WLTE switching to pop country station BUZ'N 102.9

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If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an HD streaming station to make way for BUZ'N, which promises new releases and hits from artists like Taylor Swift, Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, the Band Perry, and Lady Antebellum.

CBS RADIO Minneapolis Senior Vice President/Market Manager Mick Anselmo says the company is adapting to the overwhelming popularity of radio-friendly country hits. "Country music is continuing to rise in popularity and its core artists have become recognizable to a broad audience of music fans," he says. "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."

The switch to BUZ'N will take place on Monday, December 26 at 8 a.m.


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Matthew Dorn
Matthew Dorn

no more 102.9 for me, we already have enough country stations here in the Cities.

Guest
Guest

why lite rock has to be changed?

Reality
Reality

I dont see why this is a bad thing besides the christmas music. That really the only time of the year most people would listen to this station anyways. Country is really popular in Minnesota and they were always playing country anyways. How often do you see LITE FM at a concert too, K 102 is there all time and they actually sellout the concerts their at, like Brad Paisley tonight.  Also when K 102 is on break now you can switch and still get to listen to country problem solved. K 102 is still better but its nice to have a backup plan. 

JuniorFuture
JuniorFuture

I love country music and that's pretty much all that I listen to, but this whole switching over thing has really got me disappointed. I mean, when I wasn't listening to K102 or KS95 I was listening to w-lite. All the other stations out there that are similar to w-lite are just too old for me. I don't even know half of the songs that those other stations play. I am gonna miss w-lite.

Duforever4
Duforever4

I really enjoyed listening to WLTE for many years  i don't like coutry music and  I am lucky enough to be able to listen to 105.3 from Rochester now.   Maybe someone that is in the radio business could start up a lite rock station in the Twin Cities. 

Me
Me

This is a shocking change. 102.9 has been lite/soft rock in some form or another for damn near 40 years, including the first decade under the WCCO-FM moniker. They've been a place to go for relaxing music for many many years, until recently when they started sounding less and less mellow. And now abandoning it altogether? A sad end of a long era. So long, old friend.

Spike
Spike

I am truly disappointed that WLTE has turned to all Country.  You have lost many faithful listeners.  What a huge mistake that was.

Rolando75
Rolando75

I been listening to WLTE going to work and back for more remember year's than I care to remember,They took off Deliliah off the air from 7 to midnight,I stayed listening to your  WLTE now you're switching the pop country music but now you're lost me,Thankfully there's another internet streaming radio station like,  Lite FM 105.3 KYBA, I listen to the KYBA FM on my i phone or i pod, Now i get to listen to Deliliah again.

Linda Dimmen
Linda Dimmen

bummed, I miss my WLTE  First Delila went Missing,  now the music

ASCH
ASCH

Who's going to play the Christmas tunes, now?

Rbscott
Rbscott

Wait isn't the number 102 already occupied by a country station. This is just overkill but whatever. There will be a lot of folks who will miss delilah. I have fallen to sleep listening to her many a nights. Sign of the times I guess. Country is more popular. Let's face it if people were listening and ratings were high they never would of made the switch

littletingod
littletingod

I HATE "pop country" crap!  Been listening to WLTE for more years than I care to remember, but now you've lost me.

Frank Hickman
Frank Hickman

Has Clear Channel lost it's corporate mind? Note to Mick: Have you noticed a plethora of country stations in the twin cities? Remember Bob-FM? You removed a light rock light jazz format for what? I'd like to see your market research.

guest
guest

Clear Channel doesn't own this station.  It is owned by CBS.  Get your facts straight you buffoon.

none
none

I stand corrected. Message remains the same. no room for name calling asswipe.

Cbauch
Cbauch

Do we really need another country station?

Silverbullet7291
Silverbullet7291

I don't like the change at all. I would rather keep it as WLTE because I like listening to the 80's music. Granted I do like country music but there are times that I like listening to other music instead.

Mabute7
Mabute7

I am very disappointed, I have listened to  WCCO FM become WLTE FM for years now switching to fucking pop country,I hate fucking country music,I will no longer be tune in to WLTE turned off the Lite.

shirley
shirley

I am very disappointed I have listened to WLTE for years, I hate Country Music.. I will no longer be tunning in to WLTE.

Airchair Dickerson
Airchair Dickerson

Wake up people.  this isn't my music can piss farther than your music.  this is another fucking sellout.  did you comprehend the words?  how many local jobs for local people are eliminated for another pablum puking corportate STREAMING radio station.  do you comprehend that it means jobs ELIMINATED for a cookie cutter corporate digital satellite signal.  FUCK THEM I don't care if you prefer a hot coffee enema over country music here's what I propose.  Call them and say FUCK YOU,  rip down their posters and boycott EVERY thing they touch.  Tune in for a couple of commercials then call the advertiser and say you would prefer to do business with companies that support our community.  THIS GROTESQUE TEAT SUCKER WILL TAKE ADVERTISING DOLLARS AND SHIT IT RIGHT OUT THE BACK END TO A CORPORATION THAT DOES nothing FOR YOU OR YOUR COMMUNITY.  Mick Anselmo is a Clear Channel puke.  Shame on you asshole.  CCO was Heritage and you don't understand what you did when you gutted it.   612 370 0611 call now, call often.

Slprigge
Slprigge

Well, U sure are a little ray of sunshine!!!

Guy
Guy

Times change, man. Radio is subject to market forces just like any other business. This isn't the work of some evil genius in his underground lair stroking his mustache and laughing at all the plebes. It's easy to point at business people and accuse them of malicious intent, but their only intent is responding to advances in technology and the way those advances affect the radio market. It's unfortunate that these changes will result in job losses, but you can't just pin the cause on a few business people who are only behaving according to the principles of economics, a science which isn't beholden to morality, only facts.

Maryguest
Maryguest

I hope you go down the tubes! 

Everyone wants the OLD WLTE back.

Elvbo
Elvbo

Times change? It only changes to please Corporate Wellfare. It has always been that way, thats why there is no infastructure. Economic growth is based on selfless not selfserving. keep people working thats what makes the piston move. Hello purchase power duh.

Callin BULLSHIT Dickerson
Callin BULLSHIT Dickerson

bullshit,  people make these decisions and there is no overpowering technological need to play a satellite feed.  "it's unfortunate this will result in job losses?"  fuck you.  and THIS WORLD is beholden to morality.  you want cold hard economic facts only?  would it be ok if i snuffed you because someone offered me a dollar to do it?  thats the end game on your slippery slope gekko.  

Greg
Greg

Well,, at least it IS musical sounding,,,,as opposed to some of the stations that play a noise that reminds me of a chorus of Punch presses.

bloodbath
bloodbath

Exactly what we need: more shit. TC must have some of the worst radio in the states, and yet we're an art mecca. WTF?

Guy
Guy

worst radio in the states? Jazz 88, KMOJ, Current, MPR, KFAI, Kool 108, KFAN.

That's a pretty bountiful offering, plus there's a ton more I didn't mention because it's outside my taste. I'm not sure what type of radio you want for your little "art mecca." Just because we have the Walker and MIA, does that mean the radio stations should play John Cage joints all day? There are a lot of people living in town who couldn't give a shit for art; they just want some mindless jams playing while they drive to their shitty jobs. That's the radio. Download or stream your own shit if you don't like it.

Kari Koehler
Kari Koehler

I listen to the Current and MPR. That and my ipod. Who needs anything else?

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