FM Technical Profile: WGMZ

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Station Name:
Z 93.1
Classic Rock
Transmitter Location:
[map] North of CR-64, just west of Colvin Gap, east of Glencoe.
Power (ERP):
1.65 kW
Antenna HAAT:
620 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Studio] 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.