WXRC signed on in 1962 as the sister station to 630 AM WIRC (now WAIZ), with the FM antenna mounted on the WIRC tower in southeast Hickory.
The station was sold along with WIRC in 1977.
In 1980, WXRC installed a more powerful transmitter, raising its Effective Radiated Power to 100 kW.
From the early '80s to 1985, WXRC was "X-Rock", an adult contemporary format using the automated TM (See Jones Radio Networks) Stereo Rock programming service. In 1985, the station built a new transmitter site near Lincolnton which allowed it to cover Charlotte. At the same time, it changed to live album-oriented rock. Programmed in the first year by local native and Appalachian State Graduate Greg Mull (see K-Rock Fort Meyers and 98 Rock Tampa), the station during the '80s only placed in the top 10 of Charlotte Arbitron ratings during Fall 1985-December 1986. Over the years, WXRC has tried various rock formats, including Triple-A. At one point the station emphasized hard rock and heavy metal, calling itself "The Panther", though the Charlotte football team was not entirely happy with this name. The switch to the current format was made in 2002.
WXRC was the Howard Stern outlet in Charlotte from 1998 to 2001. It climbed as high as second in the Charlotte ratings until dropping Stern for Lex and Terry in 2001. Throughout many changes musically, its playlist today consists mostly of artists from the "classic rock" era including the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Although it has a fairly loyal following in the Charlotte area, it stopped reporting to Arbitron late in the first decade of the new millennium.