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WPZE
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City of license Mableton, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding "Praise 102.5"
Slogan "Atlanta's Inspiration Station"
Frequency 102.5 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1997
Format Gospel
Language English
ERP 3,000 watts
HAAT 143 meters
Class A
Facility ID 24562
Transmitter coordinates 33°41′20.00″N 84°30′38.00″W / 33.68889°N 84.51056°W / 33.68889; -84.51056
Callsign meaning PraiZ E (play on "Praise")
Former callsigns WAMJ (2001-2009)
WAWE (1997-2001)
Owner Radio One of Atlanta
(New Mableton Broadcasting Corperation)
Sister stations WAMJ, WHTA, WUMJ
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.mypraiseatl.com

WPZE ("Praise 102.5") is a radio station located in Atlanta, Georgia. Operating on 102.5 MHz, it is assigned Mableton as its city of license, and transmits from a location in southwest Atlanta, near I-285 and Langford Parkway. The callsign was previously assigned to what is now WUMJ FM in Fayetteville, Georgia until they were moved to 102.5 FM along with the Urban Gospel format on February 16, 2009. The previous call sign WAMJ was moved back to the 107.5 FM frequency (formerly WJZZ-FM) to reunite with the "Majic" branding and format which started simulcasting on WUMJ.

This station is broadcasting in IBOC digital radio, using the HD Radio system from iBiquity.

History

The station is the result of Docket 80-90, the FCC plan to allow more stations on the air by reducing the required spacings. During the mid-1980s, it was decided that one of these new stations would be assigned to the west-northwest side of metro Atlanta. Several applicants requested the new allotment be assigned to one of four cities: Mableton, Lithia Springs, Douglasville, and Forest Park. The frequency already belonged to WGHR in Marietta, the student radio station at what is now Southern Polytechnic State University — however the forced downgrade to second-class status left the class D station vulnerable. It applied for the new allotment and to have it reserved to Marietta and as noncommercial, however the FCC refused this, leaving WGHR with no chance of upgrading. The remaining contenders applied in 1988, and had a lengthy battle in court. After many years of legal wrangling over the frequency, the station came on the air in 2001, forcing WGHR at SPSU to 100.7, and then off the air completely due to WWWQ's move-in on 100.5.

The station was assigned the call sign WAWE FM on November 24, 1997 during its construction permit. On June 27, 2001, the station was then assigned the WAMJ call sign just before it went on the air. The call sign was moved from 107.5 FM, which then upgraded to a Class C3 station and took on the call sign WJZZ-FM and adopted a "Smooth Jazz" format.

In April 2004, Radio One acquired New Mableton Broadcast Corporation (WAMJ's owner) for approximately $35 million. Radio One operated the station under a local marketing agreement beginning in August 2001. Radio One then completed this acquisition during the fourth quarter of 2004, under the name ROA Licenses (Radio One Atlanta Licenses), which also owned WJZZ-FM, WPZE-FM, and WHTA-FM.

In October 2005, the station changed format to Urban Adult Contemporary with the addition of current R&B and soul songs; it only skewed more to an Urban Oldies/Classic Soul heavy segment of the format months later. When attempts to secure broadcasting rights to The Tom Joyner Morning Show failed, WAMJ began carrying The Steve Harvey Show in the mornings, and syndicated talk programming (including the Al Sharpton program and The Michael Baisden Show) during the midday and afternoon hours. Evenings and weekends remain dedicated to music, however.

In February 2009, the Praise branding moved to 102.5 FM from 97.5 FM which changed formats to a simulcast of Majic 107.5 (as WUMJ). At this time the WAMJ call sign was returned to 107.5 FM (formerly WJZZ-FM) to reunite with the "Majic" branding. [1][2]

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