|City||Panama City, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Panama City, Florida|
|Slogan||Panama City's Rock Station|
|Translator(s)||96.3 W242BF (Panama City)|
|First air date||1939 (as WDLP)
1987-01-01 (as WGNE)
|Power||1,700 watts day
2,500 watts night
|Callsign meaning||no local meaning; originally used for Orlando sister station WRUM|
|Former callsigns||WDLP (1939-1987)
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WEBZ, WFLF-FM, WFSY, WPAP|
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.
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.
- "WDIZ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "WDIZ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Real Fun Beach Radio Debuts in Panama City Radiojnsight - June 5, 2015
- 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.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WDIZ
- Radio-Locator Information on WDIZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WDIZ
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W242BF
- Radio-Locator information on W242BF
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