WEZY

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WEZY
City of license Racine
Broadcast area Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Branding "Lite Rock 92-1"
Frequency 92.1 FM MHz
First air date 1961 (1961)
Format Adult Contemporary
Power 2,700 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class A
Facility ID 41438
Callsign meaning We're EaZY
Owner Bliss Communications
(sale to Magnum Communications pending)
(Racine Broadcasting, L.L.C.)
Sister stations WRJN, WBWI-FM, WBKV
Website www.literock921.com

WEZY (92.1 FM) is a light adult contemporary-formatted radio station in Racine in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It serves Racine, Kenosha and the greater Milwaukee area. WEZY is owned by Bliss Communications, along with sister stations WRJN and West Bend-based WBWI-FM and WBKV. Its studios are in Racine and the transmitter site is in Raymond.

History[edit]

The station signed on in 1961 as WFNY, (taken from owner Jerome Feeny's name) broadcasting a beautiful music format. Eventually an automated music playback system was installed, but live announcers remained on staff. Some of the air personalities over the years have included Paul Weyrich, Lou Rugani, Dave Garland, Don Jensen, Jerry Grimmer, Kevin Kellogg, Mike Kristof, Tim Yorgan, Chris Morreau, Gene Miller and Frank Ricchio.

WFNY was sold in 1986 and the format was flipped to adult contemporary as WHKQ. Two years later, WHKQ became "Country 92". The station was sold once again in 1991, with the format returning to its easy listening origins. Later, the station adopted the WEZY call letters using the branding "EZ92 WEZY" The Easy Listening format would simulcast on sister WRJN overnights Midnight-7AM.

In 1997, Bliss Communications, owners of eight radio stations in Wisconsin and numerous newspapers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, purchased the station and its sister, WRJN. On December 26, 1997, the station adopted an adult contemporary format. On January 2, 2007, WEZY changed its moniker to "Lite Rock 92.1". On June 25, 2014, Bliss Communications announced that it would sell WEZY and WRJN, along with WBKV and WBWI-FM in West Bend, to Magnum Communications.[1]

WEZY in fiction[edit]

In the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? the dapper, smooth-talking con man named Ulysses "Everett" McGill visits a fictitious radio station "WEZY". He and his friends scam the blind proprietor of the radio station, and record what will become their hit song and eventual salvation.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bliss Communications to sell West Bend, Racine radio stations". The Janesville Gazette. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 42°45′36″N 87°57′54″W / 42.760°N 87.965°W / 42.760; -87.965