WKZY

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WKZY
95.9 KISS 92.9 FM.png
City Chilton, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Appleton-Oshkosh and the Southern Fox River Valley of Wisconsin
Branding 92 & 95.9 Kiss FM
Slogan Green Bay and The Valley's Hottest Hits
Frequency 92.9 MHz
First air date September 3, 2011 (as WXMM)
Format Top 40/CHR
(simulcast of WKSZ)
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 94.5 meters (310 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 81813
Transmitter coordinates 44°04′20″N 88°15′27″W / 44.07222°N 88.25750°W / 44.07222; -88.25750
Callsign meaning The KZ branding + Fox ValleY (former simulcast partner)
Former callsigns WLWB (2010-2011, prior to launch)
WXMM (2011-2013)
Owner Woodward Communications, Inc.
Sister stations WAPL, WKZG, WHBY, WKSZ, WSCO, WZOR
Webcast Listen Live!
Website 959kissfm.com

WKZY (92.9 FM) is an American radio station, licensed to Chilton, Wisconsin, and transmitting from the Lake Winnebago community of Stockbridge to provide a city-grade signal to both Oshkosh and the Fox Cities. The station is owned and operated by Woodward Communications, and has simulcasted the Top 40/CHR format of sister station WKSZ since February 15, 2016. WKZY's studios are located on College Avenue in Appleton.

Station history[edit]

In 1996, Metro North Communications, Inc., applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station to serve New Holstein, Wisconsin. This application was renewed in 2010 and the FCC granted the requested permit on July 6, 2010, with a scheduled expiration date of July 6, 2013.[1] The new station was assigned call sign "WLWB" on July 14, 2010.[2]

Logo for "92.9 Country" (2011-2013)

In November 2010, the Metro North applied to change the station's community of license to Chilton, Wisconsin, in preparation for a planned sale.[3][4] In December 2010, Metro North Communications applied to transfer the station's construction permit to Woodward Communications, Inc., for reported sale price of $1.2 million.[4][5] The FCC approved the transfer on February 9, 2011, and the transaction was formally consummated on April 4, 2011.[6] The Commission granted the requested change in community of license on July 22, 2011.[3] This followed a requested change to the under-construction station's call sign to "WXMM" on July 19, 2011.[2] (The calls have since been re-used by Metro North's new acquisition, a station on 1530 from New Holstein.)

Woodward Communications had originally anticipated for WXMM to begin broadcasting in "mid-to-late August 2011."[7] However, technical difficulties delayed the launch, and the station began airing on September 3, 2011, when the station debuted as "92.9 Country." As a country station, WXMM featured a contemporary presentation to the format, emphasizing on younger country acts and with an on-air style similar to Top 40-formatted stations. "92.9 Country" was home to the syndicated Bobby Bones Show in morning drive time.[8]

On September 16, 2013, WXMM dropped country and, under the new call sign of WKZY, began a simulcast of its Seymour-licensed sister station WKZG, which as "KZ104.3" airs an adult hits format emphasizing songs and artists from the 1980s and 1990s.[8] The move gave "KZ104.3" coverage of the Southern Fox Valley, an area where WKZG's 104.3 FM signal may be hard to reach. "KZ104.3's" schedule includes the husband-and-wife local team of Doug Erickson and Mary Love in morning drive and the nationally syndicated Mario Lopez in evenings. The "KZ 104.3" name lasted just over 4 months, as WKZG and WKZY changed their name to "KZ Radio" in early 2014 to better show the simulcast.[9]

On February 12, 2016, Woodward announced that WKZY will switch to a simulcast of sister WKSZ on February 15. In addition, morning hosts Doug and Mary will move back to WKSZ.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-19960507MW)". FCC Media Bureau. July 6, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BMPH-20101122ACG)". FCC Media Bureau. July 22, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "News Archive: January 2011". Upper Midwest Broadcasting. NorthPine.com. January 9, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Acquisition of Wisconsin FM could be a taxing proposition for buyer". Radio Business Report. December 28, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPH-20101223AAE)". FCC Media Bureau. April 4, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Woodward Radio Group Adds Seventh Station to Appleton-Green Bay Cluster" (Press release). Woodward Communications, Inc. April 7, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "KZ 104.3 Expands to Appleton," from RadioInsight, 9/16/2013
  9. ^ "KZ104.3 Debuts In Green Bay," from Radio Insight (original report 11/1/2012, updated 12/26/2012
  10. ^ WKSZ Green Bay Adding Simulcast; Doug Mary to Return

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