WWIZ
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Broadcast areaYoungstown metropolitan area
Frequency103.9 MHz
BrandingZ104
Christmas 104 (September/October–January)
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatOldies
Christmas Music (September/October–January)
Ownership
Owner
WBBW, WHOT, WPIC, WQXK, WRQX, WYFM
History
First air date
October 1972 (1972-10)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID23437
ClassA
ERP6,000 watts
HAAT88.9 meters (292 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
41°12′18″N 80°21′47″W / 41.205°N 80.363°W / 41.205; -80.363
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.oldiesz104.com

WWIZ is a commercial FM radio station in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, United States, serving the Youngstown, Ohio market broadcasting at 103.9 MHz with an oldies format between January and September or October, and a Christmas format between September or October and January. It is one of seven radio stations in the Youngstown market owned by Cumulus Broadcasting with studios in "The Radio Center" in Youngstown.

History

WWIZ first signed on the air in October 1972.

Format Flips

On March 31, 2017, WWIZ began stunting with a loop of The Moody Blues' “Nights in White Satin” and The Royal Guardsmen's “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron”, with just a legal ID between the songs. The following day at Noon, the station flipped to classic hits as "Z104" using Westwood One's "Good Time Oldies" satellite feed.[1]

First-in-the-nation Christmas music flips

On October 25, 2019, WWIZ dropped its oldies format and began carrying Christmas music, branded as "Christmas 104", It was the first station in the country to flip to Christmas music for the holiday season and initially appeared to be a stunt.[2] On January 1, 2020, WWIZ ended its Christmas music stunt and returned to its previous oldies format, branded as "Z104".[3]

On September 25, 2020 at 12:25 p.m. EDT, WWIZ again flipped to Christmas music. It is the earliest known flip to Christmas music for an FCC-licensed station; the earliest stations, including stunting stations, typically flip to the format in mid-October.[4]

On October 1, 2021 at 12:25 p.m. EDT, WWIZ again flipped to Christmas music, branded as "Christmas 104".[5]

In 2022, WWIZ opted not to repeat the excessively early flips of 2020 or 2021, and by October 31 of that year, the station was still playing its regular format.On November 1st, 2022 at 12:25 pm WWIS finally flipped to its Christmas music format becoming Christmas 104.

References

  1. ^ "Rock 104" Youngstown Flips to Oldies Radioinsight - April 1, 2017
  2. ^ Christmas Music Season Starts in Youngstown Radioinsight - October 25, 2019
  3. ^ WWIZ Returns to Oldies Radioinsight - January 1, 2020
  4. ^ WWIZ Youngstown Begins Christmas Music Season Radioinsight - September 25, 2020
  5. ^ WWIZ Makes Its Annual Early Christmas Move Radioinsight - October 1, 2021