FM Technical Profile: WEZB
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- Station Name:
- B 97
- Urban CHR
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
- Antenna HAAT:
- 984 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
HD-2: LGBTQ+ Music and Information
PS-artist - song on B-97
- AUX: 62 kW @ 646
feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- More Information:
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.
Street View imagery of the building that houses Sinclair's radio
studios, on the 9th floor of the 400 Poydras building in downtown
- This station was
put on the air by George J. Mayoral (as Supreme Broadcasting
Company), to be the companion of 990 AM WJMR and WJMR-TV. When
it signed on in 1945, it was WRCM and it simulcast the AM's
programming, transmitting from atop the Jung Hotel. Studios
were on the 19th floor of the hotel.
The AM and FM were purchased in 1968 by Summit Broadcasting Company,
Inc. Under their ownership, the stations became WNNR and
EZ Communications purchased the station in 1972. They flipped
the station to Easy Listening, with the WEZB calls. This
matched their other stations in other markets, all with the same
format and "EZ" in the call sign somewhere. The station
dropped the format to get on the Disco train in the late 70's, as
"Disco 97", but that format was short-lived. In 1980, the
station re-launched as "B97" with a Top 40 format.
The station has remained Top 40 ever since, with one small diversion
in the mid-90's towards Hot Talk, with Howard Stern and other
national entertainment talk shows. That didn't work out, so
they went back to music but with a more Adult Contemporary-leaning
Top 40 sound. By the early 2000's, the station was back to a
full-on Top 40 sound, with a heavy emphasis on the Rhythmic side of
The station was acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting in 1996.
They, in turn, sold it to Entercom in 1999 as part of a package deal
with 45 other stations.
The station began broadcasting in HD digital radio in 2010.
In 2018 the station added a second subchannel, simulcasting the
R&B-formatted "Hot 103.7" that was being heard on WWWL AM and
its translator. That format later rebranded as "Hot 92.9" with
Classic R&B when Entercom launched a new, more powerful FM
translator on 92.9 MHz.
Entercom rebranded as Audacy in March 2021. That same year the
station's HD2 dropped the "Hot 92.9" simulcast with WWWL and its
translator, leaving just the "Channel Q" LGBTQ-themed channel.