KGNZ

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KGNZ-FM
KGNZ Logo.jpg
Current KGNZ Logo
CityAbilene, Texas
Broadcast areaTexas Big Country
Texas Concho Valley
Texas South Plains
BrandingLife Changing Music (general)
Good News, Great Music (alternate)
Frequency88.1 MHz
HD Radio upgrade planned
Translator(s)See tables below
First air dateMarch 9, 1981 (1981-03-09)
FormatContemporary Christian Music
ERP91,000 watts
HAAT252 meters (827 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID10920
Transmitter coordinates32°13′47″N 99°37′42″W / 32.22972°N 99.62833°W / 32.22972; -99.62833 (KGNZ-FM)
Callsign meaningKing's Good NewZ (referring to the Gospel)
OwnerChristian Broadcasting Co., Inc.
WebcastKGNZ Live Stream
Websitewww.kgnz.com

KGNZ is an FM Christian radio station that serves the Abilene, Texas, San Angelo, Texas, and Lubbock, Texas regional areas. The non-commercial station is under ownership of Christian Broadcasting Co., Inc., a 501.c.3 non-profit organization.

KGNZ is available via 24-hour web streams at KGNZ.com, on TuneIn radio, iTunes Radio, and free applications for Apple and Android devices.

History[edit]

Programming[edit]

KGNZ currently presents the most daily local programming of any station of any format in the markets it serves. Local, generally live on-air hosts man the station from 7am until midnight weekdays and from 9am until 6pm on Saturdays; the general format is Christian Adult Contemporary, but features a variety of special programming. Weekdays at noon, new and old favorite worship songs are presented during The Praise Hour. The Classic Half-Hour with Ron Rosseau airs weekdays at 1pm and features CCM classics dating back to the origins of the genre. Many of these tracks originally aired on the station as vinyl records. On July 3, 2017, KGNZ expanded its nighttime offerings, becoming the only religious or secular radio station in the market to offer local programming every weeknight until midnight; the station tapped AISD Shotwell Stadium PA announcer and KGNZ Sunday Morning Living Praise announcer Mike Coffey to take the reins of KGNZ In the Evenings, extending that show an hour until 9pm. Evenings host Dustin Tatro then took the helm of the all new KGNZ at Night with Dustin Tatro, a highly-interactive late-night show keeping hints of the station's A/C format intact while focusing primarily on harder Christian Rock, CHR, and Hip-hop favorites; the show was billed as "the HARDER side of Life Changing Music," taking a cue from the station's primary branding. On September 6, 2019, KGNZ at Night with Dustin Tatro broadcast its farewell show live having been cancelled by KGNZ General Manager Gary Hill and departing the station altogether as At Night with Dustin Tatro to seek syndication opportunities. On September 7, 2019, the station aired The Christian Rock 20 with Paul Gibson for the final time.

KGNZ maintains an active community presence with its free "Community Events Calendar," a service which promotes events for local non-profits and churches both on its website and via hourly on-air announcement at 45 minutes past the hour. KGNZ is the exclusive radio partner for Fields of Faith Abilene, held each September at Shotwell Stadium, and One Kingdom Ministry's "Exalt" Community-wide Worship Service, held each January; the station provides broadcast carriage of each event live in its entirety.

During daylight hours Monday through Saturday, the station rebroadcasts Salem Media Group's SRN News at the top of each hour. On weekdays, KGNZ receives recorded weather updates from degreed meteorologists at media partner KTXS-TV which are broadcast during the morning and afternoon drive windows; the station may cut to these meteorologists' live audio feed during breaking severe weather coverage when life-threatening weather enters the city of Abilene.

KGNZ presents a variety of syndicated talk programming of interest to its listeners including Focus on the Family and the family radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. Current air times of these programs are listed below.

On September 1, 2017, KGNZ began delivering The Friday Night Football Show, a live adaptation of KGNZ at Night serving as a scoreboard show for the primary high school varsity football teams in the areas the station serves over-the-air; the show was hosted by Dustin Tatro with co-host William McCorkle, and incorporated live reports by pre-selected volunteer sideline reporters at one or two "games of the week." The faith-based scoreboard show played Christian Rock and Hip-hop between sports segments and partners with the regional Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters for additional content, including interviews with selected athletes. KGNZ cancelled production of The Friday Night Football Show prior to the 2019 season.

Stations[edit]

One full-power station is licensed to simulcast the programming of KGNZ:

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates Call sign meaning
KLTP-FM 90.9 FM San Angelo, Texas 120615 2915 191 m (627 ft) C3 31°25′16″N 100°32′36″W / 31.42111°N 100.54333°W / 31.42111; -100.54333 (KLTP) (NAD27)

Translators[edit]

KGNZ programming is currently broadcast on the following translators:

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
K215AM 90.9 Snyder, Texas 10922 316 120 m (390 ft) D 32°45′53″N 100°53′08″W / 32.76472°N 100.88556°W / 32.76472; -100.88556 (K215AM) (NAD27) FCC
K203CB 88.5 Lubbock, Texas 76197 62 58 m (190 ft) D 33°28′10″N 101°47′25″W / 33.46944°N 101.79028°W / 33.46944; -101.79028 (K203CB) (NAD27) FCC
K220EZ 91.9 Graham, Texas 10957 143 111 m (364 ft) D 33°07′24″N 98°35′04″W / 33.12333°N 98.58444°W / 33.12333; -98.58444 (K220EZ) (NAD27) FCC

Technical Information[edit]

The station’s studios feature the latest AoIP (Audio over IP technology using a Wheatstone digital studio featuring twin Wheatstone L-12 digital consoles and an assortment of BLADE interfaces. All studio audio is transported exclusively in digital formats whenever possible. Other equipment includes Neumann TLM-103 microphones, Simian automation, Tieline IP links which allow remote broadcast return to the station at full 192k studio quality audio, Telos One analog phone hybrids, and Inovonics David IV master processing; the link to KLTP and translator sites is by dedicated and encrypted satellite uplink.

In fall 2017, the station installed a new Nautel GV20 digital transmitter at its main tower site; the station will soon retire the nearly 30-year old Continental Electronics 816R tube transmitter it bought new to stand-by usage. The Nautel unit will enable station upgrades in the future to an all-digital signal path to the transmitter point, and later, transmission in HD Radio; as of September 1, 2019, the station was still operating full-time on the old transmitter.

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Coordinates: 32°13′48″N 99°37′44″W / 32.230°N 99.629°W / 32.230; -99.629