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WRXL 1021 MHz "XL102" is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, and serving Central Virginia WRXL is owned and operated by Entercom Communications[2] It airs an Alternative Rock radio format

Studios, offices and the transmitter tower are on Basie Road in Richmond[3][4] The station carries the syndicated Elliot in the Morning show, produced by Premiere Networks and originating at WWDC-FM in Washington, DC

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Early years as WRNL-FM
    • 12 Switch to rock as WRXL
    • 13 Move to alternative rock
  • 2 HD Radio
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

History

Early years as WRNL-FM

On March 4, 1949, the station signed on the air as WRNL-FM[5] It was the sister station to AM 910 WRNL, owned by the Richmond Radio Corporation, a subsidiary of The Richmond News Leader newspaper hence the WRNL-FM call sign At first, WRNL-FM simulcast its AM counterpart, carrying the ABC Radio schedule of dramas, comedies, sports and news In the late 1950s, WRNL-AM-FM moved to a full service format of middle of the road music, news, sports and talk

In the 1960s, several Richmond FM stations received permission from the Federal Communications Commission for unusually high power[6] Today, Richmond is in Zone 1, limited to a maximum of 50,000 watts effective radiated power ERP But before these rules were put into place, WRNL-FM was permitted to go to 120,000 watts, 1037 WFMV now WURV went to 74,000 watts and, to this day, 945 WRVQ then WRVA-FM runs at 200,000 watts

Switch to rock as WRXL

In 1971, WRNL-AM-FM were bought by Rust Communications, which owned a number of radio stations around the country Rust decided to give WRNL-FM its own format It hired a staff of young DJs, stopped simulcasting AM 910 and switched to progressive rock[7] To give the station a fresh identity, in 1973, the call sign was changed to WRXL By 1980, the station's music had moved to a more formatted album rock sound, based on playing the biggest selling rock artists[8]

In 1993, WRVH the new name of 910 WRNL and 1021 WRXL were sold to Clear Channel Communications, a forerunner of iHeartMedia, Inc, for $975 million[9]

Move to alternative rock

In 2002, the station moved from album rock to alternative rock as "1021 The X" In 2006, the station changed to a new broadcast tower at 791 feet 241 meters in height above average terrain But along with the taller tower, the station dropped its power to 20,000 watts from its previous 120,000 watts WRXL would still have a larger coverage area than conventional Class B FM stations, but with lower power due to the increased antenna height On October 1, 2012, WRXL rebranded from "1021 The X" back to "XL 102", WRXL's branding from 1976 to 2002[10]

On November 1, 2017, iHeartMedia announced that WRXL, along with all of its co-owned stations in Richmond and Chattanooga, would be turned over to Entercom, coupled with that company's merger with CBS Radio[11] The sale was completed on December 19, 2017[12] The deal had iHeartMedia taking over several former CBS and Entercom stations in Boston and Seattle in exchange for the Richmond and Chattanooga stations

HD Radio

WRXL also broadcasts two HD subchannels:

  • WRXL-HD2 carries a country music format branded as "Big 985," which feeds the co-owned translator station W253BI at 985 FM The station premiered July 27, 2015
  • WRXL-HD3 carries a non-commercial Contemporary Christian music format branded as "The Journey," based at WRVL in Lynchburg which feeds translator W235AI at 949 FM[13]

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 PDF 1999 p D-468 Retrieved April 23, 2017mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ "WRXL Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division
  3. ^ "Connect with XL102!" xl102richmondcom 3 December 2017 Retrieved 17 April 2018
  4. ^ "WRXL-FM Radio Station Coverage Map" radio-locatorcom Retrieved 17 April 2018
  5. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1951 page 316" PDF americanradiohistorycom Retrieved 17 April 2018
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1970 page B-213" PDF americanradiohistorycom Retrieved 17 April 2018
  7. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1972 page B-221" PDF americanradiohistorycom Retrieved 17 April 2018
  8. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-240" PDF americanradiohistorycom Retrieved 17 April 2018
  9. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1996 page B-443" PDF americanradiohistorycom Retrieved 17 April 2018
  10. ^ "XL102 Is Back In Richmond - RadioInsight" radioinsightcom 1 October 2012 Retrieved 17 April 2018
  11. ^ "Entercom Trades Boston & Seattle Spin-Offs To iHeartMedia For Richmond & Chattanooga - RadioInsight" radioinsightcom 1 November 2017 Retrieved 17 April 2018
  12. ^ "Consummation Notice" CDBS Public Access Federal Communications Commission December 19, 2017 Retrieved December 21, 2017
  13. ^ http://hdradiocom/station_guides/widgetphpid=56 HD Radio Guide for Richmond, Virginia

External links

  • XL 102 Online
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WRXL
  • Radio-Locator information on WRXL
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WRXL
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for W253BI
  • Radio-Locator information on W253BI


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