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Wecl

WECL
City of license Elk Mound, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Branding "92-9 The X"
Slogan "Eau Claire's Real Rock"
Frequency 92.9 FM MHz
First air date 1991
Format Active Rock
ERP 3,300 watts
HAAT 136 meters (446 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 64011
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning W Eau CLaire
Owner Mid-West Family Broadcasting
(Mid-West Management, Inc.)
Sister stations WAXX, WAYY, WDRK, WEAQ, WIAL
Webcast WECL Webstream
Website WECL Online

WECL is an Active Rock formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Elk Mound, Wisconsin, serving the Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls area. WECL is owned and operated by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.[1]

History

Logo used as "The Big Cheese".

The station originally aired an Adult Contemporary format. When it was purchased by Midwest Family Communications that owned WIAL and WEAQ, it switched to an oldies format, becoming "Oldies 92.9" on January 1, 1993. The station also moved from the near the Menards Shopping Center on the northwest side of Eau Claire to Tower Drive on the northeast side. The station slogan was later changed to "Cool 92.9"

WECL, WIAL and WEAQ were sold to Central Communications (consisting of WAXX and WAYY) in 1996, and moved into the Central studios in Altoona, Wisconsin. The five stations, plus new sister station WDRK, were sold to Maverick Media, LLC in 2003.

WECL switched to a classic rock format on March 1, 2004. The station adopted the moniker "92.9 The Big Cheese - The Station That Rocks" in September 2005, and a new "mouse" logo shortly thereafter. In September 2012, the moniker was revised to "92.9 The Big Cheese Rocks" and a new logo was unveiled on November 30, 2012.

WECL and its Eau Claire sister stations, along with Maverick Media's Rockford, Illinois stations, were sold to Mid-West Family Broadcasting for $15.5 million. The purchase of the Eau Claire stations was consummated on October 1, 2013, while the Rockford station purchases were consummated on June 1, 2014.

On October 3, 2013, at 11:58pm, after playing Again by Alice in Chains, WECL began stunting with nonstop Metallica songs, beginning with Fade to Black.[2] [3]

On October 7, 2013 at 12:00am EST, WECL switched to an Active Rock format as "92-9 The X".[3] The last song played as "The Big Cheese" was American Idiot by Green Day.[3]

References

  1. ^ "WECL Facility Record".  
  2. ^ "On Air Playlist From Thu Oct 3". TuneGenie/MusicToGo. October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Venta, Lance (October 4, 2013). "The Big Cheese Stunting In Eau Claire". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 

External links

  • 92-9 The X Online
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WECL
  • Radio-Locator information on WECL
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WECL
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