The New Music Revolution Is On Channel Z
Augusta’s First Alternative Rock Station
WCHZ-FM arrived on Augusta’s airwaves in November 1992 as an alternative rock outlet named Channel Z 95.1. This bold new station was the first to provide an alternative rock format to Augusta and the larger CSRA, featuring independent artists, the Seattle sound, and local musicians.
Although the station had a small but loyal audience, it was handicapped with a signal that covered 2/3 of the Augusta/Aiken market. It was nominated in 1996 for “Small Market Station Of The Year” as well as then-Music Director Johnny Cage for “Music Director Of The Year” by Billboard Radio Monitor and was voted “Best Radio Station” in 1995 and 1996 by readers of “Augusta Magazine”.
The station signed a local marketing agreement on December 10, 1996 with Beasley Broadcasting (who later purchased it) and the format was flipped to 1970s oldies as “Z95”.
The New Music Revolution
Voted Best In Augusta
The Friday “Five O’Clock Hootie Hoo”
The Ride Home With Reckless Eric
If you remember Channel Z, you know the Five O’Clock Hootie-Hoo. If you’re like us, you waited for it every Friday and cranked that s**t up. Well, we’ve got everything you could want to know about the Hootie-Hoo, plus the whole track for listening to get ready for the weekend.