FM Technical Profile: WEZB

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Station Name:
B 97
Urban CHR
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Off Behman Highway in eastern New Orleans, near Terrytown. Co-located with K28IL and WKBU-FM.
Power (ERP):
99 kW
Beam tilt ERP 100 kW
Antenna HAAT:
984 feet.
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.

HD-2: Classic Adult Urban Contemporary
"Hot 103.7"
// WWWL New Orleans, LA
// W297DF New Orleans, LA
HD-3: LGBTQ+ Music and Information
"Channel Q"
PS-artist - song on B-97
PTY-Top 40
AUX: 62 kW @ 646 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Image] Display from an Insignia HD portable in Baldwin County, Alabama, showing a full decode of the station's HD signal, with song title and artist shown.
[Studio] Street View imagery of the building that houses Sinclair's radio studios, on the 9th floor of the 400 Poydras building in downtown New Orleans.
97.1 dates back to the 50's as WRCM, the FM companion of WJMR 990 AM; as such it is one of the oldest FMs in the south. In the 70's, it took on the calls WEZB, as a beautiful music station. In the late 70's, it followed fad and became Disco 97. Once disco died (two weeks later), 97.1 went top 40 as "B 97". That format still prevails today, though the station has wavered over towards adult contemporary at times and experimented in the mid-90's with Howard Stern and other provocative talk shows.  It now leans heavily towards the urban end of the spectrum.
The station was the first in the market to carry Howard Stern.