Broadcast areaNew Orleans metropolitan area
Frequency95.7 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingBayou 95.7
FormatClassic rock
SubchannelsHD2: Heavy metal
First air date
February 1953 (1953-02)
Former call signs
WWMT (1953–71)
WBYU (1971–87)
WQXY (1987–90)
WMXZ (1990–93)
WTKL (1993–2005)
Call sign meaning
Former city of license was Kenner, Louisiana and a reference to Louisiana's BayoU
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID52434
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT300 meters (980 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
29°55′12″N 90°01′30″W / 29.920°N 90.025°W / 29.920; -90.025
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)

WKBU (95.7 FM, "Bayou 95.7") is a radio station licensed to New Orleans. Owned by Audacy, Inc., it broadcasts a classic rock format. It shares studios with its sister stations at 400 Poydras Tower in downtown New Orleans, and the transmitter site is in the city's Algiers district.

The station broadcasts in HD Radio; its second subchannel carries Metal Militia—a heavy metal-based format which changed its name in 2018 from The Metal Channel. The subchannel previously carried Live Rock.[1]


Before October 2005, the station was oldies WTKL. WTKL was at one time beautiful music WBYU (called Bayou 96) before going through a succession of ill-fated formats from country as WQXY (Y-96) from 1987 to 1990 and adult contemporary as WMXZ (Mix 95.7) from 1990 to 1993 before settling on an oldies format that lasted for 12 years as Kool 95.7 FM.

Due to flood damage to its transmitter in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, WKBU and WTKL switched frequencies in early-October 2005.[2]

September 5, 2019, nationally syndicated John Clay Wolfe Show joins WKBU on Saturday mornings.


  1. ^ "Entercom Launches All-Metal HD2 In Six Markets". RadioInsight. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  2. ^ "Application to FCC of Damage to 105.3 (WKBU/WTKL)". FCC. Retrieved January 3, 2012.