FM Technical Profile: WZNS
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- Station Name:
- Z 96
- Contemporary Hit
view] East of Memorial Parkway NW on the northern side of
Hollywood Boulevard SW. Co-located with WKSM.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 440 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
— increased power: 1.1%
"News Talk WFTW"
// WFTW Fort Walton Beach, FL
// W298CV Fort Walton Beach, FL
PS-song/artist ONE STATION. ALL THE HITS. Z96!
All The Hits. - Z96!
- More Information:
Image showing the RDS text display from a Mazda's radio, showing the
PS (station name), Radio Text and PTY (format) fields.
Street View imagery of the Cumulus Fort Walton Beach studios on
- 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).
The station filed a Digital Notification with the FCC for HD with 1.1
kW of power, slightly above the baseline 1% of analog transmission
power ratio. It was observed that the system was active without
artist or title information, and an HD2 channel was active with very
low audio of an unknown source, possibly talk radio. In March
2023 it was confirmed to be WFTW, Cumulus' news talk station in the