KALC

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KALC
KALC Alice 105.9 logo.jpg
City Denver, Colorado
Broadcast area Denver, Colorado
Branding Alice 105.9
Frequency 105.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 103.1 K276FK (Denver, relays HD2)
First air date June 21, 1965 (as KBPI)
Format Analog/HD1: Hot AC
HD2: Comedy "Comedy 103.1"
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 524 meters
Class C
Facility ID 59601
Callsign meaning K ALiCe
Former callsigns KBPI (1965–1994)
Affiliations TuneIn
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom License, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website alice1059.com
comedy1031.com (HD2)
radiodisney.com (HD3)

KALC (105.9 FM) is a commercial Hot Adult Contemporary radio station located in Denver, Colorado, United States. Owned and operated by Entercom, KALC is branded as Alice 105.9.

History

This frequency signed on June 21, 1965, adopting the call letters KBPI, and airing a progressive rock music format.[1] The owner and general manager of the station was Bill Pierson, who named KBPI for "Bill Pierson Incorporated." The station featured a progressive rock format. Pierson sold the station in 1974.[2] The station continued its rock format under the new owner, Progressive Broadcasters, Inc. (which would later be renamed Secret Communications),[3] before moving into an album-oriented rock sound during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

On April 20, 1994, at 6 p.m., Secret moved KBPI and the rock format to 106.7, in place of their former competitor KAZY. KALC then came on the air with a Top 40/Pop Alternative format, branded as "Alice 106".[4][5][6] This was the first of many Alice-branded radio stations. Alice was the brainchild of Frank Wood, Chuck Finney and Gregg Cassidy. Wood referred to the format as "Warped AC". Wood wanted a fun-sounding AC radio station. Alice was built on personalities and not just the music.

The original airstaff in 1994 included Frosty Stillwell, Jamie White and Frank Kramer in mornings, Chris Davis in Middays, and Alan Kabel in afternoons, along with Music Director Jim Lawson, Creative Production Director Kelly Michaels, and Program Director Greg Cassidy. Other on-air staff members included Jackie Selby, Cha Cha, JoJo Turnbeaugh, Tuna, Steve Weed, Shannon Stone, Patsy, Ethan, Brody Scott, Chad Steele and "The Real Deal" Mike Neil. Alice's unique sound was developed by Chief Engineer Jeff Garrett, while Liz Young served as Marketing Director. Since then, the station has seen some high-profile changes in both air staff and ownership, but the format remains unchanged.

Chancellor Media would acquire KALC in 1996, while Chancellor itself would be acquired by AMFM in 1998. In 2000, after Clear Channel Communications merged with AMFM, KALC was required to be divested. The station was sold to Salem Communications, who in turn, sold the station to Emmis Communications. Emmis sold KALC and then co-owned KXPK to Entercom for $88 million in 2002. KXPK was spun off to Entravision shortly after the sale.

In 2003, Alice 106 received an overhaul by newly appointed Program Director BJ Harris (formerly Director of CHR Programming for Clear Channel Communications and half of the "MJ and BJ Morning Show" based at WFLZ/Tampa, and syndicated to Jacksonville, St. Louis and Charleston, SC). "Alice 106" became "Alice 105-9" complete with a new logo to accent the changes.

In early 2004, The Alice Morning Show (Greg Thunder/Bo Reynolds/Slacker) dissolved. Bo Reynolds took a break from radio to deal with personal issues. Shea Baker was hired to replace Bo and joined Gregg Thunder and Slacker in studio. By November 2004, Greg Thunder decided to resign from Alice and move back home to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Co-host Slacker moved to afternoons and Bo Reynolds rejoined Alice to create the "Slacker and Bo Afternoon Show". At that point, Program Director BJ Harris took over the morning show in October 2004 (with Shea Baker) and hired Howie Drummond from Cincinnati, Ohio as another one of his sidekicks. The show was still called the "Alice Morning Show" but sometimes referred to as "The BJ, Shea and Howie Morning Show".

In early 2005, BJ stepped down as the program director of Alice. A short time later a new PD (Charese Fruge of KMXB/Las Vegas) was hired. Charese then hired midday talent Sam Hill to replace departing Kevin "Koz" Koske, who left for WTMX in Chicago and Davin Fesmire replaced night show host George McFly.

The "Alice Morning Show" was ready for some changes too. Shea Baker was replaced on the show in 2005 with Denver market veteran Jennifer Wilde. At that point BJ changed the name of the show to "The BJ, Howie and Jennifer Morning Show". The show quickly became a hit with Denver listeners, often finishing top 3 in all major female demos. In 2006, Bo Reynolds left the afternoon show, to be replaced by Alice veteran Steve Weed. The "Slacker and Steve Afternoon Show" quickly became a top-rated show.

Dylan Sprague (formerly of WWWQ Atlanta – now PD of Kiss 108 and Jam'n 94.5 Boston, MA) took over the programming of Alice 105.9 in January 2008. In November of that year, morning co-host Jennifer Wilde declined a contract renewal and left the "BJ, Howie and Jennifer Morning Show" to pursue other interests. Erica Cobb (formerly of the "Eddie and Jobo Show" on WBBM-FM/Chicago) was hired to replace Wilde in January 2009. The show's name was changed to "The BJ, Howie and Erica Morning Show." Erica was replaced by former Alice morning show host Jamie White in 2012. Howie Drummond left the show in October 2012.

It transmits from lookout mountain near Golden, with a backup transmitter on Ruby Hill in Denver.

HD Radio

KALC's second HD radio subchannel carries a stand-up comedy routine format known as "Comedy 103.1", the frequency being used for its inner-core analog translator called as K276FK which relays KALC-HD2.

See also

  • KLCA, Alice @ 96.5, Tahoe City, California
  • KLLC, Alice @ 97.3, San Francisco

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1966 page B-24
  2. ^ BPCColorado (2013-10-25), Bill Pierson, retrieved 2016-03-28 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 page C-28
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1994/RR-1994-04-29.pdf
  5. ^ "Radio's KBPI to get new name, frequency", The Denver Post, March 2, 1994.
  6. ^ "'Alice's' radio arrival leaves all parties wondering", The Denver Post, June 8, 1994.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Comedy 103.1's website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KALC
  • Radio-Locator information on KALC
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KALC
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for K276FK
  • Radio-Locator information on K276FK
  • FCC history cards for KALC

Coordinates: 39°43′58″N 105°14′10″W / 39.7328°N 105.2361°W / 39.7328; -105.2361

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