Update 7:15pm: KSTN/K290AG have flipped to Country as “105.9 The Bull“.
The station is launching with normal 10,000 songs in a row.
Original Report 12:00pm As 105.9 K290AG Stockton, CA joins in simulcast with 1420 KSTN, the duo are stunting in preparation of a new format.
At first running a rotating loop of temporary formats such as Soft AC “Easy 105.9“, Classic Hits “Cool 105.9“, and Rhythmic Oldies “Old School 105.9“, the station then shifted to nonstop Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl” playing off the publicity they Nelly loop has been getting in San Francisco.
— 105-9 THE BULL (@stocktoncountry) March 16, 2014
1420 KSTN had been running a Classic Country format, while 105.9 K290AG was rebroadcasting Family Radio’s Christian programming. Knox Inc. acquired the translator last year for $30,000 and has completed the move of the signal to the tower of KSTN with an increase from 100 to 250 watts.
Expectations are that the station will launch a Country format in competition with Cumulus’ “Kat Country 103” KATM Modesto. Former KATM PD Randy ‘Bubba’ Black joined KSTN as Operations Manager last year and was joined by Jerry ‘Bear’ Musson as Music/Promotions Director last month.