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City of license San Diego, California
Broadcast area San Diego, California
Branding San Diego's Rock 105.3
Frequency 105.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Format Active Rock
Audience share 3.2 (Sp'08, R&R[1])
ERP 26,000 watts
HAAT 210 meters
Class B
Facility ID 13504
Transmitter coordinates 32°50′20.00″N 117°14′56.00″W / 32.83889°N 117.24889°W / 32.83889; -117.24889
Callsign meaning IOZ" looks like the number 102
(original dial position was 102.1, now KPRI)
Former callsigns KITT (?-1981)
KCBQ-FM (1981-1996)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations KGB, KHTS, KLSD, KMYI, KOGO, KUSS
Webcast Listen Live

KIOZ, also known as "Rock 105.3", is a Rock station in San Diego, California. It is licensed in San Diego, California and is owned by Clear Channel Communications.



In the 1980s, this was "KCBQ Country" and simulcast AM1170 for some years. In the early 1990s, the station switched to adult album alternative. Meanwhile, KIOZ began at 102.1, licensed to Encinitas, California, as a harder-edge rock station. That station had itself obtained the call letters when they were released by an FM station at 102.9 (now KARS) in Laramie, Wyoming that had held them since the 1970's.

In 1996, KIOZ and KCBQ swapped frequencies; the latter is now known as KPRI.


KIOZ or Rock 105.3 is the only hard rock station in San Diego, California, USA. The morning show was the The Mikey Show. (A new show is slated for January 2010). Missi follows with, BC doing afternoons. KIOZ will occasionally mix in classic rock, however, this is generally limited to tracks from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.

The Mikey Show replaced Howard Stern on the KIOZ lineup in 2004 after Clear Channel Communications, KIOZ's current parent company forced the cancellation of Stern's morning show from the six Clear Channel-owned stations that carried it, owing to the "Nipplegate" incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII. (Stern would move to KPLN that summer, then ultimately out of all FCC jurisdiction when he moved to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2006.)

Current Operations

In 2005, KIOZ became the flagship station carrying San Diego Chargers football events during the regular season.[2] Staffing the microphones for the pre-game shows are Eddie "The Oracle" Pappani (from the KIOZ morning drive "The Mikey Show") and former NFL players Lew Bush and Jim Laslavic, of San Diego's KNSD.


  1. ^ "San Diego Market Ratings". Radio & Records.  
  2. ^ "Chargers Radio Network"[1], December 15th, 2009

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