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One thing about this neat hobby. It has taken me through most of my life. I began at 13 years old and have been dx'ing, airchecking, QSL'ing, doing this since! Had I known then what I know now I never would have shot out QSL cards/letters, old record surveys collected, or years worth of WOKY-WRIT-WZUU record surveys tossed. But, that is done. I still have some old WOKY-WRIT-WZUU surveys plus old jingles from WRIT, WOKY, WNOV, KFYR, KOIL, WAXX, WSAU, WIFC etc. Once it's in your blood.... THIS page is a listing of several midAMerica radio markets through the years. I'll start slowly and add what I can as time permits. The stuff below is very interesting indeed. If you have anything to add, please drop a note. You will be credited of course. Shown is freq, call, power /d = daytimer only. Any notes I can muster up. Note the number of AM vs FM outlets. FM surpassed AM in listenership around 1980. Daytimers added pssa (post-sunset authorization) in the mid-80's.

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Ann Arbor,MI 1974 (Source:McDonald's promotional item) Sent in by Eric Berger. An asterisk (*) indicates a daytime-only station, while any of Eric Berger's personal comments are in brackets [ ] --AM-- 540 - CBEF Widnsor - French [How long has this waste been there, anyway!] 560 - WQTE* Monroe - Beautiful Music 580 - CKWW Windsor - Popular Music/Talk 590 - WKZO Kalamazoo - MOR 600 - WTAC Flint - Top 40 Rock 610 - WTVN Columbus - Popular Music 630 - CFCO Chatham - Popular music 670 - WMAQ Chicago - Pop Music & Talk 680 - CFTR Toronto - Top 40 700 - WLW Cincinnati - Contemporary-pop 710 - CHYR* Leamington - Top 40 720 - WGN Chicago - MOR 760 - WJR Detroit - Pop music/news/talk 780 - WBBM Chicago - All-news 800 - CKLW Windsor - Top 30 820 - WOSU* Columbus - Public 840 - WHAS Louisville - Pop 850 - WJW Cleveland - MOR 870 - WKAR* East Lansing - Public 880 - WRFD* Worthington, OH - Solid Gold Oldies 890 - WLS Chicago - Top 40 900 - WFRO* Fremont - MOR 910 - WFDF Flint - Contemporary-pop 930 - WEOL Elyria-Lorain - MOR 950 - WWJ Detroit - All-News 970 - WKHM Jackson - Pop 1000 - WCFL Chicago - Top 40 1050 - WPAG* Ann Arbor - Pop-talk-news-farm 1070 - CHOK Sarnia - Pop 1080 - WOAP* Owosso - MOR [They spelled it 'Owasso'] 1090 - WIID* Garden City - Ethnic-foreign language 1100 - WWWE Cleveland - MOR [Remember 3-W-E?] 1130 - W-CAR Detroit - Contemporary-Rock 1190 - WOWO Fort Wayne - Top 40 1210 - WKNX* Saginaw - Pop-contemporary 1220 - WGAR Cleveland - Solid Gold Oldies 1230 - WCWA Toledo - Solid Gold Rock 1240 - WJIM Lansing - Pop 1270 - WXYZ Detroit - Contemporary-pop 1290 - WNRS* Saline - Country & Western 1310 - WNIC Dearborn - Beautiful Music (Nice) 1320 - WILS Lansing - Top 40 1340 - WEXL Royal Oak - Country & Western 1350 - WHMI* Howell - Pop 1370 - WSPD Toledo - Pop 1390 - WCER* Charlotte - MOR 1400 - WJLB Detroit - Soul music 1440 - WCHB Inkster - Soul music [I came across a phone directory in the garage from 1977; WCHB at one time was all-Disco!] 