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WAVZ Radio Logo.jpg
CityNew Haven, Connecticut
Broadcast areaNew Haven, Connecticut
BrandingESPN Radio 1300
SloganNew Haven's Sports Station
Frequency1300 kHz
First air date1947
FormatSports Talk
Power1,000 Watts
Facility ID11920
Transmitter coordinates41°17′16″N 72°56′48″W / 41.28778°N 72.94667°W / 41.28778; -72.94667
Callsign meaningWAVZ= Waves (previous handle) (Also, New Haven is on Long Island Sound)
Former frequencies1260 kHz (1947-1957)
AffiliationsESPN Radio
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(CC Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWELI, WKCI-FM
WebcastListen Live (not streaming)

WAVZ (1300 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Sports Talk format. Licensed to New Haven, Connecticut, United States. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.. The station switched formats in time for Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007.

The station, then owned by Kops-Monahan Communications, Inc. was formerly known as the New Waves, or Lucky 13 WAVZ (pronounced "waves") and was a popular Top 40 radio station in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1950s the station used a jingle with the following lyrics:

"There are waves in the navy and waves in your hair, and people wave their hands when they're going anywhere, but the greatest waves there can be are the radio waves on WAVZ"

During the 1960s, WAVZ competed with WDEE (1220, now WQUN), and later with WNHC (1340, now WYBC) for radio listeners. WAVZ generally won most of the rating "books."

As FM radio became more popular, the station's rock music format was shifted to sister FM station WKCI in 1979 by Curtis Hanson and Pete Salant. WKCI had been an easy-listening station but in the summer of 1979 became "KC-101" and began playing adult contemporary music using many of the then current WAVZ personalities. Due to the success of KC101, Pete Salant a/k/a Pete Stone on WAVZ, left New Haven, Connecticut in 1981 to program WYNY in New York City. WAVZ became one of the first Music of Your Life stations, airing big band and adult standards. WAVZ and WKCI were sold to Eastern Broadcasting of Washington, D.C. on June 5, 1982 [1] Upon the sale of the radio stations, Curtis W. Hansen left in 1982 to create WEBE in Westport, Connecticut

More recently, the station was a progressive talk radio station affiliate with Air America Radio.

More information about WAVZ can be found in an ebook by former WAVZ program director John Long.

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