Say goodbye to classic alternative music on KJQN and say hello to "Jack FM" instead.
Last Friday, the new KJQN premiered with a variation of the adult-hits music format.
According to G. Craig Hanson, president of Simmons Media Group, which owns KJQN, the new format is an eclectic playlist of adult hits from 1970s to 1990s. There are a few 1960s songs mixed in, too.
He said all the songs played were hits, and less repetition is also a key fixture of the format. "It's a mix of all the decades," Hanson said.
The core audience is adults 25-54, much the same as "Star 102" and "The River," but he stresses this is a different variation. "It's more unusual," Hanson said, adding that good songs will be played that haven't been heard for a long time.
Also, there are no DJs, just one general voice who is also the same on all other "Jack FM" stations across the country. "Jack FM" started in Canada and is sweeping U.S. radio markets now.
Hanson said once the station matures, some local DJs may be added. Call letters will remain the same. FM-103.1 is KJQN's core frequency. It is is also simulcast on FM-105.1 for Utah County. (FM-100.7 is no longer a simulcast of KJQN. Sister station KEGA, "The Eagle" is now simulcasting there.)
Hanson admits the alternative music KJQN had a loyal audience. "But it wasn't growing as fast as we wanted."
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