WORC-FM
Nash Icon 98.9 logo.png
Webster, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaWorcester, Massachusetts
Frequency98.9 MHz
Branding98.9 Nash Icon
Programming
FormatCountry
AffiliationsWorcester Railers Worcester Red Sox
Ownership
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
WWFX, WXLO
History
First air date
April 8, 1994 (as WXXW)
Former call signs
WXXW (1994–1998)
Call sign meaning
Former FM sister station of WORC
Technical information
Facility ID50231
ClassA
ERP1,870 watts
HAAT125 meters
Transmitter coordinates
42°2′11.00″N 71°59′22.00″W / 42.0363889°N 71.9894444°W / 42.0363889; -71.9894444 (WORC-FM)Coordinates: 42°2′11.00″N 71°59′22.00″W / 42.0363889°N 71.9894444°W / 42.0363889; -71.9894444 (WORC-FM)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.nashicon989.com

WORC-FM, 98.9 MHz, is a country radio station owned by Cumulus Media and serving most of Worcester County, Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. It is affiliated with the Worcester Railers.

History

The station signed on April 8, 1994 as WXXW, though it did not formally launch its initial format, a blend of hot talk and oldies, until April 11 (in the interim, the station stunted by continuously playing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll").[1] Following original owner Alan Okun's death on December 31, 1996,[2] the station, along with AM sister station WGFP, was sold to Bengal Atlantic Communications in 1997,[3] who in turn sold them to Chowder Broadcasting soon afterward.[4] Chowder switched WXXW to a classic rock format in 1998;[5] this was followed by a call change to WORC-FM, reflecting its newly-common ownership with WORC, that September.[6]

Montachusett Broadcasting, owner of WXLO, acquired WORC-FM in 1999;[7] several months later, the stations were sold to Citadel Broadcasting.[8] Citadel subsequently acquired competing classic rock station WWFX, and as a result reverted WORC-FM to oldies, this time on a full-time basis, on May 26, 2000.[9] Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[10]

On October 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., WORC-FM changed their format to country, branded as "Nash Icon".[11]

In March 2020, WORC-FM was named as the flagship radio station for the inaugural season of the Worcester Red Sox in 2021.[12]

Programming

WORC-FM used to broadcast American Top 40: The 70s with Casey Kasem on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings.[13] On July 7, 2017, the Worcester Railers hockey team announced that WORC-FM would broadcast its games.[14]

References

  1. ^ Fybush, Scott D. (April 12, 1994). "New England Radio Watch". rec.radio.broadcasting/Google Groups. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 8, 1997). "WRKO Shakeup". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 24, 1997). "Remembering Walt Dibble". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 5, 1998). "Loss of Two Legends". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 20, 1998). "North Country Changes". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 4, 1998). "One Shoe Drops in Maine..." North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 30, 1999). "Fuller-Jeffrey Sells Out". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 10, 1999). "John Otto Dies at 70". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (June 9, 2000). "Laquidara Says "Aloha!"". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  11. ^ Nash Icon Enters Worcester
  12. ^ Sargent, Patrick (March 9, 2020). "Nash Icon 98.9 to Carry all Worcester Red Sox Games in 2021". This Week in Worcester. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  13. ^ http://www.oldies989.com/showdj.asp?DJID=50004
  14. ^ "Railers games to be broadcast on 98.9 FM". Worcester Business Journal. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.