KZHT
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Broadcast areaSalt Lake City Metropolitan Area
Frequency97.1 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding97.1 ZHT
Programming
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
Ownership
Owner
KAAZ-FM, KJMY, KNRS, KNRS-FM, KODJ
History
First air date
February 1, 1961; 61 years ago (1961-02-01) (as KLUB-FM)[1]
Former call signs
  • KLUB-FM (1961–1968)
  • KWIC (1968–1972)
  • KLUB-FM (1972–1978)
  • KISN (1978–1989)
  • KISN-FM (1989–2004)
Call sign meaning
From former "Hot" format
Technical information
Facility ID63820
ClassC
ERP25,000 watts
1,000 watts (booster)
HAAT1,140 meters (3,740 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°39′34″N 112°12′5″W / 40.65944°N 112.20139°W / 40.65944; -112.20139
Links
WebcastListen Live
Website971zht.iheart.com

KZHT (97.1 FM) is a Top 40 (CHR) formatted radio station broadcasting to the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. It is owned by iHeartMedia as one of six radio stations in this market. The station's studios are located in West Valley City and its transmitter site is located southwest of the city on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains.

Station history

The station's format resembles that of "Kiss FM", although the 97.1 frequency did have the KISN calls and was at one point a Top 40 prior to iHeartMedia (then known as Clear Channel Communications) acquiring the station. KZHT has been a Top 40 (CHR) format since 1997, when it evolved from a unique Rhythmic contemporary direction as "HOT 94-9," where from its debut in 1989 to 1997 it was known for blending cutting-edge Modern/Dance cuts into its Rhythmic Pop/R&B fare. KZHT would move to the 97.1 frequency, displacing KISN, on December 22, 2003, when Clear Channel opted to sell the limited-coverage 94.9 frequency.[2]

As KISN, it aired, for a time, an All-80s Hits format, which began on November 3, 2000.[3] In 2001, KISN and at least four other Clear Channel stations in the U.S. aired the program Martha Quinn's Rewind.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ "KZHT(FM)" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook. 2010. p. D-555. Retrieved May 21, 2022 – via World Radio History.
  2. ^ "Changes Afoot In Salt Lake City: CC set to move KZHT's format to KISN's frequency" (PDF). Radio & Records. December 19, 2003. p. 3 – via World Radio History.
  3. ^ "KSIN Off Hot AC With Flip To '80s" (PDF). Radio & Records. November 10, 2000. p. 36 – via World Radio History.
  4. ^ Arave, Lynn (May 25, 2001). "What's it like on other side of mike? - Newsman at KUTV interviews 4 local DJs". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. p. C7. Retrieved March 17, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  5. ^ Saxe, Frank (May 2001). "Newsline". Billboard. 113 (20): 78.