FM Technical Profile: WIZB

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Station Name:
The Joy FM
Christian Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Between Headland and Abbeville, east of US 431 at the intersection of Henry County roads 64 and 18.
Power (ERP):
19.5 kW
Antenna HAAT:
410 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-(song title/artist) Time-[?] Text-[?] PTY-[?] PI-WIZB-FM
More Information:
[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studio on Highway 53 in Dothan.
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This station started off as WARI-FM, spawned from 1480 WARI in Abbeville. It was put on the air by John V. Mizell (as Abbeville Radio, Inc.)  The original construction permit was issued in the spring of 1967; it signed on in early 1968, mostly duplicating the AM's Country music format.  The station started off as a Class A with 3 kW, transmitting from the AM's stick about two miles northwest of Abeeville on AL-10 (today, this at the western corner of AL-10 and US-431.)  The transmitter was a Bauer 603, feeding a Jampro 3 element model J3B/3V antenna.

Around 1976 the AM tried a more Diversified approach with a mix of Country and Rock, and the FM by this point was duplicating the AM 75% of the time according to that year's Broadcasting Yearbook.  By the end of the decade, this station was doing a Middle of the Road (MOR) music format while the AM remained country.

In early 1980, ownership of both the AM and FM was sold to Henry County Radio, Inc.  They flipped the station to Urban Contemporary as WXLE.  That lasted until the station was sold to Abbeville Wireless Corp. in 1985.  They flipped both the AM and FM to oldies around that time. 

The station was acquired by Genesis Radio, Inc. in 1995, and they tried several formats, including Rock, Top 40 and Classic Hits, but nothing stuck.  By 1998, the station had finally flipped to its current Christian Contemporary music format. 

More recently, it was "His Radio", but at some point in 2013 it changed over to the Joy FM network, consisting of a station in Atlanta and a few others in Florida.

The station was taken off the air by Hurricane Michael, which hit the area on 10 October 2018, but it was back on just a day later.