W4 Detroit 1971-73

W4 106FM Quad Detroit StickerThe KZEW story actually began in Detroit Michigan at one of the nation's first progressive rock radio stations, WWWW (W4) 106FM, where five original KZEW staff members had already teamed up to create the number two station in the Detroit market. Once a beautiful music station, in 1970, "W4" became an album oriented rock station and briefly styled itself "W4 Quad" during its brief use of quadraphonic transmission in the early 1970s. It is most remembered today as one of future shock jock Howard Stern's earliest radio jobs.

A Bit of History...The 1st FM Station in DFW

KZEW can trace it's roots all the way back to 1946 as Dallas' first FM radio station, the second in the state and 66th in the country. Belo Broadcasting's new FM station signed on October 5, 1946 as KERA-FM 94.3, only 6 weeks behind Houston's KTHT-FM. Call letters stood for a new "era" in broadcasting (not related to today's KERA).

Got ZOO?


ZOO collectors - got something in your collection that you would like to share with other ZOO Freaks? Something taped off the radio, captured from TV, or scanned from your collection? 98KZEW.com is embarking on recovering as many long-buried treasures as possible for our archives, and unfortunately that archive has holes. If you've got something we need, we would like to see it!

We're especially looking for:

* KZEW airchecks (any recorded ZOO audio)
* ZOO Tube, ZOO television commercials or any other ZOO related video.
* Buddy Magazines..especially during the ZOO sponsored era (Feb 76 - Apr 79)
* ZOO related articles, advertising, press clippings
* ZOO related photographs

Got something? Tell us about it. Give as many details as you can. Email us at zookeeper@98kzew.com

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