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The Early Years
WRWR was built in 1961 by Ohio Radio, Incorporated, and signed on October 4, 1961 using the assigned frequency of 94.5 MHz. with an effective radiated power of 6,700 watts and an antenna height of 193 feet (see the construction timeline). The station's studio and transmitter were located at 2104 State Road at the southeastern side of Port Clinton in a very small, one-story, flat-roofed building that seemed to be about twenty feet wide and twenty feet long.
I began listening to WRWR (shown at left in 1975) in the early 1970's when I was about six years old. At that time, the station did not have any national radio network affiliation and played softer contemporary music and top-40 hits. Each hour featured a five-minute newscast at the top of the hour and news headlines at the bottom. The station called itself "Information Radio 94." Local features abounded, like Bulletin Board, with local news and club announcements at 50 minutes past the hour. Advertising was exclusively local. The station signed on each morning at 6:00 AM local time and signed at 10:00 PM.
WRWR played an important role in keeping people in communication with each other during the Blizzard of 1978, which struck the area very hard in the morning hours of January 26th. The station's morning personalities were stranded at the station over the next few days and kept the station on the air commercial-free, broadcasting messages to and from citizens and local governments.
Robert W. Reider passed away on March 4, 1976, but his company continued operating the station until July 31, 1979, when WRWR, Inc., a subsidiary of Triplett Broadcasting took the station over.
WRWR becomes WOSE
On May 21, 1980, Triplett changed the callsign of the station to WOSE, covering Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie counties. The station increased its power and in 1981 and got a format change as it began playing country music and catering to country music fans exclusively. This seems to have been a limited success, as the station changed back to Top 40 hits in approximately late 1983. During this time, WOSE became a CBS radio network affiliate.
WOSE relocated its transmitter and increased power once again around 1983, when a new transmitter site and tower were erected about 0.7 miles southwest of Port Clinton, off Fremont Road, increasing coverage to the Sandusky area. Around 1985 or 1986, the station moved its studio to Sandusky in an attempt to tap that area's advertising revenue more effectively.
WOSE becomes WXKR
On February 26, 1990, ownership and control of WOSE passed to Venice Broadcasting, which changed the callsign of the station to WXKR on June 18, 1990, and its format to classic rock, catering exclusively to the Toledo market.
Venice relocated the transmitter during middle 1990 to a new site just northeast of Elmore, Ohio, increased transmitting power, and began using a bi-directional antenna favoring a northwest-southeast direction to better reach Toledo.
The format of the station remained various forms of classic rock during the 1990's, when in 1997, ownership and control of the station were transferred to Cumulus Licensing Corporation, a subsidiary of Cumulus Broadcasting, one of the largest national radio broadcasting companies, thus ending local control of the station. WXKR operates a website.
This tribute site was created and is maintained by Dean K. Fick