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88.1 FM WKNC, Raleigh

Variety, "KNC 88-1". Student-run station at North Carolina State University, first signing on in October of 1966. Airs everything from a sports talk show to hip hop and metal.

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88.3 FM WUAW, Erwin

Variety, Owned by Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, WUAW broadcasts from the campus of Erwin's Triton High School through an arrangement between CCCC and Harnett County Schools. WUAW signed on in 1989, and kept very irregular broadcast hours until going to 24-hour operation recently. The station's low dial position on a fairly clear channel is ideal for reception well into Raleigh proper. .

88.5 FM WFDD, Winston-Salem

NPR, classical. WFDD is the Piedmont-Triad area's public radio outlet and the radio voice of Wake Forest University. WFDD traces its heritage back to the time when Wake Forest University was in the Wake County town of the same name, having started as WAKE, a 5-watt "pirate" station operated by two students from their dorm in 1946. In two years, the station expanded to become a carrier current operation signing on with 50 watts April 19th, 1948. The WAKE call sign was already in use, so the station became WFDD (Wake Forest Demon Deacons). For the next ten years, WFDD was totally student-run, and followed the college's move to Winston-Salem in 1956. In 1961, WFDD became a broadcast station. Six years later, listeners helped raise money for a new antenna and a 36,000-watt transmitter with a stereo carrier, making WFDD the first FM stereo station in Winston-Salem. In 1971, WFDD became North Carolina's first member of National Public Radio, carrying the initial broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered." The station today operates with 60,000 watts and can be heard well in western portions of the Raleigh-Durham area.

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88.5 FM WZRU, Roanoke Rapids

NPR, popular standards, bluegrass, jazz. WZRU provides public radio service to Halifax, Northampton, Warren and Edgecombe Counties, but their 35,000-watt signal can be heard in northeastern parts of the Triangle area as well. WZRU signed on July 4th, 1994, with 60% of its coverage area serving places previously unable to receive public radio. WZRU's popular standards format is unique among NPR outlets, which generally stick to classical, jazz or talk programming. .

88.7 FM WXDU, Durham

Progressive. Duke University's student-run radio station signed on in November 1983, filling a radio void at the university created when WDBS-FM 107 was sold to a commercial broadcaster earlier that same year. WXDU serves up lots of independent labels and underground music, plus hip-hop. In 1996, WXDU was on greatly reduced power for almost a year following the destruction of their tower in Orange County following Hurricane Fran. The station is back up to full power again. The station is also heard on 103.5 FM, thanks to a 1-watt fill-in translator on Duke's West Campus.

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88.9 FM WSHA, Raleigh

Jazz, gospel. WSHA is the radio voice of Raleigh's Baptist-affiliated Shaw University. Shaw made history with WSHA's 1968 sign-on becoming the first historically black college in America to own a radio station. WSHA used to transmit their signal from a small antenna located atop a building at their downtown Raleigh campus before moving to a taller antenna off Interstate 40 in southeast Raleigh in the late 1990s. With the move, they boosted their power from 12,500 watts to 25,000 watts. To accomodate the power boost, Fayetteville State University's WFSS, once at 89.1 FM, moved up the dial to 91.9. WSHA carries a mixture of jazz and gospel, along with community interest programs.

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89.1 FM WVTF, Blacksburg

NPR News, classical and jazz. In 1973, public radio first came to the Roanoke area of Virginia with the sign-on of 4,100-watt WVWR at Virginia Western Community College. The station served as a laboratory for broadcast students and a forum for on-air college courses. By 1975, WVWR had increased their power to 100,000 watts from Poor Mountain, near Roanoke. In 1980, the Virginia Tech Foundation assumed control of the station, changing their call letters to WVTF. Today, WVTF is known for having one of the largest coverage areas of any public radio station with a signal covering not only the mountains of Virginia, but parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina (including the northwestern Triangle area).

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89.3 FM WXYC, Chapel Hill

Progressive, free form. The smaller of the two radio stations based at The University of North Carolina, WXYC signed on March 17th, 1977 from an antenna on the campus' South Water Tower. Unlike the campus' other broadcaster, 100,000-watt NPR affiliate WUNC-FM, 400-watt WXYC is totally student-run. On November 7th, 1994, WXYC officially signed on their webcast, becoming the first station in the world to stream their audio on the Internet. WXYC is known for lots of independent labels and music not heard on commercial stations. The station has played a major role in developing Chapel Hill's nationally-known independent music scene.

