WWXM

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WWXM
WWXM MIX97.7 logo.png
City Garden City, South Carolina
Broadcast area Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
BrandingMix 97.7
SloganThe #1 Hit Music Station
Frequency97.7 MHz
First air dateSeptember 1971; 48 years ago (1971-09)
Format Top 40
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT219 meters (719 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID12181
Transmitter coordinates 33°35′45″N 79°3′11″W / 33.59583°N 79.05306°W / 33.59583; -79.05306
Former call signsWINH-FM (1971–1975)
WGMB (1975–1985) [1]
WMXX (1985–1986) [2] [3]
WGMB (1986–1989)
WBPR (1989–1993) [4]
Affiliations Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, American Top 40, iHeartRadio Countdown
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(AMFM Radio Licenses, L.L.C. [5])
Sister stations WGTR, WLQB, WRXZ, WYNA
Webcast Listen Live!
Website mix977.com

WWXM is a Top-40 radio station licensed to Garden City, South Carolina and serves the Grand Strand area. The iHeartMedia, Inc. outlet is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at 97.7 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 kW. The station goes by the name Mix 97.7 and its slogan is "The #1 Hit Music Station." Its studios are located on the U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, and its transmitter is in Murrells Inlet.

History

The station was located in Georgetown, South Carolina for many years prior to a power increase from 3,000 to 50,000 watts. The station originally signed on the air as WINH-FM, a companion to WINH(AM) owned by the Winyah Bay Broadcasting Company in September 1971. In 1975 the station's call letters changed to WGMB and became known as "The New 98 Rock WGMB". Years later that slogan was changed into "98 Rock WGMB, We're The Rock Of The Bay!" as the marketplace adopted digital tuners. For a brief time in the mid-1980s, the station was AC with the new call letters WMXX, under the new moniker as "Magic 97.7", and the logo used on billboards resembled that of WMAG in High Point, North Carolina.[ citation needed]

After the station improved its signal, it was known as WBPR and then again as WGMB under their new moniker as "The New Power 98 FM" and had a CHR with a rhythmic lean. Later the format moved in a more mainstream CHR direction, the change to then new current moniker as "The New Mix 97.7" and the current call letters as WWXM was made in the early 1990s and WWXM had a Hot AC format was used for several years. The signal was eventually improved to 100,000 watts and the city of license was moved to Garden City Beach.[ citation needed]

Root Communications of Daytona Beach bought WWXM in a deal announced in June 1997 [6] and moved it from Waccamaw Pottery to studios shared by WWSK and WGTR near the back gate of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. [7] As of 2000, Booger and Leanne Sullivan co-hosted the morning show. [8] Qantum Communications Inc. purchased Myrtle Beach's Root Communications Group LP stations in 2003. [9]

WWXM airs The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. [10]

On May 15, 2014, Qantum Communications announced that it would sell its 29 stations, including WWXM, to Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia), in a transaction connected to Clear Channel's sale of WALK AM- FM in Patchogue, New York to Connoisseur Media via Qantum. [11] According to FCC records, the transaction was consummated on September 9, 2014. [12] [13]

References

  1. ^ "WGMB (WWXM) history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "Call Letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 11, 1985. p. 79. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "Call Letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 27, 1986. p. 124. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  4. ^ WWXM callsign history from the F.C.C.'s website; retrieved January 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "FCC Query Results: WWXM". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  6. ^ Hager-Van Dyke, Charlene (1997-06-05). "Root Company To Acquire South Carolina Station". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  7. ^ Toby Eddings, "Billy Smith's coming back to your radio," The Sun News, Jan. 10, 1999.
  8. ^ Toby Eddings, "New radio owner means fewer voices," The Sun News, Mar. 19, 2000.
  9. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 2003-03-16. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  10. ^ "Radio, TV personality David 'Kidd' Kraddick dies". The Sun News. Associated Press. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  11. ^ Venta, Lance (May 15, 2014). "Qantum Sells To Clear Channel; Connoisseur Expands In Long Island". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "WWXM FCC Consummation Notice". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  13. ^ "WWXM FCC Assignment of License" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2014.

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