AM Technical Profile: WFZX


Frequency:
1490
Format:
Urban Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view: studio and tower | alternate view] On the west side of Noble Street in Anniston, between 33rd and 34th Streets.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 1 kW
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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// W256BH Oxford, AL
// W257CT Gadsden, AL
Owned by Jeff Beck
Pictures:
[studio/tower] studio and tower site from the WANA days
History:
This station has been around since at least the 40's, when it was WOOB.  In the 40's a bit of a switcharoo took place on the Anniston radio dial and the other two stations moved around and shuffled places. WOOB appears to have gone dark only to come back around 1954 after the switch as WANA, which lasted until the summer of 2008 when it became WSYA.  At some point in the station's history they had a religious format but by 2007 the station was all or mostly sports programming. In the 50's it appears to have been a part of the Keystone Broadcasting System, competitor to NBC, CBS and Mutual. The power around this time was just 250 watts.
 
At some point the station flipped to soft adult contemporary and picked up a waiver (in 2005?) to rebroadcast on a local translator, W282BD on 104.3 MHz.  The soft AC of "Sunny" lasted until the end of March 2011, when the station flipped to hip hop, as "The Beat", with a change to the WGBZ calls.  According to local reports, the station is now also broadcasting on a translator (W256BH, Oxford) on 99.1 MHz.
 
In the spring of 2012 the station dropped its urban hip-hop format "The Beat" for classic hits with a classic rock lean, and John Boy & Billy in the mornings.  The new calls are WFZX and they're going by "The Fox 1490".  This was likely due to the LMA ending.  The station had been run by Henry Granger of Gadsden during its hip-hop tenure.  In 2012 the station was sold to the Jeff Beck broadcast group, who own WGAD and WJBY in Gadsden.  The station appears to have flipped to urban again in 2017, this time as "99.1 and 99.3 The Vibe".