The reactions continue to be positive following the change of formats at KJZN (FM 105.5) from sports talk to classic hip hop.
John Ostlund, one of the owners of KJZN, reports that since the new format signed on this month, the station has generated more than 1,300 Facebook “likes,” been contacted by potential on-air talent from across the country and even caught the eye of Juana Barnes, founder of JJ Fad, the first Grammy-nominated female Hip Hop group.
After wading through all of the responses to what the new station should be called, its owners picked Rewind 105.5.
Local listeners are turning to a lineup that features a music library of approximately 600 classic hits featuring Jay-Z, Tupac, Outkast, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys and others.
This format change came just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission approved a deal to allow One Putt Broadcasting — owners of the local radio stations Jewel FM, 940 ESPN, KYNO and 790 ESPN2 — to add three more stations to its group: 95.7 The Fox, New Rock 104.1 and 105.5.
One negative reaction has been the loss of syndicated talk show host Jim Rome. He was part of the CBS Sports lineup on KJZN before the change. Ostlund asks for patience, there will be good news about Rome on Fresno airwaves at a later date.