WOFX-FM

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WOFX-FM
WOFX logo.jpg
City Cincinnati, Ohio
Broadcast area Greater Cincinnati
Branding 92.5 The Fox
Slogan Cincinnati's Classic Rock
Frequency 92.5 MHz
First air date August 19, 1964 (as WZIP)
Format Classic rock
ERP 16,000 watts
HAAT 264 meters
Class B
Facility ID 51725
Callsign meaning W Ohio FoX
Former callsigns WZIP (1964-1971)
WWEZ (1971-1992)
WIMJ (1992-1994)
WPPT (1994-1995)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WGRR, WRRM, WNNF, WFTK
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live via iHeart
Website 92.5 The Fox

WOFX-FM (92.5 FM) is an American radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The station plays a classic rock format. The station is owned and operated by Cumulus Media. It broadcasts with an effective radiated power of 16,000 watts. It was the FM flagship station of the Cincinnati Bengals through the 2008 preseason [1] and is the Cincinnati affiliate for the Bob and Tom morning radio show. Its studios are located in North Cincinnati and the transmitter site is just northeast of downtown.

History[edit]

The first radio station to broadcast in Cincinnati at 92.5 was WZIP, which signed on the air on August 19, 1964. The format was jazz, and carried hourly news programming from CBS. The format changed to country in 1966. In 1971, the station was sold to Woody Sudbrink, and its call letters changed to WWEZ, with the format changing to beautiful music. This format lasted until the summer of 1990, when WWEZ began playing soft rock. A call letter change occurred on February 2, 1992, to WIMJ, and the station rebranded as "Majic 92."[1]

WOFX-FM, "The Fox" began broadcasting on 94.9 FM on July 22, 1988, replacing soft rock station WLLT. A rival radio station to WOFX began at the 92.5 dial position, replacing WIMJ on April 7, 1994 with a rock-leaning '70s Hits format dubbed "The Point," with the call sign of WPPT.[2][3] Also in 1994, Jacor Communications (later acquired by Clear Channel), purchased WPPT.[4] Jacor later purchased the intellectual property and callsign of WOFX, moving them to the 92.5 dial position on September 13, 1995.[5][6] On August 1, 2008, Clear Channel put the station, along with sister station WNNF, up for sale to settle regulatory issues involved in the company's sale to private equity firms.[7] On January 3, 2009, Cumulus Media has been chosen as a buyer and is willing to swap 5 of their radio stations in Wisconsin to make this transaction complete.[8]

Current Lineup[edit]

92.5 The Fox is one of the longest tenured stations carrying the Bob & Tom Show, mornings from 5am until 10am. At 10am, the classic rock format begins with Marty Bender (formerly of the Bender and Fingers morning show (WSKS-FM, Hamilton, OH), Laura Steele (formerly of WOFX 94.9,) Jay Gilbert (formerly with WEBN-FM) from 3pm-7pm, and Carl Cruse from 7pm-12Mid.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greater Cincinnati and Dayton Radio Station History". Archived from the original on December 1, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ Stark, Phyllis (June 4, 1994). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 106 (23): 129. 
  3. ^ Chris Valentine (August 19, 2014). "92.5 The Point, Cincinnati (1994 commercial)" – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ "SEC Info – Jacor Communications Inc 10-K for 12/31/94". Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (September 23, 1995). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1995/RR-1995-09-22.pdf
  7. ^ "Cincinnati Enquirer Article: Big Radio Merger Will Change Dial". Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  8. ^ Ownership swap is in the works for 5 area radio stationsGreen Bay Press-Gazette (released January 3, 2009)

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Coordinates: 39°06′58″N 84°30′07″W / 39.116°N 84.502°W / 39.116; -84.502