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WTXR
City of license Toccoa, Georgia
Broadcast area Toccoa, Georgia
Branding The Eagle 89.7
Frequency 89.7 MHz
Format Christian rock
ERP 400 watts
Class A
Owner Toccoa Falls College
Webcast Listen Live
Website wtxr.com

WTXR (The Eagle 89.7) is the student-run radio station of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia. The station plays predominantly Christian rock and Contemporary Christian music but also features various specialty shows. It is a companion to sister WRAF, run by the college itself.

TFC students fill rolls such as station manager and program director, with tenures generally beginning at the beginning of the student's junior or senior year and ending with graduation. Typically, other students and some professors fill the role as disc jockeys.

WTXR's current station manager is Jason Tepp. Its current faculty advisor is Dr. Jerry Fliger.


History

The station is housed in the Recital Hall, also known as Bandy Hall, on the back side. It is located in what used to be the original WRAF studios. When the station came about, it had to pick the call letters for the station. Before The Eagle came about, the original vision for the station was "The Crossroads", which can be seen when looking at the call letters, W-TXR. Steve Dendrinos was the original faculty member to oversee this installation of the new student station.

There were various station managers that really brought the station to light. It was a student station, from every perspective. Usually, the role of station manager went to a Senior at the school. While everything was plugging along, the station changed the name to "The Eagle" or "Eagle 89", moving away from the moniker of The Crossroads. This allowed the station have a more youth focus, and really steer away from the WRAF crowd. The first station manager of note was Jeremy Duke. It was his guidance that bridged the programming demographic to the teen and 20-something bracket, it targeted a pocket that was not being attended to in the Toccoa area.

Nate Becker would be the one credited for really bringing the station forward as a viable radio station in NE GA. Trendy Nate, as he was known, broadened the programming and allowed for a more fluid song rotation. Shortly after Nate departed, so did Dendrinos. The station sat in limbo, just plugging along. While still being managed by students, it was the student initiative of Stephen and Josh Altmanshofer that really marketed the station as "Toccoa's Youth Station".

Some of the longest running shows of the Eagle included Dr. Everitt's show, featuring Bob Dylan classics. There was also the ChappyHour, which ran for 3.5 years on Sunday nights, and the Indie-Spam-Pit. The ISP collectively started as three individual shows. Spam was led by Spanky Willard and was a hodge podge of whatever. The Indie show was fronted by Christopher 'The Dictator' Dentel, and was all Indie music, and the Pit was Josh Altmanshofer featuring hard core. The three combined to create one of the most eclectic shows in the station's history, and took up the 10-12pm Sunday night slot starting in 2001 and lasted for a couple years.

Another very successful show, titled IndieAccess, was fronted by Desh and his wife. Although not students at all, they were locals within the community who wanted to get involved and loved the vision of the station. Thursday nights brought forth the most successful Indie show, which featured Indie acts from all over the world. This was an amazing feet, as it really showed the impact the station had, and their knowledge of social networking (before it was huge thing), IndieAccess helped bring in listeners from literally all over the world, to the Eagle 89.

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