KZPS

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KZPS
KZPS-FM.png
CityDallas, Texas
Broadcast areaDallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
BrandingLone Star 92.5
SloganClassic Rock for Dallas-Fort Worth
Frequency92.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date1948 (as KRLD-FM)
FormatClassic Rock
Language(s)English
ERP99,000 watts
HAAT508 meters
ClassC
Facility ID6378
Transmitter coordinates32°35′19″N 96°58′05″W / 32.58861°N 96.96806°W / 32.58861; -96.96806Coordinates: 32°35′19″N 96°58′05″W / 32.58861°N 96.96806°W / 32.58861; -96.96806
Callsign meaningformer Z92.5 branding / Your Power Station
Former callsignsKRLD-FM (1948–1972)
KAFM (19721986)
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(AMFM Texas Licenses LLC)
Sister stationsKDGE, KDMX, KEGL, KFXR, KHKS
WebcastListen Live (via iHeartRadio)
HD2:Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)
Websitelonestar925.com

KZPS (92.5 FM, known as "Lonestar 92.5") is a radio station serving the Dallas/Fort Worth market in Texas. The station is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications until September 2014) and airs a popular classic rock format. The station's current format also involves the dropping of conventional 30-second and 60-second ads in favor of sponsored hours with disk jockeys promoting sponsors conversationally. The station's studios are located along Dallas Parkway in Farmers Branch (although it has a Dallas address), and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.

History[edit]

The frequency debuted in 1948 with the KRLD-FM call sign. The station initially simulcast with Dallas station KRLD. A number of different owners have owned the station, beginning with Times Herald Printing Company then KRLD, Inc. owned by family of former Dallas Mayor J. Erik Jonsson. The station was one of only three 24-hour FM stations in the Dallas market in the 1960s. A progressive rock format was instituted in the early 1970s.

As "Your Power Station Z92.5"[edit]

The call letters changed to KAFM in 1972, and the station underwent a number of format changes through the 1970s and 1980s, including Top 40 as "Your Power Station Z92.5". Its current call sign KZPS originated from that format. At that time, the station was part of the J. Erik Jonsson family (KRLD, Inc. from 1971 to 1978) before it was sold to Bonneville International in the summer of 1978.

Classic rock format[edit]

92.5 was flipped to classic hits in 1987 and jazz before settling on a long-standing classic rock format, bringing John Boy and Billy on board in 1995, with the station imaging being "Ninety Two Five KZPS, the classic rock station". John Boy and Billy were later replaced by local hosts Sam "Bo" Roberts and "Long" Jim White ("Bo and Jim") in the mornings.

Clear Channel bought the station from Evergreen Media, which had acquired it from Bonneville International in 1997. Notable disk jockeys of the many who have worked at the station include: Sam "Bo" Roberts and "Long" Jim White (still hosting the weekday morning show for the station), Jay Philpot (mid-days, now in Baltimore), Jon Dillon (afternoon drive for the longest of all the KZPS DJs but released by Clear Channel in 2012), Stubie Doak (nights), Pamela Steele (mid-days), Ed Budanauro (”Enerjazz” host from 1987-1989), Benn McGregor ("McGregor" - 1982–86 writer/producer, co-host of "Morning Drive" with Andy Barber 1984–1985), Jerry Vigil (mid-days, production director), Pete Thomson (afternoons), John Shomby (program director), and Paul Donovan (evenings).

As "Lone Star 92.5"[edit]

On April 23, 2007, KZPS rebranded itself as "Lone Star 92.5" and adopted a Texas-themed classic rock/country hybrid format that was previously heard on 92.5-HD2.[1] About a year later, KZPS changed back to its previous classic rock playlist, keeping the "Lonestar 92.5" branding.

KZPS-HD2[edit]

Since KZPS rebranded as "Lone Star 92.5", the classic rock format was briefly heard on 92.5-HD2 (HD Radio). On April 2008, when KZPS returned to classic rock, 92.5-HD2 switched to an adult album alternative format branded as "The Music Summit" (previously on KDMX-HD2). As of October 2013, it was simulcasting from iHeartRadio's "World Class Rock" network utilizing the same format as before.[2] Since April 2015, it was renamed to "The iHeart Current" and a month later, renamed again as "iHeart Eclectic". The AAA station has, as of May 2018, rebranded as "Eclectic Rock".[3]

Since mid-2019, the Eclectic Rock feed was discontinued on KZPS HD2, leaving the channel spot with no programming replacement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ First Listen: Clear Channel’s New Lone Star 92.5/Dallas (Published April 24, 2007, Retrieved May 16, 2014)
  2. ^ KZPS-HD2 World Class Rock - TuneIn (accessed October 1, 2013)
  3. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=10 HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth

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