|City of license||Southport, North Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Wilmington, NC|
|Slogan||Wilmington's Hit Music Station|
|First air date||1996|
|Former callsigns||WLCF (?-1983)
|Former frequencies||107.1 MHz (?-1988)|
|Owner||Capitol Broadcasting Company|
|Sister stations||WKXB, WILT, WMFD, WRMR|
WAZO (107.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a contemporary hit radio format. Licensed to Southport, North Carolina, USA, the station serves the Wilmington area. WAZO is currently owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company. Z 1075 now plays "Top 40" artists; including: Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and others.
In February 1986, Will Bowen became WJYW station manager, and soon the station was successful with a new version of easy listening music, with "ultra-contemporary" from Bonneville Broadcasting replacing "matched flow". The target audience was 25-54, with more vocals and more instrumental versions of newer songs. The station also had more live DJs. Bowen said, "We're not an easy listening station. We're a radio station that happens to play easy listening music." In 1986, the "Year of Relaxation" won WJYW a national award for creativity. Owner Atlantic Broadcasting, which took over the station when it was having problems, asked for a power increase from 3,000 to 50,000 watts. By this time, the station offices were in Wilmington.
The local "Morning Disaster with Bryan & Jim," featuring Bryan Keith and Jim Whitmeyer, aired on WSFM for more than ten years. Then-owner Sea-Comm moved the show to Classic Rock sister WBNE when Surf signed the syndicated "Lex and Terry."
In July 2004, NextMedia Group purchased WRQR, WAZO, and WMFD from Ocean Broadcasting, and WKXB and WSFM from Sea-Comm Inc. The sale meant WSFM and WAZO would trade frequencies. JoJo, Jamie and Flave of Bob 93.3 in Greenville, North Carolina joined what was now Z-107.5.
In July 2008, Capitol Broadcasting announced its purchase of NextMedia's Wilmington stations.
On July 31, 2009 wattage increased to 75,000 watts.
The signal can often be received as far away as Raleigh, North Carolina during strong times of DXing.
- "WAZO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- Steelman, Ben (1986-12-21). "Format redirects Joy to the world". Star-News. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
- Bonnie Eksten, "Ocean Broadcasting, Sea-Comm Stations Sold to NextMedia - New Owner to Operate Locally," Star-News, July 14, 2004.
- Amy Hotz, "Radio Changes Bring Two New Morning Teams," Star-News, September 20, 2004.
- http://www.wral.com/business/story/3215727/, Retrieved on 2008/09/22.
- Station website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WAZO
- Radio-Locator information on WAZO
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WAZO