WEZL
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Broadcast areaCharleston metropolitan area and South Carolina Lowcountry
Frequency103.5 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding103.5 WEZL
Programming
FormatCountry
SubchannelsHD2: The Breeze (Soft adult contemporary)
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Ownership
Owner
WRFQ, WSCC-FM, WXLY
History
First air date
October 5, 1970 (51 years ago) (1970-10-05)
Call sign meaning
WEaZeL
Technical information
Facility ID2441
ClassC1
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT201 meters (659 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
32°49′4.00″N 79°50′9.00″W / 32.8177778°N 79.8358333°W / 32.8177778; -79.8358333
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewezlfm.com

WEZL (103.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Charleston, South Carolina, and serving the Lowcountry. It broadcasts a country music radio format and is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. WEZL carries two nationally syndicated shows: The Bobby Bones Show on weekday mornings and CMT Nights with Cody Alan, heard overnights. The radio studios and offices are on Houston Northcutt Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

WEZL has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum for non-grandfathered FM stations. The transmitter is off Venning Road in Mount Pleasant, amid the towers for other Charleston-area FM and TV stations.[1] WEZL broadcasts using HD Radio technology. Its HD-2 digital subchannel carries iHeartRadio's soft adult contemporary music service, known as "The Breeze."

History

On October 5, 1970, the station first signed on the air.[2] It was owned by the Fine Arts Broadcasting with studios on Church Street. In its early days, it was powered at 25,900 watts, a quarter of its current output.

The Weasel Morning Show consisted of longtime radio personalities TJ Phillips, Gary Griffin and Ric Rush. TJ, Gary and Ric were consistently the top rated morning show in Charleston. Griffin retired in 2012.[3] Phillips and Rush continued as the morning hosts before being moved to afternoons to make way for the syndicated Bobby Bones Show airing weekday mornings from Nashville.[4]

WEZL has been the Lowcountry's biggest country station for over 35 years.[citation needed] In 2007, it started competing with Citadel Broadcasting's country station, WIWF 96.9 FM. WIWF later switched to classic hits. Currently WEZL's country competition is 92.5 WCKN, owned by Saga Communications.

"The Weasel" had the number one morning show for years prior to the arrival of Mike Tyler in January 1999. Tyler, Griffin and Janet Walsh fell to number 5 but regained the top spot in Fall 1999.[5]

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WEZL
  2. ^ Information from Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 page B-184
  3. ^ "WEZL-FM co-host signs off after nearly 38 years on air in Charleston area - Post and Courier". www.postandcourier.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-22.
  4. ^ "Find 103.5 WEZL's Friday Live On-Air Schedule".
  5. ^ "The Weasel, Z 93 back on top in ratings". Post and Courier. 2000-03-02. Retrieved 2010-07-08.