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By Lacey Gardner

FM Radio Station KZ102 Ends Local Broadcasts, Replaced With Religious Syndicate


Since February 1966, Rod Biehler has made the daily 25-mile trip from his home in Eldred, Pa. to Wellsville…to do something he loves. Biehler is a radio guy. That all changed June 1st. WZKZ (KZ102) was taken over by religion.

The station was previously sold to Family Life Radio, as it continues to expand its footprint. Country music fans were stunned Tuesday when they turned on the radio and heard…something far from country. Biehler’s last day was Tuesday. Two other employee’s and Wellsville residents also learned they were no longer needed. For nearly 56 years, Biehler has been part of the Wellsville radio community, but this morning, he said “they never offered us anything…there has been little communication.”

In 1966, an 18-year-old Biehler became an on-air personality and station manager at WLSV-AM 790 in Wellsville. At the time, it was the only game in town. He accepted the job after spending a year in Washington, DC at the Career Academy of Broadcasting. He hasn’t looked back since. In 1998, he was hired as the General Manager of WZKZ (KZ102). Biehler and his colleagues say their futures aren’t clear. Rod, however, left the door open to other radio possibilities. Broadcasting can be a painful curse after all. Never surrender!

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