FM Technical Profile: WZZN
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- Station Name:
- ESPN Radio
Northeast of the Allens Crossroads community on US-231. In the
middle of a square of land formed by four roads: Union Grove Road to
the north, Midway Road to the south, Allens Cross Road to the east
and Green Briar Cove Road to the west.
- Power (ERP):
- 950 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 824 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Text-ESPN PTY-[?] PS-WZZN-FM
Image of the RDS text from an Insignia HD portable, showing the
Radio Text and PS (call sign) fields, from June 2017.
- This station
signed on in the summer of 1968, put on the air by Blount County
Broadcasting Service as the FM companion of Oneonta's WCRL on 1570
kHz. The station originally broadcast on 97.7 MHz with 990
watts from Red Mountain (not the one in Birmingham!) with a Bauer
607 transmitter feeding a Jampro JCP-2 antenna. The call sign
was WKLD. In the early days, the FM simulcast the AM about
half the time and originated programming the other half. The format
in the early days was not known.
From the early 90's, both the AM and FM began simulcasting full
time, and both were listed as having an Adult Contemporary music
format in the Broadcasting
Yearbook editions from this era. In 1993, the station
received a boost in power to 4 kW from the same transmitter
site. At some point in the late 90's the station transitioned
away from simulcasting the AM and began airing a Country music
format from the ABC "Today's Best Country" satellite format.
They boosted power again, to 6 kW, in 1999.
Great South Wireless purchased the station in 2008, with a plan to
move it to the Huntsville market. After the purchase, the
station dropped the Country for a simulcast of sister station WCRL's
satellite-fed Nostalgia format. Great South originally shot
for a May target date to sign the new facility on, but missed that
mark. The call sign changed to WZNN in August 2009. The
station finally signed on from the Union Grove-licensed facility in
December 2009, testing with a Variety Hits music format. With
this sign-on, Blount County lost its only local FM signal.
Only a few months after signing on with music, the station filed to
go silent in March 2010. It didn't sign back on until late
June 2010, when it was heard carrying Fox Sports programming with
Cubelic and The Kid morning show.
The station dropped the local morning show and Fox Sports for ESPN
programming in August 2012.
The station was sold by Great South Wireless to Neighbors Broadcast
Company in January 2019, for $535,000. Neighbors had been
running the station under a Time Brokerage Agreement at the start of
the year. The buyer, William "Wes" Neighbors, is an afternoon
host on the station, and a former football player for the University
of Alabama and the NFL.