WIXT (AM)

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WIXT
WIXT 99.1TONYFM logo.jpg
CityLittle Falls, New York
Broadcast areaMohawk Valley region
Branding99.1 Tony FM
SloganWe Play Everything
Frequency1230 kHz
Translator(s)99.1 MHz - W256AJ (Utica)
Repeater(s)94.9 MHz (WKLL-HD2)
First air dateAugust 27, 1952
(first license granted)[1]
FormatVariety hits
Power1,000 watts
ClassC
Facility ID57701
Callsign meaningParked call signs from what is now WSYR-TV
OwnerGalaxy Communications
(Galaxy Utica Licensee LLC)
Sister stationsWKLL, WRNY, WTLB
Websitewww.tonyplayseverything.com

WIXT is an AM radio station broadcasting on a frequency of 1230 kHz and licensed to the city of Little Falls, New York. Owned by Galaxy Communications,[2] the station airs a variety hits format under the branding Tony FM 99.1.

History of WIXT[edit]

WIXT signed on June 22, 1952 under the call letters WLFH (the call letters stood for Little Falls and nearby Herkimer, two of its primary communities). It was the first full-time radio station in Herkimer County.[3] Broadcasting from a studio on South Second Street (in a building which still houses its transmitter), WLFH was a typical full service station offering a variety of formats, including MOR and Top 40.[4] By the end of the 1980's, WLFH was a country music station. In 1994, WLFH became part of Bug Country, simulcasting WBUG-FM in Fort Plain and WBUG (now WVTL) in Amsterdam. The stations mostly broadcast the Real Country satellite classic country format from ABC Radio, but retained some local production.

In 2000, WLFH was acquired by Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) and became part of a four-station simulcast known as the "Sports Stars Radio Network", along with WRNY in Rome, WADR (now WRCK) in Remsen and WUTQ (now WUSP) in Utica. The stations carried a variety of local and syndicated sports talk programming, along with live coverage of local sporting events. The Sports Stars network also carried an affiliation with Fox Sports Radio, as was the standard for Clear Channel sports radio stations. In 2005, as part of a company-wide rebranding, television station WIXT (channel 9) in Syracuse changed its call sign to WSYR-TV, and Clear Channel chose to park the WIXT calls on WLFH to maintain control of them.

In 2007, Clear Channel divested its Utica stations, including WIXT. The station, along with WRNY, was transferred to Galaxy Communications, which retained their sports format and paired the two stations with its own WTLB. WIXT remained associated with Fox Sports Radio, but the stations changed their identification from "Sports Stars" to "1310 The Game." In 2010, Galaxy reached an affiliation deal with ESPN Radio, in which their Utica and Syracuse AM stations would join the network. The deal took effect on March 5, and WTLB/WIXT/WRNY promptly dropped Fox Sports to join ESPN.

In 2016 Galaxy moved their Utica studios (WKLL, WOUR, WUMX, WTLB, WRNY and WIXT) from Washington Mills to Downtown Utica inside the new Landmarc Building (the old HSBC Location) and renamed it Galaxy Media. Inside their new location the walls on the side of the street for each studio are made entirely of glass, allowing people to see DJ's at work similar to the "Good Morning America" Studios (Galaxy has long used a similar layout for their studio in Syracuse).

History of Tony FM[edit]

In 2012, Galaxy Communications acquired translator W256AJ at 99.1 FM from the Christian Broadcasting System, owners of WJIV,[5] moved the translator from Hotel Utica to the top of Smith Hill, and boosted its power. The new signal began simulcasting WRNY's programs on September 13, 2012.[6] On September 8, 2016 W256AJ broke from its WRNY simulcast to become variety hits-formatted Tony FM, a simulcast of WKLL-HD2.[7] Galaxy then switched WIXT to Tony FM on March 23, 2018, in order to ensure full market coverage of the format.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?list=0&facid=57701
  2. ^ "Home". galaxymediacompany.com.
  3. ^ "200 Years Of Herkimer County" book, published 1991 by the Herkimer County Historical Society
  4. ^ http://threerivershms.com/lf5.htm
  5. ^ http://www.cnyradio.com/2012/03/03/espn-radio-utica-expanding-to-fm-dial/
  6. ^ http://www.cnyradio.com/2012/09/13/espn-utica-rome-begins-99-1fm-simulcast/
  7. ^ "Galaxy Launches 99.1 Tony-FM Utica - RadioInsight". 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "The New Tony FM can now also be heard on 1230AM in Little Falls!". www.facebook.com.

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