The station signed on April 8, 1994 as WXXW, though it did not formally launch its initial format, a blend of hot talk and oldies, until April 11 (in the interim, the station stunted by continuously playing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll"). Following original owner Alan Okun's death on December 31, 1996, the station, along with AM sister station WGFP, was sold to Bengal Atlantic Communications in 1997, who in turn sold them to Chowder Broadcasting soon afterward. Chowder switched WXXW to a classic rock format in 1998; this was followed by a call change to WORC-FM, reflecting its newly-common ownership with WORC, that September.
WORC-FM's first logo as an oldies station, used from May 26, 2000 to January 2011.
Montachusett Broadcasting, owner of WXLO, acquired WORC-FM in 1999; several months later, the stations were sold to Citadel Broadcasting. Citadel subsequently acquired competing classic rock station WWFX, and as a result reverted WORC-FM to oldies, this time on a full-time basis, on May 26, 2000. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.