KZPT
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Broadcast areaKansas City, MO-KS
Frequency99.7 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding99-7 The Point
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatHot adult contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Smooth jazz
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
October 1962 (1962-10)
Former call signs
KMBC-FM (1962–67)
KMBR (1967–91)
KLTH (1991–98)
KYYS (1998–2008)
KBLV (2008–09)
KKSN (2009–10)
KGEX (2010–11)
Call sign meaning
KanZas (uses Z instead of S) PoinT
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID6379
ClassC0
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT335 meters (1,099 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°01′20.00″N 94°30′49.00″W / 39.0222222°N 94.5136111°W / 39.0222222; -94.5136111
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/997thepoint

KZPT (99.7 FM) is a hot adult contemporary radio station licensed to and serving the Kansas City metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1962 under the call sign KMBC-FM. The station is owned by Audacy, Inc. Its transmitter is located in east Kansas City, and studios are located in Mission, Kansas.

History

Early years

99.7 FM's historic roots go back to an experimental station, W9XER, which began as an "Apex" high-frequency station owned by the Midland Broadcasting Company in Kansas City. In 1937, it was operating on 31.6 MHz,[1] and by 1940 was transmitting on 42.46 MHz.[2] In late 1941, W9XER was converted into one of the earliest FM stations, now transmitting on 46.5 MHz.[3] In 1944 the station received a commercial license as KMBC-FM, and began daily broadcasts that June.[4] In 1946, it moved to 97.9 FM. For two more years, KMBC-FM broadcast on 100.5 FM, until the station was deleted in December 1949.[5]

Metromedia later revived the KMBC-FM call letters, when the station signed on at its permanent 99.7 FM location on October 15, 1962 with middle of the road music. KMBC-FM broadcast at 4,300 watts, but upgraded to 98,000 watts in 1966. Bonneville bought the station in 1967 and requested new call letters to separate the station from its original AM and TV counterparts. That became reality on July 18, 1966, when the station changed call letters to KMBR, and began airing an easy listening format. KMBR was a steady presence in the market, lasting for around 25 years. In May 1991, KMBR altered its format to soft AC, and rebranded as "Lite 99.7". The station also changed their call letters to KLTH (the calls were adopted on October 16, 1991). KLTH and KUDL competed strongly against one another for the dominant "at-work station" throughout the mid-1990s. However, KUDL's parent company Entercom bought KLTH in 1997, putting an end to the competition.

Revival of KY

KYYS logo from 1997 to 2006.
KYYS logo from 1997 to 2006.
KYYS logo from 2006 to 2008.
KYYS logo from 2006 to 2008.

On September 19, 1997 102.1 KYYS (KY-102) abruptly dropped its rock format after 23 years. On October 20, 1997 at 6:00 am., after playing "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg, KLTH flipped to classic rock, branded as "The New 99-7 KY", picking up the former "KY" moniker, some of their former airstaff, and, on January 23, 1998, the KYYS call letters. The first song on the revived "KY" was "Back in Black" by AC/DC.[6]

In 2000, KYYS announced it would become the FM radio home of the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the Department of Justice blocked the move because owner Entercom Communications would have too much listenership of the Kansas City airwaves. The Chiefs would remain on rival station KCFX until 2020.[7]

KYYS started airing the syndicated "Nights with Alice Cooper" in 2005. At the same time, the station shifted to a harder classic rock format. However, this format altering led to a decline in ratings, resulting in many listeners jumping ship to KCFX.

Slogans:[8]

Program Directors[9]

Air Staff[10]

99-7 The Boulevard

With ratings on the decline, and failing to effectively compete against KCFX, KYYS was ended for a second time. On January 18, 2008, at 1 pm, after playing "In the Dark" by Billy Squier, KYYS flipped to AAA, branded as "99-7 The Boulevard, Kansas City's Quality Rock". The first song on "The Boulevard" was "Boulevard" by Jackson Browne.[11][12][13][14] On the same day as the flip, KYYS changed call letters to KBLV to match the "Boulevard" moniker. The station was mostly automated during this time. Mornings were hosted by Mo Lewis, afternoons were hosted by Jennifer Simon, and evenings were hosted by Operations Manager Greg Bergen.[15] Ratings for the station sunk even further than they were in the final years of KYYS. Initially, the station featured a mix of classic rock artists (like Elton John, The Beatles, and Fleetwood Mac) with newer artists (like Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, and Jack Johnson (musician).) Over time, the playlist shifted to a more traditional classic rock format.

99-7 Kiss FM

99-7 Kiss FM logo from 2009 to 2010.
99-7 Kiss FM logo from 2009 to 2010.

