CPD - Cleveland Plain Dealer A - Aircheck S - Scene

CP - Cleveland Press P - Photo O - Other

CN - Cleveland News


1961 - Jim Runyon joins the KYW staff. (T)

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 programming.


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.

1942 - 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 power.

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 Patrick

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". (CPD)

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 broadcast schedule

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 January 1997.

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 Cleveland

1925 - The station moves to the Boltan Square Hotel on Carnegie Avenue, using the slogan, "Broadcasting from Cleveland".

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 Wilson. (CPD)

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. (CPD)

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)


1949 - 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 manager. (CPD)

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 Metropolis Broadcasting.

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 p.m. (CPD)


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 order".

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 Services

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 December.

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 license.

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 public education.

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 Avenue.

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 younger listeners.

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 Auditorium.

1964 - WHK airs a live student press conference with Louise Harrison Caldwell, the sister of Beatle George Harrison

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 updates

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 40.

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 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.


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 (midnight-5:30 am).

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 (2-5 am).

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 WEAR.


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 WCLE-AM.


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 S. DeTechon.

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 station manager.

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 soundproofing studios

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 - 10:15 a.m.

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 the station.

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 Akron.

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 City.

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 Avenue.

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 WGCL-FM.

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 Broadcasting.


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 Westinghouse station 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 causes.

4/1/72 - Bill Wilkins, formerly of WNIO/Niles and WLRO/Lorain, takes over the Saturday (10-4 am) night shift. (CPD)


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 marriage

9/17/85 - John Lanigan's first show at WMJI; with John Webster

10/29/87 - 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

9/21/90 - 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 WMJI

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 approximately $750,000

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 Amico (WREO/Ashtabula)

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 (WNAP/Indianapolis)

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 Angeles. (CPD)

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, WHK-AM.

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 station.

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 - date)

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 Christmas.

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 show.

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) (A)

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 row. (CPD)

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 Piombino resigns

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 station.

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 morning drive.

9/8/94 - Former WMMS engineer Bill Alford pleads guilty to disrupting Howard Stern's syndicated broadcast from Cleveland.

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 promo.

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 Buzzard (CPD)

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 management.

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 100.7".

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 stunt.


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 Festival.

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 and WERE.

4/10/89 - Morning voice Paul Tapie leaves WNCX

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" his competitors.

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. (T)


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 WBBG-AM. (CPD)

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 Broadcasting.


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 Taft Avenue.

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 Auditorium Building.

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 downtown Cleveland.

1956 - NBC sells WTAM to Westinghouse Broadcasting, and the call letters are changed to KYW. (See KYW-AM.)


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. (CP)

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. (CPD)


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 the charges.


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 Avenue

9/3/76 - GM 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) communities.

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 awards.

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." (CPD)

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 Motown.

7/15/99 - Lisa Dillon is reunited with former Buzzard p.m. drive cohort Mike Olszewski on "The Morning Beat"

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

WGAR - 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

WMGC- Magic

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 "Disney Radio"

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 to it.

WSRS - Sam R. Sprague

WTAM - Where The Artists Meet

WXEN - Xenophon Zapis

WZAK - Muzak

WZJM - A combination of sister station WZAK and WJMO, reflecting the "Jammin' Oldies" format.

WZZP - Zip 106


Brown, Joanne (WERE, WWWE) CPD 7/10/96

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 1/24/96

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

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