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|Broadcast area||Kansas City metropolitan area|
|Branding||96-5 The Buzz|
|First air date||September 3, 1959 (as KXTR)|
|Callsign meaning||Kansas Radio BuzZ|
|Former callsigns||KXTR (1959-2000)|
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KCSP, KMBZ, KMBZ-FM, KQRC, KWOD, KZPT, WDAF-FM|
KRBZ, 96.5 FM in Kansas City, is an alternative rock station. The station uses the brand name 96-5 The Buzz. The station is owned by Entercom Communications, and is based in Mission, Kansas with a transmitter site in Kansas City's East Side.
- 1 History
- 2 Annual festivals
- 3 Other festivals
- 4 References
- 5 External links
KRBZ began broadcasting on September 3, 1959, as classical music station KXTR. On August 17, 2000, at 10 AM, KXTR was moved to 1250 AM, displacing sports talk station KKGM (now KYYS), and 96.5 began stunting with a ticking clock. At noon, 96.5 flipped formats to a Top 40 format that emphasized on modern rock (also known as a "Rock 40" format), taking aim at rival station KMXV, and was branded as "96.5 The Buzz." The first song played on "The Buzz" was "Learn To Fly" by The Foo Fighters. The station launched with 5,000 songs in a row, which concluded on Labor Day.
By 2002, the Buzz moved towards a Hot AC format, most likely due to low ratings with its "Rock 40" format. However, this failed, as the station sounded like KMXV, with pop acts dragging the station through the ratings. Later that year, the station refocused its brand, dumping anything that sounded like KMXV, whom they often parody in liners. However, ratings remained low, which nearly resulted in the station's demise.
On April 1, 2002 (April Fool's Day), the station stunted as an "all-gay" radio station known as "K-Gay 96.5", playing mostly dance music targeting the LGBT community. The next day, the station refocused as a Modern AC station, as well as introducing a new morning show (titled "The Kenny & Afentra Showgram"). Scott Geiger, known on the radio as Lazlo, was also hired in September 2002 to work nights. "The Kenny & Afentra Showgram" morning show lasted until July 2003, when Kenny left the show and Afentra began The Buzz's well-known morning show "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz". By September of that year, the station completely shifted to a full-fledged modern rock format, which it continues with today. It returned the alternative rock format to Kansas City for the first time since 1999, when KLZR dumped alternative rock for contemporary hit radio and when KNRX (now KMJK) dumped its alternative format for urban oldies. KLZR later changed to an adult top 40 format when KRBZ dumped modern AC.
Also in 2003, KRBZ was nearly pulled off of the air when plans for sports station KCSP forced longtime country station WDAF to look for an FM home. Fans gathered to "Save The Buzz", showing a huge turnout and solidified the station's alternative format. Instead, WDAF moved to 106.5 FM, displacing KCIY, a Smooth Jazz station.
KRBZ has gone from the bottom of the ratings to one of the highest rated stations in the 18-34 demographic. In mid-2010, the station jumped in the ratings, garnering a 5.1 share in the latest Arbitron ratings report (February 2011). The station went back down in the Arbitron ratings, with the station being placed at #17 with a 2.7 share. However, the station recovered and is currently ranked #12 with a 3.8 share.
In 2005, the station reduced the length of all commercial breaks to two minutes or less. This lasted until the fall of 2008, when the station reverted to longer stop sets. The station has been recognized by Billboard magazine for its ability to showcase new artists. In 2004, the station focused heavily on registering young adults to vote. They were recognized by the "Rock The Vote" campaign for registering more new voters than any other radio station in the country. In April 2006, the station began broadcasting live over the internet.
On June 1, 2006, popular afternoon host/program director Lazlo announced that he was leaving the station to become program director of KNDD "The End" in Seattle, KRBZ's sister station. His wife, Afentra, host of morning show "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz," worked her last day from the studios in Kansas City on August 4, 2006, but continued hosting mornings at KRBZ via satellite from her home in Seattle until November. Her co-hosts remained in Kansas City. Operations Manager Greg Bergen took over as program director in the wake of Lazlo's exit. On September 8, 2006, morning co-host Danny Boi announced plans to leave the show and the station. He was replaced as co-host by Slimfast.
