WTZA

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WTZA
Broadcast areaAtlanta metropolitan area
Frequency1010 kHz
BrandingRadio Punjab
Programming
FormatSouth Asian
Ownership
OwnerRadio Spice, LLC
History
First air date
1947; 75 years ago (1947) (as WEAS)
Former call signs
WEAS (1947-1963)
WGUN (1963-2013)
Technical information
Facility ID72134
ClassD
Power50,000 watts daytime
45,000 watts critical hours
78 watts nighttime
26 watts PSRA
24–26 watts PSSA
Transmitter coordinates
33°41′55″N 84°17′22″W / 33.698605°N 84.289421°W / 33.698605; -84.289421
Translator(s)93.3 W227DN (Norcross)
Links
Websitewww.wtza.net

WTZA (1010 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Atlanta, Georgia, known as "Radio Punjab". It is owned by Radio Spice, LLC, and airs a South Asian format. It is also heard on 235 watt FM translator W227DN, at 93.3 MHz in Norcross, Georgia.[1]

In the daytime, WTZA has the maximum power for AM stations in the U.S., 50,000 watts. But because AM 1010 is a Canadian clear channel frequency, WTZA must reduce power at night when radio waves travel farther. During critical hours the power is 45,000 watts and at night it broadcasts at 78 watts. It uses a non-directional antenna at all times, located off Battle Forrest Drive in Decatur, near Interstate 285.[2] WTZA is classified as a class D AM broadcast station according to the Federal Communications Commission.

History

WEAS

The station originally signed on in 1947 with the call sign WEAS and was licensed to serve nearby Decatur, Georgia.[3] The station was founded by Eurith Dickenson ("Dee") Rivers, Jr., son of former governor of Georgia E.D. "Ed" Rivers.[3] The WEAS call sign stood for Emory University & Agnes Scott College, both of which are located in Decatur.[3] WEAS's format grew into a combination of country and western music, southern gospel music and preaching.[3]

In 1963, the station changed its call sign to WGUN[4] It had a country music format with the station adopting "the big GUN" slogan.[3] The WEAS call sign went to the Dee Rivers station at 900 MHz in Savannah, Georgia.

WTZA

On January 25, 2013, the station changed its call sign to WTZA. On January 31, 2013, after a brief simulcast with W233BF "Streetz 94.5", it changed its format to urban oldies, branded as "Old School 1010".[5]

Again after a simulcast of 94.5 (legally, WSTR FM 94.1 HD3), "broadcast translator" station W257DF on 99.3 switched to simulcasting WTZA at the end of summer 2014, upon making its most recent move toward metro Atlanta. However, since W257DF was only recently authorized by the FCC, it is illegal for it to rebroadcast anything other than another FM station's analog signal. The city of license for this station is Dallas, Georgia, although it has never actually had that city within its broadcast range. It transmits at 99 watts instead of 250, to protect WRAS FM 88.5, which overlaps its 10.7 MHz intermediate frequency centered on 88.6.

Originally applied-for during the 2003 window, the first location northwest of Villa Rica was approved in December 2013 at the full 250 watts. Just a few days later, it applied for a construction permit to move east toward Atlanta, to a point along U.S. 78 (Veterans Memorial Parkway) west of Douglasville. Upon submitting the application for the broadcast license to cover that 130-watt permit, it again applied almost immediately to move east again to Mableton, still keeping Dallas as its supposed city of license, despite being even further away from there than the first two locations. Like other "translator" stations, it is trying to make small "skips" toward the city (and its primary demographic) through a series of "minor modifications". The change of W256BO on 99.1 to W255CJ on 98.9 was also required to allow for this.

In 2014, WTZA split from the simulcast with W257DF and flipped to Spanish Christian Contemporary music as "Vida 1010."

In late 2015, W257DF was forced off the air by the upgrade of co-channel WCON-FM 99.3 northeast of Atlanta. WTZA began simulcasting on translator W227DN on 93.3 MHz.

On February 3, 2020, R.C. Media Partners assumed management of WTZA with a talk format consisting of Kim "The Kimmer" Peterson, Kara Stockton, Pete Davis, Mike Brooks, Jim Gossett, Will Regan and "Flat Earth" Jamie Chapman. The station went silent on March 27, 2020.

Effective October 14, 2020, station owners K & Z Broadcasting, LLC sold the station to Radio Spice, LLC for $300,000. It returned to the air in the fall of 2020, airing a South Asian format of music and talk.

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/W227DN
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WTZA
  3. ^ a b c d e Some Savannah/Lowcountry Station history?
  4. ^ Atlanta Area AM Radio Stations
  5. ^ "Old School Comes to Atlanta".

External links

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