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WEZI (102.9 MHz "Easy 102.9") is a commercial FM radio station in Jacksonville, Florida. It airs an adult contemporary radio format and is owned by Atlanta-based Cox Radio, Inc.

WEZI
CityJacksonville, Florida
Broadcast areaJacksonville metropolitan area
BrandingEasy 102.9
SloganFavorites from the '80s, '90s, and More!
Frequency102.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateNovember 1, 1965 (as WIVY-FM)
FormatAdult Contemporary
ERP100,000 watts (Analog)
4,000 watts (Digital)
HAAT309 meters (1014 ft)
ClassC
Facility ID53602
Transmitter coordinates30°16′34.00″N 81°33′53.00″W / 30.2761111°N 81.5647222°W / 30.2761111; -81.5647222
Former callsignsWIVY-FM (1965-1997)
WMXQ (1997-2009)
WXXJ (2009-2017)
OwnerCox Radio, Inc.
Sister stationsWAPE-FM, WJGL, WOKV, WOKV-FM, WXXJ
WebcastListen Live
Websiteeasy1029.com

The station's studios and offices are located on Belfort Parkway in Jacksonville's Southside district.[1] The transmitter is off Hogan Road in the Arlington neighborhood.[2] WEZI is a Class C FM station, running at an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, from a tower at 1,014 feet (309 m) in height above average terrain (HAAT). Its signal stretches from the Georgia coast to south of St. Augustine, Florida.

HistoryEdit

WIVY-FMEdit

On November 1, 1965, the station signed on as WIVY-FM.[3] At first, it ran at 28,900 watts, less than a third of its current power. It was the sister station to AM 1050 WIVY, which was a daytimer, so the FM station allowed WIVY's programming to be heard around the clock. Both stations were owned by New York announcer Ed Bell Oberle. The following year the stations were sold to Alumni Radio, Inc.

In 1971, the stations were acquired by another New York announcer, Tom Kirby, under the name Jacksonville Broadcasting.[4] He saw FM stations in other cities starting rock formats so he hired a staff of young disc jockeys and switched both stations to album-oriented rock (AOR). (The AM station moved to 1280 kHz, but remained a daytime-only operation, simulcasting WIVY-FM.)

Kirby sold WIVY-FM in 1976 to Torrid Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Progressive Communications.[5] It flipped to Top 40 hits as "Y-103". In 1985, Gilmore Broadcasting bought the station, boosting the power to 100,000 watts, helping WIVY-FM better cover the expanding Jacksonville radio market.[6] In 1988, J.J. Taylor Communications took over the station, moving the format a bit older to hot adult contemporary music, but still as Y-103.[7]

WMXQEdit

In 1998, Capstar purchased the station.[8] It kept the Hot AC format but changed its call sign to WMXQ, calling the station "Mix 103." Capstar sold WMXQ to Cox Radio in 2000.[9] Cox switched the format to all-1980s music on November 1, 2000, calling the station "102.9 The Point".[10]

 
logo, 2009-2017

WXXJEdit

On February 25, 2009, at 5:55 a.m. Cox flipped the format to alternative rock as "X102.9." The last song on "102.9 The Point" was "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds (bookending the format, as it was the first song that launched "The Point"). The first song on X102.9 was "Chop Suey!" by System of a Down. The station was launched to compete with heritage modern rock station 107.3 WPLA (now mainstream rock WWJK). X102.9 changed its call letters to WXXJ on April 7, 2009.

As WXXJ rose in the ratings, it began an offensive against its format rival. X102.9 flew a banner over Metropolitan Park during the last Planetfest and interfered with WPLA's annual "Easter Keg Hunt" by bribing people with $300 for the kegs. WPLA management called police to stop the activity. On August 4, 2010, WPLA ended its alternative rock format, switching to classic hits, changing to adult hits and eventually changing to Modern Rock again. This left WXXJ as the only modern rock station in Jacksonville.

WEZIEdit

On November 20, 2017, WXXJ swapped formats and frequencies with its sister station at 106.5. The 100,000-watt signal at 102.9 became the new home of Soft AC station WEZI, while the 6,000-watt signal at 106.5 became the new home of Alternative Rock station WXXJ. At first, Easy 102.9 played all Christmas music but on December 26, 2017, the Soft AC format resumed on 102.9.[11] The two stations swapped call signs on November 26, 2017.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Easy1029.com/contact-us
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WEZI-FM
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1967 page B-34
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1973 page B-41
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-45
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1987 page B-60
  7. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1989 page B-62
  8. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 page D-91
  9. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2002-2003 D-92
  10. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  11. ^ X102.9 & Easy 106.5 Swap Frequencies In Jacksonville

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