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Wzfx

WZFX
City of license Whiteville, North Carolina
Broadcast area Fayetteville, North Carolina
Branding "Foxy 99"
Slogan The Big Stick!, Your Official #1 for Hip Hop and R&B
Frequency 99.1 MHz
First air date 1978
Format Mainstream Urban
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 299 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 32376
Transmitter coordinates

34°44′5″N 78°47′25″W / 34.73472°N 78.79028°W / 34.73472; -78.79028

Callsign meaning W Z FoXy
Former callsigns WENC-FM (1978-1980)
WQTR (1980-1986)
Affiliations Russ Parr Morning Show
Owner Beasley Broadcast Group
Sister stations WAZZ, WFLB, WKML, WTEL, WUKS
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.foxy99.com

WZFX is a Mainstream Urban formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Whiteville, North Carolina and located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. WZFX broadcasts under the branding "Foxy 99."

History

WENC/WQTR

99.1 FM first signed on as WENC FM in 1978 with its license in the city of Whiteville. It is believed the frequency signed on with 5,000 watts at this time.

WZFX

In March 1986, WQTR-FM increased its power to 100,000 watts and changed to WZFX call letters and a Rhythmic Top-40 format.[1] The new owners were Steve Weil of Goldsboro, North Carolina, his brother Henry weil, and his sister Leslie Weil.[2]

The Fox to Foxy 99

In 1987, WZFX evolved into an urban contemporary and Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio format playing such artist as New Edition, Lillo Thomas, Force MD's and Troop (band). WZFX changed its moniker to "99-1 the Fox"; however, in 1995 brought back the "Original Foxy 99" and broadcast its 100,000-watt signal on the air "From the Capital City to the Coast". WZFX is the sister station of WIKS in Jacksonville, North Carolina, which also has a similar format and signal power of 100,000 watts.

In 1990, after WQSM stopped playing top 40, WZFX added some top 40 hits to its music mix.[3] This move took "The Fox" back to the top of the ratings.[4] In 1994, WZFX moved from the Wachovia building to a former Cato department store, which the owners purchased.[2]

In 1995, Atlantic Broadcasting Group sold WROV-FM to Ray Thomas of Roanoke, Virginia and WLNI in Lynchburg, Virginia, leaving the company with only WZFX. Several DJs and general manager Lynn Carraway were let go. At the time, WZFX played no rap until after 5 in the afternoon, and rap-leaning WLRD was doing very well despite its limited signal.[5]

In 1997, Beasley Broadcasting—owner of WKML, WTSB, WAZZ and WEWO—bought WZFX from Joyner Communications. There was talk in 1996 of another company buying WZFX and WLRD, but that deal fell apart.[6] Later in the year, Beasley also bought WLRD and WYRU. For a short time, WLRD aired the programming of WZFX.[7]

Interference Issues northeast of Fayetteville

WZFX's signal north of Carthage, Moore County begins to see significant interference from WSLQ-FM out of Roanoke, Virginia. This is also the case in southern Chatham County, much of Montgomery and Randolph Counties and nearly all of Wake County. Under ideal atmospheric conditions, WZFX can be received with little to no interference from WSLQ as far north as Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Hillsborough and Durham.

References

External links

  • Official Website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WZFX
  • Radio-Locator information on WZFX
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WZFX
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