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City of license Smyrna, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding Star 94
Slogan Atlanta's Hit Music Station
Frequency 94.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1967
Format Adult Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 310.4 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 30822
Callsign meaning STaR 94
Former callsigns WKXI, WQXI-FM
Owner Lincoln Financial Media
Webcast Listen Live

WSTR ("Star 94", 94.1 MHz) is an Atlanta FM radio station airing am adult-oriented Top 40 (CHR) format. It is owned by Lincoln Financial Media, and has Smyrna, Georgia as its city of license. WSTR's main competition is WWWQ "Q100".



94.1 was once WGST-FM and was given away in the 1950s as FM did not take off. In the 1960s, WDJK appeared to occupy 94.1 as a brand new station, associated with WYNX (AM-1550) in Smyrna. Within two years, the station was sold to the owners of WQXI (AM-790), which was Atlanta's leading Top 40 Rock station. FM-94.1 then became easy listening WKXI. By 1969 the station had adopted WQXI-FM as its call letters, and in mid-1977 the station was officially rechristened 94Q (WQXI-FM). It became one of Atlanta's dominant FM stations and remained so until 1987, when its audience share began to dwindle. Various tweaks were made to the music mix, followed by an outright change of direction in early 1989 that competed head-to-head with then-dominant CHR WAPW/Power 99 (now WWWQ). 94Q was soundly beaten, and the station began to purge most of its management and on-air talent.

94Q also featured a smooth jazz music program called "Jazz Flavors," which would eventually serve as the genesis for WJZF "Jazz Flavors 104.1," Atlanta's first smooth-jazz radio station (now WALR).

At midnight on November 16, 1989, its name was changed to "Star 94" after purchasing the call sign "WSTR" from a Sturgis, Michigan radio station (now WMSH-FM). The station in recent years has begun to play some hip hop songs but remains more pop and rock oriented than most Top 40-style stations, similar to Hot AC stations. Its core audience consists of 18 to 49 year old women, therefore it is sometimes classified as an Adult Top 40 station, a hybrid of Hot AC and Top 40.

Several influential air personalities have worked at the Atlanta station, including American Idol's Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest interned on the night show with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in all areas of broadcasting then gave him his first "on air" shift of his career, before moving to weekends. He did this while attending Dunwoody High School in nearby DeKalb County.

Current/Former On-Air Personalities

The current staff includes:

  • Cindy and Ray in the Morning; 5:30-10am hosted by Cindy Simmons and Ray Mariner
  • Heather Branch; 10am-3pm
  • On Air with Ryan Seacrest hosted by Ryan Seacrest3pm-7pm
  • Darik at Night; 7-midnight hosted by Darik Kristofer
  • Weekends... Edited version of American Top 40, hosted by former Star 94 staffer Ryan Seacrest. Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40, a syndicated show hosted by legendary Los Angeles morning-drive DJ Rick Dees.

Additional personalities...

  • Chris Carter
  • Chase Daniels
  • Michael Chase
  • Alisa Henderson
  • John McFadden
  • Doug Miller
  • J.J. Quest
  • Randy "Spoon" Stien

Former Personalities:

  • Kristen Gates, former weekender, morning/afternoon show producer. Former mornings @ WKHX. Currently mornings WUBL
  • Bender, former weekend/fill-in personality
  • Billy Brown, former evening personality
  • Mike "Superphat Mikey" Dennison, former co-host of The Morning Mess (as of 3/5/2009)
  • Craig Hunt, former afternoon personality
  • Tripp West, former mid-day personality currently @ 94.9 WUBL in Atlanta
  • J. Bird, former weekend/fill-in personality
  • Eileen Kimble, former weekend personality
  • Nikki Knight, former evening personality
  • Eric Lauer, former weekend personality
  • Derek James, former weekend personality (now a television meteorologist for FOX Charlotte)
  • Vikki Locke, former morning personality (now at WSB-FM)
  • Mike Macho, currently on WKHX-FM
  • Jamie Massey, now at KNIX Phoenix, AZ, formerly mornings @ WUBL
  • Shannon Murphy, former co-host of The Morning Mess (as of 3/5/2009)
  • Jim Larsin, former weekend/fill-in personality (went to WSB-FM, then retired from radio)
  • Dallas McCade (known as Madison Chase on Star 94 and its predecessor 94Q) is currently doing mornings with Cadillac Jack on WKHX in Atlanta. Previously co-hosted mornings with Rhubarb Jones at WYAY,Eagle 106.7(Now True Oldies 106.7)
  • Steve McCoy, former morning personality (now at WSB-FM)
  • Mike Oliver, former traffic reporter
  • Marc "Marco" Orem, former host of The Morning Mess (as of 3/5/2009)
  • Nudge, former evening personality now nationally syndicated Nudge@night
  • Ryan Seacrest is now on American Idol and has a syndicated morning radio show out of Los Angeles, CA.
  • Tracy St. George, formerly on WWWQ Atlanta All The Hits Q100, moved to West Palm Beach, FL. to take the afternoon slot at WRMF 97.9
  • Kevin Steele, now Program Director of WNGC, WGMG & WPUP/Cox Radio Athens, GA had worked weekends on WKHX
  • Tom Sullivan, former morning personality (now co-hosting WXIA-TV Atlanta and Company)
  • Wendy Threatt, former afternoon traffic reporter (Now doing afternoon traffic on WSB-AM and WSB-FM)
  • Billy Ray Evans (former morning show producer also worked as Mike Stiles on WYAY) Now runs Sketch Works Comedy. Recently filled-in on WGST.

The station's general manager, Mark Kanov, has worked at the station since the late 1960s announced his retirement for late July 2008. Captain Herb Emory Currently doing morning and afternoon traffic at WSB-AM and also host the Bellamy Strictland 120 Nascar show on weekends.

Miscellaneous information

WSTR broadcasts in HD Radio. It carried an eclectic rock mix on HD-2 and a simulcast of WQXI's sports talk format on HD-3.


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