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City of license Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Scranton/Wilkes Barre/Hazleton
Branding 97-9 X
Slogan "97-9 X Rocks!"
Frequency 97.9 MHz
First air date 1949
Format Active Rock
Language English
ERP 6,300 watts
HAAT 407 meters
Class B
Former callsigns WAOZ, WXBE, WZMT, WWSH, WVCD, WAZL-FM
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations WARM-AM, WBHD/WBHT, WMGS, WSJR
Webcast Listen Live

WBSX is a FM radio station licensed to the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, broadcasting to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre/Hazleton radio market on 97.9 MHz. WBSX airs an active rock music format branded as "97-9 X" (pronounced as "Ninety-Seven Nine X").


The radio station first signed on the air in 1949 as WAZL-FM, the FM sister station to WAZL AM also located in the city of Hazleton. During the early 1970s, the station switched to what was branded as a "Beautiful Music" format (which was a form of Easy Listening or Elevator Music) and the call signs WVCD. The station was automated with no live DJs or announcers during this time. The station evolved their music format slightly by 1985 when the station changed call signs to WWSH and branded on air as "Wish 98". The station made a dramatic switch in 1994 to a rock music format and another call sign change to WZMT to reflect the new on air branding as "The Mountain". In 1996, it was renamed "98 Rock". In 1997, under the station's current owners Citadel Broadcasting, the name changed to "The Bear", with the call letters WXBE, and featuring the syndicated Howard Stern Show in mornings. 2001 saw a shift to a format branded as "classic hard rock", name change to "Z-Rock", and call letters to WAOZ. 7 months later, the station returned to a more current-based rock format under the call sign of WBSX, and branding as "97-9 X".


97.9X is known for being the first commercial station to play Breaking Benjamin, who started in local Wilkes-Barre. The station's Breaking Benjamin promotion is also briefly featured in Breaking Benjamin's video for "Breath", which was recorded at Stabler Arena in Lehigh Valley in early 2007[1].

97.9X was the first radio station in the United States to play the band Forever Oeuvre in their regular rotation.

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Coordinates: 41°04′55″N 75°56′55″W / 41.081944°N 75.948611°W / 41.081944; -75.948611



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