97.9 Monterey

Station Sales Week Of 6/24: Mount Wilson Continues Monterey Sell-Off

Station Sales After selling 95.9 KMZT Big Sur and 103.3 KBOQ Seaside CA to USC last week, Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has sold Country “Z Country 97.9” KYZZ Salinas CA to Educational Media Foundation for $1.25 million. KYZZ will replace Prunedale Educatonal Association’s 89.7 KLVM Prunedale and its three translators as the “K-Love” affiliate for the Monterey/Salinas market. Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa divests Christian “K-Wave” 660 KWVE Oildale/102.5 K273CB Bakersfield CA to XL Media for $200,000. XL Media owns 1560 KZIZ Pacific/Seattle WA and its partners are co-owners in other groups that all carry the South Asian “Radio Punjab” programming. Just months after acquiring then Silent 910 WAVL Apollo PA from Evangel ...[Read More]

Hot Hits Debuts In Monterey

Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has broken its “Z Country 97.9/106.7” simulcast in Monterey, CA. While the Country format continues on 97.9 KYZZ Salinas, 106.7 K294CA Monterey/KYZZ-HD2 has flipped to CHR “Hot Hits 106.7“. The September 1 launch places K294CA between Mapleton Communications Adult CHR “101.7 The Beach” KCDU and iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR 102.5 KDON. KYZZ had begun simulcasting on 106.7 in March to improve its coverage in and around Monterey. The station relocated to a new tower site right outside Monterey last month while increasing from a Class A to B1 negating the need for the simulcast anymore.

Alt Rock Out In Monterey As Z Country Expands

Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has pulled the plug on Alternative “Alt Rock 106.7” K294CA Monterey, CA. K294CA is now simulcasting sister Country “Z Country 97.9” KYZZ Salinas. The Alternative format had launched in June 2014 being fed by KYZZ-HD2. With 106.7’s coverage area completely within KYZZ’s we do wonder if the new simulcast is the permanent plan. Mount Wilson had registered HotHits1067.com last December and it is currently redirecting to KYZZ’s site.

ZCountry Launches In Monterey

Mount Wilson FM has flipped Classical “K-Mozart” 97.9 KMZT-FM Salinas/Monterey, CA to Country “Z-Country 97.9“. The new format is launching with 10,000 songs commercial free and brings a second Country station to the market joining Clear Channel’s 92.7 KTOM-FM Marina. With the change, 97.9 has returned to its previous KYZZ call letters. The Classical format will remain on 95.9 KMZT-FM (formerly KYZZ) Big Sur and 95.1 K236BK Monterey. Mount Wilson acquired KYZZ in 2013 and flipped the station from Sports to Classical last August. The company also owns Jazz 1240 KNRY in the market. Mount Wilson also owns “Go Country 105” KKGO Los Angeles

FCC Applications 5/15

Station Moves Mount Wilson FM’s 97.9 KMZT-FM Salinas, CA seeks to increase from a Class A with 2.9kW at 146 meters to a B1 with 4.5kW at 175 meters (Coverage Map). In the northwest corner of Washington State, “Twilight 96.7” KBDB-FM Forks (named after the book/movie series that takes place there) has applied to increase from a Class A with 6kW at -23 meters to a C3 with 930 watts at 492 meters (Coverage Map). Translator Moves Milwaukee Radio Alliance proposes to increase 100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee from 12 watts at 67.9 meters to 99 watts at 164 meters (Coverage Map). W262CJ will rebroadcast “Martini Radio” 1290 WZTI. First Ventures Capital Partners has applied to increase 105.9 W290AZ Marshfield, WI to 250 watts at 169 meters (Coverage Map). The move would come wi...[Read More]

KYZZ Returns As K-Mozart

Update 8/12: Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has returned 97.9 KYZZ to the air as Classical “K-Mozart“. The station joins sisters 1260 KMZT Beverly Hills and 95.9 KMZT-FM Big Sur in airing Mount Wilson’s Classical programming. Update 7/31: Mount Wilson has closed on its purchase of KYZZ and has temporarily taken the station dark while it puts together facilities to feed the station’s programming from the company’s Los Angeles studios. Mount Wilson anticipates the station will return to the air within a week to ten days. Original Report 5/24: Buckley Broadcasting has sold Sports “97.9 ESPN” KYZZ Salinas, CA to Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM for an undisclosed amount. Mount Wilson will likely use KYZZ to expand its Classical “K-Mozart” ...[Read More]

Buckley Bringing Sports To FM in Monterey

A format change is imminent at Buckley Radio Classic Hits “Z97.9” KYZZ Salinas/Monterey CA. While KYZZ is currently running jockless, sister Sports “630 ESPN” KIDD has begun promoting itself as “97.9 ESPN Central Coast“. 979RadioESPN.com was registered by Buckley for the station’s use yesterday.