|City of license||DeFuniak Springs, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Ft. Walton Beach area|
|Slogan||The Walton/Holmes News Leader|
|First air date||1955|
|Power||10,000 watts day
186 watts night
|Former callsigns||WPAF (1984-?)|
(Kyzer Communications Corporation)
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.
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.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WZEP
- Radio-Locator Information on WZEP
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WZEP
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