WKIO

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WKIO
City of license Arcola, Illinois
Broadcast area Champaign, Illinois
Branding Classic Hits 107.9
Frequency 107.9 MHz
First air date 1991 (as WZNX)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 3,600 watts
HAAT 130 meters
Class A
Facility ID 57469
Transmitter coordinates 39°52′43.00″N 88°11′51.00″W / 39.8786111°N 88.1975000°W / 39.8786111; -88.1975000
Former callsigns WZNX (1991–1994)
WKJR (1994–1997)
WEXT (1997–2008)
WUIL (2008–2013)
Owner DWS, Inc.
Sister stations WDWS, WHMS
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1079wkio.com

WKIO (107.9 FM, "Classic Hits 107.9") is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Licensed to Arcola, Illinois, USA, the station is currently owned by DWS, Inc and serves the Champaign, Illinois metropolitan area.[1]

History[edit]

The station went on the air as WZNX on 1991-09-06 and changed its call sign to WKJR on November 1, 1994. On May 5, 1997, the station again changed its call sign to WXET before finally changing them to WUIL on May 7, 2008, upon its switch to a Rhythmic contemporary format from hot adult contemporary.[2]

In June 2010, WUIL was sold to The News-Gazette, the daily newspaper in Champaign, which also owns WDWS and WHMS. All on-air personnel were let go. The station relaunched as "U-Rock 107.9", playing various rock formats. The switch with station GM. Mike Haile's introduction of "Ladies and Gentlemen...rock and roll." The station has a popular contest where it allows listeners to submit and air their "Perfect Ten" rock songs. The station then plays these selections on Thursdays.

In March 2013, WUIL has applied to change its call sign to WKIO, signaling a format change.[3]

On March 26, 2013, WUIL changed their format from rock to classic hits, branded as Classic Hits 107.9 under the new WKIO call sign.[4]

Former U-Rock air staff[edit]

  • Orion Buckingham
  • Jim Lewis
  • Dave Loane
  • Brian Moline
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Lee Marcus
  • Ethan VanDeveer
  • Patti Good

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