WNNX (100.5 FM, "Rock 100.5") is an Atlanta radio station airing a Mainstream Rock format. It is owned and operated by Cumulus Media. The station broadcasts from the same building as its other Cumulus Atlanta sister stations WWWQ ("Q99.7"), W255CJ 98.9 "99X", W250BC 97.9 "OG 97-9", WKHX 101.5 "Kicks 101-5", and Dickey Broadcasting's WCNN "680 The Fan" and W229AG 93.7 in Sandy Springs near the Georgia Highway 400 and Interstate 285 interchange. WNNX's main transmitter is located in downtown Atlanta atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

WNNX ROCK100.5 logo
CityCollege Park, Georgia
Broadcast areaAtlanta metropolitan area
BrandingRock 100.5
SloganAtlanta's Rock Station
Frequency100.5 MHz
First air date1947 (as WHMA-FM in Anniston, AL)
January 12, 2001 (as WWWQ)
FormatMainstream Rock
ERP13,500 watts
HAAT298 meters (978 ft)
Facility ID73345
Former callsignsAnniston, AL:
WHMA-FM (1947-2001)
College Park, GA:
WWWQ (2001-2008)
OwnerCumulus Media Inc.
(Radio License Holding SRC LLC)
Sister stationsWWWQ, WKHX-FM, W255CJ, W250BC, WCNN
WebcastListen Live


The 100.5 frequency has been in metro Atlanta, licensed to College Park, since early 2001. Before then, the station was licensed to Anniston, Alabama as WHMA-FM, broadcasting as country music station "Alabama 100". (After the move, that callsign shifted to another existing station in that area becoming WHMA-FM "The Big 95", 95.5 MHz)

Interested in moving the station to Atlanta, owner Robert Gammon proposed that it be re-licensed to Sandy Springs, and remain at 100,000 watts ERP (class C). An agreement had already been made with the nearest co-channel station, WSSL-FM in upstate South Carolina for it to move further away, however that station was sold to Clear Channel Communications in the interim and the agreement was negated. Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that Sandy Springs was "not a community", citing its unincorporated status and letters of support from local organizations in Sandy Springs that had "Atlanta" as the address, as it laid out in unincorporated Fulton County at the time until Sandy Springs became an incorporated city in 2006.

After exhausting his funds in pursuit of the reallocation, Gammon sold the station to Susquehanna Radio.[1] In a revised application before the FCC, Susquehanna proposed a different city of license, College Park. The FCC approved the application, mostly because the new application changed the class of the station from C (up to 100 kW at 600 meters or 1968 feet) down to C3 (up to 25 kW at 100 meters or 328 feet) to protect the licensed broadcast range of WSSL. Susquehanna was also forced to slightly null the station's signal in the direction of WSSL to stay in compliance with spacing rules. The move created spectrum space for two new radio stations in Alabama, but forced Southern Polytechnic State University low-power station WGHR and Georgia Public Broadcasting repeater W264AE (both 100.7 MHz FM) off the air in the Atlanta area. (Ironically, the 99X brand would later itself be moved to such a low-power repeater station.)

As Q100

100.5's first format in Atlanta was top 40 station WWWQ ("Q100"), which made its debut on January 23, 2001, becoming the first mainstream Top 40 outlet in Atlanta for the first time since WAPW flipped to WNNX in October 1992 (though rival WSTR would shift between CHR and Hot AC for the better part of the 1990s).[2] Despite its more limited signal, Q100 grew to the point that it often received higher Arbitron listenership ratings than several of its 100,000-watt competitors, including sister station 99X.

Susquehanna continued to pursue a larger signal for the station, eventually earning approval from the FCC to upgrade from class C3 to class C2. The upgrade occurred on October 24, 2005 at 5:00 PM, and is also when the station moved from the Turner tower to the Westin building.

In 2006, Cumulus acquired Susquehanna, including both 99X and Q100.

