WZHT

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WZHT
WZHT HOT105.7 logo.png
City Troy, Alabama
Broadcast area Montgomery, Alabama
Branding Hot 105.7
Slogan Montgomery's #1 for Hip-Hop and R&B
Frequency 105.7 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1972 (as WTUB)
Format Mainstream Urban
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 558 meters (1,831 feet)
Class C
Facility ID 8649
Callsign meaning W Z HoT
Former callsigns WTUB (1972-1977)
WRES (1977-1982)
WIGC (1982-1984)
WRJM (1984-1987)
WALQ (10/1987-11/1987)
WMGF (1987-1988)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Capstar TX LLC)
Sister stations WHLW, WWMG
Webcast Listen Live
Website myhot105.com

WZHT (105.7 FM, "Hot 105.7") is a Mainstream Urban formatted radio station that broadcasts on the 105.7 MHz frequency licensed to Troy, Alabama, that serves the Montgomery area. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., and is one-third of the all-urban Montgomery cluster, complementing urban AC's WWMG and urban gospel's WHLW. The studios for the three stations are located in East Montgomery near Eastdale Mall, and WZHT shares a transmitter with television station WSFA in Grady, Alabama. The transmitter location gives WZHT an unusually large coverage as such, which has one of the tallest towers in the Southern United States at 1,830 feet; it was acknowledged in its former slogan "The Station You Hear Everywhere".

History[edit]

105.7 FM began operations as 100,000 watt WTUB in 1972 and was owned by the Boothe family from Opp, Alabama. It primarily served Troy and South Central Alabama. It was formatted as a country music station until 1977, when it was sold to Troy businessman R.E. Shelley and became Top-40 "WRES", the new call letters being Shelley's initials.

The station was known as "106 FM". In 1982, Ozark, Alabama, architect H. Jack Mizell purchased WRES and changed the station back to a country format with WIGC (We're In God's Country), as the call sign. Mizell succeeded in having the transmitter site changed from a 400-foot tower in Troy to share tower space with the nearly 2000-foot tall WSFA-TV tower in the Grady community, located about halfway between Troy and Montgomery. Not only did this give the 105.7 signal strong coverage well into the immediate Montgomery region, but it could also be heard from Birmingham to the north, the Northwest Florida Beaches to the south, the central Mississippi/Alabama border to the west and well into Georgia to the east.

In December 1984, WRJM "Classic 105.7" was born with a soft adult contemporary format, except for Saturday nights, when the popular oldies program "Hubcap Classics" was heard.

former logo

The station was sold to Mississippi broadcaster Eddie Holliday in October 1987. Holliday moved the offices and studios from Troy to Montgomery and began focusing on the Montgomery market exclusively. "Magic 105.7" had the calls "WALQ" briefly and then "WMGF". 1988 saw another call letter change to "WZHT" and the station moved into the urban contemporary format (with some R&B and rap music mixed in) and became "Hot 105.7" (later "Hot 105", then back to "Hot 105.7"). Holliday sold the station to Clear Channel in the mid-1990s.

In 2009, WZHT started to include rhythmic top 40 tracks in their playlist from the likes of Lady Gaga, Kesha, Justin Bieber, and Jason Derulo. However, they still report to Mediabase and BDS as Mainstream Urban.

From fall 2005 to October 2013, WZHT was the home to The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey was moved to sister station WWMG (which formerly aired Tom Joyner) around that time, and WZHT is now the affiliate of The Breakfast Club.

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Coordinates: 31°58′30″N 86°09′43″W / 31.975°N 86.162°W / 31.975; -86.162