WXDC

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WXDC
City Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Broadcast area Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Hancock, Maryland
Branding Max 92.9
Frequency 92.9 MHz
First air date 1965
Format Classic hits
ERP 3,200 Watts
HAAT 139 Meters
Class A
Facility ID 68204
Transmitter coordinates 39°37′0.0″N 78°13′3.0″W / 39.616667°N 78.217500°W / 39.616667; -78.217500
Former callsigns WCST-FM (1965-1996)
WDHC (1996-2017)
Former frequencies 93.5 MHz (1965-2005)
Operator Diane Smith
Owner Metro Radio, Inc.
Website https://max929buddylousbroadcasting.com

WXDC is a Classic Hits only formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, serving the Berkeley Springs/Hancock area.[1] WXDC is owned and operated by Metro Radio, Inc.[2]

History[edit]

Logo used until March 2014.

The station came on the air as WCST-FM in 1965, but later changed to WDHC with the "Down Home County" branding in 1996. WDHC was originally on 93.5 FM and moved to 92.9 FM in 2005 with a taller tower and twice the original size and double the original power of 93.5.

WXDC's distant grade signal can be heard in Winchester, Virginia, Hagerstown, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

In 2006, WDHC and sister station WCST finally made a presence on the internet of sorts, with a MySpace Group operated by employees of the station. This, to date, is the only online presence WXDC and WCST have had.

In 2008, WDHC launched their website. Interestingly, at the time, WDHC had copied this page, verbatim, on their "station history" page. In 2011, this was removed from the site entirely.

In April 2009, WDHC DJ Travis Lee, 27, known on the air as "Mr. T", was killed by a train while camping with friends in Morgan County, West Virginia.[3][4]

In 2011, WDHC switched their branding from "Down Home Country" to "Country 92-9" and to a more mainstream Country format, as well as updating their website.

In March 2014, WDHC dropped its longtime Country format for a hybrid Classic Hits/Classic Top 40 format as "Max 92-9".

In January 2017, WDHC was sold to Metro Radio of Fairfax, Virginia, who owns WTNT in the Washington market. Metro fired the entire staff, changed the callsign to WXDC, and began simulcasting WTNT's Spanish-language programming on March 8. Due to community backlash, Metro Radio entered into a local marketing agreement with Hancock, Maryland restaurant owner Diane Smith, who flipped the station back to English-language classic hits "Max 92-9" on May 1.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "WXDC Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Morgan Messenger Story
  4. ^ Obit from Morgan Messenger
  5. ^ Strader, Tricia (18 April 2017). "Station switching back to English". Martinsburg Journal. 

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