WFXC

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WFXC
WFXK
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City of license WFXC: Durham, North Carolina
WFXK: Bunn, North Carolina
Broadcast area Raleigh/Durham
Research Triangle
Branding "Foxy 107/104"
Slogan Today's R&B and Classic Soul
Frequency WFXC: 107.1 (MHz)
WFXK: 104.3 (MHz)
First air date WFXC: 1965
WFXK:
Format Urban Adult Contemporary
ERP WFXC: 8,000 watts
WFXK: 100,000 watts
HAAT WFXC: 146 meters
WFXK: 299 meters
Class WFXC: C3
WFXK: C1
Facility ID WFXC: 36952
WFXK; 24931
Transmitter coordinates WFXC:
35°58′39″N 78°48′58″W / 35.97750°N 78.81611°W / 35.97750; -78.81611
WFXK:
36°2′22″N 78°3′44″W / 36.03944°N 78.06222°W / 36.03944; -78.06222
Callsign meaning FoXie; the C and K are fillers
Former callsigns WFXC:
WSRC-FM (1965-1971)
WDBS (1971-1984)
WFXK:
WCPS-FM (1952-1976)
WKTC (1976-1989)
WAZO (1989-1990)
WCAS (1990-1992)
Affiliations Tom Joyner Morning Show
Owner Radio One
Sister stations WNNL, WQOK
Webcast Listen Live
Website foxync.com

WFXC (107.1 FM) and WFXK (104.3 FM) are a simulcasting urban adult contemporary station in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina market. Owned by Radio One along with K97.5 and The Light 103.9, "Foxy 107/104" plays "Today's R&B and Classic Soul" and airs the Tom Joyner morning show and the Michael Baisden afternoon show. The station was ranked first in the Roanoke Rapids market in the Fall of 2006, Spring 2007 and Fall of 2007.[1] Its studios are located in Raleigh; the WFXC transmitter tower is in Oak Grove, just east of Durham, while the WFXK transmitter is near Castalia, west of Rocky Mount.

History[edit]

107.1[edit]

WFXC signed on in 1965 as WSRC-FM, the sister station of Durham's WSRC, 1410 AM (now WRJD). In 1971, Duke University Broadcasting Service bought the station and renamed it WDBS. The new station was free-form with lots of progressive rock, folk, jazz and a daily classical music program. On the business side, WDBS operated as a non-profit commercial station. With WDBS's commercial dial position increasing in value, Duke sold the station to the Village Companies in 1983 and applied for a non-commercial license. Classic Ventures, Ltd. later bought WDBS, changing the format to easy listening. The call letters changed to WFXC in June 1984 with a format targeted at the black community. In 1986, WFXC became known as "Foxy 107-The Triangle's Strong Song Station", the first area FM to program urban contemporary music. In 1987, WQOK moved in from South Boston and went head-to-head with "Foxy" for the urban audience. Though WFXC had recently moved from Rose of Sharon Road in western Durham County to a more centrally located taller tower off NC 98, the station's signal, limited to a 3,000-watt facility, was still no match for the powerful 100,000-watt newcomer, prompting "Foxy" to switch to a rhythm and blues/urban adult contemporary format targeting an older, upscale audience in 1990. In the spring of 1992, WFXC found a fix for their coverage shortcomings in WCAS 104.3, a faltering 100,000-watt move-in from Tarboro programming adult contemporary. Owner Pinnacle Broadcasting quickly entered into a local marketing agreement with WCAS owner Osborn Communications and began airing at two dial positions as "Foxy 107/Foxy 104". WCAS later became WFXK and both stations are now owned by Radio One.[2][3]

WFXC plans a power increase with a change to class C3. The station shares its eastern Durham County tower with WQOK.[4]

104.3[edit]

WFXK began as WCPS-FM in Tarboro, North Carolina, the sister station of WCPS 760 AM. Both stations later became the property of Curtis Media and the frequency became home to a country music format as WKTC "Katie Country". In 1990, 104.3 FM was upgraded to serve the Raleigh market by new owner Osborne Communications, while the WKTC intellectual property moved to 96.9 FM in Goldsboro. Osborne debuted in Raleigh as WAZO, but later became WCAS "Class 104", an adult contemporary station. The "Class" format attracted some notable personalities from other area stations such as WRAL morning man "Famous" Bob Inskeep, but never really took off ratings wise. Class 104 gave way to a simulcast of WFXC called "Foxy 107/Foxy 104". WFXC and WFXK were purchased by Clear Channel in 1996[citation needed] and were owned by Clear Channel Worldwide until 2000 when the two, along with WNNL and WQOK, were spun off to Radio One for Clear Channel to meet ownership caps following their acquisition of AMFM.[5]

In 2012, WFXK was relicensed from Tarboro, North Carolina, to Bunn, North Carolina, but kept the same transmitter in Macclesfield.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roanoke Rapids Market Ratings". Radio & Records. 
  2. ^ "Raleigh-Durham Radio Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  3. ^ C.E. Yandle, "WFXC Owner Takes Over WCAS Airwaves," News & Observer, April 9, 1992, p. c12.
  4. ^ "Application for Construction Permit". Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Clear Channel to sell 4 Triangle stations". Triangle Business Journal. 2000-03-13. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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