WFAL Falcon Radio
|Broadcast area||Wood County, Ohio|
|Slogan||The Music Evolution|
|First air date||1970|
|Format||college radio, Rock, Alternative, Talk|
|Former frequencies||1610 kHz|
|Owner||Bowling Green State University|
WFAL is a college radio station located on the campus of Bowling Green State University station in Bowling Green, Ohio. WFAL is one of Bowling Green State University's two college radio stations, along its sister station WBGU-FM. There is a station licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the call letters WFAL, owned by Radio Georgia, on 105.9 MHz in Milner, Georgia. That station began operating in March 2015 with a classic rock format.
WFAL Falcon Radio is a commercial station but is not licensed by the FCC. While it used to broadcast on 1610 AM, it can be heard as a cable radio channel through the Time Warner Cable channel 21 in Northwest Ohio as well as through its webcast at . The station is primarily used for students wishing to pursue jobs in the radio and communications industry to gain first-hand knowledge and experience on operations of a radio station and shows. As opposed to WBGU-FM, WFAL is open to students and alumni only. Anyone who is not a BGSU student or alumni and wants to work at WFAL, has to be voted in by a ¾ vote of the executive staff.
WFAL started as a pirate radio station in a BGSU dorm in the late 1960s. The university soon decided to make it a school-sponsored station and WFAL officially began broadcasting in 1970. In the 1990s the station became one of the top three college radio stations in the US and was awarded two awards by the National Association of College Broadcasters
In 2008, BGSU increased funding for telecommications, the station rebuilt the studio to make the station fully digital and add the latest equipment. The transformation included a new name and image and the station was renamed WFAL Falcon Radio. WFAL was previously known as WFAL 1610 AM until 2008 when, after problems with the transmitter being unable to broadcast at a legal range, it was decided for this station to become internet and cable TV only.
The station has gone through a variety of format changes including Top 40, AOR (album-oriented rock). The newest format consists of 5 genred departments: modern rock, Jazz, hip-hop, Talk and Top 40. The station has numerous shows during the day and also carries BGSU and local high school sporting events.