FM Technical Profile: WZHT


Station Name:
Hot 105-7
Frequency:
105.7
Format:
Urban Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] In far southern Montgomery County near the community of Grady.  About halfway between CR-1 and CR-39, south of Fannin Mill Road.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna:
Omni
Antenna HAAT:
1,830 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-WZHT Time-[?] Text-[blank] PTY-Rhythm & Blues PI-KCVL-FM
More Information:
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[Studio] Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios in Montgomery.
Owner:
iHeartMedia
History:
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.
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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!