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KZZR & KQHC, Burns

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  • Started 4 years ago by Lincster
  • Latest reply from kb101engineer

  1. It's a long way from Portland (or Waldport for that matter) but there should be a filing for transfer of ownership of KZZR & KQHC later today or Monday.


    Posted on May 14, 2010 - 01:23 PM #
  2. Probably won't show up in the FCC database until Monday, but everything is signed.

    Joan & I just purchased, subject to FCC approval, KZZR & KQHC in Burns. We are Harney County Radio, LLC. Look for callsign changes, TBA.

    Now all we need is stations in Albany, Sweet Home, Bend & Ontario so we can have the Highway 20 corridor! (Nampa and Boise?)


    Posted on May 14, 2010 - 04:39 PM #
  3. US 20 runs all the way to Boston, Mass. Now you have a major goal for which to shoot!

    Posted on May 14, 2010 - 04:54 PM #
  4. You could probabaly buy 1450 Notus.

    Plus there's this:
    ID BNP-20080826ADA NEW 161011 AMERICAST MEDIA CORPORATION AM Auction 84 E 1400 KHZ MIDDLETON, ID CP New Station.

    And a nother CP for Boise, 1430's for sale.

    Posted on May 14, 2010 - 05:32 PM #
  5. Linc: Can you find out what the call letter meaning is or was for KZZR?

    Posted on May 14, 2010 - 06:07 PM #
  6. This is great news! Judging by how professional KORC is sounding, I'm expecting great things for the Burns properties. I'm guessing that KZZR and KQHC's formats will stay in place.

    Posted on May 15, 2010 - 12:16 AM #
  7. KZZR, I has hoping somebody here knew the answer to that! Double Zed Ranch? KRNS I can guess at, but KZZR? Not a clue really, and it will soon become KBNH for Burns 'n Hines.

    KQHC, I HATE CALL SIGNS WITH Q's. Q Harney County?

    Let's see, we have KORC for Oregon Coast, so I suppose we could go for KORC-FM for Oregon Country. Since the call signs can coexist as -AM and -FM, it might work, and that might be a clue as to what we are planning for the FM. During one of our visits the FM was doing a "Psychadelic Retro Weekend." I don't think that plays in Burns, although KORC's Focused Classic Sound might do well.

    The Crab's "Music Everybody Loves" leaves out the too hard/too sappy/too edgy stuff, it's more of a sound than a strict format... Think about the sound of Sting and John Mayer and you understand our core format, it builds out from there. And the only time you'll hear "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (with No Big Fat Woman)" on "Casey's American Top 40," a weekend feature.

    We were thinking about calling KZZR "The Steer" until somebody pointed out what's missing from a steer! OK, 1230 The Cow, and that's no Bull!

    We've been told you can't give away the FM, all the sales are on the AM. I don't imagine there are too many places where that is the case. In Newport they can't give away KCUP, and throw it in when you buy "The Boss" and their mailer "You've Got Mail." KNPT owns the talk market, I don't know what I do with KCUP if I owned it, probably LMA it to the Siletz Tribal Council.

    And, yes, US 20 runs all the way to Boston, I grew up just a few miles north, and drove it a many times on the way to Springfield to visit family or when I was too broke to afford the turnpike... but I said HWY 20, and it's Route 20 in eastern speak!

    Boise has too many stations (like Bend)... So thanks but no thanks, I'm more interested in places like Burns.

    In Idaho once you get east of Boise there are religious considerations. While we'd be treated with respect we would always be outsiders.

    Posted on May 16, 2010 - 10:49 AM #
  8. Mrs.Merkin

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    "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (with No Big Fat Woman)"

    Git on down!

    Damn, I forgot all about that song! Now I've got it stuck in my head (ear worm) and can't stop cracking up and singing it. It's my new theme song. Awesome!

    Posted on May 16, 2010 - 12:04 PM #
  9. Linc: Thanks for checking on the KZZR call meaning and thanks for the call meaning of KBNH. I've already added it to the master copy.

    Posted on May 16, 2010 - 09:31 PM #
  10. I would leave Country on 1230, since the simplicity of Country music works on AM radio, better than pop/rock. Everyone in Burns/Hines is used to hearing Country on 1230, and it's been successful on AM. "1230 Country...KBNH, Burns/Hines" has a nice ring to it.

    Now I would get rid of the narrow Classic Hits format they've been running on 92.7 KQHC. As the only local commercial FM in the market, I would put "Adult Hits" (a.k.a. "Variety Hits") on 92.7, which plays pop/rock hits from the '60s through today. It's a format that covers everything, with proven success in small markets across the counrty.

    Down in Lakeview, they have Country on 1230 KQIK, and "Adult Hits" on 93.5 KQIK-FM. They are using Dial Global's "SAM" satellite feed for KQIK-FM.

    Posted on May 17, 2010 - 01:38 AM #
  11. "In Idaho once you get east of Boise there are religious considerations. While we'd be treated with respect we would always be outsiders."

