KMJ-FM
Simulcasts KMJ, Fresno
KMJ NewsTalk580-105.9 logo.png
Broadcast areaFresno metropolitan area - Central California
Frequency105.9 MHz
BrandingKMJ Now
Programming
FormatNews/Talk
AffiliationsWestwood One
Ownership
Owner
KMGV, KMJ, KSKS, KWYE
History
First air date
December 8, 1979 (as KKDJ)
Former call signs
KKDJ (1979–1997)
KRNC (1997–2004)
KKDG (2004–2005)
KFJK (2005–2009)
Technical information
Facility ID26933
ClassB
ERP2,400 watts
HAAT597 meters (1,959 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
37°04′23″N 119°25′51″W / 37.07306°N 119.43083°W / 37.07306; -119.43083
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.kmjnow.com

KMJ-FM (105.9 FM) is a commercial radio station in Fresno, California. The station, owned by Cumulus Media, airs a news/talk radio format, simulcast with sister station AM 580 KMJ. The studios and offices are located at the Radio City building on Shaw Avenue in North Fresno. KMJ-FM's transmitter is off Auberry Road in Meadow Lakes, California.[1]

Programming

KMJ-AM-FM focus primarily on locally produced talk programming and news on weekdays. Mornings begin with an agricultural news hour, followed by "Fresno's Morning News," a three-hour block of news, sports, traffic and weather. Middays and afternoons feature local talk hosts. Several nationally syndicated programs are carried at night, including Mark Levin, Armstrong & Getty, Red Eye Radio and America in The Morning from Westwood One, a subsidiary of Cumulus Media, the parent company of KMJ-AM-FM.

Weekends feature shows on money, health, real estate, auto repair and dining. Some shows are paid brokered programming. Weekend hosts include Chris Plante, Chad Benson and Ric Edelman. Local newscasters are heard at the beginning of most hours, with Westwood One News carried at night.

History

KKDJ

The station signed on the air on December 8, 1979.[2] It was owned by Pacific Quadracasting, Inc. It was an Album-Oriented Rock (AOR) station known as "KKDJ 106". The KKDJ call letters were previously used by a rock station in Los Angeles. There was another KMJ-FM between 1949 and the 1980s, at 97.9 MHz. It was the original FM simulcast of 580 KMJ, then switched to classical music and later Top 40, before becoming today's KMGV.

KKDJ was the leading rock station in Fresno throughout the 1980s, largely due to the popularity of KKDJ's morning show, The Dean and Don's Breakfast Club. Dean was also known as Bobby Volare and Don as Donnie Rotten. The Dean and Don's Breakfast Club had an avid following in Fresno during the late 1970s and early 1980s. KKDJ also brought 1980s concert acts such as The Knack, Huey Lewis and the News, The Motels and The Babys to the Star Palace and Warner's Theatre.

In 1980, Dean and Don along with their co-host Jimmy Michaels recruited the KKDJ 106 Cheerleaders, eight women and one man. The applicants had to submit a written essay of why they wanted to become a KKDJ 106 Cheerleader. The hip and sexy 1980s cheer team was recruited to promote concerts and other events, hosted by the Breakfast Club. Some of the team members include; Susan "Sexy Susan " Johnson, Rebecca "Becky Baby" Perryman, Mayer "Mary Maybe" Daher, Julie "Jules" Contreras, with Susan "Sassy Sue" Riley, and Cecelia "Lusty Lolita". Other KKDJ 106 DJs at the station during this time included Jeffrey D. Reidel, Michael "Mike The Wild Kingdom" Wild, with David "Dead Air Dave" Sozinho, and Sue Delany. Dean's weekend show was called Dean Opperman's Off-Ramp to Nowhere.

KKDJ's dominance as a rocker was hurt when 103.7 KMGX changed its format from Top 40 to hard-edged rock in 1989, as KRZR (today KFBT). In 1991, KKDJ changed its format from album rock to alternative rock under the nickname "105.9 The Edge". This format lasted until January 1994.

Spanish ballads and hot talk

When Henry Broadcasting acquired KKDJ, it was relocated from its studios on Shaw Avenue to a small trailer in the KSKS/KMJ parking lot, a trailer previously used by sister station KDON-FM for live remotes. Henry Broadcasting also changed the format of KKDJ to Classic Rock, to compete with KJFX. In September 1996, KKDJ's format changed again, this time to Spanish soft ballads as KRNC, "Romance 106."[3] That evolved into a more uptempo Spanish Hits format as "Viva 106."

In July 2004, the station flipped to a hot talk format known as "The Edge", with the call sign KKDG, and featured Howard Stern's syndicated show in the morning. The talk format barely made a dent in the ratings; in February 2005, "Viva 106" was temporarily revived, while still running Howard Stern in morning drive time.

Jack-FM

In September 2005, the format was changed again to adult hits as an affiliate of the Jack FM format, rebranded as "105.9 Jack FM," and changing its call sign to KFJK. Jack-FM was among the highest-rated stations in the Fresno market for several years, due to its large playlist, made up of rock, alternative and pop hits from the past and present, as well as its own unique system of playing these songs at random, hence the slogan, "Playing What We Want." In addition, Jack had no DJs, which was heavily promoted. One station announcement said, "You don't hear someone talk in between songs on a CD, so why would you hear someone talk in between songs on the radio?" In response to the success of KFJK, in December 2006, KWYE changed its format, which had previously been Top 40.

News/Talk KMJ-FM

Jack FM's popularity declined by 2009, eventually ranking 15th (out of 38).[4] On March 26, 2009, KFJK changed its format to news/talk, branded as "KMJ Now," in tandem with KMJ 580 AM. On March 27, 2009, KFJK changed its call letters to KMJ-FM. KMJ-FM's switch to talk created the region's fifth such station. At first KMJ-AM and FM shared only some programs, but today the two stations are fully simulcast. The ratings for both stations are combined, so it does not matter whether a listener tunes in 580 or 105.9.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would purchase Peak Broadcasting, and then immediately swap Peak's Fresno stations, including KMJ-AM-FM, to Cumulus Media in exchange for Cumulus' stations in Dubuque, Iowa and Poughkeepsie, New York. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Peak, Townsquare, and Dial Global are all controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[5][6] The sale to Cumulus was completed on November 14, 2013.[7]

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KMJ-FM
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 page C-22
  3. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1996/R&R-1996-09-20.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ Talk radio format takes over KFJK - TV - fresnobee.com[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.