|CPD - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A - Aircheck S - Scene
CP - Cleveland Press
P - Photo O - Other
CN - Cleveland News
1961 - Jim Runyon joins the KYW
6/65 - Jim Runyon leaves KYW for
a job at WCFL in Chicago.
4/14/79 - WMGC changes format and
call letters to become tak outlet WBBG. The original staff lineup
includes Bill Gordon (6-10 am), Ted Alexander (10-11), Bill Randle
(11-1 pm), Ed Fisher (1-3 pm), Bruce Drennan "Sportstalk",
(3-7 pm), Merle Pollis
(7-midnight), and Cynthia Smith (midnight-6 am). Chris Colombia and
Ceatta Mickey round out the weekend crew.
10/29/87 - WBBG-AM dumps its big
band format and simulcasts sister station WMJI-FM for a time. (CPD)
11/21/38 - The station owned by the
Cleveland Public Schools broadcasts its first programming from
Lafayette School on Abell Avenue.
1/ /39 - WBOE-AM moves to the sixth
floor of the Cleveland Board of Education building on East Sixth Street.
1941 - Station moves to the FM
band, the first educational outlet in the nation to convert its signal.
It broadcasts at 1000 watts on 42.5 megahertz.
1948 - WBOE-FM increases its power
to 10,000 watts, and moves to 90.3 mHz.
1978 - The financially ailing
Cleveland School system is forced to let WBOE-FM go dark, and halts
10/30/36 - The former WJAY begins
broadcasting with new call letters from studios adjoining WHK-AM in the
Terminal Tower. It's power is
listed at 500 watts.
WCLE begins broadcasting at
610 kilocycles and on 491.5 meters.
1945 - WCLE is moved to
Akron, where its call letters are changed to WHKK-AM.
4/7/61 - WDGO-FM goes on the air.
11/1/62 - Robert Conrad and C.K.
(Pat) Patrick convert WDGO-FM to a fine arts station. Conrad and
Patrick call their affiliation Radio Seaway, Incorporated.
11/5/62 - WDGO becomes WCLV-FM
1965 - The station begins
broadcasting Cleveland Orchestra concerts.
1968 - WCLV moves its studios from
the Eastgate Shopping Center to the Terminal Tower.
1970 - The first "Cleveland
Orchestra Fundraising Marathon.
3/17/81 - The station announces it
will air "Music Pavilion 2001" hosted by Wayne Mack. The Sunday night
show features music from an imaginary pavilion on the shores of Lake
Erie in the year 2001. Mack also takes over the 11:05 to 2 a.m. shift.
The 2001 show accurately predicts George Voinovich will be a Senator
that year. (CP)
1986 - WCLV moves to a new studio
and transmitter site in Warrensville Heights, with 37,000 watts of
1992 - Pat Patrick retires as
president to become chairman of the board. He is succeeded as president
by Bob Conrad.
9/23/94 - Tony Bianchi celebrates
30 years at WCLV with an anniversary party at the home of Pat and Nancy
6/95 - The station receives a Gold
Medal in the prestigious International Radio Festival of New York,
being honored by judges as the "Best Classical Station in the World".
3/30/96 - WCLV airs "Bach and
Baseball", which combines classic baseball highlights with the
compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach (CPD)
10/26/96 - The station airs a live
reenactment of Orson Welles Mercury Theater presentation of the "War of
the Worlds". It's performed live at the Cleveland Institute of Music's
Kulas Auditorium, with Tim Hagan, Leon Bibb, Jim Mehrling and Hugh
Danaceau all playing roles. (A)
5/12/79 - The Cleveland Public
Library bids $205,000 for WBOE-FM's license, beating out a $200,000 bid
by Northern Ohio Public Radio ten days before. An attempt by Cleveland
Public Radio to bid $234,360.87 is rejected because the group can't
make a minimum $200,000 cash payment. Plans call for the station to be
moved from 10600 Quincy Avenue to the main library downtown, with a
proposed change in call letters to WCPL (Cleveland Public Library.) The
effort eventually fails.
7/6/83 - Cleveland Public Radio
switches call letters from WBOE-FM license to WCPN
11/7/83 - Cleveland Public Radio
gets a $300,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation
7/25/84 - WGAR donates its entire
jazz record collection to WCPN, which is scheduled to take the air in
the coming weeks.
8/5/84 - 1200 people attend a kick
off party for WCPN
9/8/84 - WCPN assumes the frequency
left by WBOE / 90.3, and begins broadcasting with a live show from
vocalist Mel Torme.
1/1/85 - WCPN begins an all night
7/27/85 - Station faces possible
$250,000 deficit and makes an appeal for funds
8/13/85 - Fund raising efforts
bring in $127,000 in pledges
6/10/86 - Linda Carr is named
interim general manager
7/15/88 - WCPN cancels its ethnic
programming schedule. Senator Howard Metzenbaum later stalls a funding
bill to pressure the station to restore ethnic fare
9/20/88 - Ethnic broadcasters file
suit to restore their programs.
10/4/88 - National Public Radio
gives its support to WCPN in its fight against ethnic broadcasters
10/8/88 - The US Senate offers help
to Cleveland's ethnic programmers
9/16/94 - National Public Radio
hosts Sylvia Rimm, Linda Wertheimer, Bob Edwards and others join with
NPR president Delano Lewis for a "Face to Face" benefit at Bratenahl's
Shoreby Club to honor WCPN's tenth anniversary
1995 - Station relocates to the
Joseph Cole Building at 3100 Chester Avenue.
7/15/95 - Dee Perry appears at
"CultureFest 95" at the Randall Mall. (CPD)
3/18/96 - Dave Pignanelli takes
over as news and public affairs. (CPD)
4/2/96 - Annabelle Singh is named
director of broadcast systems. (CPD)
2/4/97 - WCPN's Board of Trustees
approves a new contract hoping it will break a deadlock with its ethnic
broadcasters over hours and conditions
11/1/96 - Lorna Jordan hosts the
Cleveland segment of "Morning Edition". (CPD)
3/19/97 - The Ohio House eliminates
funding for WCPN from its budget
5/28/97 - Ohio Senate Republicans
put aside $730,972 in state aid for WCPN, but only if the station
restores the full schedules of ethnic programming it carried prior to
7/20/97 - Ethnic broadcasters sign
a new contract with WCPN
11/15/87 - The station dumps the
heavy metal "Z-Rock" format for a new age jazz mix called "The Wave".
It also takes the call letters WNWV-FM. (CPD)
5/15/24 - WDBK signs on with 250
watts of power. The station is owned by the M.F. Broz Furniture,
Hardware and Radio Company, and is located at 13918 Union Avenue in
1925 - The station moves to the
Boltan Square Hotel on Carnegie Avenue, using the slogan, "Broadcasting
9/27 - WDBK is taken off the air
when Stanley Broz sells it to William F. Jones of Akron. The station
relocates to the Akron Beacon Journal building.
1961 - Station becomes first in
area to broadcast in stereo full time.
4/29/71 - WDBN president Robert M.
Miller announces the station will air an hour of "quadrocasting" every
Sunday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. The first regular broadcast of four
speaker, "quadrosonic" programming is set for May 9th, with recordings
by Enoch Light, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Tony Mottola, and
the Broadway cast of "Hair". The station uses the experimental Electro-
Voice Quadrosonic" system..."E-V Stereo-4" for short...with special
decoders available at Winteradio for $59.95.
1950 - Wayne Mack resigns his
position at WGAR to establish WDOK with chief engineer Morris Pierce,
who becomes station president. (CP)
7/23/53 - Wayne Mack's imaginary
"Hometown Band Concerts" are heard week nights at 9:30. (CP)
5/56 - Wayne Mack can be heard
doing a record show from 11 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with his "Candlelight
Concert" heard seven days a week at 8 p.m. (CP)
2/59 - Among the popular programs
offered at this time are Wayne Mack's "Home Town Band Concert" and
"Waltz Palace". (CPD)
2/29/80 - Veteran Cleveland
announcer Wayne Mack retires from his midnight to 5:30 show. (CP) (CPD)
11/30/87 - WDOK-FM and sister
station WWWE-AM transfer ownership at 4 p.m. from Lake Erie Radio
Company (owned by Art Modell and Al Lerner) to the Independent Group
Limited partnership (owned by Tom Embrescia, Larry Pollock, and Tom
12/1/87 - WDOK appoints two women
to top positions, with Sue Wilson as program director, and Marianne
Johnson as station manager. The format is aimed at women 25 to 54, with
adult contemporary programming. Afternoon host Mike Marlier and newsman
Bill Sheil are replaced by Ted Alexander in middays and Bobby Thomas in
afternoon drive. (CPD)
3/15/95 - Saturday morning host
Gabrielle Klein competes in the 1995 US Amateur Snowboard Association
National Championships in Minnesota. (CPD)
1/1/69 - Multicom, Inc., buys WELW,
at the time a daytime only station.
6/29/71 - Station announces it will
return Cleveland broadcast pioneer "Walkin' Talkin" Bill Hawkins to the
air with a Saturday night show from 5 to 7 p.m. called "Groovesville".
It features songs from the 10,000 records in his collection. (CP)
4/25/95 - "Heritage Radio", hosted
by Merle Pollis and Joel Rose, begins its second by moving its
broadcast studios to Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. It airs daily
from noon to 2 p.m. (CPD)
7/24/96 - Merle Pollis hosts "The
Weekly Examiner". (CPD)
4/8/00 - Chris Quinn returns to
WELW for a weekly show.
