WCIT (AM)

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For the radio station in Wapakoneta, Ohio, formerly known as WZOQ-FM, see WFGF.
WCIT
City of license Lima, Ohio
Branding Sports Talk 940
Frequency 940 kHz
First air date 1959
Format Sports
Power 250 watts day
6 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 1062
Transmitter coordinates 40°43′21.00″N 84°5′4.00″W / 40.7225000°N 84.0844444°W / 40.7225000; -84.0844444
Callsign meaning The Lima CITizen
Former callsigns WCIT (1959–1998)
WLJM (1998–2007)
WZOQ (2007–2009)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Owner Childers Media Group LLC
Sister stations WDOH, WEGE, WFGF, WWSR
Webcast Listen Live
Website 940wcit.com

WCIT (940 AM, is a commercial broadcast radio station in Lima, Ohio, and features a sports format. The station, along with FM sister stations WEGE, WWSR and WFGF, share studio facilities on Cable Road in Lima. WCIT must operate with reduced power after local sunset to avoid interference with a Canadian clear channel signal, reserved for Montreal by international treaty (it was held by CINW until that station's shutdown in 2010).

History[edit]

Originally broadcasting only during the daytime hours, WCIT was founded in 1959 by the owners of The Lima Citizen. The Citizen folded in 1964, shortly thereafter, WCIT was sold off by the now-former newspaper's owners to Riggs Broadcasting, who also owned a combination AM/FM combination in Lansing, Michigan. Riggs Broadcasting owners were Richard Riggs, his wife Nora Riggs, Sales Manager Tom Rice and Chief Engineer Ray Allen.

WCIT would find a new studio home February 15, 1968 in downtown Lima. The studios were located on the 9th floor, suite 940 of Cook Tower, which was Lima's tallest building at the time. The move to the current studio location occurred in 1971. It would be known as the "Broadcast House" at 1301 Cable Road. Much of its programming consisted of an hourly local newscast and a Top Forty format using the branding "Great 94". WCIT became the market leader within a few years being the most recognized name in the market for news and music. Jim Baldridge, a Lima native had his start at WCIT in the late 1960s before moving on to WIZE in Springfield and later at WHIO-TV in Dayton.

1972 ushered in an era of the small town top 40 radio station with a big city sound. Jim Wood (Robert Marquitz), Tommy Judge (Carl David Hamilton), Johnny Williams, Skip Essex, Rick Lane, Chuck Martin (L Harrison), Dave Shannon, Bill Apple, Rob Bromley, Don Sherwood and Steve R. Nelson. Gordy Price (later of WIMT) spent part of his career beginnings at WCIT in 1974 as afternoon personality before automating in 1975 as "Rock 94." Price also worked at WMVR, WING and the former WTOO (now WPKO) before his move to WIMT in 1987.

In 1986 Riggs Broadcasting sold WCIT-AM/WLSR-FM to Allen Broadcasting. Upon taking over the radio station they flipped WCIT-AM to all talk with music during the morning drive from the 1960s and 1970s. While WCIT was always third or fourth in the local ratings, even under talk WCIT still outperformed competitor WIMA-AM who aired a news/talk format all day long.

In 1992, Allen Broadcasting switched the format of sister station WLSR from Adult Contemporary to Urban using the calls WLJM. Then in 1996, WCIT-AM/WLJM-FM were sold to Forever Broadcasting of Pennsylvania who owned WZOQ-FM/WYRX-FM. This would be the end of WCIT as they moved the Urban Format to the AM side and turned WLJM-FM into a Soft Adult Contemporary again.

WLJM logo from 2005 to 2009

WLJM's call letters originally referred to its former nickname "Lima's 940 JAMZ" for its urban contemporary and R&B format. 940 JAMZ was the local affiliate of ABC Radio's "Hits and Oldies" satellite R&B format (also known as "The Touch") as well as the Tom Joyner Morning Show which were both discontinued after the station was sold by Forever Broadcasting to Maverick Media in 2005. Beforehand, 940 JAMZ was locally originating with personalities. It then changed format to "Lima's ESPN 940," carrying the programming of the national sports network ESPN Radio, in a move that created a large outcry among the African-American community in Lima as WLJM was Lima's only radio station specifically targeting Black listeners. Some local sports programming included "Sports Talk With Koza" hosted by former WLIO-TV sports director Vince Koza, "Sportsrap with Matt and Matt" and TALK with Ron Williams.

WCIT's logo under previous oldies format

In 2007, the WLJM call letters were replaced with WZOQ, calls that were previously used at 92.1 FM, which became WWSR and is now WFGF. On June 1, 2009, the sports/talk format was moved to the FM dial on the 93.1 FM facility and taking the WWSR calls. The country format and WFGF calls were then relocated to the 92.1 FM facility, and the 940 facility reverted to their original WCIT calls and assumed an oldies format.

On January 10, 2011, WCIT changed their format from oldies to news/talk.

Effective July 1, 2013, Childers Media Group, a local company, purchased WCIT and its Lima clustermates from Maverick Media of Lima LLC at a price of $2.1 million.

On September 18, 2013, Childers Media Group's cluster of stations including WCIT opened its new offices and studios located at 57 Town Square in downtown Lima.

On January 6, 2014 WCIT changed their format to sports, traded as "Sports Talk 940".

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