WOFX-FM
WOFX logo.png
Broadcast areaGreater Cincinnati
Frequency92.5 MHz
Branding92.5 The Fox
Programming
FormatClassic rock
Ownership
Owner
WGRR, WRRM, WNNF, WFTK
History
First air date
August 19, 1964 (as WZIP)
Former call signs
WZIP (1964-1971)
WWEZ (1971-1992)
WIMJ (1992-1994)
WPPT (1994-1995)
Call sign meaning
"Fox"
Technical information
Facility ID51725
ClassB
ERP16,000 watts
HAAT264 meters (866 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live via iHeart
WebsiteFoxCincinnati.com

WOFX-FM (92.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. It broadcasts a classic rock radio format and is owned by Cumulus Media. It is the Cincinnati affiliate for the Bob and Tom morning radio show. The studios are on Montgomery Road in Norwood, Ohio, using a Cincinnati address.

WOFX-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 16,000 watts. The transmitter site is on Highland Avenue at Interstate 71, northeast of Downtown Cincinnati, co-located with the tower used for WKRC-TV.[1]

History

Jazz, beautiful music and AC

On August 19, 1964, the station signed on as WZIP-FM. The format was jazz, and carried hourly reports from CBS Radio News. The format changed to country music in 1966. In 1971, the station was sold to Woody Sudbrink, and its call sign changed to WWEZ, with the format flipping to beautiful music. WWEZ played quarter hour sweeps of instrumental cover versions of pop songs, along with Broadway and Hollywood show tunes. The station became popular for workplace and office listening.

Over time, to reach a younger audience, WWEZ added more soft vocals and decreased the instrumentals. While the ratings were good, the audience continued to age past the demographic sought by advertisers. In the summer of 1990, WWEZ made the transition from easy listening to soft adult contemporary. A change in call signs came on February 2, 1992, becoming WIMJ, and the station rebranded as "Majic 92."[2]

Classic rock "The Fox"

WOFX-FM, "The Fox" began broadcasting on 94.9 FM on July 22, 1988, replacing Soft AC station WLLT. The Fox was a rival to the radio station on 92.5, WIMJ. On April 7, 1994, WIMJ switched to a rock-leaning '70s Hits format dubbed "The Point," with the call sign of WPPT.[3][4]

In 1994, Jacor Communications (later acquired by Clear Channel Communications), purchased WPPT.[5] Jacor later purchased the intellectual property and call sign of WOFX, moving "The Fox" to the 92.5 dial position on September 13, 1995.[6][7] On August 1, 2008, Clear Channel put the station, along with sister station WNNF, up for sale. Clear Channel needed to spin the stations off to settle regulatory issues involved in the company's sale to private equity firms.[8]

On January 3, 2009, Cumulus Media was chosen as a buyer and was willing to swap five of its radio stations in Wisconsin to make this transaction complete.[9] Cumulus continued the classic rock format and Fox moniker. WOFX-FM was the FM flagship station of the Cincinnati Bengals through the 2008 preseason.[1] WEBN 102.7 is the current FM flagship station for the Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network.

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WNNF
  2. ^ "Greater Cincinnati and Dayton Radio Station History". Archived from the original on December 1, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Stark, Phyllis (June 4, 1994). "Vox Jox". Billboard. Vol. 106, no. 23. p. 129.
  4. ^ Chris Valentine (August 19, 2014). "92.5 The Point, Cincinnati (1994 commercial)". Archived from the original on December 13, 2021 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "SEC Info – Jacor Communications Inc 10-K for 12/31/94". Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (September 23, 1995). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
  7. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1995/RR-1995-09-22.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "Cincinnati Enquirer Article: Big Radio Merger Will Change Dial". Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  9. ^ Ownership swap is in the works for 5 area radio stationsGreen Bay Press-Gazette (released January 3, 2009)

Coordinates: 39°06′58″N 84°30′07″W / 39.116°N 84.502°W / 39.116; -84.502