Country format dropped in Kalamazoo; 96.5 now simulcast of AM 590

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updated 4/1, 11:30 p.m.

WKZOA 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.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

8 Comments

This is truly disappointing. Since the change in format 2 years ago, the mornings have been quite mismanaged. The dead air, the double and triple overplays; these were annoying. Although improved over time, it was still happening. Now, the only place to listen to Bob and Tom in this area with any consistency is gone. I can only assume this had something to do with lack of funds, and/or the incompetence of whomever was in charge of mornings for the last 2 years.

It is my impression that the fan base of Bob and Tom is very strong, and there are undoubtedly many disappointed people this morning. The only other station I know of that plays Bob and Tom accessible from Kalamazoo is 106.1 out of Lansing.

I had really hoped that this was a brief "April Fools Day" joke. What a disappointment.

Ditto above.
MAJOR disappointment. No reason to listen to this station any more.

SHAME ON YOU! What an aweful thing to do to your employees and listeners. As usual, all about the mighty dollar. Couldn't afford to give any of us any kind of warning. Nothing but Cowards!! I Got up today, turned on the radio, NO Bob and Tom and NO Country Music! Corporate at it's BEST!
I for one will never listen to anything your affiliated with again.

What an awful thing to do. I will never listen to this lame station now. Bye Bob and Tom. Bye country music and homegrown. Good bye 96.5. The joke is on you WKZO. Who's the fool now?

You first screwed up when you went country, now you dropped the only yjing you had going for you. Is this the last step before you go out of business?

This was a terrible decision! I enjoyed bob and tom in the morning and the rest of the day listening to country. I would never listen to the current content. I hope you switch back!

THIS WAS THE ONLY STATION I CAN GET AT WORK. NOW I LISTEN TO NOTHING BECAUSE TALK RADIO WOULD BE OK IF IT WAS INTERESTING. BUT LISTENING TO PEOPLE SELL ITEMS AND HEARING THE GAS PRICES IN THE AFTERNOON IS TOTALLY BORING. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE ANY LISTENERS. PLEASE BRING BACK THE BOB AND TOM OR AT LEAST THE COUNTRY MUSIC.

Well, I never cared for country anyway, but at least 96.5 had the only passable morning show in town. The new morning shows seems OK, but they are followed by a solid 17 hours of misinformation. No thanks. 96.5 is off my clock radio and car presets.

96.1 was pretty good - gone.

97.9 was OK, but has been infiltrated by crappy talk.

That's it. There is nothing left in Kalamazoo but sat radio. How can a college town not have one good station? Amazing.

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