The Original WCYB/WZAP Tower and Transmitter Building
Raytheon 1946 - 1986

This Raytheon Transmitter (service dates 1946 - 1986) served the Mountain Empire for many years dating back to the days of WCYB Radio. Through this fine piece of post WW-II technology early listeners enjoyed the very popular "WCYB Farm and Funtime". This afternoon broadcast helped launch the careers of, The Stanley Brothers and many others.

WCYB Radio became WZAP Radio when the station was sold to the new owner in 1969! Since WCYB-TV was sold to a different party, part of the conditions of the sale required the new Radio owners to change call letters in order to distinguish separate ownership of the new entities! WZAP was sold to the current owner, RAM Communications, Inc., in October, 1976 and approved by the FCC in January, 1977! RAM Communications was formed by R.A. Morris who remaind President until his heavenly homegoing on June 28th, 2014. His wife, Joyce Morris is the current owner and President.

Continental 1986 - 2006
The Continental Transmitter was placed into service as technology changed and moved to smaller units. (Note; the Continental is less than half the size of the Raytheon.) The Continental, along with the old Raytheon, were maintained for fifty years by WCYB/WZAP Chief Engineer, John Faniola, (deceased).
Nautel 2006 - present
The Lord has blessed us with this state of the art transmitter with many modern features.The Nautel is less than half the size of the Continental, totally solid state, HD Compatible and computerized. Nautel is recognized Industry wide as the leader in Solid State Transmitters. The Nautel is maintained by current Chief Engineer - Chuck Lawson.




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