WEGX

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WEGX
WEGX logo.jpg
City of license Dillon, South Carolina
Broadcast area Fayetteville, Florence, Myrtle Beach
Branding Eagle 92.9
Slogan Today's Country
Frequency 92.9 MHz
First air date February 16, 1954
Format Country music
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 492.9 meters
Class C
Facility ID 16936
Transmitter coordinates 34°22′4.00″N 79°19′21.00″W / 34.3677778°N 79.3225000°W / 34.3677778; -79.3225000
Callsign meaning EGX = 'Eagle'[1]
Former callsigns WDSC-FM (1978-1986)
WZNS (1986-1994)
Owner Qantum Communications Corporation
(sale to Clear Channel Communications pending)
(Qantum of Florence License Company, LLC)
Sister stations WDAR-FM, WDSC, WJMX, WJMX-FM, WRZE, WWRK, WZTF
Webcast Listen Live
Website eagle929online.com

WEGX is a country music station licensed to Dillon, South Carolina and serves the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas. The Qantum outlet is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at 92.9 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts. The station goes by the name Eagle 92.9 and its current slogan is "Today's Country."

History of WEGX, Philadelphia[edit]

Formerly, WEGX was Philadelphia's "Eagle 106," and was owned by Malrite Communications Group. The format was "Churban," a hybrid of the contemporary hit radio (CHR) and urban formats with a target demographic in the teens to early 20s, with a focus on dance music. Danny Bonaduce, formerly of the Partridge Family and talk show host, was one of the station's well-known personalities, second to John Lander and the "Nut Hut". On March 12, 1993, the station changed its format to Jazz. The call letters changed to WJJZ, Smooth Jazz 106, on March 22. WJJZ is also now defunct.

During the early 1990s WEGX had a great run in the Philadelphia market. Some notable talent that were involved with the station: Brian Philips (President of CMT as of 2008), Jay Beau Jones, Brian Murphy, Gary Leigh, Max Viera, Welch & Woody, Rumble & Thrower, John Lander, Danny Bonaduce, Lucy St. James, Spyder Harrison, Cadillac Jack, JoJo, Sean Caldwell and Karen Clauss (news).

History of WEGX, Dillon[edit]

For many years Eagle 92.9 had the call letters WDSC-FM. The format was adult contemporary in the 1980s when WDSC-FM became WZNS Z-92.9 and increased its signal power, already at 100,000 watts, by moving to one of the area's tallest towers, the one already used by WPDE[citation needed].

WZNS "Z93" played classic rock in the early 1990s. During the summer of 1993, WRCQ owner Metropolitan Broadcasting managed the station and aired the same programming on WZNS and WRCQ. In November, WZNS went off the air.[2] Just before the switch to the current format, the station became known for crazy stunts such as chickens, bouncing balls, barking dogs and running water. One stunt was a computerized countdown from 32,084 created by Dan Robins, corporate product manager of Smart Computers and Software in Fayetteville.[3][4] After the switch to country in 1994, billboards and newspaper ads advised people "Do not listen to 92.9 FM.[5]"

Eagle 92.9 announced a move to studios in Fayetteville, North Carolina later that year. Owner Beasley Broadcasting also owned Fayetteville country station WKML.[6]

The Eagle did not do well in Fayetteville, and after 5 months, the station moved back to Dillon.[7]On July 2, 1997, three years after buying the station, Beasley announced it would sell WEGX. Root Communications of Daytona Beach owned several stations in the Florence, South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina markets, areas where Beasley had not succeeded in buying radio stations.[8]

Qantum Communications Inc. purchased Florence's Root Communications Group LP stations in 2003.[9]

With Qantum Communications once again concentrating their efforts on the Florence market and surrounding Pee Dee Region, the station quickly ascended to the top of the Arbitron rankings and has held its position consistently over the years, finishing second only to contemporary urban station WYNN 106.3. The station continues to buck the current trend of automation and syndication, with live personalities from morning to sundown weekdays, while allowing for syndicated host Whitney Allen (The Big Time with Whitney Allen) Monday through Saturday evenings. The station also plays host to all MRN and PRN broadcasts as the official home for NASCAR in the region.

On May 15, 2014, Qantum Communications announced that it would sell its 29 stations, including WEGX, to Clear Channel Communications for WALK AM-FM in Patchogue, New York as part of the sale of the WALK stations to Connoisseur Media.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  2. ^ Paul Woolverton, "WRCQ Owners to Purchase Competitors," The Fayetteville Observer, November 2, 1993.
  3. ^ Michael Futch, "Bob and Mike Are Back, Promising to Be Nice," The Fayetteville Observer, April 22, 1994.
  4. ^ Gina Evans, "Radio Countdown," The Fayetteville Observer, June 5, 1994.
  5. ^ Bob Horne, "Do Not -- I Repeat, Do Not -- Read the Column Below," The Fayetteville Observer, June 7, 1994.
  6. ^ Michael Futch, "WEGX One Eagle That's Migrating North," The Fayetteville Observer, September 30, 1994.
  7. ^ Michael Futch, "Country Music Station Heads Back to Dillon," The Fayetteville Observer, November 17, 1995.
  8. ^ Michael Futch, "'The Eagle' Lands on the Market," The Fayetteville Observer, July 6, 1997.
  9. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 2003-03-16. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (May 15, 2014). "Qantum Sells To Clear Channel; Connoisseur Expands In Long Island". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

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