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City of license Bristol, Virginia
Broadcast area Tri-Cities
Branding "WZAP 690 Radio"
Slogan "The One to Turn to"
Frequency 690 kHz
First air date 1946
Format Religious
Southern Gospel
Power 10,000 Watts daytime
14 Watts nighttime
Class D
Facility ID 55004
Transmitter coordinates 36°37′51.0″N 82°9′53.0″W / 36.630833°N 82.164722°W / 36.630833; -82.164722
Former callsigns WCYB
Owner RAM Communications, Inc.
Website WZAP Online

WZAP is a Religious and Southern Gospel formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Bristol, Virginia, serving the Tri-Cities area. WZAP is owned and operated by RAM Communications, Inc.[1]


The station was founded by Appalachian Broadcasting in December 1946 under the call sign WCYB. The station's initial format was country music, including such notable acts as the Stanley Brothers.[2] Appalachian Broadcasting signed on WCYB-TV in 1956. In 1969, both stations were sold and WCYB radio was renamed WZAP. The station switched to its current Southern gospel format in 1982.[3]

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  1. ^ "WZAP Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "The WCYB Radio Tapes". Johnson City: East Tennessee State University. 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  3. ^ "History of WZAP - 1946 to 2009". 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 

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