WMFS-FM
WMFS radio logo.png
Broadcast areaMemphis, Tennessee
Frequency92.9 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingESPN 92.9
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports radio
SubchannelsHD2: ESPN Radio
AffiliationsESPN Radio
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
1994 (1994)
Former call signs
WJWL (1992–94)
WRRW (1994–95)
WMFS (1995–2009)
Call sign meaning
"MemF(p)hiS"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID4653
ClassA
ERP6,000 watts (horizontal)
5,800 watts (vertical)
HAAT100 meters (330 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°10′19″N 89°56′42″W / 35.172°N 89.945°W / 35.172; -89.945
Repeater(s)680 WMFS (Memphis)
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/929espn

WMFS-FM is a commercial sports radio radio station in Bartlett, Tennessee, broadcasting to the Memphis, Tennessee area on 92.9 FM, owned by Audacy, Inc. WMFS is the radio home for the Memphis Grizzlies. The station's studios are in Southeast Memphis, and the transmitter tower is in Northeast Memphis.

WMFS-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio format.[1]

History

Originally launched in 1995 by fledgling Belz Broadcasting under the "Solid Rock 92.9 MFS!" slogan, WMFS was acquired by Infinity Broadcasting and rebranded "93X" in 2001. The station was purchased by Entercom Communications in 2006.[2]

The first song played on WMFS when the station debuted was "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions.

WMFS was Memphis' home to Howard Stern prior to his departure from terrestrial radio.

WMFS is one of six radio properties in the Memphis market held by Entercom; the others are WMC-FM, WRVR-FM, WMFS, WLFP, and WMC.[citation needed] Entercom purchased WMC, WMC-FM and WMFS in 2006.[3]

WMFS-FM/WMFS maintain studios in the Entercom complex in eastern Memphis. The previous studio was located in the WMC-TV building on Union Avenue with Rover's Morning Glory mornings, Sydney in middays, Crate doing afternoons and Beck at night. Former jocks include Shay, Azi, Ditch, Twitch and Killabrew.

The original on-air line-up in 1995 consisted of Dave Robins in the mornings, Jim Fox middays, Zak in the afternoon drive, Leslie in the evenings, and Tony Vazlini (a.k.a. Vasolini, Mark Cantoni) on overnights. Greg Murray replaced Jim Fox during the middays and was also Production Manager.

On May 21, 2009 WMFS-FM changed its format to sports, simulcasting WMFS 680 AM.

Beginning in the 2011–12 station, WMFS became the flagship station for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.[4]

Previous logos

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References

  1. ^ https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=29 HD Radio Guide for Memphis, Tennessee
  2. ^ Entercom – News
  3. ^ Hicks, Ed (2006-08-21). "Entercom Buys 3 CBS Radio Stations in Memphis". Memphis Business Journal.
  4. ^ "Walking In Memphis: Grizzlies Move Radio Broadcasts To ESPN-Affiliated Stations". Sports Business Daily. August 18, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2018.