After 16 years on the air, as of 3 p.m. Monday the Buzz 103.1 FM is no more and "The Only Station That Really Rocks" in South Florida could be playing Lady Gaga right now.
After Cox Radio dismantled 93 Rock last year
at about this time, the West Palm Beach rock station (WPBZ) was the lone outpost left for anything involving a distortion pedal or any level of angst on the FM dial. But apparently the station will live on via HD radio, and the new station in its place is NOW 103.1 FM
, which serves up "Today's best hits, without the rap." Having endured this format before in a different market, it's basically the pits. Even those among our writing corps who said they didn't like the station
won't like this watered-down format any better.
The news was dispatched suddenly without any warning following what was perhaps the final financial commitment for the station's old format -- Saturday's Buzz Bake Sale
at Cruzan Amphitheatre, which will apparently be the last one we're ever gonna see. Following the cancellation of the Langerado Music Festival
earlier this year, it does seem that rock does not rock
in South Florida. More on rock's downward trend here
and thoughts from Revolution's managing partner Jeff John here