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99.3 Kiss FM (WZBZ)

99.3 Kiss FM (WZBZ)
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2012-06-17 00:53:20
Country: United StatesListen to radio stations broadcasting from United States
City: Pleasantville
Address: 8025 Black Horse Pike Suite 100West Atlantic City, NJ 08232
FM (MHz): 99.3
Genre: Soul
Phone: 609-569-9938
Language of broadcast: English
Description: WZBZ is a radio station also known as "99.3 Kiss FM" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The station plays Rhythmic music. In addition to Atlantic City and the immediate surrounding area, WZBZ can be heard as far northwest as Williamstown.WZBZ's initial sign on was in February 1999 and launched as a Dance/Rhythmic A/C station. Don Brooks, owner and general manager hired Ted Noah in January 1999 to launch the radio station in its new dance format. His first official full time on air position and programming job at 19 years old. Ted programmed and directed The Buzz musically and was also the afternoon announcer for the first 3 years. The station operated in Atlantic City right in front of The Tropicana Casino. Ironically its signal reached the actual broadcast facilities. The broadcast tower served the extreme southern end of the Atlantic City/Cape May market on 105.5 FM "B 105.5 The Buzz, The Beat Of South Jersey". It mainly covered Cape May, Southern and Western Atlantic and Eastern Cumberland Counties its first year.In January 2000 the station then picked up a second frequency on 99.3 FM in North Atlantic City. This brought the station to cover the entire Atlantic City/Cape May market along with the fringes of the Monmouth-Ocean market. Later that year the station added radio personality Shane Coyle as its main night DJ following from Ted Noah in the afternoons. Mike Ray "Big Daddy" was hired later on as well. A syndicated morning show "Bob and Sherri" was added to the line up. This left over nights and mid-days automated, as well as some weekend mornings.In less than a years time Shane Coyle's position was made automated, having only Ted Noah live in the afternoons. Another Fill in and weekend DJ was added to the line up: Ms. Kelly Rich or known on the air as "Kelly D-Vine". Kelly was the main mid-day weekend DJ and Ted Noah's main fill in.In late February 2002 Ted Noah resigned passing Programming responsibilities to Rob Garcia. Rob also took over the afternoon time slot. With the resignation of Ted Noah Kelly Rich also resigned and removed herself completely from the broadcasting business. Within 2 months time of Rob acquiring the programming and on air position WZBZ along with all its sister station were purchased by the competition. The new owner Gary Fisher/Equity Broadcasting then changed the format Dance format to Hip-Hop and RnB. Rob Garcia and Big Daddy Mike Ray remained on air.On June 5, 2008, WZBZ flipped from rhythmic "99.3 the Buzz" to mainstream Top 40 KISS-FM brand as "99-3 Kiss FM." Days before the official format change, they silently started adding top 40 songs to their playlist. On June 6, 2008, Popular DJ Big Daddy Michael Ray quit 99.3 due to the format shift.To avoid competition with sister station WAYV 95.1 and to boost ratings back up, a week before thanksgiving WZBZ started to remove the top 40 songs from their playlist and re-added Rhythmic songs from all dayparts except overnights which still has some top 40. On December 5 R&R moved WZBZ back to the rhythmic airplay panel.

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