Rock 100.5

On January 11, 2008, Cumulus announced that Q100 would move to the 100,000-watt signal at 99.7 MHz. The transition began on January 21, when The Bert Show was simulcasted on both stations (as 99X's morning show was permanently cancelled the week before). 99X would sign off on 99.7 FM/HD1 and move to 99.7-HD2 at 5:30 AM on January 25. On the same day, after simulcasting until 6 AM, 100.5 began stunting, first with singer Beyoncé Knowles singing "To the Left" (from her song "Irreplaceable") and Bert Weiss redirecting listeners to the new frequency. At 10 AM, the stunting then switched to "Atlanta's Radio Idol", a loop where 8 different formats were presented. Listeners had the option to call the station and vote on which was their favorite. On Monday, January 28, 2008 at 5:45 AM, The Regular Guys announced the debut of "Rock 100.5", carrying a radio format similar to their previous station WKLS (formerly "96 Rock"), which itself changed formats to active rock as "Project 9-6-1". Rock 100.5's first song was "Baba O' Riley" by The Who. The two stations swapped callsigns on January 29.

In 2010, Rock 100.5 became the FM flagship station of the Atlanta Braves for that season through 2013 along with WCNN which continues carrying the team's games to this day, with Talk 106.7 WYAY carrying the Braves games on FM since the 2014 season.[3] After WYAY was sold to the Educational Media Foundation in 2019, WNNX resumed carrying Braves broadcasts.[4]

Throughout the station's existence, WNNX has shifted to different degrees of rock. From its sign-on until April 2009, the station aired a predominantly album-oriented rock format. At that time, the station leaned towards adult album alternative. In 2010, the station shifted back to its broad-based AOR format, which would last until late 2011, when the station shifted towards classic rock. Ratings for the station at that time were shaky, as the station usually pulled between a 1.5 and 2 share.

WNNX returned to a mainstream rock direction in 2012, following the flips of WKLS from active rock to contemporary hit radio and WZGC from adult album alternative to sports in the Fall of that year.

Merger with "98.9 The Bone"

On January 28, 2013, WNNX and sister station W255CJ ("98.9 The Bone") began promoting changes to the two stations on their Facebook and Twitter pages, promoting a "bigger and better change" to come starting February 1. The rumors stated the Cumulus Atlanta management were planning a possible merger of the two formats on one frequency, presumably on 100.5. These changes were confirmed two days later as the two stations merged on the 100.5 frequency. The official change took place on that Friday, February 1, at Midnight, when 98.9 and 100.5 began simulcasting. At 10 AM, the official relaunch took place, as WNNX shifted to active rock (the first song after the relaunch was "Chalk Outline" by Three Days Grace). The simulcast lasted until February 4 at Noon, when 98.9 flipped to a new format, Christian country, under the name "The Walk." [5][6]

"Atlanta's Classic Rock"

After broadcasting an active rock format for barely a year, the station flipped formats once again and began broadcasting classic rock on January 3, 2014, competing with rival station WSRV ("97.1 The River"). The station's playlist is now similar to what it was in 2012, prior to its shift to active rock.[7]

"Atlanta's Rock Station"

The station's current iteration began in mid-2016 with a slogan tweak to "Atlanta's Rock Station." No personnel changes were made and the music was slightly updated to move into the 90s and begin featuring music from the grunge era of rock. This format direction has increased the station's ratings by nearly 50%, and WNNX (Rock 100.5) has averaged a 3 share or slightly better since 2017.

Disc jockeys

Bailey & Southside

Rock 100.5's morning show is "Bailey & Southside", featuring main co-hosts Jason Bailey and "Southside" Steve Rickman. Bailey came to Rock 100.5 in 2015 after one year stints each at WZGC/Atlanta (92.9 The Game) and Sirius XM where he used the name "Buckethead", an airname he also used for 8 years at WTKS-FM/Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando, Florida from 2008 to 2013. Rickman was formerly a member of "The Regular Guys" which was the station's morning show until their final breakup in 2015.