8/15/93 - The "Inner Sanctum", with
hosts Johan and Pat the Producer, debuts on "The End", featuring local
music, and news with the Cleveland Music Group's Jim Benson. (A)
8/4/94 - Material Issue, Candlebox
and the Violent Femmes entertain a huge crowd at the Geagua County
Fairgrounds to celebrate "Endfest IV". (CPD)
3/12/95 - The "Inner Sanctum" is
expanded to 90 minutes. Larry Collins indie release show "Prey to the
Underground" goes to midnight Sundays. (CPD)
3/6/96 - Clear Channel
Communications officially takes over WENZ from Ardman Communications.
5/10/96 - Afternoon host Rick O'
Banion leaves the station. (CPD)
6/10/96 - "Inner Sanctum's" Johan
and Jim Benson leave the station. (CPD)
9/9/96 - "Rocco, the Rock Dog" is
moved to afternoons, with Tobin Northrup named the sole morning drive
host. Maria Farina leaves the station. Sean "Bull" Robertson is in the
midday slot, with "Pat the Producer" Johnson from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.,
and Sue Csendes until 6 a.m. (CPD)
Bill Randle starts a long
run at WERE
1/51 - Carle Reese takes over the
all night shift.
10/20/55 - Elvis Presley performs
at Brooklyn High School, at a show hosted by Bill Randle. Pat Boone
headlines that bill, and a film about Randle, entitled "The Pied Piper
of Cleveland" has Presley singing five songs from that high school
appearance. The film remains lost for 37 years until it's found in a
warehouse at Universal Studios.
3/23/57 - Carl Reese does double
duty on Friday nights, hosting WERE's all night show on
Fridays, and WJW-TV's "Universal Theater" at the same time. He does both shows from the TV studio
until the movie ends, and then finishes up at WERE' s studios in the
Bulkley Building. (CP)
10/30/69 - The FCC approves the
station's sale to Atlantic States Industries of New York City. The new
owners downplay talk of a possible format change from
talk/news/inormation to country and western or rock music. The station
is sold to Atlantic by Cleveland Broadcasting, Inc.
12/1/69 - Richard P. McCauley
replaces Ed Paul as general manager. Paul Neuhoff becomes sales
1/30/72 - Long time voice Bill
Randle leaves the station. (CPD)
2/14/72 - WERE scraps starts the
controversial "People Power" shock talk format. At first, it draws a
huge negative response from the listening audience. (CPD)
11/6/86 - Three news
staffers...afternoon anchors Mike Olszewski and Cliff Baechle, and
reporter Vince Robinson, leave the station after the takeover by
7/20/92 - Talk Show hosts Merle
Pollis and Joel Rose leave the station to continue at WHK-FM
8/12/93 - Stations dumps its news
staff to air more syndicated talk shows. Jim McIntyre, Cindy Lin, Bob
Fuller and Tom Moore are all let go. (CPD)
6/3/95 - Bill Gordon returns to
host back-to-back shows on Saturday night..."Success over 50" from 7 to
8 p.m., and "Night Life" from 8 to 9 p.m. (CPD)
8/29/95 - Former Congresswoman Mary
Rose Oakar debuts an evening talk show which airs nightly from 7 to 9
11/27 - The former WDBK-AM resumes
broadcast operations at WFJC-AM, with studios in the Akron Beacon
Journal building. The call letters reflect the initials of owner
W.F.Jones. Sam Townshend is listed as co-owner, and the first two
announcers are Cyril Jones and Jerry McKiernam. 9/30 - W.F.Jones sells
the station to Detroit's George A. Richards, who moves the station back
to Cleveland, with new call letters, WGAR.
12/15/30 - WGAR goes on the air
with an hour of congratulatory messages, followed by "Amos n Andy" on
the NBC (Blue) Network. The station is founded by millionaire George A.
Richards, and broadcasts from the penthouse of the Statler Hotel.
Richards also owns Detroit's WJR-AM. The station was formerly known as
WFJC. (See WDBK-AM & WFJC-AM.) Power is increased from 250 to 500
watts. John F. Patt is vice-president and general manager, overseeing a
staff of 19 people.
1931 - The station is now owned and
operated by the WGAR Broadcasting Company, at 500 watts, and heard at
1450 kilocycles at 206.8 meters.
8/31 - WGAR moves to Harvard Avenue
in Cuyahoga Heights, and erects two new broadcast towers.
1932 - The station begins
transmitting at 1000 watts during the day, and 500 watts at night. A
new tower is built, new mobile units are equipped, and new offices are
staffed for the growing operation.
1934 - Wayne Mack joins WGAR as a
staff announcer. (CP)
1935 - WGAR joins the NBC Blue
Network. Shortly after that affiliation, the station builds a new 385
foot high transmitting tower.
1936 - WGAR drops NBC to affiliate
with Mutual Broadcasting.
1937 - WGAR becomes a CBS
affiliate, and adopts the slogan "Cleveland's Friendly Station".
1938 - The station increases its
power to 5000 watts during the day, and 1000 watts at night.
10/30/38 - Staff announcer Jack
Paar is at the controls when the Mercury Theater's "War of the Worlds"
panics Cleveland and the rest of the country.
1941 - The station applies for an
increase to 50,000 watts, but is denied due to the war time "freeze
6/4/44 - WGAR changes frequency
from 1480AM to 1220AM at 12:20 p.m.
8/24/45 - The station re-applies
for a power increase to 50,000 watts.
2/1/46 - The Federal Communications
Commission approves WGAR's request for a power increase
3/19/46 - Work begins on a new
transmitter building in Broadview Heights, Ohio.
7/4/47 - Station increases power
from 5000 to 50,000 watts. (A)
7/4/48 - Bob Hope stars in the 10th
annual Festival of Freedom at Cleveland Stadium. The show is authored
and narrated by announcer Wayne Mack. (CPD)
7/4/49 - Wayne Mack writes the
script for the 11th annual Festival of Freedom at Cleveland Municipal
Stadium. It features "pageantry, military units, music, entertainment,
and the most elaborate ground and air fireworks" to be seen in the city
that year. (CPD)
4/13/52 - WGAR broadcasts Easter
1953 - People's Broadcasting
assumes control of the station.
1954 - People's Broadcasting
becomes Nationwide Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Nationwide Insurance,
Co. Sale price to Nationwide is $1,700,000.
1962 - After 25 years with CBS,
WGAR signs on with NBC for the next three years.
10/6 - WGAR newsman Robert
Kozlowski is first to break the story that Nikita Kruschev has been
deposed. (This is verified as a world wide scoop for Kozlowski and the
WGAR news detment.) (A)
1965 - WGAR drops NBC as its
network affiliation to sign on with ABC
1970 - The station moves from the
Statler - Hilton Hotel to the transmitter site in Broadview Heights.
6/25/70 - Cuyahoga County Common
Pleas Judge Herbert R. Whiting issues a temporary restraining order
against overnight jock Bob Cory keeping him from working at WGAR. Cory
came from WSLR on June 15th, and the non-compete order states he cannot
broadcast from anywhere within 35 miles of the WSLR transmitter for the
remaining 18 months of his contract. (CPD)
6/27/75 - Music director and midday
jock Chuck Collier leaves the station's 1 to 4 p.m. shift for an
overnight gig at New York's WCBS-FM. (CP) (CPD)
7/1/78 - Newsman Eric Braun wins
the National Media Award for Radio from the American Psychological
Foundation for his documentary "The IQ Label".
1984 - WGAR switches its "adult
contemporary" format to "country".
7/15/84 - WKSW-FM becomes WGAR-FM;
AM station adopts country format.
7/24/84 - Station donates its
entire collection of jazz recordings to WCPN-FM, the public radio
outlet going on the air the following September.
1986 - WGAR's AM signal is
simulcast on WGAR-FM 99.5. The AM station is sold to Douglas
Broadcasting, and becomes sports/talk WKNR-AM.
4/1/70 - WGAR-FM begins
broadcasting in stereo. The station also applies to the FCC for a call
letter change to WNCR. (CPD)
4/16/70 - The station joins with
WCLV to broadcast a taped concert by the Cleveland Orchestra in four
track stereo. It's the first such broadcast in Cleveland. The program
is hosted from Boston's Symphony Hall by Robert Conrad. (CPD)
7/2/70 - The newly rechristened
WNCR begins a 24 hour progressive rock format. (CPD)
1965 - WJW begins programming on
its FM signal, which later becomes WGCL-FM.
8/15/72 - WGCL ends its fully
automated format with three live disc jockeys on Saturday, and two on
Sunday. The first live jock heard on the air is Cleveland radio veteran
Lee Andrews. Plans are announced for a full line-up of jocks by
WHK Photo gallery
7/26/21 - Warren R. Cox signs on
radio station 8ACS at 3138 Payne Avenue, the first radio station in
Ohio, and only the fifth in the US. About 1000 Greater Clevelanders
have the sets to hear the first broadcast, most of them members of the
Cleveland Radio Association. Station broadcasts at 50 watts. In the
early years, the station broadcasts on different frequencies on the AM
dial, including 830kc,1030kc,1100kc,1390kc, and 1420kc.
11/ /21 - The Plain Dealer sponsors
mayoral election returns on 8ACS. Most new model radio receivers
incorporate a loudspeaker. Cox increases the station power to 100
watts. 8ACS broadcasts a series of Friday night concerts, singers,
vaudeville performers and sports scores.
2/ /22 - The US Detment of Commerce
makes it unlawful for amateur radio stations to operate without a
3/5/22 - Warren Cox receives a
commercial license for his station, and soon after, broadcasts a live
concert by vaudeville star Ona Munson. Three months later, officially
changes the call letters to WHK. At this point, the station is located
at the rear of the Radiovox store at 5005 Euclid Avenue.
1925 - Cox sells the station to the
Radio Air Service Corporation.
