FM Technical Profile: WZLB
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- Station Name:
- 103.1 The Shark
- Classic Rock
to be: Hot Talk
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
- Power (ERP):
- 50 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 407 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- AUX: 50 kW @ 407
feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- More Information:
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 is to debut
on 1 March 2021.