KFBZ

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KFBZ
KFBZ 105.3thebuzz logo.png
CityHaysville, Kansas
Broadcast areaWichita, Kansas
Branding105.3 The Buzz
SloganWichita's station for Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and Buzz Music all day!
Frequency105.3 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
HD2: Soft AC "Magic Love Songs"
First air dateAugust 25, 1985 (as KXLK)
FormatHot AC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT307 meters (1,007 ft)
ClassC0
Facility ID53153
Callsign meaningK F BuZz
Former callsignsKXLK (03/29/85-10/21/96)
KWSJ (10/21/96-03/28/00)
KWCY (03/28/00-12/25/00)
OwnerEntercom Communications
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsKDGS, KEYN-FM, KFH, KNSS, KNSS-FM
WebcastListen Live
Website1053thebuzz.com

KFBZ is a radio station operating in Wichita, Kansas, and licensed to Haysville, Kansas as "105.3 The Buzz". The station airs a Hot AC format and it is owned by the Entercom Communications. The station's studios are located at Central Avenue and Webb Road in eastern Wichita, while the transmitter is located outside Colwich, Kansas.

The station mainly plays music from the 1990s to present (with a heavy emphasis on recent music) and is the local affiliate for Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.

Station History[edit]

What is now KFBZ signed on the air on August 25, 1985 with an Adult Contemporary format as KXLK, and later evolved into a Hot AC direction as "Mix 105". On October 4, 1996, at Noon, the station flipped formats to Smooth Jazz as KWSJ, "105.3 The Oasis". This gave Wichita its first Smooth Jazz station since the late 1980s, when KLZS "Magic 98" (now AC KRBB) left the air. In March 2000, KWSJ moved its Smooth Jazz format briefly to KANR-92.7, then to 98.7 (Now Talk KNSS-FM). This was to make room another Country station in Wichita: KWCY "Y-105". Due to continued low ratings, the format lasted only 8 months. In November 2000, after playing "How Do You Like Me Now" by Toby Keith, the Country format was dropped when the station started stunting playing theme songs to TV shows before finally flipping to an all-80s hits format as KFBZ "105.3 The Buzz" at 1:30 p.m. on November 17, 2000.

The first song on "The Buzz" was "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince.[1] The station briefly had great success with this format, however experienced dwindling ratings by mid-2001.

In January 2002, KFBZ morphed into its current Hot AC format, and the station began airing the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on December 12, 2005. During the 2007-2009 holiday seasons, KFBZ aired an all-Christmas music format. However, beginning in 2010 (and years following), the station has not played Christmas music.

The station has had 4 program directors in its history; Barry McKay from its inception until March 2005; JJ Morgan from April 2005 until November 2007; Dusty Hayes from December 2007 until December 2016; and Casey Osburn from January 2017 to present.

Beginning July 30, 2018, the Buzz ended the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show an hour earlier at 9am to coincide with the live ending of the show (choosing not to air the repeat 9am hour). The station also began airing the syndicated show The Daly Download With Carson Daly on May 4, 2019 on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings.

In early 2015, the radio station moved to the Ruffin Building at 9111 East Douglas, formerly the Pizza Hut headquarters.[2]

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Coordinates: 37°48′00″N 97°31′30″W / 37.800°N 97.525°W / 37.800; -97.525