FM Technical Profile: WKZU
- Station Name:
- Kudzu 104.9
- Classic Country
eye] Southwest of Burnsville on MS-367.
- Power (ERP):
- 50 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 443 feet
- 60 dBu protected
contour map, from the FCC.
Street View imagery of the station's studio in downtown Ripley,
- JC Media, Inc.
- 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.
In January 2019, the station was sold by Kudzu Communications,
along with sister station WSKK in Ripley, to JC Media, LLC,
owned by John and Melina Marsalis, for $750,000.