|City||Brighton, New York|
|Broadcast area||Rochester metro area|
|Branding||94.1 The Zone|
|Slogan||Rochester's New Rock Alternative|
|Frequency||94.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||April 16, 1997|
HD2: Indie rock
|Callsign meaning||We're in the ZoNE|
|Owner||Stephens Media Group
(Stephens Media Group Rochester, LLC)
|Sister stations||WFKL, WRMM-FM|
WZNE (94.1 FM) – branded 94.1 The Zone – 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. Its studios are located in Rochester and its transmitter is located on Pinnacle Hill in Brighton. In addition to a standard analog transmission, WZNE broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online.
94.1 FM signed on the air in March of 1997 under the originally assigned calls of WAQB, and with a stunt of instrumentals of rock songs. At 5:35 p.m. on April 11, 1997, 94.1 would officially launch with its current call letters and a Modern AC format as "94.1 the Zone". The first song on "The Zone" was "Head Over Feet" by Alanis Morissette. The station was first under the ownership of American Radio Systems, which would be bought out by Infinity Broadcasting in September 1997 (Infinity became CBS Radio in December 2005). In March 2001, WZNE would evolve to its current format.
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 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. In 2014 it was held at Sahlen's Stadium. In 2015 it was moved back to the Main Street Armory. For unknown reasons, Bonzai was not held in 2016.
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, Eve 6, Our Lady Peace, 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
Bonzai 2014 Lineup: Chevelle, A Day To Remember, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Big Data, Tove Lo, and Joywave
Bonzai 2015 Lineup: Rise Against, Meg Myers, Islander, and Night Riots
Rover's Holiday Hangover
The Zone and Rover's Morning Glory's annual winter concert at the Main Street Armory which began in 2012.
Rover's Holiday Hangover 2012 Lineup: Everlast, Four Year Strong, New Found Glory, and Young Bloods[disambiguation needed]
Rover's Holiday Hangover 2013 Lineup: Dirty Heads, Hoobastank, New Politics, Twenty One Pilots, Churchill[disambiguation needed], and 1916[disambiguation needed]
Rover's Holiday Hangover 2014 Lineup: Switchfoot, Manchester Orchestra, Blue October, J Roddy Walston & The Business, and Man Man
Rover's Holiday Hangover 2015 Lineup: WALK THE MOON, Alien Ant Farm, Kongos, My Goodness, New Politics
Mornings: Rover's Morning Glory from 6-11am
Middays: Violet Woods from 11am-3pm
Afternoon Drive: The Gentlemen's Club with Mark Maira and Shane Allen from 3pm-7pm
Nights: Zone After Dark with Zack
Weekend Zone dj's include Gorilla, Goose, Matt P., and Jim Sidoti.
Weekend Specialty programming includes:
Gorilla Radio - Metal show Saturday Nights from 11 pm until 2am. Zone Grown - Local show with Gorilla Sundays from 10pm-12 midnight.
- Dalton Castle (wrestler) who worked for the station in 2011
- 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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