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Just up the road from the old studios, at 3405 E. Highway 89A, I found the new Yavapai Broadcasting studios, home to KVNA (600 Flagstaff), KYBC (1600 Cottonwood), KKLD (95.9C0 Cottonwood), KVNA-FM (100.1C2 Flagstaff), KQST (102.9C Sedona), and KVRD-FM (105.7C3 Cottonwood). As I mentioned previously, the old KKLD became a Phoenix move-in. The current KKLD was built in the early 1980s as a new class-A, with studios in downtown Cottonwood and transmitter in Jerome; the upgrade to class C0 was built in 2006. KQST was originally granted on 100.1A back in 1979, and finally made it on the air in 1984; the move to 102.9C from Mormon Mountain was granted in 1988 and was finally built in 1996, allowing the current KVNA-FM to come on in Flagstaff three years later. Yavapai acquired KVNA, the original KVNA-FM (now KMVA, another Phoenix move-in), and KKLD (then KZGL) from Regent in the fall of 2000. Yavapai paid $1.5 million for the current KVNA-FM, and $3 million for KQST, both from locally-owned Rocket Radio Corp. in 2004.
Copyright 2009, Garrett Wollman. All rights reserved. Photograph taken 2009-04-21.