FM Technical Profile: WKZU


Station Name:
Kudzu 104.9
Frequency:
104.9
Format:
Classic Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] Southwest of Burnsville on MS-367.
Power (ERP):
50 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
443 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
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[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studio in downtown Ripley, Mississippi.
Owner:
Kudzu Communications, Inc.
History:
This station appears to date back to November of 1970, put on the air by Kelly Segars, who owned 1270 WVOM in Iuka at the time.  The calls at this time were WTIB.  The station was programmed separately from the AM but probably had a country format of some sort.  In 1990, the calls changed to WFXO and the station appears to have had a Contemporary Hit Radio as "The Fox" according to the '96 Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook.  It may have later morphed to a variety hits type format.  Ownership of the station passed along from Billy R. McClain to Kudzu Communications, Inc.  The calls changed to WSKK in January 2008 and the station ostensibly picked up a classic hits format as "The Shark".  Less than a month later, the calls changed again to WKZU as "Kudzu Country", with these calls coming from a (now) co-owned station in Ripley, Mississippi.  The Ripley station took the WSKK calls, classic hits and "Shark" moniker.