|City of license||Brighton, New York|
|Broadcast area||Rochester metro area|
|Branding||The Zone @ 94.1|
|Slogan||Rochester's New Rock First|
(also on HD Radio)
|First air date||April 16, 1997|
HD2: Indie rock
|Owner||Stephens Media Group
(Stephens Media Group - Rochester, LLC)
|Sister stations||WFKL, WRMM-FM|
WZNE (94.1 FM) – branded The Zone @ 94.1 – is a commercial alternative rock radio station licensed to Brighton, New York, serving the Rochester metro area. WZNE is owned by the Stephens Media Group, and serves as the local affiliate for Rover's Morning Glory. Both the WZNE studios and transmitter are located in Rochester. In addition to a standard analog transmission, WZNE broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online.
When Entercom Communications closed on its purchase of WZNE and its cluster of sister stations from CBS on November 30, 2007, the company ended up with eight FM radio stations in Rochester, which was three stations over the FCC-mandated single-market ownership limit of five FM radio stations in a medium-to-large radio market. As a result, Entercom put WZNE along with WFKL and WRMM-FM back on the market. In early May of 2008, the Stephens Media Group of Tulsa, Oklahoma agreed to purchase the three stations, subject to FCC regulatory approval. Shortly after the acquisition was announced, Stephens took over the operation of the three stations through a time-brokerage agreement. The deal closed on July 14, 2008.
Bonzai is the Zone's Annual summer festival Show. The Show was started in 2009 at The Riverside Festival Grounds in downtown Rochester, where it stayed for two years. In 2011 The Show moved to the larger venue of the Monroe County Fairgrounds. In 2012 it was held at the Highland Bowl. In 2013 it was held at the Main Street Armory, with two stages, one indoors and one outside.
Bonzai 2009 Lineup: The Gay Blades, Smile Empty Soul, Sick Puppies, Street Sweeper Social Club, Sevendust, Framing Hanley, and Tantric
Bonzai 2010 Lineup: New Politics, Crash Kings, Flyleaf, Ed Kowalczyck, Sick Puppies, Hollywood Undead, and Cage The Elephant
Bonzai 2011 Lineup: Airborne Toxic Event, Bayside, Bush, Hollywood Undead, Manchester Orchestra, Puddle Of Mudd, and Sleeper Agent
Bonzai 2012 Lineup: Oberhofer, Walk the Moon, The Gaslight Anthem, Our Lady Peace, Eve 6, and The Offspring
Bonzai 2013 Lineup: 10 Years, Crash Kings, Diamond Youth, Dropkick Murphys, Family of the Year, IAmDynamite, Panic! At The Disco, Pepper, Sick Puppies, Reel Big Fish
The station also features Nik Rivers in middays, "Homeless Mark" in afternoon drive and Zach in evenings for Zone after dark. Weekend Zone dj's include Smallz, Axe, Zach, Boar and Alicia.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WZNE
- Radio-Locator information on WZNE
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WZNE
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