WXXJ

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WXXJ
X102.9 - Jacksonville's New Rock Alternative logo
City of license Jacksonville, Florida
Broadcast area Jacksonville, Florida
Branding X102-9
Slogan Jacksonville's New Alternative
Frequency 102.9 MHz
First air date November 1965 (as WIVY-FM)
Format Modern Rock
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 309 meters
Class C
Facility ID 53602
Transmitter coordinates 30°16′34.00″N 81°33′53.00″W / 30.2761111°N 81.5647222°W / 30.2761111; -81.5647222
Callsign meaning WX
X102-9 (branding)
Jacksonville
Former callsigns WIVY-FM (November 1965-1997)
WMXQ (1997-2009)
Owner Cox Radio, Inc.
Sister stations
Webcast Listen Live
Website X1029.com

WXXJ (102.9 FM, branded X-one-oh-two-nine) is a modern rock radio station in the Jacksonville, Florida market (the No. 46 market in the Arbitron ratings), broadcasting at 102.9 FM. It is owned by Atlanta-based Cox Radio, Inc. The station's studios are located in Jacksonville's Southside section, and the transmitter is in the Arlington section.

History[edit]

102.9 in Jacksonville first went on air in 1965, and was a "sister station" to WIVY/1050, both owned by New York announcer Ed Oberle. In 1971, Oberle sold the pair to another New York announcer, Tom Kirby, who converted WIVY-FM to album-oriented rock (AOR). Kirby sold it to Infinity Radio in 1976, who changed it to Top-40 "Y-103." Cox purchased the station in 1997 and changed its calls to WMXQ and flipped the format to hot adult contemporary as "Mix 103." Cox flipped the station to all-1980s music on November 1, 2000, as "102.9 The Point."[1]

102.9 flipped to its current Alternative format on February 25, 2009 at 5:55 a.m. The first song on "X-102.9" was "Chop Suey" by System of a Down because of the opening lyrics, "wake up." The last song heard on "102.9 The Point" was the first song played when the station launched 9 years earlier, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds. The station was launched to compete with heritage modern rock station WPLA.

The station quickly rose in the ratings, beating rival WPLA. WXXJ began a guerilla assault on the competition. The station flew a banner over Metropolitan Park during the last Planetfest and interfered with WPLA anuual "Easter Keg Hunt" by bribing people with $300 for the kegs. WPLA management called the police and stopped this madness. On August 4, 2010, WPLA dropped its longtime modern rock format in favor of a classic hits format, which would eventually change to adult hits. This left WXXJ as the only modern rock station in Jacksonville. Shortly after this change, the lone personality on the station "Tank" was given the Ezekiel Jacksonville Award for Cherubic Boldness and Fashion. Tank subsequently told his scooter posse he was done as his fame began to climb. The posse was hit hard by the loss of its leader and pledged to keep going but behind the scenes, things were falling apart... In late 2011 the scooter posse was finished, with the final blow being the discovery of the posse VP's lifeless body found behind a dumpster on Bay St. WXXJ Program Director Aaron was quoted in the local alternative magazine as saying "So what?"

In the north-west corner on the studio there is a single clay pot that contains a dead amaryllis bloom. WXXJ does not play Nickelback songs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 

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