|Branding||The X 88.3FM|
|Slogan||The Escape From Ordinary Radio|
|First air date||1977|
|Format||Album Adult Alternative|
|Transmitter coordinates||41°42′37″N 87°42′54″W / 41.71028°N 87.71500°WCoordinates: 41°42′37″N 87°42′54″W / 41.71028°N 87.71500°W|
|Owner||Saint Xavier University|
WXAV was started in 1977 by Saint Xavier student Chuck Floramo. Originally a wired radio station that could only be heard in Saint Xavier's cafeteria, WSXC as it was known, went on the air playing the hits of the day. In the early 1990s, WSXC became a licensed radio station with the FCC and changed its call letters to WXAV and would broadcast for 12 hours a day.
From 1996-1998 Musician & Comedian David Vox Mullen became the station's Music Director and had a weekly on-air call-in comedy show (even though he himself was never a student of the university).
In September 2010 Paste Magazine ran a poll and article discussing the 40 best low wattage radio stations in the country. WXAV was named to the list in the category of best stations that broadcast at 150 watts.
The station's music format is officially registered as "alternative," but this title does not resemble the commercial radio format of the same name. The station's music is hand-picked by DJs on air and also takes in listener requests. The music tends to be rock music from the 1960s on, including metal, punk, indie, and industrial, with specialty programs throughout the week that feature Jazz and Classical music. WXAV has been playing local and unsigned bands since its inception.
Public affairs programming
God Matters which is produced in conjunction with the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Saint Xavier University.
Here is a listing of musicians, comedians, and celebrities who have been interviewed by WXAV 88.3FM Dane Cook, The Whitest Kids U Know We Are Scientists, William Elliott Whitmore, Charley Boorman, Clark Weber, Cory Chisel, Amazing Baby, Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Music, Local H, Dropkick Murphys, Ziggy Marley, Ralph Nader, Los Campesinos! Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Anthrax, MC Chris, Shadows Fall, Unearth, Dropkick Murphys, Atreyu, Zakk Wylde, Avenged Sevenfold, Every Time I Die, As I Lay Dying, Bayside Chris Jericho Mick Foley Ted Dibase Eddie Maloney
WXAV airs Saint Xavier University athletics including Cougar Football and Basketball. For a complete schedule of Saint Xavier University sporting events go to WXAV's official sports page
Beginning in 2009, WXAV became the official radio home of The Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League announced in an official press. In 2009 and again in 2010, WXAV broadcast 55 out of 96 regular season games, and in 2010 broadcast all of the Windy City Thunderbolts' playoff games. The play by play announcer for the 2010 season was WXAV alumni and former Sports Director Terry Bonadonna