(August 11, 2002) -- CSULB's radio voice at 88.1 FM now carries the call letters KKJZ-FM to better reflect its all-jazz programming. Known for decades as KLON, the change to KKJZ took place August 9.
KKJZ retains the format it describes as a "full spectrum of jazz music, from bop to cool, from Latin to straight-ahead, from swing to big band, and most everything in between." The station also broadcasts blues programs on the weekend.
KKJZ is a public (i.e. non commercial) radio outlet, funded by contributions from listener-members and other donors.
The station's line up will continue to include the legendary Chuck Niles, a radio and music industry icon who has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mr. Niles is heard Wednesday & Thursday, 12pm-3pm, Friday 12pm-4pm and Saturday & Sunday, 10am-2pm
In a written release, KKJZ-FM General Manager Judy Jankowski said, "We wanted call letters that accurately reflect the best jazz and blues radio programming in the country. KKJZ remains joyfully committed to its mission of preserving and sharing the truly American art forms of jazz and blues."