WIOI

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WIOI
WIOI logo.jpg
City of license New Boston, Ohio
Branding Music of Your Life
Frequency 1010 kHz
Format Adult Standards/MOR
Power 1,000 watts day
22 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 60035
Transmitter coordinates 38°43′48.00″N 82°57′10.00″W / 38.7300000°N 82.9527778°W / 38.7300000; -82.9527778
Callsign meaning IOI = 101, 100.7 mHz[1]
Affiliations Music of Your Life
Owner Maillet Media, Inc.
Webcast no
Website wioiradio.com

WIOI (1010 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an Adult Standards/MOR format. Licensed to New Boston, Ohio, USA. The station is currently owned by Maillet Media, Inc. and features programing from Jones Radio Network.[2]

History[edit]

WIOI is best known for being the Top 40 station in Portsmouth during the 1960s and 1970s, when Chuck Maillet was the owner. Since then it changed hands a few times until 1996 when Chip Maillet, owner of Maillet Media, bought the station back from its previous owner. When Maillet Media bought the station it had an all talk radio format. In December 2000 the format was changed to "Music of Your Life", a Jones Radio Networks format. The community responded positively, especially from the folks age 50 plus.

In early 2008, Jones Radio Networks stopped carrying the Music of Your Life network via satellite and debuted Jones Standards, its own similar format. WIOI opted to continue airing Music of Your Life, which is now distributed via satellite by Planet Halo, Inc.

Personalities[edit]

  • Chip and Chuck Maillet -- Chip, a radio veteran since he started broadcasting at the age of 14 in 1970, announces the morning local news, weather, and community events. Chip is also the station owner and manager and handles sales. Chip is involved in the community of Portmouth, Ohio, as he currently (2010) serves as the Portsmouth area Chamber president and also is a board member of Main Streets of Portmouth. Chuck was the "world's oldest DJ" (station joke). A 60-year veteran of radio from news for Mutual Broadcasting to major market morning man, Chuck did it all, including radio station manger, president and past owner. Charles (Chuck) Maillet died January 24, 2010, at the age of 89 after not recovering from a fall at his house that happened a week after Christmas 2009.

There was a long line of "jocks" and newsfolk who went on to larger markets and even some fame in Communications. Among them Phil Phillips (aka Phil Nye, who went on to become an ABC Television News Vice President in Charge of O & O news operations as well as News Director at four of the five of ABC's O & O stations.(WABC, WXYZ, KGO, KABC ), Phil Hayes, who has been a news director at television stations in many cities including Detroit and Erie, Pa, Al Volker who went on to produce, executive produce and news direct for 51 years. Dave Craig who took his D.C. morning radio program on the road in many cities after his stint at WIOI.

Other programming[edit]

WIOI is also the local affiliate for the Cincinnati Bengals, and have live Sunday church programming from 7:45am to 11:30am.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  2. ^ "WIOI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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