|Broadcast area||Seattle-Tacoma, Washington|
|First air date||1965|
|Power||5,000 watts days|
3,300 watts critical hours
900 watts nights
|Callsign meaning||Formerly one of the Z Twins: KRIZ(s) Bennett, former owners|
|Former callsigns||KDFL (1965-1986)|
|Owner||Gursharan Thind |
(Akal Broadcasting Corporation)
KZIZ (1560 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Pacific, Washington and serving the Seattle-Tacoma media market. It carries a South Asian radio format known as "Radio Punjab," with affiliated stations in San Francisco, Sacramento and other West Coast markets. The station is owned by Gursharan Thind, through licensee Akal Broadcasting Corporation.
By day, KZIZ broadcasts at 5,000 watts non-directional. But at night, because AM 1560 is a clear-channel frequency reserved for Class A stations KNZR Bakersfield, California, and WFME New York City, it reduces power to 900 watts, using a directional antenna. On July 20, 2016 KZIZ was granted a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to increase day power to 10,000 watts, increase night power to 2,500 watts and decrease critical hours power to 2,500 watts. The transmitter is off 24th Street East in Sumner, Washington.
On October 1, 1965, the station signed on as KDFL, licensed to Sumner-Puyallup, Washington, airing religious programming. In the 1970s, it switched to Big Band music. The station was sold to Kris Bennett Broadcasting in 1986, becoming KZIZ, simulcasting the Urban Contemporary format of then-sister station KRIZ AM 1420. In 2001, it switched to urban contemporary gospel.
Until 2016, KZIZ was one of three stations in the Puget Sound region that made up The Z Twins, serving the African American communities of King and Pierce County, Washington with a diverse R&B, black gospel music and talk format as well as Hispanic programming.
On March 6, 2016, KZIZ flipped to a South Asian format as "Radio Punjab." Effective June 7, 2016, XL Media Inc. acquired KZIZ for $680,000. Effective August 10, 2017, KZIZ's license was assigned to commonly-owned Akal Broadcasting Corporation.
- "Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 20, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-227
- Radio Punjab
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KZIZ
- Radio-Locator Information on KZIZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KZIZ
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