(serving the Cincinnati and Dayton metropolitan areas since April 2000)


STATION HISTORY


This is the collection of Cincinnati/Dayton radio history to the best of my knowledge, research, and of course, from you loyal visitors! Also included are some past station logos that have long since been retired (any additional ones you might have to add would be great!!)
If you see any discrepencies, or have any radio stories to share, Please email me at: .

WDPR
88.1

ID: West Carrollton/Dayton
Current Format: Classical
  • November 11, 1985: Began operation at 89.5.
  • June 8, 1998: Moves to current frequency of 88.1.

  For further clarification, please visit the DPR website here.


WAIF
88.3

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Variety
  • December 3, 1975: Began operation.

WJVS
88.3

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Adult Contemporary

  No historical info available. If you have any information, please email me.


WMUB
88.5

ID: Oxford/Cincinnati
Current Format: Variety, NPR
  • February 1950: Began operation at 88.1.


  • 1955: Moves to current frequency of 88.5.

WOBO
88.7

ID: Batavia/Cincinnati
Current Format: Variety
  • Thanks to John Perin: The station on this frequency was originally WCNE, the Clermont Northeastern High School radio station beginning in 1970. In 1979, there were not enough student staff to maintain on-the-air programming and the station was in danger of losing that frequency. A group of community volunteers came forward who staffed the station and presented a variety of programming. The station soon changed call-letters to WOBO (for Owensville Batavia Ohio). Studios and tower were moved several times and power was eventually increased so the station can be received throughout southwestern and south-central Ohio and into Kentucky and Indiana.
  • Visit here for more WOBO history.

WCSU-FM
88.9

ID: Wilberforce/Dayton
Current Format: R&B, Jazz
  • Autumn of 1962: Began operation.

WUSO
89.1

ID: Springfield
Current Format: Rock
  • Early 1970's: Began operation.

WLMH
89.1

ID: Morrow
Current Format: Variety

  No historical info available. If you have any information, please email me.


WMKV
89.3

ID: Reading
Current Format: Adult Standards

  • Thanks to John Perin: WRCJ - 89.3 FM signed on September 19, 1969 licensed by the Reading Community Schools. Studios, transmitter, and tower were located at Reading High School. Programming consisted of music, news and Reading High School football & basketball games with most of the on-air personnel supplied by Reading High students. The station left the air in the 1980's as school officials chose to originate shows for local cable television. The frequency was later taken by WMKV who still uses Reading, Ohio in station I.D's.
  • May 16, 1995: WMKV Adult Standards premiers.

WVXR
89.3

ID: Richmond, IN
Current Format: Variety, NPR (simulcast of WVXU 91.7)
  • August 22, 1988: Began operation.

WDPS
89.5

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Variety

  No historical info available. If you have any information, please email me.


WQRP
89.5

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Contemporary Christian
  • Was originally on 88.1 until June 8, 1998.

WHSS
89.5

ID: Hamilton
Current Format: Alternative
  • May 1975: Began operation.

WNKU
89.7

ID: Highland Heights, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Album Adult Alternative, NPR
  • April 29, 1985: Began operation.

WDPG
89.9

ID: Greenville/Dayton
Current Format: Classical (simulcast of WDPR 88.1)
  • October 31, 1993: Began operation.

WLHS
89.9

ID: West Chester
Current Format: Alternative, Variety
  • Thanks to Paul Gehring: WLHS was started by a bunch of Lakota High School guys in 1975 with the help of Mr. Allen Lynch, English teacher back then, and the help of D. Moore of WEBN. The radio broadcasting class was A two year project. We started just doing school games then once we had enough class C operators we hit the air. With a lot of help from Mr.Lynch, the school board, WEBN and local support we got our antenna located up in Pisga. If you check the LHS Year Book in 1975-76 you will find out a little more.
  • Thanks to Dick Plessinger: I filed the application and put the station on the air on Sept. 3, 1976.

WJYC
90.1

ID: Delhi Hills/Cincinnati
Current Format: Air1 - Contemporary Christian
  • August 15, 1998: Began operation.
  • August 16, 2003: Format flips from Life Talk Radio Network Religion to Air1 Contemporary Christian.

WCDR-FM
90.3

ID: Cedarville/Dayton
Current Format: Contemporary Christian
  • December 2, 1962: Began operation.

W213AO
90.5

ID: New Paris
Current Format: Contemporary Christian (simulcast of WCDR 90.3)
  • July 29, 1994: Began operation.

WGUC
90.9

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Classical, NPR
  • September 13, 1960: Began operation.

WYSO
91.3

ID: Yellow Springs/Dayton
Current Format: Variety, NPR
  • October 3, 1958: Began operation.

W217BI
91.3

ID: Cumminsville/Cincinnati
Current Format: Religion
  • April 18, 2002: Began operation.

WECI
91.5

ID: Richmond, IN
Current Format: Variety
  • 1963: Began operation as WVOE "Voice Of Earlham".
  • 1970: Changed calls to WECI.

WVXU
91.7

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Variety, NPR
  • October 1956: WCXU began operation.
  • 1971: WCXU changes to WVXU.

WROU
92.1

ID: West Carrollton/Dayton
Current Format: R&B Oldies/Soul, Tom Joyner


  • November 26, 1991: Began operation as Hip-Hop/Urban.
  • March 10, 2003: Format flips from Hip-Hop/Urban to R&B Oldies/Soul.
  • March 14, 2003: Call sign changes from WROU to WRNB.
  • December 8, 2004: Call sign changes from WRNB back to WROU.

WOFX-FM
92.5

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Classic Rock, Bob & Tom
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: WZIP broadcasted from atop the tower on the Vernon Manor Hotel. Station got the studio space and tower site in return for mentions at the top of every hour (“This is WZIP AM & FM, Cincinnati, with studios located in the beautiful Vernon Manor Hotel, Cincinnati’s home of hospitality.”). Station was originally MOR/Jazz at night. Sold to Woody Sudbrink in 1971, who changed it to WWEZ, with the Schulke Beautiful Music format and moved the antenna to the new WXIX-TV tower.
  • Thanks to John Perin: WZIP signed on the 92.5 frequency on August 19, 1964. The station had 70,000 watts and simulcast the AM signal, but also featured the CBS Network complete with Arthur Godrey, etc. in the morning. Unlike the AM affiliate, the station did not have to sign off at sundown, but continued late into the night with jazz-type programming. The Country/Western format came until early 1966.
  • 1971: WZIP-FM Country becomes WWEZ Beautiful music.
  • 1991: Format shifts to Soft Rock.
  • February 2, 1992: WWEZ changes calls to WIMJ "Magic 92".


  • May 18, 1994: Soft Rock WIMJ becomes Classic Rock WPPT "The Point".
  • October 2, 1995: WPPT changes to WOFX Classic Rock "The Fox" (formerly on 94.9).

WGTZ
92.9

ID: Eaton/Dayton/Springfield
Current Format: Mainstream Top 40
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1960 as WCTM. Sold to WING in 1972, became WJAI, first with Beautiful Music and later, Country. Still has the greatest sneak legal ID I know: “Z-93 is WGTZ, Eaton Dayton-Springfield alive.” Great way to satisfy the commission but hide the fact that your city of license is not the “Gem City.”
  • Thanks to Brad: Ran Music of Your Life between Country and it's Z-93 incarnation.
  • March 15, 1984: WJAI MOR becomes WGTZ "Z93" Top 40.