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89.7 FM WCPE, Raleigh

Classical, including opera and BBC news. Founded by a group of NC State graduates in 1978, WCPE began life with an abbreviated broadcast day of easy listening and classical from a 12,500-watt transmitter atop an apartment building in north Raleigh. In 1982, the station became a full-time classical outlet. Over the years, WCPE's classical format has grown in stature and reach. Ten years after going all-classical, the station began broadcasting at 100,000 watts from a 1,200-foot tower donated by Durham Life Insurance Company. The tower, which once supported the company's former television and radio properties (WPTF-TV and WQDR), was dismantled from a site in Apex and moved to Wake Forest for reassembly. Over the last few years, WCPE has employed satellite broadcasting and Internet streaming to take their signal worldwide. WCPE's Internet stream consistently measures as one of the top 25 most streamed radio stations in the world. In November 2001, WCPE extended its reach to the Sandhills area of the state with a translator in Aberdeen. The station also has a construction permit for a full-power station in Bath, NC, along the coast. Another interesting thing about this highly acclaimed non-commercial station is that they are 100% listener supported; no tax dollars here.

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90.1 FM WCCE, Buies Creek

Easy listening, religious "Lite and Easy 90.1". Operated by Campbell University, signing on October 7, 1974. WCCE is largely staffed by students, although students have no say in the programming as do most other area college stations. The station is perhaps best known for their all-Christmas format each December. Otherwise, you'll hear easy listening music and religious programs with bluegrass and hymns on the weekends. The station also carries Fighting Camel sports. .

90.1 FM WNAA, Greensboro

Jazz/R&B/Hip Hop/Gospel. The student-run radio station at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was established in 1979, first serving the campus and small areas of the city with 10 watts of power. In 1985, WNAA upgraded to 10,000 watts. You'll hear lots of jazz, gospel, r&b and hip hop here in addition to Aggie sports.

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90.3 FM WKNS, Kinston

NPR News, classical and jazz. WKNS began life as the radio voice of Kinston's Lenoir Community College. "K-90", as it was called then, aired adult contemporary music at 90.5 FM. The 3,000-watt signal came from a small antenna located on the school's campus. Around 1995, WKNS partnered with WTEB-FM, the public radio station at New Bern's Craven Community College, to form Public Radio East. Soon after, WKNS moved to 90.3 FM and increased their power. The station now provides Public Radio East's programming to Kinston and Goldsboro, as well as parts of the eastern Triangle. .

90.5 FM WDCC, Sanford

Variety. Central Carolina Community College's student station was the first radio station operated by a community college when it signed on in 1970. The station first broadcast at 89.5 FM with 35 watts until 1981, when the station boosted their output to the current 3,000 watts at 90.5 FM. WDCC mainly serves Sanford, Lee County and extreme southwestern portions of the Raleigh-Durham radio market. In 2002, the station began 24-hour operation for the first time..

90.5 FM WAJC, Wilson

Christian talk/ministry. After a few technical delays, Mega-Educational Communications signed on WAHD in mid-1990. The new station was highly automated and aired soft adult contemporary music, later playing easy listening as "Easy 90.5". In 1991, the station signed on W260AB, a translator in Raleigh at 99.9 FM, to fill in coverage gaps in the main WAHD signal. WAHD went through CHR/dance and finally a smooth jazz format before going dark in 1999. Costa Mesa, California-based Calvary Satellite Network bought the dormant WAHD and signed it on again in 2001 as WXJC airing their Christian talk programming. On September 19th,2002, CSN dropped the WXJC call sign to become WAJC.

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90.7 FM WNCU, Durham

NPR, Jazz, gospel and hip-hop "Jazz 90.7".North Carolina Central University's radio station, signing on in August 1995, about 20 years after the nation's first black public radio outlet, WAFR, 90.3 FM, ceased broadcasting from the campus.

90.9 FM WRQM, Rocky Mount

NPR, news/talk. In the early 1990s, Rocky Mount's North Carolina Wesleyan College signed on WESQ-FM at the dial position left vacant when Warrenton-based black public radio station WVSP went out of business. The new student-run station offered a varied mix of music from country to R&B, sometimes back-to-back. However, NC Wesleyan didn't keep the station very long. The school sold the station to the City of Rocky Mount, which re-formatted it as NPR-affiliate WRQM "Down East Public Radio". The city and the station's board of directors later saw a partnership with Chapel Hill's WUNC-FM as the best way to preserve public radio service to their community, so the station was later transferred to the control of the UNC Board of Governors and now simulcasts programming from Chapel Hill to the area.

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91.1 FM W216BN, Raleigh

Contemporary Christian. First of WRTP's translators to sign on, in 1999. Rebroadcasting WRTP's Roanoke Rapids FM station--itself a rebroadcast of the Christian contemporary music and talk on AM 1530. When WRTP's three AM signals shut down at sunset, the FM network continues 24-hour operation. W216BN will soon move their transmitter site from north Raleigh's Capital Towers to the tower supporting WSHA's antenna off Interstate 40 in southeast Raleigh to eliminate interference with second-adjacent WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill

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91.5 FM WUNC, Chapel Hill

NPR, News/Talk. Signed on as a student-run station in 1952 with equipment donated by Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting, which discontinued operation of WBT-FM after five years of operation. The station lingered on for 18 years until a lightning strike put it off-air in 1970. Hit the airwaves again April 3, 1976, this time as a professionally-run NPR affiliate. Heard throughout the eastern part of the state via WRQM, 90.9 in Rocky Mount, WURI, 90.9 FM in Manteo and WBUX, 90.5 in Buxton. Owned by the University of North Carolina.

