WUZZ

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For the radio station in Lima, Ohio, formerly known as WUZZ, see WEGE.
WUZZ / WUUZ
City WUZZ: Saegertown, Pennsylvania
WUUZ: Cooperstown, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Meadville-Franklin, Pennsylvania and Erie, Pennsylvania
Branding WUZZ 94 and 107
Frequency WUZZ: 94.3 MHz
WUUZ: 107.7 MHz
First air date WUZZ: January 19, 1979 (as WYSS)
WUUZ: September 7, 2000 (as WMHU)
Format Classic rock
ERP WUZZ: 2,150 watts
WUUZ: 4,500 watts
HAAT WUZZ: 168 meters
WUUZ: 115 meters
Class WUZZ: A
WUUZ: A
Facility ID WUZZ: 12918
WUUZ: 88380
Callsign meaning "Was"
Former callsigns WUZZ:
WYSS (1979-1983)
WEOZ (1983-1991)
WMDE (1995-2000)
WHUZ (2000-2007)
WUUZ:
WMHU (2000-2001)
WHUG (2001-2002)
Affiliations Pittsburgh Steelers
Owner Forever Broadcasting, LLC
Website WUZZ Online

WUZZ (94.3 FM) is a classic rock music formatted radio station in Saegertown, Pennsylvania and is branded as "Wuzz 94". WUZZ simulcasts with WUUZ 107.7 FM (licensed to Cooperstown), serving Titusville, Oil City, Franklin, and Tionesta. Until May 2007 this station was known as WHUZ.

History[edit]

Beginnings as WYSS-FM[edit]

WUZZ, the first of these two stations, first went on the air January 19, 1979 as WYSS. Though licensed to Saegertown, the station operated from Meadville (where it remains today), the seat of government from Crawford County, Pennsylvania, for most of its existence. The station signed on with a Top 40 format under the ownership of Saegertown Broadcasting Inc., a company headed by Arthur Arkelian, and maintained studios on Broad Street in Saegertown.

The call letters were changed from WYSS to WEOZ in 1983. With the call letters came a change in ownership as the station was sold to Osborne Broadcasting, a company headed by Thomas Osborne, that year. The station also moved shortly afterwards from Saegertown to Meadville. WEOZ was then sold to Community First Broadcasting, a company headed by Werner Poegel, in August 1988 for $436,943.00. The format was then changed to a blend of adult contemporary and oldies programmed mostly from compact disc which was novel at the time. Community First Broadcasting maintained ownership of WEOZ until financial circumstances forced the station to go dark in August 1991. The station was dark for several years.

The station returned under a new set of call letters, a new owner, and a new format. Rechristened as WMDE, the station programmed a modern rock format under its previous owner, the now defunct Great Circle Broadcasting. Ultimately the station was sold to Forever Broadcasting with the format being tweaked to "classic hits" as WUZZ 94.

107.7 Signs On[edit]

Forever Broadcasting was issued a construction permit for a new "drop-in" frequency of 107.7 in Cooperstown. The permit was granted on September 11, 1997. The station signed on as WMHU September 7, 2000 as a simulcast outlet of WMDE. In March of the following year, the call letters were changed to WHUG, and the station became a simulcast outlet of WXXO and WOXX in Cambridge Springs and Franklin, duplicating the "Kiss" monikered adult contemporary programming offered on those two channels.

The station became what it is today on February 2, 2002 when its call sign was changed to WUUZ. While the station once boasted a large live and local staff of on air personalities, over the years it has become largely automated. Live shows include the WUZZ Rockin' Morning Show, hosted by program director Rockin' Rich from 6am-10am, and a live afternoon show hosted by Reno. Weekends are typically automated, with the WUZZ music playing without any air personalities. Syndicated shows hosted by Dee Snider and Sammy Hagar air on Saturday evenings, during a timeslot that once housed "Big Hair Saturday Night" - another elimination of local programming and live personalities on the station. Dave English, who is Tadpole on sister station Froggy, voicetracks the weekday midday show, which was previously hosted live.

Current on air personalities include Alice Cooper, Rockin' Rich, and Reno. Notable former on air personalities include Luke Rio, Cousin Buzz, Casey Summers, Ray Shade/Tommy Cruise, Jessie, Shane, Timmy Shaw, AJ, Teddy Mercury, Shawn Cassidy, Adam Cadabra, JR, Jared Garcia, Taylor Beincourt, Tye Dye, Ed Banger, Monica, Big Ben, Roxanne, Penny Lane, KAA / Keith Allen Austin, Bill Saint James B.C. Emery, Rhonda and Clarissa and Steve & DC.

Pittsburgh Steelers Football[edit]

WUZZ 94/107 is the radio home for Pittsburgh Steelers football during the NFL season.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°37′52″N 80°10′37″W / 41.631°N 80.177°W / 41.631; -80.177