Saturday, March 17, 2007

95.7 History

This is post number 21 of Knoxville AM and FM radio station histories. This next post focuses on 95.7 which once carried a country music format as WGAP-FM.

95.7 History

In 1988, 95.7 signed on the air as WYNQ with city of license located in Maryville. On January 11, 1990, WYNQ changed calls to WGAP-FM and the format became a country music station that was simulcasted on WGAP-AM 1400, also located in Maryville. The country format would last for 9 years on FM. In the late 1990s, WGAP-FM would change formats to hot AC as "Mix 95.7" while the country format on WGAP-AM 1400 continued.

In 1999, the calls would be changed from WGAP-FM to WTXM. In 2000, "Mix 95.7" would transition from hot AC to modern AC. In 2000, WTXM-FM 95.7 would change formats from modern AC to sports "Sports Radio 95.7 & 1240 AM, The Team". "The Team" carried local programs including "The Next Level with Tony Basillio" and programs from FOX Sports Radio.

In 2002, WTXM-FM would switch formats along with WXVO-FM 106.7 to hot AC as "Mix 95.7 & 106.7". The 106.7 call letters were changed to WRMX-FM. This lasted a few months and that year, WTXM-FM 95.7 and WRMX-FM 106.7 changed formats to oldies as "Oldies 95.7 and 106.7".

In 2005, WTXM-FM 95.7 and WRMX-FM 106.7 changed formats as "Jack FM" which is a variety hits station. The 95.7 calls were changed a short time later to WQJK-FM while 106.7 became WRJK-FM.

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