WERZ

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WERZ
WERZFMZ107.png
CityExeter, New Hampshire
Broadcast areaSeacoast Region
BrandingZ107
SloganThe Seacoast's #1 Hit Music Station
Frequency107.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 21, 1972 (1972-09-21) (as WKXR-FM)[1]
FormatTop 40/CHR
HD2: Supercuts Country
ERP5,200 watts
HAAT106 meters (348 ft)
ClassA
Facility ID55385
Transmitter coordinates43°01′38″N 70°52′51″W / 43.02722°N 70.88083°W / 43.02722; -70.88083Coordinates: 43°01′38″N 70°52′51″W / 43.02722°N 70.88083°W / 43.02722; -70.88083
Callsign meaningWE aRe Z107!
Former callsignsWKXR-FM (1972–1982)
OwneriHeartMedia
(Capstar TX LLC)
Sister stationsWHEB, WPLA, WPKX, WQSO, WTBU
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.z107fm.com

WERZ (107.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to Exeter, New Hampshire and located at 107.1 on the FM dial. The station is owned by iHeartMedia. WERZ broadcasts from studios located on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth and from a transmitter located on Long Hill in Stratham. Its on-air call sign is "Z107, Exeter/Portsmouth". WERZ's signal serves Seacoast New Hampshire, York County, Maine, and northeastern Massachusetts.

History[edit]

The station went on the air September 21, 1972[1] as WKXR-FM. In March 1982, the call letters were changed to WERZ and the format was changed to Top 40/CHR. Their first slogan was "The New Z107, The Continuous Music FM", then later, "WERZ107, New Hampshire's Hot FM". The first program director was Jack O'Brien and the studios were located at 11 Downing Court in Exeter.

Boston area concert promoter Don Law's Precision Media purchased the station in 1986 and modified the format to a hybrid AC/Top 40 format (Hot AC), with the slogan, "The All New 107 FM WERZ, Playing Today's Hits And Yesterday's Classics". Ratings dropped precipitously until around 1990, when the tempo of the music was picked up, the older Adult Contemporary music was dropped, and more current music was added to the rotation. The slogan became, "107.1 FM WERZ, Where We Play More Music And More Variety". Specialty weekend programs helped to boost ratings, including the legendary American Top 40 with Shadoe Stevens, the Weekly Top 40 with Rick Dees, and The WERZ's House Party Saturday Night featuring uptempo party songs and a megamix of popular dance music, as well as frequent prize giveaways and heavy listener interaction and requests.

WERZ was a Hot AC throughout all of the 2000s, during which their slogan was "The Hits Of The '80's, The '90's, and Today. We're 107.1 WERZ". For the first time in December 2008, WERZ went all-Christmas. After the holiday season, WERZ became an Adult Contemporary station playing an even bigger mix of the '80's, the '90's, and Today. Then, in December 2009, WERZ went Christmas again and this time returned as Hot AC with their 5th slogan, "The '80's, The '90's, and Now are All on Today's Mix, 107.1 WERZ".

In February 2010, WSKX and WERZ announced that Matty in the Morning, syndicated by WXKS-FM out of Boston, would be moving from WSKX to WERZ.

On October 4, 2012, at 3 p.m., WERZ flipped back to their Top 40/CHR roots as "The All New Z107, The Seacoast's Hit Music", reviving the format and branding that WERZ used from 1982 to 1986.[2]

The WERZ ZJ's between 1982 and 2009[edit]

  • Willie B. Goode!
  • Jack O'Brien
  • Jeffrey Paradis
  • Sarah Sullivan
  • Brian Battle
  • Lisa G.
  • Jay Michaels
  • Samantha "The Wilde V." Wilde
  • Timmy Rose
  • Dave DeFranzo-Sandz
  • Corey Matthews
  • Arik "ARock" Pierce
  • Chad Erickson
  • Valerie Scott
  • Zach Carter
  • Roy Sullivan
  • Michael "Mikey OD" O'Donnell
  • Kid Cruise
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Mark Matzell
  • Peter Falconi
  • Michael Rock
  • Audley Williams
  • Dom Armano :: [1] :: [2]
  • Jason "JJ" Wright
  • Dave Stevens
  • Lindsey Robbins
  • Timmy Fontaine
  • Johnny Willis
  • Robert "KRob" Walker
  • Steve McVie
  • Dan Alexander
  • Tommy Record
  • Kenneth "Captain Ken" Spaulding
  • Eric Powers
  • Stella Mars
  • Andy Hartmann
  • Super Dave
  • Eddie Foxx
  • Jimmy "JR" Randall
  • Jeffrey "Dr. Jeff" Lawrence
  • Benji Hamilton
  • Jimmy Stevens
  • BB Good (Who went to Radio Disney in the mid '90's)
  • Teegan Hart
  • Melissa Mathers
  • Bobby Lindner
  • Bobby Goodwin
  • Jackie Goddard
  • Johnny Collins
  • Patrick "Pat" St. John (Now on Sirius/XM's Classic Rewind)
  • Jason "Jammin' Jay" Brady
  • Daryl Mundo
  • Peter Scott
  • Scott McKay
  • Charlie Phillips
  • Ben Hamilton
  • Mikey Thomas
  • Steve "Matt Taylor" Varholy
  • Peter Falconi
  • Ralphie Marino
  • Suzanne Lewis
  • Jay Brown
  • Eddie McMann
  • Glen Turner
  • Scotty Dee
  • Jeffrey Knight
  • Danny Steele
  • Beverly "Bev" Valentine
  • Shadoe Stevens
  • Rick Dees

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-280. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Double Flip on New Hampshire's Seacoast

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