WAZT-CD is a religious television station in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, licensed to Woodstock, Virginia. It is officially considered to be in the Washington, DC television market. The station began broadcasting digitally on channel 46 (WAZW-LD, now WAZW-CD) in January 2010. The station offers some Cornerstone programming, but it generally does not show them in-pattern with those networks, and it also broadcasts some secular syndicated programming and classic television shows. WAZT once broadcast a local newscast at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (entitled News 10), but this was discontinued on December 26, 2005. In January 2006, WAZT began airing CBN's "NewsWatch" program.
The station has operated since October 1985, when it was put on the air by Ruarch Associates, LLC (its original calls were W10AZ, with the WAZT calls, introduced in 1994, likely being derived from it), and once had a radio sister station, WAZR (93.7 FM; that station is now owned by Clear Channel Communications with a contemporary format). Ruarch sold WAZT to JLA Media & Publications in 2006. Jones Broadcasting acquired the station out of chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2011.
As WAZT operates at a low-power, it must use relays to expand its signal throughout the rest of Shenandoah Valley. The station refers to this network of signals as the Faith - The Family Entertainment Network. Interestingly, these relays also had "AZ" in their translator calls, though the AZ in their current callsigns is derived from WAZT. The relays changed their callsigns in the early 2000s (decade).
Most of these stations are also in the Washington market, although the Harrisonburg relay is in the Harrisonburg market.
|Station||City of license||Channels|
Analog / Digital
|First air date||Fourth letter meaning||Former call signs||ERP||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|1988||A disambiguation of WAZT||W16AA (1988–1997)|
|WAZF-CD||Front Royal||Virtual: 28|
|1994||Front Royal||W28AZ (1989–2000)|
|36.8 kW (analog)|
15 kW (digital)