On November 10, 2006, it was announced that Lazlo, Afentra, and SlimFast reunited on air for The Church of Lazlo, which broadcast from Seattle on KNDD and simulcast on KRBZ. On February 12, 2007, The Dick Dale show with Jessica Chase debuted as the new morning show. Less than a month later, Chase quietly departed the station ultimately being replaced by Kevin Quinn. On July 9, 2008, the morning show was disbanded with Dick Dale being fired from the station.
On July 17, 2008, Lazlo, Afentra, and SlimFast announced plans to end The Church of Lazlo's run on KNDD. This came shortly after the announcement that former KRBZ Program Director Mike Kaplan would take over programming duties at KNDD.
On August 25, 2008, both "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz" and "The Church of Lazlo" returned live to Kansas City. Afentra's original producer, Scoops, returned to the show in May 2009.
On August 4, 2010, Scoops quit on the air after being confronted by Afentra about being two hours late to work. On the morning of August 16, 2010, Danny Boi returned to "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz" in place of Scoops.
On August 23, 2010, Jason Ulanet, longtime midday host and music director, was released from the station. Ulanet was replaced by Jeriney, who also hosts Homegrown Buzz.
KRBZ is credited with breaking several bands in the United States and has become a haven for new artists to gain a larger audience; as a result, KRBZ has become one of the most recognizable and influential alternative stations in the country. Some of those artists include alt-J, Chvrches, Mumford & Sons, Taking Back Sunday, Misterwives, The Mowgli's, Catfish and the Bottlemen, MS MR, Awolnation, Andrew McMahon, The 1975, Glass Animals, Meg Myers, Kings of Leon, ZZ Ward, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Robert Delong, Florence and the Machine, Radkey, Beautiful Bodies and more.
- The Church of Lazlo (2006–present)
Afentra's VD Party
- February 14, 2005: Tegan and Sara and DJ C-Vaughn
- February 14, 2006: Straylight Run, Blackpool Lights, Vibrolux.
- February 13, 2009: Living Things, Girl in a Coma, innerpartysystem
- February 13, 2010: OK Go, Company of Thieves, Crash Kings, Paper Tongues
- February 11, 2011: The Limousines, Awolnation, Fitz & the Tantrums
- February 10, 2012: Middle Class Rut, The Lonely Forest, Chain Gang of 1974, O Giant Man
- February 8, 2013: Shiny Toy Guns, Willy Moon, The Beautiful Bodies, IAMDYNAMITE
- February 14, 2014: KITTEN, New Politics, Man Man
- February 13, 2015: Lights, Melanie Martinez, In The Valley Below, X Ambassadors
- February 12, 2016: Lucius, JR JR, Marian Hill, Yes You Are
- February 11, 2017: K. Flay, Paper Route, LOLO, Dreamgirl
- April 5, 2006: The Dresden Dolls, The Zeros and DJ Bucho
- April 7, 2007: The Zeros
- April 5, 2008: The Zeros
- April 10, 2009: The English Beat, Iglu & Hartly, and The Zeros
- April 2, 2010: When in Rome, Gene Loves Jezebel, and The Zeros
- May 13, 2011: The Dan Band, She Wants Revenge, and The Beautiful Bodies
- April 28, 2012: The Smithereens, Dead Sara, Now, Now Sleepyhead
- April 26, 2013: Fitz and the Tantrums, The Lemonheads, Beware of Darkness, Quiet Corral
- April 25, 2014: CHVRCHES, Broods, Meg Myers, The Architects
- May 1, 2015: Vance Joy, The Kooks, Joywave, Hembree
- May 27, 2016: Andrew W.K., The Sluts, The Young Wild, Dreamers
- April 28, 2017: STRFKR, KITTEN, Deap Vally, Alicia Solo
Buzz Beach Ball
- July 5, 2005: Weezer, Cake, Story of the Year, Straylight Run, Embrace, and in Lazlo's VIP tent The Fray.
