WZEE

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WZEE
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City of license Madison, Wisconsin
Broadcast area South Central Wisconsin
Branding Z104
Slogan "The #1 Hit Music Station"
Frequency 104.1 MHz FM
(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1949
Format 104.1: Top 40 Mainstream
104.1 HD2: Classical Highlights
ERP 12,000 watts
HAAT 306 meters
Class B
Facility ID 41980
Callsign meaning "ZEE" = the sound of the letter "Z"
Former callsigns WKOW-FM (1949-early 1950s)
WMFM (early 1950s-1975)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Sister stations WIBA (AM), WIBA-FM, WMAD, WTSO, WXXM
Webcast Z104 live stream
Classical Highlights live sream
Website z104fm.com

WZEE (104.1 MHz FM) is a radio station licensed to Madison, Wisconsin and serving South Central Wisconsin. Known on-air as "Z104," the station is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, Inc. and broadcasts a Mainstream Top 40/CHR music format.

Station History[edit]

The station originally launched in 1948 as WKOW-FM, sharing ownership with WKOW-AM (the current WTSO). New ownership in the early 1950s re-called the station to WMFM. In the mid-1970s, the station converted from classical music to its current Top 40 format, adopting the WZEE call sign and "Z104" on-air brand as well.

In its early years, "Z104" ran an automated top 40 format XT40 from Drake-Chenault programming, but live-and-local content would be added to the station over the years. Z104 was original home to the popular morning drive-time pairing of "Connie and Fish" during the 2000s; the pair would move to Clear Channel's Milwaukee classic rock sister station WQBW in 2008, with the show remaining on WZEE in a simulcast. When WQBW became top 40 station WRNW in 2010, "Connie & Fish" became "Connie & Curtis" after "Fish" Calloway left Clear Channel (he is currently heard on Z104 competitor WJQM). On September 4, 2012, "Connie & Curtis" would be replaced on both WZEE and WRNW by the nationally syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. Most of the current "Z104" schedule features voicetracked or syndicated programming (including Elvis Duran and fellow Premiere Networks show On Air with Ryan Seacrest), though the station still has local on-air shifts, notable among them afternoon host Aaron Rogers.

HD Radio[edit]

WZEE broadcasts a HD radio signal, with its HD2 subchannel originally carrying an urban contemporary/hip-hop format to compliment the main "Z104" format; that format was replaced in Fall 2013 by a simulcast of "Classical Highlights," a classical music channel heard on Clear Channel's IHeartRadio platform. WZEE briefly aired a simulcast of sister sports station WTSO on its HD3 subchannel in 2012.

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Coordinates: 43°03′04″N 89°29′13″W / 43.051°N 89.487°W / 43.051; -89.487