KQTY To Shutter AM This Week
Zia Broadcasting will sign off Conservative Talk 1490 KQTY Borger TX on Friday evening.
The bulk of the local programming on KQTY will be merged into sister Classic Country 106.7 KQTY-FM including the Sunday Morning Singing and Retire Texas Show. KQTY-FM will also carry all Borger High School sports and halfhour news blocks at 12pm and 5:30pm.
The 1kW AM served the rural areas northeast of Amarillo and carried a syndicated lineup including Doug Stephan, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Dana Loesch, and Michael Medved.
After over a little over 72 years of operation, on Tuesday July 30th Station Manager George Grover received a directive from Zia Broadcasting Co. Inc. Ownership to cease daily on-air operations of News-Talk AM 1490 KQTY at 10 pm Friday August 16th. AM 1490 KQTY first signed on the air as KHUZ on January 8, 1947.
Hutchinson County and the cities of Borger, Fritch, Sanford and Stinnett will not be left without a commercial radio station as FM 106.7 KQTY will continue operating, playing Real Country Music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with Local News. Sports and Weather coverage.
George Grover will continue managing the Station and as the morning show host from 6 am to 9am and from 9am to 10am the Classifieds weekdays; he’s also doing the play-by-play for Borger High School Sports with Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Baseball and Softball coverage throughout the School year.
Jerry Smith’s Sunday Morning Singing program is Sundays from 6am to 10:35 am playing Southern Gospel Music. Steve Hoyl’s Sunday morning Retire Texas Show will move from 9 to 9:30 am on News-Talk AM 1490 KQTY to FM 106.7 KQTY from 11 to 11:30 am. Kix Brook’s American Country Countdown is also on Sundays from 12 Noon to 4pm.
George Grover states: “Although we’re losing the AM side of the operation, we still have FM 106.7 KQTY to do what we’ve been doing ever since I come to work for the Station in 1986.