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91.9 FM WFSS, Fayetteville

Jazz, NPR. Broadcasting from the campus of Fayetteville State University, WFSS serves as the public radio affiliate for the Sandhills, but its 100,000-watt signal is easily received in the Research Triangle area. Originally found at 89.1 FM, they moved to 91.9 to facilitate power upgrades for Shaw University's WSHA and themselves. The station airs Spanish and American Indian programs on the weekends.

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92.3 FM WKRR, Asheboro

"Classic Rock 92". This station dates to the late 1940s, first signing on as WGWR. Was also country WCSE until 1984, when the station was briefly known as WRLT before becoming classic rock WKRR in 1985. Owned by Dick Broadcasting.

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92.5 FM WYFL, Henderson

Traditional Christian music/ministry from the Bible Broadcasting Network in Charlotte. The former WHNC-FM and WXNC, signed on as BBN affiliate WYFL (Where You'll Find Love) October 3, 1981. The station has been providing music and ministry to the greater Triangle area and eastern parts of the state ever since. WYFL is also heard in Goldsboro, Kinston and Greenville via translators.

93.1 FM WMQX, Winston-Salem

Oldies, "Oldies 93". Originally WAIR-FM, the FM sister station of Winston-Salem legendary top 40 WAIR, 1340 AM. This station, formerly known as "Fresh Air 93", later WSEZ, was expanded to cover the whole market and was AC before going oldies. The WMQX call letters date back to 1987. Owned by Entercom.

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93.3 FM WERO, Washington

Hot AC "Bob 93-3". The FM sister station of little Washington's WITN AM and TV, WITN-FM brought top 40 to the FM dial in the 1970s, changing their name and call sign to "93 WDLX" in 1985 . WDLX went AC in the 1990s as "Best Mix 93.3 WDLX" before going rock and roll oldies in 1995 as WERO "Arrow 93.3". The call letters stuck, but the format teeters between top 40 and hot AC. The station shows up in Raleigh numbers occasionally.

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93.9 FM WRSN, Burlington

Soft Adult Contemporary "Sunny 93.9". A Burlington station that signed on in the fifties as WFNS and later WBAG-FM, sister station to WBAG 1150 AM. Moved in to the Raleigh market in 1983 as Top 40/CHR WZZU "94Z", pioneering the "morning zoo" format in this area. In 1989, became new rock "U93.9", later "Classic Rock 93.9", and was the first affiliate of the Charlotte-based syndicated "John Boy and Billy Big Show". (Ironically, Graham native John "John Boy" Isley got his start in radio on this station when 93.9 was Burlington-based WBAG-FM.) WZZU switched to its current soft rock format and WRSN call letters in September 1996 to better complement co-owned rock outlet WRDU-FM. Owned by Clear Channel.

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94.3 FM WJIJ, Norlina

Christian talk/ministry. Signed on in August 2001 as an affiliate of Christian broadcaster Calvary Satellite Network, Costa Mesa, CA. CSN also operates an affiliate serving the Raleigh area, WAJC, 90.5 FM. WJIJ is best heard primarily in the northern Triangle area.

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94.7 FM WQDR, Raleigh

Country "94-7 QDR". Signed on in the late forties by Durham Life Insurance Company as WPTF-FM at 94.5. Later switched to 94.7 and aired a classical format before becoming album rock WQDR in 1973. In its album rock days, WQDR garnered some highly impressive ratings. However, Durham Life flipped the station to country in 1984, bringing to local FM a format generally found on small-town AMs of that period. Curtis Media bought them in 1991..

95.1 FM WRNS, Kinston

Country. They tout listeners "from the capital to the coast". The Greenville area's only country outlet offering full-market coverage of eastern North Carolina grabs some of the highest market share of any station in the country and is known in the country music industry as an indicator for up and coming hits. The station dates back to the 1960s, when they signed on as WFTC-FM.

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95.3 FM W237BA, Wake Forest

This translator is part of the WRTP radio network, serving Wake Forest and northern Wake County. See 1530 AM or 91.1 FM for further details.

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95.3 FM WHLF, South Boston

Adult contemporary. JLC Properties put this station on the air in early 1992 as WJLC, almost five years after an earlier WJLC, at 97.5 FM, was upgraded and moved to Raleigh (see WQOK). The new FM station, like its predecessor, was the FM sister of WHLF 1400 AM. Towards the late 1990s, the WHLF call letters moved over to 95.3 FM while WJLC went to both the AM and a co-owned FM station licensed to nearby Clarksville, until then known as WLCQ. In 2001, WHLF and WJLC-FM were sold to Joyner Radio, headed up by Tom Joyner, a long-time Raleigh broadcast owner and one of the principals involved in the move of the first WJLC to the capital city. WHLF can be heard in the far northern reaches of the market.

