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WAWZ
WAWZ
(99.1 FM, "Star 99.1") is a contemporary Christian music radio station located in Zarephath, New Jersey. It is a listener supported/commercial radio station owned by the Pillar of Fire International. The station's target demographic is a 25- to 34-year-olds. The Class B, 28,000-watt signal based in Bridgewater, New Jersey
New Jersey
serves the New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania markets. The call letters for the station, like its AM counterpart which went off the air in 1984, were chosen to honor Bishop Alma White, who was the founder of the Pillar of Fire Church
Pillar of Fire Church
and Zarephath, the community of license. WAWZ
WAWZ
began airing its current format as Star 99.1 on February 3, 2003. Its original format was traditional and classical music and church services. In later years inspirational contemporary Christian music and mostly syndicated Christian teaching and talk shows were added. In this format its tagline was WAWZ
WAWZ
- Your Voice of Faith and Inspiration. In 2017, WAWZ
WAWZ
updated their slogan to "Uplifting Star 99.1" influenced by the overwhelming response of their listeners who expressed how uplifting their music was for them.

Contents

1 History

1.1 HD Radio

2 References 3 External links

History[edit]

The Old WAWZ-FM Logo

WAWZ
WAWZ
was founded in 1931[1] by Bishop Alma White
Alma White
and the Pillar of Fire Church.[2] Formerly headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the organization was given land in 1906, in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.[3] The station was first assigned a frequency on 1350 AM, sharing time equally with three other stations, WCDA, WBNX and WMSG. In later years,[1] on 1380 AM, it shared time with WBNX in New York City. WAWZ was the second station owned by the Pillar of Fire Church. ( KPOF in Denver was the first). On September 1, 1984, WAWZ
WAWZ
sold its part-time AM operation to New York station WBNX (now christened WKDM.) On WAWZ's final day, they produced a special program recalling the station's 53 years of religious broadcasting, and by electrical transcription, once again featured the voice of Alma White.[4] The station began broadcasting on FM on August 22, 1954.[5] The broadcast format was eighteen hours a day of classical music along with Pillar of Fire church services. By the late 1960s. WAWZ
WAWZ
evolved into a Traditional Christian Music and Teaching station. They played traditional Christian music about 6 to 8 hours a day. The rest of the time they ran teaching and preaching programs by various Christian groups. They did not sell time in a traditional way but took a percentage of donations each ministry received from WAWZ's listening area. Overall, the format was similar to what Family Radio
Family Radio
and BBN offered back then as well as being musically close. In 1980 there was a challenge to its license. The challenge alleged that the station did not serve the public good. Allen Lewis was hired as the new program director and it became a 24-hour station. For many years WAWZ
WAWZ
carried teaching programs, talk shows, church services, and traditional Christian music. The station ran the tagline, WAWZ-Your Voice of Faith and Inspiration and featured mostly syndicated evangelical Christian teaching and talk shows and inspirational music. Local news, AP World News, public affairs programs and several call-in shows added a New Jersey
New Jersey
feel to the station as it attempted to serve its license area it had just vigorously defended. Most of the schedule consisted of programming came from area church services and outside ministries via the state-of-the-art Chicago-based Moody Broadcasting Service satellite subscription. Among these was a local program called Search Light which served tri-state area prison inmates. The station ran Share-a-thons twice a year to solicit support from listeners. During the 1980s WAWZ
WAWZ
began moving from a conservative format of traditional hymns to more of a Christian MOR format which included softer music by contemporary Christian artists as well as the traditional music they were playing. By 1990 the music mix was about half traditional and half contemporary By 1994 the music format was nearly all contemporary. However, the majority of the schedule consisted of non-musical programming. Major changes began on Thanksgiving Day in 2002, WAWZ
WAWZ
began playing wall-to-wall traditional and contemporary as well as secular Christmas music. After Christmas, the station started airing hot adult contemporary Christian music with non-musical elements reduced to four hours per day. Finally on February 2, 2003, WAWZ
WAWZ
renamed itself STAR 99.1. The station also began selling time to commercial advertisers, but as it remains owned by a 501C3 they continue to have an annual "Radiothon". But it has continued its all Christmas format since 2002. Playing mostly Christian themed holiday music. WAWZ's signal is among the strongest in NJ and can be heard through all of Central and Northern New Jersey
New Jersey
and New York City
New York City
and as far south as Ocean and Burlington counties as well as Eastern Pennsylvania. With its polished family-friendly contemporary sound, Star 99.1 aims at Christians and nonbelievers alike. A casual listener scanning the radio may not easily differentiate it from secular stations that play Phil Collins or U2.[6] The National Religious Broadcasters
National Religious Broadcasters
honored WAWZ
WAWZ
with Station of the Year awards in 2007[7] and 2008[8] and the National Association of Broadcasters honored them with the 2008 Crystal Radio Award for community service.[9] On August 1, 2014 Pillar of Fire began a lease of WLIR-FM. WAWZ-FM, Zarephath, New Jersey
Zarephath, New Jersey
(STAR 99.1) was broadcast on WLIR-FM as well as its translators as STAR 107.1. The lease ended in April 2015 and WLIR-FM reverted to Christian formatted "Hope Radio.". This ceased operation in early 2015. HD Radio[edit] On April 2006, WAWZ-FM started HD radio operations with Star 99.1-2. The eight-hour block of teaching programs resembles the station's mid-1990s format, including the use of the former tagline, WAWZ-Your Voice of Faith and Inspiration. In 2007, 99.1-3, The Energy, was launched to coincide with the station-sponsored annual youth festival, Autumn Blaze 2007. The Energy playlist and consisted of various genres of Christian-themed, youth-oriented music (e.g., Rock, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues). In 2014, The Energy ceased broadcasts on HD and online.[10] In Early 2015 991 HD3 The Energy returned to WAWZ's HD Side channel. In Early 2016 991 HD-2 ceased operating it's teaching block and has begun playing an assortment of gospel songs. References[edit]