1926 - WHK receives the first radio
license from the federal government, signed by Secretary of Commerce
Herbert Hoover. The station broadcasts at 1100kc. The station goes
through a series of location moves, including 5105 Euclid Avenue, the
Hotel Winton at 1025 Bolivar Road (later the Hotel Carter), the
Standard Building at St. Clair and Ontario, the top floor of the Higbee
Company on Public Square, and Carnegie Hall at 1220 Huron Road.
1928 - WHK moves to the Engineer's
Bank Building at 1370 Ontario Avenue.
1929 - WHK produces a daily program
providing instruction in arithmetic, one of the first forays into
1930 - Station becomes a CBS
affiliate. WHK's power is increased to 5000 watts for both day and
night transmission. It can now be found at 1390kc AM, 215.7 meters.
9/8/31 - WHK moves next to the
Terminal Tower. The grand opening celebration includes a live opera
"Faust" from the auditorium, and Colonel Robert McCormick of the Chicago Tribune speaking about "The Founding of Our Country. The station also
adopts the slogan, "Cleveland - The Convention City".
1934 - Station is purchased by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and
becomes part of Forest City Publishing. The station develops local
talent, including studio orchestra leader Louis Rich. The station
carries live band concerts from the Crystal Ballroom on Euclid Avenue.
1936 - WHK broadcasts a full season
of Cleveland Indians baseball games, featuring announcers Jack Graney
and Pinky Hunter. The station also sends a newsman to cover a flood
disaster on the Ohio River. The station is now located at 1311 Terminal
Tower, broadcasting at 1000 watts and 1390 kilocycles.
1937 - The station switches network
affiliation to the NBC Blue Network and the new Mutual Broadcasting
System. Network fare includes "Jack Armstrong, the All American Boy",
"Superman", "The Lone Ranger", "The Green Hornet", "Burns and Allen",
and "The Jack Benny Program".
1943 - The NBC Blue Network is sold
and becomes ABC, which affiliates with WJW.
1946 - Among the public service
shows aired by WHK are: "Fire Safety", a 15 minute weekly show from the
Cleveland Fire Detment; "Cleveland at Work", another 15 minute show
from the Ohio State Employment Service; "Book Caravan", which ran for
15 minutes weekly and was sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Public
Library; "Strory Teller", the 15 minute weekly show from the Associated
Church Federation; an hour long program from the Cleveland Orchestra; a
half hour show called "Memo for You", which was open to any number of
drives and organizations; the US Army's 15 minute show "Proudly We
Hail"; the Cleveland Police Detment's 10 minute show "Police Safety; a
15 minute weekly program titled "US Treasury"; and a 15 minute program
titled "The Mayor Reports" with Cleveland's top elected official
discussing issues and concerns of the day.
4/5/46 - The Mutual Broadcasting
Company brings its popular "Queen for a Day" show to Cleveland Music
Hall for a two day run. It airs nationally, with local contestants
chosen by affiliate WHK. Promotions director Saul Gantz tells those
applying to be contestants should mail in their preferred restaurant
and night club, in the event they should win the grand prize. (CN)
1951 - WHK moves to 5000 Euclid
6/54 - The WHK lineup includes Bill
Gordon from 7:15 to 9:55 a.m., Dick O'Heren from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m.,
Bill Gordon again from 3:05 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tom Brown from 10:15
p.m., to 1:00 a.m., and Eleanor Hanson from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. The
general manager is K.K. Hackathorn, and the program director is C.M.
Hunter. Mid-50's - With the arrival
of rock & roll and Top 40, DJs such as Pete "Mad Daddy" Meyers,
Bill Gordon, and Ernie (Ghoulardi) Anderson make WHK a hot spot for
1958 - Forest City Publishing sells
WHK to Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation, soon to be known as
Metromedia, for $750,000.
Early-60's - WHK becomes a Top 40
powerhouse as "Color Radio", with DJs Johnny Holliday, Johnny Walters,
Allan Michaels, Scott Burton, Carl Reese, Pat Fitzgerald, Keith Morris
and Ron Riley. (T)
WHK Day at Geagua Lake attracts a
crowd of 100,000. Singing sensation Fabian has to sneak onto the
grounds disguised as an ice cream vendor.
1964 - WHK outmaneuvers rival KYW
AM1100 and sponsors the Beatles appearance at Cleveland Public
1964 - WHK airs a live student
press conference with Louise Harrison Caldwell, the sister of Beatle
Mid-60's - The next generation of
WHK "Good Guys" includes Joe Mayer, Al JamesKen Scott and Bob Friend.
6/ /67 - The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper"
album cover features a tribute to the WHK "GoodGuys". WHK switches to
"beautiful music" with announcers "Tall Ted" Hallaman, Bill Collins,
and Ronnie Barrett.
1968 - WHK airs Action Central News
1972 - Metromedia sells WHK, and
sister station WMMS, to Malrite Broadcasting of Ohio. Malrite moves its
headquarters to Cleveland.
1973 - WHK briefly returns to Top
1974 - Station adopts a country
music format featuring controversial morning show talk host Gary Dee.
2/14/77 - WHK and WMMS move from
5000 Euclid Avenue to the Statler Office Tower.
2/10/84 - Station wins rights to
broadcast 1984 Cleveland Browns games
4/24/84 - The station returns to
the sounds of 60's Top 40 music as "14K" WHK
7/25/86 - WHK celebrates its 65th
birthday with a huge party in downtown Cleveland
11/15/88 - Final day of the "14K
Solid Gold" format. (T)
11/ 14 /88 - WHK becomes
"AllNewsPlus" talk radio. (T)
1992 - WHK and WMMS move to the
Skylight Office Tower. 8/10/92 - Talk show hosts Merle Pollis and Joel
Rose jump ship from WERE to WHK. The daily line-up includes Cliff
Baechle and Betsie Saltzberg's "Morning Report" from 6-9 a.m.,
Bob Lewis and Wanda Harris with the "Mid-day Report"
at noon, "Smart Money with the Dolans" from 1-3 p.m. Pollis' show airs
from 9.am. to noon, with Rose airing from 3 to 6 p.m. (A) (CPD)
1993 - Malrite sells WHK and WMMS
to Shamrock Broadcasting.
3/26/93 - Buck Harris launches the
city's first Gay/Lesbian talk and call-in show. The "Gay Nineties" airs
from 9 to 11 p.m. Fridays.
2/ /94 - Shamrock Broadcasting
sells WHK and WMMS to OmniAmerica. The transition occurs on April 15th.
2/5/96 - OmniAmerica decides to
simulcast WMJI's "Lanigan, Webster & Malone" on WHK. The station
also changes the show times for program director Pat McCabe, Les
Levine, and the team of Tony Rizzo and Ron Brienes. (CPD)
1996 - OmniAmerica sells WHK and
WMMS to Nationwide Broadcasting.
4/26/96 - Nationwide Broadcasting
sells WHK to Salem Broadcasting, and switches format to religious
programming. Soon, the station relocates to Independence. (CPD)
WHK Photo gallery
7/3/01 - Dan Deely and Daune
Robinson debut as the morning show on 95.5, the "Fish". The rest of the
line-up includes Rob Schuller, Len Houser, Mark Rein, Steve Brown and
Mike Olszewski doing morning news.
2/19/02 - Daune Robinson leaves the
"Fish" morning show
3/4/02 - Former TV anchor Robin
Swoboda joins Dan Deely as co-host of the "Fish" morning show.
WIXY-AM / WMGC-AM
11/ /65 - After quitting their jobs
as account executives at WHK-AM in July 1964, Bob Weiss, Norman Wain and Joe
Zingale form the Westchester Corporation and purchase WFAS radio in
White Plains (Westchester County), New York. They take control in
December 1964, and in November the following year, they assume control
of WDOK-AM & FM.
12/12/65 - WDOK-AM becomes "WIXY
1260". The call letters are
inspired by Detroit's WXYZ, and the similarity in sound between the
call letters and the frequency. The original lineup includes Al Gates
(6-10 am), Howie Lund (10-1 pm), Johnny Michaels (1-4 pm), Johnny
Canton (4-8 pm), Mark Allen (8-midnight) and Bobby Magic (midnight-6
am). Allen later takes the name Bob Dearborn when he moves on to WCFL /
Chicago, and Bobby Magic programs WDMT-FM for a time in the 1980's.
WIXY's original pop music format is called "chicken rock", but that
label is quickly dropped. Among the news staff are Bob Engel, Fred
Griffith and Gary Ritchie.
8/14/66 - The station sponsors the
Beatles at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, though John Lennon's remark
suggesting the group is "bigger than Jesus Christ" keeps attendance at
just 20,000. Fans tear down a snow fence and storm the stage, halting
the show until order is restored. (P)
8/22/66 - The staff lineup includes
Jerry Brooke (6-10 am), Johnny Canton (10-1 pm), Johnny Walters (1-4
pm), Al Gates and "Feathers" (4-7 pm), Jack Armstrong (7-midnight), and
Bobby Magic (midnight to 6 am).
9/1/67 - The staff lineup includes
Mike Reineri (5:30 - 10 am), Larry "the Duker" Morrow (10-1 pm), Jerry
Brooke (1-4 pm), Lou "King" Kirby (4-8 pm), Dick "Wilde Childe" Kemp
(8-midnight), and Bobby Magic (midnight-5:30 am).
9/13/71 - The staff lineup includes
Mike Reineri (5:30-10 am), Larry Morrow (10-2 pm), Chuck Dunaway (2-4
pm), Steve Hunter (4-8 pm), Chip Hobart (4-midnight) and Bobby Knight
12/71 - Wain, Weiss and Zingale
merge Westchester Corporation with Globetrotter Communications for
$14.3 million dollars. Jeff McKee has since taken over the (8-midnight)
slot, and Mike Kelly has replaced Bobby Knight on the overnight shift.
