Welcome to Trump Country: Fort Myers radio station 93X changes formats

Charles Runnells Fort Myers News-PressPublished 12:28 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020That’s not Godsmack or Nirvana y

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That’s not Godsmack or Nirvana you’re hearing on Fort Myers radio station 93.7 FM.

It’s the voice of Donald J. Trump, our 45th U.S. president. Or a Trump impersonator, at least.

“Welcome to a new day of Trump Country,” that distinctive New York voice says over the FM radio waves. “Beautiful, winning. Trump Country.”

The change happened Wednesday afternoon: Rock station 93X abruptly switched formats. Now it’s playing Luke Combs, Florida-Georgia Line and other country acts.

93X fans, of course, aren’t happy.

By mid-morning Thursday, more than 550 comments had piled up under a Facebook post from the management of rock station 93X (WXNX). Most of them hate the change.

“There's already enough country stations in this area!” wrote Mary Milat of Fort Myers. “We don't need another one!! … BRING BACK the alternative rock!!!! I'm extremely disgusted by the change!!”

Keith Auman of Cape Coral agreed.

“Very disappointed,” he wrote. “Finally found a local station I like and bam! 2020 strikes again. I guess I have to reactivate my Sirius.”

Ditto for Margie Cooper.

“Should have at least gave us rockers a little notice,” she wrote. “Thought I was in the twilight zone!!!”

The FM radio station appears to be under new management. The 93X post promised fans they’ll be hearing more rock ‘n’ roll from the station.

“To all our 93X friends & family, we’ll be back on a new channel soon!” the post said. “Hang tight, we’ll have details to come!”

That post and fan comments are no longer available. Both the 93X Facebook page and its website were deleted sometime Thursday morning.

Management at Trump Country couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. Its phone lines were busy all day.

Station owner Sun Publishing didn't respond to a voicemail and an email left Thursday by The News-Press.

The station's website still identified it as a rock station Thursday morning before getting deleted, but the station's FM broadcast features nothing but country and that apparent Trump impersonator.

"Trump Country 93.7," the Trump voice says. "Oh ... and you're welcome."

The station joins an already crowded country radio market in Southwest Florida with FM country stations Cat Country 107.1, Gator Country 101.9 and Kix Country 92.9.

93X is one of the lowest ranked FM stations in Southwest Florida. It's ranked 16th out of 23 stations, according to August numbers from Nielsen. Gator Country is No. 2.

It's unclear how the change will fit with the FCC's rules about political content and advertising. For example, radio and TV stations must allow opposing candidates to purchase an equal amount of broadcast time, if requested, according to the FCC.

The FCC's media relations office didn't immediately return an email Thursday requesting comment.

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells (Facebook), @charlesrunnells (Twitter), @crunnells1 (Instagram)

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