FM Technical Profile: WKBU

Station Name:
Bayou 95-7
Classic Rock
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Co-located with K28IL in eastern New Orleans, near Tarrytown.  Just off Behman Highway, between and across from Utah and Oregon Streets.
Power (ERP):
24.5 kW
Antenna HAAT:
902 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.

HD-2: Heavy Metal
"The Metal Channel"
PS-Bayou 95.7
Bayou 95.7
AUX: 24.5 kW @ 548 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
105.3 started in the early 70's as a companion of WBGS AM 1560 in Slidell. The FM also was licensed to Slidell at the time. For a time it was WVSL, then WXEL. Tried black formatting, but did not have the tower height to compete in New Orleans. The station went through several owners and silent periouds. In the early 80's, by taking reclassification as a C1, it was able to relocate on a taller tower closer to New Orleans. WLTS, Lite 105 was born. Since then, it has had the same format and identity, though it is now more of a mainstream adult contemporary station than a truly "lite" one now. New Orleans had two competing soft AC stations, WLTS and WLMG. Now that they're owned by the same company, this one has moved to a more mainstram AC format to differentiate itself. It no longer is "Lite 105" either. In the early spring of 2000, this station changed format to a hot AC-ish CHR kind of format, with the popular "Star 105.3" slogan. In October, WLTS became WKZN, The Zone, with the same format of hot AC CHR. In January 2005, the station changed formats again, this time to classic rock as "Bayou 105.3". In the winter of 2005 WKZN and WKBU switched dial positions, for no apparent reason whatsoever!