FM Technical Profile: WZEW
- Station Name:
- 92 the Zew
view] Near the intersection Dauphin Island Parkway and Claudia
Lane, 12 miles south of downtown Mobile.
- Power (ERP):
- 20.5 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 363 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-(song/artist) 92 Zew
Time-Present with date
Text-THE SOUND OF MOBILE (song/artist)
— Increased power:
Classic Rock, Blues
"96.5 The Crab"
W243CY Tillmans Corner
HD-3: Classic R&B/Soul
"The Soul of Mobile"
// W223BX Saraland
For 92 ZEW
[Twitter] For 92 ZEW
96.5 The Crab
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the PI (call sign) and Radio Text fields.
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(station name), PTY (format) and Radio Text fields for WZEW.
Image of the HD test display from a Mazda radio, showing the song,
artist and album information of the HD1 channel, from December 2017.
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song, artist and album information of the HD2 channel, from
Image of the RDS text display from a Mazda's radio, showing the
PS (station name), PTY (format) and Radio Text fields for W243CY
Image of the RDS text display from a Mazda's
radio, showing the PS (station name), PTY (format) and
Radio Text fields for W223BX
Audio of the skit that aired at 7 am on 9 May 2018, right before
"92.5 The Crab" launched its music format. (5'43", 6.15 MB, M4A
Audio from a weekday commercial break during an afternoon
broadcast. Recorded with a SDRplay radio and SDR-Console
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- Began in early
60's as WABF FM, counterpart to WABF AM. Format was easy listening.
About 10 years later, it was sold to Mobile R&B daytimer WGOK to
provide night service as WGOK FM. Later in the 70's the AM and FM
were sold separately and the FM because a religious outlet with the
calls WHSP (With Holy Spirit Power). In the 80's it became album
rocker WZEW, 92 Zoo. Critically acclaimed, it was never a ratings
success mainly because of signal limitations. It's a class A signal
transmitting from the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Station went into
bankruptcy in 1989. A new owner boosted the station with a new tower
in Mobile. Still not a ratings success with it's eclectic rock
format, it changed to WGCX classic rock when those and format were
given up by 104.1 FM. The demise of WZEW brewed furor by a small but
vocal group of listeners. After a short period of time off the air,
yet another licensee put up the WZEW calls and format back on the
air. Station was, at one time, co-owned with WAVH. The
Zew's transmitter site was once atop the AmSouth Bank Building in
downtown Mobile, but with the completion of the taller RSA tower,
they moved about 12 miles south, which helped their coverage around
Dauphin Island and the Gulf Shores area. The station is now
owned by Ken S. Johnson, who also owns WNSP.
the early days of this station, it was an Eastern Shore-only
broadcaster, with a short tower off Pollard Road in Daphne.
Around 1988 George O'Rear acquired the station and successfully
sought an upgrade to a class C3 facility. This allowed them to move
to the First National Bank building in downtown Mobile while still
adequately covering Fairhope, the city of license. Studios
were also in the building, on the 32nd floor. In
the early 90's the station was in an LMA with WDLT and the two
stations shared studio space. After that LMA fell apart around
1992, WDLT left and WZEW moved to a lower floor to save money. In
2007, with the completion of the 200 foot taller RSA Battle House
Tower nearby, the FNB building became a poor choice for
broadcasting. WZEW moved to a short tower south of Mobile
along the Dauphin Island Parkway. It was reported
in the middle of January 2011 that the old transmitting "pole" atop
the former FNB building was removed.
The station added HD digital broadcasting at the end of October
2017. A second channel playing AAA-formatted Christmas music
debuted in December, which gave way to a full-time channel for the
"92 Blues" show at the end of the month. That, in turn, gave
way to what appears to be a loop of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's
"Tarkus" with a promo mentioning something coming up from Mobile Bay
soon. The song(s) changed every few days, teasing a change to
debut on May 9 2018. On 9 May, the loop of "Stairway to
Heaven" by Led Zeppelin and "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
gave way to a classic rock and blues format as "92.5 The Crab" just
after 7 am, with the HD2 feeding a translator located on the Shelton
Beach Road tower that houses several other broadcasters.
Shortly after that translator debuted, the station began working to
move a second translator to Mobile from the Tillmans Corner
area. The move for it to the Shelton Beach Road tower was
approved at the end of June; a few weeks later the station increased
the HD power to the maximum permissible, 10% of analog power.
In early August 2018 the station added a second HD subchannel,
stunting with a loop of TV theme songs, which later morphed into a
more AAA-type mix like their main channel, with lots of Alabama
Shakes, and PAD text that said "A new sound of Mobile station is
coming soon". On 28 August 2018, the CRAB format moved to the
96.5 translator. In early November 2018, the HD-3 and the
translator it feeds debuted a Classic Soul format as "The Soul of