|Broadcast area||Metro Winston-Salem|
|Power||140 watts daytime only|
Nancy A. Epperson/Stuart W. Epperson, Jr. |
(Truth Broadcasting Corporation)
From its October 1964 sign-on until 1976 this was a Country-Western station with the letters WKBX and a 10,000-watt directional signal shaped like a football. Stuart Epperson sold the station early in 1976 to Randolph Properties Inc. of Dallas, Texas, though general manager Curly Howard said no changes were planned. In July 1976 it became WURL ("World"), the first all-news radio station in the area. On November 3, 1976, Crash Williams said the news format would remain even after the demise of the NBC news service in mid-1977. Later the station began airing Christian programming, primarily for an African-American audience. The first general manager of the station when the format became African American, with a Contemporary Gospel music and talk format, was Jay Francis Springs, in 1982, when the station was sold to Gospel Media. Other staff members were Leonard "Tippy" Calloway, Al Martin, Nancy Caree, Paul Johnson, Henry "Leon" Harper and Bea Swisher.
Local businessman Jerry Holt was leasing WTOB in 2014 but lost the station and took over WSMX, which he had planned to switch to sports talk. In June 2014, both stations made changes. The oldies and beach music on WTOB was moved to WSMX along with some DJs from WTOB. Holt said WSMX would play rock, country, R&B and other music from 1956 to 1978, describing at as "the music you grew up with", though younger people enjoyed the music too. Among those too young to remember the music when it was new was Aaron Gabriel, a DJ who moved to WSMX after a month on WTOB and hosted "Midday Mojo" with soul, funk, blues and Motown. Dickie Dean's "Afternoon Delight" would follow Gabriel's. WSMX would also air On the Beach with Charlie Brown.
Holt lost the lease on WSMX, and in May 2015 the station was leased by Daniel Williard. IE “Dancin Dan Curtis”. Williard, who is also the lessee of WTOB, moved WSMX into the WTOB building at 3720 Reynolda Rd, and changed the format to 100% Carolina Beach and Shag. Mike Harding, a member of the Association of Beach and Shag Club DeeJays, was named Program Director. Williard leased WTOB and WSMX until early 2016.
The station returned to Spanish Christian programming until May 2017. Then parent company Truth Broadcasting simulcasted with parent station WTRU for a short stint; then on June 1 WSMX started simulcasting sister station WSTS which plays Southern Gospel music.
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- Howard Carr, "WURL Will Keep News Format," Winston-Salem Journal, November 4, 1976.
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- Clodfelter, Tim (December 18, 2015). "WTOB veterans back on the air". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WSMX
- Radio-Locator Information on WSMX
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WSMX
- FCC History Cards for WSMX