95.5 FM WHPE, High Point

Traditional Christian music/ministry from the Bible Broadcasting Network. WHPE dates back to the 1950s and was originally owned by the High Point Enterprise newspaper. WHPE was the second station in the BBN network when they bought it in the 1970s.

95.7 FM WKML, Lumberton

country. Lumberton-based WGGS was purchased by radio magnate George Beasley and moved to Fayetteville as country formatted WKML. The station is always at or near the top of Fayetteville's ratings.

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96.1 FM WBBB, Raleigh

Active rock "96 Rock". Signed on in the late forties as WNAO-FM, sister station to AM 850. Simulcast their AM half for years, becoming WKIX-FM when their AM counterpart did in 1959. Became easy listening WYYD in the seventies, and switched to soft AC WYLT "Lite 96.1" in the eighties. In late 1992, "Lite 96.1" became "Y96" with a seventies oldies format, later toying with alternative before swapping their calls with AM 850 to become hot country WKIX "Kix 96.1" on January 1st,1994. In 1996, Don Curtis purchased WKIX, by then a fierce competitor to the three Curtis-owned country outlets in the market (WQDR, WPCM "Country 101.1" and "Katie Country 96.9" WKTC). On January 9th, 1998, the "Kix" format and the WKIX calls moved to 96.9 FM in Goldsboro, which simultaneously began a simulcast with the former WPCM 101.1 FM in Burlington, thus consolidating four Raleigh country stations into two. Abandoned by its call letters and format, 96.1 FM was renamed WBBB and simulcast news/talk WPTF for several weeks before becoming the current "96 Rock". .

96.5 FM WFLB, Laurinburg

"Oldies 96.5". The former FM sister station of Laurinburg's WEWO, WEWO-FM was purchased by Don Curtis in 1968 along with the AM station. A separate format was established for the FM with new call letters WSTS. The power was also increased to 100,000 watts to serve Fayetteville. The now-defunct Durham Life Broadcasting, an arm of the Raleigh-based insurance company of the same name, later purchased the station. Long an easy listening station, Durham Life switched the format to Hot AC in the late 1980s as WMFX, "Mix 96.5". When Durham Life sold off its broadcasting arm in 1991, Curtis once again purchased the station, along with Durham Life's other radio properties. A continuous loop of "Louis, Louis" by the Kingsmen for several days as "Louis 96.5" marked the station's format switch to oldies as WAZZ, "Oldies 96.5". Curtis sold the station to Beasley Broadcasting in the mid-1990s, resulting in vast improvements to the station's quality and sound. Beasley also owned heritage AM WFLB, 1490 AM, which played the oldies music heard on 96.5 FM in its Top 40 heyday. The call letters also once belonged to Fayetteville's first TV station, the long-expired WFLB-TV, channel 18. In 1997, this heritage prompted Beasley to swap call letters with "Oldies 96.5" becoming WFLB and the AM side becoming WAZZ.

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96.7 FM WKRX, Roxboro

"Kickin Country 96.7". WKRX is Roxboro's hometown FM station, airing a well-programmed mix of country music, plus programs of interest to that community and Person County at large, such as local news, Person High School sports and lap-by-lap coverage of races at Orange County Speedway. Specialty programs featuring beach music and bluegrass are als heard here. The station operates from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. WKRX is the sister station of WRXO 1430 AM..

96.9 FM WYMY, Goldsboro

Hot adult contemporary "Star 96-9 and 102-9". Started in the late 1940s as WGBR-FM at 99.7, later 93.3, a sister station of Goldsboro's WGBR, 1150 AM. In its later incarnation, the station signed on at 96.9 FM and became CHR-formatted WEQR. A 1990 corporate deal with Tarboro-based WKTC, 104.3 FM, involved WEQR assuming that station's call letters and format, becoming WKTC "Katie Country 96.9" (The WEQR calls later popped up at another Goldsboro station, urban WOKN 102.3 FM). WKTC became WKIX on January 9, 1998, taking the format of Raleigh's WKIX "Kix 96.1", and simulcasting with Burlington-based WPCM, 101.1 FM (renamed WKXU), as "Kix 96.9 and 101.1". In another confusing game of radio "musical chairs", 96.9 FM became WYMY in February 2001 and began simulcasting '80s oldies outlet WWMY "Star 102.9", and the legendary WKIX calls and format went to 102.3 FM, which was now owned by Curtis Media, as is WYMY. .

97.1 FM WQMG, Greensboro

R&B "97.1 QMG". Once Greensboro's home for rap as "Power 97", WQMG moved towards an urban adult format when they along with cross-town competitor WJMH "102 Jamz" were both bought by Entercom .

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97.5 FM WQOK, South Boston

Urban contemporary "K 97.5". Founded in 1968 as WPHR in South Boston, Virginia. Later known as WJLC before moving into the Raleigh market in 1987 as WQOK with an urban contemporary format. Previously known as "97OK" and "K-Power" before choosing "K 97.5" as their handle, the 100,000-watt signal quickly overpowered 2,600-watt then-urban contemporary competitor WFXC "Foxy 107". The station has been at or near the top of the ratings since 1991. Owned by Radio One..

