Country music fans now have a young, hip option.
You may know radio station Cat Country (WPLZ 95.3 FM) as the young, fun, new kid in town with really great shows. Those great shows are part of what makes them an outstanding station—but having a staff that loves what they do and connects with the people they work with, sets Cat Country apart from other local country stations.
If you’ve ever wondered if the harmonies between co-hosts Josh Weber and Chase Long (from Josh & Chase) or Janice Colby and Sean McNally (from Mac & Cheez in the Morning) are real both on and off the air, I can tell you that they definitely are.
“We’re like The Island of Misfit Toys,” said Josh Weber, referencing the 1964 television special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.
Listening to any of the aforementioned hosts for even just an hour will tell you that you aren’t just listening to a pair who’ve been best friends for more than ten years, or a morning show duo still getting to know each other. You are listening to a family.
They laugh, tell jokes, and share funny stories about their day. They playfully tease each other and laugh out loud at the absurdity of some of their thoughts and ideas.
But in the midst of all of their fun and games, they are serious about doing excellent shows, and the work they do to achieve that goal is apparent. They strive to maintain a fresh approach and reflect the image of their listeners.
“This ain’t your granddad’s radio station,” said Janice Colby.
While not zeroing in on a specific demographic, they do define themselves as a young country station. Maintaining that image not only means knowing what is popular, music-wise, but also interacting with their listeners and paying attention to their interests.
“We’re out living the same lives as our listeners. We look like you do, we act like you do, we wear the same clothes,” said Josh Weber.
Cat Country may be the “little guy up against a Goliath” when it comes to local country music stations, but this is one little guy that is definitely growing up in the right direction, and one station that you don’t want to be missing out on.
Tune in to WPLZ 95.3 FM, or listen live on catcountry953.com for new country music, local entertainment news, upcoming events for Cat Country—and even prize giveaways, like the upcoming chance to win tickets to see Garth Brooks.