WCXI
CityFenton, Michigan
Broadcast area[1]
Frequency1160 kHz
BrandingFreedom 1160
Programming
FormatConservative talk
Ownership
OwnerBirach Broadcasting Corporation
History
First air date
November 15, 1985 (as WFEN)
Former call signs
WWON (8/20/93-1/14/00)
WCXI (10/12/92-8/20/93)
WACY (1/10/90-10/12/92)
WFEN (11/15/85-1/10/89)
Call sign meaning
Country 11 – Country XI (XI is Roman numeral for 11)
Technical information
Facility ID10475
ClassB
Power15,000 watts (day)
400 watts (night)
Links
Websitewww.birach.com

WCXI (1160 AM) is a radio station licensed to Fenton, Michigan. The station broadcasts to the Flint area and the northwestern suburbs of Detroit.

History

The station went on the air in 1985 as WFEN with a MOR format and has sported several formats (including country, oldies, black gospel, and most recently classic country) and call signs in the years since.

As of September 2010, WCXI has dropped its classic country format and is now playing oldies in a temporary relocation of the format of sister station WPON 1460 AM in Walled Lake, Michigan. It is not clear at this time whether this arrangement is permanent, but the station has a construction permit to change its city of license to Wixom in Oakland County and increase its daytime power to 15,000 watts, which would effectively make it a suburban Detroit station. WPON went silent in October 2010 so improvements could be made to its signal with WPON's programming continuing on WCXI.

The WCXI calls were used in Detroit from the late 1970s to the early 1990s at what is now WDFN 1130 AM, and also in the early 1980s as WCXI-FM at 92.3 FM (now WMXD). It has also been used at what was previously and is now WIBM 1450 AM in Jackson, Michigan. Fittingly, all stations previously using the WCXI calls played country music.

A new transmitter site is proposed in Milford Township, Michigan to serve both WCXI and the now silent WPON.[1]

WCXI is widely known throughout Detroit's large Indian American and Desi population. It has many shows featuring Hindi and other Indian language songs in the superhit Rockin' Raaga hosted by Anu, Geetmala and Voice of Pakistan.

WPON returned to the air in late 2019 and re-assumed the oldies format that had been airing on WCXI. At that time, WCXI switched to an automated mix of pop music in various languages. On June 29, 2020 WCXI flipped to talk from Fox News Radio.

References

  1. ^ "Birach looking at new site for Detroit AMs | Radio & Television Business Report". Rbr.com. Retrieved July 6, 2012.

Coordinates: 42°32′39″N 83°33′36″W / 42.54417°N 83.56000°W / 42.54417; -83.56000