WAKW
93.3

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Contemporary Christian
  • September 25, 1961: Began operation.

WFCJ
93.7

ID: Miamisburg/Dayton
Current Format: Religion
  • January 1961: Began operation, "Witnessing For Christ Jesus".

WVMX
94.1

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Hot Adult Contemporary
  • Thanks to Scott Davis: The WSAI-FM calls (at 94.1 FM) actually returned earlier than 1979. I have an aircheck from July of '76 where the station was then programmed by TM with their "Stereo Rock" automated top 40 format that was so prevelant all over the country at that time. The jingles that would introduce each music set would go as follows..."WSAI....Stereo '94"! So, they were doing this at least as early as 1976. Most stations running this format had it for at least a couple of years, so it would make sense that they would go "live" around 1979 or so.
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Moved as WSAI-FM from 102.7 in 1966. Original airdate was 1946, but left the air in 1952. Re-established in 1955 on 102.7. Was Top 40 WJDJ in 1970’s.
  • 1973?: WSAI becomes WJDJ "94DJ / DJ94" Top 40/Oldies.
  • 1976?: WJDJ becomes WSAI "Stereo 94" Rock.
  • June 1, 1979: WSAI becomes "94-SAI".
  • February 1, 1981: Format changes from Rock to Country.
  • August 25, 1983: WSAI becomes WKXF "Kix 94" country.
  • August 26, 1985: WKXF becomes WWNK "Wink 94.1" Soft Rock.
  • September 18, 1997: WWNK shifts to Hot AC "Mix 94.1".
  • October 1, 1997: WWNK changes calls to WVMX.

WDKF
94.5

ID: Englewood/Dayton
Current Format: Mainstream Top 40


  • December 16, 1993: WZJX Alternative "X-Rock" began operation.
  • May 3, 1994: WZJX becomes Oldies WDOL "Oldies 94.5".


  • August 13, 1996: Format flips from Oldies to Rhythmic Top 40 "The Beat".
  • September 9, 1996: WDOL changes calls to WBTT.
  • Decmeber 1998: WBTT shifts from Rhythmic Top 40 to Mainstream Top 40.

  • August 7, 2000: WBTT relaunched as "Kiss FM".
  • August 17, 2000: Call sign changes to WDKF.
  • March 30, 2005: "Kiss FM" re-launches as "Channel 94-5".

WMOJ
94.9

ID: Fairfield/Cincinnati
Current Format: Rhythmic Oldies
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1962 as WFOL, owned by contractor Walter Follmer.
  • Thanks to John Perin: WFOL signed on September 20, 1962 and hailed itself as "Southwestern Ohio's only full-time stereo station" (WPFB-FM at 105.9 had been broadcasting in stereo in 2 two-hour periods each day). The format then was easy-listening music. The station also picked up the University of Kentucky basketball games for the 1962-63 season as a part of the "Standard Oil Network" which featured Claude Sullivan doing the play-by-play.
  • 1965/66: WFOL changes from Easy Listening to WCNW country simulcast of 1560 WCNW (thanks to John Perin).
  • 1976??: WCNW flips to WLVV Beautiful music "Love 95".


  • July 8, 1980: WLVV flips to WYYS Top 40-Rock "Yes 95".
  • February 1981: Format evolves from Top 40-Rock to Adult Contemporary.
  • January 24, 1983: WYYS switches to WLLT Soft AC "Lite 95".


  • July 22, 1988: WLLT becomes WOFX Classic Rock "The Fox".
  • September 27, 1995: WOFX flips to Smooth Jazz, while Classic Rock format moves to 92.5.


  • October 2, 1995: Call sign changes to WVAE "The Wave".
  • April 20, 1999: WVAE changes format to Rhythmic Oldies.
  • May 21, 1999: Call sign changes to WMOJ "Mojo 94.9".

WZLR
95.3

ID: Xenia/Dayton
Current Format: Classic Rock
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1967 as WBZI, co-owned with WGIC 1500 Xenia.
  • Thanks to Brad: As WBZI, carried TM Stereo Rock around 1976, having flipped the format from sister WGIC. Also, WDJK was oldies for a time (one of its many formats) before starting to simulcast with WCLR.
  • March 3, 1967: WBZI Rock began operation.
  • Early 1980's: was Country.
  • 1985: Format flipped to Rock as "I-95".
  • February 29, 1988: WBZI switches to WDJK Adult Contemporary.
  • 1990: Format flips to Top 40 "DJ 95".
  • June 25, 1992: Becomes "Power 95".
  • July 1993: "Power 95" becomes all 80s.
  • August 10, 1993: WDJK becomes News-Talk.


  • November 14, 1993: WDJK flips to WZLR Oldies simulcast of 95.7 "Kool 95", name changes to "Oldies 95" by late 90's.


  • October 18, 2000: WZLR switches format to 80's Hits simulcast "The Point".
  • November 9, 2000: Call sign becomes WDTP.
  • September 1, 2002: WDTP changes calls back to WZLR.
  • September 27, 2002: WZLR changes format from 80's simulcast of WDPT to Classic Rock "95-3 ZLR".

W237AT
95.3

ID: Richmond, IN
Current Format: Contemporary Christian (simulcast of WCDR-FM 90.3)
  • March 28, 1984: Began operation.

WDPT
95.7

ID: Piqua/Dayton
Current Format: 80's Hits
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1960 as WPTW-FM
  • Thanks to Brad: WPTW-FM was a longtime Beautiful Music station (FM voice of the Cinncinati Reds for the northern Miami Valley). When they switched to WCLR, they did not go A/C right away, they stayed BM (even hiring some former WHIO-FM announcers) and tried to pick up the audience Cox abandoned when it dropped BM for country. Soon after, they went A/C and eventually oldies as Kool 95.
  • November 30, 1960: WPTW-FM Beautiful music began operation.
  • May 1, 1989: WCLR becomes "Clear 95.7" Adult Contemporary.


  • September 21, 1993: Format flips to Oldies "Kool 95", but later changes name to "Oldies 95" by late 90's.


  • October 18, 2000: WCLR switches format to 80's Hits "The Point".
  • November 9, 2000: Call sign becomes WDPT.

WKID
95.9

ID: Vevay, IN
Current Format: JRN - Country
  • June 4, 1979: WAVV-FM began operation.
  • May 29, 1984: WAVV-FM changed calls to WCVK.
  • February 1, 1985: WCVK changes calls to WKID.
  • April 1, 1999: Format becomes Country "K95.9 Froggy".

WQLK
96.1

ID: Richmond, IN
Current Format: Country
  • Thanks to Brad: They've used these calls since at least the mid 70s, they were automated country with voice tracked reels (one of the personalities was Lee Shannon..he'd be on the reels saying "That was Merle Haggard on the Shannon show"). In 1979, WQLK became Top 40 "K96", essentially flipping the format of AM sister WHON to the FM side.
  • Sometime in the 1970's: WGLM Jazz changes to WQLK Country.
  • Format shifts to Classic Hits, then to Rock.
  • July 1993: Format flips from Rock to Country "Kicks 96"

WYGY
96.5

ID: Lebanon/Cincinnati
Current Format: Country
  • 1958: WQMS began operation on 96.7.

