FM Technical Profile: WZLB

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Station Name:
Florida Man Radio
Hot Talk
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach, behind the VW dealer.
AUX: [map] South of Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach, behind the VW dealer.
Power (ERP):
50 kW
Antenna HAAT:
407 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
AUX: 50 kW @ 407 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Studio] Street View imagery of the Apex cluster's Fort Walton Beach studios, at Perry and Ferry and Chestnut.
JVC Media
103.1 was a DeFuniak Springs class A station, affiliated with a local daytimer AM. Was at one time WQUH. Upgraded to C2 and moved closer to Ft. Walton Beach. Their first format attempt was jazz and new age music. Later settled with adult contemporary. Later re-licensed to Valparaiso with no physical change in facilities. In December 2011 all the Qantum stations in the FWB market were sold to Apex.  In February 2012 Apex began revamping its area stations, first with moving Fly 92.1 to a more CHR presentation as Q 92.  Then they began stunting on WMXZ, which lasted over a week.  The new format which debuted on 2 March 2012, rock as "The Blaze", with calls shifting to WZLB.  Apex also began a process of consolidating their stations to a common transmitting site in 2014.  The transmitter site for WZLB was previously between Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach, east of Destin and Fort Walton Beach.  The new site is in Fort Walton Beach proper, and went on the air in January 2017.  In late June 2016 it was announced that the South Carolina-based Community Broadcasters, LLC, acquired the entire Apex Fort Walton radio ground for an undisclosed sum.

On Labor Day 2019, the station dropped its longtime Rock format for Classic Rock as "103-1 The Shark, The New Generation of Classic Rock", which emphasizes music from the 80s and 90s.

JVC Media purchased the Community Broadcasters cluster in Fort Walton Beach for $2.2 million.  Both companies are majority owned by the same group of investment companies.  In February 2021, it was announced that JVC would be adding this station to its roster of "Florida Man" Personality-Talk driven affiliates.  The new format debuted on 1 March 2021.