98.1 FM WQSM, Fayetteville

CHR "Q98". WQSM hit the airwaves in 1947 as WFNC-FM, sister station of the city's oldest AM station. Interestingly, there is now another WFNC-FM, this time at 102.3, rebroadcasting the programming of WFNC-AM to areas which can't receive the AM signal clearly. Back to the original FM, they've been adult contemporary before, but lately have shifted between Hot AC and CHR. You'll hear lots of 80s here as well, during the lunch hour weekdays and every Friday night. Owned by Cumulus Broadcasting.

98.3 FM WICE, Clarksville

"Cool Oldies 98.3".Owned by former WTRG owner Tom Joyner since 2001, WICE moved from South Boston to studios in Oxford and began transmitting from a tower near Stovall. The station began life in the late 1980s as adult contemporary WLCQ "Q98.3" under owner JLC Properties. WLCQ later became WJLC "98.3 Cool Country". Under Joyner, the station went oldies as WICE "Cool Oldies 98.3" on September 1, 2001. .

98.5 FM WSAY, Rocky Mount

Country. "98.5 Down East Country". The former owners of WFMA (now WTRG "Oldies 100.7") signed on WSAY in 1990. The "Say Team" boasts an 25,000-watt signal heard very clearly in eastern parts of the Raleigh area. The station features Carolina Mudcats baseball in the summer.

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98.7 FM WOZN, Greensboro

Hot AC "98-7 The Zone". This station was first known as WCTP in the 1940s, but later signed off. Several years later, the frequency was again occupied as top 40 WRQK "K99" before becoming top 40 WKSI "98.7 Kiss FM" in the mid-1980s. They stuck with this format until 1994, when they became "98-7 Kiss Country". After a few years of country, they opted for hot AC "98-7 The Point". On March 4th, 2002, the station began a slightly more modern-leaning Hot AC format as "98.7 The Zone" with new call letters, WOZN, to follow shortly thereafter. Currently owned by Charlotte-based Bahakel Communications, WOZN is being sold to Entercom, which operates them under an LMA.

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98.9 FM W255AM, Raleigh

This translator, owned by "His Radio" WRTP's parent company Radio Training Network, hit the air in November 2001. However, the translator rebroadcasted Curtis Media's Star 96.9/102.9 (WYMY/WWMY) until 2003, when it began its simulcast of WRTP-FM. W255AM serves north portions of Raleigh. .

99.1 FM WZFX, Whiteville

Rap, hip-hop "Foxy 99". This former small town FM was known as WENC-FM, and later WQTR, before moving to Fayetteville in 1986, following an upgrade to 100,000 watts with an urban format. Originally known as "Foxy 99", then "99-1 The Fox" before returning to the old handle and logo. "Foxy 99" regularly shows up in Raleigh ratings as well as in other surrounding markets such as Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.

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99.1 FM W256AH, Creedmoor

This translator is part of the WRTP radio network, serving the communities of Creedmoor, Butner, southern Granville County and parts of Durham County. See 1530 AM or 91.1 FM for further details.

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99.3 FM W257BH, Lizard Lick

This translator is part of the WRTP radio network, serving the communities of eastern Wake County. See 1530 AM or 91.1 FM for further details.

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99.5 FM WMAG, High Point

Soft rock. The precursor to this station signed on in the late 1940s as WMFR-FM 97.7, a sister station of High Point's 1230 WMFR. WMFR later moved to 99.5. In 1982, WMFR-FM upgraded their facilities, becoming adult contemporary WMAG "Magic 99.5" In later years, repositioned to soft rock and dropped the "Magic" handle. Owned by Clear Channel.

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99.7 FM WZAX, Nashville

Hot AC "New Mix 99-7". WZAX was born in the mid 1990s and has aired a hot adult contemporary format since its sign-on. Though targeted towards Rocky Mount and Wilson, "New Mix 99-7" is heard in eastern parts of the Raleigh area as well..

99.9 FM W260AB, Raleigh

Raleigh translator for WAJC. For further details, see 90.5 FM.

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100.3 FM WVBZ, High Point

Album rock, "The Buzzard 100.3". The first incarnation of this station hit the airwaves in the late 1940s as WGBG. In the late 1950s, it was known as WNOS. In the 1980s, the station was easy listening as WGLD and WOJY "Joy 100". They later repositioned as soft rock WWWB "B100 FM" in 1989. In 1994, they became classic rock WFXF "100.3 The Fox", only to switch to new country WHSL "Whistle 100" a few months later. This format did really well for the station, but they were bought by Clear Channel and ended up going against another market country station owned by Clear Channel. On Jan 2nd, 2001, "Whistle" became WUBZ (later WVBZ) "100.3 The Buzzard". "The Buzzard" has a construction permit to move their antenna much closer to the Raleigh market.