  • Thanks to John Vaughn: WQMS stood for the "Quality Music Station" and was programmed from studios on Woodview Lane in Hamilton at the owner's house (have forgotten the name of the owner). This was true elevator music...every doctor in the area played it in the waiting room. Sold to Detroit religious broadcaster Dan Ninowski in 1968 (?) or thereabouts, Ninowski died suddenly and the station became part of estate that took years to liquidate. Played "contemporary Christian" music, local pastors and syndicated religious programs during that time. Bob Bullio was engineer during this time; Tom Smithers was popular "Christian DJ." Then the station finally sold and became WLWS. I was employed there during 1969-70.

  • 1974?: WQMS Religion changes to WLWS "Stereo 96" Adult Contemporary/Top 40.


  • 1979: WLWS becomes WSKS "Kiss 96" Top 40.


  • September 13, 1983: Slogan switches to "96 Rock" with a mix of classic and modern rock.


  • September 28, 1986: WSKS changes to WBVE "The Beaver" Classic Country.


  • December 27, 1990: WBVE switches to WZRQ "Z Rock" Rock.
  • January 30, 1991: WZRQ quickly changes call sign to WZRZ.


  • January 9, 1993: WZRZ becomes WYGY Country.
  • January 6, 2003: WYGY repositions itself as "Eagle Country 96.5".
  • April 4, 2003: WYGY becomes "Star Country 96.5".

WOKL
96.9

ID: Troy/Dayton
Current Format: K-Love - Contemporary Christian
  • Thanks to Nick Roberts: The first format was satellite AC. When it flipped to WRNB it used the Magic 96.9 Moniker for only a few weeks before dropping it
  • Thanks to Brad: As WRNB, first used the Urban A/C format "The Touch" before flipping to Urban Oldies (referred to on air as "Solid Gold Soul"--both networks were ABC products). Carried Joyner the whole time, and sometimes a "Magic 96.9" liner would still air. The network made a lot of changes as well, going from a very crossover oriented soul oldies format to being heavily dayparted, with features like "The R&B Blues Review" and "The Golden Time of the Day."
  • June 27, 1989: WTRJ Contemporary Christian began operation.


  • April 4, 1996: WTRJ becomes WRNB R&B Oldies.
  • March 10, 2003: WRNB R&B Oldies becomes WOKL K-Love Contemporary Christian.

WAQZ
97.3

ID: Fort Thomas, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Alternative, Howard Stern
  • Thanks to Calvin: When WMMA changed to Classic Rock in March 1998, the call signs became WLYX. The station title (before its call letters changed to WAQZ) was WYLX "W- Y (A)L(e)X? Alex 97.3." They made the change (as far as I can remember) on a Thursday and continuously played Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba" until Monday morning.
  • FCC lists WAAR as inital calls, were these ever used?


  • June 1, 1993: WMMA Oldies began operation.


  • March 20, 1998: WMMA becomes WYLX Classic Rock "Alex 97.3".


  • April 1, 2000: WYLX flips to WAQZ (former 107.1) Alternative "Channel Z".
  • January 4, 2001: Howard Stern is added.
  • March 4, 2003: "Channel Z" becomes "New Rock 97-3".

WOXY
97.7

ID: Oxford/Cincinnati
Current Format: Classic Hits
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 12/24/59 as WOXR. Went through a new owner about every two years for the first 15 years of its life. Changed to WOXY in the 1980’s.
  • Thanks to Brad: At one time in the early 70s was a top 40 which even put out a survey sheet. I remember it in 1975 as an AOR leaning heavily toward the folk side.

  • 1981: WOXR becomes WOXY Top 40/Album Rock.
  • September 1983: Format flips to Alternative - (One of the first Alternative stations in the United States).

  • May 14, 2004: 97X signs off and is replaced by Modern Rock X97.7 - New Music First.
  • May 30, 2005: Modern Rock X97.7 flips to Classic Hits.

WAXZ
97.7

ID: Georgetown
Current Format: Classic Hits
       
  • Thanks to Dick Plessinger: Built by Francis Stratman as WURD and put on the air April 19, 1976. Jerry Keifer bought the station from Strattman five years later and operated WAXZ for several years before selling it to Jacor Communications of Cincinnati. I bought the station from Jacor in 1985. Changed the call letters to WAXZ and later added WAOL in the same building with transmitter in Kentucky. WAOL was constructed using the old WHKK RCA transmitter that set on the hill overlooking Covington after WHKK was moved to WSAI-FM site.
  • May 30, 2005: WAXZ "Rooster Country" becomes Classic Hits.

WZFR-LP
97.7

ID: Atwood, KY
Current Format: Contemporary Christian
  • December 29, 2002: Began operation.

WUDR
98.1

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Variety
  • 1972: Began operation on 97.3 MHz (Northridge High School).
  • October 8, 1994: Station signs off the air.
  • October 17, 1997: Moves to current 98.1 frequency and becomes operated by the University of Dayton.
  • 1998: Country format dropped.
  • November 13, 2003: WUDR signs on and shares frequency with WGXM.
  • February 2004: WGXM deleted.
  • Note: WDCR at 640 AM was the original home of the University of Dayton's on-campus station: "WDCR, AM 64, Dayton Campus Rock" was the station's most often used tagline. (Thanks to Christopher Smith)

WKET
98.3

ID: Kettering/Dayton
Current Format: Rock

  See WLQT 99.9


WRRM
98.5

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Soft Adult Contemporary, Delilah
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1959 as WAEF on 104.3 with 4.8 kw @ 130 feet. Calls stood for the owners, Alvin and Edward Fishman, with studios in a converted one-car garage at 6004 Wiehe Road. Couldn’t upgrade on 104.3, so fought for years for re-assignment to 98.5. Got that in 1964. Sold to Susquehanna in 1972. Changed to Susquehanna’s in-house EZ Listening format as WLQA.
  • December 15, 1980: WLQA Beautiful music becomes WRRM "Warm 98" Soft Adult Contemporary.

WHKO
99.1

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Country
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1946. Interestingly, even though many FM’s went off the air in the 1950’s and others simply simulcasted their AM sisters, WHIO-FM always remained largely separate from WHIO and until the 70’s, was fully locally programmed.
  • March 17, 1989: WHIO-FM Beautiful Music becomes WHKO "K99.1" Country.

WSCH
99.3

ID: Aurora, IN
Current Format: Classic Country


  • Thanks to Dennis Drees, Jr. : WSCH first went on the air in late 1970. I'm pretty sure it was October. The station was founded by John Schuler, a Southeast Indiana businessman who had previously ran a fuel distribution business. The license was granted to the business name "Dearborn County Broadcasters". In the beginning, the mix of music was very eclectic, but Mr. Schuler eventually settled on a country format. As time went on, the music pretty much stayed the same, so by the 80s and 90s, it was mostly considered a "classic" country station. Since all of the newspapers in the area are published weekly or bi-weekly, WSCH was (and still is) Southeast Indiana first source of daily news. Sometime in the late 80s/early 90s (again, I'm fuzzy on the exact date) Mr. Schuler purchased WXCH 103.1fm out of Versailles, Indiana. WXCH was then turned into a simulcast station for WSCH's programming. This is how it remains today. The 2 stations will sometimes split in order to run location specific high school athletics. In mid 2002, John Schuler decided to retire and sold the station to Marty Pieratt. Pieratt was a former employee at WSCH who had also gone on to be a reporter at WLWT Channel 5 in Cincinnati. Pieratt returned to Southeast Indiana in 1994 and founded Star Media/Pieratt Communications. Other stations under this umbrella include WJCP of North Vernon, and WIKI of Madison. Pieratt quickly flipped the stations to modern country and relabeled them "Eagle 99.3/103.1fm". In January of 2003, Susquehanna owned WYGY 96.5fm flipped their identity to "Eagle 96.5". A lengthy legal battle ensued with WYGY eventually changing to "Star 96.5". Currently, WSCH is planning a move to downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The current facilities are both physically remote and technologically dated. A new studio is proposed that will employ modern tools and bring station physically closer to it's listeners and advertisers. The transmitter will remain at the current location on Salem Ridge Road, with the WXCH transmitter also remaing at it's site in Ripley County.

