updated 4/1, 11:30 p.m.
A format change this evening as Midwest Communications has dropped country from 96.5 FM Kalamazoo and replaced it with the news-talk format of sister station WKZO AM 590. A request to change the call sign of FM 96.5 from WYZO to WKZO-FM was filed on Monday with the FCC.
WKZO was launched in 1931 by broadcasting pioneer John Fetzer and for the first time now has a FM companion.
WKZO's full lineup of programming will now air full time on both frequencies. Weekdays this includes:
- 5AM-6AM: The Farm Report with Rick Shields
- 6AM-10AM: The Lori Moore Show
- 10AM-11:45AM: The Richard Piet Show
- 11:45AM-12:00PM: Mid-Day Agri-Business News Update
- 12-3PM: The Dave Ramsey Show
- 3-5PM: The Jay Morris Show
- 5-8PM: The Glenn Beck Program
- 8-10PM: The Joe Scarborough Show
- 10-1AM: The Mark Levin Show
- 1-5AM: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
The switch leaves listeners of the long-running Bob and Tom show without an affiliate in Kalamazoo.
Once a week, aspiring country singers like Shelagh Brown performed at a Kalamazoo radio station to get the word out about the local music scene. For country music fans, it was a chance to hear fresh talent on WYZO-FM 96.5. For bands, it was an opportunity to get exposure in the hopes of one day landing a coveted record deal. But this week, Brown and other artists learned that the radio station will stop airing country music starting early next week. "It's kind of a shock," said Brown, 26, who performed her own songs on the Wednesday evening radio program "Homegrown Music." "It's unfortunate there's not going to be something like that in Kalamazoo anymore." Instead, WYZO will become WKZO-FM and will air news, talk and sports with the identical programming as its sister WKZO-AM 590 AM... Country musicians lament loss of Kalamazoo radio station: WYZO's signal to air news, talk programming of sister station (Thu, 4/1)
MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS/KALMAZOO-BATTLE CREEK, MI Market Manager PETER TANZ tells ALL ACCESS that Country WYZO has flipped formats, and is now simulcasting sister station News/Talk WKZO-AM. The other Country station in the cluster, WNWN/BATTLE CREEK, will stay in the format. WYZO APD DAN DIGGLER has exited following the format change. All other WYZO staff will remain with the cluster and continue handling duties at sister stations, including PJ LACEY, who continues with the cluster as PD for WNWN... WYZO/Kalamazoo Simulcasting WKZO-A (Thu, 4/1)