KZYR (97.7 FM, "The Zephyr") is a radio station broadcasting an alternative music format. Licensed to Avon, Colorado, USA, the station is currently owned by Cool Radio, LLC.
The Zephyr appeared on the scene in 1984 as the "Brave New World " at 103.1 FM as a class A, FM station, the fourth radio station in the Eagle Valley. Studios were located in Avon, CO upstairs in the Benchmark building.
Created by Jerry Davis and programmed by Fred Moore, they developed a new format called Adult Album Rock and later was recognized by the record companies as Adult Album Alternative (AAA-Rock). Playing songs much deeper on the album, based on what they thought was the 'good stuff.'
Some notable KZYR names of that era were Fred Moore, Don James, Larry Woodside, Tony Mauro, Joanie Williams, Don Joseph, Kent Gubbler, Kate Collins, Frank Johnson, Rick Halterman and Greg Wright Mike Richter, Matt Shane, Gary Wolfe, and Kevin McPartland (who would become Kaptain Kevin on WRCN,WDHA and WBAB) to name but a few.
The DEAD AIR feature once drew an interesting letter from Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead on letterhead of his appreciation for the recognition.
Things changed in the mid 1990s as a few different owners fiddled with the format and relaunched the Zephyr as an Alternative Rock station known not so creatively as The Mountain. In the winter of 2001, the station's new owners, Cool Radio, LLC, moved the station from 103.1 FM to its new home at 97.7 FM and relaunched the Zephyr.
The morning show is hosted by "The Voice of The Vail Valley", (Vail Daily Newspaper) Steve Leigh.
Leigh is a music aficionado who plays "only the good stuff."
The Zephyr features various programs like Fusion - a unique one of a kind show featuring music from around the world.
KZYR also features programs highlighting the many talented artists of Colorado, The Colorado Wave and E-Town. The Wave is the original homegrown music showcase while E-Town explores a variety of issues and sounds from and about the great state of Colorado. E-Town is a lot like the Zephyr because it is about music, ideas and community.
The Zephyr is extremely proud to present JAZZ AT ITS PEAK. A Sunday Jazz brunch show that is hosted by the infamous TONY G. Vail's premiere music entertainer highlights Jazz old and new every Sunday starting at 10 am.
One Love Music is the Reggae show airing on Wednesday nights. Hosted by DJ Weez. Playing the best Reggae around.
Every Monday on the Zephyr is New Music Monday; new artists and tracks are played all day and during the "6 o'clock" news, all the news songs from the day are played at once. Official website offers information about each new artist or CD played during New Music Monday.
True.Local.Deals 1 gives listeners deals on great stuff from around the Vail Valley.
Community Focus is the only show in the Eagle Valley to offer listeners both a chance to hear about local and national community related issues and watch guests on channel 18, every Wednesday night. Host by Ron Robbins.
Other KZYR highlights include:
- The Wine Wizard - Weekly wines are selected by local Wine Wizard and discussed.
- The Colorado 14er - Gives listeners 14 songs in a row, every morning.
- Local, state and national news updates
- Weather, road and snow reports
- Live bands - Every Friday, local bands and artists featured at Loaded Joes play a set discuss shows with DJ Weez, every Friday around 5pm.
- The Last DJ - Every Friday morning community members and business play DJ for an hour in the morning.
- Coverage of the Birds of Prey World Cup races
- Party for the Planet - a community celebration of Earth Day. Hosted by KZYR, Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and the Gore Range Natural Science School
- Coverage of local high school sports. Battle Mountain Husky football in the Fall and Husky hockey and basketball in the winter.