WSSX-FM

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WSSX-FM
WSSX-FM logo.png
City Charleston, South Carolina
Broadcast area South Carolina Lowcountry
Branding 95SX
Slogan Hit Music Now
Frequency 95.1 MHz
First air date 1945
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 305 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 72378
Callsign meaning "S"conni"X" (previous owner)
Former callsigns WTMA-FM (1945-1972)
WPXI (1972-1981)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stations WWWZ, WIWF, WTMA
Webcast Listen Live
Website 95sx.com

WSSX-FM (95.1 FM, "95SX") is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station located in Charleston, South Carolina. The station is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 kW. The station is owned by Cumulus Media. Its studios are located in North Charleston and the transmitter tower is located in Mount Pleasant.

History[edit]

95.1 originally signed on June 2, 1947, as WTMA-FM, the sister to WTMA AM 1250.[1] By the late 1950s, WTMA-FM was simulcasting much of the AM's programming full-time, which was Top 40 by that point.

When the FCC started to limit simulcasts of AM and FM stations in the late 1960s, WTMA-FM became WPXI in 1972 with an automated "beautiful music" format. In 1975, WPXI changed to urban contemporary as "Super 95 Soul". Although it was still automated, it was noted as being one of the few commercial urban FMs in South Carolina at the time.

In 1981, WPXI dropped the Urban format as the station became WSSX, with a Top 40/AOR hybrid known as Contemporary Hit Radio. Their slogan was "We Are The Rock 'N' Roll Station. The All New 95 FM WSSX", the station went to #1 in the ratings within a year. By 1983, the station had transitioned to a fully fledged CHR radio station under their nickname "Hitradio The All New 95SX FM", again going #1 on several occasions throughout the remainder of the 1980s.

By 1993, WSSX's ratings had begun to decline as the station shifted away from CHR to Hot AC as "The New 95 Mix", then later changed to Mix 95.1. This lasted until September, 1995 when the station returned to their CHR roots and their iconic nickname "95SX".

95SX's logo prior to 2010.

In October 2007, following sister WSUY's flip from mainstream AC to country, the station invited listeners from the station to tune to 95.1FM saying "Welcome 96.9 Listeners."[citation needed]

As of January 2010, WSSX, whose direction favored adults and at times took a conservative approach by playing Hot AC or Pop/Rock artists, has begun to shift towards a Rhythmic-leaning direction, as it now favors Rhythmic Pop acts. This move might be due to a changing taste in its listeners' musical choices and its decision to attract a younger demo. The station's main competitor, Apex Broadcasting's WIHB, switched to a hip hop format in March 2010. This leaves WSSX as the only CHR station in the market.[citation needed]

Their official station mascot is the 95SX's Party Parrot.

On-air staff[edit]

  • 5:30AM–10:00AM The Bert Show (National Syndication)
  • 10:00AM–3:00PM Jessica Chandler
  • 3:00PM–7:00PM Yonni Rude
  • 7:00PM–12:00AM Zach Sang Show (National Syndication)

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Johnny Quincy
  • Tanya Brown
  • Brooke Ryan
  • "Just Plain" Mike
  • Greg Pitt
  • Kain Cameron
  • "Special" Ed
  • Jiggy
  • Kosmo
  • Ali O.
  • Tim Ryan
  • Spoon on the Radio
  • Mr. Phil
  • Michael Chase
  • Phillip "Flash" Phelps
  • Jason Cage
  • Karen Paige
  • Steve Waters
  • Josh Dukes
  • Beau Daniels
  • Ricky Lee Ocean
  • Brian "Miami" Philips
  • Bill Jordan
  • Jay Donovan
  • Chris Kelley-Winston
  • Andrea
  • David "Dave The Hit Man" Alan
  • Nina Hunt
  • Michael Angelo
  • Michael D. Forcier
  • Kathy Scott
  • Jeffrey "Jeff The Hoser" Williams
  • Mitchell Zatto
  • Richard "Ric" Rush
  • Dominica Harrell

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WTMA Launches Its FM Affiliate at Charleston" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 16, 1947. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°47′46″N 79°50′28″W / 32.796°N 79.841°W / 32.796; -79.841