AM Technical Profile: WZOB
view] [bird's eye: studio]
On Radio Drive, off Glen Boulevard, just west of I-59, west of Fort
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 5 kW
- Night: 112
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the
FCC's Public Files
// W265DS Fort Payne, AL
Owned by Central Broadcasting Company
- Glenn Gravitt
put this station on the air with help from Colonel J. C. Vessels and
H. V. Roberts, under the company name of Fort Payne On The
Air. The original application dates back to 1947 and was
for 250 watts. Before sign on it was upgraded to 1 kW, daytime
only and had the WHAG calls. The station signed on in 1950,
with the WZOB calls, and a Western Electric 443-A1 making 1 kW,
still as a daytimer. The Wikipedia article claims the calls
stand for Zella Octavia
Buttram, daughter of Gravitt's mentor Johnny Buttram, who is
cousin to actor Pat Buttram.
Gravitt became the sole owner of the station in 1951. The
station received a permit to increase power to 5 kW days only in
1954, but this was never built out. Through the later 50's,
the station was a member of the Keystone broadcasting network.
His wife took over ownership after Glenn passed away in 1969.
Gravitt sold the station to the current owners, Central Broadcasting
Company, in 1970. In 1974 the station was fined $500 by the
FCC for violating a rule on promoting lotteries on air.
The station got the station a boost in power to 5 kW in 1984, as
well as an addition of nighttime service for the first time.
The station has had a country format at least as far back as the
The station was awarded a construction permit for a companion FM
translator on 100.9 MHz in mid-April 2018.