WMIR (FM)

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WMIR
WMIR CarolinaCountry93.9FM logo.png
City Conway, South Carolina
Broadcast area Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
BrandingCarolina Country 93.9
SloganToday's New Country and Yesterday's Throwbacks
Frequency93.9 MHz
First air date 1990 (as WJXY-FM)
Format Country music
ERP3,700 watts
HAAT128 meters (420 ft)
ClassA
Facility ID17485
Transmitter coordinates 33°50′07″N 78°52′06″W / 33.83528°N 78.86833°W / 33.83528; -78.86833
Call sign meaningMIR=approximation of MYRtle Beach
Former call signsWJXY-FM (1990-2017)
Owner Colonial Media and Entertainment
(Colonial Radio Group, Inc.)
Sister stations WYAY
Website https://www.andrulonis.com/wmir

WMIR (93.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Conway, South Carolina.

History

In the early 1990s, WMIR (as WJXY-FM) played Country music as 94X. [1] Starting November 1, 1996, WJXY-FM and WXJY were called "Cruisin' Country", with a format that included rock acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and The Marshall Tucker Band. [2] Late in the 90s, the formats of WJXY-FM and WXJY changed to rhythmic, and the stations were called "Hot 93". [3] Later the station moved in a mainstream CHR direction, and WSEA was added, so the stations were called "Hot 100 and Hot 93".

On February 15, 2003, WIQB 1050 AM was added, and the format changed to ESPN Radio and was named "The Team." [4] WSEA began separate programming. The Team picked up the Clemson University sports programming on WIQB. Later that year, The Team added Coastal Carolina University Sports in its first-ever college football season opener. The air staff consisted of Zachery Kick and James Clark with its first local sports show.

In 2004, local broadcast veteran Frank Barnhill hosted "Carolina Sports Talk" on Mondays & Fridays during afternoon drive. In 2007, the show was replaced by the station with another local show, "The Locker Room" and expanded to Monday through Friday. Hosts of "The Locker Room" included Matt Monks (with Mad Max and "Playground Jesus"), Scot Clark, Matt Lincoln, Allen Smothers and Randy Clemens. Following Clemens' departure in June 2011 due to health concerns, the branding of the show ended and was revived in August 2011 as "The Drive" with new host Aaron Marks.

In 2010, "The Team" debuted the "CCU Tailgate Show", co-hosted by Barnhill and Allen Smothers which aired Saturdays for two hours prior to Coastal Carolina University football games.

The station also aired high school football and basketball games, as well as Carolina Panthers NFL games and regular ESPN Radio programming.

In July 2010, WXJY changed its simulcast partner to WSEA. [5] Later in the year, WIQB became WHSC [6] and began separate broadcasts.

On March 5, 2012, WJXY-FM became "Z-93", a Hot Adult Contemporary station. The ESPN Radio programming moved to sister station WSEA 100.3, which had previously been a CHR station as "i100."

On February 1, 2013, WJXY-FM changed from "Z-93" to a Southern rock and Country music hybrid format known as "93.9 The Outlaw". [7] WXJY once again simulcast WJXY-FM. [8]

On September 19, 2013 WJXY-FM/WXJY changed its format to news/talk, "News talk that matters." Programming included Don Imus, Mike Huckabee, Phil Valentine, John Batchelor, Red Eye Radio and the Washington Redskins. [9]

With the demise of Huckabee's show, WJXY-FM/WXJY added Dennis Miller. [10] When Miller retired, WJXY-FM/WXJY added Jonathon Brandmeier, known as "Johnny B", in the early afternoon. Mike Gallagher preceded Brandmeier each weekday. [11]

On September 20, 2016, Cumulus' Joule Broadcasting announced that WJXY-FM/WXJY would be sold to Colonial Radio Group for $240,000. [12] That sale was consummated on February 9, 2017, at which point WJXY-FM dropped its news/talk format and simulcast with WXJY and began stunting with a wheel of formats that included "Loveland 93.9" (love songs), "The Accordion" ( polka), "The Bowery" (all- Alabama, a band discovered in Myrtle Beach), "Santa 94" ( Christmas music), and "The King 93.9" (all- Elvis). A new format, country as "Carolina Country 93.9", would be announced on February 13, 2017 at 3 pm. [13]

On June 23, 2017, WJXY-FM changed their call letters to WMIR.

On January 3, 2020 WYAY, formerly WXJY, resumed simulcasting WMIR. [14]

References

  1. ^ "Issue 10". mbsc.com. 1996-07-19. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  2. ^ Toby Eddings, "Catching Up on News in the Area," The Sun News, January 12, 1997.
  3. ^ Jeannine F. Hunter, "Local Radio Pays Sinatra Homage," The Sun News, May 16, 1998.
  4. ^ Ryan Elswick, "ESPN Radio to Return to Strand," The Sun News, January 26, 2003.
  5. ^ "Radio stations change formats". The Sun News. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  7. ^ "WJXY To Flip To Country-Southern Rock Hybrid Format". AllAccess.com. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  8. ^ Steve Palisin, "Music concerts heat up Myrtle Beach area this summer," The Sun News, June 14, 2013.
  9. ^ Palisin, Steve (September 27, 2013). "Changes afoot across Myrtle Beach area radio stations". The Sun News. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Palisin, Steve (February 15, 2014). "Myrtle Beach-area radio stations change up some shows". The Sun News. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  11. ^ Palisin, Steve (April 30, 2015). "'Movin' station turns into 'The Tide'". The Sun News.
  12. ^ "Colonial Radio Group Expands In Myrtle Beach". September 20, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  13. ^ WJXY Myrtle Beach Stunting as Sale Closes Radioinsight -February 10, 2017
  14. ^ LMA’d Georgetown SC Pair Return To Owners With New Formats Radioinsight - January 3, 2020

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