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City Hertford, North Carolina
Broadcast area Elizabeth City, NC
Hampton Roads
Branding Classic Rock 104.9 and 92.3
Frequency 104.9 MHz
First air date 1991
Format Classic rock
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 39883
Transmitter coordinates 36°05′59″N 76°28′31″W / 36.09972°N 76.47528°W / 36.09972; -76.47528
Callsign meaning Family Minded Zone (from former sister station WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA)
Former callsigns WELQ (1986-1988)
WKJE (1988-1997)
Operator Max Radio of the Carolinas Licenses LLC
Owner Hengooch, LLC
Sister stations WVOD, WZPR, WCMS-FM, WCXL
Webcast Listen Live

WFMZ (104.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to Hertford, North Carolina, USA, it serves Northeast North Carolina along with parts of the Hampton Roads area. The station is owned by Hengooch, LLC. Its studios are located at 907 B West Ehringhaus Street in Elizabeth City, NC.


The station started in 1988, a CP (construction permit) was granted to Maranatha Broadcasting for WFMZ but it wouldn’t sign on until 1991. It was a Christian Contemporary station known as Praise 105 from 1991 to 2003. It was sold to Convergent Broadcasting in mid-June 2003. It became Classic Hits 104.9 on September 2, 2003 just after 6 am. The first song on Classic Hits 104.9 was Hotel California by The Eagles.[citation needed]

In 2006, Convergent Broadcasting LLC sold WFMZ, WYND-FM, WVOD and WZPR to CapSan Media LLC.[1]

Starting May 14, 2009, WFMZ began simulcasting on WZPR 92.3 FM.

Hengooch, LLC bought WZPR, WFMZ, WYND and WVOD in 2010 for $200,000.[2]

On December 5, 2012, due to WOBR-FM relaunching as "The Pirate", WFMZ tweaked their format to classic rock.

Max Radio of the Carolinas operates WZPR/WFMZ, WCMS-FM and WCXL as of 2013; WYND was sold.[2]

History of call letters[edit]

The call letters WFMZ were previously assigned to an FM station in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[3]


  1. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting and Cable, April 17, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Venta, Lance (June 12, 2013). "EMF Acquires Cape Hatteras FM For $1". Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "(untitled brief)" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 10, 1947. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 

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