WFGR

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WFGR
City Grand Rapids, Michigan
Broadcast area Grand Rapids, Michigan
Branding 98.7 WFGR
Slogan Grand Rapids' Greatest Hits
Frequency 98.7 MHz
First air date 1992
Format Classic Hits
ERP 2,750 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class A
Facility ID 25837
Callsign meaning For Grand Rapids
Former callsigns WXJI (7/12/90-7/8/1992, CP)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media of Grand Rapids, Inc.)
Sister stations WGRD-FM, WLHT-FM, WNWZ, WTRV
Webcast Listen Live
Website wfgr.com

WFGR (Classic Hits 98.7) is an American FM radio station serving Grand Rapids, Michigan. It transmits from their facility in Alpine Township on 98.7 FM. WFGR is owned by Townsquare Media.

The WFGR signal can be heard as far north as Stanwood, Michigan, far east as Pewamo, Michigan, and as far south as Plainwell, Michigan.

History[edit]

WFGR was previously a classical music station throughout the 1990s, broadcasting the World Classical Network from WFCC-FM in Chatham, Massachusetts. It changed its format to oldies music as "Oldies 98.7" on October 11, 2004 when Grand Rapids' current oldies station at the time, WODJ, was displaced by rock station WKLQ.

When WFGR debuted its oldies format, it was satellite-fed using ABC Radio's "Oldies Radio" feed, but soon debuted a mostly-local lineup of DJs, playing music from the 1960s and early 1970s. On June 29, 2009, the station changed its name to Classic Hits "98.7 WFGR" and began to focus more on the 1970s and 1980s. The change left the Grand Rapids market without a local outlet for oldies in the traditional sense of the format, until Grand Valley State University stepped in to fill the void by flipping its WGVU-AM from NPR news and talk to "Real Oldies" a few months later.

WFGR currently plays a wide variety of Pop, Rock, Disco and Funk from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, after having somewhat of a more Classic Rock focus in its first incarnation of "Classic Hits" WFGR is considered to be the next generation of Oldies, branded as "Classic Hits". The stations image and delivery is that of a CHR/Top 40 station of the late 1970s or early 1980s.

On October 5, 2009, The Bob & Tom Show premiered on the morning lineup, Monday through Saturday 6 am to 10 am. The show was added when Clear Channel's 101.3 The Fox WBFX did not renew the contract for the show. As of October 5, 2012, three years to the day after their premiere, Bob and Tom were replaced with local talent Andy O' Riley and Dave Kaechele. In Late 2013, Local Mid-Day DJ Matt Hendricks was cut from the staff and replaced with a company voice-tracked Big Joe Henry based out of New Jersey. Andy and Dave were also cut from the staff in January 2014, due to low ratings. In Early 2014, part-time Jock Lauren was promoted to middays, and Jo Jo Girard, formerly of Mix 106.5 Baltimore and 104.5 WSNX (Sunny FM) was introduced as the new WFGR Morning show host. The only live shift on WFGR currently during the week is mornings. Weekends on WFGR include America's Greatest Hits with Scott Shannon, The Classic Countdown with Dick Bartley (previously heard on WMJH), Time Warp with Bill St. James (who previously hosted Flashback on WLAV-FM) and Backtrax USA: 1980s Edition with Kid Kelly (previously heard on other stations in West Michigan; Kelly is still heard on sister station WLHT-FM as host of the 1990s edition of the program). Despite its many programming changes, WFGR has rarely ever been rated inside the Top 10 for stations 12+, and has received little to no promotion since 2008 under previous ownership.

Current weekday on-air lineup (May 2015)[edit]

5:30a - 10am Jo Jo Girard (The Jo Jo Show)

10 a – 3 pm Steve Labenz (Voice Tracked)

7 pm – 12 am Fridays Friday Night '80s with Connie Kellie

Weekends[edit]

Saturday

10a - 2pm Steve Labenz

3p - 6p Lauren

6p - 2a Saturday Night '80s with Connie Kellie

Sunday

8a - 12n American Top 40 - The 80's with Casey Kasem

12n - 4p Lauren

4p - 8p Scott Winters

8p - 12m American Top 40 - The 80's with Casey Kasem (rerun of the morning's program)

Jingles[edit]

In recent years, WFGR has used re-sung versions of cuts from several classic JAM Creative Productions jingle packages from the 1970s and 1980s. Among these is a version of WHTZ New York's legendary "Serving the Universe" top-of-the-hour ID, with "Serving the Universe" replaced by "Serving West Michigan."

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Coordinates: 43°01′59″N 85°41′46″W / 43.033°N 85.696°W / 43.033; -85.696