WZGC FM ("92.9 dave fm") is an Atlanta FM radio station playing the adult album alternative radio format. Deep classic hits can also be heard on 92.9 HD-2 (HD Radio needed).
From 1974 through July 2004, the station was called Z93. From 1974 through 1987 Z-93 was a leading CHR station; then changed to an urban CHR format from 1987 to 1989, and had a classic rock format from 1989 to 2004. The name change to DAVE FM and format switch to adult album alternative came on July 22.
Up until the change, the station was one of the most rigid Atlanta FM radio stations in terms of name and callsign. Originally it was the first full-time FM Atlanta classical music station, with the call letters WGKA-FM, it changed to WZGC in 1972, when it began as an oldies station. It switched to Top 40 in 1974, then to an urban format during the summer of 1987, and then to classic rock in January 1989.
The station now plays a selection of music from the 1980s and 1990s, but also goes as far back as the 1970s and plays some current music as well. Artists with several songs in rotation at the station include Sting, U2, INXS, R.E.M. and Bob Marley. Weekdays from 5-6PM, DAVE-FM plays an 80's mix, titled Retro In the Metro. Atlanta's ONLY 80's music show, hosted by drive time personality Rich "Sully" Sullivan.
WZGC is owned by CBS Radio, along with WVEE FM and WAOK AM in Atlanta.
The current air staff includes Zakk Tyler's morning show, then mid-morning to mid-afternoon is hosted by Mara Davis, who does a request theme lunch hour called Radio Free Lunch. Rich "Sully" Sullivan works afternoon drive. Margot is the evening jock and music director, while Orff finishes the day from 10pm-3am. The station does many specialty weekends, including themes such as "Adult Swim", focusing on deeper cuts, and specific artists such as Mark Knopfler.
The Zakk Tyler Morning Show
On Monday, February 4, 2008, the Zakk Tyler Morning Show premiered, replacing Music Mornings. The show is a personality-based morning show. Dave’s General Manager Rick Caffey stated that both Holly Firfer and Tim Orff, the hosts of Music Mornings, were being considered for spots on Zakk’s show, although neither made the jump to the new show. Orff can still be heard from 10 PM to 3 AM each night, while Firfer left the station (she can still be seen on a local program, "Atlanta and Company"). Joining Zakk each morning is "Sweet Baby" Jane Monzures. Zakk Tyler worked in Louisville, Ky., Greenville, S.C. and San Jose, Calif. before going to Chicago for two years on The Loop.
- World Famous Steve Taylor (nights 1978-1980). His live DJ shows at Six Flags in 1979 drew audiences of 5,000 to 15,000 at the height of the disco era. Taylor later became Program Director of WXBQ-FM in 1982, in the wake of the "urban cowboy" era. Under his guidance, he built the highest rated per capita "modern" country station in the US (21.1 12+ ARB spring 1984). WXBQ remains a cornerstone of the country music industry today. Steve still makes personal appearances with his groundbreaking mobile DJ show < http://www.TaylorDJ.com > . His voice has been heard on TV and Radio commercials from coast to coast.
- Robbie Spears 1984-1991 - overnights (Hit Radio Z-93), part-time (Hot New Z-93), middays - Classic Cafe (Z-93 Classic Rock)now part-time on 94.9 Lite FM.
- Bob Bailey (afternoons - Traffic Jam & Jokes, Blues Sunday)
- Steve Barnes (host of the All Access morning show) with Holly Firfer.
- The Fat Mattress (morning show) with Chase and Woodside. Once the morning show was finished, Scott Woodside was heard doing traffic part-time, along with running a pen business and currently works part-time at Atlanta's Kicks 101.5 WKHX
- Slats (morning show) with producer Jeff. Slats' catchphrase was "How ya doing?"
- Moby (mornings) was the morning show for six months in 2002-03 after he was let go from Kicks 101.5. WKHX He now hosts a national country-music morning show.Now heard locally on 106.1WNGC in Athens,south 107 in Rome and 92.5 the Bear on the southside.
- Kaedy Kiely (drivetime) was afternoon drivetime host for several years before Z93 became Dave in 2004. Now at 790 the Zone.
- The Greaseman (syndicated morning show), with local producer Roger King.
- Caroline (evenings)
- Jason Davis (weekends), www.jasondavis.com
- Charles Henry (overnights)
- Chase Daniels (overnights) from August 2000 - February 2002.
- Adam Caskey (overnights)
- "Chris James" Sechler (weekends) ran "Southern Rock at 8 O'clock", a Saturday night request based show while serving as station Public Affairs Director and Falcons Radio personnel from 2002 until the format switch in 2004. From there, he moved into a production based role as Production Director for Atlanta Falcons Radio and as a Production Assistant for Dave FM.
- Randy Miller (morning show) from 1986 until the end of 1988, just prior to Z93's switch to classic rock.
- Steve McCoy (morning show) with Program Director John Young and Jay Andrews producer during the early 1980s through 1986, when McCoy departed to join Power 99. He was partnered with Vikki Locke at WSTR Star 94 until fall 2007 when Locke retired due to medical reasons. McCoy returned on air with Locke on B98.5 WSB-FM on July 1,2008.
- Chris Thomas (afternoons) also was Assistant Program Director and Music Director from 1982 through 1986. After a short stint at then Power-99 (now 99X), moved to WGST (News/Talk) as Sports Anchor/Talk-show host under real name, Dale Mitchell. Now living in Chattanooga and operates Announcerboy Productions as a voice talent.
- Mary Glenn Lassiter (mornings), worked with both Steve McCoy and Randy Miller.
- Doug Banks (nights 1978) Later became famous for his nationally syndicated Urban music radio show from Chicago.
- Ross & Wilson's radio show became so popular, that the team moved from Atlanta to New York City, to become the last great morning show on the Legendary AM WABC.
- Jay Andrews (overnights) worked from 1981 to 1984 and became the first McCoy show morning producer. Now VP Broadcasting for Jacobs Media , afternoons on MAJIC 1029 (SuperHits) Gainesville, GA and voiceover talent
- Z-93's Top 40 years 1974-1987
- Ross Brittain and Brian Wilson "Ross & Wilson" (mornings 1978-1980)
- Steve McCoy/John Young/Mary Glenn Lassiter (mornings)
- Randy Miller (mornings 1986-1988)
- Jay Taylor (midday 1975-1977)
- Randy Reeves (midday)
- Dale O'Brien (afternoons)
- Chris Thomas (afternoons)
- Dan Mason (evenings)
- Machine Gun Gary (nights)
- World Famous Steve Taylor (nights 1978-1980)
- Michelle (evenings)
- Steve Davis (nights)
- Mel Cargle (nights then morning news with Steve McCoy in 1983)
- Lindsey (nights)
- Steve Mapel (late nights)
- Jay Andrews (overnights)
- Robbie Spears (overnights)
- Steve Mapel (late nights)
- Jay Andrews (overnights)
- Doug Banks (1978)
- Kris O'Kelley (Program Director)
- John Young (Program Director)
- Beau Bock (sports)
- Shadow Stevens (went to Kicks after Z93,then went into acting)
- Bill Brown (AKA "The Rumson Kid" from WNEW-FM NYC,Scott Muni protege, guest hosted regularly)