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Pirate (WPOW-HD2)

Pirate (WPOW-HD2)
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Last updated:
2012-06-17 00:15:19
Country: United StatesListen to radio stations broadcasting from United States
City: Miami
FM (MHz): 96.5
Genre: Reggae
Language of broadcast: English
Description: WPOW is a Rhythmic top 40 station serving the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area. The Beasley Broadcast Group owns the station, which operates at 96.5 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 98 kilowatts and is licensed in Miami, Florida. Its transmitter is located in Miami.

In the early 1970s, the 96.3 signal was home to a Top 40 CHR station, known as 96 WMYQ (the successor to WGBS-FM, then WJHR), which became 96X (and a call letter change to WMJX) on October 1, 1975. The station briefly changed to an all-disco format in April 1979 (Disco 96), but returned to its prior Top 40 format in November of that year.
The station lost its license and signed off on February 15, 1981. The last song played before sign-off was "The Long And Winding Road" by the Beatles. The last words, spoken on-air by the DJ, Stuart Elliott were "96X..Is WMJX, Miami"
On June 15, 1985, the station was brought back on the air under new ownership (Wodlinger Broadcasting) as a non-stop Top 40 countdown station (The Super 16) under the same 96X name, this time with the call letters WCJX. The Program Director was Jon Holiday, who evolved the station to a more traditional CHR format. However, after another ownership change in May 1986 (from Wodlinger Broadcasting to Beasley-Reed Broadcasting), they would change format on August 4, 1986 at 7 a.m., when the station flipped to a Dance Top 40 format under the name Power 96 (with a change in call letters to WPOW), playing mostly dance, freestyle music and early rap. Power 96 embraced the regionally blossoming Miami bass sound as well, mixing it into their playlist. The name Power 96 was the idea of new owner/General Manager Greg Reed. As WPOW, the station signed on with deejays Mindy Frumkes and Mark Moseley, and played Timex Social Club's "Rumors" continuously for the first 24 hours. The format change paid off in increased ratings, and WPOW quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the Rhythmic Top 40 community. Some months earlier, WPOW moved up the dial from 96.3 to 96.5 in order to accommodate a recent sign-on at 95.7 in nearby Homestead, Florida.
Despite the station's success with their unique format, WPOW was known for adding non-Rhythmic product (the occasional Rock or Pop track that was hot at the time) in the late 1980s, a practice which would be phased out by the early 1990s. It was at that time that they began embracing R&B and Hip-Hop music, which remain staples on the station today. The station has recently broadened the scope of the playlist to include select dance songs, after purging the genre from its playlist in 2002 (the year after WPYM's 12/31/01 debut). They have also embraced Hispanic Rhythmic acts, which now has been all but phased out as well in favor for some Dance music which the station has not aired since 2002, as the station caters to a large Hispanic and Caribbean audience in South Florida, and has brought back the occasional pop track. Even Dance recurrents from artists like The Real McCoy are starting to show up, leading to speculations that they might be going back to its Dance-leaning roots. WPOW's broadened approach also points a mainstream top 40 trend, but is still a rhythmic station.
In this fashion, WPOW's main competitor is Mainstream Urban rival WEDR. This competition among the two has been fierce because they are both long running heritage Hip Hop/R&B stations in the market, but despite this, it had no effect to where either WEDR or WPOW are forced to change formats. Other markets such as New York City and San Francisco can also make this claim as well for having Urban and Rhythmic rivals play the same genres with different approaches and having a heritage status.
In 2005 WPOW launched an HD FM station "HD DASH DANCE2", which has now (July 8) been changed to "Pirate 96" a reggae HD channel. A similar "DASH-2" HD subchannel exists at sister station WRDW-FM "WIRED 96-5" in Philadelphia.

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