^ a b The Founding and Operation of WAWZ
WAWZ
Radio, V. Capolunghi, Masters Thesis, Kean University, 1977 ^ Jaker, Bill; Sulek, Frank; Kanze, Peter (1998). The airwaves of New York. ISBN 0-7864-0343-8.  ^ William B. Brahms
William B. Brahms
(1998). Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ: A History. ISBN 0-9668586-0-3.  ^ http://www.angelfire.com/nj2/piratejim/njamhistory8.html ^ http://www.angelfire.com/nj2/piratejim/njfmhistory6.html ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/11/nyregion/how-one-radio-station-made-the-conversion.html ^ "WAWZ, WAVA Are Honored by NRB". Radio World. 2007-01-26.  ^ Peterson, Kevin (Kevin). " WAWZ
WAWZ
Wins NRB Award". Radio and Records.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ Jones, Kristopher (April 15, 2008). "NAB CRYSTAL RADIO AWARD PRESENTED TO WAWZ-FM". NAB Press Release.  ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=96

External links[edit]

Star 99.1 FM's Official Website Energy 99.1 HD3 on Facebook Query the FCC's FM station database for WAWZ Radio-Locator information on WAWZ Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WAWZ

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Radio stations in Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties, New Jersey

By AM frequency

1070 1170 1450 1530

By FM frequency

88.7 90.3 91.9 98.3 99.1 100.7

Digital radio by frequency & subchannel

99.1-1 99.1-2 99.1-3

By callsign

W220AA W264BT WAWZ

HD2 HD3

WCTC WJDM WKMB WMGQ WRSU-FM WVPH WWTR

Defunct

WDY

NYC Metro Markets

Hudson Valley Long Island Middlesex-Somerset-Union Monmouth-Ocean Morristown Stamford-Norwalk

Other nearby radio markets Allentown-Bethlehem Sussex Trenton

See also List of radio stations in New Jersey

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Radio stations in the Metropolitan New York market

By AM frequency

570 6601 7101 7701 820 8801 1010 1050 11301 1190 1280 1330 1380 1480 15601 1600 16202 16802

