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WBGG-FM
WBGG-FM logo.jpg
City of license Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Broadcast area West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood
Branding Big 105.9
Slogan Miami's Classic Rock
Frequency 105.9 MHz
Format Classic rock
Audience share 2.6 (Sp'08 P2, R&R[1])
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 314 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 11965
Callsign meaning BiG G
Former callsigns WAXY-FM (1983-1994)
Affiliations Miami Dolphins
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WHYI, WINZ, WIOD, WMGE, WMIA, WMIB
Webcast Listen Live
Website big1059.com

WBGG-FM is Big 105.9 in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale radio market. The station plays classic rock.

It is licensed for HD Radio and planned to commence HD Radio broadcasts in April, 2006.[2]

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History

Under the callsign WAXY, the radio station was owned by RKO General. In the early 1970s, the station had a rock format, but flipped to automated oldies in 1975.[3][4]. In 1990 RKO sold WAXY to Ackerley Communications.

Clear Channel Communications acquired the station in March, 1994.[5] The callsign was changed to WBGG-FM on September 1, 1994.[6]

In April 2004, the Federal Communications Commission fined Clear Channel Communications $495,000 for broadcasting allegedly indecent material on the Howard Stern show. Subsequently, Clear Channel dropped the Stern show from six stations: WBGG-FM' in Fort Lauderdale, FL; WTKS-FM, Cocoa Beach, FL; WTFX-FM, Louisville, KY; KIOZ-FM, San Diego; WNVE-FM, Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; and WXDX-FM, Pittsburgh.[7]

To fill the morning talk slot, in May, 2004, Clear Channel moved Paul & Young Ron from WZTA, Miami (94.9 Zeta)[8]. (Lex and Terry took over the morning show at WZTA, but lost that outlet for their syndicated program when it abruptly switched formats to Hispanic Urban in February 2005, changing its callsign to WMGE.) Since the switch, Paul and Young Ron has continued to be a popular program in South Florida.

Prior to RKO's ownership of WAXY, the station was initially WFLM, Broward's first all-stereo station, with an easy listening format. They were sold to the owners of then WIXX (1520), continuing their easy format with the new calls WIXX-FM, while the AM was country. The WAXY calls came on line before RKO's purchase of the station; the combo was WEXY-WAXY after the AM switched to a more contemporary format. WAXY was later sold to RKO, and the AM switched to gospel.

Format and Market Share

By April 2006, South Florida had only two major rock radio stations: WBGG-FM with the Classic Rock format, and WHDR-FM (93.1, South Florida's Pure Rock), a Cox Radio station, which is WBGG-FM's only competition. WBGG-FM ranked 14 in market share [9]. The top four stations had either a Spanish, urban or urban AC format.

The National Football League's Miami Dolphins announced on March 1, 2010, that it had entered an agreement with Clear Channel that would make WBGG and WINZ-AM flagship stations of the Dolphins Radio Network for the next six years.[10]

Air Talent

Air Staff consists of Maria Milito (Voicetracked from WAXQ"Q104.3" in New York) middays, Doc Reno Afternoons and Ken Dashow (also Voicetracked from WAXQ in New York) nights. Weekend staff includes Jay Zeager, Greg LaMega (AKA Toast from the Paul and Young Ron Show) Brie Miller (also stations current program director.

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