WZLO

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WZLO
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City of license Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Broadcast area Bangor, Maine
Branding 103.1 WZLO
Slogan Maine's Adult Alternative
Frequency 103.1 MHz
First air date November 1980 (as WDME-FM)
Format Adult album alternative
ERP 1,500 watts
HAAT 204 meters
Class A
Facility ID 12882
Transmitter coordinates 45°12′58.00″N 69°14′34.00″W / 45.2161111°N 69.2427778°W / 45.2161111; -69.2427778
Callsign meaning W Z LOft
Former callsigns WDME-FM (1980–2009)
WZON-FM (2009–2012)
Owner The Zone Corporation
Sister stations WKIT-FM, WZON
Website www.wzlofm.com

WZLO (103.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult album alternative format. Licensed to Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, USA, the station serves the Bangor, Maine area.

The station is owned by The Zone Corporation. the broadcast company owned by authors Tabitha and Stephen King.[1]

History[edit]

The station signed on in November 1980 as WDME-FM, simulcasting the middle-of-the-road format of its sister AM station (1340 AM), which had begun on August 13, 1967.[2][3] The AM station was closed down, and its license allowed to expire, in 1991 for economic reasons.[4] Later, WDME-FM was an eclectic adult contemporary station.

Under its previous ownership, WDME referred to itself on-air as, "The only radio station in the world broadcasting from a railroad passenger car." WDME's studios were located in a converted Amtrak coach formerly situated beside Routes 6 and 15 to the north and west of Dover-Foxcroft. The station was known for its folksy portrayal of rural culture in the north woods of Maine. It featured locally-known personalities such as John Simcoe and Paul Knaut.

WDME was purchased by The Zone Corporation in 2001. Gradually, the station changed to an adult album alternative format before becoming a simulcast of WZON, a sports radio station, in 2009. The WZON-FM call letters were adopted on August 27.[5]

WZON-FM switched to a progressive talk format on January 4, 2010[6] The station also carried Boston Red Sox baseball; shortly after WZON AM began simulcasting WZON-FM on November 1, 2010, Sox games were moved exclusively to the AM station (which previously shared the broadcasts with WDME/WZON-FM). WZON-FM began stunting with Christmas music in November 2012, with the previous format moving exclusively to WZON AM. The call letters were changed to WZLO on November 23,[5] and the station returned to an adult album alternative format, branded as "103.1 WZLO," on December 26, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WZLO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 (PDF). 1981. p. C-104. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott. "Maine Radio History, 1971–1996". Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ Neff, Andrew (November 12, 1993). "Hirsch sells Dover-Foxcroft radio station". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hayward, Meghan (December 31, 2009). "WZON 103.1 New Format". WABI TV5. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 

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