WFXY

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WFXY
WFXY AM1490 logo.png
CityMiddlesboro, Kentucky
BrandingFOXY RADIO
SloganThe HOME of GREAT Music
Frequency1490 kHz
Translator(s)W252EE (98.3 MHz, Middlesboro)
First air date1969
FormatClassic hits
Power1,000 watts unlimited
ClassC
Facility ID14070
Transmitter coordinates36°36′47.00″N 83°42′34.00″W / 36.6130556°N 83.7094444°W / 36.6130556; -83.7094444
Former callsignsWAFI
AffiliationsABC News Now
OwnerPenelope, Inc.
(Penelope, inc.)
Sister stationsWANO Pineville, KY
WebcastListen Live
Website1490wfxy.com

WFXY (1490 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format to the Middlesboro, Kentucky, United States, area. The station is currently owned by Penelope, Inc. and features programming from ABC News Radio.[1]

History[edit]

WFXY signed on in 1969, with the call letters WAFI at 1560 kHz. Programming included a full-service format with pop and country music. In the late 1970s, the station moved to a full-time Top 40 format and changed to the current frequency in order to add nighttime service. Currently, WFXY broadcasts from a tower site on Bloomsbury Avenue in Middlesboro, 24 hours per day. The 1490 kHz frequency was originally occupied by station WMIK in Middlesboro from its sign-on date in 1948. WMIK, now a Southern Gospel station, moved to its present frequency at 560 kHz after the station's owners purchased Middlesboro station WCPM in May 1950. When WMIK changed frequencies, the 1490 kHz frequency remained unused until 1977. During that year, the stations frequency and call letters were changed; WAFI at 1560 kHz became WFXY at 1490 kHz. A few months later, WFXY moved its tower and transmitter from a location off US-25E to its present location.

In late 2005, WFXY and its parent company, Countrywide Broadcasters, Inc., were acquired by Joshua Wilkey, a North Carolina businessman who moved to Middlesboro to run WFXY and sister station WANO. The station has since dropped the satellite format it was airing (Westwood One/Dial Global's "Bright AC") in favor of local DJs and automation.

In 2009 The station was sold to Penelope, Inc. During studio move and upgrading of equipment the station simulcasted the sister station programming until June 1, 2013.

On June 1, 2013 WFXY changed their format from country (simulcasting WANO 1230 AM) to classic hits, branded as "Foxy 1490". Bringing back the original sound of FOXY Radio that dominated the local market since 1969.

On October 14, 2018, the station went off the air because a local man crashed his truck into the station's transmitter tower in an apparent act of vandalism. Joshua Lee was arrested the next day. Station owner Frank Smith said it may take 2-3 months to repair the transmitter and get the station back on the air. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WFXY Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Man accused of crashing truck into radio tower in southeast Kentucky". WDRB-TV. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.

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