1450 - WIBM Jackson - Top 40 1460 - WPON Pontiac - Pop 1470 - WOHO Toledo - Pop music & Talk 1480 - WSDS* Ypsilanti - Modern Country 1490 - WABJ Adrian - MOR 1500 - WDEE Detroit - Modern Country 1520 - WFYC* Ypsilanti - Gospel & Religion [!] 1550 - CBE Windsor - Variety of programs 1560 - WTOD* Toledo - Modern Country 1600 - WAAM Ann Arbor - Top 40 --FM-- 88.1 - WEMU Ypsilanti - Classical & Rock from EMU 88.7 - CJOM Windsor - Free-form progressive rock 89.5 - WCBN Ann Arbor - folk-rock-soul-classical from U of M 90.5 - WKAR East Lansing - Classical/fine arts from MSU 90.9 - WDTR Detroit - Detroit Board of Education [How long has this waste of electricity been on the air, anyway?] 91.7 - WUOM Ann Arbor - Classical/fine arts from U of M 92.3 - WCAR Detroit - Popular-contemporary, "New 92" 92.5 - WMHE Toledo - Escape to Beautiful Music! 93.1 - WDRQ Detroit - Top 40 mixed with soul 93.9 - CKLW Windsor - Modern Country Music, Radio 94 94.1 - WBBC Jackson - Beautiful music 94.7 - WHNE Birmingham - All Oldies-All the Time! Honey 95 94.9 - WVIC East Lansing - Top 40 and Progressive 95.5 - WLDM Detroit - Traditional Easy Listening 96.3 - WJR Detroit - Beautiful Music 97.1 - WWJ Detroit - Music-One/Easy Listening 97.5 - WJIM Lansing - Beautiful Music 97.9 - WMZK Detroit - Ethnic-All foreign language 98.3 - WVMO Monroe - Country Music 98.7 - WBFG Detroit - Full-time Gospel & Religion 99.1 - WFMK East Lansing - Pop-Contemporary music 99.5 - WABX Detroit - Free-form Progressive Rock 99.9 - WKLR Toledo - Soul, Blues, Jazz 100.3 - WNIC Dearborn - NICe-Music/Easy Listening 100.7 - WITL Lansing - Stereo Modern Country 101.1 - WRIF Detroit - Familiar rock-pop-progressive 101.5 - WLQR Toledo - Popular Beautiful Music 101.9 - WDET Detroit - Fine Arts/Classical from WSU 102.3 - WPOS Holland, OH - Religious/Gospel music 102.5 - WGER Bay City - Beautiful Music 102.7 - WBRB Mount Clemens - Popular music & Talk 102.9 - WNRZ Ann Arbor - Country Days, Progressive Nights 103.5 - WMUZ Detroit - Religion/Gospel Music 103.9 - WLEN Adrian - Pop & Country Music 104.3 - WOMC Detroit - Contemporary Beautiful Music 104.7 - WIOT Toledo - Free-form progressive rock 105.1 - WQRS Detroit - Fine Arts & Classical 105.5 - WXEZ Sylvania, OH - Beautiful Music (E-Z) 105.9 - WJZZ Detroit - W-JaZZ is full-time jazz 106.1 - WKHM Jackson - Popular music 106.7 - WWWW Detroit - Progressive-Rock music [where Howard Stern got his start] 107.1 - WPAG Ann Arbor - Pop-talk days, Country nights 107.5 - WGPR Detroit - Soul & Blues 107.9 - WGMZ Flint - Beautiful Music

