FM Technical Profile: WZNS

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Station Name:
Z 96
Frequency:
96.5
Format:
Contemporary Hit Radio
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] East of Memorial Parkway NW on the northern side of Hollywood Boulevard SW. Co-located with WKSM.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
440 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:
PS-song/artist
ONE STATION. ALL THE HITS. Z96!
Time-
?
Text-One Station. All The Hits. - Z96!
PTY-
Top 40
PI-
WZNS-FM
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[Image] Image showing the RDS text display from a Mazda's radio, showing the PS (station name), Radio Text and PTY (format) fields.

[Studio] Street View imagery of the Cumulus Fort Walton Beach studios on Hollywood Boulevard.
Owner:
Cumulus Broadcasting LLC
History:
While this frequency was allocated to the area back in the 70's, it wasn't until the late 90's that a station debuted here, due to a lengthy FCC comparative hearing involving numerous applicants.  The allocation originally was for 100 kW from a site near Crestview; the people behind WKSM in Fort Walton Beach at one time had a permit for the frequency but eventually lost out or gave it up.  The curiously-named Juanina Inc. finally won the permit after years of wrangling, but wound up passing it on to F.W.B. Radio, Inc., who in turn passed it along to Dothan-based Holladay Broadcasting.  They got the station on the air -- finally -- in the early fall of 1997, from the current site in downtown Fort Walton Beach.  They launched the station with the same calls and format that they have today:  WZNS (Z Ninety Six) and Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR).