WBZW

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WBZW
Simulcast with WBZY Canton
City Union City, Georgia
Broadcast area South Suburban Atlanta
Frequency96.7 MHz ( HD Radio)
BrandingZ105.7 & 96.7
Slogan"#1 Para Hits De Hoy"
Programming
Format Spanish CHR ( WBZY simulcast)
Ownership
Owner iHeartMedia
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
WBIN, WBZY, WRDG, WUBL, WWPW
History
First air date
1952 (as WCOH-FM)
Former call signs
WCOH-FM (1948-1985)
WBUS (1985–1987)
WWER (1987)
WMKJ (1987–2000)
WLDA (2000–2001)
WXVV (2001–2002)
WBZY-FM (2002–2005)
WVWA (2005–2006)
WLTM (2006–2008)
WWLG (2008–2013)
WRDG (2013–2020)
WRDA (2020)
Call sign meaning
Similar to that of simulcaster WBZY
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID61142
ClassA
ERP2,150 watts
HAAT173 meters (568 ft)
Translator(s)97.5 W248BV (Cumming)
Repeater(s) WANN-CD 29 ( DTV 32.24)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Webcast Listen Live
Website z1057atlanta.iheart.com

WBZW (96.7 FM) is an Atlanta radio station broadcasting a Spanish CHR radio format. It is owned by iHeartMedia and is licensed to serve Union City, Georgia. It operates from studios located at the Peachtree Palisades building in the Brookwood Hills district of Atlanta, and the transmitter is located in Tyrone.

History

This station began broadcasting in 1952 as WCOH-FM at Newnan, Georgia. [1]

1985-2005

96.7 began in April 1985 as WBUS, then became WWER in March 1987. Just a few months later, it became adult contemporary-formatted WMKJ in November 1987, staying there for well over a decade. In October 2000, it became Rhythmic Top 40 WLDA, branded as "Wild 96.7". [2] This lasted for only a year, becoming a simulcast of Rock AC-formatted " WMXV (Mix 105.7)" as WXVV on October 8, 2001. [3]

The station was WBZY-FM, "96.7 the Buzz" from April 5, 2002 to May 5, 2005. [4] On that date, the Buzz was moved to 105.3 (and then to WKLS FM 96.1 as "Project 9-6-1"). [5] It was then WVWA ("Viva 96.7"), returning to a simulcast in south metro Atlanta of north metro's WWVA-FM "Viva 105.7" (formerly "Viva 105.3"). (Although this was the first time this broadcast callsign had actually been legally assigned [1], it had been previously used in a famous parody of radio, see links.)

2006-2007

On December 20, 2006, WVWA broke from the simulcast again and became adult contemporary as 96.7 Lite FM. The format and moniker and WLTM call letters were previously held locally on 94.9, which flipped to country music as "94.9 the Bull" and adopted new callsign WUBL two days earlier. [6]

When WLTM aired as "94.9 Lite FM", it was the Atlanta affiliate for the nationally syndicated Delilah nighttime show; this was not the case on its 96.7 revival, as her show would be picked up by rival station WSB-FM ("B98.5"), and aired there until it was dropped in 2011.

In March 2007, WLTM became the new home of Paul Harvey in Atlanta after a two-year stint on WYAY-FM "Eagle 106.7". Prior to that, Harvey was heard on sister station WGST AM 640.

In November 2007, the station again began playing Christmas music, though with a decidedly more modern and diverse musical style than in its previous years on 94.9, and than competitor WSB-FM. When the format was suddenly moved and changed in December 2006, it ceased playing Christmas music, even though it was before Christmas Day.

On December 26, 2007, WLTM became WWLG and took the moniker "96.7 the Legend", and began airing a classic country format. [7]

2008-present

On September 6, 2010, WWLG started simulcasting rhythmic CHR sister station WWVA-FM 105.7, in effort to increase its overall market coverage, mostly in the southern parts of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The last songs on "The Legend" were " If We Make It Through December" by Merle Haggard and Linda Ronstadt's " When Will I Be Loved", which was then cut in the middle with the song " Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas, launching the simulcast. [8] This marked the station's return to a rhythmic format since WLDA's exit in October 2001, and marks the third time the two stations simulcasted each other. On November 14, 2010, the station changed its name to "WiLD 105.7 & 96.7", retaining the "Atlanta's Party Station" slogan. [9]

On March 28, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., due to low ratings most likely caused by Power 96-1's launch in August 2012, WWVA/WWLG began stunting with a loop of " What's the Frequency, Kenneth" and " Radio Song" by R.E.M.. Just after Noon, the stations became "Radio 105.7", with an alternative rock format similar to 92.9 Dave FM and 99X, which both flipped in late 2012. [10] [11] On April 11, 2013, WWLG's call letters were changed to WRDG, while WWVA's call letters were changed to WRDA.

On November 11, 2016, at 9:23 a.m., WRDG dropped the simulcast of WRDA (who continued with the alternative format), flipped to mainstream urban as "92.3 & 96.7 The Beat", and began simulcasting on translator W222AF FM 92.3 (who also dropped its contemporary Spanish format). "The Beat" launched with 10,000 songs in a row, and began carrying The Breakfast Club (which had previously been heard on W233BF) in morning drive starting December 5. The flip made the pair the fourth current-based hip hop station in the market, the other three being WVEE, WHTA and the aforementioned W233BF. [12]

On April 12, 2018, W222AF was taken off-the-air by its owner because iHeart's lease of the translator expired. [13]

On May 4, 2020, iHeart moved the "Beat" moniker, airstaff, and urban format to WBZY (105.3 FM), as that signal has a larger coverage area than 96.7. [14] WRDG continued to simulcast 105.3 FM until May 18, when it switched to a simulcast of WBZY. The WRDG call letters would move to 105.3 on the same date; in turn, 96.7 FM would adopt the WRDA call sign and then the WBZW calls on May 26, 2020. [15]

Previous logos

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Latitude and Longitude:

33°29′24″N 84°34′08″W / 33.490°N 84.569°W / 33.490; -84.569