WBKS

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For the airport in Sandakan, Malaysia, assigned ICAO code WBKS, see Sandakan Airport. For the radio station licensed to Ironton, Ohio that held the call sign WBKS at 107.1 FM from 2002 to 2010, see WLRX. For the radio station licensed to Greenwood, Indiana that held the call sign WBKS at 106.7 FM from 1998 to 2001, see WTLC-FM.
WBKS
City of license Columbus Grove, Ohio
Broadcast area Northwest Ohio
Branding 93.9 Kiss FM
Slogan "Your Hit Music Channel"
Frequency 93.9 (MHz)
First air date April 1, 2003
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 14,000 watts
HAAT 133 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 40714
Transmitter coordinates 40°57′24″N 84°07′56″W / 40.95667°N 84.13222°W / 40.95667; -84.13222
Affiliations Premium Choice
iHeartRadio
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website WBKS website

WBKS (93.9 FM, "93.9 Kiss FM") is a Clear Channel-owned station serving Lima, Ohio with a Top 40 (CHR) format. Its studios are located with WIMA (AM), WIMT-FM, WZRX-FM, and WMLX-FM on West Market Street in Lima. Its transmitter is located between Kalida and Columbus Grove (its city of license) in southern Putnam County.

The station was formerly known as WLWD, "Wild 93-9," until April 1, 2010. WLWD was originally a Rhythmic Contemporary station but had begun adding more mainstream pop and rock hits to its rotation in June 2009. With the change to 93-9 Kiss FM, the station has now fully transitioned to Mainstream Top 40/CHR, and now has the hit-music format to itself in Lima with former competitor station WZOQ/WWSR's change to a sports format and move from its original 92.1 frequency (now WFGF) to 93.1.

Mornings are syndicated with WNCI's Dave and Jimmy. 93-9 KISS FM promotes and is known for commercial free hours. Nationally syndicated Ryan Seacrest airs during the midday. DJ Old Skool holds down afternoons w/ the 5:00 Rewind, on-air 2-6p. From 6-11p it's Kennedy at night. Although the jocks and imaging are local, most of the music is programmed by Clear Channel's Premium Choice CHR format with little local changes. They run CLUB 9-3-9 on Friday & Saturday Nights. CLUB 9-3-9 kicks off early on Friday evenings at 5pm. And the studio keys are given to Matt *Matt's KISS FM official website on the weekends. He is on the air Saturday and Sundays from 10a-3p.

Call sign legacy[edit]

The WLWD calls were previously used from 1949 to 1976 by Channel 2 in Dayton, Ohio (owned by Crosley Communications, owners of the "WLW" network of stations; it is now WDTN-TV.) TV talk show host Phil Donahue, a maverick and trail blazer of TV talk shows, got his start there.

On April 1, 2010 WLWD changed their call letters to WBKS, to go with their "Kiss FM" branding.

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