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COX ENTERPRISES TO SWAP CHARLOTTE FM FOR WHQT(FM) IN MIAMI

 COX ENTERPRISES TO SWAP CHARLOTTE FM FOR WHQT(FM) IN MIAMI
 ATLANTA, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises, Inc., has agreed in principle to swap WSOC(FM) in Charlotte, N.C., for WHQT(FM) in Miami, owned by EZ Communications of Fairfax, Va.
 The agreement is subject to the completion of all due diligence review by both parties, the execution of a definitive contract and approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The announcement was made by Robert F. Neil, executive vice president-radio for Cox Broadcasting, a division of Cox Enterprises.
 In Miami, Cox will pair its existing adult contemporary station, WFLC(FM), and its AM news-talk station, WIOD, with WHQT, an urban adult contemporary format.
 The agreement is prompted by the FCC's loosening of restrictions regarding the number of radio stations operators can own. On Aug. 1, the FCC ruled that operators can own 18 FM and 18 AM stations; they may own two FM and two AM stations per market. Cox currently owns eight FM stations and five AM stations.
 "WSOC is a fine station -- No. 1 in its market -- and the staff has done a tremendous job," Neil commented. "But because of the FCC's cross-ownership rules, we are unable to add an additional FM in Charlotte. This gives us the chance to consolidate our efforts in Miami -- the 15th-largest market in the country -- and that's an opportunity we wanted to take advantage of."
 Neil continued: "We've had a presence in Miami for 30 years, so it's a pleasure to add a great station like WHQT. The format is terrific and we have no plans to change it."
 The agreement will not affect Cox's television station in Charlotte, WSOC-TV.
 Cox's radio group includes KFI/KOST(FM), Los Angeles; WHIO/WHKO(FM), Dayton, Ohio; WSB AM-FM, Atlanta; WSUN/WWRM(FM), Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; WCKG(FM), Chicago; and KLRX(FM), Dallas; in addition to WIOD/WFLC(FM), Miami; and WSOC(FM), Charlotte. Cox Broadcasting also includes television stations in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit; Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh and San Francisco-Oakland; and TeleRep, the national television sales representation firm, whose programming arm produces syndicated television programs.
 In addition, Cox Enterprises, Inc., is a leader in newspaper publishing, cable television and automobile auctions.
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 /CONTACT: Cox Enterprises corporate communications, 404-843-5126/ CO: Cox Enterprises, Inc.; EZ Communications ST: North Carolina, Florida IN: SU:


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