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WZEP logo.png
City of license DeFuniak Springs, Florida
Broadcast area Ft. Walton Beach area
Slogan The Walton/Holmes News Leader
Frequency 1460 kHz
First air date 1955
Format Variety
Power 10,000 watts day
186 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 70821
Transmitter coordinates 30°43′45.00″N 86°7′4.00″W / 30.7291667°N 86.1177778°W / 30.7291667; -86.1177778
Former callsigns WPAF (1984-?)
Affiliations CBS Radio
Owner Jason Kyzer
(Kyzer Communications Corporation)
Website wzep1460.com

WZEP (1460 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to DeFuniak Springs, Florida, USA, the station serves the Ft. Walton Beach area. The station is currently owned by Jason Kyzer, through licensee Kyzer Communications Corporation, and features programing from Florida Network News and CBS Radio.[1]


According to a recorded interview with H. Byrd Mapoles on the WZEP website, the station was built in 1955 by Mapoles' father, Milton newspaperman and broadcaster Clayton Mapoles (who after selling WZEP, built a station in Milton, FL using the same basic building specs). The original call letters, WFNM, signified the initials of Clayton Mapoles' daughter, Frances Nelda Mapoles. As noted in the 1960 Broadcasting Yearbook, the change to the current WZEP coincided with the 1959 purchase of the station by Dr. Leonard S. Zepp. For a period of about 11 months, beginning in March, 1984, the station's call-sign was changed to WPAF, reverting to WZEP in February, 1985, as referenced in the station's FCC call-letter file. WZEP was the first radio station licensed in DeFuniak Springs, Walton County. Prior to 1955, a radio station from Crestview, FL held remote broadcasts near Lake DeFuniak. In 2003 WZEP increased its power from 5,000 watts to 10,000 watts daytime.


  1. ^ "WZEP Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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