|Slogan||"Lenawee's Local News Station"|
|Translator(s)||W243AD 96.5 MHz Adrian|
|First air date||June 9, 1965|
|Format||Adult Contemporary, News, Sports|
|Callsign meaning||LENawee County|
|Owner||Lenawee Broadcasting Company|
The station began broadcasting in 1965 as the first FM radio station in Lenawee County, and has been owned by the Koehn family (d/b/a Lenawee Broadcasting Company) since its inception. Over the years the station's music has evolved from a mix of MOR and country music to exclusively adult contemporary with hits from the mainstream AC and Hot AC formats, with oldies played on Fridays during "Friday Flashbacks." Like many other AC stations, WLEN plays continuous Christmas music between Thanksgiving and Christmas, taking a break on Fridays for the station's regular "Friday Flashbacks" programming of oldies from the 1950s through the 1980s.
WLEN features ABC Network radio news on the hour, hourly. All music programming is locally hosted (locally automated during overnight hours) with the exception of two weekend specialty shows: Magic of the 80's on Saturday nights and the weekend version of the John Tesh Radio Show on Sunday nights.
Other WLEN features include national and local newscasts, "Classified" (a Tradio-style feature), "Viewpoint" (a Saturday-morning phone-in talk show hosted by Dale Gaertner, Program Director), and weekly specialty features focusing on neighboring communities such as Tecumseh, Onsted, Blissfield, Hudson, the Irish Hills area, and Deerfield.
WLEN has several major newscasts daily, at Midnight, 6am, 7am, 8am, 9am Noon, 5pm and 6pm. WLEN hosts a number of popular DJs, including Morning show hosts, Kristina Kidney and Steve Barkway, mid mornings with Dale Gaertner, afternoons with Joe Johns and Mike Reynolds in the evenings. You can join their news and information hours weekdays at 12 and 5pm with News Director Ian Wendt. Other notable personalities include sports broadcasters John Koehn, Gabriel Schray, Chris Renwick and Patt Hayes. Koehn has broadcast Adrian High School Football for over 40 years. The station also features a popular Tejano music show, "Radio Picoso", on Sunday afternoons, hosted by Herbey Atkinson.
Julie Koehn is the General Manager of WLEN Radio and President of Lenawee Broadcasting.
WLEN began transmitting in HD Radio in the spring of 2015. As of January 2016, the station airs a delayed simulcast of the analog and HD-1 signal on its HD-2 channel.
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