5/75 - Combined Communications
(later Gannett) purchases all the Globetrotter properties. The staff
lineup includes Mike Reineri (6-10 am), Mike Collins (10-2 pm), Paxton
Mills (2-6 pm), Randy Robbins (6-10 pm), Greg "Groover" Cleveland (10-2
am) and Mark Allen (2-6 am).
7/18/76 - WIXY's final air staff
includes Tom Murphy (5-10 am), Bill Bailey (10-2 pm), Paxton Mills (2-6
pm), Randy Robbins (6-10 pm), Brother John (10-2 am), and Tom Smith
7/19/76 - WIXY changes call letters
and format to "adult rock" WMGC-AM, or "Magic". It's slogan, "Get Your
Rock Soft", raises eyebrows as it appears in ads and billboards around
town. The original WMGC lineup includes Ed Brady (6-noon), Wayne Shane
(noon-6), Kris Phillips (6-midnight) and Dan Bradford (midnight-6am).
The format lasts less than three years..
1922 - WJAX signs on in Cleveland
at 390 meters
1924 - Station adopts the slogan
"Wave from Lake Erie
1925 - WJAX is sold to the Goodyear
Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, and the call letters are changed to
1/1/27 - WJAY signs on for the
first time. The station is owned by Monroe F. Rubin, and the general
manager is Grant C. Melrose.
1931 - The station is owned by the
Cleveland Radio Broadcasting Corporation, with 500 watts, on 610
kilocycles and 491.5 meters. Studios are located at 1224 Huron Road.
Wayne Mack joins as staff announcer.
1932 - Wayne Mack works the noon
show with Chuck Seaman. (CPD)
10/30/36 - WJAY is purchased by
United Broadcasting Company, and studios are relocated to the Terminal
Tower to join sister station WHK-AM. WJAY's call letters are changed to
6/1/47 - WJMO goes on the air with
a power of 1000 watts. The call letters reflect the the initials of
Wentworth J. Marshall, formerly head of the Marshall Drug Co. chain.
The station is located at 2157 Euclid Avenue, and in its first days on
the air, engineer Larry Shipley is swamped with calls about the signal
interfering with reception of WHK and WGAR within a mile radius of
WJMO's transmitter. At first, WJMO operates from sunrise to sunset,
with a staff that includes Gene Carroll (mornings), Howie Lund
(afternoons) , and Billy Evans on sports. At that time, it is the only
station not affiliated with a network. It's first broadcast from the
Perry - Payne Building starts at 4 p.m., and lasts 45 minutes, as the
station's personnel are introduced. Mayor Tom Burke's secretary, Emil
A. Bartunek, brought the station the city's official greeting, and GM
David Baylor hoped WJMO would earn the title of "good citizen". The
station is located at 1540 frequency.
4/5/48 - 300 people brave foot high
snow and bitter north winds at Cleveland Municipal Stadium to search
for a key that would open a treasure chest of prizes offered in a WJMO
promotion. Among the prizes are a ham radio, laundry service, a wrist
watch, dinner for two and a plane ride over Cleveland. Treasure hunters
break into the umpire's room, lockers rooms and even some offices, but
come away empty handed.
9/3/48 - WJMO announces plans to
broadcast Western Reserve College Red Cat football games from League k,
and on the road. Gil Gibbons calls the action, and the broadcasts are
sponsored by McDonohugh Motors. The first broadcast is on September
25th, as Western Reserve battles Western Michigan at Kalamazoo.
6/5/52 - GM Dave Baylor issues
orders to play four songs every 15 minutes, in a move to emphasize
music rather than disc jockeys. A number of DJs, including George
Gothenberg and Moon Mullins, decide to leave the station, while Paul
Nagel, Harley Lucas, and Teddy Blackmon stay on. Bud Wendell leaves
radio entirely to work in the food business, and Joe Berg switches to
the sales staff.
8/20/52 - United Broadcasting of
Ohio sells station to Richard Eaton of Baltimore for $100,000. GM David
Baylor submits his resignation, to be replaced by sales manager Robert
6/54 - Among the shows and talent
featured at the time are "Rhythm Club" with John Slade from 2:30 to
3:00 p.m., "Polka ade" with Paul Nakel from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., "Mary's
Spirituals" with Mary Holt from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m., and 11:30 to 12:30
p.m. Richard Eaton is president of the company, and Paul Nakel is
1958 - WJMO buys WSRS-AM 1490, and
switches call letters.
7/1/58 - WJMO is notified it must
vacate its studios at 2157 Euclid so the building can be demolished,
but the 90 day limit cannot be honored because moving the tower at that
location needs FCC approval.
6/17/59 - Friendly Broadcasting of
Columbus is sued by the Cleveland chapter of the American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists for failing to recognize the union as the
bargaining agent for WJMO and sister station WSRS.
10/29/64 - WJMO teams up with Leo's
Casino in a drive to raise $5000 for Mrs. Ernest Williams of East 126th
Street, a mother of five, whose cab driver husband was slain in a
robbery attempt. Leo's donates the entrance fee to a station sponsored
party to Mrs. Williams, with local merchants also donating goods to be
auctioned off for additional funding. Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim
"Mudcat" Grant, the Browns Jim Browns, local politicians and
celebrities out for the event, with local supper clubs providing
entertainment at no charge. WEWS-TV's "Big Five" show also makes an
appearance at the event.
2/25/68 - WJMO supplies the Red
Cross with tapes to be played for patients at the Third Field Hospital
in Tan Son Nhut, Viet Nam. Announcer Bill Blackburn hands over the
tapes as part of the agency's "Operation Helpmate".
1/12/70 - The Cleveland branch of
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference asks sponsors to withhold
advertising from WJMO, or face a boycott by black community groups. It
stems from a "sick out" that day by key station personnel, which takes
the station off the air. The employees calling in sick include
announcer Flip Forrest, news director Dave Burgess, and PD Rudy Green.
They give station owner Pierre Eaton of United Broadcasting, and GM
Donald Bruck, 24 hours to implement a list of 21 demands on behalf of
black employees and the black community. Green, Forrest, Ken Hawkins,
J.L. Wright, and John Lenear are dismissed by telegram. Picket lines go
up outside the studios at 11821 Euclid Avenue, as the employees protest
poor working conditions and absentee management. AFTRA makes an appeal
on the fired employees behalf.
1/13/70 - A truce is called between
striking employees and United Broadcasting after dismissal orders
against five employees are rescinded.
1/15/70 - Friendly Broadcasting
sues AFTRA for $350,000 saying the "sick out" by station employees is a
violation of its contract with the union. GM Donald Bruck submits his
resignation after ten years at the station.
2/5/70 - Kennard "Ken" Hawkins is
appointed general manager, making him the first black GM in Cleveland
radio history. It's part of an agreement between United Broadcasting
and local groups threatening to boycott the station. The company also
agrees to rehabilitate its studios by renovating reception rooms and
12/4/70 - WJMO conducts a 30 hour
marathon broadcast to benefit the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People. The broadcast originates from the
Freedom House at East 84th and Cedar, and all the station
personalities, including GM Ken Hawkins, are on hand to introduce
various entertainers and ask for donations to the NAACP.
12/11/73 - Station vice president
Van Lane, (real name Morris Schecter), and engineer John Rees of
WRC/Washington, plead guilty in federal court to charges of bugging GM
Kennard Hawkins office. It is later revealed that the lines were linked
between Hawkins office at the station and Lane's home in Shaker
Heights. They are fined $500 each. Former United Broadcasting
controller and VP Morton Silverman of Columbia, Maryland, is also
charged with three felony counts of illegal wiretapping, but the
Justice Detment agrees to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor.
4/25/74 - General Manager Ken
Hawkins announces plans to air radio's first black soap opera on
WJMO-AM (1490). The daily drama deals with contemporary black life in
the big city, and is produced in New York City. It runs daily from 10 -
12/2/74 - Washington based attorney
Roy F. Perkins, Jr., pleads guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor
charge of bugging the office of GM Ken Hawkins. He's fined $2000.
Perkins is the former attorney for United Broadcasting. Perkins
testifies that he authorized the bugging because of rumors of payola at
1/ /90 - United Broadcasting buys
WRQC-FM 92.3, and rechristens it WJMO-FM.
1994 - WJMO-FM is renamed WZJM-FM.
11/13/26 - Station begins
transmitting in Mansfield under the ownership of John F. Winer.
1928 - WLBV's call letters are
changed to WJW to reflect the initials of owner John Winer.
1931 - WJW is now owned by the
Mansfield Broadcasting Association, and broadcasts at 100 watts on
247.8 meters over 1210 kilocycles.
1932 - WJW moves from Mansfield to
1936 - The station is now owned by
WJW, Inc., and is located at 41 South High Street
1942 - WJW changes its frequency to
1210 kilocycles at 241.8 meters, and increases to 250 watts.
11/13/43 - WJW is bought by William
M. O' Neil, who moves it to the Guardian Building in Cleveland. The
city's fifth radio station operates at 850 kilocylces, and 5000 watts
of power. It also becomes affiliated with the ABC Radio Network, and
offshoot of the old NBC (Blue) Network.
1951 - Alan Freed joins WJW. (A)
3/22/52 - Disc Jockey Alan Freed
apologizes for the preceding night's riot at the Moondog Coronation
Ball at the Cleveland Arena. (A)
7/53 - Disc jockey Burt Dilson
leaves the station after six years for a position at KMBC-TV in Kansas
6/54 - The station is located in
the WJW Building on Playhouse Square. Bill O' Neill is president, and
Bill Lemmon is vice president.
