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WDIZ 96ROCK logo.png
City Panama City, Florida
Broadcast area Panama City, Florida
Branding 96 Rock
Slogan Panama City's Rock Station
Frequency 590 kHz
Translator(s) 96.3 W242BF (Panama City)
First air date 1939 (as WDLP)
1987-01-01 (as WGNE)
Format Active Rock
Power 1,700 watts day
2,500 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 66666
Transmitter coordinates 30°10′20.00″N 85°36′49.00″W / 30.1722222°N 85.6136111°W / 30.1722222; -85.6136111
Callsign meaning no local meaning; originally used for Orlando sister station WRUM
Former callsigns WDLP (1939-1987)
WGNE (1987–1996)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WEBZ, WFLF-FM, WFSY, WPAP
Webcast Listen Live
Website 96rock.iheart.com

WDIZ (590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an active rock format. Licensed to Panama City, Florida, United States, the station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..[1]


The station went on the air as WDLP in 1939, and in the 1960s was a top 40 station. For a time in the 1980s the station had a broadcasting studio on Panama City Beach. On New Year's Day 1987 the then-adult contemporary/oldies format was largely transported to 98.5 to become "Sunny FM" WFSY, with the Beautiful Music format at 98.5 moving to the AM (WGNE stood for "Genie Ninety Eight") and the new Beautiful Music station was "Genie Five Ninety". At some point after this, the station tried a vacation radio format running infomercials for various Bay County tourist attractions. After this 590 moved to easy listening and later adult standards with "The Breeze" branding. On November 8, 1996, the station changed its call sign to the current WDIZ.[2]

On June 5, 2015, at Noon, WDIZ changed their format to variety hits, branded as "96.3 Real Fun Beach Radio" (simulcast on FM translator W242BF). The first song on Real Beach Fun Radio was "Some Beach" by Blake Shelton.[3]

On June 30, 2017, at 5PM, after playing "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles, WDIZ flipped to active rock as "96 Rock". The first song on 96 Rock was "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" by AC/DC.[4]

Previous logos[edit]

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  1. ^ "WDIZ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "WDIZ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ Real Fun Beach Radio Debuts in Panama City Radiojnsight - June 5, 2015
  4. ^ iHeartMedia Launches 96 Rock Panama City Radioinsight - June 30, 2017

WDIZ call letters were originally assigned to an FM station (100.3) covering the greater Orlando, Florida area in the early 1970s with oldies and in the 1980s with album oriented rock formats.

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