Just 367 days after the debut of "The Boulevard", on January 13, 2009, at 3 pm, after playing "Touch Me" by The Doors, KBLV began stunting with music from past "American Idol" contestants. One hour later, KBLV flipped to Hot AC, branded as "99-7 Kiss FM." The first song on "Kiss" was "Light On" by David Cook.[16] On January 20, 2009, KBLV changed its call letters to KKSN. Almost all of the station's programming was syndicated: Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest in afternoons, and Kim Iversen at night. With the exception of Michelle Nichols in middays from March to June, middays were jockless. Kelly Urich, longtime personality at rival KMXV, joined the station in afternoons on November 9 of that year as the station's only local talent, moving Seacrest to middays.[17] Ratings improved slightly when the station flipped to "Kiss", but still remained near the middle or bottom of Kansas City Arbitron ratings reports.

Gen X Radio 99-7

KKSN logo during transition from "Kiss" to "Gen X."
KKSN logo during transition from "Kiss" to "Gen X."

On April 16, 2010, at 10 a.m., after playing "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga, KKSN flipped to 80s/90s Hits, rebranded as "Gen X Radio 99-7 Kiss FM".[18] The first song on "Gen X" was "To Be With You" by Mr. Big. KKSN dropped Kraddick and Iversen from the lineup at this time, with Seacrest remaining as the lone syndicated holdover from the previous format. On May 27, the station dropped "Kiss FM" from their branding, and rebranded as "Gen X Radio 99-7". The next day, the station changed their call letters to KGEX. During its time as "Gen X", the station added a full-time local airstaff. Throughout its time as "Gen X", ratings for the station remained anemic.

99-7 The Point

On March 23, 2011, at Noon, the station flipped to hot adult contemporary, this time as "99-7 The Point." The last few songs on "Gen X Radio" were Closer to Free by BoDeans, Closing Time by Semisonic, 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) by Coolio, A Change Would Do You Good by Sheryl Crow, Bye Bye Bye by NSYNC, and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day. The first song on "The Point" was Get the Party Started by Pink.[19][20] The new format was designed to combine the audience split between KGEX, KUDL and KCKC. On March 28, KUDL began simulcasting KGEX as part of a transition period to shift KUDL's audience over to the new format, as KUDL announced that they would be ending their adult contemporary format after 34 years and flip to a simulcast of KMBZ. On March 30, 2011, the simulcast between the two stations ended; on the same day, KGEX changed their call letters to the current KZPT. KZPT's staff, in the beginning, included Urich (moved from afternoons) in morning drive, Tony Lorino in middays (Seacrest's show was dropped with the flip to "The Point"), Tanna Guthrie (formerly of KYYS and KUDL) in afternoons, and Matt Gapske at night. During its tenure as "The Point", the station's ratings have dramatically improved, with the station now typically ranked within the top 10 most listened-to stations in the market. About a year after the flip to "The Point", KZPT dropped all 1980s and most 1990s hits and shifted back to an Adult Top 40 format. In 2022, the station shifted back toward Hot AC, using the slogan "The 90s to Now."

KZPT won "Station of the Year" from the Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBA) in June 2017. They also won first place in "Station Sponsored Community Event."

References

  1. ^ "Shortwave Stations by Frequencies", Radio Index, May 1937, page 70.
  2. ^ "High Frequency Broadcasting Stations in the United States", Broadcasting Yearbook (1940), page 374.
  3. ^ "Experimental FM Stations Currently Operating", FM, December 1941, page 40.
  4. ^ "KMBC-FM Power Plea" (PDF). October 13, 1947. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  5. ^ "History of KMBZ" by Richie Kennedy (route56.com)
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1997/RR-1997-10-24.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ "Kansas City Radio & Television".
  8. ^ "D) 99.7Fm 99-7 Ky".
  9. ^ "D) 99.7Fm 99-7 Ky".
  10. ^ "D) 99.7Fm 99-7 Ky".
  11. ^ Christopher Hearne, Jr., "99.7 KY fires staff, will change format", The Kansas City Star, January 11, 2008.
  12. ^ 99.7 KYYS Kansas City to Flip
  13. ^ 99.7 the Boulevard Kansas City Debuts
  14. ^ Alan Scherstuhl, "Contemplating 99.7 KY: The Hippo Rolls Over for 'Quality Rock'", The Pitch, February 1, 2008.
  15. ^ "E) 99.7FM 99-7 the Boulevard".
  16. ^ 99-7 Kiss FM Kansas City Debuts
  17. ^ "DJ Kelly Urich joins 99-7 Kiss FM", The Kansas City Star, November 10, 2009.
  18. ^ 99.7 Kiss Kansas City Segues to Gen X
  19. ^ KGEX is Now 'The Point'; KUDL to Flip to Talk
  20. ^ Gen X 99.7 Becomes 'The Point'