WZPL

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WZPL
99-5 WZPL INDY.jpg
City of license Greenfield, Indiana
Broadcast area Indianapolis, Indiana
Branding 99-5 WZPL
Slogan "Indy's Hit Music Station"
Frequency 99.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date June 1, 1962 (as WSMJ)
Format Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: Oldies
HD3: Sports (WXNT simulcast)
ERP 19,000 watts
HAAT 236 meters
Class B
Facility ID 47144
Former callsigns WSMJ (1962-1979)
WIKS-FM (1979-1983)
Owner Entercom
Sister stations WXNT, WNTR
Webcast Listen Live
Website wzpl.com

WZPL (99.5 FM) is a radio station based in Greenfield, Indiana, and serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The station, known as "99-5 WZPL", airs a Top 40 (CHR) format. WZPL is owned by Entercom. Its studios are located on Meridian Street in Indy's northside, and its transmitter tower is on the east side.

History[edit]

The station signed on as WSMJ on June 1, 1962 and remained as such until the spring of 1979 when WSMJ was sold to Heftel Broadcasting. They changed to a disco music format and adopted the call sign WIKS-FM "The New Rock Kiss 99 FM" on April 14, 1979. Later, a contemporary hit radio format was adopted which, aside from a brief experiment playing classic rock in 1989, has continued to this day, though it shifted in a more adult-oriented direction with a hot adult contemporary format. Recently, the station began shifting back towards a pure Top 40 (CHR), and was added to both Mediabase and Nielsen BDS Top 40/CHR reporting panels in November 2012.

The WZPL call sign was adopted in April 1983, but over the years the station has referred to itself by various but legendary nicknames throughout ZPL's 30 year history, including "The New Z-99 and a 1/2 FM WZPL", "Indy's Apple 99 and a 1/2 FM The New WZPL", "99 and a 1/2 FM WZPL", "All The Hits The New ZPL", "ZPL 99 and a 1/2 FM", "Z99.5", but it mostly has the same logo as faraway station 104.3 WZYP and most currently as of now goes by truly the name of "99.5 wzpl". Sister stations include WXNT and WNTR.

The station features The Smiley Morning Show, hosted by Dave Smiley, weekday mornings and Nikki Reed weekday afternoons.

During November 2008, while Kelly McKay was absent for undisclosed medical reasons, the afternoon show had been hosted by syndicated host Ryan Seacrest.[1] It was later discovered that she had relocated to North Carolina. Afternoons are currently hosted by Nikki Reed.[2]

Seacrest's show moved to middays, replacing longtime personality Dave Decker. In 2013, Deacon took over the time slot.

HD Radio[edit]

In 2005, WZPL became one of the first Indianapolis-area radio stations to broadcast their signal in HD Radio. In 2006, they introduced a stream of All Comedy Radio, a 24-hour comedy station, also known as "The Laugh Button," on their alternate HD-2 signal frequency.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WZPL - On-Air with Ryan Seacrest". WZPL. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ "WZPL Hosts". WZPL. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "WZPL-HD2 All Comedy Radio". WZPL. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 

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Coordinates: 39°45′36″N 86°00′22″W / 39.760°N 86.006°W / 39.760; -86.006