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Kbru

For the radio station at UCLA originally known as KBRU, see UCLAradio.com.
KBRU
City of license Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Broadcast area Oklahoma City Metroplex
Branding 94.7 The Brew
Slogan The Brew ROCKS!
Frequency 94.7 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
94.7 HD-2 1340 The Game Sports
First air date 1967 (as KEBC)
Format Rock
ERP 94,900 watts
HAAT 372 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 11964
Callsign meaning K BRU (Brew)
Former callsigns KEBC (1967-1996)
KNRX (1996-1997)
KQSR (1997-2002)
KHBZ (2002-2010)
Affiliations Premium Choice
iHeartRadio
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website 947thebrew.com

KBRU is a commercial radio station located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, broadcasting to the Oklahoma City area on 94.7 FM. KBRU airs a rock format branded as "94.7 The Brew".

History

The station was originally licensed as KOCY-FM as early as 1948 and also had the call letters KEFM. An interesting note about KEFM is that the owner at the time, Williams TV moved the station from its city of license without proper authority from the FCC and consequently lost the license. The station began broadcasting as KEBC (K Electronic Broadcasting Company) in 1967. For years, the slogan of the station was "Keep Every Body Country". The station started life in humble studios in E Moore, OK/ SE OKC consisting of a house with a shaky 150-foot tower next to it with antennas that arced regularly when humidity was in the air. Remote studios were also established at the Diamond Ballroom allowing KEBC to broadcast numerous famous country artists live on the air. Studios were then moved to Tyler/WeedandKiller's Ad agency facilities at 31st and S. Western. After Ralph Tyler bought out other interests of KEBC except for those of Ronnie Tutor, the transmitter site was moved to a much better tower that offered decent coverage at about 350 feet and basically established KEBC on its way to becoming an Oklahoma institution in country radio. After enjoying many years of success, KEBC suffered major setbacks when KXXY changed to country and started a very successful and aggressive prize campaign in the early '80s. Tyler sold the station and it was sold many times until it became property of Clear Channel. The station began its first run as an alternative rock station in July 1996 and it was known as "95X" with the call letters KNRX (K New Rock 95X).

The station began its signoff with two days of repeating the song "A Change would do you good" by Sheryl Crow, before switching overnight to a middle of the road soft format on November 21, 1997 and changed calls to KQSR (K Quiet Soft Rock). The station returned to alt-rock on July 8, 2002 The station stunted with a buzzing noise played over the soft rock songs and notified listeners that their "technicians were working to get 'the Buzz' out." KQSR changed their call letters to KHBZ-FM to go with the "Buzz" branding.

On December 29, 2009, at 10 am Lex and Terry were cut off and 94.7 The Buzz died, and 94.7 The Brew was born, playing mainly '80s-based rock. http://www.947thebrew.com on January 18, 2010 KHBZ-FM changed the call letters to KBRU.

In March 2010, The Brew discontinued The Buzz's tradition of its annual March Bandness competition for local artists. The Buzz had been the oldest terrestrial-radio station with such a contest, and second oldest overall.

On August 8, 2012 KBRU added back in '90s and early 2000s Rock which was similar to what "The Buzz" played before they flipped. 94.7 The Brew Changed their slogan from Classic Rocks Next Generation to 94.7 The Brew ROCKS! The Buzz had the same slogan right before they changed the format from Active Rock to Classic Rock.

Past BUZZ DJs

  • Tattoo-Rob Ruggeri, 2002–2004
  • Matt Garret, 2002–2005
  • Ryan Beam 2004-2006 Now at KOKH and KOCB DTV
  • Barreda-Jimmy Barreda Former Program Director KHBZ AKA Joe Friday now at KTST, 2002–2005
  • Corbin, 2006-2007 Now at KTBT in Tulsa
  • Joey, 2006-2006
  • Callie, 2005-2005 Now doing radio in Egypt
  • MO, 2005-2005
  • Aviano "Bacon" Marconi, 2004–2005, moved to KUFO in Portland, Oregon
  • Cain-David Harris, 2003–2005
  • Crystal-2003-2007
  • Lacey-2004-2008
  • Jeff "JROD" Blackburn 2007-2009 Program Director
  • Grant
  • Marley
  • Jay
  • Brian
  • Lauren
  • Big Rig
  • Moze

