Sacramento's KZAP Returns July 4th
June 12, 2015 at 10:16 AM (PT)
SACTOWN MAGAZINE is reporting that SACRAMENTO's one time legendary Rock radio station KZAP is returning to the airwaves on JULY 4th under a new business model and monicker, K-ZAP. KZAP originally launched as a "free-form" station in 1968 becoming one of CALIFORNIA's most influential rock stations before going off the air in 1992.
The station, under the slightly revised name K-ZAP will appear at 93.3 as well as streaming live at k-zap.org. The transistion will be overseen by KZAP veterans DENNIS NEWHALL and TOM CALE and will feature a wide ranging playlist of Classic Rock and New Rock.
NEWHALL, who joined the original KZAP in 1972 and will serve as the inaugural PD, said, "We decided that what the town was really missing was a station that plays the music that was good from back then, the music that was good in between, and the music that’s coming out now."
The idea for the relaunch came in NOVEMBER 2012 when NEWHALL and other KZAP personalities took over the UC DAVIS station KDVS for two days of broadcasts. The positive response to the KZAP mini-revival inspired him and CALE to work on restoring the legendary station.
NEWHALL expects the return of many personalities from the KZAP glory days, including BRUCE MEIER, ACE YOUNG, BOB "THE GODFATHER" GALLI and DIANE MICHAELS among others.
The new station's official calls are KZHP (KZAP has since been adopted by a radio station in Chico) and will operate as a non-profit SACRAMENTO-based media-education organization affiliated with PROCESS THEATER INC. and will have donations, grants and underwriting instead of ads, with only three minutes of every hour earmarked for sponsor breaks.