- July 29, 2006: 311, Dashboard Confessional, Soul Asylum, Yellowcard, Hawthorne Heights, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Matchbook Romance, Damone, Morningwood, People in Planes, Eagles of Death Metal, Pepper, and Rock Kills Kid. Also scheduled was Elefant who did not appear due to weather-related flight delays. Special VIP Guest performance by Kill Hannah.
- August 19, 2007: LifeInJersey, Plain White T's (Canceled due to weather-related flight delays), Shiny Toy Guns, Satellite Party, and The Used.
- 2008: No Show
- September 4, 2009: Weezer, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, The Von Bondies, Chester French, Company of Thieves, Matt and Kim, Republic Tigers, Stellastarr, Billy Boy on Poison, and DJ Mac Lethal.
- September 25, 2010: The Smashing Pumpkins, Cake, The Beautiful Bodies, Six Percent, Civil Twilight, A Silent Film, Anberlin, The Limousines, Dreams Are for Rookies, AM Taxi
- August 19, 2011: Jane's Addiction, Incubus, Bush, Awolnation, The Nightwatchman, Neon Trees, Middle Class Rut, The Beautiful Bodies, Quiet Corral, Givers
- June 2, 2012: Foster The People, Sublime With Rome, Flogging Molly, The Shins, The Joy Formidable, The Kooks, The Dirty Heads, The Antlers, Metric, Kimbra
- September 27, 2013: Phoenix, Alt-J, Awolnation, Cage the Elephant, Daughter, Atlas Genius, Coheed and Cambria, Courtney Love, MS MR, Kitten, Wavves, Hanni El Khatib, Little Green Cars, Saints of Valory
- September 5, 2014: Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, The 1975, The Mowglis, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Broods, Meg Myers, Big Data, Bear Hands, Thumpers, UME, The Griswolds
- July 25, 2015: Alt-J, Awolnation, Glass Animals, Taking Back Sunday, Milky Chance, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, MisterWives, Robert Delong, The Ting Tings, Hanni El Khatib, Zella Day
- July 16 & 17, 2016
- Day 1: Cage the Elephant, Violent Femmes, Kitten, Fitz and the Tantrums, Bleachers, J Roddy Walston and the Business, X Ambassadors, The Moth & The Flame, The Strumbellas, Bear Hands, Hembree, Brave the Spirit
- Day 2: Alabama Shakes, Kaleo, Glass Animals, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Portugal. The Man, Lewis Del Mar, The Head and the Heart, Bleached, Eagles of Death Metal, The Joy Formidable, Cavo, Run River North
- September 8 & 9, 2017: Snoop Dogg, Weezer, Foster the People, Run the Jewels, Spoon, Gogol Bordello, Marian Hill, Bob Moses, K.Flay, Bishop Briggs, Pvris, Irontom, Hippo Campus, Toadies, LOLO, Middle Kids, Chicano Batman, Beach Slang, Local H, The Score, Yes You Are, The Sluts
Buzz Under The Stars
- Summer of 2001:
- May: Uncle Kracker
- Summer of 2002:
- Summer of 2004:
- Summer of 2007:
- Summer of 2008:
- Summer of 2009:
- Summer of 2010:
- Summer of 2011
- Summer of 2012
- Summer of 2013
- Summer of 2014
- Summer of 2015
- Summer of 2016
- Summer of 2017
- 2002: Good Charlotte and SR-71.
- 2003: Pete Yorn (acoustic), Kill Hannah, Billy Talent, and The Elevator Division.
- 2004: The Dresden Dolls and Sonic Youth. Also scheduled was PJ Harvey who canceled due to flight delays.
- 2005: Bloodhound Gang, Stellastarr, and Morningwood.
- 2006: Social Distortion, She Wants Revenge, Placebo, Blackpool Lights, and The Architects.
