MT. Wilson FM Broadcasters Assumes Programming and Supporting Services of KKJZ "K-Jazz" 88.1 FM


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(LOS ANGELES, CA) March 29, 2007 - Saul Levine, FM radio pioneer and president of Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc. (MWFMB) announced the ratification of his agreement with the California State University, Long Beach Foundation to assume programming and supporting services of its public radio station KKJZ “K-Jazz" 88.1 FM.

Through its newly formed affiliate Global Jazz, Inc., MWFMB will adopt the responsibilities effective April 21, 2007.

“We're thrilled to be taking on another opportunity to serve a wide audience deserving of high quality programming," explains Levine. “Our goal is to turn KKJZ into the nation's number one public provider of jazz radio."

With a plan to closely identify the station with the university, Levine is no newcomer to jazz radio. Beginning in 1960, he carried a jazz format on KKGO 105.1 FM for 29 years. To listeners concerned about a change in format on 88.1 Levine pledges, “Rest assured that KKJZ will remain a mainstream jazz and blues station."

“While staying true to the format's deep musical heritage, we will endeavor to integrate the latest artists to maintain the relevance and viability of the genre, and to best serve the community," he adds. Other Global Jazz plans for KKJZ include the presentation of the 2007 Blues Festival on September 1 and 2, continuing the tradition of one of Southern California's most anticipated musical events.

About Saul Levine and Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters:
In 1959, when FM radio was widely thought to be a passing fad, Levine originated the 105.1 frequency in Los Angeles and quite literally hiked up Mt. Wilson to broadcast his first record from the transmitter. Nearly 50 years later, Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc. remains as one of the last surviving independently owned and operated radio station companies in the nation.

The Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters family includes the new KKGO “Go Country 105" at 105.1 FM in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, KMZT “K-Mozart" 1260 AM in Beverly Hills, and 540 AM in San Diego, which features a simulcast of “Go Country 105."

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