99.3 WATZ

Serving the Alpena area since 1946, 99.3 WATZ was the first commercial broadcast station in Alpena. Their live and local DJs provide the area with today's best country, entertaining segments, news, community events, contests, and more! 

Today’s Country 99.3 WATZ is your live and local radio stations in Northeast Michigan,  taking great pride in informing and entertaining listeners.


We are live throughout the weekdays and even on the weekends, a rare feat in radio these days.  WATZ plays “Today’s Country”  with a bit of classic country thrown into the mix., as well as polkas on our popular “Sunday Morning in Poland” show.  


WATZ has a long, rich heritage in the broadcast industry. The station was the first commercial broadcast facility in Alpena, and one of the first in Northern Lower Michigan. It is still owned by the same family who founded the station in 1946.

WATZ plays a Hot Country format, throwing in some of the classics that seem to only get better with age. For over 25 years, Steve Wright has anchored WATZ's popular morning show, which features "Feats of Bowling Greatness", trivia, and Trademart, a well-loved WATZ tradition.


Mary Thurston keeps you company in the late morning and early afternoon with her quick wit and quirky sense of humor.

The WATZ-WRGZ News Department, led by longtime News Director Bruce Johnson, keeps the vast WATZ-WRGZ listening area well covered and well informed with the most cogent, complete, and trustworthy reporting in the region. 

For your fix of North Country Radio, tune in to 99.3 on your radio dial, listen online, or on your mobile device by downloading the "Listen Live" app at watz.com.