WZZK FM 104.7 is a profitable radio station. Owned by SummitMedia, the station is a licensee for Birmingham and covers northern and central Alabama, USA. The station airs country music along with classics and POP songs. WZZK-FM was the first radio service of Birmingham to shift to country music and had been the highest-rated radio station of the city during the 80s and the 90s. Together with six other stations owned by SummitMedia, the station has joint studios in the Cahaba area, and the transmitter is at the top of RED Mountain, Birmingham.
About WZZK FM 104.7:
Branded as 104.7 WZZK, the station’s slogan is “Commercial Free Country”. With no live studio and DJs, the new station was automated initially. During the 80s and the ’90s, WZZK was ranked among the top 3 radio services. WQUS, WBHM, and WIKX were strong competitors in the market. In 1991, the parent company purchased WIKX and also altered its format.
Initially, 104.7 frequency got on the air as WJLD/1400’s sister station in 1948. The station retransmitted the R&B music genre of its AM service. Towards the close of the 60s, the station started airing progressive rock music format during the night hours whereas it continued simulcasting WJLD in the daytime. In 1973, the station became an all-time album rock service with the new call sign, WZZK. In 1977, a new competitor, WVOK-FM (K-99) debuted airing album rock format, completely knocking WZZK off and making it shift to a country music format in 1978.
WZZK faced a grave challenge in 1994 when WZBQ re-launched itself as WOWC, shifting its studios to Birmingham. WOWX received a new call sign and started attracting a major audience of WZZK. By2002, it began transmitting from atop Red Mountain like other FM stations in the market. In 2006, WDXB and WZZK were the two leading country music services in Birmingham. On 7/20/ 2012, Cox Radio, Inc. declared the sale of 22 stations including WZZK to SummitMedia LLC.
On 1/2/2007, the team of “Rick and Bubba” shifted the show from WYSF to WZZK. More than 70 stations air this nationally-syndicated comedy show. The amazing morning-drive broadcasting team of this comedy show consists of famous radio personalities, Rick Burgess, Bill Bussey, Calvin Wilburn, Greg Burgess, and Don Dailey. Tess is a midday on-air host while Jamie goes on air during night hours. Jay Michaels, Ron Foster, and Adler, presenters from the famous the Rick and Bubba Show can be heard on weekends.
WZZK is a full-service class C0 FM station with facility ID 48724 on 104.7 operating with 97,800 Watts. It has its translator, 102.1 W271BN which relays in HD2. With non-directional antenna mode, it transmits in digital. The station’s predicted listening range in the local area is 30 miles, whereas, in remote areas, it is 60 miles. The FCC granted its license to broadcast on 4/25/2003 which would expire on 4/1/2020.
Physical Address: 2700 Corporate Drive, Suite 115, Birmingham, AL 35242
Request Line: (205) 741-1047
Office Number: (205) 916-1100
Fax: (205) 290-1061
Official Website: http://wzzk.com/