Stunting with all Metallica

On January 11, 2008 at 5 pm the station went jockless with the voice guy saying "KHBZ-FM Oklahoma City" What's The Buzz? Find out Monday morning at 10 and played all Metallica until then. On January 14, 2008 The Buzz returned with a newly tweaked modern rock playlist at 10 am kicking it off with AC/DC's Back In Black. More classic rock tunes would be added by 2009. However, the station was still described on the alternative rock panel by Radio & Records/Nielsen BDS, even though they played alternative rock artists not friendly on the active rock chart. By the spring of 2009, KHBZ adopted Clear Channel's Premium Choice active rock format, becoming musically identical outside of morning drive to sister stations KIOC in Beaumont, Texas and WHRL in Albany, New York. The alternative rock format would return to OKC on KINB in November 2009, and would replace KHBZ as a competitor to existing active rock station KATT. KINB has since dropped alternative rock, and after KINB's format flip, left Oklahoma City without a radio station broadcasting alternative rock.

Controversy

In 2005 The MO Radio Show was canceled by Clear Channel due to a phone bit that aired with a phone sex operator he was let go along with Program Director Jimmy Barreda. Ryan Beam was released from the station in June and Joey was released in December 2006. On February 2007 Corbin announced that he relinquishing his programming responsibilities. Since then Jeff Blackburn, aka JROD from KJ103, has taken over the programming responsibilities. On April 28, 2009 Program Director Jeff Blackburn was released due to the corporate wide budget cuts. Tom Travis is overseeing the Programing for KBRU from this point forward.

Monikers

  • OK City's New Rock (This was used when the station first signed on but dropped a few weeks after)
  • OKC's New Rock (This was used up until 2003 and was still used on the stations RDS display until 2008)
  • Rock, Sex, Beer, And Sports. (used for TV promos for the MO radio show but was dropped after the firing of MO and Barreda)
  • Oklahoma City's New Rock Alternative (Used from 2003–2008)
  • 947 The Buzz ROCKS! (2008-2009)
  • Your Rock, minus their bulls***! The slogan mocks the other rock station in the Oklahoma City region, the KATT 100.5 FM. Other slogans include "They say pure Rock! We say YOUR ROCK!", or "Friends don't let friends become PUSSIES!"

Nothing But '90s Weekends

On summer holiday weekends, especially Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, starting at 5pm on Friday "The Buzz" drops the new current stuff and plays '90s Alternative Rock. In times past "The Buzz" will usually not air "Lex and Terry" or "Loveline" and any other show that usually runs when the current format is on but, in 2007 "The Buzz" aired "Lex and Terry" and "Loveline" during a "nothing but '90s weekend". Since the switch to Active Rock The Buzz has not done a nothing but '90s weekend since. As of October 8, 2013 according to Arbitron, 94.7 is the 4th worst station in the Oklahoma City market with a 1.4 PPM. A change is possibly coming soon.

Programming

  • The Rubber Room A 2 hour long show, hosted by Jay, which plays nothing but Heavy Metal and Hardcore music.
  • Cock Fight Every weekday, it is a segment in which two different songs by two different bands are played, and listeners can vote for their favorite song. Whichever song gets the majority votes is the winner, and will be played until it is outvoted by another song. The segment starts with the current champion first, then is followed by the challenger. The segment is hosted by Chris Mosser.
  • 5 Songs That Don't Suck Every weekday, it is a countdown of the five most requested songs of the day. It is hosted by Chris Mooser.

Former radio shows

  • Complete Control An hour long show which played nothing but Punk Rock. It aired every Sunday at 9 pm CT.
  • Loveline' No longer airs on The Buzz
  • Out Of OrderNo longer airs on The Buzz.
  • Skratch 'N Sniff'No Longer Airs On 94.7 Buzz

External links

  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KBRU
  • Radio-Locator information on KBRU
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KBRU

Coordinates: 35°35′53″N 97°29′24″W / 35.598°N 97.490°W / 35.598; -97.490

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