|City of license||Port Clinton, Ohio|
|Broadcast area||Toledo metropolitan area|
|Slogan||Toledo's Classic Rock Station|
|Repeaters||100.7 W264AK (Toledo, relaying HD2)|
|First air date||October 4, 1961 (as WRWR)|
HD2: Modern Rock "The Zone"
|Callsign meaning||former slogans X-94.5 (1990) and X K-Rock (1996)|
|Former callsigns||WRWR (10/4/61-5/21/80)
|Sister stations||WKKO, WLQR (AM and FM), WMIM, WRQN, WWWM, W264AK|
The station dates back to WRWR, which signed on on Januaury 4, 1961, serving the town of Port Port Clinton. The station's callsign stood for its founder, Robert W. Reider, a local resident who eventually operated WRWR, WLKR in Norwalk, WAWR in Bowling Green, and WKTN in Kenton through his "Ohio Radio Incorporated" banner. Robert W. Reider operated the station until he died on March 4, 1976, but his company continued operating the station until July 31, 1979, when WRWR, Inc., a subsidiary of Triplett Broadcasting, took over operations.
On May 21, 1980, the station's callsign was changed to WOSE (for Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie counties) with an Adult contemporary format. The station increased its power in 1981, and soon changed format to country music. However, WOSE eventually changed back to Top 40 hits less than two years later, in 1983. In 1990 it became classic rock and was known as WXKR "X-94.5". The station's transmitting power was boosted and moved closer to Toledo.
In March 1996, after being off the air for a couple of days, the station became "94.5 K-Rock, Rock's New Perspective" in a surprise move to try to compete with WBUZ Buzz 1065 Toledo. The station focused on an adult alternative format with artists such as Tori Amos, Pete Droge, Rusted Root, Eels, Fastball and Red Hot Chili Peppers, with 1980s retro songs sprinkled in, each introduced as a "Retro Rewind from the X-K-Archives". The station struggled to find a niche in the market, and slowly evolved into somewhat of a mainstream modern rock format, changing its tagline to "Toledo's Modern Rock, 94.5 K-Rock". With continuing low ratings, lack of promotion, and lack of direction, the station changed ownership the next year.
Return to Classic Rock 94.5 XKR
In 1997, Cumulus Broadcasting purchased the station. The station stunted over the last weekend of January 1998 by playing the first five seconds of many classic rock songs followed by the sound effect of a needle dragging across a record. The classic rock format returned the following Monday on February 2, 1998. The station made an immediate return to the top 10 of the Arbitron ratings in Toledo. It was renamed "94.5 XKR" and has retained its format ever since, due to an upswing in the station's ratings and a subsequent drop in WJZE's ratings, which forced WJZE to drop their classic rock format later that Summer.
WXKR broadcasts a digital "HD radio" signal in addition to its analog signal. In late July 2009, WXKR added WXKR-HD2, which carried audio programming from "The Zone", formerly carried on 106.5 FM prior to its swap to an all sports simulcast of 1470 WLQR-AM's "The Ticket". WXKR-HD2's programming is also available to analog listeners by way of translator W264AK at 100.7 FM, licensed to Toledo. In May 2011, The Zone's HD2 channel and translator was replaced with a Top 40/CHR format as "100.7 The Vibe," but the alternative format and "Zone" moniker continues on WXKR's HD3 subchannel. On March 19, 2012 the alternative format and "Zone" moniker moved from WXKR's HD3 subchannel (which no longer exists) to the HD2 subchannel, replacing "The Vibe" top 40/CHR format.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- WXKR official website
- WRWR/Port Clinton Tribute Site
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WXKR
- Radio-Locator information on WXKR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WXKR
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W264AK
- Radio-Locator information on W264AK