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City Indian Trail, North Carolina
Broadcast area Charlotte/Metrolina
Branding Praise 100.9
Slogan Charlotte's Inspiration Station
Frequency 100.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1958 (as WABZ-FM)
Format Urban Gospel
ERP 5,200 watts
HAAT 107 meters
Class A
Facility ID 52553
Callsign meaning "Praise"
Former callsigns WABZ-FM (1958-2004)
WPZS (2004-2012)
WQNC (2012-2015)
Owner Radio One
(Radio One of North Carolina, LLC)
Sister stations WQNC, WOSF
Webcast Listen Live
Website praisecharlotte.com

WPZS (100.9 FM, "Praise 100.9") is an Urban Gospel music station located in Charlotte, North Carolina[1] but licensed to Indian Trail. The station is currently owned & operated by Radio One. It carries the syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show.[2] The station's studios are located in South Charlotte near the Carowinds, and the transmitter site is in North Charlotte near its University City district.


The station was located in Albemarle, North Carolina for many years, where it was called WABZ-FM.

Ted Bell hosted "Saturday Night Music Machine" while at WABZ-FM, interviewing Neil Sedaka, Debbie Reynolds, Freddie Cannon, George Burns,[3] Phil Everly, Teresa Brewer, Tiny Tim, and Gene McDaniels. The show, which Bell hosted until 1982, featured stars such as Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker. Bell also asked Johnny Olson of The Price Is Right to do station IDs.[4]

Bill and Susi Norman, owners of WZKY and WXLX, bought WABZ December 28, 1993 (Jenni Communications Inc. was named for their 10-year-old daughter) from Piedmont Crescent Communications.[5]

"Inspiration 100.9" played "Southern Gospel Music of today, yesterday and all the favorites", along with the Trading Post, local sports and ministry programs. Johnny Caudle hosted the morning show from 1995 until 2000.[6]

In 2004, WABZ moved to its current city of license and changed its letters and format, giving grade A signal quality to the Charlotte area.[citation needed] Radio One, Inc. announced on November 16 that it had purchased WPZS for $11.5 million and moved it to the company's Charlotte facilities. The company already operated WPZS under an LMA earlier in the month, changing the format to Urban contemporary gospel.[7]

On August 31, 2011, Radio One announced its intention to sell off their Charlotte stations to Davis Broadcasting,[8] but in April 2012 the deal fell through and Radio One decided to keep the stations.[9]

Logo during simulcast on 92.7, 2012-2015

On September 13, 2012, at Midnight, WPZS began simulcasting sister WQNC. WQNC and WPZS also swapped call letters on the same day.[10] [11][12] The two stations provide a strong combined signal with 60 percent overlap. The simulcast ended on August 14, 2015, with 100.9 reverting to the callsign WPZS.


Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell Monday - Friday 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Melanie Pratt Monday - Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Willie Moore Jr. Show Monday - Friday 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy Monday - Friday 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Marriage Beyond The Vows Saturday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
The Spirit Countdown Saturday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dezzie Sunday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
William Becton Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Christopher Gray Sunday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM



  1. ^ "About Us: PraiseCharlotte". Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  2. ^ http://praisecharlotte.com/545893/praise-charlotte-takes-over-92-7/
  3. ^ Bendin, Dariel (2009-03-12). "Talking With Ted Bell". Alternatives News Magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-229.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Ted Bell". ZoomInfo Business people information. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  5. ^ Jo Anne B. Efird, "All in the Radio Family", Stanly News and Press, January 23, 1994.
  6. ^ "Radio Station WABZ-FM no longer exists as WABZ, 100.9FM in Albemarle". wspc.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. .
  7. ^ "Radio One Completes Acquisition of WPZS-FM -- Formerly Known as WABZ-FM; Station Serves the Charlotte, NC Market". Business Wire. 2004-11-16. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  8. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/95889/davis-broadcasting-to-purchase-wqnc-and-wpzs
  9. ^ "Battle on way for urban radio" from The Charlotte Observer (August 17, 2012)
  10. ^ "Praise Charlotte Takes Over 92.7". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  11. ^ "Call Sign History (WQNC)". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  12. ^ "Call Sign History (WPZS)". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  13. ^ http://praisecharlotte.com/djs

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Coordinates: 35°16′19″N 80°45′54″W / 35.272°N 80.765°W / 35.272; -80.765