|City of license||Goldsboro, North Carolina|
Rocky Mount/Greenville, North Carolina
|Slogan||All the Hits!|
|First air date||1946 (as WGBR-FM at 99.7)|
|Callsign meaning||W W PuLse|
|Former callsigns||WGBR-FM (1946-1950)
|Former frequencies||99.7 MHz (1946-1950)
93.3 MHz (1950-1954)
|Owner||Curtis Media Group|
|Sister stations||WKIX-FM, WQDR-FM, WBBB, WFNL, WPTF, WPTK, WFNL-FM|
|Website||Pulse FM Online|
WWPL (96.9 FM, "Pulse FM") is a contemporary hits radio station licensed to Goldsboro, North Carolina, which is east of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle. The station is owned by Curtis Media Group. Its studios are located in Raleigh, and the transmitter tower is near Princeton, North Carolina.
Originally WGBR-FM at 99.7 FM and then 93.3 FM, this Goldsboro, NC station for most of its early history originally simulcast its AM counterpart. It switched its call letters to WEQR in 1950. During much of the late 1970s and into the '80s, the station, under the nickname "Q96", underwent several format changes over the years including soft rock (1978-1980), contemporary rock (1980-1984) and adult contemporary (to 1987) until evolving into a CHR station. In 1989, Curtis Media Group bought the station and moved the country music format and calls of Tarboro's WKTC from 104.3 to 96.9. The WEQR letters and hot adult contemporary format went to the former WOKN at 102.3 FM. "Katie Country" existed at 96.9 until January 9, 1998. The 96.9 frequency was then given the WKIX calls from what is now WBBB. This station also ran a country format, simulcasting with WKXU in Burlington as "Kix 96.9 and 101.1". This station simulcast WWMY from 2001 to 2003 as an 80s station until it changed its format and language.
On January 3, 2013 at 12:00am, WYMY changed their format to urban adult contemporary, branded as "96.9 BZJ" under new call letters, WBZJ. The radio station carried the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show and urban adult contemporary programming throughout the remainder of the day.
On September 3, 2014, WBZJ changed their format to CHR, branded as "Pulse FM" (simulcasting WPLW 102.5 FM Hillsborough, NC). On September 11th, WBZJ changed their call letters to WWPL to go with the "Pulse FM" branding, as the former WWPL on 102.3 changed its calls to WFNL-FM.
- "Call Sign History (WBZJ)". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "Raleigh-Durham FM Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
- David Menconi,"KIX Walks; 96.1 to Shift", News & Observer, January 9, 1998.
- "Raleigh-Durham’s La Ley 96.9 to add second FM signal; expands coverage west to Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point market". Curtis Media Group. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
- "Curtis Media Launches 96.9 WBZJ Raleigh". January 3, 2013.
- La Ley Raleigh Returns to 96.9
- Pulse 102 Raleigh Moves on to 96.9
- WYMY history
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WWPL
- Radio-Locator information on WWPL
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WWPL