Ann Arbor,MI November 1975 (Source:McDonald's promotional item) Sent in by Eric Berger. An asterisk (*) indicates a daytime-only station, while any of Eric Berger's personal comments are in brackets [ ] AM 540 - CBEF Widnsor - French 560 - WHND* Monroe - Honey Radio - All Oldies, rock 580 - CKWW Windsor - Popular Music/Talk 590 - WKZO Kalamazoo - MOR 600 - WTAC Flint - Top 40 Hit Music (Big 6) 610 - WTVN Columbus - Popular Music 630 - CFCO Chatham - Popular music 670 - WMAQ Chicago - Modern Country Music 24 hours 700 - WLW Cincinnati - Contemporary-pop 710 - CHYR* Leamington - Top 40 (730 AM at night) 720 - WGN Chicago - MOR, talk, news, sports 760 - WJR Detroit - Pop music/news/talk/sports 780 - WBBM Chicago - All-news 800 - CKLW Windsor - Top 30 (The Big 8) 820 - WOSU* Columbus - Public 840 - WHAS Louisville - Pop 850 - WJW Cleveland - MOR 870 - WKAR* East Lansing - Public 880 - WRFD* Worthington, OH - Solid Gold Oldies (50s & 60s) 890 - WLS Chicago - Top 40 (Musicradio 89) 24 hours 900 - WFRO* Fremont - MOR & Pop 910 - WFDF Flint - Contemporary-pop 930 - WEOL Elyria-Lorain - MOR 950 - WWJ Detroit - All-News & Talk, Sports/Music Nights 970 - WKHM Jackson - Pop 1000 - WCFL Chicago - Top 40 from Super CFL 1050 - WPAG* Ann Arbor - MOR-talk-news-farm 1070 - CHOK Sarnia - Pop 1080 - WOAP* Owosso - Pop-MOR [They spelled it 'Owasso'] 1090 - WIID* Garden City - Ethnic-foreign language 1100 - WWWE Cleveland - MOR & Sports 1130 - W-CAR Detroit - Automated Pop-Contemporary Music 1190 - WOWO Fort Wayne - Top 40 1210 - WKNX* Saginaw - Pop Music mixed with oldies 1220 - WGAR Cleveland - Pop-Rock & 1960s Oldies mixed 1230 - WCWA Toledo - Solid Gold Rock, plus pop hits 1240 - WJIM Lansing - Popular Music & Features 1270 - WXYZ Detroit - Top 40 Hits & Oldies, MusicRadio 1290 - WNRS* Saline - Great American Country Music 1310 - WNIC Dearborn - NICe-Music, soft easy listening 1320 - WILS Lansing - Top 40 1340 - WEXL Royal Oak - Inspiration Radio-Gospel Music 1350 - WHMI* Howell - Pop 1370 - WSPD Toledo - Pop/MOR 1390 - WCER* Charlotte - Pop/Contemporary music 1400 - WJLB Detroit - Soul music 1440 - WCHB Inkster - Super CHB; Soul music all the time 1450 - WIBM Jackson - Top 40 1460 - WPON Pontiac - Popular music, soul at night 1470 - WOHO Toledo - Pop music & Talk 1480 - WSDS* Ypsilanti - Modern Country 1490 - WABJ Adrian - MOR 1500 - WDEE Detroit - Modern Country-Radio 15 1520 - WYFC* Ypsilanti - Gospel & Religion [!] 1550 - CBE Windsor - Variety of programs 1560 - WTOD* Toledo - Modern Country 1600 - WAAM Ann Arbor - Top 40 Hit Music, soul at night --FM-- 88.1 - WEMU Ypsilanti - Classical & Rock from EMU 88.7 - CJOM Windsor - Pop-Beautiful Music; automated 89.3 - WSDP Plymouth - Rock & Variety/Sports from Plymouth High School 89.5 - WCBN Ann Arbor - folk-rock-soul-classical from U of M 90.5 - WKAR East Lansing - Classical/fine arts from MSU 90.9 - WDTR Detroit - Detroit Board of Education 91.7 - WUOM Ann Arbor - Classical/fine arts from U of M 92.3 - WCAR Detroit - Automated Popular Music mixed with Oldies 92.5 - WMHE Toledo - Commercial Progressive Rock, familiar LPS, etc. 93.1 - WDRQ Detroit - Hot 40 mixed with soul (93-Q) 93.9 - CKLW Windsor - FM 9/4 Country; Modern Country Music in Stereo 94.1 - WHFI Jackson - Always Beautiful music on w-HI-FI/FM 94 94.7 - WHNE Birmingham - Honey Radio: All Oldies-All the Time! 94.9 - WVIC East Lansing - Top 40 Rock, with Progressive at night (AM-730) 95.5 - WLDM Detroit - Traditional Easy Listening until 2AM daily 96.1 - WHNN Bay City - Top 40 Hits; Super Win Radio 96.3 - WJR Detroit - Beautiful Music around the clock 97.1 - WWJ Detroit - The New Music One; Beautiful Music on FM 97 97.5 - WJIM Lansing - Beautiful Music 97.9 - WMZK Detroit - Ethnic-All foreign language 98.3 - WVMO Monroe - MOR & Country & Western Mix 98.7 - WBFG Detroit - We Broadcast For God; All Gospel Music 99.1 - WFMK East Lansing - New Progressive Rock Albums on 99/FMK 99.5 - WABX Detroit - Semi-free-form Progressive Rock 99.9 - WKLR Toledo - Soul, Blues, Jazz on KooLoR Radio 99 100.3 - WNIC Dearborn - NICe-Music/Easy Listening (1310 AM) 100.7 - WITL Lansing - Stereo Modern Country (AM 1010) 101.1 - WRIF Detroit - Familiar rock-pop-progressive 101.5 - WLQR Toledo - Popular Music presented in soft stylings 101.9 - WDET Detroit - Fine Arts/Classical from WSU 102.3 - WPOS Holland, OH - Religious/Gospel music 102.5 - WGER Bay City - Powerful Beautiful Music 102.7 - WBRB Mount Clemens - Popular-MOR & Talk 102.9 - W-103 Ann Arbor - Album Rock, progressive, semi-free-form in style 103.5 - WMUZ Detroit - Religion/Gospel Music 103.9 - WLEN Adrian - MOR & Country & Western mix 104.3 - WOMC Detroit - Bright contemporary approach to Easy Listening 104.7 - WIOT Toledo - Free-form hard progressive rock 105.1 - WQRS Detroit - Fine Arts & Classical 105.5 - WXEZ Sylvania, OH - Beautiful Music (E-Z On the Mind) 105.9 - WJZZ Detroit - W-JaZZ is full-time jazz 106.1 - WKHM Jackson - Popular music same as AM 970 106.7 - WWWW Detroit - Quadraphonic W/4, familiar progressive rock 107.1 - WPAG Ann Arbor - MOR days, country nights, same as AM 1050 107.5 - WGPR Detroit - Soul & Blues 107.9 - WGMZ Flint - Beautiful Music all the time on FM/108

