Bill Walton - President
Hi, I'm Bill Walton, President and CEO of Santa Clarita Public Broadcasters Corporation (SCPSB) Thanks for taking some time out of your day to read this. SCPSB is the owner/operator of KZNQ-LP (Q-101.5 Q-Country).
Back sometime in the early 1980's, I heard a Commercial on the Radio about becoming a Radio DJ. Of course that sounded really cool and exciting, so I signed up. After 6 months of studying in Hollywood, I was ready to break into a new career. Since my chances of breaking into the LA Market were zero, I set my sights on Ventura. A small 5Kw AM Country Station (KBBQ 1590) was looking for an all night weekend jock. And fortunately for me, I just stumbled into their Office at the right time. I was hired, and so started my Career in Radio. I sounded horrible on the air but the Program Director and the General Manager liked me. Our Listeners liked me too, they all knew this was my first job in Radio, but they all called in to encourage me. After 6 months of weekend all nighters, plus working my full time day job as a Tool & Die Maker, I got burned out on Radio and quit.
Fast forward 30 years to December 2010. There was a rumor that the FCC would be opening a filing window for LPFM Radio Stations in the near future. I spent many sleepless nights on the WEB trying to figure out what I needed to do to be ready for the filing. The process was overwhelming and expensive. I wondered if my dream of having a Radio Station would ever come true. In December of 2013, SCPSB filed an Application for an LPFM Radio Station. After resolving some mutually exclusive problems, our FCC Construction Permit was issued on 8/20/2014. During the application process our transmitter site had become unavailable, so we had to search for another one. While I was looking for the new Transmitter Site, I started building the Station. I ordered everything and put it all together.
In February of 2015 we leased our current Transmitter Site (Round Mountain) from the City of Santa Clarita. Early February 2016, we climbed the tower and installed our antennas, and went on the air. What you hear on the air today is the culmination of many years of hard work. I hope you like the Station! My door is always open, feel free to email me with any comments our suggestions you might have (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Enjoy Santa Clarita's first local FM Radio Station.
Justin Michael started his career in radio at a very young age. In the 6th grade he used to broadcast his own radio show from his bedroom. In fact, his bedroom resembled more of a radio studio more so than a place to sleep! He used a low-power FM transmitter, modified by his grandfather, which was powerful enough to reach the neighboring homes.
Justin wanted to be heard by more than just his neighborhood, so he began an internship at “92.7 KNJO” in Thousand Oaks, CA. One morning, while attempting to make a pot of coffee for the legendary Dick Whittington, he melted the plastic coffee filter tray. Surprisingly, soon thereafter he was promoted to a board operator and was finally getting paid! From that moment, Justin knew he had found the career of his dreams. With hard work and dedication, he was soon promoted to the producer of Lifestyles with Guy Davis & Mark Taylor. He even had his own on-air segment on the show, Justin of Hollywood, where he dished out all the celebrity dirt.
At the age of 16, Justin was the host of his very own show called The Saturday Night Request Fest on "100.7 KHAY" in Ventura, where he also filled-in on-air during the week. He also worked on "B-95.1" and “Live 105-5” in Ventura under the name of 'Jeff Ryder'. You probably remember Justin from the now extinct "Country 106.3" in Santa Barbara. Additionally, you may have heard him on the former "Hits 106.3" in Santa Barbara as 'Dante'.
Justin has also worked at Premiere Radio Networks, a radio syndication company in Sherman Oaks, CA. He’s worked in several different capacities at Premiere including: Producer for Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, Network Operations, post-production of The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown, and producer of After MidNite Weekends with Whitney Allen.