11/17/54 - O' Neil sells WJW to
Storer Broadcasting, which links it to its TV station, WXEL. Within two
years, both the radio and TV stations are broadcasting from 1630 Euclid
1957 - WJW drops its ABC
affiliation to be run as an independent station.
1/58 - Pete (Mad Daddy) Myers joins
WJW from WHKK/Akron. His "Mad Daddy" persona later is adapted by Ernie
Anderson for his "Ghoulardi" character. Myers show is heard from 8 to
12:30 a.m. (CP)
5/13/58 - Station enforces a 90 day
non-compete clause against Pete (Mad Daddy) Myers, who resigns for a
job at WHK. He stays on the payroll, but will not be allowed to
broadcast until August 10th, his first day the new station. His
replacement is Dick Drury. (CP)
6/14/58 - Pete Myers hopes to keep
his name in front of the public while still off the air, and achutes
from a Piper Cub 2200 feet over Lake Erie. He composes a poem on the
way down, and is fished out of the waters shortly after. Myers also
hands out copies of the 45 record "Zorro" when he gets to shore,
greeted by hundreds of fans. Some initial reports incorrectly state
Myers did not survive the jump, but are quickly revised. (CP) (CPD) (O)
1965 - WJW begins separate
programming on the FM band at 98.5, later spinning off to become
10/4/68 - Former WJW personality
Pete (Mad Daddy) Myers takes his own life in New City. At the time, he
had just been let go at WNEW. (CP) (CPD) (O)
1976 - Storer sells WJW to Erie
8/24/00 - Salem Communications
officially acquires the station from AMFM, Inc.
1/3/64 - Jim Runyon donates blood
live on the air to publicize the Red Cross blood drive. (CP)
6/18/65 - Jim Runyon resigns as
KYW becomes NBC WKYC-AM. (CP /CPD)
8/26/69 - Specs Howard resigns for
"personal and family reasons".
10/27/69 - Jim Runyon returns to
1100, replacing Specs Howard on the morning shift. (CPD)
2/11/71 - The Variety Club of
Northern Ohio, Tent No. 6, announces Jim Runyon will be honored as
"King for a Day" for his tireless community involvement in charitable
4/1/72 - Bill Wilkins, formerly of
WNIO/Niles and WLRO/Lorain, takes over the Saturday (10-4 am) night
8/4/95 - The new morning team of
Corey Deitz and Jay Hamilton make their debut. They're re soon joined
by Desiray Fenos. (CPD)
6/3/96 - Maria Desiray Fenos signs
a three year contract with the station. (CPD)
2/22/95 - The only commercially
owned Catholic station in the country goes on the air at noon with the
live broadcast of a mass from St. John's Cathedral celebrated by Bishop
Anthony Pilla. The station takes over from the previous owners, a
Christian group that called the station WRDZ. New station personnel
include owner Steven Kurdzel, manager Tom Bush (who co-hosts a two hour
weekday show with Celine Dudley called "Ave Maria"), and Steve
Fullerton on the morning show. It also broadcasts tapes of Bishop
Fulton Sheen's radio and TV shows from the Fifties, and English
versions of Vatican broadcasts. (CPD)
6/30/95 - Catholic Diocese Bishop
Anthony Pilla delivers the first of a weekly five minute commentary at
5:20 p.m. every Thursday. His talks center on words to live by in the
Catholic faith. (CPD)
8/21/95 - Sister Juanita Shealey
hosts "The Living Word", a daily call in show airing at 9 a.m. (CPD)
1982 - DJ Mike Ivers joins the
station after it switches format from WWWM-FM.(T)
1/2/83 - Shannon Lange is named
general manager of WMJI & WBBG, with Tom Embrescia vice chairman
9/19/84 - Jacor Communications of
Cincinnati buys WMJI/WBBG from Cleveland businessman Larry Robinson
2/10/85 - Husband - wife team Dean
Deely and Kim Scott resign, citing the strain the job puts on their
9/17/85 - John Lanigan's first show
at WMJI; with John Webster
- WMJI-FM is simulcast on
sister station WBBG-AM when it dumps the big band format. (CPD)
5/5/89 - WCLQ-TV simulcasts Lanigan
and Webster on WMJI's morning show
2/16/90 - WMJI is forced to
retract a report about Mayor Mike White's marital status
Fifth annual WIXY disc jockey reunion
11/13/90 - Carl Hirsch's Legacy
Broadcasting buys WMJI from Jacor Communications
7/18/97 - WMJI is number one ranked
station for second consecutive ratings period
9/2/97 - Billy Bass first show at
10/27/97 - Jacor Communications
agrees to buy Nationwide Broadcasting's Cleveland stations, including
WMJI, as part of a 17 - station purchase worth $620 million dollars.
11/10/97 - Daune Robinson takes
over midday shift
11/24/97 - John Webster leaves
WMJI's morning team
2/1/99 - WMJI is named flagship
station for new Cleveland Browns
6/2/99 - Billy Bass leaves WMJI
8/46 - WHK receives one of the
first experimental FM licenses. The station is listed in the Plain
Dealer's radio section as "WHK's FM
Station, W8XUB", and features "Great Classics" at 4p.m., includes
"Opera" at 7:30 p.m., with sign-off at 10 p.m. The station broadcasts
at 107.1 FM.
Early 50s - The station is now
known as WHK-FM, and broadcasting at 100.7 FM with adult oriented music.
1958 - Forest City Publishing Co.
sells WHK AM/FM to Metropolitan Broadcasting Corp. (Metromedia) for
1968 - The FCC mandates that FM
"sister" stations may no longer duplicate their AM sister's programming.
8/15 /68 - WHK-FM changes formats
to a new progressive rock sound, one of a handful of commercial
stations in the country to try that format. The air staff includes
Victor Boc (WRUW), Doc Nemo (WIXY & WXEN), Billy Bass, and Rick Dr
9/28/68 - The FCC grants a call
letter change and WHK-FM becomes WMMS.
1969 - Metromedia switches to the
Drake-Chenault automated "Hit ade 70" format. Billy Bass moves to WIXY
1260 AM to do a Sunday night underground show.
9/11/70 - At 6 a.m., WMMS dumps the
syndicated "Hit ade 70" and resumes a contemporary hit format with an
air staff including Lou "King" Kirby (WIXY), Dick (Wilde Childe) Kemp
(WIXY), Ted Ferguson (WKGN/ Knoxville), and PD Mike Griffin
10/1/71 - Billy Bass rejoins WMMS
as Metromedia switches the station back to progressive rock. Other
staff members include David Spero, Martin Perlich, Shauna Zurbrugg and
returning account executive Walt Tiburski.
Fall, 1971 - Boston disc jockey
Denny Sanders joins the staff. He is soon named music director.
3/ /72 - WMMS broadcasts the first
"Coffee Break Concert" with performer Carol Hall, live from its studios
at 5000 Euclid Avenue.
4/ /72 - Billy Bass is named
general manager of WMMS, with Denny Sanders as program director. Former
general manager L. David Moorehead is transferred to KMET -FM in Los
9/ /72 - With heavy support from
WMMS, Davd Bowie sells out his American debut at Cleveland Music Hall.
9/13/72 - Malrite Broadcasting of
Ohio tells the Federal Communications Commission it will keep the
present format and staff when it takes over WMMS and sister station,
10/31/72 - The Federal
Communications Communications approves the sale of WMMS WHK-AM to
Malrite Broadcasting of Ohio.
12/4/72 - Malrite Broadcasting of
Ohio takes over as the new owners of WMMS and WHK-AM, buying the
stations from MetroMedia, Inc, of New York, for $3.5 million.
12/28/72 - Billy Bass leaves the
station, saying "the new owners (Malrite Broadcasting of Ohio) took
away my power to make decisions". Jeff Gelb returns to WNCR, and
Operations Manager Patricia Nealis gives her two week notice. Sales
Manager Richard Korn also resigns.
Early 1973 - Denny Sanders
convinces owner Milton Maltz not to switch the format to "beautiful
music", with an agreement to continue rock music for at least one year.
Among the new staff members hired are Steve Lushbaugh, Jeff Kinzbach,
Kid Leo, Matt the Cat, and Betty Korvan, who join holdovers David
Spero, Len "The Boom" Goldberg, Mark Belltaire and John Durham.
1973 - Bruce Springsteen's first
two albums are promoted on-air by David Spero. Kid Leo champions Roxy
Music and the New York Dolls. Mark Belltaire and John Durham leave the
Mid 1973 - Sanders hires Boston
radio pal John Gorman as music director. Soon, Gorman is promoted by
Sanders to music director.
1974 - Debbie Ullman is morning
show host, Donna Halper is music director, and she promotes the first
album by the Canadian band Rush. David Helton joins as staff artist,
and the Buzzard logo has its debut in the fall. (Buzzard in Zeppelin -
1974 - David Spero leaves the
station, and Len Goldberg takes a temporary leave as well. Matt the Cat
becomes midday host.
Early 1975 - Kid Leo heavily
promotes an advance copy of the single "Born to Run" by Bruce
Springsteen. He sells out two concert at Cleveland Music Hall.
1975 - Debbie Ullman and Donna
Halper leave the station. Overnight DJ Bill "BLF Bash" Freeman arrives
from Boston. Charlie Kendall becomes music director and morning host
with sidekick Ed "Flash" Ferenc. Kendall discovers an Francisco
sensation "The Tubes".
