WQHZ

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WQHZ
WQHZ logo.png
City of license Erie, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Erie, Pennsylvania
Branding Z102.3
Slogan Erie's Classic Rock
Frequency 102.3 MHz
First air date 1971 (as WMDI-FM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 1,700 watts
HAAT 187 meters
Class A
Facility ID 65748
Former callsigns WMDI-FM (1971-1980)
WSEG (1980-1986)
WJET-FM (1986-2001)
WLKK (6/2001-10/2001)
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations WRIE, WXTA, WXKC
Webcast Listen Live
Website z1023online.com

WQHZ is classic rock formatted broadcast radio station in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Notable weekday programing includes "The Bob and Tom Show" on mornings, John Mathews on mid-days, Mike Sheffield on afternoons, and Chuck Stevens on nights.

History of the 102.3 Frequency[edit]

Several stations and formats have called dial position 102.3 FM home in Erie over the years. In the 1970s, progressive rock ruled the airwaves and 102.3 was known as WMDI-FM until 1980. Former WJET/1400 DJ Ron Seggi (Ronnie Gee) bought the station and "Red Hot 102" WSEG was born. They played a mix of adult contemporary and current and classic rock.

WSEG remained on the air until 1986 when longtime Erie AM radio station WJET took over the station. The first song played under Jet-FM 102 was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA", which was played back on a cart machine plugged directly in the transmitter while the crossover of lines from the two stations took place. The antenna at that time was on one of WQLN's towers. JET-FM 102, as they were known for several years, changed formats a few times throughout the years. Formats ranged from top 40 to AC to rock and back to top 40. A minor name change to JET 102 locked them into a top 40 playoff with rival Star 104/WRTS. Then in the late 90's, a local broadcaster who was the owner of several stations including Star 104 purchased JET102, which brought a change in name and format. 102.3-The Point began playing alternative rock. They remained on the air for a couple of years, including a call letter change to WLKK (a former Erie AM country station).

Then in 2001 Regent Communications bought the rights for 102.3. On October 23 (10/23) at 1:02PM WQHZ/Z-102 was born playing "Eriez Classic Hitz". The first song played under this new station name was "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones. In 2002 after being on the air for a year, a minor format change took place to classic rock and an addition to the name brought on our current Z-102.3 "Erie'Z Classic Rock". Z102.3 major rival is longtime FM staple Rocket 101/WRKT.

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Coordinates: 42°02′24″N 80°04′08″W / 42.040°N 80.069°W / 42.040; -80.069