KZPS (92.5 FM, known as "Lonestar 92.5") is a radio station serving the Dallas/Fort Worth market in Texas. The station is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications until September 2014) and airs a popular classic rock format.
The station's current format also involves the dropping of conventional 30-second and 60-second ads in favor of sponsored hours with disk jockeys promoting sponsors conversationally.
The frequency debuted in 1948 with the KRLD-FMcall sign. The station initially simulcast with Dallas station KRLD. The station was one of only three 24-hour FM stations in the Dallas market in the 1960s. A progressive rock format was instituted in the early 1970s.
Z92.5 Your Power Station
The call letters changed to KAFM in 1972, and the station underwent a number of format changes through the 1970s and 1980s, including top 40 as "Your Power Station Z92.5 as its current calls KZPS originated from as the J. Eric Johnson family (KRLD, Inc from 1971 to 1978) before selling it to Bonneville International in the Summer of 1978. 92.5 was flipped to classic hits in 1987 and jazz before settling on a long-standing classic rock format, bringing John Boy and Billy on board in 1995, with the station imaging being "Ninety Two Five KZPS, the classic rock station" but they were replaced by local Bo and Jim in the Mornings.
A number of different owners have owned the station, beginning with Times Herald Printing Company then KRLD, Inc. owned by family of former Dallas Mayor J. Eric Johnson. Clear Channel bought the station from Evergreen Media, which had acquired it from Bonneville International in 1997.
Notable disk jockeys of the many who have worked at the station include Sam Roberts, "Long" Jim White ("Bo and Jim"), Jay Philpot (mid-days, now in Baltimore), Jon Dillon (afternoon drive for the longest of all the KZPS DJs but released by Clear Channel in 2012), Stubie Doak (nights), Pamela Steele (mid-days), Benn McGregor ("McGregor" - 1982–86 writer/producer, co-host of "Morning Drive" with Andy Barber 1984–1985), Jerry Vigil (mid-days, production director), Pete Thomson (afternoons), John Shomby (program director), and Paul Donovan (evenings).
As "Lone Star 92.5"
On April 23, 2007, KZPS rebranded itself as "Lone Star 92.5" and adopted a Texas-themed classic rock/country hybrid format that was previously heard on 92.5 HD2. About a year later, KZPS changed back to its previous classic rock playlist, keeping the "Lonestar 92.5" branding.
Since KZPS rebranded as "Lone Star 92.5", the classic rock format was briefly heard on 92.5 HD-2 (HD Radio). On April 2008 when KZPS returned to classic rock, 92.5 HD-2 switched to an Adult Alternative format branded as "The Music Summit" (previously on KDMX-HD2). As of October 2013, it is simulcasting from iHeartRadio's "World Class Rock" network utilizing the same format as before. Since April 2015, it was renamed to "The iHeart Current" and a month later, renamed again as "iHeart Eclectic".