12/24/75 - The "Buzzard Theater of
the Air" does its own take on Dicken's "A Christmas Carol", featuring
Murray Sal as "Iggy Scrooge", Kid Leo as "Little Leo", Matt the Cat as
"Matt the Cratchit", Larry ole as "Nephew Fred", Shelly Stile as "Mrs.
Cratchit", Betty Korvan as "Martha Cratchit", Verdell Warren as
"Scrooge's fiance", and Ed "Flash" Ferenc as a "gentleman". In
addition, Len "The Boom" Goldberg plays the "Spirit of Christmas Past",
Charlie Kendall is the "Spirit of Christmas Present", Steve Lushbaugh
is the "Spirit of Christmas to Come", David Spero as "David Marley",
and Michael Stanley as "the little boy". The play is adapted for WMMS
by Denny Sanders and Dan Garfinkel, who along with Jeff Kinzbach, plays
one of two "men about town on the street". The production is followed
by Murray Saul leading the ensemble in a special "Get Down" salute to
1976 - Charlie Kendall leaves the
station and Shelly Stile becomes music director. Dan Garfinkel joins as
promotions director. Jeff Kinzbach teams with Ferenc on the morning
2/1477 - WMMS moves from 5000
Euclid Avenue to the Statler Office Tower at East 12th and Euclid.
3/ /77 - An unprecedented (and
unexpected) crowd of 30,000 show up to hear Alex Bevan perform at the
Annual Buzzard Day in Hinckley, Ohio, which had been promoted by WMMS.
1977 - Shelly Stile leaves, and Kid
Leo becomes music director.
1/78 - WMMS airs the marathon
"Buzzard Beatles Blitz"
8/9/78 - Bruce Springsteen plays
the Cleveland Agora to celebrate WMMS Tenth Anniversary
1979 - The Coffeebreak Concert
moves to the Cleveland Agora
1981 - Promotion director Dan
Garfinkel leaves the station.
1/22/81 - WMMS releases the first
volume of "The Pride of Cleveland", an LP of unreleased music by
Northeast Ohio musicians, to benefit the Music Scholarship Program at
Cleveland State University. Among the artists are Alex Bevan, American
Noise, the Jerry Busch Group, I-Tal, Don Kriss, Wild Horses, the
Generators, Rapscallion, Love Affair, and Flatbush.
2/18/81 - Mayor George Voinovich
declares "Buzzard Day in Cleveland" to celebrate the station being
named "Radio Station of the Year" for the second time the annual Rolling
Stone Reader's Survey.
3/11/81 - The station receives the
latest in a series of cease-and-desist orders, this time to halt
airplay of the yet to be released "Face Dances" by the Who.
3/83 - John Gorman and Kid Leo
decide to add Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" to the station playlist.
4/24/84 - WMMS and sister station
WHK-AM combine operations under one management
3/16/86 - Betty Korvan leaves WMMS
for a job at KSQI-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota.
8/17/86 - Gorman and Sanders quit
to form WNCX. They are soon joined by other invited staff members.
1986 - Brian Phillips joins the
staff as program director.
8/29/87 - WMMS continues to shock
long time fans by playing Michael Jackson's "Bad" LP
10/87 - Robert Gale joins the
Buzzard Morning Zoo. (CPD)
10/2/87 - David Helton returns from
New York to oversee creative projects for the Malrite stations from the
corporate headquarters at the Statler.
10/5/87 - Ruby Cheeks takes over
the 6 to 10 p.m. slot from Dia. (S)
11/12/87 - Buzzard Morning Zoo
hosts Jeff Kinzbach and Flash Ferenc open the "Cadillac Beach" club
(formerly Spanky's) in North Ridgeville.
12/12/87 - Joe Walsh celebrates his
40th birthday with an appearance on "Classic Rock Saturday Night" (P)
2/25/88 - A front page story in the
Plain Dealer reports WMMS rigged the Rolling
Stone Reader's Poll to win "Station of the Year" nine times in a
12/16/88 - Kid Leo leaves WMMS for
a position with Columbia Records. Rich arrives as promotion director
1/20/89 - Program director Jeff
McCartney resigns to be replaced by Rich Piombino
3/1/89 - DJ Maria Farina leaves
WMMS for WPHR morning drive slot
12/7/89 - WMMS, having gradually
evolved into a CHR format, changes back to album oriented rock.
7/12/90 - Operations manager Rich
7/17/90 - Former Clevelander Mike
Luczak replaces Rich Piombino as program director
7/21/90 - WMMS scores a coup with
the only interview Paul McCartney he grants in Cleveland.
4/26/91 - Geffen Records sues WMMS
for return of an unauthorized advance copy of the new Guns and Roses CD.
12/ /92 - Matt the Cat leaves the
4/15/94 - The final shows for Jeff
Kinzbach, Lisa Dillon and Rocco the Rock Dog, as they exit the station
(along with T.R.) to make way for "The Buzzard - The Next Generation"
at 4:15 p.m. The new owners are OmniAmerica, which includes Carl
Hirsch, Dean Thacker, Tony Ocepek, and new PD John Gorman.
6/11/94 - WMMS engineer Bill Alford
is arrested for cutting satellite transmission wires disrupting the
nationwide feed of the syndicated Howard Stern radio show.
7/9/94 - "The Brian and Joe Radio
Show" with Brian Fowler and Joe Cronauer moves from WENZ to WMMS for
9/8/94 - Former WMMS engineer Bill
Alford pleads guilty to disrupting Howard Stern's syndicated broadcast
2/24/95 - WMMS parent company
OmniAmerica pledges $100,000 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame project.
3/13/95 - Promotions director Heidi
Kramer (Klosterman) and assistant Greg Smith are charged with
disrupting a public service in the Howard Stern wire cutting.
5/20/95 - WMMS and Scene Magazine present
"Buzzard Fest" at Blossom Music Center, featuring the Ramones, Victoria
Williams, Our Lady Peace and others. (CPD) (P)
6/26/95 - Heidi Kramer and Greg
Smith plead guilty to helping sabotage Howard Stern's Cleveland
appearance. Kramer's in-court apology is taped and later used in a WNCX
6/28/95 - Confessed wire cutter
Bill Alford is sentenced to ten days in jail for sabotaging the WNCX /
Stern broadcast. (CPD)
8/24/95 - WMMS "Buzzard Morning Zoo
/ Brian and Joe Radio Show" with Brian Fowler and Joe Cronauer, are the
first to inaugurate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's satellite radio
station. (CPD) (P)
12/6/95 - WMMS is named "Rock
Station of the Year" by Billboard /
Airplay Monitor magazines.
1/13/96 - Joe Cronauer makes good
on football bet with tner Brian Fowler and runs nude from Gund Arena to
the Tower City king lot. (S)
6/20/96 - John Gorman resigns as PD
at WMMS and WMJI effective July 1st. (CPD)
9/10/96 - After a nationwide
search, WMMS hires former WNCX PD Bob Newmann to the same post at the
2/16/97 - WMMS dumps the
alternative rock format for mainstream hard rock.
9/8/97 - Morning shock jock Liz
Wilde (Anne Whitemore) and Sylvain "Sly" Chouinard are fired by WMMS
9/29/97 - Liz Wilde and "Sly" sue
for $1.5 million dollars in damages, with Wilde claiming she left a
Miami, Florida, job to come to Cleveland.
10/27/97 - Former Clevelander Danny
Czekalinski and Darla Jaye debut as the new Buzzard morning team with
holdover Cory Lingus.
8/10/98 - Nationwide Communications
transfers ownership of WMMS, WMJI and WGAR to Jacor Communications
8/16/98 - Crankin Craig Dori, Darla
Jaye and Cory Lingus are let go by WMMS new owners.
10/2/98 - At noon, Len "The Boom"
Goldberg announces WMMS will drop the Buzzard as its symbol, and scrap
the format, in favor of new programming one month from that date. Word
on the street has the station going Top 40, and calling itself "Kiss
10/30/98 - WMMS announces it will
keep the Buzzard, call letters and format after all. The station gets
widespread criticism claiming the previous announcement was a publicity
7/6/70 - WGAR-FM becomes WNCR,
broadcasting progressive rock, some hits, and album cuts.
9/19/70 - All six jocks stage a
walkout, demanding management changes, contracts for air personalities,
and "freedom to conduct their shows as they saw fit". Free lance jocks
and supervisory personnel take over until a new staff is in place.
Among those walking out are PD Jerry Dean, Mitch Michaels, Chris Gray,
Dave Elmore, Chuck Lansing, and Ginger Sinton. The six claim that GM
Jack Thayer wanted to change the progressive rock format, and force
jocks to work from pre-set music and programming logs.
9/21/70 - Former KFRE/Fresno
assistant PD Jerry Stephens takes over as program director.
4/27/71 - Cleveland
Press TV-Radio writer Bill Barrett
writes that a friend asked what kind of station WNCR is, and responds
"Dadburned if I know!" He says the news is heavy on editorials rather
than straight reports, "a sort of little theater of news".
2/19/72 - Station broadcasts an
erroneous report that President Richard Nixon had been shot. An
anonymous call tipped of disc jockey Carolyn Thomas, who put it on the
air, quoting clairvoyant Jeanne Dixon as predicting a "dark cloud over
the White House." After as many as 100 calls correcting the report,
WNCR issues a retraction.
4/28/71 - In a follow up article,
Barrett says the "Electric Renaissance", or "People's Radio", is a
mixture of folk rock, electric, and "gut blue" stuff, with the
"ultimate four letter word" often making ts way into the programming.
7/7/71 - WNCR sponsors an open air
rock concert at Edgewater Park to celebrate its first year on the air.
It draws 10,000 fans, and causes a mass traffic jam on the West
Shoreway, with some abandoning their cars on the freeway to get to the
show, and worry about getting home later.
