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KZMP-FM
Broadcast areaDallas-Fort Worth Metroplex/Sherman/ Denison/Gainesville/Ardmore
Frequency104.9 MHz (HD Radio)
104.9-HD1 is "Funasia Radio"
104.9-HD2 is “Radio Mirchi”
104.9-HD3 is 'BigFM International'
104.9-HD4 is "Radio Surbhi"
Branding104.9 FunAsia
Programming
Language(s)South Asian
FormatSouth Asian music
Ownership
Owner
  • Perfect Media LLC
  • (Perfect Media LLC)
OperatorVaishali Thakkar (under LMA)
Liberman: KBOC, KNOR, KZMP-AM, KZZA
History
First air date
1983 (as KALK)
Former call signs
KALK (1983-1984)
KLAK (1984-1987)
KMKT (1987-1990)
KTCY (1996-2003)
Technical information
Facility ID15854
ClassC1
ERP34,000 watts
HAAT535 meters (1755 ft)
Links
WebcastKZMP-FM Live Feed
Websitefunasia.net

KZMP-FM (104.9 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Pilot Point, Texas, and serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. KZMP-FM is owned by Estrella Media and operated by FunAsia[1] under a local marketing agreement (LMA). It airs a South Asian radio format, focusing on Bollywood music. The station broadcasts mainly in English, but also has programs in five South Asian languagesHindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati and Persian.

KZMP-FM's studios and offices are located in Dallas, while the transmitter is located west of Collinsville in Cooke County.

History

The station opened its studios in Denison, Texas, and began as KALK in 1983, but quickly changed the call sign to KLAK in 1984 as "K-Lake FM 105." It aired a Soft Adult Contemporary format, and was nicknamed for its proximity to Lake Texoma in far North Texas. On May 12, 1987, KLAK moved to frequency 97.5 FM in Durant, Oklahoma, wiping out popular rimshot KWTX Waco's DFW signal at 97.5; but on that same day, KMKT was established on 104.9 FM as an oldies station and was branded "Katy Klassics" and later "Katy Oldies". Three years later, the station moved to 93.1 FM (now as "Katy Country") in Bells, leaving 104.9 FM dark for six years. KLAK, KMKT, and KWTX are still operational to this day, and although KWTX is still not available to Denison over the air, it is available over the Internet.

On August 10, 1996, KTCY-FM, operated by Tony Rodriguez, son of Spanish Radio pioneer Marcos Rodriguez, Sr., began its broadcasting activities under the name "Fab 105", broadcasting all-Beatles music.[citation needed] It was the first Metroplex station to be fully programmed from computer hard drives, and in that case, the station ran jockless through 1997.[citation needed] Tony sold the station to his brother Marcos A. Rodriguez.[citation needed] After March 1997, KTCY switched to an all Gospel station as "Praise 104.9". A year after the swift change, their broadcasting license moved to Pilot Point to increase their signal. In 2000, it was rebranded "Joy 104.9" while maintaining its Gospel format but it soon changed to Regional Mexican as La Mejor 104.9

In 2002, Entravision Communications bought out KTCY and reimaged it to a Regional Mexican station as "Super Estrella 104.9". Less than two years later, KTCY (now on 101.7 FM) and KZMP has swapped call letters and branding, making this station KZMP "104.9 FM El Gato" while maintaining the same format. On January 6, 2005, KZMP was once again rebranded as "Radio Tricolor". Less than 2 years later, Entravision sold five of their Dallas/Fort Worth-area radio stations, including KZMP, to Liberman Broadcasting.[2] Prior to the sale, the station switched to a short-lived Spanish Christian format as La Luz 104.9.

Signal

Unlike most of the area's FM stations, which transmit their signals from Cedar Hill, KZMP-FM transmits its signal from an unincorporated area west of Collinsville. Therefore, KZMP-FM's signal is much stronger in the extreme Northern parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the cities of Decatur, Bowie, Gainesville, Sherman and Bonham, to as far north as Ardmore, Oklahoma, but is considerably weaker in Dallas, Fort Worth, and areas South of the cities themselves.

References

  1. ^ FunAsia website
  2. ^ "Calif. media company to buy Dallas radio stations". Dallas Business Journal. July 31, 2006.

Coordinates: 33°32′09″N 96°49′55″W / 33.5357°N 96.8319°W / 33.5357; -96.8319