KJQY (defunct radio station)

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There have been three different stations in San Diego called KJQY or K-Joy. The original was an easy listening music radio station based in San Diego. The call letters first appeared on May 20, 1979 when the call letters of beautiful music station KOZN-FM 103.7 were changed.

The First K-Joy on 103.7[edit]

The original KJQY was a beautiful music station that was owned by Westinghouse/Group W on 103.7. Group W sold 103.7 to Westwood One for $19 million in 1989,[1] kickstarting a period of constant changes in ownership. The revolving sets of new owners continuously updated the format, first to New Adult Contemporary/Light Jazz,[citation needed] and then eventually to Soft Adult Contemporary.[2] At some point, 103.7 ended up being owned by SFX, the same people who owned cross-town competitor KYXY 96.5 (which had better ratings).[citation needed] On February 16, 1995, SFX changed KJQY's format to rock adult contemporary, first changing the calls to KMKX and the name to Rock Mix 103.7,[2] and later to Classic Hits 103.7 The Planet and the call letters to KPLN, which is pretty much what it was until Howard Stern left CBS (including 103.7). CBS (the owners at that time and as of this writing) changed 103.7's call letters to KSCF, first as FM talk radio 103.7 Free FM, and in 2007 to Hot Adult Contemporary Sophie @ 103.7 followed by CHR in 2012 as Energy 103.7.

The Second K-Joy on 102.9, and later 94.1[edit]

In the late 1990s, there was a second "KJQY", on 102.9 FM on what had been KSDO FM (Top 40 and later as Classic rock), KSWV (yet another Soft AC/Light Jazz NAC station), KCLX (Classic Rock), and KKBH (All 70s Oldies "The Beach", Soft AC (also as the Beach) and Mainstream AC (as Mix 102.9).

By the time the station had switched to Mix 102.9, ownership had passed from Gannet, to Citicasters. After another sale, the station was with Jacor. It was about that time that 102.9's Program Director had research that showed that listeners still wrote KJQY in the ratings books. Realizing the potential, he changed the station's name to KJoy 102.9 and call letters to KJQY in the fall of 1997. Jacor bought out Nationwide Broadcasting which included KGB-FM, KPOP, KXGL, KUPR. This put Jacor over its ownership cap. Jacor already had KSDO, KOGO, KIOZ, KKLQ, KJQY, KCBQ, XETRA, XETRA-FM, KHTS. Jacor decided to sell its two weaker signals to Heftel Broadcasting (now Univision). Jacor killed KKLQ/Q-106 and 102.9 by playing "Macarena" on repeat, then moved the 95.7 and 94.1 stations into the Jacor fold and moved 102.9 and 106.5 to One America Tower downtown.

KJQY 102.9 and later 94.1 was a Soft AC stations designed to compete with KyXy 96.5. In 1998, KJQY/KJOY was moved to 94.1 from 102.9. The KJOY 94.1 Soft and Easy line up was; Gene Knight-mornings, Diana Vincent (and later Dave Mason, voice tracked from Ohio)-middays, Nick Summers-afternoons, and Delilah at night. In 2000 KJOY changed to an all new format called "Soft Oldies", which included artists like Barry Manilow, Tony Orlando, Bette Midler, The Captain and Tennille. KJOY Soft Oldies lasted less than a year and became KJOY oldies in 2001. This was shortly after market Oldies leader KBZT KBEST 95 began having problems of their own and changed formats. KJQY took advantage of this, even using Bill Drake era styled jingles, similar to those KBEST had used for many years. In 2002, current owners Clear Channel decided to drop Hot AC and 80s from Mix 95.7 and move KJQY's format over to 95.7 as KOCL, KOOL 95.7 (although the KJQY call letters were actually used on the station for a few days in the very beginning), so that they could use 94.1's powerful 100,000 ERP watt signal for a Hot AC station to compete with market leader KFMB-FM (Star 100.7). 94.1 took over the "Star" name after getting KFMB-FM's Star 100.7's popular morning show Jeff and Jer over, along with several other former 100.7 staffers. KFMB-FM has dropped the "Star" label and is "Jack FM".

Another piece of irony is that while 102.9 had been KSDO twice, first in the 1980s and again for a short time in the early 90s, KSDO had actually been on 103.7 for a period in the 1970s, but few artifacts of this remain today.

As of November 15, 2006, the KJQY call letters were assigned to a radio station in Colorado City, Colorado.


  1. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Sillerman Asset Shuffle Commands $135.8 Million" (PDF). Radio and Records. 17 November 1989. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Stark, Phyllis (March 4, 1995). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (9): 85.