|City of license||Alton, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Branding||The Big Z|
|Slogan||"Radio for the River Bend"|
|Frequency||1570 kHz AM|
|Power||1,000 watts day
74 watts night
|Affiliations||Salem Radio Network|
|Owner||Metroplex Communications, Inc.|
WBGZ (1570 AM, "The Big Z") is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Alton, Illinois, United States, the station serves the northern St. Louis, Missouri and Metro-East areas. The station is currently owned by Metroplex Communications, Inc..
The station's slogan is "Radio for the River Bend." It broadcasts local news, sports, and talk, primarily for the greater Alton area. Broadcasting for more than 50 years, the station was originally known as WOKZ, until it was changed to its current call letters in 1984. It has a 24 hour talk format with two daily talk shows, a morning and afternoon drive show, local weekend programming, including a popular outdoors show, and other various programs. The signal can be easily heard in northern St. Louis County in Missouri, as well as in portions of southwestern Illinois.
WOKZ began broadcasting February 4, 1948. It was owned by the Illinois-Alton Broadcasting Company.
- WBGZ official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WBGZ
- Radio-Locator Information on WBGZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WBGZ
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