WAZZ

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WAZZ
CityFayetteville, North Carolina
Broadcast areaFayetteville, North Carolina
BrandingMy Kiss Radio 93.5
SloganFayetteville's #1 Hit Music Station
Frequency1490 kHz
Translator(s)93.5 W228DK (Fayetteville)
FormatTop 40
Power1,000 watts (unlimited)
ClassC
Facility ID72058
Former callsignsWFLB (2/18/48-3/1/97)
AffiliationsWestwood One
OwnerBeasley Media Group, LLC.
(Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWFLB, WKML, WYDU, WUKS, WZFX
WebcastListen Live
Websitemykissradio.com

WAZZ (1490 AM, "My Kiss Radio 93.5") is a top 40 radio station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, owned by Beasley Media Group, LLC., and is "Never More Than 60 Seconds Away From Music". Its studios and transmitter are located separately in Fayetteville.

History[edit]

WFLB signed on February 18, 1948 with John M. Croft as general manager. WFLB was a commercial radio station in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Significant local programs produced by the station included 3-B Time, with disc jockey Bill Bowser, in 1948.

In the 1950s, the station signed on a TV outlet, WFLB-TV 18, which folded later in the 1950s.

Starting in the mid-1950s, WFLB played what was called Top 40.[1]

Newsman Johnny Joyce was the leading radio news anchor in Fayetteville. He worked at WFLB (AM) until the late 1970s where he joined WFAI (AM).

In the late 1970s, WFLB (AM) was a top 40 powerhouse in Fayetteville, North Carolina radio market. The station featured on air personalities Larry "Records" Cannon, Andy "Stonewall" Jackson, Debbi Tanna, John Braxton and Mark McKay. Mark McKay currently is 25-year veteran sports anchor for CNN.

In 1991, station owners Henry Hoot and Rev. Gardner Altman also owned WFAI, which began playing traditional gospel artists such as Shirley Caesar, Willie Neal Johnson and The Gospel Keynotes, and the Rev. James Cleveland, while WFLB would play The Kingsmen, Chuck Wagon Gang and The Bishops.[2]

WFLB switched to adult standards in December 1994.

On August 1, 1996, WFLB went off the air when Beasley Broadcast Group bought WFLB along with WAZZ and WEWO.[3]

WFLB ("The Memories Station") returned to the air in February 1997, with Curt Nunnery bringing back "Curt's Coffee Club," which he had hosted for more than 30 years on WFAI. He was station manager on WFLB before 1994.[4]

Soon after that in 1997, WFLB swapped call signs with WAZZ.

On October 9, 2014, WAZZ changed their format to soft adult contemporary, branded as "Sunny 94.3" (also broadcasts on FM translator W232CI 94.3 FM Fayetteville).[5]

On January 5, 2018, WAZZ changed formats to top 40 CHR, branded as "My Kiss Radio" (which simulcasts on a translator on 93.5 FM).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Futch, "Fayetteville Station Passes 50 Years," The Fayetteville Observer, February 7, 1999.
  2. ^ David Bourne, "WFAI-AM Goes Gospel on Friday," The Fayetteville Observer, February 28, 1991.
  3. ^ Michael Futch, "Easy-Listening Station Off the Air," The Fayetteville Observer, August 25, 1996.
  4. ^ Michael Futch, "Familiar Sound Back on Radio," The Fayetteville Observer February 16, 1997.
  5. ^ Beasley Launches Sunny 94.3 Fayetteville Radioinsight - October 9, 2014

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