From the above lists, does anyone remember the 3 Top40's in Toledo? WOHO, WTTO and WTOD with the "Pop-O-Meter" survey. WOHO had the "Good Guys" and the Music Guide. WIBM's survey was the "WIBM Computerized Survey" which looked like an IBM punch card. 1600-WAAM in 1967 had the Top 16 singles and the Top 16 albums!

Bismarck, ND 1974 (Source:Vane Jones Log) 550 KFYR 5000 Top40 "K-Fire" ["K-Firemen" from 1967 KFYR "Torrid 20" survey: Tom Turcotte, Dan Brannan, Brian Bennett, Bob Bitz, Orly Knutson] 1130 KBMR 10000d (here from 1350 w/500d) 1270 KWWB 1000d 92.9 KFYR-FM [EZL in '69, Drake oldies in 72ish, later Top40 as Y93 (KYYY) against co-owned KFYR-AM in 1975] 94.5 KBMR-FM

Duluth,MN-Superior,WI 1974 (Source:Vane Jones Log) 560 WEBC 5000 610 KDAL 5000 710 WDSM 5000 850 WWJC 10000d 970 WAKX 500d [Top40 "Wax". Old jingles I have have WAKX on 1320!] 1390 KAOH 500d 98.9 KPIR 103.3 WDTH 105.1 WGGR

Houghton-Hancock,MI 1974 (Source:Vane Jones Log) 920 WMPL 1000d 1400 WHDF 1000 93.5 WMPL-FM Houghton-Hancock,MI 1989 (Source:M Street Radio Directory) 920 WMPL 1000d REL/Talk 1340 WDXW L'Anse CP:never used 1400 WCCY 1000 C&W [Taped] 93.5 WZRK [AoR&. Was Top40 as Z-93 is mid80's] 97.7 WHUH Top40 [Taped. CP for 96.3 never used] 98.7 WTHV Hancock CP:never used 102.3 WAAH 3000 @ 328' CP:NEW 104.3 WJMY Baraga [CP in 1989]

