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KENZ
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City of license Ogden, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo
Slogan 101.9 The End
Frequency 101.9 MHz
First air date 1984-01-11 (as KKAT) 1996-01-01 (as KENZ)
Format Adult Album Alternative
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 1,140 meters (3,740 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 2444
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′34″N 112°12′5″W / 40.65944°N 112.20139°W / 40.65944; -112.20139
Former callsigns KKAT (1984-2004)
KPQP (2004-2005)
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations KKAT-AM, KBEE, KBER, KFNZ, KHTB, KJQS, KUBL
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.1019theend.com

KENZ, branded as 101.9 The End is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based radio station. Owned by Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, the station airs an adult album alternative format on 101.9 FM.

Contents

History

KENZ first signed on as 107.5 The End January 1, 1996 with R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Originally owned by The Slaymaker Group, the station was sold to Citadel Broadcasting in 1998.

Much of the original staff came from now cross town rival KXRK, X96. Jimmy Chunga, a weekender and morning show producer at X96 was hired to lead the morning show. Chunga first did the show solo, then was teamed up for a short time with a female co-host. He was joined by Marcus soon afterward. Andrea was hired away from X96 to work the midday shift. Biff Raff returned to the Salt Lake market after spending time in Austin, TX and Denver, CO to be the program director. He also did an afternoon on-air shift. Dom Casual was the station's first music director and afternoon drive jock. Barb Thomas worked the night shift. Mister West left X96 as well and brought the Saturday Night Cold Case to the End.

In 1999, the KENZ morning show "Chunga and Marcus" hosted a contest titled "The Cruise of Dreams," after which Marcus did not return to the show. Shortly after the departure of Marcus, Mister West joined the morning show as Chunga's partner. This was a role reversal of sorts as Chunga had been West's partner on the "Saturday Night Cold Case," a request show during West's weekend shift dating back to their days at X96.

At the end of 2005 Citadel Broadcasting moved the station from the 107.5 MHz frequency to the stronger and farther reaching 101.9 MHz frequency. Even though they were no longer at the "end" of the dial they retained the name.[1]

In 2006, Bruce Jones (Biff Raff), the End's first and only Program Director at the time, announced he would be leaving the End and radio in general. Mike Peer, of New York City's K-ROCK, was selected at the end of 2006 to become the new Program Director of KENZ. Peer had actually worked for Bruce Jones in Austin, Texas before Jones headed to Denver and then returned to Utah to start the End.[2]

On December 6, 2007, Chunga announced that Mister West had left the station and the Chunga and Mister show. Chunga explained that both his and Mister's contracts were up this year and he had planned to retire at the end of the year. Citadel Broadcasting gave him a good deal and he chose to stay. Management decided not to renew Mister's contract. However, according to the February 22, 2008, edition of the Deseret Morning News, Mister claims that Chunga demanded Mister be fired (as part of Chunga's own contract negotiation).[3].

On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, during the Tuesday CD Review, it was announced that the Parker Show would air for the final time on November 26, 2008. Parker later said that the only reason was budget cuts and that he feels no resentment towards management for the decision. Dallan as part of the parker show was laid off at the same time.[4]

On Friday, January 1, 2010 Chelsea Earlewine announced on her facebook page that she was moving to California, and thanked all her fans for their support. Her status on the Chunga Show is uncertain.

Current airstaff

  • Jimmy Chunga (Brett Smith)- Morning Show (1996 - present): Had been the morning show producer and a weekender at X96 before being offered his own morning show when KENZ was starting up. Does voice over work on the side as well as some acting ("The Singles Ward"). Older brother to Jon Smith.
  • Cort Johnson (Robert Conrad) - Morning Show Co-Host, Executive Producer (2005 - present), Promotions/Marketing Director (2001-2007)
  • Grant Ruby - Music Director/Promotions Director/Afternoons (2007 - present): Came to KENZ at the end of the year from KEDJ (The Edge 103.9) in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally took over Midday shift, was promoted to afternoons when Parker left the station at the end of 2008. Added Promotions Director at the end of 2008.

