|City||Whiteville, North Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Fayetteville, North Carolina|
|Slogan||The Big Stick!, Your Official #1 for Hip Hop and R&B|
|Frequency||99.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1978 (as WENC-FM)|
|HAAT||299 meters (981 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W Z FoXy|
|Former callsigns||WENC-FM (1978-1980)|
|Affiliations||The Breakfast Club|
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. |
(Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||WAZZ, WFLB, WKML, WYDU, WUKS|
WZFX is a Mainstream Urban formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Whiteville, North Carolina and located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. WZFX broadcasts under the branding "Foxy 99." WZFX is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group. Its studios are located east of downtown Fayetteville, and its transmitter is located in Tar Heel, North Carolina.
99.1 FM first signed on as WENC FM in 1978 with its license in the city of Whiteville. It is believed the frequency signed on with 5,000 watts at this time.
In March 1986, WQTR-FM increased its power to 100,000 watts and changed to WZFX, and become "The All New FM 99 The Fox, WZFX". The station has a Rhythmic Top-40 format. The new owners were Steve Weil of Goldsboro, North Carolina, his brother Henry Weil, and his sister Leslie Weil.
The Fox to Foxy 99
In 1987, WZFX evolved into an Urban/CHR a.k.a. CHUrban format playing such artist as New Edition, Lillo Thomas, Force MD's and Troop. WZFX changed its moniker to "99.1 the Fox"; however, in 1995 brought back the "Original Foxy 99" and broadcast its 100,000-watt signal on the air "From the Capital City to the Coast". WZFX is the sister station of WIKS in Jacksonville, North Carolina, which also has a similar format and signal power of 100,000 watts.
In 1990, after WQSM stopped playing top 40, WZFX added some top 40 hits to its music mix. This move took "The Fox" back to the top of the ratings. In 1994, WZFX moved from the Wachovia building to a former Cato department store, which the owners purchased.
In 1995, Atlantic Broadcasting Group sold WROV-FM to Ray Thomas of Roanoke, Virginia and WLNI in Lynchburg, Virginia, leaving the company with only WZFX. Several DJs and general manager Lynn Carraway were let go. At the time, WZFX played no rap until after 5 in the afternoon, and rap-leaning WLRD was doing very well despite its limited signal.
In 1997, Beasley Broadcasting—owner of WKML, WTSB, WAZZ and WEWO—bought WZFX from Joyner Communications. There was talk in 1996 of another company buying WZFX and WLRD, but that deal fell apart. Later in the year, Beasley also bought WLRD and WYRU. For a short time, WLRD aired the programming of WZFX.
Interference issues northeast of Fayetteville
WZFX's signal north of Carthage, Moore County begins to see significant interference from WSLQ-FM out of Roanoke, Virginia. This is also the case in southern Chatham County, much of Montgomery and Randolph Counties and nearly all of Wake County. Under ideal atmospheric conditions, WZFX can be received with little to no interference from WSLQ as far north as Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Hillsborough and Durham.
- "Raleigh-Durham FM Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Catherine Pritchard, "Downtown Adds Radio Station," The Fayetteville Observer, February 15, 1994.
- David Bourne, "Radio Stations Spinning New Tunes," The Fayetteville Observer, May 20, 1990.
- David Bourne, "'Fox' Has Other Stations on the Run," The Fayetteville Observer, August 5, 1990.
- Michael Futch, "Despite Changes, It's Business As Usual at WZFX," The Fayetteville Observer, July 21, 1995.
- Catherine Pritchard, "WZFX Sale Consolidates Radio Market," The Fayetteville Observer, January 24, 1997.
- Michael Futch, "Beasley Group Buys 2 More Stations", The Fayetteville Observer, July 31, 1997
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WZFX
- Radio-Locator information on WZFX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WZFX