WFGR

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WFGR
City of license Grand Rapids, Michigan
Broadcast area Grand Rapids, Michigan
Branding 98.7 WFGR
Slogan Classic Hits of the 60's 70's and 80's
Frequency 98.7 MHz
First air date 1992
Format Classic Hits
ERP 2,750 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class A
Facility ID 25837
Callsign meaning For Grand Rapids
Former callsigns WXJI (7/12/90-7/8/1992)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media of Grand Rapids, Inc.)
Sister stations WGRD-FM, WLHT-FM, WNWZ, WTRV
Webcast Listen Live
Website wfgr.com

WFGR (Classic Hits 98.7) is an American FM radio station serving Grand Rapids, Michigan. It transmits from their facility in Alpine Township on 98.7 FM. WFGR is owned by Townsquare Media.

The WFGR signal can be heard as far north as Stanwood, Michigan, far east as Pewamo, Michigan, and as far south as Plainwell, Michigan WFGR also broadcasts on a low-power signal (96.5) based out of Big Rapids, Michigan.

History[edit]

WFGR was previously a classical music station throughout the 1990s, broadcasting the World Classical Network from WFCC-FM in Chatham, Massachusetts. It changed its format to oldies music as "Oldies 98.7" on October 11, 2004 when Grand Rapids' current oldies station at the time, WODJ, was displaced by rock station WKLQ.

When WFGR debuted its oldies format, it was satellite-fed using ABC Radio's "Oldies Radio" feed, but soon debuted a mostly-local lineup of DJs, playing music from the 1960s and early 1970s. On June 29, 2009, the station changed its name to Classic Hits "98.7 WFGR" and began to focus more on the 1970s and 1980s. The change left the Grand Rapids market without a local outlet for oldies in the traditional sense of the format, until Grand Valley State University stepped in to fill the void by flipping its WGVU-AM from NPR news and talk to "Real Oldies" a few months later.

WFGR currently plays a wide variety of Pop, Rock, Disco and Funk from the mid-'60s to the late '80s, after having somewhat of a more Classic Rock focus in its first incarnation of "Classic Hits" The station has also picked up the weekend feature "Awesome 80's" from sister station WLHT 95.7. The feature debuted on March 19, 2011, and has been well received. WFGR is considered to be the next generation of Oldies, branded as "Classic Hits". The stations image and delivery is that of a CHR/Top 40 station of the late '70s or early '80s.

On October 5, 2009, The Bob & Tom Show premiered on the morning lineup, Monday through Saturday 6 am to 10 am. The show was added when Clearchannel's 101.3 The Fox WBFX did not renew the contract for the show. As of October 5, 2012, three years to the day—Bob and Tom have were replaced with local talent Andy O' Riley and Dave Kaechele. In Late 2013, Local Mid-Day DJ Matt Hendricks was cut from the staff and replaced with a company voice-tracked Big Joe Henry based out of New Jersey. Andy and Dave were also cut from the staff in January 2014, leaving the station with only Russell (who is also often voicetracked) as the only local personality.

Current weekday on-air lineup[edit]

10 a – 3 pm Big Joe Henry (Voicetracked out of NJ)

3 pm – 7 pm Craig Russell and the Afternoon Hustle

Jingles[edit]

In recent years, WFGR has used resings of cuts from several classic JAM Creative Productions jingle packages from the 1970s and 1980s.

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Coordinates: 43°01′59″N 85°41′46″W / 43.033°N 85.696°W / 43.033; -85.696