WZPW

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WZPW
WZPW Peoria's92.3 logo.png
CityPeoria, Illinois
Broadcast areaPeoria, Illinois
BrandingPeoria's 92.3
SloganToday's Hottest Music
Frequency92.3 MHz
First air dateOctober 17, 1990 (as WBGE)
FormatRhythmic contemporary
ERP19,200 watts
HAAT114 meters
ClassB1
Facility ID3464
Former callsignsWBGE (1990–2000)
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stationsWFYR, WGLO, WIXO, WVEL
WebcastListen Live
WebsitePeoria's 92.3

WZPW (92.3 FM, "Peoria's 92.3") is a radio station in Central Illinois with a rhythmic contemporary music format, licensed to Peoria, Illinois and broadcasting at 92.3 MHz with an Effective radiated power (ERP) of 19,200 watts. The station is owned by Cumulus Media, which purchased the station from Townsquare Media.[1]

History[edit]

WZPW originally signed on the air in October 1990 as Urban Contemporary WBGE (B92), but by the end of the decade they would start incorporating Rhythmic pop, shifting the station's format direction. WBGE was sold in early 2000 to become what was the first of two radio stations for AAA Entertainment in the Peoria market. It spent less than a year as an Urban AC station known as "Cool 92" before flipping to CHR/Rhythmic in the fall of 2000 as POWER 92. The call letters were changed to WZPW.

In 2001 WZPW began expanding its format into the Bloomington area, where it was heard on WRPW. In early 2002, WZPW upgraded its signal to 19,200 watts and moved to a new tower near Kickapoo, Illinois. By 2006, WZPW and WRPW stopped simulcasting after AAA sold WZPW to Regent Broadcasting (the predecessor to Townsquare Media). AAA kept WRPW, however, later selling it and its sister properties in Bloomington, Illinois to Great Plains Media. The station's branding was also changed to Power 92.3. In August 2007, the Rhythmic format on WRPW ceased to exist as Great Plains Media relaunched the radio station with an FM Talk format as "Cities 92-9," leaving WZPW as the only surviving part of the previously-successful simulcast.

The station in recent years has faced competition from mainstream CHR stations WDQX and, ironically, WZPW's former sister station WPIA, but remains the top rated Top-40 station in Peoria.[2]

On January 1, 2015, WZPW rebranded as "Peoria's 92.3" in its attempt to reassert itself as the home for Peoria's hottest hits.

On-Air Staff[edit]

Mornings[edit]

Big D & Miss Amber, Big D & Stephanie (2002–2007)
Q & Stephanie (2007–2008)
Amanda (2008–2010)
Jason, Kylie & Chad (2010–2012)
Oryan (2012–present)

Middays[edit]

Brody Scott (2002)
Stevie J. (2003)
Amanda (2007–2008)
Stephanie (2008–2011)
Mark Long (2011–2014)
Lord Mic (2014–2016)
Noah (2016–2017)
Hannah Shea (2017–2018)
Alyssa (2019-present)

Afternoons[edit]

Garfield (2005)
Aaron Tyler (2008–2009)
Jason (2009–2010)
Amanda (2010–2016)
Jay Squire (2016–2017)
Kristin (2017–present)

Nights[edit]

Amanda (2006–2007)
Q (2007–2009)
Jason (2009–2010)
Jay Squire (2010–2016)
DJ McFly (2014–2015)
Shadow (2016–2017)
Brian (2018–present)

Other features[edit]

Sunday Night Slow Jams w/ Rdubb (2000–present)
MTV TRL Weekend Countdown (2004–2008)
In Tha Zone w/ Lord Mic **Underground & Local Independent Music** (2005–2010)

Social Media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cumulus, Townsquare Swap Involves 65 Stations, 13 Markets, $116 Million Cash" from All Access (April 30, 2012)
  2. ^ "Login to All Access | Breaking Radio News and Free New Music | AllAccess.com". All Access. Retrieved 2019-03-04.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°47′10″N 89°47′01″W / 40.7861°N 89.7837°W / 40.7861; -89.7837