WIXX

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WIXX
WIXX.png
City Green Bay, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Green Bay-Appleton-Oshkosh
Branding 101 WIXX
Slogan Your #1 Hit Music Station
Frequency 101.1 MHz
First air date August 13, 1947 (as WJPG-FM)
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 96,000 watts
HAAT 329 meters (1,079 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 42087
Callsign meaning Intended to be a visual pun on "gee whiz" in combination with sister station WGEE; with the intended calls of WIZZ already assigned, the next available 4-letter calls were taken
Former callsigns WJPG-FM (August 13, 1947-1954)
WBAY-FM (1960-1975)
Affiliations Packers Radio Network
Owner Duey E. Wright
(Midwest Communications, Inc.)
Sister stations WDKF, WGEE, WNCY-FM, WNFL, WTAQ-AM/FM, WYDR
Webcast Listen Live
Website wixx.com

WIXX (101.1 FM) is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station licensed to and serving Green Bay, Wisconsin, along with Appleton, Oshkosh, and much of Northeast Wisconsin. The station is owned and operated by Wausau, Wisconsin-based Midwest Communications, and is part of a Midwest-owned cluster of 8 stations in the market. WIXX broadcasts from studios located on Bellevue Street in the Green Bay suburb of Bellevue, and transmits from a tower on Scray's Hill in the Brown County town of Ledgeview, sharing a site with WBAY-TV, WPNE-TV, and WPNE radio.

History

WIXX operated from studios in the WBAY-TV Building until 2008.

The station, with the original call letters WJPG-FM, was owned by the Green Bay Press-Gazette[1] to complement their then-owned station WJPG-AM (now WNFL). WJPG-FM began broadcasting August 13, 1947,[1] though there is no record of the Press-Gazette regularly broadcasting on the FM signal. Eventually, the Press-Gazette would sell WJPG-FM to the Norbertine Order of Priests, a De Pere-based religious order that founded St. Norbert College. The well-financed Norbertines were interested in complimenting their existing stations in the Green Bay market, WBAY radio (AM 1360) and WBAY-TV (channel 2). WJPG-FM would eventually become WBAY-FM, and for many years would air easy-listening and middle-of-the-road music formats.

By the mid-1970s, the Norbertine Order would sell its broadcast holdings, with WBAY-AM and -FM being sold to what would become Midwest Communications. On September 1, 1975, the radio stations would be given new call signs; WBAY-AM would become WGEE, while WBAY-FM would take on the WIXX calls. The story of the WIXX call sign has been unclear; though it was believed to be part of a "gee whiz" pun with WGEE (see Infobox), Midwest Communications head Duke Wright has been somewhat coy, stating in 2007 that he was into "X's" and "Z's" back then and WIXX sounds "better than 'WIZZ'".[2] Even after their split in 1975, the radio and TV stations would continue to be housed at 115 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Green Bay until 2008, when WIXX, WTAQ (which was re-called from WGEE in 2003), and their Midwest sister stations would move to new facilities in Bellevue, next to the transmitter facility of Midwest-owned WNFL. (WBAY-TV remains at S. Jefferson to this day.)

By the time the Norbertines sold WIXX, the station had adopted an album-oriented rock format. That format was dropped on February 12, 1977 when, in a move that was met with protest by fans of the AOR format, WIXX adopted the Top 40/contemporary music format that continues to this day.[3] Though initially going automated as a Top 40 station, WIXX would gradually add live dayparts, including in mornings, and would become a fully live station by the mid-1980s.

Today, WIXX is regarded as a "heritage" Top 40 station, thanks in part to its longevity in the format, its connections with its audience through round-the-clock staffing and local music surveys,[4][5], and its flexibility to introduce new music to listeners as well as incorporating modern rock and Hot AC music into the playlist.[6] It has resulted in honors for the station, including the 2007 Station of the Year Award in the CHR/Top 40 category for market size 101-250 at the national Radio & Records convention.[7] WIXX also benefits from the long reach of its 101.1 FM signal, which can be regularly received as far north as Michigan's Upper Peninsula and as far south as Milwaukee.

Current on-air staff

The below list reflects the WIXX air staff as of September 6, 2018. In addition to their roles on the station, Midwest Communications also voicetracks several WIXX personalities on WTBX-FM in Hibbing, Minnesota, KDKE in Duluth, Minnesota, and WXER Sheboygan. WTBX and WXER air Hot AC formats, while KDKE is country.

Weekdays

  • 12-5 (Tom Pederson Sat-Tues) Susan Kennedy (Wed-Fri)
  • Murphy 5a-9a
  • Katie Schurk 5a-9a
  • Nick Vitrano 5a-9a
  • Robert Kennedy (Newscasts)
  • Traffic Jam Sam
  • Otis Day 9a-1p
  • Corey Carter 1p-3p
  • Fife 3p-7p
  • Jayson Slade 7p-12a

Weekends & Fill-ins

  • Tom Pederson
  • Angie
  • Casey Jones
  • Bradley
  • Todd
  • Jen
  • Connie Fellman
  • Jerry Michaels

Additionally, WIXX is also part of the Packers Radio Network, broadcasting Green Bay Packers games alongside sister stations WTAQ AM/FM.

References

  1. ^ a b "WJPG-FM Opening Gets Coverage in Local Press" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 18, 1947. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "40 Interesting Facts about WIXX for 40 Years - Fact #14," from WIXX.com (accessed 9/15/2018)
  3. ^ "40 for 40 - 40 Interesting Facts about 101 WIXX for our 40th Anniversary - Fact #2," from WIXX.com (accessed 9/15/2018)
  4. ^ "40 Interesting Facts about WIXX for 40 Years - Fact #7," from WIXX.com (accessed 9/15/2018)
  5. ^ "40 Interesting Facts about WIXX for 40 Years - Fact #10" on WIXX.com (accessed 9/15/2018)
  6. ^ "40 Interesting Facts about WIXX for 40 Years - Fact #34" on WIXX.com (accessed 9/15/2018)
  7. ^ Other stations applaud WIXX in national radio judging; Warren Gerds; November 19, 2007 Green Bay Press-Gazette; Retrieved November 19, 2007

External links

  • 101 WIXX
  • Midwest Communications
  • Click here to view a virtual tour of Midwest Communications' new building
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WIXX
  • Radio-Locator information on WIXX
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WIXX

Coordinates: 44°24′36″N 88°00′04″W / 44.410°N 88.001°W / 44.410; -88.001

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