|City||Bowling Green, Ohio|
|Broadcast area||Toledo Metropolitan Area|
|Slogan||"Faith with Frequency"|
|First air date||August 14, 2010|
|HAAT||87.9 meters (288 feet)|
|Callsign meaning||Northwest Ohio Catholics|
|Affiliations||EWTN Glocal Catholic Radio Network
Ave Maria Radio Network
|Owner||Our Lady of Guadalupe Radio Inc.
|Sister stations||WHRQ, Sandusky
WNOC (89.7 FM, "Annunciation Radio") is a non-commercial educational radio station licensed to serve the community of Bowling Green, Ohio and serving the Toledo and Bowling Green areas with Catholic programming within the northern portion of the Toledo diocese. It is the second Catholic station to make its debut in the Toledo Diocese in the summer of 2010, the other being WJTA "Holy Family Radio" licensed in Glandorf, Ohio and transmitting from Leipsic. WNOC airs local programming in addition to programs from EWTN Radio, and Ave Maria Radio.
Annunciation Radio began in 2006 as a venture by Toledo businessman and Deacon Michael Learned who, on February 3, 2008, launched a Sunday afternoon program on Toledo daytime talk station WTOD 1560 AM. It was sold by Cumulus Media to CSN Radio in March 2010 (which is now WWYC). The program briefly moved to Cumulus-owned WLQR (1470 AM) until the new station signed-on on August 14, 2010. The construction permit was at first held by MCCR Inc. (Ministry for Catholic Charismatic Renewal.) While the new station was in its construction permit phase, a temporary working studio and office was set up at 2679 Brookford Drive in Toledo and a tower erected on Sugar Ridge Rd. near Bowling Green which is shared with WPFX.
In June 2010, two months before the station began broadcasting, Tim Kusner joined the radio station's staff. He was responsible for obtaining underwriters and gradually moved into producing, announcing, traffic management, managing the station Facebook page, and co-hosting the Friday morning live program Annunciation Radio Presents. WNOC serves the Bowling Green and Toledo areas while sister station WHRQ in Sandusky at 88.1 FM made it on-air debut on Monday April 25, 2011 (initially as a WNOC simulcast). The Annunciation Radio audiostream commenced on its website on August 26, 2010.
In May 2013 Annunciation Radio opened a permanent main studio and office located at 3662 Rugby Drive in south Toledo. In July 2013, it purchased WFOT 89.5 FM licensed to Lexington and serving the Mansfield area from its previous owner St. Gabriel Radio based in Columbus. The transition of WFOT programming from St. Gabriel Radio to Annunciation Radio took place at 3:00pm local time on Thursday July 11, 2013. WFOT has been on the air since 2007.
In September 2013, Annunciation Radio purchased the construction permit of WSHB, 90.9 mHz in Willard from the Mansfield Christian School which owns WVMC in Mansfield. Approval of the sale was granted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on December 23, 2013. WSHB took to the air on Christmas Day December 25, 2013.
Online sister stations
Annunciation Radio also operates two web based stations:
- Source and Summit Radio -Contemporary Catholic music for teens and young adults.
- Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe Radio (Our Lady of Guadalupe Radio Toledo) -Catholic programming in Spanish.
Call sign history
WNOC's call letters had been used at 94.1 FM in Old Forge New York (later WNOB now defunct), on Channel 26 in Jamestown, New York (which is now WNYB), on Channel 24 in Flora, Illinois (later WNOI-LP now defunct), at 720 AM in Wake Forest, North Carolina (defunct since 1986) and before that at 1310 AM in Norwich, Connecticut, the present-day WICH.
Repeaters of WNOC
- WHRQ 88.1 FM in Sandusky also serving Port Clinton, Fremont,the Lake Erie Islands and the Northcoast/Firelands areas.
- WFOT 89.5 FM licensed to Lexington serving the Mansfield area.
- WSHB 90.9 FM in Willard.
- WRRO 89.9 FM licensed to Edon serving Bryan and the far-corner regions of northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana. WRRO is owned by the Knights of Columbus Council 1915 (as licensee "Club 1915 Inc.") WRRO was previously an affiliate of Fort Wayne-based Redeemer Radio at first for WLYV and later WRDF.
- WLBJ-LP 104.1 FM in Fostoria owned by the Christopher Center Corporation (as "Christ The Shepherd Radio").
Though both of the above stations are a near-simulcast of WNOC, both stations separately identify themselves legally at the top of the hour.
- WSJG-LP 103.3 FM "St. John Paul The Great Radio" in Tiffin.
- WJTA 88.9 FM "Holy Family Radio" licensed to Glandorf and transmitting in Leipsic serving the Ottawa, Findlay, Napoleon, Paulding, Lima and Defiance areas as an EWTN affiliate.
- WVSG 820 AM "St. Gabriel Radio" EWTN affiliate in Columbus whose signal reaches portions of northwest Ohio during daytime hours.(formerly WOSU (AM)).
- Official Annunciation Radio site (with streaming audio)
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNOC
- Radio-Locator information on WNOC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNOC
- Toledo Blade story of WNOC sign-on (August 21, 2010)
- Toledo Catholic Chronicle story of WNOC sign-on (August 30, 2010)
- Toledo Blade story of Annunciation Radio's fundraiser and planned launch. (May 30, 2009)
- Promotional flyer of New York Times author Raymond Arroyo's appearance at WNOC's launch.(in PDF format)
- Additional WNOC information from REC Networks site
- EWTN Radio official site
- Ave Maria Radio official site