98.1 FM Chattanooga Tennessee Country CHR HotAC Big Zach 1990s 1996

Big Zach; The “New Star-98” WZST Signal Mountain/Chattanooga | August 19, 1996


One would think that a station sounding this good would have been around for a while. Perhaps it’s the poor signal that killed off the station known as “The New Star 98” – Even on top of Signal Mountain, just one-thousand watts pushed the station’s reach barely into Chattanooga’s suburbs.

Your webmaster happens to genuinely LIKE WZST 98.1 as presented here, featuring Big Zach. The music is the standard HotAc fare heard in the mid-90s (and didn’t THAT bring back some memories), presented in an almost CHR approach.

One thing that amazes me is just how much radio call letters are recycled around the country. From 1992 to present, there have been six different sets of call letters on 98.1 from Signal Mountain, TN. Conversely, the WZST call letters have been in use on 100.9 in Westover, WV (where they are currently), 1410 AM in Leesburg, FL, 98.1 as presented here, 95.9 in Portage, WI and 102.7 in Appomattox, VA.

98.1 FM Chattanooga Tennessee Country CHR HotAC Big Zach 1990s 1996


Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


June 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

If you listen closely, you can still hear the stapler hitting the studio walls…

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