W258AI
99.5

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Variety
  • July 21, 1998: Began operation.

WAOL
99.5

ID: Ripley
Current Format: Classic Hits
  • Thanks to Dick Plessinger: 99.5 WAOL Ripley, OH is a 13KW FM and went on the air June 1992. My Father and Jim Gray, a Cincinnati, OH engineer, filed for the station and later built the station from the ground up.
  • September 6, 1990: Assigned silent calls of WXKD.
  • June 15, 1992: Calls changed from WXKD to WAOL.
  • September 1993??: Format flips from All-Elvis to Oldies.

  • 1995: Format flips from Oldies to Classic Country.

  • May 30, 2005: Format flips from Classic Country to Classic Hits.

WLQT
99.9

ID: Kettering/Dayton
Current Format: Soft Adult Contemporary
  • Thanks to John DeHeaven: I worked at the original WKET (then 99.9) when it first went on the air, I believe in 1962. The original studio's were located in the basement of the Hills and Dales Shopping Center (Dorthy Lane and South Dixie). I was only 14 or 15 years old and didn't do much there and remember less, but I do remember that it began as a classical station and a guy named Ray Drakely was the original GM. He had been an entertainer - dancer for the Gary Moore Show out of New York. The main newsman/announcer was John Chandler who left WLWD-TV News to work there. The stations transmitter and tower were located next to the building and there were three tower lights - red - green - amber. They were lit to different colors depending on the current weather conditions. A female announcer, Sandra Cavanaugh did a shift there daily. Eventually the owners who I believe was a company called "Sparks Broadcasting" litterally gave the station to the University of Dayton .. what year I can't recall, but believe in the 1960's sometime.
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1962 as WKET-FM. Programmed Classical music from a basement studio in the Hills & Dales Shopping Center. After suffering significant losses, the owner, Speidel Broadcasting of Columbia, SC, “sold” the station to University of Dayton for $25,000 in 1964, but at the same time, donated $25,000 to UD’s endowment; in effect, giving the station to the university. UD held it until 1991?
  • Thanks to Brad: In the 1970s, WVUD was Dayton's Progressive/AOR station, operated as a commercial station but with student announcers. Well-known grad: Mike McConnell, who went on to WTUE and is now midday host on WLW, as well as the national "The Weekend with Mike McConnell". Patty Spitler, 1975 era morning host went on to WTUE as well, and has for years been an anchor at WISH-TV, Indianapolis.
  • September 2, 1992: WVUD-FM "Lite 100" changed to WLQT "Lite 99.9".

WEEC
100.7

ID: Springfield/Dayton
Current Format: Religion
  • December 15, 1961: Began operation.

WIZF
100.9

ID: Erlanger, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Hip-Hop, R&B, Russ Parr
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1965 as WHKK. Became WIZF in 1986.
  • October 1978: Format becomes Disco/Jazz.
  • September 25, 1985: According to FCC, WHKK changed calls to WSAI.

  • December 5, 1986: According to FCC, WSAI changes calls to WIZF "The Wiz".

WFMG
101.3

ID: Richmond, IN
Current Format: Hot Adult Contemporary
  • February 5, 1986: WRIA changes calls to WFMG "Magic 101".
  • 1992: WFMG Top 40 becomes Oldies "Good Time Oldies 101".
  • 1994: Format flips from Oldies to Hot Adult Contemporary "Hits 101.3".

WCWT
101.5

ID: Centerville/Dayton
Current Format: Rock

  No historical info available. If you have any information, please email me.


WKSW
101.7

ID: Urbana/Springfield
Current Format: Country
  • Thanks to Nick Roberts: March 31, 1985: WCOM changed calls to WKSW. March 1987: WKSW "101.7 Kiss-FM" flips from AC to CHR as 101.7 K-S-W. June 1987: WKSW Flips to "Kiss Country".
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: Was originally WCOM, owned by Brown Publishing Company. Brown Publishing was owned by long-time Ohio Congressman Clarence J. Brown. As WCOM, it went through various format changes. In the late 1980's, station was sold to USA Broadcasting and call letters were changed to WKSW - Kiss FM. There was a brief AC/country format (one AC song followed by a country song), then a brief AC format until they finally settled on a country format. The station now operates out of Springfield and is owned by Radio One.

WKRQ
101.9

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Top 40 / Hot Adult Contemporary
  • Thanks to John Phillips: WKRQ "Your Friends At The Wireless" (AOR) became "Q102" in March of 1975 when Randy Michaels took his first PD job there. They'd had five pd's and five formats in the previous five years. They experimented with Quad in 1974.
  • March 17, 1947: WCTS began operation.
  • 1950: WCTS changed calls to WKRC-FM.
  • 1970: WKRC-FM switched from Classical to Top 40 "Stereo 102".

  • 1972: WKRC changed calls to WKRQ.


  • March 1975: Becomes "Q102".

WKLN
102.3

ID: Wilmington
Current Format: K-Love - Contemporary Christian
  • Thanks to John Perin: WKLN was originally WKIT signing on February 2, 1968.
  • Thanks to Brad: Operated in the 70s as WDHK, believe adult contemporary. Was separately owned from WKFI.
  • January 27, 1982: WKFI changed calls to WSWO.
  • 1997: Format changes from Adult Contemporary to Country.
  • June 23, 2003: Format changes from Country to Classic Country simulcast of WBZI 1500.
  • July 1, 2003: Format changes from Classic Country simulcast of WBZI 1500 to WKLN K-Love Contemporary Christian.

WEBN
102.7

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Rock
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate August 1967. Frequency became available when WSAI-FM moved to 94.1. The problem with 102.7 at the time was that it was short-spaced to WBLY-FM 102.9 in Springfield, so couldn’t operate at full Class B facility (50 kw @ 500’); it was limited to 20 kw @ 500’. That later was worked out under a mutual interference pact.
  • WEBN is the longest running Album-Rock station in the country.

