Country’s Hottest New Hits Find a Home in the Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (CBS RADIO) — CBS RADIO Minneapolis announced this morning that 102.9 WLTE will become BUZ’N@102.9 on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at 8 a.m. and play the latest in country music. The station, which will be heard on-air, online at and through the app on mobile devices will feature popular country music and artists including the newest releases and hits from Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. In addition, the station will offer wall to wall country news and information online and through social networks, as well as coverage of all major country music events and happenings, and local concerts from the biggest names in the country community.

“BUZ’N will offer Minneapolis area residents the best in new country music, culture, and community both on-air and through online outlets. Launching a brand in the digital age offers us a whole new array of multi-platform communication and connection with our audience,” said Mick Anselmo, CBS RADIO Minneapolis Senior Vice President/Market Manager. “Country music is continuing to rise in popularity and its core artists have become recognizable to a broad audience of music fans. This immense interest in the format from a variety of different listening audiences and backgrounds makes it the perfect time to introduce Twins Cities listeners to this fresh new station and voice that is sure to keep them BUZ’N.”

Said Jeff Kapugi, Vice President, Country Programming, CBS RADIO of the new station, “CBS RADIO is a leader and visionary in the country music space and home to some of the top rated country stations in the nation.  Country music is rapidly becoming a national pastime and now Minneapolis residents will have a great choice for the latest country music in BUZ’N.  We cannot wait to hire and bring top-notch radio talent to the Twin Cities and connect with the community at local shows and events.”

In a related announcement, Lite FM listeners can still hear their favorite AC songs at KZJK HD-2 @ 104.1 FM through HD Radio receivers in the Minneapolis area.

Find and connect with BUZ’N and all of the newest country music online at, through Twitter @buzn1029 and on Facebook at BUZN1029.

BUZ’N@102.9 is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 129 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  CBS RADIO also owns and operates KZJK-FM and WCCO-AM in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  BUZ’N@102.9 will be heard on-air, streaming online ( and through the app for mobile devices.

Comments (32)
  1. huh? says:

    What a boring change!
    Couldn’t they come up with anything better?

  2. Lame says:

    lame, a country station that plays the exact same things as another, so original… NOT.

  3. Swamp Rat says:

    What happened to the Christmas/Holiday Music? Couldn’t this change wait until after the 1st of January? Somebody goofed at CBS Radio.

  4. My my says:

    Well, aren’t you smart.

  5. keel says:

    shame…I always enjoyed LITE FM when I was in the car…and especially the Christmas music…oh well. Now we can enjoy the “best in country music, culture and community”! LOL! Can’t wait for that good old country culture from Arkansas!

    1. jackactionhero says:


      Name a country act from Arkansas.

      Name a country song that MENTIONS Arkansas.

      1. Bill says:

        In spirit, ALL country acts and ALL country songs are from Arkansas…


  6. Stinks says:

    That’s one more station I can remove from my presets. The last thing this market needs is another country station.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      I’m looking forward to it. I love new country music. Looks like you’ll be turning the dial one way, and I’ll be turning it the other.

      That doesn’t make your opinion the more valuable one.

  7. Ethel Merman says:

    The last thing the twin cities needs is another country station. I miss listening to KBCO out of Boulder. Can’t 102.9 just play the Christmas tunes all year? How nice it would be when stuck on 494 in May to tune into Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Nobody wants to listen to Christmas carols all year long. NOBODY.

      1. Bill says:

        It would be a whole lot better than adding another country station to this market…

  8. KG says:

    Oh yay! Yet another station to play Taylor Swift music. Just what we need. 😦 Radio in the Twin Cities stinks.

  9. Mamaloo says:

    I always liked WLTE and listened to it often. But I won’t be listening any more, once the country music station takes over.

  10. Rock on says:

    YUCK!! Country bumpkin is for shatbags.

