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City of license Saint Bonaventure, NY
Broadcast area Allegany/Olean, New York
Branding The Buzz
Slogan "Rock Radio 88.3 The Buzz"
Frequency 88.3 (MHz)
First air date 1948
Format Alternative Rock, Hip-hop, Classic Rock
ERP 165 watts
HAAT -78 meters
Class A
Callsign meaning St. Bonaventure University
Owner St. Bonaventure University
Website WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz

WSBU is the nationally recognized non-commercial radio station of St. Bonaventure University. It is licensed to the census-designated place of Saint Bonaventure, New York and broadcasts in the area around Allegany and Olean, New York.

Officially known as Rock Radio 88.3 The Buzz, WSBU is entirely student-run and managed, ranking No. 1 on the Princeton Review's list of best college radio stations. The Buzz's format is wide-ranged, with alternative rock during the week and hip-hop and classic rock on the weekends. In 2006, the station set up an account with Live365 and is now simulcast over the internet by accessing the station's website.

The station also produces student written newscasts that are broadcast every Monday - Friday at noon and every Monday - Thursday at 5 p.m. Each newscast features news stories on the national, international and local levels, as well as weather and entertainment. Each newscast also features a sports cast, which is written by a member of the sports department. In addition, the station broadcasts men's baseball games (it previously carried women's basketball as well before the college started selling the rights to those games to commercial stations; WGWE currently holds those rights).

The station is managed by a 16-student board of directors, with separate departments for programming, public relations, music, production, promotions, marketing, news and sports. The board is overseen by the station manager, a student who is elected at the end of every fall semester.

The station temporarily went off the air in October 2010 after the Federal Communications Commission claimed it did not file a license renewal in 2005. The station claimed not to have received any notification from the FCC about the license issue until 2010, when the FCC deleted the station from its database. It returned to the air under special temporary authority a few days later.

Notable alumni

  • Gregg Polatas, 87'-Host WFYV, Jacksonville,FL; Program Director WQLZ, Springfield, IL; currently Director of Marketing Renda Broadcasting/Jacksonville
  • Jeff Kurzrock, 95'- Host of 1st Impressions, on the acclaimed independent radio station WBER[1]]
  • Aaron Cappotelli, '97 - Former Production Director Clear Channel Radio Dallas - KDMX/KHKS/KEGL/KDGE/KZPS, and Former Producer, Kidd Kraddick In The Morning
  • Justin Craig, '97 - Program Director ESPN Radio New York [2]
  • Phil Ceppaglia, '97 - Producer, The Mike Tirico Show, ESPN Radio
  • Brendan McDaniels, '98 - Freelance Sportscaster, Buffalo, NY, formerly of WGR
  • Paul Cramer, '99 - Executive Vice President, Triton Digital [3]
  • Emily Smith, '00 - television news anchor for WETM-TV/Elmira, WCBS-TV/New York City [4]
  • Dan Hager, '05 - Producer, The Howard Simon Show, WGR 550-AM Buffalo, NY [5]
  • Jeremy Noeson, '05 - Sports Director, WBKB-TV, Alpena, MI, formerly of WGR [6]
  • Troy L. Smith, '06 - Entertainment Reporter, Cleveland, OH [7]

External links

  • WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WSBU
  • Radio-Locator information on WSBU
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WSBU

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