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City Alton, Illinois
Broadcast area St. Louis, Missouri
Branding The Big Z
Slogan "Radio for the River Bend"
Frequency 94.3 FM,1570 kHz AM
Format Talk radio
Power 1,000 watts day
74 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 41384
Transmitter coordinates 38°55′44.00″N 90°13′3.00″W / 38.9288889°N 90.2175000°W / 38.9288889; -90.2175000
Affiliations Salem Radio Network
Owner Metroplex Communications, Inc.
Website [www.altondailynews.com]

The "Big Z" 94.3 FM/1570 AM is the Riverbend's one and only community radio station. With studios located in Alton, IL they have been broadcasting local news, information, and sports for nearly 70 years. They are live with local programming 7 days per week. They broadcast more than 125 local high school sporting events per year and they are your home for University of Illinois Fighting Illini football and basketball. Other programming includes “The Dave Ramsey Show,” “The Clark Howard show,” “Outdoors with Larry Reid,” “Guntalk,” and much, much more.

In addition to their on-air programming they have an online newspaper www.AltonDailyNews.com where you can go for up to the minute news and sports, stream their radio broadcast live or listen to previous broadcast. They are also home to the area's original discount shopping show...Alton Daily Bargains, where listeners can by certificates to local businesses at discount prices during the one-hour Saturday program or online by visiting www.AltonDailyNews.com and clicking on the Alton Daily Bargains tab.

They have been and continue to be locally owned and operated by Alton resident Sam Stemm. Their studios are located on Market Street in downtown Alton, you can listen by tuning in to 94.3 FM, streaming live at www.AltonDailyNews.com, or by downloading the Big Z app on your tablet or smartphone.


WOKZ began broadcasting February 4, 1948. It was owned by the Illinois-Alton Broadcasting Company.[1]


  1. ^ "WOKZ-FM Alton, 99.9 mc Is Now in Operation" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 28, 1948. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 

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