WIZN

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WIZN
CityVergennes, Vermont
Broadcast areaBurlington-Plattsburgh
Branding106.7 WIZN
SloganClassic Rock That Really Rocks
Frequency106.7 MHz
First air dateOctober, 1983 (at 106.3 MHz)
FormatClassic Rock
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT114 meters (374 ft)
ClassC2
Facility ID7839
Callsign meaningWIZard New England
OwnerHall Communications
Sister stationsWBTZ, WOKO, WJOY, WKOL
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteWIZN.com

WIZN (106.7 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Vergennes, Vermont, serving the Champlain Valley and Burlington-Plattsburgh radio market. The station broadcasts a classic rock radio format branded as The Wizard. It is owned by Hall Communications. The station airs the syndicated Pink Floyd-focused show Floydian Slip.

Studios and offices are on Joy Drive in South Burlington.[1] The transmitter is located off Church Hill Road in Charlotte.[2]

History[edit]

WIZN signed on the air in October, 1983, owned by Radio Vergennes, Inc.[3] The station began broadcasting from the Stevens House in Vergennes, with an original line up of DJs Artie Lavigne, Russ Kinsley, Joel Bolton, Mary L. Collins, and Bill Henk. Lavigne served as the president and general manager. Kinsley was also the program director and music director. WIZN was a local album rock station in the Vergennes area, powered at only 710 watts on a Class A regional frequency, 106.3 MHz.

By the late 1980s, the station increased power to its current 50,000 watts, and changed its dial position to 106.7, making it a Class C station.[4] The power boost gave WIZN coverage of Burlington, Vermont's largest city, and much of the Champlain Valley. But it kept its original rock format and ownership for several decades. From the late 1990s until 2005, WIZN was the region's longtime home of The Howard Stern Show before Stern left radio syndication and moved to Sirius XM Radio.

In 2005, Hall Communications paid $17 million for WIZN.[5] Hall moved the station from a mix of contemporary and classic rock to all classic rock, while co-owned 99.9 WBTZ concentrates on younger rock fans, airing an alternative rock format.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connect". wizn.com.
  2. ^ "WIZN-FM Radio Station Coverage Map". radio-locator.com.
  3. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1984 page B-264" (PDF). americanradiohistory.com.
  4. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1990 page B-318" (PDF). americanradiohistory.com.
  5. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-556" (PDF). americanradiohistory.com.

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Coordinates: 44°18′40″N 73°14′31″W / 44.311°N 73.242°W / 44.311; -73.242