|Broadcast area||Greater St. Louis|
|Frequency||1600 kHz AM|
|KATZ-FM, KLOU, KSD, KSLZ, KTLK-FM, W279AQ|
First air date
|Power||6,000 watts day|
3,500 watts night
|Translator(s)||93.3 MHz K227DS (St. Louis)|
KATZ (1600 AM, "Hallelujah 1600") is an Urban Gospel radio station serving the area of St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The iHeartMedia, Inc. (previously Clear Channel Communications) outlet broadcasts with power level of 6 kW day/3.5 kW night. Its transmitter is located in East St. Louis, Illinois, and operates from studios in St. Louis south of Forest Park.
KATZ is licensed by the FCC to broadcast a HD digital (hybrid) signal.
KATZ began broadcasting in 1955 as a Rhythm and blues/Soul music station. Broadcasters who worked at KATZ in the 1950s and 1960s include Gloria Pritchard, Dave Dixon, Jesse "Spider" Burks, Bernard Hayes, and Willie Mae Gracy.
In 1957 KATZ's ownership was transferred from the original owner, Bernice Schwartz, to Rollins Broadcasting, and in 1960 Laclede Radio Inc. purchased the station. Laclede maintained control of the station until 1986. Inter Urban Broadcasting, a minority-owned and local company, purchased KATZ AM and its sister station KATZ FM.