    Burns has its share of religious broadcasters. Here's a list of what I believe is on the air on FM in the Burns/Hines area:

    88.5 K203CW 19 watts - repeating KAWZ Twin Falls, Idaho - CSN.
    89.3 K207DD 23 watts - repeating KVIP-FM Redding, Calif. - Christian.
    90.1 KOBN 600 watts - repeating KOPB-FM Portland, Oregon - OPB.
    90.5 K213DX 19 watts - repeating KEFX Twin Falls, Idaho - The Effect.
    91.7 K219BH 23 watts - repeating KOBN Burns, Oregon - OPB.
    92.7 KQHC 750 watts - LOCAL PROGRAMMING.
    95.9 K240AW 5 watts - repeating KNLR Bend, Oregon - Christian.
    98.1 KBWR-LP 51 watts - repeating 3ABN.

    Posted on May 17, 2010 - 07:19 AM #
  12. This from All Access:

    --------------------------------------------------Oregon Combo Sold--------------------------------------------------

    B & H RADIO, INC. is selling Country KZZR-A and Classic Hits KQHC (THE Q 92.7)/BURNS, OR to HARNEY COUNTY RADIO, LLC for $245,000.

    From Wikipedia:

    In August 2007, Action Radio, LLC, agreed to sell both KZZR and KQHC to B&H Radio, Inc., for $67,000 in cash plus the assumption of certain debts for a total reported sale price of $209,700.98. The deal was approved by the FCC on October 1, 2007, and the transaction was consummated on the same day.

    Posted on May 17, 2010 - 07:27 AM #
  13. Yes, Country works on KZZR, and if it ain't broke don't fix it!

    It's the FM we're struggling with. I like "the_radio_guy's" suggestion, which seems to say, take what we're doing at KORC and port it to KQHC. That would be too easy;-)

    The Dial-Global format on the FM just doesn't work in Burns.

    The BNH call sign is very close to DNH, I wax nostalgic... In 1977 I changed WAEN (formerly WHPA) in Honesdale, PA. to WDNH. HPA was great for Honesdale, but the interim owner didn't like the local nickname, "Whoppa Radio." So he rebadged it to WAEN for Wayne Conty (yecch!). So when Fuller-Jeffery bought WDNH in Dover, NH I called J.J. and asked if he was changing the call. He said yes, to WOKQ (Yecch again!), but his reasoning was sound, too many NH calls in New Hampshire (WDNH, WLNH, WPNH, WWNH and maybe one or two more).

    So, you ask, whey WDNH? Honesdale is the birthplace of both the Delaware & Hudson Canal and the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, many references to D 'n H in the area, so it was a nice fit... and 33 years later the call lives on in Honesdale on the FM. My logo was shamlessly plaigerized from the Delaware & Hudson RR logo, We simply replaced the "the" in the D 'n H with a W. Since Joan & I are also in the RR business I got great pleasure in bading a radio station from a railroad.

    Oh, and it was during my WDNH days I met Joan... and we live hapilly everafter...

    OK, one more WDNH (Dover, NH) story. I was splicing damaged transmission line in the middle of the night about 200 feet up the tower, a hole caused by the wrap-lock (crap-lock?) used to secure the line to the tower. When I came down I was chatting with the Chief Engineer Leo Boisvert. I asked Leo if he was a ham, he said yes and asked me my call, I said W2HIE... He could hardly believe it, he was W1HIE! I'm now W7HIE and Leo is an sk. Was that realy 35+ years ago!

    Posted on May 17, 2010 - 10:29 AM #
  14. File Number: BAL-20100514AJD
    Call Sign: KZZR
    Facility Id: 62265
    FRN: 0016783383
    Applicant Name: B & H RADIO, INC.
    Frequency: 1230
    Community of License: BURNS, OR
    Application Type: ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE
    Status: GRANTED
    Consummation Date:
    Status Date: 06/30/2010
    Expiration Date:
    Tolling Code:
    Application Service: AM
    Disposed Date: 06/30/2010
    Accepted Date: 05/17/2010
    Last Public Notice: 07/06/2010
    Last Report Number: 47271

    Posted on June 30, 2010 - 03:59 PM #
  15. big89

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    This from ALL ACCESS today:
    In technical filings, HARNEY COUNTY RADIO, LLC Classic Hits KQHC (THE Q 99.7)/BURNS, OR has applied for an upgrade from Class A (750 watts) to Class C2 (10.000 watts). The applicant is buying the station from B&H RADIO.

    Posted on July 2, 2010 - 11:17 AM #
  16. All Access sure has a lot of typos. It's 92.7! I'm glad to see that the signal will be significantly upgraded!

    Posted on July 3, 2010 - 01:27 AM #
  17. Now that Bend's KRXF has moved (from 92.7) to 92.9, the Burns 92.7 will have interference-free coverage in all directions.

    According to Wikipedia, 92.7 KQHC will flip to Country, as KORC-FM. Meanwhile, 1230 KZZR will become Classic Country, as KBNH.