WDHT
102.9

ID: Springfield/Dayton
Current Format: Hip-Hop, R&B, Russ Parr
  • Thanks to Nick Roberts: the mid 70's it was actually AOR as The Big Wazu. 1981: flipped to soft rock as Soft Hits 102.9 WAZU. January 1989: it flipped to Classic Rock for a few months as "The Big Wazu". The next format was actually Hard Rock Hair Band Rock 40 not modern rock
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate August 1958 as WBLY-FM on 103.9 with 1 kw @ 150’. When the FM allocations table was revised in 1961-62, moved to 102.9 with 20 kw @ 160’, later 350’.
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: Originally WBLY-FM, owned (with WBLY-AM) by Robert Yontz and two other Springfield businessmen. The call letters were changed to WAZU - "from A to Z to you". Upon the death of one of the partners in 1988, the true value of the station was earned, and was sold to Osborn Communications. Osborn changed the format to classic rock and was determined to "destroy WTUE", the long-time classic rock station in Dayton. WAZU, under Osborn's ownership was constantly embroiled in controversy because of "indecent behavior" on the air. They never were a serious ratings contender. Finally, the station was sold to WING and became known as "WING-FM". Format was still classic rock, but they also aired many WING jingles from the 1960's WING top-40 format. The station is now, for all intents and purposes, a Dayton station and has no ties to the city of license.
  • March 1993: Briefly becomes all Led Zeppelin (WZEP) "ZEP 102.9".
  • April 1993: Calls back to WAZU and format to Classic Rock.


  • April 8, 1995: WAZU changes calls to WING-FM "Wing FM".
  • August 3, 2001: WING-FM flipped from Classic Rock to Rhythmic Top 40.
  • October 24, 2001: Changed calls to WDHT "Hot 102.9".

WGRR
103.5

ID: Hamilton/Cincinnati
Current Format: 50's - 70's Oldies
  • Thanks to John Vaughn: WHOH was Fort Hamilton Broadcasting Company's FM affiliate to WMOH and provided, in the late sixties, taped easy listening music with automated commercial inserts. Bob Bullio and John Freeman were engineers at the time. During college I did a daily remote during summer afternoons from Carter's Restaurant in Hamilton interviewing people who were customers.
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: May have been on as WMOH-FM in the early 50’s. I remember when it signed on in 1959 as WHOH with 3.5 kw from atop the WMOH tower on Fairgrove Ave. in N. Hamilton.
  • Thanks to Richard L. Plessinger: I was chief engineer for WMOH in the 50's. I shut down the FM on 2/1/53. The station used a Collins Transmitter (3Kw) ERP of 8.7 Kw--turned in the license. Returned it to the air in early 1959 with a Gates 1 Kw transmitter. The old Collins transmitter was a DOG--Serial # 1.
  • 1973: WHOH changes to WYCH. (Thanks to Brian Kauffmann)
  • May 1978: WYCH changes to WOKV Soft Rock. (Thanks to Brian Kauffmann and Pat Barry)
  • February 27, 1979: Format flips to all Disco.
  • February 17, 1981: Format changes from Disco to Rock.
  • May 5, 1981: WOKV Rock changes to WBLZ Urban.

  • January 5, 1990: WBLZ changes to WGRR Oldies.

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WXEG
103.9

ID: Beavercreek/Dayton
Current Format: Alternative
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1963 as WHBM (Harry B. Miller) with 1 kw @ 160’. One of the most successfully re-allocated stations I’ve ever seen, as its antenna crept steadily from Xenia to Dayton under various owners.
  • March 31, 1983: WDJX changes calls to WYMJ "Magic 104".
  • July 20, 1989: WYMJ Top 40 becomes Oldies "Oldies 104".
  • March 12, 1994: Format switches from Oldies to Country "103.9 The River".
  • October 17, 1994: WYMJ changes calls to WRVF.


  • August 15, 1995: WRVF changes to Alternative WXEG "103.9 The Edge".
  • January 1, 1998: Slogan becomes "The X at 103.9"

WNLT
104.3

ID: Harrison/Cincinnati
Current Format: K-Love - Contemporary Christian
  • July 5, 1991: WNLT began operation.
  • WNLT initially had silent calls of WVCZ (I do not think they were on the air with these calls).

WTUE
104.7

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Rock, Bob & Tom
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: WTWO went on in 1950. Went dark in 1953, around the same time as co-owned WIFE-TV (ch. 22) went on the air. Returned in 1959 as WIFE, with 24 kw from the NE tower of the WONE array in Washington Twp. (not a great place for an FM antenna, as the WONE array is down in a valley). Changed to WONE-FM when WONE/WIFE were purchased by Brush-Moore. Changed to WTUE in 1967?
  • Thanks to Brad: I couldn't vouch for the late 60s, but as far as I remember WTUE didn't use "T105" as a Top 40 but they did as soon as they flipped to AOR. (Though WTUE dates its rock format from 1976, it was indeed August 75..I was attending IBS (now ICB) and went home for the weekend listening to 'TUE's Top 40, when I got back Sunday night this strange thing known as "T105" was there. They kept most of their top 40 jocks, and it was interesting hearing them trying to do the new AOR presentation.
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: Was known as WONE-FM, and went to automated top-40 when WONE-AM (a top-40 station) switched to a "Charisma" format, yielding the top-40 audience to WING. In 1970, WONE-FM added a live DJ and changed call letters to WTUE. (WONE - WTUE - get it? 1-2) Station manager was Rick Stevens, former DJ on WONE-AM.
  • 1962: WIFE changes calls to WONE-FM Top 40.
  • 1967: WONE-FM changes calls to WTUE.


  • August 1975: Format changes from Top 40 to Rock.
  • July 28, 2001: Syndicated "Bob and Tom" show moves from former WING-FM to WTUE.

WUBE-FM
105.1

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Country
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 6/20/49 as WCPO-FM. Changed to WCXL (Cincinnati’s Stereo Excellence station) with the sale to Kaye-Smith. Changed to WUBE in about 1970-71.

WPFB-FM
105.9

ID: Middletown/Cincinnati
Current Format: Country
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 7/1/59. Had a period in the late 70’s(?) when it was WPBF.
  • Thanks to Brad: Was WPBF with black gospel in the mid 70s, even did a stint as a disco station for awhile around 1979.
  • 1984: "Mellow 106" Adult Contemporary becomes "New Rock 106" Top 40.
  • January 15, 1985: Changed calls to WPBF.
  • Thanks to Nick Roberts: Flipped to New Rock 106 in 1984 only months after Z hit air. Flipped to Southern Gospel in 1986. Bluegrass in 1988
  • July 21, 1988: Changed calls back to WPFB.

WDSJ
106.5

ID: Greenville/Dayton
Current Format: Smooth Jazz
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 4/15/62 as WDRK (“The Bright Spark in Darke”), with 12 kw @ 176’ (I know all too well – I worked there briefly). Lost its license in about 1982 for failing to keep even the most rudimentary records such as program and transmitter logs and, in particular, for falsifying said logs in submissions for license renewal to the FCC. Appeals kept it on the air until 1986. CP granted in 1987 to “Treaty City Broadcasting”, but problems in getting a transmitter site kept the station off the air until 1991.
  • June 21, 1992: WDRK changes calls to WLSN.
  • November 16, 1998: WLSN Smooth Jazz switches to Country.

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  • February 2, 1999: Call sign change to WBKI "Buckeye Country".


  • February 24, 2003: Format flips from Country to Rhythmic Oldies "Jammin' 106.5".
  • March 19, 2003: WBKI changes calls to WDJO.
  • March 1, 2004: WDJO flips from Rhythmic Oldies "Jammin' 106.5" to WDSJ Smooth Jazz.

WNKR
106.5

ID: Williamstown, KY
Current Format: Classic Country
  • September 25, 1991: WNKR began operation (format moved from 107.5) - had silent calls of WVEA.
  • February 24, 2003: Format flips from Hot Country to Classic Country.

WSRW-FM
106.7

ID: Hillsboro
Current Format: Country
  • Thanks to John Perin: WSRW-FM signed on July 25, 1962.

