KBZU

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KBZU
City of license Albuquerque, New Mexico
Broadcast area Albuquerque, New Mexico
Branding 96.3 The Mountain
Slogan "Duke City's Classic Rock"
Frequency 96.3 MHz
First air date November 1954 (as KHFM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 20,000 watts
HAAT 1,260 meters
Class C
Facility ID 48596
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′44″N 106°26′58″W / 35.21222°N 106.44944°W / 35.21222; -106.44944Coordinates: 35°12′44″N 106°26′58″W / 35.21222°N 106.44944°W / 35.21222; -106.44944
Callsign meaning Jumbled "BUZZ" (former branding)
Former callsigns KHFM (1954-2001)
KRIF (4/09/2001-4/16/2001)
Affiliations Citadel Media
Owner Cumulus Media, Inc.
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website 963themountain.com

KBZU (96.3 FM, "96.3 The Mountain") is a commercial radio station airing a classic rock music format with the slogan "Duke City's Classic Rock". All music and disc jockeys comes from a satellite feed of The Classic Rock Experience, which is provided by Citadel Media. There is not any local content, excluding commercials.

Licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, the station serves the greater Albuquerque area. The station is currently owned by Cumulus Media, Inc., through licensee Radio License Holding CBC, LLC.

History[edit]

96.3 aired a Spanish language sports talk format broadcasting the national ESPN Deportes Radio network from August 2, 2008 until May 15, 2009. This format generated no Arbitron ratings at all during its nine month run.

The station was a Talk/Personality format, titled "96.3 The Buzz", from February 12, 2007 until August 2, 2008. The talk format featured Bob & Tom in morning and Opie and Anthony in the afternoon, along with Dennis Miller, Mike O'Meara (before that, Don & Mike), and Tom Leykis. The station also featured a short-lived locally produced program. Citadel Broadcasting also divested KBZU to Last Bastion Station Trust on June 12, 2007, but it was reclaimed by the now-Cumulus Media effective April 30, 2013.

Logo through August 2008

Before the talk format, KBZU was a classic rock station named "The Buzzard" which started in April 2001 and ran until February 12, 2007. The Buzzard had challenged area rock radio rivals KIOT and KZRR. The station used the slogan which claimed to play "Real Classic Rock," featuring a mix that was somewhat harder than most classic rock stations by avoiding "wimpy" songs, but also played only classic bands and no modern stuff that it dubbed as "weird." That format also included Bob & Tom in the morning and in late 2006 it added Opie and Anthony in the afternoon. Nights with Alice Cooper also aired on The Buzzard at night in the last couple of years. Some local personalities had also been featured as well throughout its run. But over the years the station consistently lagged behind its competitors in the Arbitron ratings.

96.3 was also the longtime home of classical music station KHFM. In 2001, Citadel Broadcasting had made an agreement with American General Media to move the format to its current home on 95.5 FM so that Citadel could run a more commercially competitive format on 96.3.

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