WPAZ

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WPAZ
City of license Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Branding Traditional Songs of the Faith - Wordfm
Frequency 1370 kHz
First air date 1951
Format Christian, Traditional Hymns & Songs
Power 1,000 watts day
52 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 25002
Transmitter coordinates 40°16′35.00″N 75°37′44.00″W / 40.2763889°N 75.6288889°W / 40.2763889; -75.6288889
Former callsigns WPAZ (1951-2011)
WBZH (2011-2013)
Owner Four Rivers Community Broadcasting Corporation
(Four Rivers Community Broadcasting Corporation)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wordfm.org

WPAZ (1370 AM) is a radio station owned by the Four Rivers Community Broadcasting Corporation. Licensed to Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA, it serves the greater Philadelphia and Reading areas.

History[edit]

The station, which signed on in 1951 as WPAZ, was originally owned by the Scott Family, and later, their subsidiary, Great Scott Broadcasting, Inc. WPAZ ceased operations on December 10, 2009, due to lack of sufficient revenue as Great Scott citing a focus on its other, more-profitable stations.[1][2]

In early 2010, a group of Pottstown area residents calling themselves the WPAZ Preservation Association (WPAZPA) began efforts to acquire WPAZ from Great Scott Broadcasting. The effort concluded with the group's announcing acquisition of the station in late October, 2010. Resumption of station operations under the auspices of the Community Broadcasting Group (formed by the WPAZPA) took place shortly before 2:00 PM on December 30, 2010.[3][4][5] On October 28, 2011, WPAZ changed its call sign to WBZH. The station referred to itself as "The Buzz, 1370 AM".

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the station went silent again due to lack of funding. On January 25, 2013, the station changed back to the original WPAZ call sign. On April 26, 2013 an application was filed with the FCC to change the License status of the station to Non-Commercial Educational (NCE) which was Approved by the FCC. On another application approved on 8/7/2013(STA), exhibit 2 shows a major cleanup and renovations are taking place along with a new transmitter and new processing equipment. A new program Format is being developed as well. Also stated, the station is to return on-the-air sometime in September but before November 14, 2013. WPAZ also has Pending Application(s) for 103.5 FM (translator) (see FCC's FM Query, Pottstown, PA).

On November 1, 2013 WPAZ returned to the air with a traditional Christian music format of religious hymns and songs

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