Thursday, April 03, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Columbus' "Blitz" Stunting

We know nothing about it, yet, but our Columbus readers tell us that North American rock WBZX/99.7 "The Blitz" is stunting this afternoon.

We're told by numerous listeners/OMW readers in the market that they're interspersing computer "beeps" with a message that "your radio station is rebooting", promising "completion" by Friday at 5 PM.

A similar message shows up - after a couple of seconds or so - when visiting the station's website...

8 comments:

Angelo said...

Reminds me of the format change of 107.9 The End back in the late 90's, they played Alternative Rock, first station I herd Nirvana Smells like Teen Spirit, they fired everyone on the spot to prevent the station employees from taking music and equipment with them home. 107.9 changed to rap. Wonder what format 99.7 will change to?

JasonHensler said...

A call to their phone number also has just a recorded message saying the radio station is rebooting...

Wintermute said...

This sucks. The Blitz has had no competition since 107.1 changed to country awhile back. WTF are they thinking?

buckeyegal41 said...

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=49107&Callsign=WRKZ

They're changing the call sign too... Who knows...

Wintermute said...

Hal Fish's (the program director) comments to the Columbus Dispatch don't exactly inspire confidence. (Link)

buckeyegal41 said...

It's not bad, I guess. 80s, 90s, and today's rock. It's just cruel how they did it... Could have sworn we were getting a new country station...

ohiobiz said...

WRKZ "The Rock" - Streaming at 65k stereo

Brittany said...

I think its terrible. So far the new sound of the station is a combination of the following:
-Some of the good stuff the Blitz played.
-Some of the stuff I didn't care for that they were already playing.
-And a load of new (old)material that I never wanted to have to hear.
Plus, so far there are no djs, so the personality is completely gone. Its like listening to your ipod with extra songs you would have never uploaded and commercial interruptions. I'd rather just listen to the ipod.