KRST
KRST logo.png
Broadcast areaAlbuquerque metropolitan area
Frequency92.3 MHz
Branding92.3 KRST
Programming
FormatCountry
Ownership
Owner
KDRF, KKOB, KKOB-FM, KMGA, KNML, KOBQ, KTBL
History
First air date
September 16, 1965; 56 years ago (1965-09-16)
Call sign meaning
Sandia Crest, its transmitter site
Technical information
Facility ID12584
ClassC
ERP22,000 watts
HAAT1,268 meters (4,160 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Website923krst.com

KRST (92.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is owned by Cumulus Media and airs a country music radio format. The radio studios and offices are located in Downtown Albuquerque.

KRST has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 22,000 watts. The transmitter tower is atop Sandia Crest east of the city.[1] The call sign KRST represents the word "Crest," substituting a K for the C and omitting the E.

On-air personalities

Weekdays begin with "Morning Koffy," a wake up show hosted by Paul Koffy and Jasmine Sadry. Bev hosts late mornings, Bobby G. is in early afternoons and Juan Valesco is heard in afternoon drive time.

The Get Up Gang, an earlier KRST morning show, was nominated for an Academy of County Music radio award in 2006 for Best Show (Medium Market) with the cast including Dawson McKay, Kristina Carlyle, and Levi With. All have since exited the station.

History

Progressive rock

On September 16, 1965; 56 years ago (1965-09-16), KRST first signed on the air.[2] It was owned by Burroughs Broadcasting, along with KRZY (1450 AM), then a country music station. KRST had separate programming from its AM counterpart, playing a free form progressive rock format.

Over time, KRST moved from its freeform format to a more structured album rock format, playing the most popular tracks from top-selling rock albums.

Switch to country

With the release of 1980 hit movie "Urban Cowboy," many FM stations around the U.S. were considering switching to country music, which was gaining acceptance outside rural communities. Since co-owned AM station KRZY had been playing a more traditional country format, management decided to put a modern country format on KRST. In the early 1980s, the station made the switch.[3] Albuquerque radio listeners made KRST one of the market's highest rated FM stations.

In 1996, Citadel Broadcasting acquired KRST and KRZY.[4] (KRZY has since been spun off to Entravision Broadcasting.) Citadel was later merged into current owner Cumulus Media.

Nash FM

On May 30, 2014, Cumulus Media expanded the "Nash FM" brand to Albuquerque, as KRST rebranded as "Nash FM 92.3". The conversion of KRST to Nash was part of Cumulus' plans to have their Country outlets adopt a national based brand using a combination of syndicated and local content, similar to Clear Channel Communications' Top 40/CHR "Kiss-FM" model. The conversion also resulted in several KRST air staffers (except for Juan Velasco) being let go, including "The Get Up Gang" morning show.[5]

After five years, Cumulus rebranded the station back to "92.3 KRST" in June 2019.

References

Coordinates: 35°12′54″N 106°27′04″W / 35.215°N 106.451°W / 35.215; -106.451