WKZE-FM (98.1 FM, "KZE 98.1") is a radio station licensed to Salisbury, Connecticut. The station broadcasts to the upper Hudson Valley Region, northern Harlem Valley and north western Connecticut. It is independently owned by Willpower Radio, LLC and airs an Album Adult Alternative music format. The broadcast studios are located 7564 North Broadway (U.S. Route 9), Red Hook, New York.
|Broadcast area||Northern Hudson Valley, Northern Harlem Valley, Northwestern Connecticut|
|Format||Album Adult Alternative|
|Owner||Willpower Radio, LLC|
First air date
|February 16, 1993|
|HAAT||184 meters (604 feet)|
In January 1986, the FCC added 98.1 MHz to the table of allotments for Salisbury, Connecticut. Johnson Development Corporation, then owner of WKZE applied for and was granted a construction permit in March 1988. The allotment was assigned the WKZE-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on March 10, 1988. From that point, the construction permit was extended five times until the station was licensed in 1993.
In September 1993, the station was transferred to Willpower Radio, LLC so named for majority shareholder William J. Stanley. In early 2006, Willpower moved the station studios from Sharon, Connecticut to Red Hook, New York, where they remain today. In July 2009, Willpower, LLC acquired the translator W256BI, 250 Watts, 99.1 MHz, Red Hook, New York.
WKZE plays a selection of music from Folk, World, Blues, Rock, and Jazz genres often mixing unlikely songs together to form an eclectic sound unique to the station. They also produce live music broadcasts called "Parlor Sessions" from national and local artists. The station plays artists such as The Jayhawks, Andrew Bird, Dar Williams, Drive-By Truckers, Sharon Jones, The Decemberists, The Beatles, Chris Stapleton, Wilco, Veiux Farka Toure, My Morning Jacket, Guy Davis, Waterboys, Natalie Merchant, Miles Davis, Tom Waits and others.
WKZE only advertises locally owned, independent businesses.
- "WKZE Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- "Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Application History, WKZE-FM". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- WKZE-FM official website
- WKZE in the FCC FM station database
- W256BI in the FCC FM station database
- WKZE on Radio-Locator
- WKZE in Nielsen Audio's FM station database