Regular weekly staff

  • Lyndsey Marie Cooke. Became the official midday replacement on June 1, 2011. She is from Florida, by way of Michigan, and used to work at K-Rock 96.1 in Ft. Myers, Florida.
  • Jesse Kage/The Kage Kult Show. Kage has hosted afternoon drive since September 2017. He is also the station's Assistant Program Director, working with PD Greg Ausham.
  • Axel Lowe. Hosts the evening time slot. He was previously on Rock 100.5 inn afternoons from the station's launch in 2008 through 2010. He started at sister-station at 99X/The Bone and returned to the station for a second stint to do the morning show (and later, middays) before its merger with Rock 100.5.
  • Tommy McNulty. Works weekend shifts on the station. He previously worked on 99X/The Bone before returning to do weekends. Tommy is also a local Atlanta musician.
  • Dave Clapper. Works weekends and fill-ins. Clapper was previously the Program Director of 97.1 The River before joining WNNX in the summer of 2016.
  • Jackson. Hosts weekends and serves as the station's Public Affairs Director.


  1. ^ "458 F.3d 1212: Bridge Capital Investors II v. Susquehanna Radio Corporation (No. 05-11052)". United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. August 1, 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2001/RR-2001-01-26.pdf
  3. ^ "Braves renew with 680 The Fan and add 106.7 FM". Atlanta Business Chronicle. October 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "WNNX (Rock 100.5)/Atlanta Replaces WYAY As Braves' FM Game Coverage Simulcast Partner". All Access. March 27, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Cumulus Planning More Atlanta Moves - RadioInsight". 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ http://atlradioinsider.blogspot.com/2013/01/flip-watch-989-bone-rock-1005-all-news.html
  7. ^ Ho, Rodney. "Rock 100.5 shifts its music mix - again". Access Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 28 November 2014.

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Atlanta Braves Radio Network

The Atlanta Braves Radio Network is a 138-station network (97 A.M., 41 F.M. stations + 1 F.M. translator) heard across 10 states and one territory of the Southeastern United States that airs Major League Baseball games of the Atlanta Braves. The flagship stations are WCNN and WNNX in Atlanta, Georgia. The main announcers are Jim Powell and Joe Simpson, who alternate between play-by-play and color commentary on each broadcast. Ben Ingram serves as the pregame host and frequently fills in on commentary, along with longtime commentator Don Sutton. Grant McAuley is the postgame host, while Kevin McAlpin serves as a dugout reporter. Mark Lemke provides pregame/postgame analysis and occasionally fills in for Sutton on game broadcasts. Former known long-time announcers include Pete Van Wieren, Ernie Johnson, Sr. and Skip Caray, all deceased. The engineer and game producer for Braves Network broadcasts is Jonathan Chadwick. Network Producers include Kevin D'Amico, Chris Culwell, Sean Nerny, Brandon Joseph, John Radcliffe, Cameron Carruth and Isiah Stewart.Due to the large geographic span of the Braves' territory, their radio network has the most affiliates of any team in Major League Baseball. The nearest teams to the north of Atlanta are the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles. The nearest teams to the west are the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, while the nearest teams to the south are the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins.

First of the Gang to Die

"First of the Gang to Die" is a song written by Morrissey from his 2004 album You Are the Quarry. It was released in July 2004 as the second single from the album. It was written by Morrissey along with Alain Whyte, the two being responsible for lyrics and music respectively. Following the success of "Irish Blood, English Heart", from the same album, the single reached the number six spot in the UK Singles Chart, giving Morrissey two top hits in a row for the first time since "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug" both reached the top ten in 1989.

The single was A-Listed by BBC Radio 2 and received much more exposure than "Irish Blood, English Heart", propelling it onto the UK top 40 airplay chart. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number six, making it the third-highest charting song and most successful follow-up single of Morrissey's career. The single stayed in the chart for seven weeks, longer than any other Morrissey single. Outside the United Kingdom, the song reached number 20 in Sweden and number 26 in Ireland, while becoming a minor hit in Germany and the Netherlands.

In the United States, the single failed to quickly achieve widespread airplay success like "Irish Blood, English Heart". By September, it had been added to the playlists of a few stations that supported the previous single, including WNNX (Atlanta), CD101 (Columbus), KROQ, WHTG-FM (Monmouth / Ocean), KMBY, WROX-FM (Norfolk), XTRA, and KITS (San Francisco). However, despite at one point being nearly in the 50 most-played alternative rock songs in the United States, "First of the Gang to Die" was never played in enough markets to break into the Top 40 of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 147 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".

