WXDX-FM (The "X" at 105.9)
, is a modern rock radio station
based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
. Owned by Clear Channel Communications
, the station broadcasts at 105.9 MHz
with an ERP
History: Beginnings as WAMO-FM
This station actually first signed on at this frequency as WAMO-FM, the sister station of WAMO (AM)
in Pittsburgh. For much of its existence, this station operated as an urban contemporary formatted station with its own independent programming and occasional simulcast of its AM sister.
The station first became what it is today in 1996, when it was then known as The Force, and operated at 106.7. The Force swapped signals with WAMO-FM, giving it better signal coverage. It was also one of six stations in the Clear Channel roster that dropped Howard Stern in February 2004 (however, Stern would show up on WRKZ later that year). Howard began airing on WXDX in November 1995. Since October 2006, WXDX has been the radio flagship station of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Current on-air personalities
- Tim Benz: M-F 6a-10a
- Bob McLaughlin: M-F 6a-10a
- Whipping Boy: M-F 10a-3p, Sun 7a-11a (Pre-historic X)
- Mark Madden: M-F 3p-6p (starting Mon. Oct. 13).
- Digby: various
- AJ: weekends
- Abby: weekends + weekday fill-in
Former on-air personalities
- Alan Cox - The Alan Cox Radio Show. Alan Cox had a small following and was let go due to poor ratings in 2006. Cox hosted The Morning Fix at WKQX in Chicago from August 2006 until August 1, 2008 when the show was cancelled due to low ratings. Cox Released 3 CD's while on the air at WXDX-FM Pittsburgh, Alan Cox Sells Out, Alan Cox - Ribbed, and Alan Cox - Shadyside (a small part of Pittsburgh) Bathroom Wall Blues. He also performed at numerous comedy clubs within the area, and a portion of the proceeds from his CD's were donated to local charities.
- Debbie "Buck" Wilde - She was the nighttime DJ in 1996 when The Force and The X was on.
- Grimm - did weekends, then moved to weeknights 7p-12a when Debbie Wilde was let go. Moved to M-F 3p-7p slot when Alan Cox's show was moved to the mornings in 2004 and stayed in this time slot until he was let go in August 2008.
- Mike Bocan - He was fired from the station on March 12, 2007 after an incident during a phone call to Bob Grove, host of the Pittsburgh Penguins postgame show. During the post-game from the Pittsburgh Penguins game broadcast, a caller was reported to have spoken an expletive on air (calling Bob Grove a "cunt" [sic]). Bocan claimed he didn't know he was supposed to be monitoring the calls, but he was subsequently fired from The X because of the incident. Bocan claims that the "call screener" was to monitor calls, that he was "to run the 10-second ads that say the station name and call letters", and claims he had no phone monitoring capabilities.
- Vinnie - was the X's music director and host of Edge of the X from 2001-2008; also did the 7p-12a shift weeknights during his last couple of years with the station.
- Tim Anglin - He was a part-time dj and The X's Promotions Director (1998-2002)
- Steve Stone (voice actor), a nationally known television and radio promo announcer. Steve Stone worked as the in-house creative director for WXDX-FM for three years, from 1996 to the end of 1999.
He went on to work at WXRK-FM in New York City, and eventually launched his own voiceover and audio production company. http://www.stonevoiceovers.com .
- Megan Slater - did weekends and filled in on the weedays; left the X in early 2008 to join WRKZ-FM, a rock station in Columbus, Ohio where she is the current weekday mid-day host.
On April 25
, Clear Channel announced that WXDX's HD2
subchannel will carry a format focusing on Adult Album Alternative (Triple-A) music.