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100.7 FM WTRG, Rocky Mount

'50s-'70s "Oldies 100.7". Began life in Rocky Mount back in the fifties as WCEC and later WFMA. Had a gospel format, before being upgraded and moved into Raleigh as WTRG in 1986. WTRG went through several formats, the last being adult contemporary, before settling on oldies in 1989. WTRG's 100,000-watt signal covers 10,227 square miles-giving them the 17th largest coverage area in the nation. In addition to this massive FM coverage, the station has simulcast at 1490 on the AM dial since 2000. Owned by Clear Channel.

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101.1 FM WKXU, Burlington

"Kix 101.1". Signed on in the late 1940s as WBBB-FM 101.3, sister station of Burlington's WBBB 920 AM. WBBB would later move slightly down the dial to 101.1 FM. Several years after signing on, WBBB-FM became easy listening WNCB before becoming WPCM "Country 101" in 1978. On January 9, 1998, WPCM joined with Goldsboro-based WKTC, assuming the WKIX "Kix" country format previously at 96.1 FM in Raleigh. WKTC became WKIX, while WPCM became WKXU. Both were known as "Kix 96.9 and 101.1". The WPCM calls moved over to 920 AM, whose WBBB calls ended up on Raleigh's 96.1 FM. In 2000, "Kix" positioned itself as "Country Legends Kix" playing more classic country. In February 2001, 96.9 FM dropped the country for a simulcast of new eighties outlet WWMY "Star 102.9". WKXU briefly partnered with a new, smaller WKIX, now at 102.3 FM, before separating a few days later on Valentine's Day. The highly automated station consistently ranks a weak second to area to co-owned country "competitor" WQDR. WKXU maintains a separate staff from Goldsboro's 102.3 FM, but the music logs and programming are identical. Owned by Curtis Media..

101.5 FM WRAL, Raleigh

Hot adult contemporary "Mix 101.5". Only the second FM station in the state when it signed on in 1946, WRAL-FM began life at 95.3 FM with an initial effective radiated power of 250,000 watts. The new station was the FM half of Capitol Broadcasting's WRAL-AM 1240. WRAL-FM later moved to 101.5 FM, and AM 1240 was sold. WRAL-FM broadcast easy listening news along with extensive agricultural programming, becoming one of the only FM stations of its time with independent programming. In the early seventies, WRAL began it's adult contemporary format as "WRAL-Stereo 101". The station adopted the handle "Mix 101.5" around the year 1989. The station has more or less stuck to that format, veering towards Hot A/C, but going more mainstream AC in recent times. In December of 2002, WRAL-FM became the first FM station on the East Coast to begin In-Band, On-Channel (IBOC) Digital Broadcasting. Capitol Broadcasting still owns WRAL-FM, along with local CBS affiliate WRAL-TV and Fox affiliate WRAZ. .

102.1 FM WJMH, Reidsville

Rap, hip-hop, "102 Jamz". Formerly WREV-FM covering this small Rockingham County town, and later WWMO with a southern gospel format. In 1986, the broadcasting arm of insurance giant Jefferson Pilot bought the station, upgraded the signal to cover the Greensboro market, took the legendary call letters WBIG (recently jettisoned from the AM dial when Greensboro's first radio station, WBIG 1470 AM, went out of business) and signed on with a country format as "Big 102". This didn't bring in the ratings, so the station became urban "102 Jamz". WJMH is a mainstay in Raleigh radio ratings, often beating local stations in share of listeners.

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102.3 FM WKIX, Goldsboro

"Kix 102.3". Formerly urban WOKN, became AC-formatted WEQR, when 96.9 FM became country WKTC in 1990. Later Hot AC, simucasting with new sign-on WEQQ, 95.5 FM, in Pinetops as "The Double Q". When 96.9 FM became WKIX in 1998, 95.5 became WKTC. WEQR continued as Hot AC "The Double Q" for three years until 96.9 FM became 80s-oldies WYMY in 2001. WEQR picked up the historic WKIX call letters and simulcast WKXU 101.1 FM briefly before becoming a separate station, although programming and music logs for both stations are identical. Before becoming WKIX, 102.3 FM upgraded their transmitter plant allowing partial coverage of Raleigh. Owner Curtis Media has petitioned the FCC to change WKIX's city of license from Goldsboro to Smithfield, which, with the addition of a tower there, would provide an even better signal to the Raleigh area. .

102.5 FM WHLQ, Louisburg

"Country Q 102.5". The FM sister station of longtime Louisburg broadcaster WYRN signed on in 1989 as adult contemporary WHLQ "Q 102.5". The station later switched to country, simulcasting with the AM side. Owned by Franklin Broadcasting..

