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WPBZ
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City of license Indiantown, Florida
Broadcast area West Palm Beach, Florida
Branding 103.1 The Buzz
Slogan Florida's New Rock Alternative
Frequency 103.1 (MHz)
103.1 HD-2 (Buzz Lite)
First air date 1995
Format Modern Rock
ERP 90,000 watts
Class C1
Callsign meaning West Palm Beach's BuzZ
(portmentau meaning of calls)
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WEAT, WIRK, WMBX, WNEW, WPBZ
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV stations WTCN-CA & WTVX
Website www.buzz103.com

WPBZ is located in the West Palm Beach, Florida area and broadcasts at 103.1 FM. Known as "103.1 The Buzz", it is a modern rock music station with the slogan "Florida's New Rock Alternative".

WPBZ signed on as 103.1 The Buzz on July 3rd, 1995 (it was an affiliate of the "Z Rock" radio network before then), and its 90,000-watt signal blankets South Florida's east coast from Hollywood in the south all the way to Sebastian in the north, a span of over 125 miles.

WPBZ's transmitter is located on the west side of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound and is 972 feet high. Also sharing WPBZ's transmitter tower are stations WMBX and WKGR.

WPBZ broadcasts at 103.1 on the FM dial and also broadcasts an HD radio (high definition, hybrid digital) signal. It currently broadcasts a Buzz Light sub-channel on its secondary HD signal. Additionally, The Buzz streams the main Buzz, and the Buzz Light broadcast through its website www.buzz103.com.

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Programming

In the mornings, the station has its own local morning show called "The Morning Buzz with Loper, Smitty, & Randi". The show debuted on November 26, 2007. Previously, the station syndicated The Howard Stern Show, The David Lee Roth Show, and The Opie & Anthony Show show until 2007-10-29.

Specialty music shows include:

Buzz Light - (Sunday mornings with host Jason Davis) - Buzz Light is described as "the lighter side of The Buzz". The show features album cuts, acoustic and live music from Buzz artists, and lighter songs from artists that might not normally be played on The Buzz. Past show hosts include Dan O'Brien, Robert English, and Glenn Glazer.

Buzz Junior - (Sunday nights at 10:00pm with host Jeremy Steve Clark) - Buzz Junior features new music, unsigned local bands, indie bands, and classic songs.

Rock Hard Buzz - (Saturday nights at 11:00pm with host Metal Mick) - 'Rock Hard Buzz' "...features the heaviest metal and rock songs from past and present".

Buzz Bake Sale

The Buzz hosts an all-day music festival each year called the "Buzz Bake Sale" which is one of the largest annual music festivals in South Florida. It is usually held on the first Saturday in December in West Palm Beach. The show has always been held at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (formerly known as Sound Advice Amphitheatre). Each year, information about the show is posted at www.buzzbakesale.com. The "Buzz Bake Sale" name was chosen because the first two years featured 13 bands (a "baker's dozen" of bands).

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Band lineups from each year of the Buzz Bake Sale

1996: Black River Circus, Local H, Muzzle, Orange 9mm, Patti Rothberg, Pluto, Howlin' Maggie, Primitive Radio Gods, Velocity Girl (their farewell show), Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads, acoustic), Soul Coughing, Butthole Surfers, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

1997: Wobble, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Superdrag, Marcy Playground, Lazlo Bane, The Honeyrods, Save Ferris, Echo & the Bunnymen, Dance Hall Crashers, Less Than Jake, MxPx, Goldfinger, and Green Day.

1998: Athenaeum, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Alien Fashion Show, Sprung Monkey, Shawn Mullins, Possum Dixon, The Urge, Reel Big Fish, Gravity Kills, Soul Coughing, Seven Mary Three, Dishwalla, Better Than Ezra, Fuel, and Goo Goo Dolls.

1999: Bolt Upright, Showoff, The Sheila Divine, Pennywise, Staind, Local H, Joydrop, Stroke 9, Citizen King, Marvelous 3, Powerman 5000, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Guster, Kottonmouth Kings, and Kid Rock.

2000: Orbit, 8Stops7, Wheatus, Veruca Salt, 6Gig, The Union Underground, Harvey Danger, U.P.O., MxPx, Local H, Our Lady Peace, Fuel, Eve 6, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Everclear, and Foo Fighters.

2001: Handsome Devil, New Found Glory, Reveille, Sugarcult, Alien Ant Farm, Jimmy Eat World, Stroke 9, Sum 41, M.A.S.K., Adema, Drowning Pool, Tantric, Lit, Static-X, Disturbed, and Staind.

2002: Marc Copely, Socialburn, OK Go, Seether, Blindside, SR-71, Authority Zero, Bowling for Soup, N*E*R*D, Earshot, Nonpoint, Our Lady Peace, Everclear, Unwritten Law, Good Charlotte, Hoobastank, and Cypress Hill.

2003: M.A.S.K., The Ataris, Switchfoot, Something Corporate, Yellowcard, Fuel, Sevendust, Alien Ant Farm, Jet, Hoobastank, One, Trapt, Eve 6, Smile Empty Soul, Less Than Jake, and Die Trying.

2004: Lit, Taking Back Sunday, The Explosion, The Presidents of the United States of America, One, Muse, Lostprophets, Sevendust, Kottonmouth Kings, The Music, Story of the Year, Nonpoint, Skindred, New Found Glory, The Used, and Korn.

2005: Morningwood, On Watership Down, Sunny Ledfurd, The Fray, Pepper, Art of Dying, 30 Seconds to Mars, Socialburn, Taproot, Nonpoint, One, Hot Hot Heat, Local H, Story of the Year, Trapt, Our Lady Peace, My Chemical Romance, and Staind.

2006: Cartel, Kill Hannah, One, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Flyleaf, Sugarcult, Reel Big Fish, Anberlin, Buckcherry, Hawthorne Heights, 30 Seconds to Mars, Three Days Grace, Taking Back Sunday, Papa Roach, and My Chemical Romance.

2007: Sick Puppies, Fiction Plane, The Starting Line, The Almost, Saosin, Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, Chevelle, Nonpoint, Coheed and Cambria, Paramore, The Used, Rise Against, Three Days Grace, and Papa Roach.

2008: Sponge, Anberlin, Jack's Mannequin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Flogging Molly, Saving Abel, Mayday Parade, Pepper, Flobots, Skindred, Hawthorne Heights, Reel Big Fish, Saliva, Atreyu, Shinedown, and Avenged Sevenfold.[1][2]

2009: 30 Seconds to Mars, Matisyahu, Metric, Our Lady Peace, Panic! at the Disco, Manchester Orchestra, Halestorm, Chevelle, Sick Puppies, Cage the Elephant, Skindred, Anberlin, The Used, After Midnight Project, Say Anything, and Ladies and Gentlemen.

References

  1. ^ "Buzz Nation info on Buzz Bake Sale 2008". Buzz103.com. http://www.buzz103.com/pages/3071557.php?contentType=4&contentId=2840006. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  2. ^ "BBS08FULL". http://imgsrv.buzz103.com/image/wpbz/UserFiles/Image/bbs08pre.gif. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  

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