  11. Reailty says:

    A classic Hip Hop R&B station that plays hits from the 80’s,90’s and the early 2000’s would have been cool. Instead the corporations are playing corporation games. It wasn’t like WLTE wasn’t playing Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and the rest on a regular basis anyways.

    1. jackactionhero says:



      Classic hip hop R&B?? Catering to who exactly? You? It sounds like you want the music catered to you, and your generation. Wouldn’t that be an ideal situation, right?

  12. GX says:

    WCCO needs a good FM signal far, FAR more than the Twin Cities needs another country “music” station.

    WCCO has its quirks, but it’d be far more enjoyable if we could get something besides static during thunderstorms, near anything electrical, or after dark.

    So please, Good Neighbor, when the country venture bombs, get your FM simulcast going on 102.9 already (only about 60 years late).

  13. Pate says:

    Well,they just lost another listener.I’m staying with The Current from now on.

  14. Exp says:

    Wow, just what the Twin cities doesn’t need: another Country station.

    To make it worse, they give it a name like Buz’n, which evokes images of liquored up country folks cruisin in their trucks with the shotgun in the back window.

    Just what country music doesn’t need.

  15. Swamp Rat says:

    We don’t need another “country” station in town. We could have used an FM simulcast with WCCO-am or used a more upbeat ‘adult contemporary’ format like the Cleveland CBS WDOK 102.1 station which reaches a diverse audience with contemporary adult music and style. But, changin’ to the BUZ’n@102.9 sounds a bit much for the Twin Towns metro. This is the 21st Century and we need a ‘kool’ adult contemporary station to match. WDOK in Ohio does just that without the country “korn”!

  16. Karlie Carlson says:

    Been Listening to WLTE for 20 years. We have enough country. I won’t be listening anymore and now what? It really sucks!!!!!

  17. Debra Lynn says:

    How about some air-time for “Grandpa’s Recipe for Life” by country musician Charlie Allen?

  18. Bill says:

    Will anyone be playing Christmas music next December? Kool 108 stopped, and now WLTE is going away entirely. Who’s left to play the sounds of the season.

    And no, if this new station plays Christmas music next year, but it’s country Christmas music, that doesn’t count. A lot of us like to hear our Christmas music with banjo twang.

  19. cat says:

    I won’t be listening to this new station. I liked WLTE and love the Christmas music. Who will play that now. Will miss WLTE

  20. Howard says:

    This sucks!! Where is the Lite FM? Country music? Are you freaking kidding me? Don’t we have enough country music in MN? I can’t even listen to this for more than 3 minutes…who is the one made this decision? SHAME on you!

  21. Emmett says:

    Truly; the loss of WLTE is a sad sad day for longtime Twin Cities listeners ! I’ve listened to (WCCO-FM) for over 35 years! I just can’t bring myself to listening to country music. Ive tried ; but cant take more than a few minutes befoire i have to change the channel. Sorry–no cow-pie tunes for me.

    Good-bye old friend! it was a fantastic ride for over 35 years! You will be greatly missed!

  22. Michelle says:

    I really miss Lite FM. We have enough country on the dial. The new WLTE really sucks. I won’t be listening to this station anymore. Bad decision on my opinion!

  23. Verna A Kellen says:

    i love the new buzzing 102.5 . any thing is better then the rap music i hear . and most rap music really does suck . the sworing putting down women . most of rap music i have ever heard . i love country music always have and classic

  24. Banjers says:

    Those that put country music down or call it cow-pie tunes, have never really listened to the lyrics and I am sure you did not enjoy every single song you ever heard on 102.9, so why assume you should like every single country song? You need to listen to more than one line. You sound like a bunch of four year old children that won’t try your dinner!
    There are only two country stations in the twin cities now! Go up north or down south in MN, almost every single station is country! Must b e a reason!
    Also, if you are such big Bing Crosby/Nat King Cole, etc. fans, do what I do, and listen to your collection of CDs of them or James Taylor, Bette Middler, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and so on….

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