11/ /71 - The Grateful Dead is
broadcast live from the Allen Theater
8/18/72 - The station airs a 48
hour, nonstop concert in four speaker, quadrophonic sound, despite the
fact that very few listeners had quad tuners. The sponsor is Carling
Brewing Company, and the live music includes the Rolling Stones, Doors,
B.B. King, Mississippi John Hurt, PDQ Bach, Miles Davis, and cuts from
both Woodstock LPs, Celebration at Big Sur, and the Atlanta Pop
1972 - WNCR simulcasts with WGAR in
an experiment to broadcast its format to a wider audience
10/29/72 - The air staff reads
samples of listener's dreams set to the music of Pink Floyd, Amon Duul
and Van der Graaf Generator.
1/17/73 - WNCR changes
format to a more Top 40 sound, with Jeff Gelb, Jim Minard and Norman
Moore leaving the station, to be replaced by Marc Matthews (from
WLYT-FM), Damon Sheridan (WLGN/Sheridan) and E. Karl (WNCI Columbus).
Phil Sheridan takes over as general manager, while holding that same
position at WNCI. It officially marks the end of free-form programming.
10/20/86 - WNCX adapts an all
Beatles format in the days prior to unveiling its new programming.
10/22/86 - First day of new format
2/11/87 - After less than four
months, WNCX scraps its original format for classic hits programming.
8/24/87 - Denny Sanders leaves WNCX
10/19/87 - Former PD John Gorman
sues WNCX over his dismissal.
11/2/87 - Former WWWM midday host
Bill Stallings joins Paul Tapie's morning show.
1/17/89 - GM Steve Joos leaves WNCX
4/10/89 - Morning voice Paul Tapie
7/27/89 - WNCX unveils its morning
show, the "Not Ready for Major Market Players"
10/15/90 - PD and morning show
co-host Paul Ingles is let go by the station.
8/31/92 - Howard Stern's first
broadcast to Cleveland
10/27/93 - Clear Channel
Communications buys WNCX, WENZ and WERE
4/21/94 - Howard Stern scores a
number one ratings victory, and promises a visit to Cleveland to "bury"
6/10/94 - Howard Stern broadcasts a
live "funeral" from Cleveland, which results in a WMMS engineer being
arrested for cutting Stern's satellite link
12/19/95 - Howard Stern returns to
Cleveland for a book signing to promote Miss
America. Hundreds line up outside the
Barnes & Noble on Mayfield Road awaiting his arrival. (CPD)
12/13/96 - Disc jockey Jerry
Shirley is dismissed following reports of missing funds from a station
sponsored charity drive for the Salvation Army.
4/15/97 - Former disc jockey Jerry
Shirley sues WNCX for $10 million dollars claiming in damages, claiming
he was unjustly fired the previous December. The suit is later dropped.
9/25/97 - Jerry Shirley and two
exotic dancers pay back money that was supposed to go to the Salvation
Army charity drive.
11/17/98 - Clear Channel
Communications announces plans to sell off WNCX, WERE and WENZ so the
company can assume control of five other stations in Cleveland.
2/11/99 - CBS Radio acquires WNCX,
with sister stations WENZ and WERE spun off to Radio One, Inc.
1/14/70 - Multicom, Inc., buys
WNOB-FM from Northern Ohio Broadcasting.
1/1/85 - WAEZ changes call letters and format to
WONE. Deeya McKay is the first jock heard on the new station.
8/13/96 - Overnight disc jockey Jay
Lynn celebrates his 25th anniversary at the station. (CPD)
1986 - Erie sells WJW to Booth
Broadcasting of Detroit, which changes call letters to WRMR, and
formats from news and talk to adult "soft rock". The station also
relocates to East 26th and St. clair, now known as One Radio Lane.
1/1/88 - WRMR adopts the "Music of
Your Life" big band format which was abandoned the previous October by
1990 - Booth sells WRMR to the
Independent Group Ltd., which also owns WDOK-FM
8/16/92 - Broadcasting legend Bill
Randle returns to the airwaves with an afternoondrive show.
2000 - WRMR is sold to Salem
6/54 - Billing itself as the
"Community Information Voice of Cleveland", WSRS programming includes
Jack Gale from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., and again from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.,
Gale House from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Bob Forster from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30
p.m., with Kenny Bass Polka Time from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Andy Franklin
from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., Mary Holt from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m., Maria and
Rudy from 10:00 to midnight, and Teddy Blackman from midnight to 5:30
a.m. Sam R. Sague is president and general manager.
2/1/59 - Friendly Broadcasting of
Columbus assumes control of the station from Sam R. Sague. The new
owners change the call letters to WJMO-FM. Operations continue at 2156
Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.
5/31/73 - WSUM goes on the air at
at 6:15a.m. The 500 watt station is licensed to ma, at 1000 on the AM
dial. It airs until 8:45 p.m., with expanded hours in June from 5:45
a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and a lineup that includes Jim Doney in morning
drive, Linn Sheldon from 11:15 to noon, Ted Alexander from 12:15 to
5:00 p.m., and Joey James from 5:15 to sign off. Gib Shanley is sports
director, Michael Hissam is news director, Pat Longworth the news
editor, and Nancy Watson does ma Beat News. The signal originates from
four 220 foot towers on a 15 and a half acre site at 12721 Abbey Road
in North Royalton, where the studios are also located. Bill Hull is
chief engineer. The station soon goes broke and is off the air.
10/5/76 - The Christian
Broadcasting Association of Canton takes over WSUM and resumes
programming under new management. It airs religious programs on a
pre-taped basis from local and national sources. The rest of the day is
talk programming with hosts including Merle Pollis.
9/26/23 - WTAM begins broadcast
operations at 750 kilocycles and 1500 watts. It's originally owned by
S.E. Lawrence and Theodore Willard, of the Willard Battery Company. The
station only offers three hours of nightly programming, but soon
expands its on-air lineup. The studios are located at East 131st and
1924 - WTAM becomes the first
station to broadcast network radio coverage of a political convention,
when the Republicans meet at Cleveland's Public Auditorium.
1926 - The station's power is
increases to 3500 watts, and expands its on-air lineup. WTAM is now
located at the Union Trust Building, with its frequency changed to 770
kilocycles, at 272.6 meters.
5/ /28 - The station is sold to the
Cleveland Illuminating Company, and the Van Swerigen brothers. It also
increases its power to 50,000 watts, and can be heard at 1070 frequency
on the radio dial.
1929 - WTAM builds two towers in
Brecksville, Ohio, each 200 feet high, and the station can now be heard
at 1100 kilocycles.
10/16/30 - The National
Broadcasting Company buys WTAM, and the studios move to the Cleveland
1933 - "Jake & Lena" (Gene
Carroll and Glenn Rowling) perform live on the NBC Radio Network
1938 - The station moves to East
9th and Superior Avenue
1948 - The Cleveland Indians battle
the Boston Braves in the World Series.
1951 - The Cleveland Orchestra
appears live on the NBC Radio Network
1950's - Tom Haley reports from St.
John's Cathedral 6/54 - The station broadcasts from the NBC Building in
1956 - NBC sells WTAM to
Westinghouse Broadcasting, and the call letters are changed to KYW.
3/15/73 - Jim Runyon announces his
immediate resignation due to concerns about his health. (CPD)
4/13/73 - Just weeks after
resigning from the station, Jim Runyon dies of cancer at the age of 42.
5/4/73 - Jim Runyon's memory is
honored at a special Cleveland Indians game at the stadium with
proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. (CP)
11/31/87 - At 4 p.m., WWWE and
sister station WDOK-FM, transfer ownsership from Lake Erie Radio
Company (owned by Art Modell and Al Lerner) to the Independent Group
Limited partnership (owned by Tom Embescia, Tom Wilson and Larry
Pollock.) Harvey Simms is named new station manager.
8/19/94 - The station drops
Westwood Ones syndicated "Imus in the Morning" with Don Imus.
8/22/94 - "Mornings with Meyer",
featuring Chuck Meyer, makes its debut
8/29/94 - Jeff Kinzbach and Ed
Ferenc are reunited as WWWE's afternoon drive show.
2/20/95 - Shock radio host Jaz
McKay is moved from the midday show to 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights.
His replacement for the time being is Leslie Marshall. (CPD)
3/20/95 - Rich Michaels takes over
the 9 to 11:45 weekday show from interim host Leslie Marshall. Michaels
previously worked at WGR-AM in Buffalo. (CPD)
1/23/96 - Traffic reporter James
Endsley and pilot James McVeigh are killed when their single engine
plane hits a cellular phone tower and crashes in Highland Hills.
Endsley also used the air name Fred Wesley. (CPD)
3/8/96 - Morning drive personality
Chuck Meyer leaves for a news/talk job in Austin, Texas. Bob Becker
fills in until a permanent replacement is found. (CPD)
3/27/96 - Talk show host Ruby
Cheeks resigns to accept a job in another city. (CPD)
7/29/96 - The WWWE call letters are
retired, heralding the return of WTAM/1100. Jeff Kinzbach takes over
the morning show. Rich Michaels does the 9 a.m. to noon shift, followed
by a one hour news block and Mike Trivisonno 4 to 8 p.m. (CPD)
10/1/96 - General manager Dennis
Best leaves the station to become director of sales for Chancellor
Broadcasting in Florida. (CPD)
10/3/97 - Jeff Kinzbach and Ed
Ferenc are relieved of their duties as morning drive hosts on WTAM.
3/4/75 - M105 goes on the air,
playing "There's No Business Like Show Business" as it's very first
song. It continues with a continuous music sweep (with no commercial
interruptions) during its first weekend of broadcasts.
