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Broadcast area Long Beach, California
Branding KJAZZ
Frequency 88.1 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1950
Format Jazz
ERP 30,000 watts
HAAT 137 meters
Transmitter coordinates 33°47′58″N 118°9′43″W / 33.79944°N 118.16194°W / 33.79944; -118.16194
Callsign meaning KK JaZz
Former callsigns KLON from 1950s until July 2002,
KKJZ since July 2002
Owner California State University, Long Beach Foundation
Webcast Listen Live

KKJZ (KJAZZ, 88.1 MHz FM) is a non-commercial public radio station in Southern California broadcasting from the Long Beach State campus. The station is one of several public radio stations in Southern California presenting jazz and blues.

The California State University Long Beach Foundation owns the non-commercial broadcast license for KKJZ; as a public radio station, it is funded by contributions from listener-members and other donors, with 75% of the station's funding coming from station memberships. Global Jazz, Inc., an affiliate of Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc., programs and manages the radio station.

The station's antennae is located on the top of Signal Hill in the Long Beach area. KKJZ is also available through internet streaming audio and in Japan via direct broadcast satellite on MBCO (Mobile Broadcasting Corporation).



In the 1970s the station broadcast with the call letters KLON and was owned by the Long Beach Unified School District, the station has been broadcasting jazz since 1981. The station changed to KKJZ in July 2002. Prior to its Southern California location, the call letters KKJZ belonged to "Smooth Jazz 106.7" in Portland, Oregon.

The station had been broadcasting at 6,500 watts ERP, but in December 2004 the station upgraded its transmitter to 30,000 watts as well as an HD Radio digital signal. The station began broadcasting at 30,000 watts full time on March 14, 2005.

The owner of KKJZ's non-commercial broadcast license, the California State University, Long Beach Foundation, has contracted with Global Jazz, Inc., a for-profit company, to program and manage the station. This agreement became effective on April 21, 2007. Prior to that date the management and programming were performed by Pacific Public Radio, a non-profit organization created by the CSULB Foundation.

Global Jazz is an affiliate of Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc., owned by Saul Levine. Mr. Levine is the owner of three radio stations in Southern California with non-jazz formats. One of his stations was converted from an all jazz format to the classical music station KMZT in 1990. That station is now country-formatted KKGO-FM, which was its call sign when it was a jazz station.

The assumption of station management by Global Jazz has raised some questions among the station's staff and supporters.[1]

The University of Redlands radio station, KUOR, which had for the last six years operated as a relay for KKJZ's programming to a large Inland Empire audience, switched to broadcasting Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), ending availability of KKJZ's programming to residents of Los Angeles' inland suburbs after reaching an agreement with SCPR that included nearly half-a-million dollars to upgrade and renovate the University of Redlands' studio and transmitter.

The Arbitron ratings in 2008 indicated KKJZ had the most listeners of all jazz stations in the United States and the fifth-highest number of listeners of public radio in the country.[2]

Music events



  1. ^ Daily 49er. (May 3, 2007). Global Jazz Inc. Takeover of KKJZ Raises Questions
  2. ^ Beron, Toni (November 17, 2008). "Cal State Long Beach’s 'K-Jazz' Radio Station Among Nations’ Top 5 Most Listened to Public Radio Stations". This Week @ The Beach. California State University, Long Beach.  
  3. ^ "Blues Fest is moved to raise profile". Long Beach Press-Telegram. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-06-27.  

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