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WXTR
City of license Alexandria, Virginia
Broadcast Metro Washington
Branding "ESPN Deportes 730"
Slogan "Solo Deportes, Solo En Espanol"
Frequency 730 kHz
First air date 1945
Format Spanish Sports Radio
Power 8,000 Watts daytime
25 Watts nighttime
Class D
Facility ID 70036
Sister stations(s) WTEM, WTNT, WWRC, WWXT, WWXX
Affiliations ESPN Deportes Radio
Owner Red Zebra Broadcasting
(Red Zebra Broadcasting Licensee, LLC)
Sister Stations WTEM, WTNT, WWRC, WWXT, WWXX
Webcast Listen Live to ESPN Deportes 730
Website WXTR 730's Website

WXTR is a Spanish Sports Radio formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Alexandria, Virginia, serving Metro Washington. WXTR is O&O by Red Zebra Broadcasting.

HistoryEdit

WXTR itself signed on as WPIK back in the 1940s. For many years this station operated as the AM side to country station WXRA 105.9 FM & for another period as WPKX "Kix Country." For a time 730 simulcasted 105.9's next incarnation, classic rock, as WCXR. For a short while in the mid-80's, 730 was WCPT & featured a soul oldies format. It was also WRMR with a nostalgia format for a very short while (calls which were later used in the Cleveland, Ohio market). In the late 1980s the station flipped to a CNN news format, which was soon followed by a business news (a la the WBZS calls), brokered financial advice format which lasted until April 1999. Then, Mega Communications bought the station & installed a Mexican/tropical music format as "Radio Capital". The call letters changed again in October 2000 to WKDL, calls that were previously held on what is currently WFED-AM. This format, along with its' FM sisters, lasted until the launch of "Triple X" in July 2006. The WXTR calls were installed @ this point; the call letters were used in the past on different stations in the Washington area on 2 different stations (@ 104.1 FM & 820 AM).

On October 24 2006, Red Zebra filed an application to increase WXTR's power to 28,000 watts in the daytime & 20,000 watts in the night hours. The power boost would give WXTR coverage comparable to the other major AM stations in the capital. At present, WXTR is all but unlistenable @ night, since it must reduce it's power to 28 watts in order to protect clear-channel CKAC in Montreal. In addition, Red Zebra planned to acquire WGYS 103.9 FM in Braddock Heights, Maryland & WGMS 104.1 FM in Waldorf, Maryland via a recent acquisition with Bonneville International, but called the deal off weeks later.

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