FM Technical Profile: WBZR
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- Station Name:
view] Just west of AL-21, between East Avenue C and East
- Power (ERP):
- 5.5 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 326 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
RDS display from an Insignia portable radio, showing the Radio
Text and PI (call sign) fields.
Audio from the 5 o'clock hour on August 29th, 2018, minus music
and national commercials. Contains very little canned DJ
patter, but lots and lots of dead air. M4A format; 9'40", 9.2 MB
- This station
was put on the air in 1991 as an FM companion to WASG in
Atmore. The calls were WYDH. The AM was country while
the FM went adult contemporary. At the time it was one of the
few radio stations in the nation owned by Native Americans.
The station went through several ownership changes until the late
90's when it was sold to the company that eventually became Great
American Radio Network.
- At some
mysterious point in history, the AM went silent and its country
format moved to here, as "Eagle 105.9". Also around this time
the simulcast began including Bay Minette's WBCA and Robertsdale's
station flipped from country to rhythmic oldies as "The Boss" in the
late fall of 2001. That format was last heard on Citronelle's
WQUA-FM. Summer of 2002 had the station back with classic
country, but still with "The Boss" moniker. WNSI and WBCA
tagged along for these changes, too.
April 2004 the calls changed to WDXZ, which had been on the
Robertsdale AM station previously. At that time the AM became
WNSI. In October 2004 the station changed again, to WNSI-FM,
simulcasting with the Robertsdale AM. The format was news,
talk and sports but it eventually morphed into all sports with Fox
Sports Radio affiliation.
- In 2008
station owner Walter Bowen made news with a run-in with ASCAP.
For more on this, see the station's Wikipedia
- In May
2010 the calls changed to WBZR-FM, the Robertsdale AM became WBZR
and the slogan became "The Buzz", with much the same talk
programming from earlier days. Around this same time the
station went through a minor upgrade in power, dropping a
directional antenna for a non-directional setup, at lower
height. This leaves the coverage virtually unchanged.
Later that year, the station was the victim of a lightning strike
and had to run on low power (500 watts) for an extended period,
which reduced their coverage to the area immediately surrounding
- On 13
March 2011 the station's talk format disappeared and was replaced
with country music, while the website was changed to a countdown
clock. On Monday 14 March the station officially debuted as
"Kix Country 105.9 FM and 1000 AM". This leaves the area
without an outlet for such talk shows as Leo Laporte, Dave Ramsey
and Kim Komando. In January 2013 the station, along with the
AM in Robertsdale, were sold to 21st Century Broadcasting (Norma
Jean Lewis, Bryan Covey). The station later fell into the
hands of a company named Gulf Coast Broadcasting, who in turn sold
it to Tri-County Broadcasters, Inc. in the summer of 2014.