FM Technical Profile: WZZK
- 104.7 WZZK,
Today's New Country And Your Familiar Favorites
view] Off Golden Crest Drive, atop Red Mountain.
- Power (ERP):
- 97.8 kW
ERP with beam tile: 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 1299 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Contemporary Christian "Air1"
// W271BN Birmingham
- :PS-104.7 WZZK song title/artist
Time-[?] Text-WZZK Alabama's Best Country (song/artist)
AL.com story on the Rick & Bubba Show's 20th Anniversary in
RDS display from an Insignia HD portable in the Florence area. From May 2017.
Display from a Polk HD radio showing the HD-1 PAD data.
HD PAD data from an Insignia HD portable for the main channel.
HD PAD data from an Insignia HD portable for the HD-2 channel
carrying the Air1 format. From May 2017.
Street View imagery of the building housing the SummitMedia studios
off Highway 280 in Hoover.
- Summit Media
- This station
goes back to the early days of FM as WJLN, the FM simulcast of
counterpart of WJLD 1400 AM. This was Birmingham's first AoR
station, back in the 70's. The station played whole albums! Their
slogan was "WJLN plays the albums". Then WZZK, "Country
Sunshine on FM 105" was born. In the mid-90's the station was
sold by Newcap Broadcasting to Cox Radio out of Atlanta.
- Once the
market-leading station overall, this station has suffered in the
ratings due to the fresh sound of the competition, who snagged the
Patti and "Dollar" Bill Lawson morning show. They debuted a revamped
effort of new personalities the second week of January 2006,
complete with billboards showing their traditional orange and black
billboard ad, only upside-down, in an attempt to regain their spot
as a leading country station in the market. In October of 2015
it was reported that this station began HD digital broadcasts, with
no sub-channels. The HD-2 appears to have debuted in mid-March
2016, relaying 1320 WENN and the "Easy 102.1" soft AC format.
- WZZK has been the
flagship station for the popular Rick & Bubba Show on
radio since January, 2007. The show had previously been heard on
Citadel Broadcasting's WYSF ("Y 94.5") going back to 1999, when the
show first moved to Birmingham from Gadsden. At the time the
show moved to this station, all three major broadcasting companies bid
for the show, with Citadel offering $2.2 million a year to stay at
WYSF, but the Cox offer was for more, and at the time the largest
compensation package ever given to a radio program in the state of
Alabama. Prior to their move to Birmingham, Rick and Bubba's
longtime home was "Q 104" WQEN in Gadsden, going back to 1992.
(Oddly, WQEN itself would also move to Birmingham in 2005.) In
2013, Cox sold the Birmingham stations, including WZZK, to
- Summit installed HD in
2016 and began relaying the soft adult contemporary "Easy 102.1"
format that was on WENN AM on the HD2 subchannel. In early May
2017 that went away, replaced by Educational Media Foundation's Air1
contemporary Christian music format, which also began to air on the
102.1 MHz translator.