WMXL
WMXL Mix 94.5 logo.png
Broadcast areaLexington Metro Area
Central Kentucky
Frequency94.5 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingMix 94.5
Programming
FormatAdult contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Country (iHeartCountry Top 20)
Ownership
Owner
WBUL-FM, WKQQ, WLAP, WLKT, WWTF
History
First air date
1940; 82 years ago (1940) (as WLAP-FM)
Former call signs
WLAP-FM (1940-1992)
Call sign meaning
"Mix Lexington"
Technical information
Facility ID68208
ClassC1
ERP85,000 watts
HAAT194 meters (636 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
HD2: Listen Live
Websitemymix945.iheart.com

WMXL (94.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Lexington, Kentucky, serving the Lexington metropolitan area. The station, owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., is an automated radio station programmed by the National Programming Group in New York City, and airs an adult contemporary radio format, switching to Christmas music for much of November and December. None of the air-talent on WMXL live in Lexington, Kentucky. The radio studios and offices are on Nicholasville Road in South Lexington.

WMXL has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 85,000 watts, from a height of 194 meters (636 ft) above average terrain (HAAT). That gives it a nearly 90-mile broadcasting radius. Its signal is heard as far south as London, as far east as Morehead, as far north as Cincinnati and as far west as Louisville. The transmitter is on Russell Cave Road near Huffman Mill Pike in Lexington, amid the towers for other FM and TV stations.[1] WMXL-FM was the fifth station in the Lexington radio market to begin broadcasting using HD Radio technology, after WUKY, WKQQ, WBUL-FM, and WLKT.[2] The HD-2 digital subchannel plays country music.

History

WLAP-FM

In 1940; 82 years ago (1940), the station signed on as WLAP-FM. It was the FM counterpart to WLAP 630 AM. The two stations mostly simulcast WLAP's programming. In the 1940s and 50s, WLAP-AM-FM were CBS Radio Network affiliates. They carried the line up of CBS dramas, comedies, news, sports, soap operas, game shows and big band broadcasts during the "Golden Age of Radio." In the 1960s, the two stations played contemporary hits.

Logo used until 2016
Logo used until 2016

In 1974, the simulcast ended. The AM station moved to a full service, adult contemporary sound, while WLAP-FM remained as at Top 40 outlet. The station was automated, without disc jockeys. It used TM's Stereo Rock format as "The New WLAP 94 And A 1/2, The Music FM" for many years. After transitioning to live programming in 1987, saw its peak of popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, shifting to a more rhythmic contemporary or "Churban" direction. At that time, the station was known as "The New Power 94 And A 1/2, WLAP-FM". It was programmed by Lexington native Gregory "Barry Fox" Peddicord. In 1991, Dale O'Brian was named Program Director.

Mix 94.5

April 1, 1992 O'Brian oversaw a shift to Hot Adult Contemporary music and the name Mix 94.5. The station switched its call sign to WMXL to reflect its "Mix" name.

Dale O'Brian served as morning show host and program director for much of the early 1990s and was named Billboard Magazine's "Personality of the Year" in 1996. O'Brian left for the programming position at Z104 in Washington, DC in July 1996. At that point, Rick O'Shea arrived to guide the morning show, and Doug Hamand was given control of the programming. The O'Shea version of the station's Breakfast Club also featured local radio legend Matt Jaeger and former Miss Kentucky Kristie Hicks.

Other popular Mix 94.5 air talent during this period included Barry Fox and longtime Lexington air talent Mike Graves. Fox served as music director before assuming programming duties, and the station prospered during the late 1990s.

O'Shea left the station in 1998 and Matt Jaeger took over the lead role on the morning show, continuing to dominate the Lexington adult audience. It was during this time period that the station's owner, Jacor Broadcasting, began to replace live air talent with out-of-town recorded shows from within the company. As a result, audience share began to slowly erode, and WMXL has thus never been a market leader under iHeartMedia (which, as Clear Channel Communications, absorbed Jacor in 1999). Station programming today comes from iHeartMedia's "Premium Choice" "Soft Rock" program feed.

Adult Contemporary

Barry Fox left Lexington to program WDJX in Louisville, and was replaced by T.R. Fox, who arrived from Rochester, New York. This Fox, no relation to Barry, programmed the station for several years, before giving way to the return of Dale O'Brian. T.R. Fox oversaw the shift from Hot AC to Mainstream Adult Contemporary.

Under Program Director Dale O'Brian, WMXL was one of the first stations in the country to go with "All Christmas music" during the month of December. In later years, the station began to start Christmas music earlier. These days, from early November until December 26 of each year, WMXL flips to a Christmas format for the holiday season, branding itself as "MixMas on Mix 94.5."

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WMXL
  2. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=100 HD Radio Guide for Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Coordinates: 38°07′23″N 84°26′38″W / 38.123°N 84.444°W / 38.123; -84.444