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|City of license||New Kensington, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Pittsburgh metropolitan area|
|Frequency||100.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
100.7 HD-2-80's/90's/2000's Hits ("B94 Replay")
100.7 HD-3-Contemporary Hit Radio ("AMP Radio")
|First air date||1963 (as WPGH-FM)|
|Format||Adult Top 40|
|HAAT||280 meters (920 ft)|
|Former callsigns||WPGH-FM (1963-1967)
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
|Sister stations||KDKA, KDKA-FM, WDSY-FM
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV stations KDKA-TV & WPCW
WBZZ (100.7 FM, "100.7 Star") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. The station broadcasts a Top-40-leaning Adult Top 40 format to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, market. Owned by CBS Radio, the station operates at 100.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 14.5 kilowatts. Its transmitter is located in Pittsburgh.
Beginnings as WPGH-FM
The station originally signed on the air in 1963 as WPGH-FM with a power of 20,000 watts. In 1967 another FM license was dropped in Pittsburgh at 104.7. The WPGH calls went to 104.7 (and are currently still in the city on TV 53, the local Fox affiliate), and the station at 100.7 became known as WNUF. The owners tried to get the call-letters WFUN, but since it was already assigned to another station, the station settled for "fun" backwards, hence the WNUF call-letters.
For most of its early years, WNUF operated from studios in downtown Millvale, about 12 miles south of its city of license, until the Telecommunications Act of 1996 went into effect. Millvale was the closest community to Pittsburgh to which the station could legally move at that time, since it was and is not licensed to Pittsburgh. WNUF's offices were co-located with a weekly buy-sell-trade publication called The Green Sheet, both of which were owned by Milton Hammond. The station became known for its Big Band music format. While WNUF broadcast in stereo, since much of the Big Band music it played was recorded before the advent of stereo, many of the recordings were actually a form of "simulated" stereo or electronically re-recorded to simulate stereo.
Tal Weimer, Bill Trushel, Darrel Deiter and Christian Muro were among the announcers during the days when Hammond owned the station.
In 1984, the station flipped to Soft rock as WWCL, "Classy 101." The following year, the station flipped to alternative rock as WXXP ("Double X 100.7"). This was Pittsburgh's first alternative station. On August 22, 1988, the station flipped to Rhythmic top 40 as WMXP ("Mix Jamz"). This would last until Midnight on December 31, 1992, when, after playing "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, the station flipped to country as WQKB ("K-Bear") (the WQKB calls were adopted on March 3, 1993). The first song on "K-Bear" was "Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks. In 1998, the station flipped to all-70's hits as "100.7 The Point" and adopted the WZPT call letters. WZPT would shift to Hot AC (and change names to "Star 100.7") in June 2000.
WZPT in the 2000s
During its tenure as a Hot AC, the station called itself "Pittsburgh's Best Variety of the 80's, 90's and Today." One of their more popular music features was "Flashback Friday," consisting of mostly 80s and some 90s music.
Despite airing more of a mix of current music with 80's and 90's, WZPT's format was similar to that of sister station WBZZ ("B94"). In fact, after that station initially dropped the Top 40 format for active rock in 2004, listeners who liked B94 but didn't care for the new rock format were encouraged on-air to listen to WZPT.
On January 19, 2010, B94 (93.7 FM) changed again, this time to KDKA-FM ("93.7 The Fan", a sports talk format), CBS Radio announced they merged Star with B94 to bring B94's music onto Star for the listeners to continue to enjoy. In doing so, WZPT eliminated the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s tracks in favor of Adult Top 40 music, playing current and recent current music only. Star added more rhythmic artists such as Lady Gaga, Kesha, and Timbaland in addition to artists such as Shinedown, Kelly Clarkson and John Mayer.
In October 2011, the station rebranded slightly as "100.7 Star." The station also introduced a new logo.
100.7 began HD Radio operations in 2006. 100.7 HD-1 carried the standard analog format, while 100.7 HD-2 carried a 1980's/1990's hits format dubbed the "80's/90's Flashback Channel" (named after their popular "Flashback Friday" program at the time). When the station rebranded as "100.7 Star" in October 2011, the HD-2 channel shifted its format to include 2000's hits, and was renamed "Replay Radio", which includes heavy references to former sister station B94. WBZZ added an HD3 channel in August 2012, carrying CBS Radio's alternative-talk format, branded as "The Sky." The Sky is also carried on Seattle's KMPS-HD3 and Boston's WBMX-HD4. In early 2014, the HD-3 channel flipped to Top 40/Contemporary hit radio|CHR]], branded as "AMP Radio."
- "WBZZ Returns To Pittsburgh" from RadioInsight (January 10, 2011)
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WBZZ
- Radio-Locator information on WBZZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WBZZ