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WXLO
WXLO 104.5 XLO logo.png
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaWorcester-Boston, Massachusetts
Frequency104.5 MHz
Branding104.5 XLO
Programming
FormatHot adult contemporary
AffiliationsWestwood One
Ownership
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
WORC-FM, WWFX
History
First air date
August 1960[1]
Former call signs
WFGM-FM (1960–1964)
WBNE-FM (1964–1967)
WFMP (1967–1984)
WXLO (1984–1991)
WXLO-FM (1991–1997)[2]
Former frequencies
104.7 MHz (1960–1964)
Technical information
Facility ID43557
ClassB
ERP37,000 watts
HAAT172 meters (564 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°30′29″N 71°49′34″W / 42.508°N 71.826°W / 42.508; -71.826Coordinates: 42°30′29″N 71°49′34″W / 42.508°N 71.826°W / 42.508; -71.826
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.wxlo.com

WXLO (104.5 FM; "104.5 XLO") is a hot adult contemporary radio station owned by Cumulus Media, licensed to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and serving the Worcester and Boston markets.[3] The station broadcasts on the FM band on a frequency of 104.5 MHz. The studio is located in downtown Worcester, and its transmission tower is located in the Leominster State Forest in Leominster.[4]

WXLO logo from August 9, 1991, to October 24, 2018
WXLO logo from August 9, 1991, to October 24, 2018

The call sign WXLO was chosen in 1984 by station management in tribute to the former New York station (which is now WEPN-FM). In 1991, the call sign was changed to WXLO-FM, when WFGL 960 briefly changed its call sign to WXLO.[5] The station was reassigned the WXLO call sign by the Federal Communications Commission on June 5, 1997.[2]

WXLO is often the most listened-to adult radio station in the Worcester market. WXLO also has a substantial audience in the Boston metro area, especially the area known as MetroWest. Outside the station's hot AC format, WXLO airs specialty programming, and the Awesome 80's Saturday Night. WXLO also spotlights that decade of music with an annual event known as the "Awesome 80's Prom". WXLO also hosts an annual Acoustic Christmas event at Mechanics Hall in Worcester that has featured artists such as Train, Guster, Lee Dewyze, Daughtry, Delta Rae, Steven Page, Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

On air personalities include Jen Carter and Frank Foley in the morning, Laura St. James, Rick Brackett, Diana "Lady D." Steele and Seth LoRusso.

Booster signals

On January 15, 2019, WXLO launched three boosters, in Boston (with a transmitter at the John Hancock Tower), Lexington, and Waltham, to help improve its signal in the Greater Boston area. On June 15, 2020, WXLO was granted a construction permit for a fourth booster, in Cambridge.[6]

Broadcast translators of WXLO
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info Notes
WXLO-FM1 104.5 Boston, Massachusetts 201850 10 0 m (0 ft) D 42°20′57″N 71°4′31″W / 42.34917°N 71.07528°W / 42.34917; -71.07528 (WXLO-FM1) FCC LMS  
WXLO-FM2 104.5 Lexington, Massachusetts 201849 150 (Horizontal)
450 (Vertical)
0 m (0 ft) D 42°24′50.8″N 71°12′39″W / 42.414111°N 71.21083°W / 42.414111; -71.21083 (WXLO-FM2) FCC LMS
WXLO-FM3 104.5 Waltham, Massachusetts 201847 230 (Horizontal)
700 (Vertical)
0 m (0 ft) D 42°22′42″N 71°16′5″W / 42.37833°N 71.26806°W / 42.37833; -71.26806 (WXLO-FM3) FCC LMS
WXLO-FM4 104.5 Cambridge, Massachusetts 754835 110 80 m (260 ft) D 42°21′31.5″N 71°6′53.9″W / 42.358750°N 71.114972°W / 42.358750; -71.114972 (WXLO-FM4) FCC LMS Construction permit

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-215. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  3. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_Attachment/getattachment.jsp?appn=101505043&qnum=5160&copynum=1&exhcnum=1[bare URL]
  4. ^ "FCCInfo Results". www.fccinfo.com.
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". licensing.fcc.gov.
  6. ^ Hale, Bill (June 15, 2020). "WXLO adds a fourth Booster". FCC FM Query.