1/1/78 - M105 moves from its
"fishbowl" studio to new studios at 3940 Euclid Avenue.
1964 - Tuschman Broadcasting
Company sells WXEN to Booth Broadcasting of Detroit.
1/12/77 - WXEN personalities, led
by Don Allen, pledge their support to the Northern Ohio Red Cross Blood
Appeal, asking ethnic listeners to donate at the agency's blood center
at 3950 Chester Avenue. Public appeals are broadcast in foreign
languages during the station's ethnic programming.
2/6/77 - Mayor Ralph Perk,
Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, Cuyahoga County Commissioner George
Voinovich and WXEN host Tony Petkovsek lead a rally of 2000 people at
Public Music Hall in an attempt to save ethnic programming from an
impending format change. Perk, and Council President George Forbes, met
with Booth American's VP John Booth II in an attempt to stall the
change, but to no avail.
3/1/77 - The station begins
broadcasting from a new transmitter and tower site in North Royalton.
3/13/77 - WXEN drops ethnic
programming to become Top 40 outlet WZZP-FM. Former WGCL PD Bob Payton
takes the same position at the new station.
5/22/77 - Listeners petition the
Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the three year license
renewal for WXEN (now WZZP) the previous October. They also request a
public hearing aimed at forcing a change back to ethnic programming.
The petition filed by the Nationalities Broadcasting Association raises
questions of "licensee fraud, misrepresentation, and lack of candor..."
The owners, Booth American Broadcasting, are given 30 days to answer
5/26/63 - WZAK goes on the air
aimed at serving Northeast Ohio's large ethnic community.
11/26/68 - Sal Navarra, director of
the station's Italian program, asks for donations of toys to be
distributed at Christmas through the Society for Crippled Children.
Donations are to be dropped off at the WZAK studios at 1030 Prospect
Joseph Bauer donates a set
of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia to John Carroll University's Soviet
and Eastern European Studies Detment.
6/3/78 - The station's ethnic
line-up includes GM Joseph Bauer and
his wife, Betty, (German), Xen Zapis and his wife, Lula (Greek), Sam
Quinones (Spanish), Tony Zebrowski (Polish), Paul Wilcox (polkas), and
Tony Petkovsek (Slovenian). Other programs serve the Hungarian,
Italian, Irish, Czech, Hindi, Lebanese, Arabic and English (UK)
11/13/79 - A.W. Zebrowski dies in
the middle of a live broadcast. At the time, the program broadcast from
the AZZ Estates in Richfield, is the most profitable show on WZAK with
more than 100 advertisers. His children, Joseph, Richard and Maryann,
decide to continue the show aimed at Northeast Ohio's Polish community.
4/14/80 - Wayne Mack can be heard 5:30 to noon
with an international music program. (CP)
2/1/81 - The station pulls the plug
on the Polish International Program in the middle of its morning drive
broadcast. It's replaced by a Spanish program, and declining
advertising revenues are blamed for the move. Controversy over remarks
made by the Zebrowski family are also thought to be a factor. Lee Zapis
pledges to continue Polish programming with Duane Dobies, the host of
the Polish Convoy Program.
3/2/81 - Rich Kenney kicks off the
new "urban contemporary" format at 6 a.m., replacing Wayne Mack's
"beautiful music" with progressive jazz, and rhythm and blues.
Declining listenership in the ethnic community, and the deaths of some
of the city's better known hosts and producers, are given as reason for
the change. (CP)
3/9/81 - WZAK announces it will air
ethnic programming only on Sundays. The lineup of hosts includes Duane
Dobies (Polish, 6 a.m.), Joe Kocab (Czech, 9 a.m.), Ida Peters (German,
10 a.m.), John Birek (Croatian, 11:30 p.m.), Joe Giuliano (Italian, 1
p.m.), Tony Petkovsek (Slovenian, 2 p.m.), Edwin Castro (Spanish, 4
p.m.), Kalman Novak (Hungarian, 5 p.m.), Xen and Lula Zapis (Greek, 6
pm) Vince Cardarelli (Italian, 7:30 p.m.), Marinko Petrovic (Serbian,
8:30 p.m.), and Junior Vargas (Spanish, 9 p.m.)
5/ /82 - Lynn Tolliver, Jr. becomes
program director, and Mike Hilber takes the title of general sales
manager, as WZAK's ratings begin a dramatic upturn.
12/26/85 - A gunman attacks Lynn
Tolliver at the WZAK studios.
9/25/89 - Citing a lack of
appreciation, Lynn Tolliver temporarily resigns from WZAK
10/17/89 - Lynn Tolliver is rehired
as program director, and fires disc jockey Jeffrey Charles
4/5/90 - WZAK takes the number one
spot in new Arbitron ratings
7/30/90 - Disc jockey Jeffrey
Charles is fired again from WZAK
11/22/90 - Radio "bad boy" Lynn
Tolliver is named one of the ten best program directors in the country.
10/19/92 - Lynn Tolliver and Bobby
Rush purchase WJMO
1993 - WZAK is awarded three Billboard magazine
10/9/93 - WZAK follows the advice
of the United Pastors in Mission and bans "gangsta rap"
7/15/95 - Kim Johnson appears at
"CultureFest 95" at the Randall Mall. (CPD)
1/5/97 - WZAK replaces the popular
"Three's Company" show with the syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show".
1/15/98 - The new Arbitron ratings
show WZAK number one station in Cleveland.
7/21/98 - WZAK remains number one
Cleveland station in new Arbitron ratings
8/11/98 - Chancellor Media
Corporation of Texas buys WZAK, WZJM, WDOK, WQAL, WRMR and WJMO for
$275-million, the biggest radio deal in Cleveland broadcasting history
3/7/94 - Rosemary Vinci (Madame
LaRue) leaves the morning show she shared with LeeAnne Sommers, to be
replaced by "Johnny D" Dimodica, ending the experiment with Cleveland's
first all female a.m. drive team.
3/1/95 - "Big Show" morning hosts
Leeanne Sommers and Johnny D are featured in 16 Magazine in an
article about "Beverly Hills 90210 star Jamie Walters appearance at the
Randall Mall. The article is entitled "Jammin' with Jamie Walters."
2/7/96 - Joe Mama (Scott Wilson) is
morning drive personality. (CPD)
4/19/99 - At 5 p.m., the station
switches format to "Jammin' Oldies", a mixture of funk, disco, and
7/15/99 - Lisa Dillon is reunited
with former Buzzard p.m. drive cohort Mike Olszewski on "The Morning
3/27/00 - Late night voice Mike O'
Bryan joins "The Morning Beat" with Dillon and Olszewski
4/24/00 - Mike O Bryan returns to
his 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift
4/8/01 - The "Beat" goes automated
5/ /01 - WZJM switches format to an
"Extreme Rock" sound.
WABQ - We Are Better Qualified
WAEZ - Akron's Easy Listening Station
WAKR - Akron
WBBG - Boys from Bowling Green
WBOE - Cleveland Board of Education
WCLV - Cleveland
WCPN - Cleveland Public Radio
WCUY - Cuyahoga
WDMT - Dynamite
WDOK - Advertising slogans use the "OK" frequently in their campaigns
WELW - Willowick Eastlake, Willoughby
WEOL - Elyria Lorain
WERE - Lake Erie
WENZ - The End
WFHM - For Him to reflect the Christian Contemporary music programming
- George A. Richards
WGCL - General Cinema
WHK - H. K.
Carpenter, the station's first GM and VP; now, Word of His
Kingdom (After Salem Broadcasting purchase)
WHK Photo gallery
WIXY - Chosen by Mrs. Norman
Wain because it sounds like the dial position "1260"
WJMO - Wentworth J. Marshall; later, the
station said it stoof for We Jam More Often
WJTB - James Taylor Broadcasting
WJW - John F. Winer
WLTF - Chosen to reflect
the station's "Lite Rock" format
WLYT - Chosen in a station
contest in the early 70's to stand for We Love You Truly
WMIH - Mary's Immaculate Heart
WMJI - Majic
WMMS - MetroMedia Stereo
WNCR - Nationwide Communications
WNCX - North Coast Express
WNOB - Northern Ohio Broadcasting
WPVL - Painesville
WPHR - Power Hits Radio
WQAL - The call letters were originally used in Philadelphia,
and are though to stress Quality programming
WQMX - Mix
WSRS - Sam R. Sague
WWMK - Mickey Mouse reflecting
WWWE - The "E" reflects the 51% ownership of the Embrescia family, with Nick
Mileti owning 49% of that station; the station said it also stood for entertainment
WWWM - The "M" reflects the 51% ownership of Nick Mileti, with the
Embrescia family owning 49% of that station; the station said it also
stood for music
WREO - Radio Enterprise
of Ohio, "Home of Ohio's Most Powerful FM"
WRQC - Chosen because they were the closest call letters to
reflect the "Rock of the Eighties" format, and because 92Q had a ring
WSRS - Sam R. Sprague
WTAM - Where The
WXEN - Xenophon Zapis
WZAK - Muzak
WZJM - A combination of
sister station WZAK and WJMO, reflecting the "Jammin'
WZZP - Zip
Brown, Joanne (WERE, WWWE) CPD
Pignanelli, Dave (WCPN) CPD 3/24/96
Endsley, James (aka Fred Wesley on
WLTF) (WWWE, WHK, WRMR) CPD 1/24/96
MacVeigh, James (Metro Traffic) CPD
Miller, Pam (WERE, WWWE) CPD 7/10/96
Morrow, Larry (WIXY, WWWE, WERE,
WQAL) CPD 8/7/96
Pollis, Merle (WERE, WJW, WBBG,
WHK, WELW) CPD 1/24/96