Broadcast areaLake County / Northeastern Illinois
Frequency102.3 MHz
Branding1023 XLC
FormatHot adult contemporary
First air date
May 1963 (as WEFA)[1]
Former call signs
WEFA (1963-1980)
Call sign meaning
XLC = Across Lake County
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID10451
ERP3,000 watts
HAAT98 meters (322 ft)
Public license information
WebcastListen Live
WXLC's former logo from the early 2000's.
WXLC's former logo from the early 2000's.

WXLC is an FM radio station that operates on the 102.3 frequency, based in Waukegan, Illinois. The format is currently hot adult contemporary and its owned by Alpha Media. WXLC broadcasts throughout Lake County, Illinois and Kenosha County, Wisconsin. WXLC also penetrates the Illinois counties of Cook and McHenry in addition to Racine County in Wisconsin as well. Its studios and transmitter are located separately in Waukegan.


The station began broadcasting in May 1963 and held the call sign WEFA.[1][2] In 1980, the station's call sign was changed to WXLC, which stands for "Across Lake County".[2][3] The X illustrates "across." Its 2 towers are clearly visible on Route 120, east of US 41. WXLC was also used on US Cable Channel Guide, Lake County's only original Electronic Prevue Guide.[4]

WXLC was an affiliate of Dan Ingram's Top 40 Satellite Survey in the mid 1980s, an affiliate of The Rockin' America Top 30 Countdown with Scott Shannon in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and an affiliate of American Top 40 with Shadoe Stevens in the early 1990s.[5][6][7][4]

Many Chicago area radio personalities and other DJs nationwide can trace their careers back to WXLC at one time or another. Nick Farella (1948–2005) was a Chicago broadcaster (WMAQ) as well as a longtime Program Director at the station.

For many years, WXLC was known as "Hot 102.3 FM."[3]


  1. ^ a b 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1971. p. B-68. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b History Cards for WXLC, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Chicagoland Radio Waves, MediaTies. Summer 1988/Spring-Summer 1989. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Clip of American Top 40 (WXLC) on US Cable Channel Guide of Waukegan (4/12/1992)
  5. ^ "Tuning In", Chicago Radio Guide. Vol. 1, No. 1. May 1985. p. 78. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "WXLC FM 102.3", Radio Chicago. Fall 1989. p. 62. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "WXLC FM 102.3", Radio Chicago. Summer 1991. p. 61. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

Coordinates: 42°20′59″N 87°52′53″W / 42.349760°N 87.881425°W / 42.349760; -87.881425