WROX (AM)

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WROX
WROX Clarksdale MS.jpg
CityClarksdale, Mississippi
Broadcast areaCoahoma County, Mississippi
SloganClassic Soul Rhythm and Blues
Frequency1450 kHz
First air dateJune 5, 1944
FormatRhythmic oldies
Power1,000 watts
ClassC
Facility ID11611
Transmitter coordinates34°12′40″N 90°34′42″W / 34.21111°N 90.57833°W / 34.21111; -90.57833Coordinates: 34°12′40″N 90°34′42″W / 34.21111°N 90.57833°W / 34.21111; -90.57833
Callsign meaningsounds like "rocks"
AffiliationsFox News Radio
OwnerLL James Media, LLC
WebcastListen Live
Websitewroxradio.com
WROX Building
WROX Building ~ Clarksdale, MS.JPG
Original WROX building at 257 Delta Avenue in Clarksdale
Location257 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, Mississippi
Coordinates34°12′5″N 90°34′29″W / 34.20139°N 90.57472°W / 34.20139; -90.57472
NRHP reference #02000854[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 9, 2002

WROX is a rhythmic oldies radio station in Clarksdale, Mississippi. It is a class C station operating at 1000 watts on 1450 kHz. The WROX business office is located at 628 DeSoto Avenue.

WROX is noted for having had the first black radio announcer in Mississippi, Early Wright, also known as "The Soul Man".[2][3] Musicians Wright hosted on WROX included Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Little Milton, Pinetop Perkins, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Bobby Rush, Rufus Thomas, and Muddy Waters. Others performers on WROX included Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston, Raymond Hill, Robert Nighthawk, Doctor Ross, and Sonny Boy Williamson II.[3][4] Turner worked as a janitor at WROX, while attending Clarksdale High School,[3] and he was a disc jockey on a show called "Jive Till Five."[4]

History[edit]

WROX started transmitting on June 5, 1944, operating from 321 Delta Avenue with 250 watts. It moved to 257 Delta Avenue in July 1945,[5] presently the location of the WROX museum. Station power was increased to 1000 watts in 1964, using a RCA BTA-1R transmitter.[3] The 257 Delta Avenue location was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002,[1] and a Mississippi Blues Trail marker was placed there.[4] The AM transmitter was updated with a Broadcast Electronics AM-1A transmitter in 2006. The FM simulcast on 105.7 FM was set up in 2010.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Cheseborough, Steve. Blues Traveling, The Holy Sites of Delta Blues. 3rd ed. University Press of Mississippi, 2009. ISBN 978-1-60473-124-8. p. 93.
  3. ^ a b c d e "WROX History". WROX Radio. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  4. ^ a b c "WROX - Clarksdale". Mississippi Blues Commission. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  5. ^ Audra Leslie Brecher (August 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: WROX Building" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-06. Photos

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