- 2007: HIM, Lovers In Transit, The Beautiful Bodies, Mercury Mad and the Plastic Bitches.
- 2008: TV on the Radio, Dirt Bombs, Shiny Toy Guns, The Beautiful Bodies.
- 2009: Jet, The Raveonettes, A Flock of Seagulls, Black Joe Lewis, White Rabbits
- 2010: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Ra Ra Riot, Middle Class Rut, The Grisly Hand, 4th of July
- 2011: Social Distortion, The Hold Steady, Viva Brother, The Architects
- 2012: Coheed and Cambria, The Dear Hunter, 3, Dead Sara(no longer on bill after Coheed postoned)
- 2013: The Naked and Famous, Portugal the Man, The 1975, The Colourist, Crystal Fighters
- 2015: Andrew McMahon, New Politics, The Griswolds
- 2016: Phantogram, Bishop Briggs, The Range and Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type
Afentra's No Costume Party
- 2013: Strange Talk, Mona, IAMDYNAMITE, The Limousines
- 2014: Courtney Barnett, Mikhail Paskalev
- 2015: Coheed & Cambria, MS MR, Thank You Scientist
- 2016: Grouplove, MUNA, Dilly Dally
The Night the Buzz Stole Christmas
- 2002: Jimmy Eat World, Good Charlotte, OK Go, SR-71 The Distillers, and Anything But Joey. (Known as the "Happy Birthday Jesus Show")
- 2003: Jane's Addiction and Story of the Year.
- 2004: Jimmy Eat World, G Love and the Special Sauce, The Donnas, Elefant and The New Amsterdams.
- 2005: Death Cab for Cutie, The Psychedelic Furs, Hot Hot Heat, Alkaline Trio, Against Me!.
- 2006: Angels & Airwaves, Pete Yorn, Sparta, Conner, Josephine Collective.
- 2007: Jimmy Eat World, Coheed and Cambria, Pinback, The Life and Times.
- 2008: Jack's Mannequin, Eagles of Death Metal, Anberlin, Gaslight Anthem, The Airborne Toxic Event, Vedera (Vedera cancelled due to an auto-related incident the night before)
- 2009: The Bravery, Spoon, Metric, Hockey
- Night One: Florence + The Machine, Two Door Cinema Club, Cowboy Indian Bear
- Night Two: 311, The Naked & Famous, Surfer Blood, Soft Reeds
- Night Three: Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Company of Thieves, Antennas Up (Flogging Molly canceled due to personal issues, the show went on with the opening bands for free)
- 2013: Arctic Monkeys, The Head and the Heart, Foals, Bastille, NONONO
The Night Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz Stole Christmas
Red, White and Blow It Out Your Ass
- June 19, 2009: Ida Maria, The Limousines. Miike Snow, Pilot Speed.
- July 3, 2010: 311, The Offspring, Pepper
Rock the Vote Free Show
- 2004: The Presidents of the United States of America and Authority Zero
- 2008: Ludo, Carolina Liar, The Wombats, Waiting for Signal, and The Belated
Homegrown For The Holidays
- "The Main Street Tattler" (PDF). Main-st.net. September 20, 2002. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
- "KNDD/Seattle Names Lazlo As PD". AllAccess.com. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- Yates, Jeff (2008-07-23). "96.5 The Buzz Presents: Afentra's Prom » by Dan Scott". nightlifekc.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- "It's The Return Of Afentra's Prom!". 965 the Buzz. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- "Afentra's Prom 2015 Is TONIGHT!". 965 the Buzz. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- Harper, Jason (2008-07-22). "Gnarls Barkley: Canceled | The Fast Pitch | The Pitch". Blogs.pitch.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- Hudnall, David (2013-02-28). "The Lumineers are playing this summer's first Buzz Under the Stars concert | The Fast Pitch". The Pitch. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
-  Archived May 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived October 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Homegrown For The Holidays". 965 the Buzz. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KRBZ
- Radio-Locator information on KRBZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KRBZ