Infobox Radio station
name = WZYP-FM

city = Athens, Alabama
area = Huntsville, Alabama
branding = "104.3 ZYP"
slogan = "Today's Best Music"
airdate =
frequency = 104.3 FM (MHz)
format = Top 40 (CHR)
erp = 100,000 watts
haat = 340 meters (1116 ft)
class = C
facility_id = 3083
coordinates = coord|34|49|05|N|86|44|16|W|
callsign_meaning =
former_callsigns = WJOF
owner = Cumulus Media
licensee = Cumulus Licensing LLC
sister_stations = WHRP, WUMP, WVNN, WVNN-FM, WWFF-FM
webcast =
website = http://www.wzyp.net/
affiliations =

WZYP (104.3 FM, "104.3 ZYP") is a Top 40 (CHR) music-formatted radio station licensed to serve Athens, Alabama and broadcasting in the Huntsville, Alabama, market.cite web |title=Station Information Profile |work=Arbitron |url=http://www.arbitron.com/] The station is owned by Cumulus Media. The broadcast signal can be heard throughout all of northern Alabama and much of southern central Tennessee.


Originally founded by the Dunnavant family of Athens, Alabama (which remains its city of license), this was originally named WJOF. Prior to 1978, WJOF featured a mixture of beautiful music and, at night, country music.

On June 10, 1980, the call letters were switched to the current WZYP.cite web |work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=3083&Callsign=WZYP |title=Call Sign History] Throughout all of the 1980s, WZYP was northern Alabama's top-rated station, dethroned only by WDRM when country experienced a resurge in popularity among young people in the 1990s. Nonetheless, it has remained among the Huntsville market's most-listened to stations through the mid-2000s. [cite web |title=WDRM-FM still king of area radio |url=http://www.al.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/entertainment/1197195594305360.xml&coll=1 |work=The Huntsville Times |date=2007-12-09]


WZYP was sold by the Dunnavant family to Cumulus Media in 2003. This ended a 55-year presence in the market by Athens Broadcasting, founded in 1948 by Homer Felix "Pap" Dunnavant. [cite news | title = Obituaries - Elsewhere | work = The Miami Herald | location = Miami, Florida | page = 4B | date = 1996-09-14 | accessdate = 2008-01-02 | quote = Dunnavant, Homer Felix "Pap," 98, whose media career began with a part-time job in radio and ended with a chain of stations; in Athens, Ala. He had been a farmer and barber in north Alabama when he decided to buy some time on radio in the 1930s and do his own show. In 1948, the Federal Communications Commission gave him permission to open his first radio station in Athens. From that grew Athens Broadcasting, with radio stations WZYP, WVNN, WPZM and WUMP in Athens]

On April 1, 2003, WZYP was sold by Athens Broadcasting Co. (William E. Dunnavant, president) to Cumulus Broadcasting Inc. as part of a four station deal with a total sale price of $22 million in cash and Cumulus common stock. [cite news | title = Cumulus Media Inc. Enters Huntsville, AL with Purchase of Four Stations | work = Business Wire | location = Atlanta, Georgia | date = 2003-04-01 | accessdate = 2008-01-02 | quote = Cumulus Media Inc. (Nasdaq:CMLS) today announced it has signed an Acquisition Agreement to purchase stations from Athens Broadcasting Company, Inc. which owns WZYP-FM, WUSX-FM, WVNN-AM and WUMP-AM. The purchase price is $22 million and includes approximately $2.5 million of net working capital. The consideration for this transaction will consist entirely of Cumulus Media Class A common stock.] [ cite web |url=http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA293338.html |title=Changing Hands |author=BIA Financial Networks |work=Broadcasting & Cable |date=2003-04-21] The acquisition of the stations was completed in July 2003. [cite news | title = Breaking News - July 24, 2003 | url = http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=19677 | work = FMQB | date = 2003-07-24 | accessdate = 2008-01-02 | quote = Cumulus has completed its acquisition of Nashville stations WSM and WWTN, and Huntsville, AL stations WZYP, WUSX, WVNN and WUMP from Athens Broadcasting.] WZYP remains co-owned with former Dunnavant stations WVNN and WUMP, in addition to WHRP and WWFF-FM.


External links

* [http://www.wzyp.net/ WZYP official website]

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