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Wgzb-fm

WGZB-FM
City of license Lanesville, Indiana
Broadcast area Louisville
Branding B96 and B96.5
Slogan "Blazin' Hip-Hop and R&B"
Frequency 96.5 FM (MHz)
First air date 1989
Format Urban Contemporary
ERP 1,600 Watts
HAAT 194.4 meters (638 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 53202
Transmitter coordinates

38°10′25″N 85°54′50″W / 38.17361°N 85.91389°W / 38.17361; -85.91389

Former callsigns WDJW (1988-1989)
Owner Main Line Broadcasting
Website http://www.b96jams.com/

WGZB-FM (96.5 FM, "B96.5") is an Urban Contemporary music formatted radio station licensed to Lanesville, Indiana, serving the Louisville, Kentucky area. The station is licensed by the FCC to broadcast with an ERP of 1,600 watts.

In addition, the station operates a 295-watt booster as WGZB-FM1 to assist with the station's coverage.

Station history

WGZB-FM signed on April 15, 1990 with its present Urban Contemporary format under the "B-96" name. In its first few years on the air, the station was licensed to Corydon, Indiana and was handicapped with a signal that covered only half of Louisville's metro. Nevertheless, WGZB soon became the choice for Louisville's African American population (with approx. 180,000 African-Americans in the radio market as of Fall, 2013) and was the final nail in the coffin for 1350 AM WLOU's long running Urban format as well as rimshot FM Urban WJYL.

WGZB was notable in that it tied WLOU for top Louisville Urban radio station after only six weeks on the air, according to the Spring 1990 Arbitron radio ratings. In 1994, WGZB added Urban Adult Contemporary WLSY-FM (now WMJM) to its group of stations, giving the group broader demographic reach by targeting the age 30+ audience, while WGZB targeted the age 12-35 group. Both stations enjoy large "crossover" (Black+White+Hispanic+Asian) audiences, along with their Hot Contemporary Hit Radio ("top 40") sister station, WDJX-FM.

In 2004, WGZB's license was changed from Corydon to Lanesville so that the tower could be moved closer to Louisville, eliminating much of the signal problems that the station had.

WGZB carries the syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show, though it did at one time carry Doug Banks until the station was purchased by Radio One. In 2007, Main Line Broadcasting purchased Radio One's Louisville properties, which included WGZB-FM.

External links

  • WGZB's official station website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WGZB
  • Radio-Locator information on WGZB
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WGZB
  • WGZB-FM1's FCC entry


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