WHTZ (100.3 FM) – branded Z100 – is a commercial Top 40 (CHR) radio station licensed to Newark, New Jersey and serving the New York City metropolitan area. Owned by iHeartMedia, WHTZ serves as the flagship station for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and the New York affiliate for On Air with Ryan Seacrest. The WHTZ studios are located in the AT&T Building in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City, while the station transmitter resides atop the Empire State Building.
Besides a standard analog transmission, WHTZ broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online via iHeartRadio. The station also simulcasts over channel 12 on SiriusXM satellite radio.
The call letters are supposed to represent the word “hits” with a Z; indeed, an early advertising campaign for the earlier days of station claimed that HTZ was “Finally, there’s a new way to spell Hitz!”
Z100 broadcasts a mainstream Top 40 format. A majority of the music played on Z100 tends to be pop, R&B, alternative, hip-hop, rock, EDM, and dance. On Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated nationally via Premiere Networks, is heard daily. The station is also the New York home for American Top 40, which is also hosted by Ryan Seacrest and syndicated by Premiere Networks and airs Sunday mornings. While radio personality Mo’ Bounce was originally on Z100 from 6 to 10 pm, today he can be heard on the station from 2-6 pm due to staff changes. Radio personality Maxwell now takes over Z100 at night due to these staff changes.
Mark Medina, program director of WHTZ, has been named top pop programmer of the year by Billboard. He succeeded programmer Sharon Dastur, as Dastur took on a position at iHeartRadio, Z100’s parent company.
WHTZ local on air personalities are referred to as “ZJ’s”.
WHTZ-HD2 currently flagships Nick Radio, a Top 40 station aimed at kids and teens which broadcasts nationwide through iHeartRadio’s app and uses WHTZ personnel.
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