WPOZ (88.3 MHz) is a non-commercial, listener-supported FM radio station licensed to Orlando, and serving Central Florida. It is owned by the Central Florida Educational Foundation, Inc., and it broadcasts a Contemporary Christian radio format. The radio studios are in Altamonte Springs.

WPOZ
Broadcast areaCentral Florida
Frequency88.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingZ88.3
Programming
FormatContemporary Christian music
Subchannels
Ownership
Owner
  • Z Ministries, Inc.
  • (Central Florida Educational Foundation, Inc.)
  • WDOZ
  • WHYZ
  • WMYZ
  • WCYZ
  • WHGV
History
First air date
August 9, 1995; 27 years ago (1995-08-09), as WEAZ in Union Park, Florida
Former call signs
WAEZ (1993-1994)
WEAZ (1994-1998)
Call sign meaning
POZitive Hits [sic]
Technical information
Facility ID9876
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT452 meters (1,483 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
28°36′08″N 81°05′36″W / 28.60234°N 81.09330°W / 28.60234; -81.09330Coordinates: 28°36′08″N 81°05′36″W / 28.60234°N 81.09330°W / 28.60234; -81.09330
Translator(s)See § Frequencies
Repeater(s)See § Frequencies
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitezradio.com

WPOZ has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts. The transmitter is in Bithlo, Florida. WPOZ is simulcast on several other stations in Central Florida. The station broadcasts using HD Radio technology. There are other Christian music formats on WPOZ's three digital subchannels, which feed several FM translators in Central Florida.

HistoryEdit

On August 9, 1995; 27 years ago (1995-08-09), the station signed on.[1] The call sign at the beginning was WEAZ and the city of license was Union Park, Florida. The owner was the Central Florida Educational Foundation and the studios were on Lake Brantley Road in Altamonte Springs.

In 1998, the call letters switched to WPOZ, to stand for "Positive Hits," in contrast to the secular Top 40 charts. The city of license later changed to Orlando.

FrequenciesEdit

In addition to 88.3 MHz, this station also broadcasts on other frequencies in different areas of Central Florida:[2]

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WHYZ 91.1 FM (HD) Palm Coast, Florida 92508 9,200 49 m (161 ft) C3 FCC
WDOZ 91.7 FM Pierson, Florida 176311 5,000 108 m (354 ft) C3 FCC
WMYZ 88.7 FM (HD) The Villages, Florida 27291 35,000 82 m (269 ft) C2 FCC
WCYZ 99.7 FM Silver Springs, Florida 191546 2,000 174.5 m (573 ft) A FCC
WHGV 99.5 FM La Crosse, Florida 76433 2,200 144 m (472 ft) A FCC
Broadcast translators of WPOZ (FM/HD1)
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W274BB 102.7 Haines City, Florida 142441 38 66 m (217 ft) D FCC LMS
W300CL 107.9 Lakeland, Florida 142414 55 59 m (194 ft) D FCC LMS
W298BO 107.5 Winter Haven, Florida 142420 27 92 m (302 ft) D FCC LMS

WPOZ, WMYZ and WHYZ also broadcast in HD Radio.

In late 2008, WPOZ was granted authorization by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase its signal strength to 100,000 watts; this was accomplished when the Central Florida Educational Foundation acquired a station in Lecanto, Florida, WLMS, from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg. As that station also broadcast on 88.3 FM, Central Florida Educational Foundation closed down WLMS, enabling WPOZ to increase its signal strength without interfering with that station. After the upgrade, WPOZ's main signal would sufficiently cover areas already served by some of its repeaters, making them redundant. Those were moved into Orlando to rebroadcast the HD offerings.

WPOZ had a repeater in Daytona Beach, WEAZ 88.1 MHz, licensed to Holly Hill; this station signed on in 1995 as WANX, becoming a simulcast of WPOZ as WEAZ in 1998. The station closed in December 2008, and its license was soon cancelled, following WPOZ's power increase that made this rebroadcaster redundant.[3] On its website, it was announced that it had moved WMYZ 88.7 from Clermont to The Villages/Ocala, with listeners in that area redirected to 88.3.[4]

WPOZ & WHYZ HD2Edit

WPOZ-HD2 broadcasts a Christian rhythmic contemporary format as Hot 95.9; for those without HD radio receivers, it is heard on the following translators:[5]

Broadcast translators of WPOZ-HD2
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W250BH 97.9 Melbourne, Florida 142447 250 121 m (397 ft) D FCC LMS
W240BV 95.9 Orlando, Florida 157091 99 141 m (463 ft) D FCC LMS
W278BP 103.5 Palm Coast, Florida 157073 54 65 m (213 ft) D FCC LMS

WPOZ HD3Edit

WPOZ-HD3 broadcasts an urban gospel format as GPraise; this station also relays to the following translators:

Broadcast translators of WPOZ HD3
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W292DZ 106.3 Orlando, Florida 40157 215 141 m (463 ft) D FCC LMS
W257BZ 102.9 Port Orange, Florida 142468 250 84 m (276 ft) D FCC LMS
W227CP 93.3 Sanford, Florida 143886 250 117 m (384 ft) D FCC LMS

WMYZ HD2Edit

WMYZ-HD2 broadcasts a Christian oldies format as "Z Rewind.com"; it is also heard on the following translator:

Broadcast translators of WMYZ HD3
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W245AZ 96.9 The Villages, Florida 142461 19 97 m (318 ft) D FCC LMS

WPOZ & WHYZ HD4Edit

WPOZ-HD4 used to broadcast a Christian rock format as 103.7 The Rock and had a low-powered repeater in Clermont, W279CT.

W240BV, W273CA and W292DZ used to be low-powered repeaters that rebroadcast WPOZ in the Lake County area but were moved to Orlando.

As of October 2018, W273CA has since taken back control by Central Florida Educational Foundation following the expiration of the lease with iHeartMedia in September 2018. It now broadcasts a Spanish Christian contemporary format, following a stint with 1950s/60s oldies two days prior to the launch of "La Z 102.5" via WPOZ-HD4.

Broadcast translators of WPOZ HD4
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W279CT 103.7 Clermont, Florida 142410 180 114 m (374 ft) D FCC LMS
W273CA 102.5 Orlando, Florida 157099 250 141 m (463 ft) D FCC LMS

WMYZ HD4Edit

WMYZ-HD4 broadcasts a Christian rock format as The Rock HD.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Information from Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993 page D-104
  2. ^ "About Z88.3".
  3. ^ Central Florida Radio -- WEAZ
  4. ^ "88.7 in the Villages, Ocala and Leesburg".
  5. ^ https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=39 HD Radio Guide for Orlando, Florida

External linksEdit

https://ministrywatch.com/current-and-former-staffers-call-for-change-at-orlandos-wpoz/

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