|City of license||North Yarmouth, Maine|
|Broadcast area||Portland, Maine|
|Slogan||Different is Good.|
|First air date||April 11, 1965 (as WCME-FM)|
|Former callsigns||WCME-FM (1965–1973)
|Sister stations||WMGX, WYNZ, WPOR, WGIN, WBAE, WGAN, WZAN|
WCLZ is a radio station licensed to North Yarmouth, Maine with studios located in Portland. Since 2001 WCLZ has been broadcasting an Adult Alternative format. It operates on FM frequency 98.9 and is under ownership of Saga Communications.
The 98.9 frequency was originally known as WCME-FM, with an AM simulcast on 900. WCME eventually became WKXA-900 and WKXA-FM 98.9. By 1980, WKXA-FM was a full time Country station with a good signal which was giving established country station WPOR 101.9 some competition. The WCLZ call letters were installed on 98.9 in 1984, when country was dumped and the station picked up an adult contemporary format. Several years later, the station adopted the Adult Album Alternative (AAA) format for which it is best known.
The WCLZ call letters remained on 98.9 until 1999, when the station was sold from Fuller-Jeffrey Broadcasting to Citadel Communications. Following the sale, the WCLZ call letters and format moved to 95.5 (now WPPI), and 98.9 became WTPN "98.9 The Point", with a modern adult contemporary format. The call letters and format of WCLZ returned to the frequency in 2001, at which time 95.5 became WJJB-FM and began simulcasting sports programming from AM 1440 and 900.
WCLZ was sold to Saga Communications in 2007 after the FCC required Citadel to sell two Portland stations due to the company's acquisition of ABC Radio. The other station sold was WCYI Lewiston, which for a time simulcasted WCLZ, when held in The Last Bastion Station Trust, LLC, the trust Citadel set up to sell the two Portland stations, as well as several other stations across the United States in order to get under the market cap. Several shows from the station moved to WBLM and other Citadel owned stations before being put into the trust and in turn sold to Saga.
A bit of trivia about WCLZ; in 2000 to 2001 there was a radio personality "The Shoeman" that had a show in the afternoon called "The Shoeman Show". One of Shoeman's "guests" was a Lobsterman; Forrest Crabsnapper that called in once in a while and talked to Shoeman about his Lobster boat in Harpswell, ME.
- 98.9 WCLZ - Official Site
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