LOS ANGELES - The nation's leading jazz and blues radio station is changing its call letters.
KLON-FM (88.1) will be known as KKJZ-FM (88.1), effective Friday, August 9. The station's position on the FM dial, 88.1, and its programming are unchanged.
"We wanted call letters that accurately reflect the best jazz and blues radio programming in the country," KKJZ-FM General Manager Judy Jankowski said. "KKJZ remains joyfully committed to its mission of preserving and sharing the truly American art forms of jazz and blues."
Jankowski made the announcement and unveiled the new KKJZ-FM (88.1) station logo during a news conference at the Hollywood Bowl Rooftop Grill prior to Wednesday's Tony Bennett concert. The radio station is the title sponsor of the Jazz at the Bowl concert series.
Based on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, KKJZ has been on the air since 1981 as a jazz station. KKJZ's unique programs offer the full spectrum of jazz music, from bop to cool, from Latin to straight-ahead, from swing to big band, and most everything in between. The station also broadcasts popular blues programs on Saturdays and Sundays. KKJZ is a public radio station funded by contributions from listener-members and other donors.
Jankowski emphasized that KKJZ will continue to support and promote multiple concerts and events, including: KKJZ's Jazz at the Bowl; the Twilight Dance Concerts on the Santa Monica Pier; L.A.'s Latin Jazz Club Caravan and Cinco de Mayo party; the Long Beach Blues Club Caravan, and the annual Long Beach Blues Festival every Labor Day weekend. KKJZ also broadcasts a live taping of the Playboy Jazz Festival every year on the Fourth of July.
"While our call letters have changed, we are unwavering in our goal of bringing a wider audience and respect to jazz and blues through our programming, promotions and events," Jankowski said.
KKJZ is broadcast on 89.1, KUOR, Redlands, KECG, El Cerrito and, effective Friday, on the Internet at www.kkjz.org. Programming also is distributed via satellite to cable stations and dish owners across the globe.
Contact: Pat Gorman, KKJZ, (562) 985-8064