WFBE
CityFlint, Michigan
Broadcast areaFlint, Michigan
Frequency95.1 MHz
BrandingB95
Programming
FormatCountry
Ownership
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
WDZZ, WTRX, WWCK, WWCK-FM
History
First air date
October 5, 1953
Call sign meaning
Flint Board of Education (former owners)
Technical information
Facility ID21730
ClassB
Power34,000 watts
HAAT97 meters
Transmitter coordinates
42°58′24″N 83°39′2″W / 42.97333°N 83.65056°W / 42.97333; -83.65056
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewfbe95.com

WFBE (95.1 FM, "B95") is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Flint, Michigan, it began broadcasting in 1953. Its studios are located south of the Flint city limits in Mundy Township and its transmitter is south of Flint in Burton.

The station was owned by the Flint Board of Education and the studios were on the campus of Flint Central High School for many years. The format was a public station which also consisted of news and education.

WFBE is sold

In 1997, The Flint Board of Education was in a serious budget shortfall and could no longer afford to maintain the station. Though many callers were upset about the possible sale of this public outlet, 95.1 was sold to Liggett Communications of Lansing. Unlike most non-commercial radio stations, WFBE operated on a commercial frequency.

Liggett would move the studios to Miller Road before being purchased by Rainbow Radio. Citadel Broadcasting would purchase B95 from Rainbow Radio in February 2000. Originally located on Flint Board of Education property—first the Oak Grove Campus then Flint Central High School, the station vacated the high school when new transmitting facilities became operational in 2010 at the co-owned transmitting facilities of WTRX. The old broadcast tower was taken down on October of that year.

Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[1] WFBE relocated to Cumulus' Taylor Drive studios in Mundy Township, Michigan on March 2012.

On February 3, 2014, WFBE and nine other Cumulus-owned country music stations made the switch to Nash FM branding.[2]

On April 1, 2021, WFBE rebranded back to "B95" after seven years.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cumulus Adds 11 More NashFM's". February 3, 2014.
  3. ^ WFBE Drops Nash To Return To B95 Identity April 1, 2021