FM Technical Profile: WAAZ
- Station Name:
- The Good
view] Between Lakeview Drive and Lindberg St, just north of US
90 in Crestview. Co-located with WJSB.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 486 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-(show)/(song) (time (ahead one hour)) TODAY WAAZ
WJSB THE GOOD COUNTRY CRESVIEW FORT WALTON BEACH P'COLA CBS NEWS
ON THE HOUR
Text-weather on the hour and half hour
**(yes, it really
reads "CRESVIEW" not "CRESTVIEW")
Google Street view of station's studio and the WJSB AM tower.
Aircheck of sign off routine. This audio picks up just after
the news at midnight, with a weather forecast and sleepy-time music.
(7.66 MB, 5'34")
Picture of the WAAZ/WJSB studio building in Crestview, from the
waazsports.com website (source).
Image of the RDS text display from a Mazda sedan's radio, showing
the PS (station name), PTY (format, which was missing for this
station at the time) and Radio Text fields.
- This station
dates back to November of 1965, when Everett M. McCrary (as
Crestview Broadcasting Company) put the station on the air as a
class A on 104.9 MHz. It was spawned from AM WJSB in
Crestview. The FM originally broadcast from the studios at the
corner of West 1st Avenue and Lakeview Drive in town, on the AM
tower and used a Gates FMS-1C transmitter paired with a Gates FMA-4A
antenna. In 1976 the FCC issued a Report and Order authorizing
the station to move to 96.5 MHz, but that option was never built
out. Instead, the station filed to move to 104.7 in 1989, with
a boost in power to 50 kW. That facility went on the air
(still from the WJSB AM tower in town) in the early 90's. By
2003, they'd boosted the power again to a full 100 kW.
The station has always been country, and simulcast the AM to some
degree or another. It also aired the Panhandle Opry in the
80's. It's also always been a CBS News affiliate.
Despite the big signal, the station has always been content to be a
local station for Crestview and has not sought fame and fortune in
larger markets like Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach.
AM sister station WJSB has always been a daytimer. After the
AM signs off, the FM keeps operating until midnight, when it
signs off for the evening. Despite the big signal and
large coverage area, the station broadcast in glorious mono until
some time in the late 2000's, when a stereo exciter was finally
installed at the transmitter. Unfortunately, the music
fed to the new stereo generator was still in mono until at least
2015, when they finally — finally
— began broadcasting in true stereo.