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Sound Off: When did KLZR start in Lawrence?

KLZR employee Hank Booth confirmed information from Federal Communications Commission reports that stated that the station first began as KLWN with 17,000 watts in 1963. The addition of KLZR and a full-powered FM wattage happened in 1975, Booth said.


GardenMomma 5 years, 11 months ago

Too bad about it changing formats and call letters.

Thomas Hofts 5 years, 11 months ago

It started as KLWN FM. The call letters were changed to KLZR in 1979 when Mike Schmidt was the program director. I worked at the Lazer from 79-83 when the station was the cutting edge commercial station to help break many new artists. KLZR "died" in the mid 80's with format changes but the call letters were great.

obamasocks 5 years, 11 months ago

Agreed; I took it off my presets yesterday...had it there for over 10 years. Bye bye miss American pie.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 11 months ago

Sure sucks now, except for KU basketball. Waste of airtime..........

Ken Miller 5 years, 11 months ago

The Lazer had a great indy/alternative sound back in the early 1990s. I would place the time of death of KLZR shortly after the Booth family sold it to the radio conglomerate out of southern Missouri in the mid to late 1990s.

LogicMan 5 years, 11 months ago

Is it time for a new "Radio Free Lawrence" station?

Low-powered, but licensed.

Any existing, or recently defunct in-town or nearby FM stations that could be converted?

Darrell Lea 5 years, 11 months ago

The last two groups that tried to do a "Radio Free Lawrence" (KAW and KAWR) didn't even come close to the finish line. Am not sure if it was lack of financial support from the community or simply a short attention span.

As sure as the sun rises in the east, somebody will try to do something like that again, and the call will again go out for local musicians to play for free at some event to benefit the worthy cause. The event will come and go, excuses will be made, and the cycle will repeat.

Let the wagering begin.

Alfred_W 5 years, 11 months ago

Used to be that you could have two stations with the same call letters as long as one was AM and the other FM. The regulations changed in 1979 leading to the birth of KLZR. At least that's what my fuzzy recollection indicates was the reason given for the name change.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 11 months ago

Once the Treasure Hunts ended, who cares?

Ken Miller 5 years, 11 months ago

The last I heard, Spacin's Jason Marck was in Chicago working for the NPR affiliate there and doing quite well producing a specialty show. Other personalities - Trace Taul is still in radio doing production work in Wichita. I believe Charlie Wasson is in San Antonio, but could be wrong on that.

JJ Morgan 5 years, 11 months ago

And now, the call letters are KKSW, or something along those lines..crap for crap

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