|City of license||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Broadcast area||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Branding||96.3 The Mountain|
|Slogan||"Duke City's Classic Rock"|
|First air date||November 1954 (as KHFM)|
|Callsign meaning||Jumbled "BUZZ" (former branding)|
|Former callsigns||KHFM (1954-2001)
|Owner||Cumulus Media, Inc.
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
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.
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.
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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