    Posted on July 14, 2010 - 07:15 AM #
  18. We took over KZZR and KQHC on the 16th, it's now KBNH and KORC-FM. BTW, KORC-AM Waldport got the CP to 5 kW on Thursday! And we have the CP to take 92.7 from 750 watts to 10 kW.

    OK, I've seen mice in transmitters, rats, snakes and even koatimundi (in San Diego) but today I found termite hills 2 feet high on the KBNH Nautel transmitter in Burns. After working through issues with the antique Phantom automation system, about to be replaced with BSI SImian (AM and FM) I finally got to do some PM on the transmitter. At first I though the brown traces on the outside of the cabinet were some rust, the transmitter buildng had been flooded at one time.

    But when I opened the door to clean the filer on the fan I was shocked to find the transmitter filled to about 2 feet with termites and termite hills. OK, now I can retire, I've seen everything. It looks like the former studio building is pretty well infested.... Found some vitamin A, too.

    Tomorrow back to programming the Simian.

    I've had a very warm reception in Burns, this is one very beautiful, albeit remote, area. Will I still say that in January?


    Posted on July 30, 2010 - 11:13 PM #
  19. Take that drive up 9,000+ feet Steens Mtn. I was up their once and peered thru the clouds down to the Alvord Desert far below, which is almost a vertical drop, and the sun was shining on the desert. I thought I was in heaven!

    Posted on July 31, 2010 - 12:30 AM #
  20. Thanks for the KORC-FM and KBNH info! When might the new formats be hitting the air?

    Posted on July 31, 2010 - 02:52 AM #
  21. Classic Country Monday. But the community wants us to keep Classic Hits on the FM, so we're bringing the KORC-AM / KLOG Classic Hits format to Burns in about a week.

    Steens Mountain Rim Run and Walk next week, that should be a challenge!

    Posted on July 31, 2010 - 06:54 AM #
  22. I'll be traveling through Burns on Saturday, on my way to Boise, and will be listening to 92.7 KORC-FM and 1230 KBNH. Is the KORC/KLOG Classic Hits format now on the air in Burns?

    Posted on August 13, 2010 - 01:42 AM #
  23. Just wanted to let you know that most of the people I talk to hate the new format. This station use to play classic rock and great new country music. Now everyone is refering to this station as KRAP AM/FM BURNS OREGON. Now I'm a Sirus radio subscriber and listen to a lot more CD's. I will say it is nice to hear the local news but other than that it sucks.

    Posted on October 19, 2010 - 11:32 AM #
  24. I must say; removing Contemporary County from the radio in Burns, makes absolutely no sense!

    Posted on October 20, 2010 - 12:04 AM #
  25. Bustos has picked up the KZZR calls for 94.3 (Government Camp) which will hopefully be hitting the air soon.

    Posted on October 27, 2010 - 01:48 AM #
  26. We gave up tv years ago because of old reruns. Now KBNH reruns of black and white tv shows runs through my mind. Bring Back the original format. The same goes for what used to be our classic rock station. I'm sure you meant well with some changes but this has gotten old very fast. I get excited when we make a trip just we can have good radio.

    Posted on February 4, 2011 - 10:35 AM #
  27. It is obvious the "radio guy" "Michaeld" and "tfoster"are clueless, with the change in format at KBNH revenues for were 140% of the previous year. How many stations can show a growth of 40% in these times? They do refer to one of the stations in the area as KRAP, but it is about 60 miles to the north, with an FM that does hit the north side of Burns.

    FM is doing very with John Tesh and Delilah, plus AT40 70's on Saturday an at 40 80 on the Sunday! In fact the positive response to both changes has been overwhelming, but "tfoster," you can't please everybody.

    Posted on January 29, 2012 - 06:47 AM #
  28. Lincster is saying that Classic Country is a more advertiser-friendly format than Contemporary Country. If this is true, why aren't there more Classic Country stations? I guess things are different in Burns.

    Where are the internet streams for KBNH and KORC?

    Posted on February 1, 2012 - 12:38 AM #
  29. After a lot of work on environmental issues, mostly that Oregon SHPO had a problem that the nearest historic preservation site was 22.5 miles away... they wanted to do a survey to see if there might be something they could designate closer, we finally dotted the "I's" and crossed the "T's" then crossed our fingers... we have a CP for 12kW-D 600W-N DA on 1210! Now we have to build it, already have the towers, phasor, AM 19, ATU's... nif on 1210 will give us much better night coverage with 600 watts that the nif on a local channel with a kW

    Posted on August 13, 2012 - 08:05 PM #
  30. WOW! 600 watts on 1210? We might be able to pick you up in Portland at night!

    Posted on August 13, 2012 - 08:21 PM #
  31. semoochie

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    It should be pretty good daytime coverage.

    Posted on August 14, 2012 - 01:37 AM #
  32. The latest Willamette Week cover story features the Lincster. The story is not about radio, but does have a nice control room picture.

    Posted on August 18, 2013 - 03:55 PM #

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