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KZIQ-FM
City of license Ridgecrest, California
Slogan The Coyote
Frequency 92.7 MHz
Format Country
ERP 3,000 Watts
HAAT -40.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 30158
Transmitter coordinates 35°36′58.00″N 117°38′35.00″W / 35.61611°N 117.64306°W / 35.61611; -117.64306
Affiliations Jones Radio Network
Owner operated by Eric & Kim Kauffman
(Jim & Donna Knudsen)
Website http://www.kziq.com


KZIQ-FM (92.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting from Ridgecrest, California with a Country format. Hometown Radio, the Coyote, is operated by Eric and Kim Kauffman and provides music and local news and information to the Indian Wells Valley. Since 2005 the station has won awards for local journalism, community service and honored as one of California's small businesses of the year.

Programming Weekdays (6a-10a) feature Eric Kauffman's Big Show with the latest local news, weather and community info. But also special guests, including California Congressman Kevin McCarthy, 32nd Assembly member Jean Fuller, and members of the Ridgecrest City Council. Eric is a past President of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce (two terms), on the City of Ridgecrest Planning Commission and a mamber of the Kern County Board of Trade. Co-host for the morning show is Fritz "The Dude" Freiberg, former China Lake Firefighter and full-time surfer dude.

Mid-days are covered by Shannon Stone and Craig "Catfish" Hunter. Craig is a nationally recognized air personality with over 30 years of major market broadcast experience from coast to coast in cities like Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Jose/San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit and Boston. Recipient of the coveted A.I.R. award for best afternoon drive shift 4 consecutive years, Craig consistently wins! He currently works 3 - 7pm at top rated KYGO 98-5 in Denver, Colorado -- honored with the 2004 NAB Marconi Radio Awards for Country Station and Large Market Station of the year.

Weekdays at 4 it's CMT Radio Live. The program will features current and classic country music, exclusive interviews and performances, on-location event coverage and live fan interaction via call-ins, e-mails and instant messaging. In addition, a section on CMT.com is devoted to CMT Radio Live, highlighting each night's show with guest profiles, photos, interviews and more. Alan is a veteran radio personality and programmer whose career included stints in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida before joining KPLX 99.5 (The Wolf) in Dallas-Fort Worth. He has won numerous awards from Billboard, Radio & Records and the Country Radio Broadcasters, among others. He currently serves as afternoon host and program director at KEGA/101.5 (The Eagle) in Salt Lake City. CMT Radio Live airs live weekdays and evenings from CMT's radio studio in downtown Nashville.

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