FM Technical Profile: WZHT
- Station Name:
- Hot 105-7
view] In far southern Montgomery County near the community of
Grady. About halfway between CR-1 and CR-39, south of Fannin
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 1,830 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
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Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios in Montgomery.
- Originally WTUB
(Troy, Union springs, Brundidge), this station came on the air in
1972. The format was stereo country until around 1977, when it
became a Top 40 station with new calls, WRES (Rudolph E.
Shelly). During this period the station moved to WSFA's "tall
tower", becoming (at that time) the station with the highest land
based transmitter in the country, at 1,830 feet. At the end of
the 70's the station was heavily slanted towards AOR as
"106-FM". In 1982 the calls changed to WIGC (Welcome Into God's
Country) with a country music format and heavy emphasis on CNN news.
In 1984 it became WRJM (for owner Jack Mizell (the "R" doesn't
actually stand for Rita as initially believed-Zach) with soft
AC, as "Classic 105.7", before later moving onto more upbeat
AC and oldies. Mizell, nearly bankrupt, sold the station in
1987 to New South; the station focused on Montgomery instead of the
Troy area and became "Magic 105.7" with new calls, WZHT. At some
point in the station's history it very briefly went rock for
the college kids at Troy, before moving (back?) to Magic 105.7 and
black contemporary music.
- As a side note,
not only is WZHT's urban contemporary format a ratings dominator in
Montgomery, the station has an enormous coverage area and sometimes
shows up in ratings books in Dothan and Columbus, GA. Before
WCSN hit the Alabama beaches, WZHT could be heard in Mobile most
days. On good days the station still can be heard clearly in
Birmingham, and no telling where else!