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City of license Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Broadcast area Providence, Rhode Island
Branding HOT 106
Slogan The Hottest Music
Frequency 106.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date June 26, 1949 (as WWON-FM)
Format Rhythmic Contemporary
ERP 1,150 watts
HAAT 158 meters
Class A
Callsign meaning WWKX Kicks 106
Former callsigns WWON-FM, WNCK
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stations WEAN-FM, WPRO, WPRO-FM, WPRV, WWLI

WWKX/106.3 ("Hot 106") is a Rhythmic Contemporary station serving the Providence area. The Cumulus Media outlet operates with an ERP of 1.15 kW and is licensed to Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The station's studios are located in East Providence and the transmitter site is in Cumberland.


The current WWKX signed on June 26, 1949 as WWON-FM on 105.5 Megacycles as the sister station to WWON (now WOON). In 1950, WWON-FM operated with 390 watts. WWON-FM changed frequencies to the current 106.3 by summer 1958. In the 1970s, the station played oldies, and in 1986 became WNCK. In 1988, they flipped to Rhythmic Contemporary as WWKX. "Kicks 106" (later "Kix 106") was a mix of freestyle, hip hop, and pop under the moniker "The Rhythm of Southern New England" and scored high ratings in the 18-34 demographic from 1995-1997. By 1997, the station adopted its current moniker and tweaked its playlist towards a pure R&B/Hip-Hop flavor.

They were also the only Rhythmic Top 40 in the United States to air Howard Stern from 1997 to January 5, 2005, when parent company Citadel Broadcasting ceased airing the show in a dispute regarding Stern's mentioning of his upcoming move to Sirius Satellite Radio. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[1]

The call letters WWKX were assigned to 104.5 in Gallatin/Nashville, Tennessee from 1978 to 1987. This frequency is now occupied by WGFX, also a Cumulus station.

Current air-staff includes The Rise & Grind Morning Show with Deanna Cruz and Vezzy Parmesan, Bekah Berger in the midday, Trey Miller in the afternoon, and Big Stress at night.


  1. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 

External links

  • WWKX official website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WWKX
  • Radio-Locator information on WWKX
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WWKX
  • List of F.M. stations in the U.S. in 1950 as listed in the 1950 Broadcasting Yearbook
  • List of F.M. stations in the U.S. in the summer of 1958 as listed in the North American Radio TV Station Listings, by Vane A. Jones.

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