KTGV

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KTGV
City Oracle, Arizona
Broadcast area Tucson, Arizona
Branding 106.3 The Groove
Slogan "Tucson's Old School"
Frequency 106.3 MHz
First air date 1984
Format Rhythmic Oldies
ERP 440 watts horiz
HAAT 1,272.0 meters (4,173.2 ft)
Class C2
Facility ID 57504
Transmitter coordinates 32°17′23″N 111°01′08″W / 32.28982°N 111.01900°W / 32.28982; -111.01900Coordinates: 32°17′23″N 111°01′08″W / 32.28982°N 111.01900°W / 32.28982; -111.01900
Former callsigns KAWV (1988–90)
KBTR (1990–91)
KLQB (1991–98)
KIXD (1998–99)
KGMG (1999–2011)
Owner E.W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
Website 1063thegroove.com

KTGV (106.3 FM, "106.3 The Groove") is a commercial radio station located in Oracle, Arizona, broadcasting to the Tucson, Arizona, area. KTGV airs a rhythmic oldies music format which it launched in 1999 and uses the slogan "Tucson's Old School and R&B". The slogan was added to the station's imaging in July 2007. It is based from studios co-located with television station KGUN-TV in Tucson, and a transmitter site is located in the city's northwest side.

History[edit]

KTGV goes back to the mid-1980s when KTTZ went on the air at 103.1, displacing K276AL which was a translator for KUAT-FM, that moved to 89.5 before the station went on the air. Once on the air it took an eclectic view of rock music, which lasted until August 31, 1987. The next day KHYT moved from 1330 to 103.1 and switched to a classic rock format. That didn't last and in May 1988 they adopted the calls KAWV and the imaging for Los Angeles' KTWV including the slogan 'The Wave'.

Soon that was gone and it went through several other formats and calls. Eventually a frequency swap involving moving the 103.1 frequency to Florence Arizona placed them on the current 106.3 frequency and they got a power increase as well.

As to the 101.7 translator, that was either eliminated or displaced when KCMT first went on the air at 101.9. KGMG got the 104.9 translator sometime around or after that time.

The current format is an outgrowth of the previous format, urban AC, and they took a more classic soul/AC approach following the change of format from rhythmic oldies to 'La Preciosa' at what is now 97.1 KTZR.

On March 17, 2011 translator K285DL 104.9 FM stopped simulcasting KGMG and began simulcasting sports-formatted KFFN 1490 AM Tucson, AZ.

On October 5, 2011, KGMG's PD and airstaff were terminated from their jobs. It is expected that the station will flip to a Rhythmic AC format[1]

On October 16, 2011 KGMG changed their call letters to KTGV. On October 24, 2011 KTGV rebranded as "106.3 The Groove".

Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KTGV. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Journal lays off three at radio station 106.3-FM" from Arizona Daily Star (October 5, 2011)
  2. ^ "E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops". TVNewsCheck. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 

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