KENZ
KENZ KHTB Logo 2020.png
Broadcast areaSalt Lake City metropolitan area
Frequency94.9 MHz
BrandingPower 94.9 / 101.9
Programming
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
Ownership
Owner
KBEE, KBER, KHTB, KKAT, KUBL-FM
History
First air date
1981 (as KLRZ)
Former call signs
KLRZ (1981-1986)
KBNG (1986-1987)
KTOU (1987-1989)
KZHT (1989-2004)
KPHT (1/6/2004-1/16/2004)
KMXU (1/16/2004-1/27/2004)
KHTB (2004-2015)
Technical information
Facility ID6545
ClassC
ERP48,000 watts
HAAT853 meters (2,799 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°16′58″N 111°56′11″W / 40.28278°N 111.93639°W / 40.28278; -111.93639
Repeater(s)101.9 KHTB (Ogden)
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitepowerslc.com

KENZ (94.9 MHz, "Power 94.9 / 101.9") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Provo, Utah and serving the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. It broadcasts a Top 40 - CHR radio format simulcast with 101.9 KHTB Ogden and is owned and operated by Cumulus Media.[1][2] The radio studios are located in South Salt Lake, near the I-15/I-80 interchange.

KENZ has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 48,000 watts. The transmitter is on Lake Mountain in Saratoga Springs, Utah.[3]

History

94.9 Z-ROCK

The station and frequency was previously owned and operated by Millcreek Broadcasting. In early summer 2008, the station was acquired by Citadel Broadcasting. Millcreek Broadcasting moved The Blaze to a new frequency, KZZQ 97.5 FM (Coalville) and KAUU 105.1 FM (Manti).

As a result of the purchase of 94.9, Citadel divested KKAT-FM to Wasatch Radio, LLC as Trustee due to ownership limitations. Citadel did not acquire the intellectual property rights to maintain the former station slogan "The Blaze", and this resulted in the previous name "94.9 Z-ROCK" (which was previously "94.9 ROCKS").

KENZ's radio tower, located atop Lake Mountain.
KENZ's radio tower, located atop Lake Mountain.

1980s

Starting in 1981, the station was known as KLRZ. While with those call letters, the station carried an adult contemporary format, which later flipped to CHR as KBNG. As KTOU ("The Touch") the station carried a new age music format.

The format lasted a few years before the station became “Hot 94-9” KZHT, and the format changed to Rhythmic Top 40 with a hybrid mix of Dance and Modern tracks.[4][5]

KZHT era

The station, as Top 40 “94-9 ZHT” was popular among youth along the Wasatch Front.[6] KZHT moved up the dial to 97.1 FM in December 2003 taking over KISN-FM and maintained the Top 40 format.

The former KZHT became KHTB with a Rock format branded as “94-9 The Blaze" the following month on January 14, 2004.[7] The reason for the move was primarily based on signal. The 94.9 transmitter is located on Lake Mountain south of Salt Lake, and west of Provo, while 97.1's transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak.

Citadel Ownership

In August 2008, Citadel acquired the frequency and "The Blaze" moved to 97.5 which was then the defunct KOAY. KHTB then became known as 94.9 Z-Rock, an active rock station going up against KXRK. Sister station KBER moved to classic rock at the same time. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[8]

On September 2, 2013, KHTB shifted to an alternative rock format, branded as "ALT 94.9".[9]

Simulcast with KENZ

On September 4, 2015, 94.9 began simulcasting on KENZ as part of a format transfer.[10] 94.9 and 101.9 simulcasted for the weekend, while directing listeners to the latter frequency. On September 8, 2015, at 5 PM, KHTB ended the simulcast with KENZ and switched to a classic hip hop format, branded as "94.9 The Vibe".[11] On September 23, 2015, KHTB and KENZ swapped call letters.

On January 25, 2017, at 4 p.m., KENZ flipped to Top 40/CHR, branded as "Power 94.9". The flip brings the format back to the 94.9 frequency for the first time in 13 years.[12]

Previous logos

KHTB logo.png

94.9 ZHT Logo (circa 1999).jpg

References

  1. ^ "KENZ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "KHTB Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KENZ
  4. ^ Salt Lake Broadcasting History
  5. ^ "KENZ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  6. ^ Deseret News February 21, 2003[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2004/RR-2004-01-23.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  9. ^ Z-Rock Salt Lake City Flips to Alt 94.9 Radioinsight - September 2, 2013
  10. ^ Alt 94.9 Salt Lake City Begins Simulcasting On 101.9 KENZ
  11. ^ 94.9 The Vibe Brings Classic Hip Hop to Salt Lake City Radioinsight - September 8, 2015
  12. ^ Cumulus Launches CHR Power 94.9 Salt Lake City Radioinsight - January 25, 2017