|City of license||Tavares, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Greater Orlando|
|Slogan||"Live Life. Love Music."
Orlando's #1 Hit Music Station
|Frequency||106.7 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||February 12, 1969 (as WLBE-FM)|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||XXL, abbreviation for "Double Extra Large"|
|Former callsigns||WLBE-FM (1969-1975)
(AMFM Radio Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||WFLF, WJRR, WMGF, WRUM, WTKS-FM, WYGM|
WXXL (106.7 FM, "XL 106.7") is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station licensed to Tavares, Florida, USA. It primarily serves the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1969 under the call sign WLBE, as a MOR-format radio station. The station first gained noticed as a Top 40 radio station in the mid 1980s as Leesburg-licensed WHLY-FM, using the moniker "Central Florida's Y-106." Among the personalities at the station in this era were Shadow, who hosted a music-intensive morning show, and program director Rick Stacy, now at WOCL-FM "Sunny FM". By 1987, adult-focused Top 40 WBJW "BJ105" remained the ratings and revenue leader in Orlando, and Y-106 was still viewed as a teen and young-adult station. This resulted in the shift in call letters to WCAT-FM and the nickname "The Cat," in a failed attempt to woo older listeners. The WHLY call letters returned, but the damage had been done. Furthermore, the rise of dance music, early hip-hop, hair bands and adult rock compounded the station's struggles. The station began broadcasting under the "WXXL" callsign in 1990, continuing to serve as the Top 40-format radio station for the Central Florida area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., broadcasting from its Maitland studio and transmitting from Winter Garden.
The original morning show for WXXL was "Doc and Johnny in the Morning", starring Jeff "Doc Holliday" Duncan and Johnny Magic. The morning show was a staple of the station from 1990 through 2007, when Doc resigned and jumped ship to Cox Radio, initially taking over the morning show at WWKA before taking a talk radio show on WRSO.
Johnny has remained at WXXL, initially with Jayde Donovan until she moved to WPOI in Tampa to coincide with their jump to the CHR format. He currently headlines the WXXL morning show as "Johnny's House" with co-hosts Laura Diaz, Brian Grimes and Sondra Rae.
In recent years, WXXL has started bringing club disc jockeys in to mix music during late nights, and on Friday night beginning at rush hour. WXXL is also Orlando's station for On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40.
WXXL is consistently one of the top Nielsen-rated stations in the Orlando market, typically competing with WOMX-FM, a Hot AC station. WJHM, which switched from rhythmic contemporary to CHR in 2014, also competes with WXXL in the market, though it has never matched WXXL's ratings.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WXXL
- Radio-Locator information on WXXL
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WXXL