WAZO is a radio station
Radio station
Radio broadcasting is a one-way wireless transmission over radio waves intended to reach a wide audience. Stations can be linked in radio networks to broadcast a common radio format, either in broadcast syndication or simulcast or both...

 broadcasting a contemporary hit radio
Contemporary hit radio
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 format. Licensed to Southport, North Carolina
Southport, North Carolina
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area...

, USA, the station serves the Wilmington area. WAZO is currently owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company
Capitol Broadcasting Company
Capitol Broadcasting Company is a TV and radio broadcast company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. They also own and operate the minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls.-TV:*WRAL-TV 5...

. Z 1075 now plays "Top 40" artists; including: Akon
Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, better known as simply Akon , is a Senegalese American R&B recording artist and songwriter.According to Forbes, Akon grossed $21 million in 2010, $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first...

, Lady GaGa
Lady GaGa
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, Paramore
Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York...

, Daughtry, Fergie, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
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, and others.


For many years, WJYW "Joy 107" in Southport, North Carolina
Southport, North Carolina
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area...

, played beautiful music
Beautiful music
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. In the late 1980s, the station moved from 107.1 FM and increased its power from 3,000 to 50,000 watts, changed its name to WSFM "Surf 107.5", and changed its format to album oriented rock. During the 1990s, Surf 107.5 changed to modern rock
Modern rock
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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
WBNE is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA, the station serves the Wilmington area. The station is currently owned by Sea-Comm, Inc.-History:...

 when Surf signed the syndicated "Lex and Terry
Lex and Terry
Lex and Terry is a syndicated morning radio hosted by Lex Staley and Terry Jaymes. Currently based in Dallas, Texas, the show is distributed by United Stations Radio Networks. It is heard during weekday mornings on 30 radio stations in the U.S. and on XM 165....


In July 2004, NextMedia Group
NextMedia Group
NextMedia Group is an out-of-home media company headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. NextMedia owns and operates 33 AM and FM stations , 5,700 outdoor advertising display across several regions and markets , as well as an interactive division ....

 purchased WRQR, WAZO, and WMFD from Ocean Broadcasting, and WKXB
WKXB is a Rhythmic Adult Contemporary formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina and serving the Wilmington, North Carolina area....

 and WSFM from Sea-Comm Inc. The sale meant WSFM and WAZO would trade frequencies. JoJo, Jamie and Flave of Bob 93.3
WERO is a contemporary hit radio music formatted radio station for Eastern North Carolina operated out of Washington, North Carolina, USA, targeting the Greenville, North Carolina and Eastern North Carolina areas...

 in Greenville, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Greenville is the county seat of Pitt County and principal city of the Greenville, North Carolina metropolitan area. Greenville is the health, entertainment, and educational hub of North Carolina's Tidewater and Coastal Plain and in 2008 was listed as the Tenth Largest City in North Carolina...

joined what was now Z-107.5.

In July 2008, Capitol Broadcasting announced its purchase of NextMedia's Wilmington stations.

On July 31, 2009 wattage increased to 75,000 watts.

The signal can often be received as far away as Raleigh, North Carolina during strong times of DXing.

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