|Broadcast area||Upper Sandusky, Marion, Bucyrus, Ohio|
|Branding||Buckeye Country 94.3|
|Slogan||Marion's Hot New Country|
|Frequency||94.3 (MHz) (FM)|
|First air date||1953 (on original frequency 106.9)|
|HAAT||91 meters (299 ft)|
|Former callsigns||WDIF (1970-2008)|
|Former frequencies||106.9 MHz (1953-1/6/2008)|
|Owner||iHeartMedia, Inc. |
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WYNT, WMRN|
WMRN-FM had served the nearby Marion, Ohio area at 106.9 MHz with a country music format under the on-air moniker "Buckeye Country 107".
94.3 FM was previously WDIF, and had served Marion since the 1970s with an adult-oriented format. Originally owned by Scantland Communications, who also owned WQEL-FM (92.7 Bucyrus, Ohio), featured an eclectic format of soft jazz and adult contemporary hits as well as newscasts produced by a 3-person news department. The call letters reflected the station's slogan, "WDIF Makes a Difference." In the late 1970s, the radio trade publication Radio and Records named WDIF "Best Small Market Station in America." By 1982, WDIF was named "Best Small Market Station" in the country by Billboard magazine. Scantland would sell WDIF-FM to Burbach Broadcasting in 1994 who owned WMRN-AM and WMRN-FM 106.9 in Marion, Ohio, WBUK-FM (106.3, Ottawa, Ohio) and WPFX-FM (107.7, North Baltimore, Ohio). Burbach Broadcasting owned several other radio stations in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Parkersburg, West Virginia and State College, Pennsylvania.
In 1996, Ohio Radio Group purchased WQEL and WBCO in nearby Bucyrus from former owner Scantland Communications becoming a local radio powerhouse owning several stations, including WFXN-FM (102.3, Galion, Ohio), WMAN-FM (98.3, Fredericktown, Ohio)and WXXF (107.7 Loudonville, Ohio). In 1996, WYNT which was based in nearby Upper Sandusky, Ohio were also added making Ohio Radio Group the largest radio ownership company in Ohio. The company also tried to purchase WMRN-AM, WDIF-FM, WMRN-FM, WBUK-FM and WPFX-FM but the sale was not approved by the Department of Justice because of ownership limits in the concentrated Mid-Ohio market. Burbach then sold the stations to Randy Michaels led Jacor Communications based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Before WMRN-FM's move to 94.3 FM, WDIF had been known as "Mix 94.3."
- WMRN-FM website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WMRN
- Radio-Locator information on WMRN
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WMRN
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