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Kiqz

KIQZ
City of license Rawlins, Wyoming
Frequency 92.7 MHz
First air date 1981
Format Silent
ERP 3,000 watts
HAAT 91 meters
Class A
Facility ID 46737
Transmitter coordinates

41°46′16″N 107°14′15″W / 41.77111°N 107.23750°W / 41.77111; -107.23750

Former callsigns KIAJ (1981)
Owner Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stations KRAL

KIQZ (92.7 FM) was a radio station broadcasting an Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Rawlins, Wyoming, USA, the station is owned by Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc. It previously featured programing from AP Radio and Jones Radio Network.[1] KIQZ was simulcasted on sister station KRAL also from Rawlins.

History

The station was assigned the call letters KIAJ on August 13, 1981. On November 4, 1981, the station changed its call sign to the current KIQZ.[2] In the late 2000s, the station fell silent citing financial and staffing difficulties. The station filed for resumption of operations twice, once in 2011, and a year later in 2012. Days after the resumption of operations, the stations fell silent again, similar to the situation on AM sister station KRAL.[3] The station has until June 22, 2013 to resume operations, otherwise its license may be cancelled and penalties would be issued from the FCC.[4] As of March 2013, the station has not returned to air.

Signal

KIQZ covered most of central Carbon County, much like its sister station KRAL. It could only be heard to the Sweetwater County/Carbon County line. The station went silent in the late 2000s, citing technical limitations, however that may not have been the only reason (see next paragraph).

FCC Fines and Penalties

Since the station's change of ownership from "Elk Mountain Broadcasting" to current owner "Mount Rushmore Broadcasting", KIQZ, and its sister station, KRAL(AM 1240) have been fined by the FCC many times.[5] Past penalties include a $20,000 fine for "failing to maintain the operational readiness of the EAS (Emergency Alert{Readiness}System) equipment (see FCC Rules/11.35(a)), as well as other equipment issues and violations and failure to maintain a complete public records file."[6]

Sources connected to the F.C.C. say that more and significantly higher fines/penalties are probable. They continue by stating that any station owned or operated by Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting will "not likely" have their licenses renewed once they expire, due to the history of "past violations and cavalier attitude(s) towards following and maintaining" rules and regulations, and that this and other M.R.B. stations could have their broadcasting rights taken away "at almost any moment". Since this is an all-but-done set of circumstances, Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting's owner, Jan Charles Gray has been operating all of M.R.B.'s stations with little or no staff, whatsoever. On or around July 10, 2010, Gray filed with the F.C.C. documentation that stated KRAL had gone off the air due to "technical" problems. What he failed to do was inform the F.C.C. that the station had been in a non-broadcasting mode for well over 18 months prior to this filing. Several past and current employees of M.R.B. had informed Gray of the station's failing broadcast signal as far back as 2008, with Gray responding "No one listens to A.M. radio anymore, anyway."

References

External links

  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KIQZ
  • Radio-Locator information on KIQZ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KIQZ
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