KHGE
Khge 102.7 Logo.jpg
Broadcast areaFresno, California
Frequency102.7 (MHz)
(HD Radio)
Branding102.7 The Wolf
Programming
FormatNew country
SubchannelsHD2: Salsa Bembé
Ownership
Owner
KALZ, KBOS-FM, KCBL, KFBT, KFSO-FM, KRDU, KRZR, KSOF
History
First air date
1962 (as KKNU)
Former call signs
KREN (CP, 5/27/1959-9/21/1959)[1]
KXQR (1959-1969)[1]
KKNU (1969-1988)
KTHT (1988-1998)
KALZ (1998-2005)
KEZL (2005-2006)
KCTZ (1/5/2006-1/19/2006)
Call sign meaning
HuGE, different word for Big (format based)
Technical information
Facility ID48777
ClassB
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT152 meters (499 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website1027thewolf.iheart.com

KHGE (102.7 FM, "102.7 The Wolf") is a commercial country music radio station in Fresno, California, owned and operated by iHeartMedia. Its studios are located on Shaw Avenue in North Fresno, and the transmitter tower is east of Clovis.

KHGE broadcasts two channels in HD.[2] The HD-2 channel is known as "Salsa Bembé", with dance music in Spanish.

History

KKNU - Easy Listening - (1962 through 1985) KKNU signed on the air in 1962 airing an easy listening music format programmed by Jim Schulke and branded as "Easy 103" until 1985.

KKNU - Soft Adult Contemporary - (1985 through March 1988) KKNU aired a soft adult contemporary music format from 1985 until March 1988 branded as "103 FM". During most of this time, KKNU was also known as "The Love Song Station" which blended romantic music with what they called "Champagne Jazz", or lite contemporary jazz.

KTHT - Contemporary Hit Radio - (April 1988 through September 1989) KTHT aired a contemporary hit radio format on April 1988 and it was branded as "K-Hit 102.7" until September 1989.

The programming change from soft adult contemporary music to contemporary hit music on April Fools Day 1988 began as a publicity stunt staged by morning show personality Nick Ryan, who barricaded himself in the control room all day to protest the soft adult contemporary format which he characterized as "wimpy music".

KTHT re-branded to "Thunder 102.7" in September 1989.

KTHT re-branded to "The New Mix 102.7" in 1992, led by Program Director Jon Zellner, who also hosted PM Drive.

KALZ - Modern Adult Contemporary - (April 1, 1998 through January 2, 2006)

Big Country 102.7 logo
Big Country 102.7 logo

KCTZ/KHGE - Country - January 2, 2006 KHGE began airing country music programming on 102.7 FM on January 2, 2006, branded as "Cat Country" using the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) call letters, KCTZ. KHGE re-branded to "Big Country 102.7" on June 19, 2006; a change of FCC call letters followed to KHGE.

On December 26, 2010, Big Country 102.7 was simply re-branded as "102.7 The Wolf".

References

  1. ^ a b "FCC History Cards for KHGE".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ http://www.hd-radio.com/i/pdfs/CES%202010%20Releases/HD%20Radio%20Publications/HDRadio_2009Station_Guide.pdf HD Radio Guide

Coordinates: 36°49′08″N 119°30′36″W / 36.819°N 119.510°W / 36.819; -119.510