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File:WMNX logo.png
City of license Wilmington, North Carolina
Broadcast area Wilmington Metro
Branding "Coast 97.3"
Slogan "Hip Hop & R&B"
Frequency 97.3 MHz
First air date 1992
Format Mainstream Urban
Power 100,000 Watts
HAAT 269 meters
Class C1
Transmitter coordinates 34°03′0″N 78°04′56″W / 34.05°N 78.08222°W / 34.05; -78.08222
Former callsigns WWIL, WHSL
Affiliations Rickey Smiley Morning Show
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations WGNI, WKXS, WWQQ, WAAV
Website Coast 973 Online

WMNX is an Mainstream Urban formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Wilmington, North Carolina and serving the Wilmington Metro area.


WMNX was WWIL at one time. In the early 1980s, album-oriented rock WHSL was launched.

In the late 1980s, WHSL shifted to Soft Adult Contemporary music during the day and Smooth Jazz in the evening, with calls WMNX.

In 1992, it switched to Mainstream Urban and began using the branding "Coast 97.3".

In 1999, Cape Fear Broadcasting announced the sale of its six stations to Cumulus Broadcasting. The sale was challenged by Ocean Broadcasting of Wilmington because it would give Cumulus 6 FMs and an AM in Wilmington, and about 55 percent of market revenue[1].

Today, WMNX plays an Mainstream Urban format.


  1. ^ Michael Futch, "For Cumulus, the Wait Continues," The Fayetteville Observer, September 10, 2000.

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