New Jersey 620 930 970 1430 1500 1530 1660

Westchester County, New York 1460

Apex/VHF FM

42.8

By FM frequency

87.7 87.92 88.9 89.13 89.9 90.3 (New York) 90.3 (Brooklyn) 90.7 91.5 92.3 93.9 95.1 95.5 96.3 97.1 97.9 98.7 99.5 101.1 101.9 102.7 104.3 105.1 106.3 106.7 107.5

New Jersey 88.3 88.7 89.13 89.5 90.3 91.1 93.14 94.7 95.9 97.5 99.1 100.34 103.1 105.94

Long Island, New York 92.7 103.54

Westchester County, New York 88.1 90.3 93.5 94.3 96.7 100.7 103.9 106.3 107.1

Via FM subcarrier

67 kHz Chinese Radio New York Gatewave radio reading service Radio Maria
Radio Maria
Stati Uniti (Italian)

92 kHz Chung Wah Chinese Broadcasting Company ICN Radio Radio Maria
Radio Maria
Estados Unidos (Spanish) RBC Radio

NOAA Weather Radio frequency

162.550

Digital radio by frequency & subchannel

710 770 880 1010 1280 1560 88.3-1 88.3-2 89.1-13 89.1-23 89.1-33 89.5-1 89.5-2 89.9-1 89.9-2 89.9-3 90.7-1 90.7-2 92.3-1 92.3-2 92.3-3 93.1-14 93.1-24 93.5-1 93.5-2 93.5-3 93.5-4 93.9-1 93.9-2 93.9-3 94.7-1 94.7-2 95.5-1 95.5-2 95.5-3 96.3-1 96.3-2 96.3-3 97.1-1 97.1-2 97.9-1 98.7-1 98.7-2 98.7-3 99.1-1 99.1-2 99.1-3 100.3-14 100.3-24 101.1-1 101.1-2 101.1-3 102.7-1 102.7-2 102.7-3 103.5-14 103.5-24 103.9-1 104.3-1 104.3-2 104.3-3 105.1-1 105.1-2 105.9-14 105.9-24 106.7-1 106.7-2 107.5-1 107.5-2

By callsign

KWO35 W232AL W236CH W248CG W276AQ W292DV WA2XMN WABC1 WADO WARY WAXQ

HD2 HD3

WAWZ

HD2 HD3

WBAI WBAR2 WBBR1 WBGO

HD2

WBLS

HD2

WBMP

HD2 HD3

WCBS1 WCBS-FM

HD2 HD3

WEPN WEPN-FM

HD2 HD3

WFAN1 WFAN-FM WFDU3

HD2 HD3

WFME1 WFME-FM WFMU WFUV

HD2

WGHT WHCR-FM WHTZ4

HD2

WHUD WICR2 WINS WJDM WKCR-FM

HD2 HD3

WKDM WKLV-FM WKRB WKTU4

HD2

WLIB WLTW

HD2

WMCA WMSC WNBM WNEW-FM

HD2 HD3

WNSH

HD2

WNSW WNYC WNYC-FM

HD2 HD3

WNYE WNYM WNYU-FM3 WNYZ-LP WOR1 WPAT WPAT-FM4

HD2

WPLJ

HD2 HD3

WPSC-FM WQBU-FM WQHT

HD2

WQXR-FM4

HD2

WQXW WSIA WSKQ-FM WSNR WSOU

HD2

WVIP

HD2 HD3 HD4

WVOX WWPR-FM

HD2

WWRL WWRU WWRV WXNY-FM

HD2 HD3

WXPK WYNE-LP WZRC

Internet

Pulse 87

Defunct

2XG WHN WJY (Hoboken, New Jersey) WJY (New York) WNBC WNBC-FM WNEW/1130 WYNY

NYC Metro Markets

Hudson Valley Long Island Middlesex-Somerset-Union Monmouth-Ocean Morristown Stamford-Norwalk

Other nearby radio markets Bridgeport Danbury New Haven Poughkeepsie Sussex Trenton

See also List of radio stations in New York

1 = Clear-channel stations with extended nighttime coverage. 2 = Part 15 station with notability. 3 = Stations share time on the frequency. 4 = Transmits from atop the Empi

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