FM Technical Profile: WGMZ
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- Station Name:
- Z 93.1
- Classic Rock
North of CR-64, just west of Colvin Gap, east of Glencoe.
- Power (ERP):
- 1.65 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 620 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Street View imagery of the old WQEN studios off Rainbow Highway, now
home to iHeartMedia's WGMZ and WAAX.
- A construction permit for
a new station was first issued to Ann Baughn (Appalachian
Broadcasting) in 1992, for a 1 kW class A signal east of Gadsden,
licensed to Glencoe. The original call sign assigned was
WZJV. Barbara and Byron Fincher took over Appalachian
Broadcasting shortly thereafter. After a slight change to the
permit for lower height but more power, the station signed on in the
summer of 1994. It debuted with a Middle-of-the-Road Oldies and
Beautiful Music format, an unusual choice for the era. Before
sign-on, the call sign was updated to WGMZ.
After signing on, the station was granted another construction permit,
to raise power again slightly, to 1.65 kW. That facility appears
to have signed on in August 1994.
In 1999 the station was sold to Clear Channel, who flipped the station
to its current format of Classic Rock.