Louisville,KY Louisville Courier-Journal TV pull-out section of April 15, 1979. I copied them exactly as they appeared in the paper (no point on 107 WVEZ's freq).  Many of them, as late as 1979, still signed off overnights. -sent in by Tom Sanders
AM stations:
620 WTMT 6 AM-7:15 PM, local news on the hour, :20 and :40.
650 WSM Nashville, 24 hours, NBC News on the hour.
700 WLW Cincinnati, 24 hours, NBC News on the hour.
790 WAKY 24 hours; news on the hour and :30.
840 WHAS 24 hours, CBS, local news on the hour, sports at :30.
900 WFIA 6 AM-7:15 PM, news :30.
970 WAVE 24 hours, NBC, local news on hour, sports at 3:30,        4:30, 5:15, 5:45 PM. (Reds baseball)
1080 WKLO 24 hours, news on the hour.
1240 WINN 24 hours, ABC News at :30.
1300 WDGS New Albany IN, 6 AM-7:15 PM, UPI News on the hour,         Local news at :30. (Cubs baseball)
1350 WLOU 6 AM-7:15 PM, news on the hour.
1400 WIEL Elizabethtown, 6 AM-1 AM, ABC News at :54.
1570 WOBS 6 AM-7:15 PM, news on the hour.  
FM stations:  
89.3 WFPL Public Radio 6 AM-midnight.
90.5 WUOL Stereo music, public radio, 6 AM-midnight.
91.9 WFPK Stereo classical music, 6 AM-midnight.
93.5 WMMG Brandenburg, Country stereo 6 AM-1 AM, KNIS News         periodically.
95.7 WQHI Jeffersonville/Louisville, Rock In Quad 24 hours,         news on the hour.
97.5 WAMZ Country stereo 24 hours, news at :15 and :45.
99.7 WCSN Stereo music 24 hours; news on the hour.
100.1 WQXE Elizabethtown, 24 hours, news periodically.
100.9 WMPI Scottsburg, Country 6 AM-11 PM, MBS News :30.
101.7 WZZX Jeffersontown, Stereo rock 24 hours, news :50.
102.3 WLRS Stereo quad rock 24 hours.
103.1 WNUU Stereo music 24 hours, news :56.
103.9 WFIA 24 hours, music daytime, religious programs evening;           news on the hour.
105.5 WSAC Fort Knox, Stereo rock 5 AM-midnight, news on the           hour.
106.3 WKMO Hodgenville, Country stereo 6 AM-midnight, news at           :30.
107    WVEZ Stereo music 24 hours, news :58.    
 

  Marquette,MI 1974 (Source:Vane Jones Log) 970 WUPY 5000d 1240 WJPD 1000 1320 WDMJ 1000 100.1 WUUN 300w/300' [Ran Drakes Hitparade, a HotAC taped format. Would move to 103.3 as WRUP "We'Re up on the UP" (HotAC) then be WFXD Oldies and is now B-103.3 with C&W.] Marquette,MI 1989 (Source:M Street Radio Directory) 970 WMVN 5000d REL 1240 WJPD 1000 //FM C&W 1320 WDMJ 5000/1000 92.3 WJPD-FM 100000 470' C&W 95.7 WHWL 100000 @ 530' REL 103.3 WRUP 100000 @ 544' HotAC "U-P 1-0-3" 107.5 WMQT 100000 @ 530' Top40 "Q107"[here from 107.1 in '84]

Minot,ND 1974 (Source:Vane Jones Log) 910 KCJB 5000 1320 KHRT 1000d 1390 KLPM 5000/- 1430 KTYN 5000d 93.7 KMOT-FM 97.1 KCJB-FM Minot,ND 1989 (Source:M Street Radio Directory) 910 KCJB 5000/1000 C&W 1320 KHRT 2500/310 REL 1390 KRRZ 5000/1000 Oldies& [EX:KKOA Top40] 1430 KTYN 5000/- NOS& 93.7 KIZZ 10000 600' "Z94" Top40 97.1 KHHT 100000 985'"K-Hit 97" Top40 [calls/format changed in '84. Again in '91] 99.9 KBQQ 100000 AdCon& 105.1 KZPR 100000 579' C&W

Wausau-Stevens Point,WI 1974 (Source:Vane Jones Log) 550 WSAU 5000 ["Solid Gold 55" ran a HotAC format w/every other song an oldie in 1974] 1010 WSPT 1000d [//FM Top40 - "Super SPT"] 1230 WXCO 1000 [dropped Top40 in 1970 I believe] 1400 WRIG 1000 ["Big Rig" was Top40 in 1974, would move to 1390 in 1981, I believe] 95.5 WIFC 100000/990' [Top40 since inception in '70. EX:WSAU-FM. Calls stood for WIsconsin Forward Communications. Former owners.] 97.9 WSPT-FM 50000/340' 101.9 WDEZ 100000/480' [Former WRIG-FM Top40//. EZL in '74. Later went C&W. C&W since.] *** This area had three Top40s with WRIG AM, WSPT-AM/FM and WIFC which leaned AoRish at night, but still played jingles. Who would play 8 minutes of "Slow Ride" on a Top40? WIFC did then! Anyone remember the "Midnight Tracker" where WIFC tracked an entire album? Jocks: Tom Hudson, BJ Crocker, David Shane Arrowood. Aside, BJ Crocker was a brilliant pd of both WIFC and co-owned WKAU later. Printed survey:WIFC Big 30]


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