FM Technical Profile: WZZN


Station Name:
ESPN Radio
Frequency:
97.7
Format:
Sports
Transmitter Location:
[map] 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:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
824 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-[?] Time-[?] Text-ESPN PTY-[?] PS-WZZN-FM
Mono
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[Image] Image of the RDS text from an Insignia HD portable, showing the Radio Text and PS (call sign) fields, from June 2017.
Owner:
Great South Wireless
History:
Has been country-formatted WKLD for as long as I can remember. Previously Blount-county owned, Great South bought the station several years back.  They currently own south-of-Birmingham WHPH, also on 97.7.  In the summer of 2008 construction permits were issued for both WHPH and WKLD.  WHPH will upgrade class and power and cover more (but not all of) the Birmingham market.  WKLD will move out of Blount County entirely, lower power and be a rimshot into the Huntsville market.  That will mark the move of Blount County's only local FM signal out of the area.  It is reported the station used ABC's "Today's Best Country" satellite format until the fall of 2008, when it was reported the station began simulcasting the satellite-fed nostalgia format of WCLD, the station's AM companion.  In January 2009 the station went silent, and was reportedly aiming for a May target to return to the air from their new location.
 
As of September 2009 the station is still not on the air from its new location, but at the end of August the WKLD calls were replaced.  The station is now WZZN.  In late December 2009 the station was reported on air testing with a variety hits type format, and a license to cover appeared at the end of the month on the FCC's website.  To contrast, the station is also listed on the FCC's silent list as of late December 2009.
 
The station was reported to be on the air around noon on the 22nd of June, 2010, airing a Fox Sports lineup similar to that of WSPZ in Birmingham.  Around the start of August 2012, the station changed over to ESPN, removing Cubelic and The Kid from the morning slot.