah, Washington. Owned by Stephens Media Group, it broadcasts an oldies format.

History[edit]

The station went on air as KUTI in 1955.

In 1983 KUTI changed its city of license from Yakima to Selah in order to increase power and add nighttime service.[2]

On May 26, 2010, it was rumored then-KJOX's parent company New Northwest Broadcasters's stations could possibly be sold in the near future. Principal of Revitalization Partners, Alan Davis says "The stations are on the air; it's business as usual. I can only tell you there appears to be demand for the stations."[3][4] In 2012, the stations were sold to James Ingstad of Fargo, North Dakota.

On August 29, 2013, KTCR and its classic country format moved to 980 AM, swapping frequencies with talk-formatted KBBO.

On May 25, 2015, KTCR flipped to a Spanish-language sports talk format as part of the ESPN Deportes Radio network.

In April 2018, Ingstad Radio sold 14 of its stations in Yakima and the Tri-Cities to Stephens Media Group.[5]

On September 2, 2019, with the looming shutdown of ESPN Deportes Radio, the station returned to English-language music programming by flipping to oldies Kruzn 106.9. The station is simulcast on the FM translator 102.5 K273DK, 106.9 K295BT (which itself flipped from active rock The X), and KKHK-HD3.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Changes" (PDF). M Street Journal. October 30, 1996. p. 7. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 14, 1983. p. 94. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "New Northwest Broadcasters Yakima, Washington stations are on the air, and could be sold". Radio-Info.com. May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Future of local radio stations still unclear". Yakimaherald.com. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  5. ^ "Stephens Media Group Buys 14 Ingstad Yakima, Tri-Cities Stations". All Access. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  6. ^ "106.9 Yakima Is KRUZN". RadioInsight. 2019-09-02. Retrieved 2019-09-04.

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