KVNA (AM)

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KVNA
CityFlagstaff, Arizona
Broadcast areaFlagstaff-Prescott, Arizona
BrandingSunny 104.7
SloganNorthern Arizona's Best Variety Of Music
Frequency600 kHz
Translator(s)104.7 K284BO (Flagstaff)
First air date1958
FormatAdult contemporary
Power1,000 watts (Day)
48 watts (Night)
ClassD
Facility ID68567
Transmitter coordinates35°12′2″N 111°36′49″W / 35.20056°N 111.61361°W / 35.20056; -111.61361
Callsign meaningK Voice of Northern Arizona (former slogan)
Former callsignsKEOS (1958-1981)
KZKZ (1981-1986)
OwnerYavapai Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stationsKKLD, KQST, KVNA-FM, KVRD-FM, KYBC
WebsiteKVNA Online

KVNA (600 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Flagstaff, Arizona, United States, the station serves the Flagstaff area. The station is currently owned by Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation.[1]

KVNA is also heard on FM translator K284BO at 104.7 MHz broadcasting from Mt. Elden and serving the greater Flagstaff area, giving the station the "Sunny 104.7" identification. KVNA has been granted an FCC construction permit to move to a different transmitter site and increase the night power to 70 watts.[2]

History[edit]

KEOS[edit]

KVNA started as KEOS, which used the slogan "Service in Sound in Northern Arizona" in the 1950s and 1960s. The station was owned by Flagstaff businessman Jack Bird and licensed to Thunderbird Broadcasting Company; the call letters stood for the initials of the first owner, E.O. Smith. KEOS ("Chaos") was a 1,000-watt daytimer signing off at sunset each day when it was originally on the 1290 AM frequency and also broadcast at 1000 Watts day and 500 Watts nighttime, DA-2, when it was later moved to 690 AM frequency. The station later changed its call sign to KZKZ after it was sold in 1981.

KVNA[edit]

Last logo under News/Talk format

After Communications Ltd. (Ed Raabe and Paul Seyler) purchased the station in 1986, they changed the call sign from KZKZ to KVNA, and paired it with a new FM station at 97.5 MHz (KVNA-FM). The station finally ended up on the 600 AM frequency in the late 1990s after the next owners obtained the license to broadcast there; KCLS, the station that had been on the 600 kHz AM frequency, went dark in 1986.

On December 30, 2014, the "Sunny" AC format of KVNA-FM moved to KVNA and its FM translator as "Sunny 104.7".

Station Ownership[edit]

  • 1952 - 1974 THUNDERBIRD BROADCASTING COMPANY

owned no other radio stations

  • 1974 - 1978 CFK CORPORATION (Jason Jennings, Paul Knutsen, Connie Knutsen)

owned no other radio stations

  • 1978 - 1986 in receivership to Jack Bird, former Principal of Thunderbird Broadcasting, with Todd Wallace, broadcast consultant
  • 1986 - 1989 COMMUNICATIONS, LTD, (Ed Raabe & Paul Seyler)
  • 1994 - 1996 PARK LANE COMMUNICATIONS

owned stations in Kansas along with 97.5 KVNA-FM and was to sign on current KMGN

  • 1996 - 1999 REGENT BROADCASTING

owned sister stations KZGL-FM, KVNA-FM along with stations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, California, New Mexico and Minnesota

  • 1999 - Current YAVAPAI BROADCASTING

currently owns KQST-FM, KVNA-FM, KVRD-FM, KKLD-FM, KYBC-AM

On-air personalities/shows[edit]

Some notable radio personalities have worked at either KVNA or KCLS earlier in their careers. Tim Hattrick of the well known Phoenix morning team of Tim and Willie (who have worked at KMLE and KNIX) started at KZKZ while in college at Northern Arizona University. Jim Sharpe, who has worked mornings in several major markets, including Los Angeles spent some of his early radio career at KCLS in the early 1980s. Some other notable personalities and shows to appear on either station were:

Sports[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KVNA Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "FCC Construction Permit". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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