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Coordinates: 42°59′23.00″N 70°56′14.00″W / 42.98972°N 70.93722°W / 42.98972; -70.93722

WXEX
City of license Exeter, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Seacoast & Southern New Hampshire
Branding The Exeter area radio station that's fun to listen to and sing along with
Slogan Your Radio Station for Good Times and Fun
Frequency 1540 kHz
First air date 1966, current format March 2009
Format '60s & '70s Rock 'n' Roll plus Motown
Power 2,500 watts critical hours
5,000 watts day
3 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 53386
Transmitter coordinates 42°59′23.00″N 70°56′14.00″W / 42.98972°N 70.93722°W / 42.98972; -70.93722
Callsign meaning Greater Exeter area
Former callsigns WKXR (1966-1982)
WMYF (1982-1998)
WGIP (1998-2009)
Owner Aruba Capital Holdings, LLC
Website http://www.1540WXEX.com

WXEX (1540 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a '60s & '70s Rock 'n' Roll plus Motown music format. Licensed to Exeter, New Hampshire, USA and covering the Seacoast region. The station's license was acquired locally by Andy Hartmann and Steve Thomas under the name of Aruba Capital Holdings, LLC [1][2]

History

The AM 1540 frequency in Exeter went on the air in 1966 as WKXR under the ownership of Frank Estes, who also owned WKXL in Concord, New Hampshire.[3] Estes sold the station in 1978[3], and on March 10, 1982, the station was renamed WMYF[4]; by the 1990s, the station held an adult standards format.[5]

In 1998, after Capstar acquired WMYF from CBS Radio[6] (which had obtained the station after its purchase of American Radio Systems[7]), the station began to simulcast the news/talk format of WGIR, a sister station in Manchester, New Hampshire[8]; a call change to WGIP followed on October 2.[4] The WMYF call letters and adult standards format would later be moved down the AM dial to 1380, where they remain today.

After WGIP was placed into the Aloha Station Trust in 2008 as a result of the privatization of Clear Channel Communications[9] (who acquired the station after several mergers), the station was sold to Aruba Capital Holdings, LLC in 2009.[10] After Aruba closed on the sale on March 9, 2009, the call letters were changed to WXEX[4] and the WGIR simulcast was discontinued.

References

  1. ^ "WXEX Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?call=WXEX.  
  2. ^ "WXEX Station Information Profile". Arbitron. http://www1.arbitron.com/sip/displaySip.do?surveyID=WI09&band=am&callLetter=WXEX.  
  3. ^ a b "NHAB Alumni: Frank Estes". New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. October 28, 2001. http://www.nhab.org/alumni/estes.html. Retrieved March 13, 2009.  
  4. ^ a b c "WXEX Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=53386&Callsign=WXEX.  
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (June 5, 1997). "ARS Grows Again". North East RadioWatch. http://www.bostonradio.org/nerw/nerw-970605.html. Retrieved March 13, 2009.  
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 7, 1998). "North East RadioWatch". http://www.bostonradio.org/nerw/nerw-980709.html. Retrieved March 14, 2009.  
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 19, 1997). "Extra: CBS buys ARS". North East RadioWatch. http://www.bostonradio.org/nerw/nerw-970919.html. Retrieved March 14, 2009.  
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 1, 1998). "WNNZ Sold to Clear Channel". North East RadioWatch. http://www.bostonradio.org/nerw/nerw-981001.html. Retrieved March 14, 2009.  
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 28, 2008). "Now Ryan's Gone at WLTW, Too". NorthEast Radio Watch. http://www.fybush.com/NERW/2008/080128/nerw.html. Retrieved March 14, 2009.  
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 12, 2009). "Santos Exits Amidst WBZ Changes". NorthEast Radio Watch. http://www.fybush.com/NERW/2009/090112/nerw.html. Retrieved March 14, 2009.  

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