WWSU
106.9

ID: Fairborn/Dayton
Current Format: Variety
  • April 4, 1977: Began operation at 88.5.
  • Station moves to 106.9 in 1982.

WKFS
107.1

ID: Milford/Cincinnati
Current Format: Mainstream Top 40
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1969, started as WLYK by Francis Stratman, who also started WMWM 1090 Wilmington (now WKFI). Studios were in the Mariemont Inn during the 70’s.
  • 1984: WLYK changes to WJOJ Adult Contemporary.
  • December 11, 1988: WJOJ Adult Contemporary changes to WRBZ Smooth Jazz.
  • April 18, 1991: Format flips from Smooth Jazz to Alternative.


  • May 15, 1991: WRBZ changes calls to WAQZ "Channel Z".
  • August 11, 1998: Format flips from Alternative to Top 40.
  • September 29, 1998: WAQZ changes calls to WKFS "Kiss 107"; WAQZ moves to 97.3.

WIOK
107.5

ID: Falmouth, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Southern Gospel
  • August 12, 1981: At 95.3, WNKR Country changed calls to WIOK.
  • September 27, 1991: WIOK changes from 95.3 to 107.5, and format switches from Country to Southern Gospel "Tri-State Gospel".

WMMX
107.7

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Hot Adult Contemporary
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate September 1964 as WDAO. The first all-Black-programmed FM station in the U.S. First jocks were Bill “Biggie B.C.” Carr and Dayton legend Gene “By Golly” Barry: Station was originally on from 2 until midnight: Biggie did 2-7; Gene did 7-sign off. Operated from a house trailer grafted onto the original WAVI studios at 1428 Cincinnati Street. Bud Crowl made a whole lot more money from WDAO than he ever did from WAVI, although WAVI was his passion.
  • February 28, 1985: WDAO moves to 1210 AM, WWSN Adult Contemporary "Star 107.7" premieres.


  • April 1, 1993: WWSN becomes WMMX Hot Adult Contemporary "Mix 107.7".

WKRC
550

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Talk, Rush Limbaugh
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1922. Calls stand for “Kodel Radio Corporation” which made AC converters for battery-powered radios. Sold to CBS in 1931; sold to the Cincinnati Times-Star (Taft family) in 1939.

  • Early 1920: Experimental station 8XB began broadcasting (one of the first to air in the nation).
  • 1922: Began operation as WMH.
  • December 11, 1923: Taken off the air.
  • May 1925: WMH Came back on the air.
  • Visit this link on the old WMH radio station, later to become WKRC: http://www.angelfire.com/nc/whitetho/8XB.htm
  • 1926: Calls changed to WKRC "The Home of the Gruen Watch".
  • Call sign stands for "Kodel Radio Corporation".
  • September 22, 1983: Began broadcasting in AM Stereo.
  • January 3, 1992: Format changes from Sports to Adult Contemporary.
  • November 29, 1992: Format changes from Adult Contemporary to Talk.
  • June 9, 1993: WKRC changes calls to WLWA.
  • June 1, 1994: WLWA changed calls to WCKY.
  • June 13, 1997: WCKY changed calls back to WKRC.

WLW
700

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: News/Talk, Country at night

WNOP
740

ID: Newport, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Catholic Religion
  • August 21, 1948: Began operation.
  • 1959: Changed to Jazz format.
  • January 1, 1993: Format changed to CNN Headline News.


  • July 30, 1994: Format back to Jazz "Radio Free Newport".
  • January 1, 2001: Format flip from Jazz to Roman Catholic Religion.

WPFB
910

ID: Middletown
Current Format: Talk, Bill O'Reilly
  • Thanks to Dick Plessinger: WPFB went on the air Sept. 1, 1947--Daytime only--got nite a few months later with 500 watts--later had to reduce to 100 watts-- the only 100 watter left in USA on a regional channel.


  • 1990: Format changed from Country/Talk to Adult Standards.
  • May 8, 2002: Format changes from Adult Standards to Talk.

WHON
930

ID: Centerville/Richmond, IN
Current Format: News/Talk, Rush Limbaugh
  • Thanks to Dick Plessinger: WHON went on the air Feb 17, 1964.
  • Thanks to Brad: Top 40 for much of the 70s and possibly late 60s. Added talk elements like the "Bill Ballance" show in the late 70s. Otherwise mostly talk after the country format.
  • 1978-1986: Had Top 40 Country format.


WONE
980

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Fox - Sports
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1949. Licensed to Skyland Broadcasting Corp. Sold 1961 to Brush-Moore Newspapers of Canton, OH. Sold 1965 to Group One Radio (WAKR, Akron).
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: WONE in the late 1960's was a top-40 station (WONE - "Channel 98") and was battling with WING for the top-40 listeners. About 1967 they finally gave up the battle, switched to a MOR format called "Charisma radio". After a few years they switched to country.
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  • November 29, 1994: Format switched from Country to Adult Standards.

  • December 8, 2003: Format changes from Adult Standards to Fox-Sports.

WTSJ
1050

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Religion
  • October 5, 1947: Began operation as WZIP.
  • April 8, 1981: WZIP changed call sign to WTSJ.

WKFI
1090

ID: Wilmington
Current Format: Classic Country simulcast of WBZI
  • Thanks to John Perin: WKFI began as WMWM on December 5, 1964. The call letters were later changed to WKFI. Programming over the years as involved both country/western and rock. For a time in the mid-1960's, the station was on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network.
  • June 23, 2003: Format flips from Southern Gospel to Classic Country simulcast of WBZI 1500.

WGNZ
1110

ID: Fairborn/Dayton
Current Format: Southern Gospel
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate was Sept 1, 1968 as WELX, co-owned with WHBM (now WXEG). Originally licensed to Xenia. City of license moved to Fairborn in 1978, but towers stayed put at the interchange of US 35 and the 35 bypass at the west end of Xenia.
  • January 30, 1984: WELX changes call sign to WMMX.
  • March 8, 1993: WMMX changes call sign to WGNZ.

WCTM
1130

ID: Eaton
Current Format: Classic Country simulcast of WBZI
  • Check out this artice from fybush.com: here
  • 1980-81: Began operation as WCTM Beautiful Music.
  • December 28, 2001: Went off the air.
  • August 24, 2002: Back on air.
  • July 11, 2004: Signed off Beautiful Music programming on 6/24 and becomes Classic Country simulcast of WBZI 1500.

WBOB
1160

ID: Florence, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Talk, Bill O'Reilly
  • September 6, 1984: WFKB began operation at 1180.
  • January 1, 1985: WFKB changes calls to WMLX (formerly at 1230).
  • 1987: Changed to Adult Standards.
  • March 11, 1993: Moved to 1160 and became WBND Adult Urban "The Blend".
  • July 1, 1994: Format flips to Country.
  • October 13, 1994: Format flips to Sports.


  • April 10, 1995: WBND changes calls to WKYN "The Score".


  • May 6, 1997: WKYN becomes WBOB "1160 Bob".
  • January 20, 2003: Format completes phase from Sports Talk to Conservative Talk.

