Zia Broadcasting will cease operating talk KQTY Amarillo (1490) on Friday, Aug. 16 at 10pm. Most of the AM’s local programming, such as news, sports and weather reports, will move to classic country sister KQTY-FM (106.7) with George Grover continuing in his role as Station Manager and morning host.
“Although we're losing the AM side of the operation, we still have FM 106.7 KQTY to do what we've been doing ever since I came to work for the station in 1986,” Grover said in a release.
Other programming shifting from the AM signal to KQTY-FM is Jerry Smith's “Sunday Morning Singing” (6-10:35am) and Steve Hoyl's Sunday morning “Retire Texas Show” (11-11:30am). “American Country Countdown” with Kix Brooks remains in place on Sunday (12-4pm). Grover will also continue to host “The Classifieds,” weekdays from 9-10am, and will continue his play-by-play coverage of Borger High School sports throughout the year. Half hour newscasts will air on KQTY-FM at 12pm and 5pm.
KQTY first signed on the air as KHUZ on Jan. 8, 1947. Its conservative talk programming included Doug Stephan, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Dana Loesch, and Michael Medved.