Holding company

A holding company is a company that owns other companies' outstanding stock. A holding company usually does not produce goods or services itself; rather, its purpose is to own shares of other companies to form a corporate group. Holding companies allow the reduction of risk for the owners and can allow the ownership and control of a number of different companies.

In the United States, 80% of stock, in voting and value, must be owned before tax consolidation benefits such as tax-free dividends can be claimed. That is, if Company A owns 80% or more of the stock of Company B, Company A will not pay taxes on dividends paid by Company B to its stockholders, as the payment of dividends from B to A is essentially transferring cash from one company to the other. Any other shareholders of Company B will pay the usual taxes on dividends, as they are legitimate and ordinary dividends to these shareholders.

Sometimes a company intended to be a pure holding company identifies itself as such by adding "Holding" or "Holdings" to its name.

New Boy (EP)

New Boy EP is an extended play released by the American pop/rock band The Connells. Along with the title song, the EP included the Jethro Tull cover "Living in The Past" and two tracks recorded live at Purple Dragon Studio in Atlanta, GA, for broadcast on Live X (WNNX).

Steve Barnes (actor)

Steve Barnes (born May 5, 1967, in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American television and film actor, television host, television and film producer, radio personality, and digital and social media executive. He is president of Barnes Creative Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in digital marketing and social media strategy.His acting career, which began in 1991, has comprised lead and supporting roles in several films, including The Joneses, Sex & Consequences, and No Witness. He has performed guest-starring and recurring roles in several television shows, including Drop Dead Diva, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Matchpoint, Men On Pause, MTV’s Road Rules, Guiding Light, Ned & Stacey, As the World Turns, and The Young and the Restless. In 2009, Barnes created, starred in, and produced the television series High Rise. In 2012 he was cast as the recurring character “Flip” on the Discovery Science TV Series Stuff You Should Know, which will debut in January 2013.

From 1994 to 2003, Barnes co-hosted the Atlanta morning radio show “The Morning X with Barnes, Leslie & Jimmy” on 99X WNNX with Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron, earning Billboard Magazine’s National Major Market Morning Show Award in 1996 and Radio and Records’s National Major Market Morning Show of 1999. On September 30, 2013, Barnes returned to the radio on Clear Channel's Radio 105.7 (WRDA) in Atlanta in a part-time capacity.

The Cranberries radio and television sessions

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Turner Broadcasting tower

The Turner Broadcasting tower, built in 1967, was a 314.3-meter (1,031 ft) free-standing lattice tower in Atlanta, Georgia. It was located next to the Downtown Connector between Spring, West Peachtree, 10th and 12th Streets in Midtown. It had a triangular cross-section, and was built on the site of a previous square broadcast tower built for WAGA-TV 5. It was disassembled in late 2010, with analog WPCH-TV 17 having been discontinued by law in June 2009, and tenants WNNX FM 100.5 and WWWQ FM 99.7 moving their auxiliary/backup facilities elsewhere.

Although the tower was owned by Turner Broadcasting System parent Time Warner, it was on a land lease from Comcast, a competing cable TV company. This is the result of WAGA having been owned by Storer Broadcasting, while Storer Cable went through a series of acquisitions that found it folded into Comcast. Storer leased the land to WJRJ, which later became WTCG when purchased by Ted Turner, and was best known as "superstation" WTBS (now TBS on cable/satellite and Peachtree TV over-the-air). Turner later sold his TV networks (including CNN, TBS, and others) and the TV station to Time Warner.

The lease apparently was on the condition that the tower be removed when it would no longer be used for broadcasting, a condition which was finally triggered by the mandated shutdown of analog TV. The digital TV transmission for WPCH-TV 20 (17.1) is now from the North Druid Hills site, along with several other local FM and TV stations, including WWWQ FM 99.7. WNNX FM 100.5 is now back at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, where it was first located after being moved-in from Alabama as WWWQ FM 100.5, before briefly moving to the Turner tower and back again.


W250BC (97.9 MHz) is an FM translator radio station located in Atlanta, Georgia, and has Riverdale, Georgia (a southern suburb) as its city of license. Branded as "OG 97.9", the station features a classic hip hop radio format syndicated by Westwood One, a subsidiary of Cumulus Media, its parent company. W250BC simulcasts the HD3 signal of 99.7 WWWQ.


