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WKZV logo.jpg
City of license Washington, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Wheeling, West Virginia
Branding KZ Country
Frequency 1110 kHz
First air date October 1, 1970 (as WKEG)
Format Country
Power 1,000 watts (daytime)
Class D
Callsign meaning KZ branding
Former callsigns WKEG
Owner My-Key Broadcasting

WKZV is a 1,000 watt, two-tower directional, daytime-only AM radio station in the Pittsburgh radio market, licensed to Washington, Pennsylvania. As of February 2009, the station is airing country music.




The WKEG Years

Known then as WKEG, the station was first issued a construction permit in August 1968, signing on October 1, 1970. Among the station's original staff at start-up was general manager Lew Wade, vice president Leo Shank, and chief engineer Richard Canter.

WKEG featured a full-service format of middle-of-the-road, country, and polka music. The polka show was hosted by local polka musician Gil Yurus, who joined the station at start-up and remained until financial troubles began in the late 80's.

WKEG maintained its original owner until September 1972, when DiLeLo Broadcasting sold the station to Nascone Enterprises (dba Genas Broadcasting), a company headed by Joseph A. Nascone, the former sales manager of WTAE Radio in Pittsburgh.

Upon acquisition, Joe Nascone changed the station's format to easy listening. Genas Broadcasting operated the station until 1987 when it was purchased by Ferguson Broadcasting.

Relic from the past: Aging WKEG bill painted on the side of a building along East Chestnut Street rear in Washington, Pennsylvania; across and down the street from the current WKZV studios. Photo: October 2007.

For many of its early years, the station operated out of a trailer at its transmitter site on McLane Road (now Whitetail Drive), north of downtown Washington, and then to the former George Washington Hotel in downtown Washington.

WKZV's present transmitter building and original studio location until the 1980s on Whitetail Drive.
WKZV two-tower directional antenna array.

The station would move in the late 1980s to another studio location at 71 North Main Street in downtown Washington, following its purchase by Ferguson Broadcasting, and then to its current location on East Chestnut Street in 1990.

The second owner, William Ferguson, changed the station's format to adult contemporary, delivered via satellite through the Transtar Radio Network. The station ended up going dark in two years.

The station was then purchased by JJG Communications, a group headed by John G. Brodak and John Loeper, the former general manager of WANB-AM/FM in Waynesburg, PA

JJG made another go of the station, this time with a news/talk/sports format, also mostly via satellite. The station failed again, and was off the air by October 1991.

WKZV's third and current studio location in its history on the second floor of 80 East Chestnut Street in Washington, Pennsylvania. Note the WKZV call letters on the second floor on-air studio window and the signage out front.

Rebirth as WKZV

The station returned to the air in the spring of 1992, this time with a new set of call letters; WKZV ("KZ Country") and a new owner, U.S. North Broadcasting, Inc.

Despite their best efforts and investment in studio overhauls, the station did not prosper. A little over a year later, local Polka musician and disc jockey Mike Panjuscek and two other investors, Helen and Stanley Supinski bought the station from U.S. North Broadcasting, Inc. in March 1993, and continues to do business today as My-Key Broadcasting.

The new owner discontinued satellite-delivered country music format and hired two local announcers, each working half of the broadcast day. Panjuscek shifted the format to more of a classic country sound, with special emphasis on local country music artists and those on independent record labels (except on the weekends).

Announcer at the controls in the main on-air studio of WKZV in 1997. This was taken at the station's third and current studio location in its history on the second floor of 80 East Chestnut Street in Washington, Pennsylvania.


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