WDAO
1210

ID: Dayton
Current Format: Adult Urban Contemporary, Talk
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate March 1, 1955 (in Dayton). Originally WWSO, licensed to Springfield; original airdate there, 1950. Went dark in 1954. Sold to H. K. “Bud” Crowl and associates in 1955 and moved to Dayton as WAVI (for “Aviation”). Current owner is not Hawes-Saunders but Jim Johnson, Johnson Communications, who was WDAO’s manager under Stoner.
  • February 28, 1985: WAVI Talk becomes WDAO Urban Contemporary (moved from 107.7).

WDBZ
1230

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Urban Talk, R&B Oldies
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1927 as WFBE. Purchased by Scripps-Howard/Cincinnati Post around 1933. Changed to WCPO in early 40’s. Sold by Scripps-Howard to Kaye-Smith (Danny Kaye & Lester Smith) in 1965; calls changed to WUBE (1-2-3 W-B). Only station ever consulted by Bill Drake that did not become a major factor in its market – according to legend, Drake once boasted at an NAB he could make any station #1 and Les Smith said, “I’ll bet you I have one you can’t.” Don’t know if that’s true, but it’s a great story.
  • Thanks to John Perin: With regards to this frequency as WCPO. WCPO started the rock 'n roll format about 1956 and this lasted until the change to country/western about 1966 when the call-letters had become WUBE. Until very early 1962, the station was 250 watts day and night. Then the daytime signal was increased to 1,000 watts. Rock DJ's during those years included: Bill Dawes, Steve "Iron Jaw" Palmer, Miles Foland, Stan Nelson, Mark Edwards and even a very young Morton Downey, Jr. (1964-1965). Affiliated with Scripps Howard during those years, the station presented news at five minutes before the hour (and other local stations used to monitor it to see if there was any news stories they may have missed). During those years, the station offered a slight reverb (echo) sound. The main drawback was its power. The 250-watt night-time signal made it difficult to hear in many parts of the Cincinnati area. Listeners were urged to tune in to 105.1 on the FM band which blanketed the area with 32,000 watts and duplicated the AM programming 100%.
  • Thanks to John Clark: WCPO was a good rock n roll station, in those days. To my ears, as good as WSAI, but the night time signal, did leave alot to be desired. WCPO lasted until late January, 1966, when it became WUBE, 1-2-3-WB, still Top 40/Rock n Roll. However, the new owners blew out just about all of the WCPO DJs. The only one to survive the change over, was the overnight DJ, Gary Cory. DJs at WCPO during the 1963-1965 period, when I primarily listened to it included Shad O'Shea, Mike Gavin, Bob Keith, Mark Edwards,(ex-SAI) Gary Allyn, Gary Cory, Ron Beach, and Steve Young. (ex-SAI).... In its early days, WUBE sounded kind of sloppy, far below the quality of WCPO, although by 1967, they seemed to have their act much more together, and were sounding quite good. They became a "Drake" station, in October, 1967, and that lasted through 1968. It was in April, 1969, that they abruptly flipped to Country, and WSAI, never again, had a direct AM Top 40 competitor.
  • Check out these two scans thanks to John Clark: Scan One  Scan Two
  • 1927: Began operation at 1220.
  • 1930: Moves to 1200.
  • September 30, 1981: WUBE changed calls to WMLX.
  • January 1, 1985: WMLX (moving to 1180) changed to WDJO Oldies.
  • March 16, 1990: WDJO changed to Country WUBE.
  • January 6, 1997: Format becomes Sports "Bob2".
  • August 23, 2000: WUBE Sports flips to WDBZ Talk/R&B Oldies "The Buzz".

WHIO
1290

ID: Dayton
Current Format: News/Talk, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Began as WLBW, Oil City, PA. Purchased by Gov. Cox and moved to Dayton in 1935 because he wanted a radio station that played soothing music in the late evening (and it did until the late ‘60s).

WCVG
1320

ID: Covington, KY/Cincinnati
Current Format: Black Gospel
  • Around 1964: WCLU Signed on as country.
  • April 1, 1967: WCLU flips to Rock.
  • 1981: Format shifted to Top 40 "Clu 132".
  • April 7, 1987: WCLU Top 40 changed to WCVG.
  • August 1, 1988: Format becomes All-Elvis, website here.
  • August 16, 1989: WCVG All-Elvis format flips to Money Talk.
  • January 23, 1992: Format from Money Talk to Country.
  • July 27, 1993: Format becomes Black Gospel.

WIZE
1340

ID: Springfield
Current Format: Fox - Sports (simulcast of WONE 980)
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: For years was the leader in Springfield radio. Former employees included comedian Jonathan Winters and many of the big names in Dayton TV, including Jim Baldridge and Johnny Walker. In the 1960's and 1970's was a top-40 station and practically owned the Springfield market, except for AM drive, when WBLY had a slight edge. Under General Manager Steve Joos, WIZE was the highest profit station for Air Trails Broadcasting, later Great Trails Broadcasting. Joos departed about 1981 and Great Trails hired Joe Taylor as general manager. Taylor increased revenues dramatically but also made the station unlistenable by allowing as much as 40 minutes of commercial material in a broadcast hour. Taylor was terminated about 1986 and was replaced by George Wymer, son of long-time WING personality George Wymer. Wymer was unable to undo the damage caused by Taylor and was replaced by Jerry Staggs who eventually bought the station and ran a "standards" format. Staggs sold to Clear Channel, who recently adopted Fox Sports programming.
  • November 1940: Began operation.
  • Was once a Top 40 station.


  • 1990: Format changes from Adult Contemporary to Adult Standards simulcast of WONE 980.

  • December 8, 2003: Format changes from Adult Standards simulcast of WONE 980 to Fox-Sports simulcast of WONE 980.

WSAI
1360

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Fox - Sports
  • Visit Jim Hawkin's WSAI transmitter site here.
  • Another good WSAI history site.
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1923 as WSAI. Sold to Crosley in 1927. Sold by Crosley in 1944 to Marshall Field (the man who owned the Chicago department store). Went Top 40 in 1958-59. WLW’s Mason transmitting site was originally owned by WSAI.
  • 1923: Began operation at 1330.
  • August 16, 1978: Format changes from Top 40 to Country.
  • August 26, 1985: WSAI Country changes to WWNK Soft Rock simulcast of 94.1.
  • June 23, 1988: WWNK changed to Adult Standards WSAI.
  • May 25, 1992: Format changed from Adult Standards to Sports.
  • April 14, 1994: WSAI switched to Kids WAOZ.
  • August 30, 1996: WAOZ changes to News/Talk WAZU.
  • December 12, 1997: WAZU becomes Sports WCKY "1360 Homer".
  • January 17, 2005: Call sign changes from WCKY back to the traditional WSAI.

WING
1410

ID: Dayton
Current Format: ESPN - Sports
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Signed on in 1921 as WDBS (“Watch Dayton’s Broadcasting Station”). Supposedly the 13th oldest, still-operating station in the U.S. Sold to Stanley M. Krohn in about 1931; calls changed to WSMK. Sold to Charles Sawyer, a Cincinnati businessman and attorney in 1939, calls changed to WING.
  • Thanks to Brad: WING had gone more in a "hot A/C" direction by 1975, and added an evening oldies show by Gene "By Golly" Barry. In the early 80s, an evening talk show with Stacy Taylor was added.
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: In 1960's & 1970's was the top-40 leader in the Dayton area, owned by Air Trails Broadcasting, later Great Trails. Charles Sawyer was the President of the company. When FM started gaining popularity in the 1970's, WING began its decline and went through various format changes and is now ESPN radio.