102.9 FM WWMY, Raleigh

Adult contemporary "Star 96-9 and 102-9". Raleigh's last commercial FM allotment signed on July 1, 1998 as WWND-FM, "Smooth Jazz 102.9 The Wind". This handle and format were strikingly similar to one found at 103.9 FM from 1990-1996. Like its predecessor, it didn't fare well in the ratings. On January 26, 2001, WWND joined the ranks of stations nationwide switching to an all-eighties music format. WWND then became known as "Star 102.9", with new call letters WWMY soon to follow. A few weeks later, country WKIX, 96.9 FM, became WYMY, a simulcast partner giving a boost to the weak 102.9 signal. With the eighties music giving "Star" only a slight boost in the ratings, the station expanded its focus to include more current music. Owned by Curtis Media. .

103.1 FM W276AX, Princeton

Traditional Christian. Translator for Fundamental Broadcasting Network's WOTJ, Morehead City..

103.3 FM WAKG, Danville

Country. The 100,000-watt FM sister to WBTM, Danville's first radio station, signed on in 1968 as WBTM-FM with easy listening music before going country shortly thereafter. Danville's new FM wasn't its first; there was an earlier WBTM-FM in the 1950s, at 97.9 FM. The first WBTM ceased broadcasting years before the station signed on. WAKG is a very community-minded station and their well-balanced country format has earned them nominations for "Country Station of the Year" by both the ACM and the CMA. You'll also hear lots of NASCAR and "Saturday Night Cool Classics", a classic country request show that pulls in callers from North Carolina and both Virginias. The station's "Tabernacle Time" with Brother Bob Barber, is the nation's longest running radio ministry, having started on sister station WBTM in the 1930s. Owned by Piedmont Broadcasting.

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103.5 FM WRCQ, Dunn

Active Rock 'Rock 103". Now based in Fayetteville, WRCQ began life in 1971 as the FM sister station of WCKB. Then, they were easy listening WQTI at 103.1 FM. The station was later urban WDKS before moving to Fayetteville as WRCQ "Rock 103.5". Though targeted at this smaller market to the east, WRCQ shows up in the Raleigh ratings occasionally, and used to show up a lot more when the controversial "Howard Stern Show" was aired here for a few years in the late 1990s.

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103.5 FM W278AB, Durham

W278AB is a fill-in translator for Duke University's student-run WXDU. The translator signed on in 1988 to provide coverage to dead spots on the West Campus. W278AB, which broadcasts with one watt of power from an antenna located on the campus' clock tower, near Cameron Indoor Stadium, originally signed on at 90.7 FM but was displaced by the sign on of North Carolina Central University's WNCU in 1995. Please see 88.7 FM for more information on programming.

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103.9 FM WNNL, Fuquay-Varina

Gospel "The Light 103.9". Signed on in 1981 as WAKS, the FM sister station of Fuquay-Varina's 1460 WAKS, with a country format. Later became easy listening WAZZ in 1987. In 1989, 103.9 FM flipped to smooth jazz as WNND, "103.9 The Wind". Renamed "Jazzy 103" in the mid-nineties. In spring 1996, Clear Channel Broadcasting bought the station from locally-held Ceder Broadcasting and WNND became WTCD "CD 103.9". This handle lasted only until September of that same year as they became "The New WZZU, Classic Hits 103.9", picking up the call sign and a similar format to that dumped at 93.9 FM just a few weeks before. This proved unsuccessful, and WZZU became black gospel WNNL a year later. Now owned by Radio One.

104.3 FM WFXK, Tarboro

Rhythm and Blues Oldies "Foxy 107-104". WFXK can be traced back to WCPS-FM in Tarboro, sister station of WCPS 760. FM 104.3 was also home to country-formatted, WKTC "Katie Country". In 1990, the 104.3 frequency was upgraded to serve the Raleigh market by new owner Osborne Communications, while the WKTC intellectual property moved to 96.9 FM in Goldsboro. Osborne debuted in Raleigh as WAZO, but later became WCAS "Class 104", an adult contemporary station. The "Class" format attracted some noteable personalities from surrounding stations, but never took off ratings wise. The death knell for "Class 104" came in 1992 when Osborne entered into a LMA with Pinnacle Broadcasting's urban A/C WFXC in Durham. The two became simulcast partners "Foxy 107-104". Owned by Radio One. .

105.1 FM WDCG, Durham

Contemporary Hits "G-105". WDCG began its life in 1948 as WDNC-FM, the sister station of The Durham Morning Herald/Durham Sun newspaper's WDNC, AM 620. The elder WDNC was also their simulcast partner until 105.1 became country WDCG (Durham's Country Giant) in 1974. WDCG tried some rock formats before going Top 40/CHR in 1982, using the handle "G-105". Owned by Clear Channel.

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105.5 FM WFJA, Sanford

50-70s oldies "Oldies Radio 105.5". Sanford-based station which airs a satellite delivered oldies format. The FM sister station of WWGP 1050 AM..

