WKMX

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WKMX
WKMX NEW LOGO.jpg
City of license Enterprise, Alabama
Broadcast area Dothan, Alabama
Branding 106.7 KMX
Slogan All the Hits
Frequency 106.7 MHz
First air date November 27, 1974
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 326 meters (1070 feet)
Class C
Facility ID 73179
Transmitter coordinates 31°24′41.00″N 85°57′32.00″W / 31.4113889°N 85.9588889°W / 31.4113889; -85.9588889
Callsign meaning MX = "Mix"[1]
Affiliations Premiere Radio Networks
Owner Gulf South Communications
Sister stations WTVY-FM, WDJR, WDBT
Webcast Listen Live
Website wkmx.com

WKMX (106.7 FM, "All the Hits, 106.7 KMX") is a radio station broadcasting a Top 40 (CHR) format.[2] Licensed to Enterprise, Alabama, USA, the station serves the Dothan, Alabama, metropolitan area. The station is owned by Gulf South Communications and features programming from Premiere Radio Networks.[3]

History[edit]

In 1974, veterinarian Jones Wallace Miller was granted a construction permit for a new FM radio station to broadcast with 100,000 watts of effective radiated power on 106.7 MHz. It began broadcasting on November 27, 1974.[4][5] In 1979, WKMX was broadcasting a middle of the road music format.[6]

In June 2004, WKMX Inc. (Wallace Miller, president) made a deal to sell WKMX after 30 years of continuous ownership to Styles Media Group LLC (Thomas A. DiBacco, managing member) for a reported sale price of $4.5 million.[7] The deal gained FCC approval on August 4, 2004, and was consummated on September 3, 2004.[8] In 2006, Styles Broadcasting became the Magic Broadcasting Company.[9]

In 2011, the station was sold again, this time along with sister properties WTVY-FM, WJRL-FM, WLDA, and WBBK-FM. WKMX and WTVY were sold to Gulf South Communications, where they became sister stations to WDJR and WUSD, while WJRL-FM and WLDA were sold to Southeast Alabama Broadcasters, which now owns them along with WDBT and WESP. WBBK was sold to a third company, Alabama Media Investments.[10] The sale was consummated on December 1, 2011.

Controversy[edit]

The station drew national attention in May 2001 when WKMX, Inc., filed a federal lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company alleging that the soda giant stole the station's name and colors for its KMX energy drink.[11] In June 2003, then-general manager Terry Duffie told the press that "the matter has been resolved" although no details of any settlement were revealed.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (June 2, 2009). "Call Letter Origins" 238. The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "WKMX Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". Broadcasting Yearbook 1975. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1975. p. C-5. 
  5. ^ "Enterprise's only radio station". Radio Daily News. January 2004. 
  6. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". 1979 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-4. 
  7. ^ "Changing Hands - 7/12/2004". Broadcasting & Cable. July 12, 2004. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20040615ACJ)". FCC Media Bureau. September 3, 2004. 
  9. ^ "Life Story". Don McCoy's Magic House. Retrieved December 19, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Seven stations are changing hands in Dothan, Alabama". Radio-Info.com. February 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Daily Briefing". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 11, 2001. p. C2. WKMX Inc., an FM radio station, filed a lawsuit, alleging that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. and its biggest bottler stole the station's name and colors for its KMX energy drink. In a federal suit filed in Dothan, WKMX said it's the top station for young adult listeners in its market and has used those call letters since 1974. 
  12. ^ "RADIOACTIVE: LA Station Presents NY Show". Airplay Monitors. June 20, 2003. Two years ago, adult top 40 WKMX Dothan, Ala., sued Coca-Cola over its new soft drink, DMX. Now, GM Terry Duffie says that the matter has been resolved; no details were disclosed. 

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