WZND-LP

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WZND-LP
WZND-LP logo
City Normal, Illinois
Broadcast area Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Branding WZND Fuzed Radio
Slogan Top 40 with a twist
Frequency 103.3 MHz
First air date 1965 (1965) (WILN)
1981-03-28 (1981-03-28) (WZND)
2004-09-21 (2004-09-21) (WEWT-LP)[1]
2011-09-27 (2011-09-27) (WZND-LP)
Format College radio, top 40
ERP 23 watts
HAAT 61.6 m (202.1 ft)
Class L1
Facility ID 126023
Transmitter coordinates 40°30′29″N 88°59′16″W / 40.508186°N 88.987766°W / 40.508186; -88.987766Coordinates: 40°30′29″N 88°59′16″W / 40.508186°N 88.987766°W / 40.508186; -88.987766
Former callsigns WEWT-LP (2004-2011)
Owner Illinois State University Foundation
Sister stations WGLT
Website wznd.com

WZND-LP (103.3 MHz FM) is a low-power FM radio station licensed for Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, United States. The station is staffed by students of Illinois State University and airs music from genres including rock, hip-hop, classic, pop, and country.[2]

History[edit]

Watterson Towers, transmitting location of WZND-LP[3]

ISU student radio[edit]

Student broadcasting at Illinois State University began in 1935 in a partnership with McLean County radio station WJBC.[4] WILN, a campus radio station, was started in 1965 with the assistance of Ruth Yates[2] and broadcast to the dorms.[4]

On 18 March 1981, WILN changed its name to WZND[2][4] and began broadcasting via carrier current on 106.1 FM and 540 AM.[citation needed] At first branded "The Sound" and later in 1983 "Cable’s Hot Music FM, The New WZND", the station reached five thousand to ten thousand people. WZND broadcast progressive rock, new wave sound, and soul soul and aired local soul, jazz, and spot band music.[2] In 2001 WZND rebranded to Z106[2] and broadcast alternative and hip hop music.[citation needed] On April 4, 2007, WZND switched formats to include 90s music in addition to alternative rock. In January 2010, WZND changed to a college shuffle format, playing a wide variety of genres. The station was rebranded "WZND Fuzed Radio".[2]

WZND has had several locations on campus. Its original location was in Cook Hall in 1981, but moved to Old Union (then called the Media Services Building) in 1985. In the spring of 1994, WZND relocated to its current location in the basement of Fell Hall.[2]

103.3[edit]

Truth 103.3 logo

Rock In Victory Ministries, Inc., a Catholic ministry, received a license for WEWT-LP on 103.3, and began broadcasting on September 21, 2004, airing a Christian contemporary music format.[1]

The Illinois State University Foundation acquired the 103.3 broadcast license on September 14, 2011.[5] Truth 103 shut down FM broadcasting in the early morning hours of September 16, 2011[6] for financial reasons, but Truth 103 continued as an Internet streaming program afterwards.[7]

WZND-LP[edit]

103.3 came back on the air at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, broadcasting the existing Illinois State University campus radio station, WZND.[8] The 103.3 call sign officially changed from WEWT-LP to WZND-LP on October 12, 2011.[9]

In 2013, WZND was featured nationally on mtvU.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us: Our Broadcast/Our History/Our Future". Truth 103. 2005-06-06. Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About Us". WZND. Retrieved 13 February 2015. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Timeline Photos". Facebook. WZND Fuzed Radio. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Steinbacher, Michele (3 March 2006). "WZND-FM celebrating 25 years on the air". The Pantagraph. The Pantagraph. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Baughan, Ann P. (2011-09-14). "Consummation Notice". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  6. ^ Cinda (September 16, 2011). "Truth 103". Facebook. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Cinda (September 15, 2011). "Truth 103". Facebook. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rumbold, Katlyn (27 September 2011). "WZND switches to FM dial". Daily Vidette. The Vidette. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "WZND-LP". FCCInfo.com. Manassas, Virginia: Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  10. ^ Sallen, James (April 6, 2017). "WZND On MTV-U". TV 10. Illinois State University. Archived from the original on February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 

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