WHAZ-FM
Simulcasts WHAZ, Troy
CityHoosick Falls, New York
Broadcast areaEastern New York and Southwestern Vermont
Frequency97.5 MHz
Programming
FormatReligious
Ownership
OwnerCapital Media Corporation
WHAZ
History
First air date
July 4, 1991 (as WNGN)
Former call signs
WNGN (1991-1998)
WZEC (1998-2005)
Call sign meaning
see WHAZ
Technical information
Facility ID6765
ClassA
ERP420 watts
HAAT361 meters (1,184 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°51′49″N 73°13′59″W / 42.86361°N 73.23306°W / 42.86361; -73.23306 (WHAZ-FM)Coordinates: 42°51′49″N 73°13′59″W / 42.86361°N 73.23306°W / 42.86361; -73.23306 (WHAZ-FM)
Translator(s)See § Translators
Links
Websitealiveradionetwork.com

WHAZ-FM (97.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious format.[1] Licensed to Hoosick Falls, New York, United States, the station serves the easternmost portion of the Capital District, Bennington, Vermont, and North Adams, Massachusetts as a satellite of WHAZ. The station is owned by Capital Media Corporation.[2]

History

The station signed on July 4, 1991 as WNGN, a gospel station owned by Northeast Gospel Broadcasting.[3] The station was sold to Aritaur Communications in 1998,[4] who renamed the station WZEC with the intention of implementing a simulcast of Pittsfield top 40 station WBEC-FM (then at 105.5, now WWEI; now on 95.9).[5] WNGN's programming was then merged into WNGX (91.9), which took the WNGN call letters.[4][5] However, WNGN continued to run WZEC well into 1999, as the sale did not close until June 30; the next day, Aritaur sold WZEC, along with WBEC and WBEC-FM, to Tele-Media Broadcasting,[6] who finally implemented the WBEC-FM simulcast by that September.[7] By the following May, the station had again changed format, this time to a modern adult contemporary format, "The Point", modeled on sister stations WCPT (100.9; now WKLI-FM) and WKBE (then at 100.3, now WFFG-FM; now on 107.1).[8][9] The station was sold to Vox Media in 2002,[10] and shifted to soft adult contemporary in 2004.[11]

Vox sold WZEC to Capitol Media in 2005,[12] who changed the call letters to the current WHAZ-FM and implemented a classic gospel format on November 7,[13][14] before switching to the simulcast of WHAZ by April 2007.[15]

Translators

WHAZ-FM's programming was previously rebroadcast by four translators. The licenses for all four translators were cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on August 8, 2017, due to the licensee failing to comply with the terms of an FCC consent decree.

See also

References

  1. ^ "WHAZ-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (January 24, 1997). "Willis changes local station to African-American gospel". The Business Review. American City Business Journals. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 'When we signed on with WNGN, on July 4, 1991, we were the first 24-hour gospel station in the region.'
  4. ^ a b Pinckney, Barbara (April 13, 1998). "Gospel station shifts position as broadcaster buys frequency". The Business Review. American City Business Journals. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (July 30, 1998). "Sorrentino Out at WPRO". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (July 12, 1999). "Former Hoosick Falls radio station WNGN FM to be sold a second time". The Business Review. American City Business Journals. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 17, 1999). "Hello, Floyd!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 26, 2000). "WMOU Goes Silent, and, Can a Kiss Hurt a Fly?". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 26, 2000). "CRTC Picks Three in Toronto". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 29, 2002). "Vox buys WBEC (Really!)". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  11. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 27, 2004). "Rhode Islanders Fight WRNI Sale". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 18, 2005). "Boston's Star Flips to "Mike"". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  13. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 5, 2005). "Hall Buys Big in Burlington". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  14. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 14, 2005). "Newton Poised to Approve New Towers". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  15. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 2, 2007). "Hornell's WKPQ Changes Hands - Maybe". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 12, 2010.