WAXB

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WAXB
WAXB B94.5 logo.png
City Ridgefield, Connecticut
Broadcast area Danbury, Connecticut
Branding B94.5
Slogan More Music. More Fun!
Frequency 850 kHz
Translator(s) 94.5 W233CF (Danbury)
First air date March 15, 1985 (as WREF)
Format Classic Hits
Power 2,500 watts daytime only
99 watts (translator)
Class D
Facility ID 66327
Transmitter coordinates 41°17′27″N 73°29′16″W / 41.29083°N 73.48778°W / 41.29083; -73.48778
Former callsigns WVFR (?-1985)
WREE (1985)
WREF (1985-2011)[1]
Owner The Berkshire Broadcasting Corp.
Sister stations WLAD, WDAQ
Webcast Listen Live
Website b945fm.com

WAXB (850 AM, "B94.5") is a radio station licensed to Ridgefield, Connecticut, United States, one of three area stations owned by The Berkshire Broadcasting Corporation. The others are News/Talk 800 AM WLAD and Hot Adult Contemporary 98Q/98.3 FM WDAQ. WAXB airs a classic hits radio format for the Danbury region of Connecticut. The station uses the identification "B94.5," which is the dial position of its FM translator 94.5 W233CF.[2]

Because 850 AM is a clear channel frequency, WAXB must sign-off at night to avoid interfering with higher class stations on that frequency. But listeners in and near Danbury can hear the programming 24 hours a day via the 94.5 FM translator.

History[edit]

The Federal Communications Commission assigned the call letters WREF to the frequency on January 18, 1984. [1] WREF began broadcasting on March 15, 1985, programming an adult standards format from sign-on through its sale to Berkshire in 1996 when the new owners switched the format to oldies.

In late March 2004, WREF became the first station to air Scott Shannon's "True Oldies Channel." After a period of tweaking on WREF, Shannon put the format into nationwide radio syndication in July 2004.

On February 1, 2011, WREF rebranded as "B107.3," adopted the call letters WAXB and began a simulcast of the 850 AM signal on FM translator W297AN (107.3 FM licensed to Danbury). The WAXB calls had previously been in the market at 105.5 FM before Cumulus Media abandoned the oldies format on that frequency in 2002 (which is now WDBY, a country music station). B107.3 switched to a locally programmed Classic Hits format, featuring pop and rock hits of the 70's and 80's, on January 31st, 2013.

On July 1, 2016 WAXB rebranded as "B94.5", switching translators to W233CF 94.5 FM Danbury.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?sr=Y&s=C&call=W233Cf&nav=&x=0&y=0
  3. ^ WAXB Moves to 94.5 Radioinsight - July 1, 2016

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