WSCZ
WHXT-WSCZ Hot103.9-93.9 logo.png
Winnsboro, South Carolina
Broadcast areaColumbia, South Carolina
Frequency93.9 MHz
BrandingHot 103.9 / 93.9
Programming
FormatUrban Contemporary (WHXT simulcast)
Ownership
OwnerAlpha Media LLC
(Alpha Media Licensee, LLC)
WHXT, WARQ, WMFX, WPCO, WWDM
History
First air date
1990 (as WQKI-FM)
Former call signs
WQKI-FM (1991-2003)
WIGL (2003-2010)
Technical information
Facility ID54576
ClassC3
ERP8,900 watts
HAAT166.3 meters (546 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitehot1039fm.com

WSCZ (93.9 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Winnsboro, South Carolina. It is owned by Alpha Media LLC and it simulcasts WHXT 103.9 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Together both stations cover most of the Columbia Metropolitan Area, with WSCZ based to the north and WHXT based to the south. The stations air an Urban contemporary radio format. The studios are on Pineview Road in Columbia and WSCZ's transmitter is off Flint Hill Road in Winnsboro.

Station history

WQKI-FM first signed on in 1990 as the FM sister station of WQKI-AM. WQKI-FM featured an urban contemporary music format under the "Quikie 93.9" moniker.

In 2003, Miller Communications acquired WQKI-FM and swapped its call letters with WIGL 102.9. It got a construction permit to upgrade its signal to cover parts of Columbia. In that year, Miller flipped 93.9 to Hot AC as Mix 93.9 with the nationally syndicated program "The Bob and Sheri Show" in the morning. Two years later, WIGL flipped to Classic Hits as Bad Dog 93-9 with Rick & Bubba in the morning. The station shared the same programming with sister WICI-FM 94.7 in Sumter.

On March 30, 2007, after a year that saw little audience growth, WIGL was LMA'ed to Peregon Broadcasting, the operators of WQVA 1170 in Lexington and temporary operator of WHZQ 94.1 in Cross Hill (WHZQ was dropped several weeks after Peregon acquired control of WIGL).[citation needed] Peregon flipped WIGL to Spanish Contemporary as "Radio Ritmo" (Spanish for "rhythm"), making it the first Spanish language FM in the Columbia radio market. Programming included contemporary music and salsa as well as community affairs. The state's Latino population had increased by 45 percent in five years, fourth in the country. Miller Communications' Harold Miller said, "The response has been excellent."[1]

In July 2008, WIGL went dark and the Ritmo format was relegated to the 1170 AM signal. The LMA with Peregon fell through. On Thursday, July 8, 2010, WIGL's call letters were changed to WSCZ-FM. On Friday, July 16, 2010, WSCZ-FM signed on with mainstream rock as "Z 93-9" with the slogan "Everything That Rocks." Then, in November 2010, WSCZ became "Cat Country 93.9", "Columbia's New Station For Today's Country & Your All Time Favorites".

On September 9, 2014, WSCZ began simulcasting WHXT "Hot 103.9". Effective November 30, 2015, Miller Communications sold WSCZ to Alpha Media LLC for $900,000.

References

  1. ^ Zaleski, Gene (2007-08-29). "Radio change - Miller says shifting license for Bamberg's WWBD to Isle of Palms won't impact local service". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved 2011-07-14.

Coordinates: 34°21′47″N 80°54′40″W / 34.363°N 80.911°W / 34.363; -80.911