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WHMA-FM (95.3 FM, "The Big 95") is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Alexandria, Alabama, United States, it serves the Anniston-Oxford metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Williams Communications, Inc.


WHMA (1390 AM, "Mighty Power 1390") is a radio station licensed to serve Anniston, Alabama, United States. The station is owned by Williams Communications, Inc.

It broadcasts a Gospel music format and features news programming from Fox News Radio.


WJSP-FM (88.1 FM) is the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Public radio station serving Columbus and all of west-central Georgia. It shares a radio tower with GPB TV station WJSP-TV just outside Warm Springs, Georgia, its city of license. The station was one of the first GPB radio stations, first broadcasting in 1984. Unlike some of the other stations in the system, WJSP-FM only simulcasts the GPB radio network, with no local programs.


WKEU-FM 88.9 is an FM radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Its city of license is The Rock, Georgia, United States. The station is owned by Georgia Public Radio, Inc. (no relation to Georgia Public Broadcasting's GPB Radio), and also features radio programming from ABC Radio. Having an original airdate in 1999, it is the sister station of WKEU AM 1450, in nearby Griffin, Georgia. The broadcast callsign was previously on 97.5 in Fayetteville, Georgia, also nearby.

WKEU-FM is highly unusual in that the vast majority of noncommercial educational stations in the U.S. are either college radio, Christian radio, public radio, or one of a few indie radio stations. In contrast, this station does not appear to be supported by any such group, nor does it engage in any on-air underwriting, pledge drives, or any other fundraising activities, nor any self-promotion of its own programming or of the organization that operates it. It also has almost no talking between songs, and no radio DJs, instead seeming to be run by broadcast automation. Classic rock is also nearly unheard-of on a noncommercial station, instead being more likely on commercial radio, which Atlanta already has one of on full-power WNNX FM.


WKHX-FM, known as "Kicks 101-5", is an Atlanta FM radio station that plays country music. Its city of license is Marietta, Georgia. It is owned by Cumulus Media. Its studios are located in Sandy Springs near the Georgia Highway 400 and Interstate 285 interchange, and transmits from a site in unincorporated DeKalb County, just west of Emory University.


WLXF (105.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Macon, Georgia.


WWWQ FM 99.7, known as "Q99-7", is an Atlanta radio station airing a top-40/CHR format. It is owned and operated by Cumulus Media. The station broadcasts from studios in Sandy Springs alongside its sister stations WNNX "Rock 100.5", W255CJ 98.9 "99X", W250BC 97.9 "OG 97.9", and WKHX-FM 101.5 "Kicks 101-5". WWWQ's main competition is WWPW/96.1, "Power 96-1" and WSTR/94.1, "Star 94." It broadcasts from a transmitter site in unincorporated DeKalb County west of Emory University.

WWWQ broadcasts in HD Radio.On January 25, 2008, the Q100 programming and moniker and its WWWQ callsign moved from 100.5 to 99.7, replacing long-time alternative rock station 99X. Its WNNX callsign was swapped back to 100.5, now known as "Rock 100.5". The station is the most popular top 40 station east of the Mississippi.


99X is a radio station in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, streaming an alternative rock radio format branded as 99X, which began on full-power station WNNX (now WWWQ) FM 99.7 in late October 1992. The station was taken off-air when Q100 (WWWQ) was moved to 99.7 from 100.5 (now WNNX), but returned to W250BC FM 97.9, and then moved to W256BO FM 99.1 (which is now W255CJ FM 98.9). It was taken off-air again on the last day of August 2012, and replaced the following day with "98-9 the Bone", but none of the on-air staff were fired as commercial broadcasters typically do when changing a format, indicating that 99X (or something similar) may make a second resurrection on another Cumulus Media station in the area. 99X was relaunched on W255CJ (98.9FM) on January 1, 2016.

After the 2011 purchase of Citadel Broadcasting, its sister stations in Atlanta include WKHX-FM 101.5 and WYAY FM 106.7, in addition to previous Cumulus holdings WWWQ FM 99.7, WNNX FM 100.5, and W250BC FM 97.9.

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