106.1 FM WRDU, Wilson

Classic rock, "106-1 RDU". Formerly WVOT, the FM offshoot of Wilson's WVOT (now WALQ), and later WXYY before moving in to Raleigh in 1984 as WRDU 106 with an album rock format, just as WQDR had ditched AOR for country. Later moved towards more classic rock before positioning to mainstream rock. Recently, WRDU again returned to classic rock. Owned by Clear Channel.

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106.7 FM WKVE, Semora

Contemporary Christian "K-Love". WKVE is an affiliate of Sacramento-based "K-LOVE" radio network. Southern Entertainment Corporation signed on 106.7 FM in early 1996 from Danville, Virginia, as CHR WPXX "Danville Pixx 106.7", a class "A" facility with 6,000 watts. In July 1998, WPXX flipped to satellite-delivered oldies as "Pixx Pure Gold 106.7". After several offers from companies looking to move the station to bigger surrounding markets, Educational Media Foundation bought the station in 2000, and upgraded it to a class "C2" with 50,000 watts, reaching the Triangle and Greensboro.

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107.1 FM WFXC, Durham

Rhythm and Blues Oldies "Foxy 107-104". "Foxy" signed on in the late 1960s as WSRC-FM, the sister station of Durham's 1410 AM, WSRC. In 1971, Duke University Broadcasting Service bought the station and renamed it WDBS in 1971. The new station was free-form with lots of progressive rock, folk, jazz and a daily classical music program. On the business side, WDBS operated as a non-profit commercial station. With WDBS's commercial dial position increasing greatly in value, Duke sold the station in 1983 and applied for a non-commercial license. Classic Ventures bought WDBS, changing the format to easy listening and the call letters to WFXC in June of 1984. In 1986, WFXC became "Foxy 107--The Triangle's Strong Song Station", the first area FM to program urban contemporary music. In 1987, WQOK moved in from South Boston and went head-to-head with "Foxy" for the urban audience. Though WFXC had recently moved from Rose of Sharon Road in western Durham County to a more centrally located taller tower off NC 98, the station's signal, limited to a 3,000-watt facility, was still no match for the powerful 100,000-watt newcomer, prompting "Foxy" to switch to a rhythm and blues/urban adult contemporary format targeting an older, upscale audience in 1990. In the spring of 1992, WFXC found a fix for their coverage shortcomings in WCAS 104.3, a faltering 100,000-watt move-in from Tarboro programming adult contemporary. They quickly entered into a local marketing agreement with WCAS' owners and began airing at two dial positions as "Foxy 107-104". WCAS later became WFXK and both stations are now owned by Radio One. .

107.3 FM WCLN, Clinton

Contemporary Christian music/ministry. WCLN-FM signed on in 1984 at 107.1 FM, the sister station of Clinton's WCLN 1170 AM. The station once aired an urban contemporary format while at 107.1. The station was also briefly known as WMXS before reverting to WCLN in 1994 and moving to 107.3 FM. With studios in Fayetteville, WCLN is heard well in southern parts of the Research Triangle thanks in part to a recent power increase to 25,000 watts.

107.5 FM WKZL, Winston-Salem

CHR, "107-5 KZL". The station now known as WKZL signed on in the late 1950s as WYFS, a classical music outlet. WYFS didn't make very good money with classical, and they went dark in 1967. The 107.5 FM frequency was then acquired by WAAA, 980 AM, the state's first black-programmed radio station. From 1967 to 1972, WAAA-FM rebroadcast its AM sister station's soul format. WAAA-FM became WSGH-FM in 1972 and, finally, WKZL in 1975. WKZL once sported a rock format and, in the 1980s, were top 40 as "107.5 WKZL". The early 1990's brought about hot AC "107.5 The Eagle" before they returned to their CHR roots. WKZL, along with classic rock WKRR, are owned by Dick Broadcasting. Both stations reach the Raleigh/Durham area very well, even garnering some ratings share here on occasion.

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107.7 FM W299AP, Apex

Translator for WRTP's FM station in Roanoke Rapids. Rebroadcasts the WRTP programming to Apex, Cary and southwestern Wake County. For more information, see WRTP 1530 AM.

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107.7 FM W299AQ, Chapel Hill

Currently a construction permit, W299AQ will serve Chapel Hill and areas of southern Durham and Orange Counties from an antenna located near WRTP's 1530 AM transmitter site.

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107.9 FM WNCT, Greenville

Oldies, "Oldies 107.9". As its call letters bear out, this was once the FM sister station of Greenville CBS affiliate, WNCT-TV 9, owned by the late Roy H. Park. After Park's death, the TV station and the radio stations parted corporate ways, but the call letters stayed the same. Up until the mid-1990s, WNCT was a throwback to FM's early days with an easy listening/ beautiful music format. They were known as "Lite 108" and "Easy 107.9" before going oldies.

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107.9 FM W300AR, Durham

Currently a construction permit, this translator will serve the Durham area from a perch high atop Signal Hill, off NC 157 in north Durham. Signal Hill is no stranger to area broadcasting history, having served as the former site of WTVD, channel 11's first antenna from their sign-on in 1954 until the late 1970s.

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