WHAZ-FM

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WHAZ-FM
City of license Hoosick Falls, New York
Broadcast area Eastern New York and Southwestern Vermont
Slogan Alive Radio
Frequency 97.5 MHz
First air date July 4, 1991 (as WNGN)
Format Religious
ERP 420 watts
HAAT 361 meters (1,184 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 6765
Transmitter coordinates 42°51′49.00″N 73°13′59.00″W / 42.8636111°N 73.2330556°W / 42.8636111; -73.2330556
Callsign meaning see WHAZ
Former callsigns WNGN (1991-1998)
WZEC (1998-2005)
Owner Capital Media Corporation
Sister stations WHAZ
Website http://www.whaz.com

WHAZ-FM (97.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious format.[1] Licensed to Hoosick Falls, New York, USA, the station serves the easternmost portion of the Capital District, Bennington, Vermont, and North Adams, Massachusetts as a satellite of WHAZ. The station is currently owned by Capital Media Corporation.[2]

History[edit]

The station signed on July 4, 1991 as WNGN, a gospel station owned by Northeast Gospel Broadcasting.[3] The station was sold to Aritaur Communications in 1998,[4] who renamed the station WZEC with the intention of implementing a simulcast of Pittsfield top 40 station WBEC-FM (then at 105.5, now WWEI; now on 95.9).[5] WNGN's programming was then merged into WNGX (91.9), which took the WNGN call letters.[4][5] However, WNGN continued to run WZEC well into 1999, as the sale did not close until June 30; the next day, Aritaur sold WZEC, along with WBEC and WBEC-FM, to Tele-Media Broadcasting,[6] who finally implemented the WBEC-FM simulcast by that September.[7] By the following May, the station had again changed format, this time to a modern adult contemporary format, "The Point", modeled on sister stations WCPT (100.9; now WKLI-FM) and WKBE (100.3).[8][9] The station was sold to Vox Media in 2002,[10] and shifted to soft adult contemporary in 2004.[11]

Vox sold WZEC to Capitol Media in 2005,[12] who changed the call letters to the current WHAZ-FM and implemented a classic gospel format on November 7,[13][14] before switching to the simulcast of WHAZ by April 2007.[15]

Translators[edit]

WHAZ-FM also broadcasts on two translators:

Broadcast translators of WHAZ-FM
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W228AU 93.5 North Bennington, Vermont 5 D FCC
W288AN 105.5 Brattleboro, Vermont 95 D FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHAZ-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (January 24, 1997). "Willis changes local station to African-American gospel". The Business Review (American City Business Journals). Retrieved February 12, 2010. 'When we signed on with WNGN, on July 4, 1991, we were the first 24-hour gospel station in the region.' 
  4. ^ a b Pinckney, Barbara (April 13, 1998). "Gospel station shifts position as broadcaster buys frequency". The Business Review (American City Business Journals). Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (July 30, 1998). "Sorrentino Out at WPRO". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (July 12, 1999). "Former Hoosick Falls radio station WNGN FM to be sold a second time". The Business Review (American City Business Journals). Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 17, 1999). "Hello, Floyd!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 26, 2000). "WMOU Goes Silent, and, Can a Kiss Hurt a Fly?". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 26, 2000). "CRTC Picks Three in Toronto". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 29, 2002). "Vox buys WBEC (Really!)". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 27, 2004). "Rhode Islanders Fight WRNI Sale". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 18, 2005). "Boston's Star Flips to "Mike"". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 5, 2005). "Hall Buys Big in Burlington". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 14, 2005). "Newton Poised to Approve New Towers". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 2, 2007). "Hornell's WKPQ Changes Hands - Maybe". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 


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