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Broadcast areaMobile - Pensacola - Gulf Coast
Frequency99.9 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingMix 99.9
FormatAdult Contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Urban Gospel "Hallelujah 100.3"
HD3: News/Talk (WNTM simulcast)
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
First air date
September 16, 1947; 76 years ago (1947-09-16) (as WKRG-FM)
Former call signs
WKRG-FM (1947–1994)
WKRD (1994)[1]
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID8696
ERP94,000 watts
100,000 watts (w/beam tilt)
HAAT535 meters (1,755 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
30°41′20.7″N 87°49′49″W / 30.689083°N 87.83028°W / 30.689083; -87.83028
Translator(s)HD2: 100.3 W262BL (Mobile)
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Listen Live (HD3) (HD2) (HD3)

WMXC (99.9 FM) is a commercial radio station licensed to Mobile, Alabama, and serving the Mobile and Pensacola metropolitan areas.[2] The station broadcasts an adult contemporary radio format, switching to Christmas music for much of November and December. It is owned by iHeartMedia, with the broadcast license held by iHM Licenses, LLC. The studios are co-located with former sister television station WKRG-TV on Broadcast Drive in Mobile. WMXC carries several syndicated shows from co-owned Premiere Networks: Murphy, Sam & Jodi in morning drive time, Delilah in the evening and Ellen K on Saturday mornings.

WMXC's transmitter is on Austin Lane in Spanish Fort, Alabama.[3] It broadcasts using HD Radio technology. The HD2 digital subchannel airs an urban gospel format which feeds 250-watt FM translator W262BL at 100.3 MHz.[4] The HD3 subchannel simulcasts the talk radio format of WNTM 710 AM.



The station traces its history back to October 16, 1947, when it signed on as WKRG-FM.[5] The original call letters represented the initials of Kenneth R. Giddens, a movie theatre owner, broadcast pioneer, and architect. Giddens also owned WKRG 710 AM (now WNTM). In 1955, he also put WKRG-TV on the air, the latter of which continues to broadcast with the same call letters.[6][7] Giddens would go on to head the Voice of America from 1969 to 1977 and served as acting director of Radio Marti in 1985.[6] Giddens, a former board member of the National Association of Broadcasters, died in May 1993.[6]

In its early days, WKRG-FM simulcast its AM counterpart. But in 1965, it adopted a beautiful music format, featuring quarter-hour sweeps of soft instrumental music with limited talk and commercials. During the 1970s, WKRG-FM became the area's first Top-40 station on the FM dial and was known as "G-100". WKRG-FM operated as a Top-40/CHR station until 1986 when it flipped to adult contemporary under the name "WKRG 99.9 FM".

For a time in the 1960s, WKRG-TV, Inc., which was the license holder for WKRG, WKRG-FM, and WKRG-TV, was 50%-owned by the Mobile Press-Register daily newspaper. In 1966, when S. I. Newhouse acquired the Mobile newspaper company, he also acquired that 50% broadcasting ownership stake.[8] Newhouse, who also owned radio stations associated with his other two Alabama-based newspapers, later sold all of these stations to focus on the print side of his media empire.

Change in ownership

After nearly five decades of operation by the Giddens family, WKRG-TV, Inc., reached an agreement in April 1994 to sell WKRG-FM to Coast Radio, LLC. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 21, 1994.[9]

In September 1994, Coast Radio, LLC, flipped the station to Capitol Broadcasting Company, LLC. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 15, 1994, and the transaction was consummated the same day.[10]


The station was assigned the call letters WKRD by the Federal Communications Commission on September 12, 1994.[1] This change would prove short-lived as the station was assigned the current WMXC call sign on October 3, 1994.[1]

In April 1997, Capitol Broadcasting Company, LLC, made a deal to sell this station to Clear Channel Communications through the Clear Channel Radio License, Inc, subsidiary.[11] The deal, part of the $24 million complete acquisition of Capital Broadcasting, was approved by the FCC on November 21, 1997, and the transaction was consummated on December 31, 1997.[12][13]

Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina followed in 2005. On both occasions, the station dropped all regular programming, and along with WKSJ, broadcast local hurricane and recovery information. It was the market's only radio-specific storm coverage. During Katrina, WMXC's continuous local coverage ran for 122 consecutive hours.

In 2006, WMXC began streaming on the Internet but with a different commercial schedule than its over-the-air signal. During 2007, the station started broadcasting in HD. A secondary HD-2 channel is also operating with a full-time Smooth Jazz format, a complement to the primary station's Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch.

HD Radio

When it first began broadcasting using HD Radio technology, WMXC aired an urban contemporary format on its HD2 subchannel. It was branded as "100.3 The Beat" (simulcast on FM translator W262BL 100.3 FM Mobile). On January 29, 2018, W262BL/WMXC-HD2 changed its format to urban gospel, branded as "Hallelujah 100.3".[14]

On its HD3 subchannel, WMXC rebroadcasts the talk radio programming of co-owned WNTM 710 AM.


Broadcast translator for WMXC-HD2
Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W262BL 100.3 FM Mobile, Alabama 150837 250 127 m (417 ft) D 30°43′34.7″N 88°9′6″W / 30.726306°N 88.15167°W / 30.726306; -88.15167 (W262BL) LMS


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  5. ^ "Directory of the AM and FM stations of the United States". 1952 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1952. p. 68.
  6. ^ a b c Lambert, Bruce (May 9, 1993). "Kenneth Giddens, a Former Chief Of Voice of America, Dies at 84". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". Broadcasting Yearbook 1969. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1969. p. B-5.
  8. ^ "Sam Hits 21". Time. July 15, 1966. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010.
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19940429GP)". FCC Media Bureau. July 21, 1994.
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19940923GH)". FCC Media Bureau. December 15, 1994.
  11. ^ Brantley, Mike (April 10, 1997). "More Changes on Tap for Mobile, Ala., Radio Lineup". The Mobile Register.
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19970408GO)". FCC Media Bureau. December 31, 1997.
  13. ^ "Clear Channel Communications has agreed to purchase WKSF-AM-FM, WDWG(FM), WRKH(FM), WMXC(FM) and WNSP(FM)". Broadcasting & Cable. April 14, 1997. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012.
  14. ^ Hallelujah Launches in Mobile Radioinsight - January 29, 2018