WZBR

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WZBR
City of license Dedham, Massachusetts
Broadcast area South Shore
Branding Real Jazz 1410
Frequency 1410 kHz
First air date July 17, 1961
Format Jazz
Power 1,000 watts day
156 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 41348
Transmitter coordinates 42°3′30.00″N 71°2′40.00″W / 42.0583333°N 71.0444444°W / 42.0583333; -71.0444444
Former callsigns WOKW (1961–1981)
WAMK (1981–1985)
WATD (1985–1990)
WMSX (1990-2013)
Owner Alexander Langer
(Langer Broadcasting Group, LLC)
Sister stations WSRO

WZBR (1410 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a jazz format. Licensed to Dedham, Massachusetts, USA, the station serves the South Shore area (though it markets itself to the Greater Boston area as a whole). The station is owned by Langer Broadcasting Group, LLC, which also owns WSRO in the area.[1][2]

History[edit]

The station signed on July 17, 1961 as WOKW. The call letters changed to WAMK on September 28, 1981, to WATD on December 15, 1985, and to WMSX on April 1, 1990.[3]

On June 10, 2013, the then-WMSX filed an application to move from Brockton to Dedham, with a transmitter in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston.[4]

On November 12, 2013, the station changed its call sign to the current WZBR. Langer signed the station on from its new site in early 2014. While there was speculation that it would broadcast Portuguese language programming modeled on sister station WSRO, WZBR will have its own studios in Hyde Park.[5] Some listeners wonder if the jazz format will be temporary, or whether perhaps it will be long-term, especially given the power increase WSRO received will, especially during daytime hours, negate the need for Langer to run a similar format on WZBR.

The station was licensed to move to Dedham on February 11, 2014.

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