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WCDX
WCDX 2008.png
City of license Mechanicsville, Virginia
Broadcast area Richmond, Virginia
Petersburg, Virginia
Branding "Power 92-1 Jamz"
"iPower 92-1"
Slogan "Interactive Hip-Hop and R&B"
Frequency 92.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date August 20, 1984
Format Mainstream Urban
Power 4,500 Watts
HAAT 771 Meters
Class B1
Transmitter coordinates 37°37′43.0″N 77°23′1.0″W / 37.62861°N 77.38361°W / 37.62861; -77.38361
Callsign meaning W Compact Disc X
former branding
Former callsigns WPUF (1984-1985)
WZZR (1985-1987)
WCDX (1987-Present)
Owner Radio One
(Radio One Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WKJM, WKJS, WPZZ, WTPS
Website www.ipowerrichmond.com

WCDX is a Mainstream Urban formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Mechanicsville, Virginia, serving the Richmond/Petersburg area. WCDX is owned and operated by Radio One.

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History

WCDX began on 92.7 FM, an FCC frequency allocation licensed to Mechanicsville, an outlying Richmond Virginia community, in 1968. Due to old FCC rules, it took 14 years of litigation among many applicants for the frequency before the FCC to finally awarded the frequency to Sinclair-Telecable, who at the time owned Urban WANT-AM, in August of 1984. After the award, Sinclair-Telecable sold off WANT-AM,and the 92.7 frequency became a construction permit as WPUF, in reference to Virginia's connection with the tobacco industry, but those calls were never used. In late 1985, WPUF signed on as CHR WZZR / "Lazer 93".

Kid Kelly was WZZR's night jock, calling himself "Kid Crockett". He later worked On Air and became Program Director of Z100 in New York and now hosts the syndicated "Soundtraxx" radio show.

In February 1987, the station became a gold based Adult Contemporary station as WCDX, but by November of 1987, it was reborn with its urban format, though as "Power 93". It wouldn't be until 1995 that WCDX would move from 92.7 to 92.1, where it went from 6000 watts to 25,000 watts, switching its branding to "Power 92".

A few years later, Radio One purchased WCDX, along with stations WPLZ-FM (now WKJM), WDYL-FM (now owned by Cox), WKJS-FM (now WPZZ), WSOJ-FM (now Mainline owned WARV-FM) WJRV-FM (now WKJS-FM), and WGCV-AM (now WTPS), who all joined WCDX at their Emerywood Parkway location in Western Henrico county.

WCDX remained the only Urban station in Richmond until 2001, when WBTJ flipped from oldies to urban.

Branding

Currently, WCDX is using the "iPower 92-1" branding on air.

Alumni

Elliott Yamin, now a singing star made famous through Fox's "American Idol" show, once worked at WCDX as an overnight Jock in the 1990s calling himself E-Dub.

Juan Conde, who later became Evening News Anchor for local ABC-TV affiliate WRIC, was WCDX's morning man for most of the 1990s.

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