Former airstaff

  • Randy Jetsen - Nights (2007 - 2008)
  • Mister West (Brian West) - Morning Show co-host (1999 - 2007)/ Weekender (1996-1999): A weekender at X96 and then at The End, West had done a weekly request show with Chunga before being asked to replace Marcus in 1999. He left the show in 2007 after management chose not to renew his contract.
  • Producer Casey (Casey Scott) - Morning Show Producer (1998 - 2006): Currently working in real estate, and as a Gonzo reporter on KUTV Channel 2's morning show.
  • Announcer Boy (Pete May) - Production (1996 - 2004): Sassy on-air comic foil to Chunga.
  • Biff Raff (Bruce Jones) - Program Director/Afternoons (1996 - 2006): Program Director and afternoon jock. PD for KBER 101 as well as The End. Biff announced his retirement in August 2006.
  • Dom Casual - Music Director/Afternoons (1996 - 1999): Had been part of the original X96 morning show with Bill Allred. Left The End to PD a station in Spokane, Washington. Once there he hired Kari Bushman who had been doing weekend shifts at X96. Returned to the Salt Lake market to work at the new incarnation of KJQ.
  • Andrea - Music Director/Middays (1996 - 2000): Another former X96 jock. Hosted the weekly advice call-in show "Bitch & Moan" with various co-hosts. She left KENZ after landing her own morning show in Pennsylvania. Returned to Salt Lake and worked for a time at the new KJQN.
  • Kari Bushman - Music Director/Middays (2000 - 2007): Had been a weekender at X96 before taking a job in Spokane, Washington working for Dom Casual. Returned to Salt Lake to take the midday shift vacated by Andrea. Kari resigned from KENZ in 2007 due to a conflict with new management. In 2008 Kari Bushman joined fellow former KENZ staffer Jon Smith as a morning show co host on Sunny 106 in St. George, Utah.
  • Norm Church (Brad Davis) - Promotions & Marketing Director (1996 - 1997)
  • Little Ricky (Rick Pollock) - Promotions & Marketing Director (1997 - 2001)
  • Jon Smith (Nathan Smith) - Weekender/Nights (1999 - 2004): Younger brother of Jimmy Chunga. After weekends and nights at KENZ did afternoon drive at KJQN. Jon left the Salt Lake City market in 2005 to program KPLD 94.3 The Planet (alternative) in St. George, Utah. Jon is now the Morning Show Guy and Program Director for Sunny 106 in St. George.
  • Barb Thomas - Nights/Afternoons (1997 - 2002):
  • Mike Lindsay - Weekender/Nights (1997 - 2002): Currently works weekends on X96
  • Vince Klortho - Weekender (1996 - 2003):
  • Jay Johnson - Weekender (2000 - 2007):
  • Tysen - Weekender/Production (1998 - 2007): Tysen currently works behind the scenes at Bonneville communications.
  • Marcus - Morning Show co-host (1996 - 1999): Chunga's first co-host. Left amid accusations of sexual misconduct on a cruise sponsored by the radio station; Marcus denied the accusations and filed a defamation lawsuit against Chunga, Little Ricky (Rick Pollock), Biff Raff (Bruce Jones) and Citadel Broadcasting. He was later a member of the morning show on Star 102.7 and now works for 94.9 Z-Rock.[5]
  • Parker (Mike Peer) - Program Director/Afternoons (2007 - 2008): Came to KENZ in January from WXRK (K-Rock) in New York to replace Biff Raff.
  • Dallan - Afternoon co-host, End Zone Producer, and on-air Mix Engineer. (2005 - 2008)
  • Chelsea - Morning Show Co-Host (2005 - 2009), Traffic (2003-2009)

Chunga trivia

On March 31, 2006 Chunga gave a stand-up comedy performance at the Wise Guys Comedy Club in West Valley, Utah. He was opening for famed comedian Lewis Black, who was working out some material previous to an HBO special.[6][7]

Bill Allred of X96 has repeatedly claimed to have bestowed the "Jimmy Chunga" moniker on Chunga - something that Chunga has also confirmed on air. Allred claims that he had previously said that if he were to ever use a radio name, he would use "Jimmy Chunga." When Chunga was to debut on the radio, he asked Allred if he could use the name, and was given permission.[8][9]

Chunga has appeared in various movies filmed in Utah, including "Forever Strong," "Taking 5," "White on Rice," "Church Ball" as well as other Halestorm Entertainment movies. Jimmy Chunga has also appeared briefly in other films, including Believe The Movie as a DJ giving commentary on multi-level marketing, and "Stalking Santa" with former co-host Mister West and narrator William Shatner.[10][11]

Station features

Regular features over the years have included...

  • Gender Wars
  • Chunga Community College
  • Spit it Out
  • What's Happenin' Hot Stuff
  • Laugh Your End Off Lunch
  • My Three Songs
  • All-Request Lunch
  • Bitch & Moan
  • Mandatory Mode
  • 80's Remixed
  • Saturday Night Cold Case
  • Minor League Mornings
  • Mister's House of Retro Pleasure
  • All Request Hour
  • 9 O'Clock News
  • Stupid News
  • Birthday Brain Buster Game
  • The Onion Radio News
  • Win Jimmy Chunga's Lunch Money
  • Who Wants to be an (Italian) Millionaire
  • Cheesy Song of the Day
  • Battle of the Bad 80s Bands
  • 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Daily U2 feature)
  • New Music Spotlight[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ 'The End' moves to the middle - Deseret News Sept. 30, 2005
  2. ^ 3 local stations are making some big changes - Deseret Morning News Jan. 5, 2007
  3. ^ Internet is keeping some programs alive - Deseret Morning News Friday February 22, 2008
  4. ^ Deseret Morning News Nov. 14, 2008
  5. ^ "Suit sheds light on firing of KENZ disc jockey", Deseret News, 10 November 1999.
  6. ^ About Me
  7. ^ No subject is off limits to howlingly funny Black | Deseret News (Salt Lake City) | Find Articles at BNET.com
  8. ^ Radio From Hell Blog - RFH - 2007-04-20
  9. ^ Radio From Hell Blog - October 11th, 2005
  10. ^ Stalking Santa (2006)
  11. ^ Jimmy Chunga

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