KZNX
KZNX La Palabra 1530-95.1 logo.jpg
CityCreedmoor, Texas
Broadcast areaAustin-Round Rock metropolitan area
Frequency1530 kHz
BrandingLa Raza 95.1
Programming
Language(s)Spanish
FormatRegional Mexican
Ownership
OwnerAmerica Telecommunications Group, Inc.
History
First air date
December 8, 1962; 59 years ago (1962-12-08)
Former call signs
KGTN (1962–91)
KOPY (1991–94)
KWTR (1994–97)
KNEZ (1997–98)
KQQA (1998–2004)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID38906
ClassD
Power10,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (critical hours)
220 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
30°4′39″N 97°38′9″W / 30.07750°N 97.63583°W / 30.07750; -97.63583
(day and critical hours)
30°20′45″N 97°38′5″W / 30.34583°N 97.63472°W / 30.34583; -97.63472 (night)
Translator(s)95.1 K236AY (West Lake Hills)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebcastListen live
Websitelarazalaraza.com/austin/

KZNX (1530 kHz) is an AM radio station, licensed to Creedmoor, Texas, and serving the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The station is under ownership of America Telecommunications Group, Inc. It airs a Spanish-language Regional Mexican format. Religious hosts pay the station a fee for airing their programs on KZNX, during which they may ask for donations to their ministry. The transmitter is off Dale Overton Road in the Thoroughbred Estates neighborhood of Del Valle, Texas.[1]

KZNX is also heard on translator station K236AY at 95.1 MHz in West Lake Hills, Texas. KZNX 1530 AM and translator station K236AY 95.1 FM are currently being operated and managed by La Palabra Radio. KZNX is powered at 10,000 watts by day. But because AM 1530 is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A WCKY in Cincinnati and KFBK in Sacramento, KZNX must significantly reduce power during critical hours and at night.

History

The station first signed on the air on December 8, 1962, as KGTN.[2] Its original city of license was Georgetown, Texas, and it was owned by the Georgetown Broadcasting Company. It began as a 1,000 watt daytimer, required to go off the air at night.

In 1991, KGTN became KOPY with a Christian format, owned by state representative Dan Kubiak.[3] Two years later, the Lower Colorado River Authority acquired KOPY; the public utility's acquisition of the radio station, which had previously gone silent,[4] came in the wake of 1991 floods in the region that required more timely dissemination of information than the region's weekly newspapers and coverage-limited radio stations could provide.[5] Under LCRA's ownership, 1530 returned to the air in March 1995 as KWTR, running automated weather and river information[6] and later including additional community information.

Public response to KWTR was "fairly good", but the river authority ultimately decided that working with the National Weather Service was more cost-effective, and in April 1997, KWTR gave way to "K-News", an all-news radio station owned by Yellow Rose Communications alongside 92.1 KIKY (now KYLR)[7] LCRA sold the station for $632,000; new KNEZ call letters were instituted in April 1997.

KNEZ did not last long; in 1998, the station became KQQA, a simulcast of KQQQ (the former KIKY). The two stations aired a Regional Mexican format known as La Nueva.[8] Yellow Rose sold KQQA in 2004 to Simmons Media Group, which flipped the frequency to sports as KZNX. Border Media Partners bought the station in 2010 and sold it two years later to America Telecommunications Group, a company 25 percent owned by José Pérez Ramírez of Mexican station group Promomedios.[9]

Translators

Broadcast translators of KZNX
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
K236AY 95.1 West Lake Hills, Texas 139268 99 333.7 m (1,095 ft) D 30°19′24″N 97°47′59″W / 30.32333°N 97.79972°W / 30.32333; -97.79972 FCC LMS

References

  1. ^ Radio Locator.com/KZNX
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1965 page B-150
  3. ^ Herndon, John (November 28, 1991). "Native Americans add perspective on KUT". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Matustik, David (July 10, 1993). "KCRA awaiting FCC approval on broadcast license purchase". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Herndon, John (November 3, 1994). "River Authority makes (air)waves". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Herndon, John (March 30, 1995). "KUT asks donors to counter cuts". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Golz, Earl (1996-10-23). "All-news radio station to debut". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2019-06-18. (Continued)
  8. ^ Patterson, Rob (1998-10-17). "Arbitron ups and downs". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  9. ^ "Austin FMs spin out of old Border porfolio". RBR. August 2, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2019.