WXTU

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WXTU
WXTU.JPG
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Delaware Valley
Branding 92-5 XTU
Slogan "Philadelphia's Country Station"
Frequency 92.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
92.5 HD-2 for Future Country
92.5 HD-3: Radio Disney
First air date 1948 (1948) (as KYW-FM)
Format Country
ERP 11,000 watts
HAAT 279 meters
Class B
Facility ID 74213
Transmitter coordinates 40°02′21.00″N 75°14′13.00″W / 40.0391667°N 75.2369444°W / 40.0391667; -75.2369444
Former callsigns KYW-FM (1948-1955)
off the air (1955-1958)
WIFI (1958-1983)
Owner Entercom
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations KYW, WIP-FM, WOGL, WPHT, WTDY-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website 925xtu.com

WXTU (92.5 FM, "92-5 XTU") is a commercial FM radio station in Philadelphia. WXTU is owned by Entercom with studios and offices in the "555 Building" on East City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The transmitter is located in the Roxborough section of the city. WXTU broadcasts in HD, with its HD-2 channel airing a contemporary country format known as "Future Country" and the HD-3 channel carrying "Radio Disney" children's programming.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

The first Philadelphia FM station on 92.5 was Westinghouse-owned KYW-FM, the sister station to 1060 KYW. In 1942, Westinghouse put the station on the air in the old FM band and in 1948 moved it to 92.5 MHz.[1] The development of FM radio in the post-war years was slow and Westinghouse decided not to continue operating KYW-FM, relinquishing its license in 1955. Interestingly, today 92.5 WXTU is co-owned with KYW. The 92.5 frequency stayed empty for three years.

In September 1958, WIFI signed on at 92.5 MHz, owned by Hi-Fidelity Broadcasters Corporation.[2] Although it was always licensed as a Philadelphia station, WIFI in its early years was essentially a local station serving Norristown, Pennsylvania and neighboring communities in Montgomery County. It aired Middle of the Road music and talk along with some specialty music shows and local high school sports. At the end of the 1960s, WIFI brought some of the first "progressive rock" or "underground" programming to the airwaves with Johnny Devereaux and other hosts. By 1970, WIFI had been acquired by General Cinema Corporation and had dropped local programming, replacing it with a syndicated music service known as "Hit Parade," playing automated adult contemporary music and pre-recorded announcements, with no live disc jockeys needed.

Top 40 and Alternative Rock Years[edit]

After two or three years of Hit Parade, its companion oldies format "Solid Gold Rock and Roll" and other automated programming, WIFI instituted a high-energy Top 40 format. For a several years, WIFI was the only true Top 40 station in Philadelphia following 560 WFIL's evolution into an Adult Contemporary format in the late 1970s. After WCAU-FM (now WOGL) debuted its Hot Hits format in October 1981, WIFI's ratings fell as WCAU-FM quickly grabbed most of the teen audience. A move to a new wave/alternative rock format, branded as "I-92" and "Rock of the Eighties" (1982), attracted more press attention than listeners.

Switch to WXTU[edit]

In August 1983, the station was sold to the Beasley Broadcast Group.[3] The new owners instituted a dance/rhythmic contemporary format as "Studio 92", with a call sign change to WXTU (reminiscent of New York City's WKTU). That format failed to find an audience and was gone in a matter of months. On March 1, 1984, at 1 PM, the station switched to its current country format. The first country song on WXTU was "Are You Ready For The Country" by Waylon Jennings.

In 2007, the station was nominated for the Radio & Records Magazine Country Music Station of The Year Award for the top 25 markets. Other nominees included WUSN Chicago, KYGO-FM Denver, WYCD Detroit, KEEY-FM Minneapolis, and KSON-FM San Diego.[4]

On October 2, 2014, the Beasley Broadcast Group announced that it would trade five radio stations located in Miami and Philadelphia (including WXTU) to CBS Radio in exchange for 14 CBS stations located in Tampa and Charlotte with one station in Philadelphia, AM 610 (now WTEL), going to Beasley. (610 AM was traded because would have put CBS over the FCC limit for stations in one media market.)[5] The swap was completed on December 1, 2014.[6]

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[7] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[8][9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

CMA Awards

  • 2002 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2005 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2006 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2007 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2008 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2013 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2013 Broadcast Personality of the Year "Doc and Andie Show" (Major Market) (Won)
  • 2014 Broadcast Personality of the Year "Razz on the Radio" (Major Market) (Nominated)

ACM Awards

  • 2007 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2008 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2014 Radio Station (Major Market) (Tied with KUPL/Portland)

Industry Achievement Awards

  • 2007 Radio Station (Major Market) (Nominated)
  • 2007 Personality (Bob Marly) (Nominated)
  • 2017 Country Music Station of the Year (Won)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1953 page 256
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook page B-143
  3. ^ Broadcastin Yearbook 1984 page B-221
  4. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. Sep 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ CBS And Beasley Swap Philadelphia/Miami For Charlotte/Tampa from Radio Insight (October 2, 2014)
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (December 1, 2014). "CBS Beasley Deal Closes". RadioInsight. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  8. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 

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