WZOC

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WZOC
WZOC Z94.3 logo.png
City Plymouth, Indiana
Broadcast area South Bend / Michiana
Branding Z94.3
Slogan Classic Hits.Less Talk
Frequency 94.3 MHz
First air date July 20, 1966 (as WTCA-FM)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 11,500 watts
HAAT 150 meters (490 ft)
Class B1
Facility ID 12999
Former callsigns WTCA-FM (1966-1981)
WNZE (1981-1994)
WLTA (1994-1996)[1]
Owner Mid-West Family Broadcasting
(WSJM, Inc.)
Sister stations WSBT, WQLQ, WNSN
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.z943radio.com

WZOC (94.3 FM, "Z94.3") is a radio station licensed to Plymouth, Indiana, serving Michiana and the South Bend area. WZOC has a classic hits format and is owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

History[edit]

In 1966, then AM only station WTCA expanded into FM under the original call-sign of WTCA-FM. The station went through three call-sign changes before ending with WZOC.[2] The station operated under the name of Oldies 94.3 and played oldies, soul, and pop music.

In March 2012, WZOC was sold to Douglas Road Radio. The AM station was not part of the deal.[2]

On February 28, 2014, The station was re-branded from Oldies 94.3 to Z94.3.[3] This was done to reflect that the station had moved away from its original oldies format to a classic hits format.

In September 2015, Schurz Communications, which previously held a minority interest in Douglas Road Radio, agreed to acquire full ownership of the company. The transaction is part of the $442.5 million acquisition of Schurz' broadcast interests, including WZOC, by Gray Television.[4][5][6] Though Gray initially intended to keep Schurz' radio stations, on November 2, it announced that Mid-West Family Broadcasting would acquire WZOC and Schurz' other South Bend radio stations for $5.5 million.[7][8][9] The sale to Mid-West was consummated on February 16, 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Call Sign History FCC.gov. Accessed May 14, 2010
  2. ^ a b "Station History". WTCA. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (February 28, 2014). "Schurz Rebrands Two In South Bend". radioINSIGHT. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Schurz Communications to sell WSBT and other TV, radio stations". South Bend Tribune. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kuperberg, Jonathan (September 14, 2015). "Gray Acquiring TV, Radio Stations from Schurz for $442.5 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gray Sells Radio Stations From Schurz Deal". TVNewsCheck. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Venta, Lance (November 2, 2015). "Gray Television Divests Schurz Clusters To Three Buyers". RadioInsight. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Allen, Kevin (November 2, 2015). "WSBT Radio Group will have a new owner, again". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°31′41″N 86°15′54″W / 41.528°N 86.265°W / 41.528; -86.265