|City||Southport, North Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Slogan||Wilmington's #1 Hit Music Station|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)|
|Former call signs||WLCF (?-1983)|
|Former frequencies||107.1 MHz (?-1988)|
|Owner||Capitol Broadcasting Company|
|Sister stations||WKXB, WILT, WMFD, WRMR|
WAZO (107.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Top 40 (CHR) format. Licensed to Southport, North Carolina, United States, the station serves the Wilmington area. WAZO is currently owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company.
In February 1986, Will Bowen became WJYW station manager, and soon the station was successful with a new version of easy listening music, with "ultra-contemporary" from Bonneville Broadcasting replacing "matched flow". The target audience was 25-54, with more vocals and more instrumental versions of newer songs. The station also had more live DJs. Bowen said, "We're not an easy listening station. We're a radio station that happens to play easy listening music." In 1986, the "Year of Relaxation" won WJYW a national award for creativity. Owner Atlantic Broadcasting, which took over the station when it was having problems, asked for a power increase from 3,000 to 50,000 watts. By this time, the station offices were in Wilmington.
The local "Morning Disaster with Bryan & Jim," featuring Bryan Keith and Jim Whitmeyer, aired on WSFM for more than ten years. Then-owner Sea-Comm moved the show to Classic Rock sister WBNE when Surf signed the syndicated "Lex and Terry."
In July 2004, NextMedia Group purchased WRQR, WAZO, and WMFD from Ocean Broadcasting, and WKXB and WSFM from Sea-Comm Inc. The sale meant WSFM and WAZO would trade frequencies. JoJo, Jamie and Flave of Bob 93.3 in Greenville, North Carolina joined what was now Z1075.
In July 2008, Capitol Broadcasting announced its purchase of NextMedia's Wilmington stations.
On July 31, 2009, the station increased effective radiated power to 75,000 watts.
- "WAZO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- Steelman, Ben (1986-12-21). "Format redirects Joy to the world". Star-News. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
- Bonnie Eksten, "Ocean Broadcasting, Sea-Comm Stations Sold to NextMedia - New Owner to Operate Locally," Star-News, July 14, 2004.
- Amy Hotz, "Radio Changes Bring Two New Morning Teams," Star-News, September 20, 2004.
- http://www.wral.com/business/story/3215727/, Retrieved on 2008/09/22.
- Station website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WAZO
- Radio-Locator information on WAZO
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WAZO