AM Technical Profile: WIEZ
view] Appears to be located behind the studios for WYAM-LP
channel 51 in Decatur.
- Power (ERP):
- Day &
night: 1 kW
- Day &
night: 1 tower, omnidirectional
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the station's studios on Holmes Avenue, under
I-565 in Huntsville.
- Owned by Focus
- // W234AD
// W288EB Athens
- Came on the air
as WAJF in 1953, likely with 250 watts as the result of WHBS-AM in
Huntsville moving from 1490 to 1550 kHz for more power. The station
kept those same calls until they changed to WDPT (Decatur Pro Talk)
in November 2006. Before the flip to "Pro Talk", they were religious
talk, as "The Word". The station's ownership, WAJF Inc., sold
the station to Christian Voice of Central Ohio, Inc., in February
2007, who put on a conservative Christian leaning talk format known
as "ProTalk". At some point after the flip the station began
simulcasting on WTKI in Huntsville.
- It was
reported in early February 2009 that both WTKI and WDPT were shut
down by the owners, citing the downturned economy as a reason they
could no longer operate.
from the minimal required on-time to satisfy the FCC, this station
along with WTKI remained silent until the end of November
2009. Reports of 80's music, Fox Sports talk and conservative
talk along with teasers mentioning something about a "buzz" on the
frequency indicated a new format would be coming soon. At the
tail end of December 2009 the license was transferred to Focus Radio
Corporation, who began an LMA with both WEKI and WTKI still
stations returned to the airwaves in late winter of 2010 with talk
programming. Around early March of 2010 WTKI picked up their
first FM translator, W225AH in Huntsville. In late March 2010,
it was discovered that WEKI had picked up an FM translator, this
time in Decatur, W232BX. After many years of running a
simulcast, the stations stopped, but still ran mostly-similar
programming and both kept the "Talk Radio For Real Life"
slogan. WEKI won a permit to construct a new FM translator on
105.3 MHz in Athens, in January 2018. The permit was modified
for 105.5 MHz in July 2018 after Huntsville's WTKI was granted a
permit for a translator 105.3 MHz in that city.
In early March 2018 the call sign changed from WEKI to WIEZ; the
station dropped the talk programming at this time and began stunting
with a wide variety of music, with an announcement that “Something
big is happening Thursday.” On Thursday 8 March, the station
flipped to oldies as "Oldies 94.7".