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New Smooth Jazz and Classic Rock Radio Stations Hit the Temecula Valley

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“Local, Local, Local,” that is how Station Manager Bob Ridzak describes the programming of new radio stations Classic Rock Q-103.3 KTMQ and 94.5 Smooth Jazz KMYT.

Before the new format change both stations simulcast music from radio stations in San Diego, KTMQ formerly KGGB simulcasting KGB and KMYT simulcasting KMTI. “They are great stations but they just didn’t give the local community the service they need. Now we are going to service the Temecula Valley with local news, weather, public service announcements, advertising and play great music,” said Ridzak.

Excitement is evident in Ridzak’s voice as he talks about his new stations but especially about 94.5 Smooth Jazz. “You know when I think about the Temecula Valley I think about wine and when I think about wine I think about Jazz! But you just couldn’t hear Smooth Jazz on the radio before in the Valley. You can’t hear the WAVE broadcast from Los Angeles and you can’t get KIFM from San Diego. Now the Valley has its own smooth jazz station - 94.5 Smooth Jazz.

The Temecula Valley is a highly desired location for radio stations because of its growing high-income population. Valley residents have a higher disposable income than other parts of Riverside County. They also have a higher percentage of home ownership and home cost than the Riverside County average.

“We believe these higher measurements of success in the Temecula Valley will attract local, regional and national advertisers to provide the needed support for the stations,” said Ridzak

94.5 Smooth Jazz boasts music play list from smooth jazz programming legend Alan Keppler, who also programs the 94.7 the Wave, WNUA in Chicago and 50-radio station’s nation wide. “Alan is the Barry Bonds of smooth jazz radio and we are lucky to have him. He knows how to program the music that the smooth jazz audience wants to hear,” said Ridzak.

New announcers will also be on the air. Starting December 2, 2004 Christina Kelly will host the morning show from 5:00 am to 9:00 am. Christina was formerly the morning personality at Q101 WJDQ-FM a Clear Channel Radio station in Meridian, Mississippi where she hosted the morning show “Christina and the Ken-Man,” and the “Q Morning Zoo”.
“We won’t have as raucous a show on 94.5 Smooth Jazz as we did in Meridian, but we will still have lots of fun,” said Kelley.

Ridzak plans to announce new announcers for both stations in the weeks to come. “Keep listening baby great things are coming,” he said.

Clear Channel Radio owns Q-103.3 KTMQ and 94.5 Smooth Jazz KMYT and no sale occurred. The stations merely changed formats and acquired local management from Clear Channel’s Riverside County office headed by Ridzak. The stations join other area stations: KGGI 99.1 FM, 1290 AM Radio Disney, the Toad KTDD 1350 AM and 1440 AM KDIF also managed from the Riverside office.

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