FM Technical Profile: WXYK
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- Station Name:
- The Monkey
- Contemporary Hit Radio
view] Just east of MS-57, north of US 98 between Ocean Springs
and Gautier. East on Brown Road to Radio Road. Co-located with WOSM.
- Power (ERP):
- 20 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 312 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- More Information:
Picture show the RDS data as displayed on a Hyundai OEM stereo in
Baldwin County, Alabama. The PTY (format), PS (station name) and
Radio Text fields are shown. From December 2022.
- This facility dates back to an original
construction permit issued to a company called Broadcasters and
Publishers, Incorporated for WPEM. They put the station on
air in May of 1976 as "Good Country" WGUD on 106.3 MHz, as a
class A signal licensed to Pascagoula. The original
transmitter site was at the corner of Wellbrook Street and
Downing Avenue in Moss Point, north of I-10. The
transmitter was a Harris FM2 5H3 model with an output of 1.749
kW. A few months after sign-on, the license was
transferred to WGUD Stereo, Inc.
The station received an upgrade to better serve the coastal
market in 1991. This necessitated a change to 105.9 MHz
and a tower move closer to Biloxi, but it also gave them 25 kW
to work with. That facility went on the air in 1992.
At that time, the calls changed WXYK and the format flipped from
country to Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR).
The station was sold to Gulf Coast Radio Partners in February
1997 for $400,000. The station changed formats from CHR to
Classic Rock, taking on the WXRG calls the same
month. The WZKX calls and CHR format migrated to a
sister station on 107.1 MHz.
Triad Broadcasting acquired the station in the summer of 1999.
In the fall of 2006 it appears this station has changed calls to
WHGO, as "GO FM", still with Classic Rock. In the fall of 2010,
the station flipped from Classic Rock to Variety Hits as "Bob
FM". This is the second appearance of "Bob" in
Mississippi, the first being WYMX in Greenwood. Shortly
after the flip, the WHGO call letters were dropped, for WQBB.
Alpha Media acquired the license for this and other area
stations in 2013.
The station was
sold, along with most of the rest of the Alpha Media cluster in
Biloxi, to Telesouth Communications for $2.5 million in December
2018. Adding all the Alpha Media stations in the market to
their portfolio put the company over their ownership limits, so
they were required to sell off a station. They chose WXYK,
selling it to a relative of the current owners of
Telesouth. As part of the sale, the Monkey CHR format
migrated back here, returning the music and WXYK calls to the
station for the first time since 1997.
In early March 2023 the station was granted a permit to relocate to
the WOSM tower west of Pascagoula. The station drops from 25
kW to 20 kW but retains the same antenna height while gaining some
more coverage of Biloxi and losing a short-spacing issue with
WBZR-FM in Atmore, Alabama. A license to cover for that change
was filed in the second week of May 2023.