WROX began operation on June 2, 1944 and was the first station in Northwest Mississippi, broadcasting from 321 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale with 250 watts.
From 1946 to 1954 WROX was located at 257 Delta Avenue, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places and in 2002 and a Mississippi Blues Trail marker was placed there.
WROX was housed in the Alcazar Hotel for more than 40 years and had a number of homes but since 2005 the studios have been on Desoto Avenue near the historic Blues Crossroads.
Early Wright was the first black radio announcer in Mississippi when he joined WROX in 1947.
For 52 years he hosted a nightly show and interviewed musicians including B.B. King, Charley Pride, Muddy Waters, Tina Turner, Bobby Rush, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sam Cooke, Robert Nighthawk, Rufus Thomas, Elvis Presley, Little Milton and Pinetop Perkins.
Early is credited with fostering the musical career of Ike Turner, who began working at WROX as a janitor while attending Clarksdale High School. During his tenure at WROX,
Early was featured in many national publications including The New York Times.
Today WROX plays music that is broadly described as “rhythmic oldies” but a generic label doesn’t fully describe the station’s format.
In addition to familiar songs spanning more than four decades by Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, the Temptations, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Al Green, Whitney Houston and others plus there’s at least one blues song each hour from artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Jack Johnson and contemporary blues performers like Charlie Musselwhite, Grady Champion, Big George Brock, Watermelon Slim and more.
WROX is the only 100% locally-programmed broadcast station serving Coahoma county. An affiliate of Fox News Radio, WROX produces local news every morning, local public affairs programming every week and actively supports local charity and community service projects year-round.
Today WROX is owned and operated by Paul Wilson and his wife, Bobbie. They bought the station in 2011 and brought it back around to local programming and local involvement and interaction.
We are committed to super serving the Clarksdale community. Our station has a strong focus on local events, issues, entertainment, civic functions, as well as, charitable causes.
We take pride in being an important part of the fabric of our community. We also love taking part in community events and getting behind local causes that affect our listeners. We are extremely proud of our commitment as the community radio stations that actively support hundreds of worthwhile causes.
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