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City of license Oak Island, North Carolina
Broadcast area Wilmington, North Carolina
Branding Surf 98.3 FM
Slogan Wilmington's New Rock
Frequency 98.3 MHz
First air date 2000
Format Modern Rock
Audience share 1.9 (Fa'07, R&R[1])
ERP 18,500 watts
HAAT 116.0 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 48626
Transmitter coordinates 33°57′40″N 78°01′37″W / 33.96111°N 78.02694°W / 33.96111; -78.02694
Former callsigns WAZO (1998-2004)
Owner Capitol Broadcasting Company
Sister stations WAZO, WILT, WKXB, WMFD

WSFM (98.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a modern rock format. Licensed to Oak Island, North Carolina, USA, the station serves the Wilmington area.[2] The station is currently owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company.


For many years, WJYW "Joy 107" in Southport, North Carolina, played beautiful music. In the late 1980s, the station moved from 107.1 FM and increased its power from 3000 to 50,000 Watts, changed its name to WSFM "Surf 107.5", and changed its format to album oriented rock. During the 1990s, Surf 107.5 changed to modern rock.

The local "Morning Disaster with Bryan & Jim," featuring Bryan Keith and Jim Whitmeyer, aired on WSFM for more than ten years. Then-owner Sea-Comm moved the show to Classic Rock sister WBNE when Surf signed the syndicated "Lex and Terry."

In July 2004, NextMedia Group purchased WKXB and WSFM from Sea-Comm Inc., and WRQR, WAZO, and WMFD from Ocean Broadcasting LLC.[3] The sale meant two big changes for Surf: the move to 98.3 FM, and the end of the controversial Lex and Terry, replaced with "The Mad Max Morning Show with Special K," based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.[4]

The station was a finalist for Radio and Records magazine's 2007 Industry Achievement Award for best Alternative Station for markets 100 and up. Other finalists include WKZQ-FM, WJSE, WBTZ, KQXR, and KXNA.[5]

In July 2008, Capitol Broadcasting announced its purchase of NextMedia's Wilmington stations[6].


  1. ^ "Wilmington Market Ratings". Radio and Records.  
  2. ^ "WSFM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.  
  3. ^ Bonnie Eksten, "Ocean Broadcasting, Sea-Comm Stations Sold to NextMedia - New Owner to Operate Locally," Star-News, July 14, 2004.
  4. ^ Amy Hotz, "Radio Changes Bring Two New Morning Teams," Star-News, September 20, 2004.
  5. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. Sept 28, 2008.  
  6. ^, Retrieved on 2008/09/22.

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