KWBL

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KWBL
KWBL 106.7 The Bull Denver logo.jpg
CityDenver, Colorado
Broadcast areaDenver metro area
Branding106.7 The Bull
SloganColorado's New Country
Frequency106.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateJune 19, 1962
FormatFM/HD1:Country
HD2: Modern rock "Gen X Radio"
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT408 meters
ClassC0
Facility ID29739
Transmitter coordinates39°43′58.00″N 105°14′8.00″W / 39.7327778°N 105.2355556°W / 39.7327778; -105.2355556Coordinates: 39°43′58.00″N 105°14′8.00″W / 39.7327778°N 105.2355556°W / 39.7327778; -105.2355556
Callsign meaningK W BuLL
Former callsignsKLZ-FM (1962–1977)
KAZY (1977–1994)
KBPI (1994–2017)
KYWY (2017)
OwneriHeartMedia
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stationsKBCO, KHOW, KDSP, KPTT, KOA, KRFX, KTCL, KBPI
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website1067thebull.iheart.com

KWBL (106.7 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Denver, Colorado. It is owned by iHeartMedia and it broadcasts a country format branded as 106.7 The Bull.

Its studios are located in the Denver Tech Center, while its transmitter is located on Lookout Mountain west of Golden.

History[edit]

106.7 FM signed the air on June 19, 1962 as KLZ-FM. Initially airing a simulcast of their then-AM sister station, it flipped to a rock format in the early 1970s. In 1977, KLZ-FM changed their call letters to KAZY (now at 93.7 FM in Cheyenne, Wyoming) and continued with a rock format until April 20, 1994, when KBPI took over the 106.7 frequency, moving from 105.9 (now KALC).[1]

In December 2017, iHeartMedia re-aligned multiple stations in the Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Cheyenne markets in order to form a trimulcast of KBPI on the 107.9 frequency. To facilitate the move for the main signal, on the 1st, KYWY (an adult contemporary station in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which was acquired by iHeart in 2016)[2][3] moved its existing format to an HD Radio subchannel of KOLT-FM and its analog translator on 97.1, allowing KPAW to move its classic rock format and call letters to the 92.9 signal four days later. On the 11th, KBPI then moved its format and call letters to KPAW and translator K300CP, while also adding a simulcast on KBPL. The KYWY calls were warehoused on the former 106.7 signal; iHeart stated that the station would temporarily simulcast KBPI through the end of the year, and be re-launched with a new format after the end of the simulcast period.[4]

On December 18, 2017, at 5 p.m., KYWY dropped out of the simulcast and flipped to country music as 106.7 The Bull, launching with a 10,000 song commercial-free marathon. The flip gave long-time country stalwart KYGO its first full-market competition since that station flipped to the format in 1979, while also competing with KWOF, which rimshots the market from the north (KWOF has since changed formats to sports talk, likely due to the lanuch of "The Bull"). KYWY changed its call letters to KWBL to match its new branding.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1994/RR-1994-04-01.pdf
  2. ^ "Station Sales Week Of 1/15: iHeart Is A Rare Buyer". RadioInsight. 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  3. ^ "iHeart Launches Star 92.9 Cheyenne". RadioInsight. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ "KBPI Moves To 107.9 As Three Station Trimulcast In Denver, Fort Collins & Colorado Springs". RadioInsight. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  5. ^ "iHeartMedia Launches 106.7 The Bull Denver". RadioInsight. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  6. ^ Launch Piece of "106.7 The Bull"

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