BUZN Country is showing love for Taylor Swift.
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Have you listened to BUZN Country 102.9 yet?
They flipped the switch a day early, starting on Sunday afternoon. There’s no DJs or commercials yet, hence the promos of "less talk, more music" and something about their Facebook page and Twitter account.
Here are some thoughts after several listens:
* BUZN is playing pretty much the same hit songs as K102. Duh. And probably fewer oldies. And not much separates them on the dial 102.1 and 102.9.
* Last night, I listened for one hour straight and heard only two songs by female artists — a recent Taylor Swift hit and a LeAnn Rimes oldie. Where are all the Miranda Lambert, the Band Perry, Martina McBride, Sugarland and Edens Edge songs? Well, you can hear them in the daytime.
* Will John Hines, the longtime K102 morning cohost and now a nighttime WCCO-AM personality, move to CBS' owned BUZN? Will Chris Carr, a two-time CMA radio personality of the year, move back to the Twin Cities? BUZN poobah Mick Anselmo has a habit of hiring of ex-colleagues. (Hines, Chad Hartman and Michelle Tafoya, all former Clear Channel voices, eventually made the jump to WCCO with Anselmo.) Carr, who is from Madison, Wis. and would probably like to return to the Midwest, is under contract in Cincinnati to B105, a station owned by Hubbard Radio.
* Will Rob Morris, who recently left KDWB after a long and successful tenure, end up at BUZN? He has a noncompete clause that will expire next summer, which would give the Top 40 titan, whom Anselmo respects, a chance to brush up on country