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|Broadcast area||Gainesville-Ocala, Florida|
|Slogan||The Crossroads of Country and Rock|
|Translator(s)||W261BA (100.1 MHz, Ocala)|
|First air date||March 3, 1969 (as WTRS-FM)|
|HAAT||149 meters (489 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W X US 102.3|
|Former callsigns||WTRS (1969-2016)|
JVC Media, LLC |
(JVC Media of Florida, LLC)
|Sister stations||WMFQ, WYGC|
WXUS, known as "U.S. 102.3", is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Dunnellon, Florida, and broadcasting to the Gainesville-Ocala media market on 102.3 MHz. It is owned by JVC Broadcasting and airs a radio format combining country music and Southern-influenced classic rock. WXUS's transmitter is off West Highway 328 in Dunnellon.
WXUS first signed on the air on March 3, 1969 as WTRS-FM, with 3,000 watts of power. WTRS-FM was Dunnellon's first radio station and one of the earliest successful FM Top 40 stations. The station was sold in 1975 after one of its owners died in an automobile accident, and the format was changed to "Contemporary Easy Listening," a hybrid of beautiful music and adult contemporary. WTRS-FM was converted to a country format in 1978, and became one of West-Central Florida's most popular stations. The station was sold again in 1981 and switched to Drake-Chenault's beautiful music format, only to switch back to country music after only six months following a deluge of listener complaints. WTRS had been a country station continuously until 2016. In 1983 the station was sold to its then-owner, Asterisk Communications, who upgraded the WTRS signal from 3,000 to 50,000 watts and in 1988 moved the station to new studios in Ocala.
WTRS is unusual among country stations in that it takes an implicitly male-oriented approach, particularly during the drive times. The Bubba the Love Sponge Show, a show typically aired on active rock stations, airs on the morning drive lineup. The station's afternoon drive show, "Dave and Bo", also aims for a male audience.
On July 31, 2017, Bubba The Love Sponge show was dropped from their daily lineup.
WTRS AM (1970-1992)
In 1970, WTRS added an AM station, broadcasting on 920 kHz with 500 watts of power. Beginning as a beautiful-music station, AM 920 alternated between country and easy-listening formats through the 1970s. The calls were briefly WGAM from 1980 to 1982, programming first country music (Drake-Chenault's "Great American Country" format) and then adult standards. In 1982 the station once again became WTRS and settled into a simulcast of 102.3 FM, which it remained until 1992 when the station surrendered its license to the FCC and its frequency was deleted.
- WXUS Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WXUS
- Radio-Locator information on WXUS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WXUS
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