AM Technical Profile: WZZA

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Classic R&B, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop

Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of US-72 on Woodmont Drive, south of Tuscumbia.

Power (ERP):
Day: 500 watts
Night: 51 watts

1 tower

Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files



[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studio and tower site on Woodmont Drive in Tuscumbia.

// W246BS Florence

Owned by Muscle Shoals Broadcasting

This station dates back to an original construction permit issued to Carl and Harold A. Pugh (Tuscumbia Broadcasting System) for a new 500 watt daytime only station on 1410 kHz.  The original call sign assigned was WCHP, but when the station signed on in 1960 it was WRCK, with studios and transmitter at the same site the station uses today.  The first transmitter was a Gates BC 500 T.  (It's unknown what the format was prior to the 1970's, but with those call letters, was it Rock music?)

The license was transferred to Ervin Parks, Jr. in 1964; he in turn partnered with Robert Warren Kicker (as Radio Station WRCK) to take ownership in 1965.  The station spawned an FM companion, WRCK-FM, in 1969, which would become today's WBTG-FM.

By 1970, the Broadcasting Yearbook listed this station as having a Country music format.  The license was transferred to Wein Broadcasting Corporation in 1973, who flipped it to a black-oriented community format as WZZA.  The license was transferred to Muscle Shoals Broadcasting, Inc. (Robert and Odessa Bailey) in 1977.  An early voice in the black community, the "Soul of the Shoals" has been in the Bailey family ever since.

In mid-December 2023 it was announced that Benny Carle Broadcasting was selling the translator for their talk station WBCF to Tori Bailey for $85,000, and it would be switching to relay WZZA.  After the switch, an application was filed to move the translator to the WZZA transmitter site, with 250 watts on 107.9 MHz.  That permit was granted in mid-January 2024.