FM Technical Profile: WIZB
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- Station Name:
- The Joy FM
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
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
title/artist) Time-[?] Text-[?] PTY-[?] PI-WIZB-FM
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
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.