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WERZ
City of license Exeter, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Portsmouth, York Center and the Maine/New Hampshire Seacoast area
Branding 107.1 WERZ
Slogan "Today's Hit Music
Frequency 107.1 MHz
Format Top 40
ERP 5,200 watts
Class A
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(Capstar TX)
Sister stations WHEB, WQSO, WUBB , WXEX, WMYF, WGIN
Webcast listen live
Website werz.com

WERZ is a radio station located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, located at 107.1 on the FM dial. On air it is presented as 107.1 WERZ.

The station was formerly known as WKXR-FM. In March 1982 the call letters were changed to WERZ, with the slogan "Z107...the continuous music FM". The format also changed to CHR. The first program director was Jack O'Brien. The studios were located at 11 Downing Court in Exeter.

WERZ continued through the mid 80s as a Top 40 radio station with great ratings success. Boston-area concert promoter Don Law's Precision Media purchased the station in 1986 and modified the format to a hybrid Adult Contemporary/Top 40 format, during which time the on-air slogan was "107FM WERZ...today's hits, yesterday's classics". Due to the gold-based music product, ratings dropped precipitously until around 1990, when the tempo of the music was picked up, the older Adult Contemporary music was dropped, and more current music was added to the rotation. The slogan was modified to "107.1 FM WERZ...more music, more variety". Specialty weekend programs helped to boost ratings, including American Top 40 with Shadoe Stevens, Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, and "Party Saturday Night" featuring uptempo party songs and "megamixes" of popular dance music, as well as frequent prize giveaways and heavy listener interaction and requests.

WERZ broadcasts from studios located on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth and from a transmitter located on Long Hill in Stratham, New Hampshire. WERZ's signal serves southeastern New Hampshire (more commonly known as the New Hampshire Seacoast Region), York County, Maine, and northeastern Massachusetts. WERZ's legal identification is WERZ-Exeter/Portsmouth, with Exeter being the actual city of license.

Current DJs

  • Ralphie Marino
  • Suzanne Lewis
  • Ed McMann
  • Glen Turner
  • Scotty Dee
  • Jeff Knight
  • Danny Steele
  • Bev Valentine

Selected alumni between 1982-2006

  • Willy B!
  • Jack O'Brien
  • Jeff Paradis
  • Sarah Sullivan
  • Brian Battle
  • Jay Michaels
  • Samantha "The Wild V" Wilde
  • Tim Rose
  • Dave Sandz (DeFranzo)
  • Corey Matthews
  • Arik "A-Rok" Pierce
  • Chad Erickson
  • Valerie Scott
  • Zach Carter
  • Roy Sullivan
  • Mike "OD" O'Donnell
  • Kid Cruise
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Mark Matzell
  • Pete Falconi
  • Audley Williams
  • Dom Armano :: [1] :: [2]
  • J.J. Wright
  • Dave Stevens
  • Lindsey Robbins
  • Tim Fontaine
  • John Willis
  • Rob Walker
  • Steve McVie
  • Dan Alexander
  • Tom Record
  • "Captain" Ken Spaulding
  • Eric Powerz
  • Stella Mars
  • Andy Hartmann
  • Super Dave
  • Ed Foxx
  • Jim "JR" Randall
  • "Doctor" Jeff Lawrence
  • Ben Hamilton
  • Jimmy Stevens
  • BB Good
  • Teegan Hart
  • Melissa Mathers
  • Bob Lindner
  • Jackie Goddard
  • John Collins
  • Pat St. John
  • "Jammin" Jay Brady
  • Daryl Mundo
  • Peter Scott
  • Scott Mackay
  • Charlie Phillips
  • Ben Hamilton
  • Mike Thomas
  • Steve "Matt Taylor" Varholy
  • Pete Falconi

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