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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[1] and airs an Album Adult Alternative music format.[2] The broadcast studios are located 7564 North Broadway (U.S. Route 9), Red Hook, New York.

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City Salisbury, Connecticut
Broadcast area Northern Hudson Valley, Northern Harlem Valley, Northwestern Connecticut
Branding KZE 98.1
Slogan "Celebrating Musical Diversity"
Frequency 98.1 MHz
Translator(s) 105.9 Mhz
First air date February 16, 1993
Format Album Adult Alternative
ERP 1,800 watts
HAAT 184 meters (604 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 67776
Transmitter coordinates 41°55′08″N 73°34′22″W / 41.91889°N 73.57278°W / 41.91889; -73.57278
Owner Willpower Radio, LLC
Webcast Listen Live



In January 1986, the FCC added 98.1 MHz to the table of allotments for Salisbury, Connecticut. Johnson Development Corporation, then owner of WKZE-AM 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.[3] From that point, the construction permit was extended five times until the station was licensed in 1993.[4]

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, NY.


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 in something called "Parlor Sessions" from national and local artists. Listen to hear 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 so mush more.


WKZE only advertises locally owned, independent businesses.


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