WBUZ (FM)

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WBUZ
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City La Vergne, Tennessee
Broadcast area Nashville, Tennessee
Branding 102-9 The Buzz
Slogan Nashville's Rock Station!
Frequency 102.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) see below
First air date 1962 (as WTCV)
Format Active Rock
HD2: Sports (repeater of WPRT-FM)
HD3: Sports "94.9 The Game 2"
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 291 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 74243
Callsign meaning W-BUZZ
Former callsigns WTCV (1962–1980)
WYCQ (1980–1995)
WWKO (1995–1996)
WMMU (2–10/1996)
WZPC (1996–2001)[1]
Owner The Cromwell Group, Inc.
Sister stations WPRT-FM, WQZQ
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1029thebuzz.com

WBUZ (102.9 FM, "The Buzz") is a commercial radio station located in La Vergne, Tennessee, broadcasting to the Nashville, Tennessee, area . WBUZ airs an active rock music format. The station was assigned the WBUZ call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on October 16, 2001.[1] The station's studios are located in southeast Nashville along the Murfreesboro Pike, and the transmitter is near Eagleville, Tennessee.

Originally licensed to (and based in) Shelbyville, Tennessee, the station signed on as WYCQ and operated for several years under the Q102 banner. After a power increase and move into the Nashville market, the station flipped to a hybrid country/Southern Rock format known as "Rockin' Country 102.9". The station's mascot was an anthropomorphic cow playing an electric guitar, and the station eventually changed its name to "Moo 102" (WMMU) to match its mascot. 102.9 then shifted toward a mainstream country format and became known as "PC103" and "Power Country 103", before settling on "Power Country 102.9" (WZPC) until April 2, 1999. On that date, WZPC flipped to a Rock format, essentially "trading" formats with 103.3 WKDF, which had changed formats from new rock to country on April 1, 1999. The call letters were changed to WBUZ in 2001.

In September 2010, WBUZ was named the new flagship station for the NHL's Nashville Predators, but after one season yielded this position to sister station WPRT-FM.

Programming[edit]

Current on-air staff at The Buzz include Dagwood, Zigz, Parker Minor, Roman Haviland, J'Me Penc, Squeeg, Eric Steel, Hayley St. John, and Rebecca Blake.[2] WBUZ is also an affiliate of The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show which replaced The Bob & Tom Show on November 22, 2006.

In addition, WBUZ airs a weekly syndicated program, Out of Order with Jed the Fish on Sunday Mornings.

WBUZ was the call sign of a former AM rock station in Terre Haute, Indiana from 1994–2000 (see WRWK and WTOD), and prior to that, an AM station in Fredonia, New York.

WBUZ broadcasts in the HD radio format.[3]

Coverage Area[edit]

WBUZ covers most of the Nashville metropolitan area. Its transmitter is located south of Interstate 840 in College Grove, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Nashville.

Translators[edit]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W235BW 94.9 Nashville, Tennessee 250 D FCC
W236CI 95.1 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 250 D FCC
W248BM 94.7 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 250 D FCC

W235BW relays WBUZ-HD3.

History of call letters[edit]

The call letters WBUZ-FM were originally assigned to a station in Bradbury Heights, Maryland. It began broadcasting January 18, 1948.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Buzz on Air". 1029thebuzz.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=33 HD Radio Guide for Nashville
  4. ^ "WBUZ (FM) on Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 5, 1948. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°48′01″N 86°37′17″W / 35.8003°N 86.6214°W / 35.8003; -86.6214