WXOF-FM 96.3

Original Call Letters: WAZN

Originally Licensed: 1999  

Original City of License: Yankeetown 

Original Frequency: 96.3 

Origin of Call Letters:  

Original Power: 3,500 Watts  

Original Location: 

Original Format: Country

Network Affiliation(s):

Jones Radio Networks
Westwood One


1998-Star Radio, Inc.
1999-Nature Coast Communications Corporation
1999-WGUL-FM, Inc. 

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WAZN-1998-Not on Air
WBKX-1998-Not on Air
WXOF-1999-Country   “The Country Fox”
WXOF-2004-Classic Rock   “Classic Hits 96.3 The Fox”  
WXOF-2012-Moved to 96.7

History of WXOF-FM 
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WXOF.
Conceived by Amarillo, Texas broadcasters Bill and Lucille Lacy, planning began for a new radio station for Yankeetown after the couple made a visit to the Nature Coast area just a few years earlier. Because of Yankeetown’s short distance North of Crystal River, the Lacys felt this area would be perfect for a new station that would fill a void in the underserved Citrus County coastal communities of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs as well as Dunnellon, located in western Marion County. Dunnellon had lost it’s only FM station to Ocala in 1989 when WTRS-FM 102.3 completed a technical upgrade from a 3kw FM to a 50,000 watt station and moved its studios to Ocala. The original call letters for 96.3 were WAZN, later becoming WBKX. The station never went on the air using either of these call letters. The Lacy’s had already received a construction permit for WABU-FM 104.3 Inglis and had constructed the station as WAVQ - The Wave. The original plans were to co-locate the Inglis and Yankeetown stations under one roof with studios in Crystal River, creating the area’s first radio duopoly. A few months after the construction permit was issued for WAZN, the call letters were changed to WBKX. The construction permit for WBKX was then sold to ‘The Gull Group’ headed by Carl J. Marcocci who already owned country formatted WXOF-FM 106.3 Beverly Hills along with WINV-AM 1560, Inverness and recently acquired WAVQ-FM 104.3 Inglis. Under The Gull Group, the WXOF call letters moved to WBKX-FM
96.3. The new WXOF was constructed at the WAVQ tower site and on October 1, 1998, WXOF-FM 96.3 - ‘The Country Fox’ - began regular programming. The former WXOF became WGUL-FM programming The Music of Your Life. Once WXOF was on the air, Marcocci sold WAVQ to C. W. “Bill” Caldwell who immediately donated the class A radio station to the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, creating Seven Rivers Broadcast Ministry, Inc. The Country Fox, as it was known, filled a 9-year void in the area left behind when country formatted WTRS-FM moved to Ocala in 1989. The reasoning and logic was that since the West Central Florida area was without a local country station between 1989 and 1998, the area was ready to embrace the Fox with its blend of modern and classic country favorites. The strategy worked for a while, but ratings and listener-ship began to decline as listeners and advertisers were lured away by the contemporary and rock formatted stations. It was decided a format change and new station image was needed, so plans were made and implemented. In 2004 the format was changed to Classic Rock, known as ‘Classic Hits 96.3 The Fox’. Today the classic rock programming is re-broadcast over the 5,000 watt signal of co-owned and co-located WINV-AM 1560 Beverly Hills along with WXOF-FM. The WXOF studios and offices are among four Citrus county radio stations located under one umbrella owned by The Gull Group with its operating hub in Homosassa Springs in the Homosassa Shopping Center, located on South U.S. Highway 19. The Gull Group’s Citrus stations include co-owned WXCV-FM 95.3 Homosassa Springs; WINV-AM 1560 Beverly Hills; and Scott Shannon’s True Oldies 106.3 WJQB-FM Spring Hill. 

Names In WXOF History

William Lacy-1998-(WAZN/WBKX)-Star Radio, Inc.

Lucille Lacy-1998-(WAZN/WBKX)-Star Radio, Inc.

Carl J . Marcocci-1999-Nature Coast Communications Corporation  In Memory

David M. Zeplowitz-1999-Nature Coast Communications Corporation

David Marcocci-1999-WGUL-FM, Inc. 

Doug Groff-2013-2014-Operations Manager/Morning Show Host
-WGUL-FM, Inc.

Steve Shurdell

Mandy Rivers

Jon Kay

David Alan 

Johnny “O”

Tony Downes  Biography


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