WYZE (AM)

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WYZE
WYZE1480.PNG
CityAtlanta, Georgia
Broadcast areaAtlanta metropolitan area
Frequency1480 kHz
BrandingWYZE Radio
Programming
FormatGospel
Ownership
OwnerRay Neal
(New Ground Broadcasting, LLC)
History
First air date
March 16, 1956 (1956-03-16)
Technical information
ClassD
Power10,000 watts daytime
44 watts nighttime
Transmitter coordinates
33°43′25″N 84°22′08″W / 33.72361°N 84.36889°W / 33.72361; -84.36889Coordinates: 33°43′25″N 84°22′08″W / 33.72361°N 84.36889°W / 33.72361; -84.36889
Links
Websitewww.wyzeradio.com

WYZE is a Gospel AM broadcasting station licensed to the city of Atlanta, Georgia broadcasting on the frequency of 1480 kHz with 10,000 watts of power during daytime hours, and only 44 watts of power during nighttime hours with a non-directional antenna pattern. The station is owned by Ray Neal, through licensee New Ground Broadcasting, LLC.

History

WYZE signed on March 16, 1956.[1] The 1480 kHz frequency was previously used by WAGA, which moved to 590 kHz in 1942;[2] despite using the same frequency, WYZE has no connection to WAGA, which has since become WDWD.[3] WYZE broadcast during daytime hours[4] with what appears to be an adult standards radio format popular during the 1950s. Fay Fueller hosted a romantic music show consisting of poetry and music in 1958.[4]

In 1968, the station switched from a country music format to country/gospel.[5] The station aired a "Town and Country" radio format by 1970.[6] During the early 1970s the station flipped to an all-news radio format for a time, one of the first in the Atlanta radio market.[6] In 1980, WYZE changed to a gospel format relying mainly on brokered programming.[7]

WYZE went silent in November 2018 due to technical problems that would have required cost-prohibitive repairs.[7][8] It was reported that then-owner GHB Broadcasting intended to sell WYZE's existing property and relocate, and had also received offers for the station's license and equipment.[8] Effective May 30, 2019, GHB Broadcasting consummated the sale of WYZE to New Ground Broadcasting, LLC.[9]

References

  1. ^ "WYZE Atlanta Goes on Air With $25,000 Promotion" (PDF). Broadcasting-Telecasting. April 2, 1956. p. 80. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  2. ^ RADEX Radio Index (PDF). The Radex Press. 18 (January): 51. 1942 http://davidgleason.com/Archive%20Radex/Radex%20148%20January%201942.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "A selection from a decade of visits to tower and studio sites in the Northeast and beyond".
  4. ^ a b AtlantaradiointroWAKE
  5. ^ Atlanta Radio Time Warp 1968
  6. ^ a b Atlanta Area AM Radio Stations
  7. ^ a b Venta, Lance (November 20, 2018). "WYZE Atlanta Takes Signal Off The Air". RadioInsight. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Ho, Rodney (November 20, 2018). "1480/WYZE-AM has gone dark after 38 years as gospel". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". Federal Communications Commission CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved August 9, 2019.

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