  • 1961??: Format becomes Top 40, check out this site!
  • February 1, 1987: Format changes from Talk to Oldies.


  • July 28, 1991: Format changes from Oldies to News.
  • December 1, 1998: Format flips to Sports.

WMOH
1450

ID: Hamilton
Current Format: Sports
  • Thanks to Brian Kauffmann: It signed on Tuesday, August 15, 1944 by Fort Hamilton Broadcasting Company. It signed on as a 250 watt local station for Hamilton only. It went 1,000 watts days/250 watts nights in 1962. Started playing Pop records throughout some of its dayparts in the mid 1950's. Raymar Communications bought the station (and its then FM sister station WHOH-FM) on December 4, 1972, shortly thereafter instituting the "Mass Appeal" Top 40 format known as "Music Radio 1450 WMOH" on February 14, 1973. It remained Mass Appeal Top 40 until late 1979 when management took a more "Adult Contemporary" approach--axing Led Zeppelin records and such. On February 1, 1980, WMOH was sold to raKel Communications, and in 1981, went from local personalities to Satellite A/C programming. It went back live and local in August 1984, and on December 31, 1985, WMOH was sold to its current owners, Findlay Publishing Company in Findlay, Ohio. In 1988, WMOH started airing more ABC Network Talk programming, in addition to its A/C format. On May 1, 1990, it made the official switch to News/Talk/Sports. From that point on, not much has changed, other than Satellite shows coming and going on the WMOH daily line-up.
  • August 4, 2003: Format changes from Talk to Sports.

WCIN
1480

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: Adult Urban Contemporary, Gospel
  • October 31, 1953: Began operation with Urban programming.
  • September 1, 1988: Format changes from Urban Contemporary to Classical.
  • January 21, 1991: Format flips from Classical to Adult Urban Contemporary.

WKBV
1490

ID: Richmond, IN
Current Format: News/Talk
  • 1926: Began operation in Connersville, IN on 1500.

WBZI
1500

ID: Xenia
Current Format: Classic Country
  • November 8, 1963: Began operation as WGIC.
  • September 1, 1984: WGIC changes calls to WBZI.
  • September 16, 1985: Calls changed from WBZI to WLGY.
  • 1987: Calls changed from WLGY back to WBZI.
  • 1992: Format changes from Farm News/Top 40 simulcast of 95.3 FM to Country.

WCKY
1530

ID: Cincinnati
Current Format: 50's - 60's Oldies, Religion at night
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1929. Businessman L. B. Wilson couldn’t get a license for Cincinnati (Ohio’s allotment of stations in those pre-FCC days was taken up), but could get one for Covington, KY; thus, the original WCKY calls. Became the Mutual affiliate in Cincy after WLW, which was one of Mutual’s founding stations, dropped the network. Later, was the long-time Blue/ABC network affil. Shares in L. B. Wilson, Inc. were left by Wilson in his will to his employees. In 1969, sold, along with co-owned WLBW-TV 10 Miami, FL to the Washington Post for $19,600,000. The Post really wanted the TV station, renamed WPLG-TV (for ex-Post boss Phillip L. Graham), because Graham had been from Miami and his widow, Katharine Graham, wanted a station in his home town. Sold to the Elkhart Truth (Pathfinder Communications/John Dille) in 1975.
  • Thanks to John Perin: From the post war years into April, 1964, WCKY featured a late-night country music program called the "WCKY Jamboree" that featured country and bluegrass music. Hosted by an in-studio disc-jockey, the station aired the greats of country music over its 50,000 watt signal which reached fans throughout most of the eastern half of the U.S.A. and even farther southward as well as into parts of Canada. Two notable disc-jockeys during that time were Wayne Raney and Jimmie Logsdon who were country artists themselves. Sponsors were mail order products including Red Top Baby Chicks. Even today, those of the right age living hundreds of miles from Cincinnati recall the nightly broadcasts of their favorite country artists on the 1530 AM dial. It should be noted that through various format changes to the daytime programming, WCKY continued to carry the Jamboree at night. That finally changed in April, 1964, when the station acquired the rights to the Cincinnati Reds broadcasts. With a good percentage of the baseball games scheduled at night, the Jamboree was finally canceled as the Reds and announcer Waite Hoyt (in his final two seasons of 1964 & 1965) teaming with Claude Sullivan were beamed over the 50,000 watt signal. The Reds games lasted on WCKY through the 1968 season with other announcers Jim McIntire and recently-retired player Joe Nuxhall joining Sullivan after Hoyt's retirement. It might be noted in connection with the powerful signal of WCKY that upon beginning the carrying of the Reds games in 1964, the station held a contest for the farthest-away listener. The winner was a member of the U.S. military who was stationed in Japan. The runner-up was a listener in West Berlin.
  • Check out this artice from fybush.com: here
  • 1929: began operation at 1490 in Covington, KY.

  • 1941: WCKY moves from 1490 to 1530.


  • June 1, 1994: WCKY News/Talk becomes WSAI Adult Standards.


  • January 3, 2003: Format flips from Adult Standards to 50's - 60's Oldies as "Real Oldies 1530 WSAI".
  • January 17, 2005: WSAI 50's - 60's Oldies flips to WCKY Air America - Talk.

WCNW
1560

ID: Fairfield/Cincinnati
Current Format: Southern Gospel
  • Thanks to Thom Moon: Airdate 1964 as WFOL with 1 kw. Soon went up to 5 kw days, with 1 kw during critical hours because of the need to protect WTOD Toledo and WQXR (main station on 1560).
  • Thanks to John Perin: Signed on as WFOL on February 14, 1964. Call letters changed to WCNW approximately 1965/1966.
  • July 30, 1979: Format changed from Country to Southern Gospel.

WPTW
1570

ID: Piqua
Current Format: ABC - Adult Standards
  • 1947: Began operation.
  • October 31, 2003: Format changes from Adult Contemporary to Standards.

WSRW
1570

ID: Hillsboro
Current Format: Adult Standards
  • Thanks to John Perin: WSRW signed on July 15, 1956 with local programming for Hillsboro and vicinity. The station has featured country/western music, but most-recently has used the "Music of Your Life" format.

WULM
1600

ID: Springfield
Current Format: 50's - 60's Oldies
  • Thanks to Dale Grimm: Originally WJEL, a Dayton daytimer. Purchased by Robert Yontz and two local Springfield businessmen and moved to Springfield and call letters changed to WBLY, for the last names of the 3 partners. Format was Talk in morning drive ("Smilin' Bob" Yontz) and "MOR" for the rest of the day. WBLY also aired a big band program on Sunday mornings that was the top-rated program for that time slot in the Dayton market. In 1987, WBLY changed formats to Oldies. About 1988, the station was "sold" to Yontz's son, Ronald who operated as RAY Broadcasting. In 1990, WBLY made a gradual switch to news/talk/sports programming and steadily lost listeners. In 2002, station was sold to Urban Light Ministries to retain local ownership and to keep the station in Springfield. In August, 2003, format was changed to "Rock N' Soul Classics" - a unique "oldies" format - and the station is again becoming a contender in the marketplace. WULM remains the only commercial station licensed to Springfield that still serves the Springfield community.

  • 1998: Sports Talk added.


  • July 30, 2002: WBLY Sports changes to WULM News/Talk/Sports.
  • August 4, 2003: Format becomes 50's - 60's Oldies


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