|Broadcast area||Lorain County
Greater Cleveland (limited)
|Branding||Gold Country 1320 AM & 107.7 FM|
|Translator(s)||107.7 W299CJ (Oberlin)|
|First air date||December 24, 1971|
|Power||1,000 watts (daytime)
1,000 watts (nighttime)
|Former frequencies||1570 kHz (1971–76)|
|Affiliations||Fox News Radio
|Owner||WOBL Radio, Inc.
(WOBL Radio, Inc.)
WOBL (1320 AM) – branded Gold Country 1320 AM & 107.7 FM – is a commercial classic country radio station licensed to Oberlin, Ohio, serving Lorain County and western parts of Greater Cleveland. WOBL also simulcasts over Oberlin translator W299CJ (107.7 FM).
WOBL's studios are located in Oberlin, as are the transmitters for both WOBL and W299CJ.
WOBL began on December 24, 1971 at 1570 kHz as a daytime-only station with 250 watts of power. The station soon moved to a full-time signal at 1320 kHz by September 1976, where it has remained to this day. Its country music format has been the longest running such format of any station in the region, even with a segue into "classic country" in early 2003.
WOBL has been a family operation throughout its entire history, founded by Harry Wilber, and now run by Doug and Lorie Wilber. Its sister station is WDLW 1380AM in Lorain, acquired in late 2002. Both stations' respective studios are at the WOBL transmitter site.
WOBL features a classic country format, dubbed as "Gold Country 1320."
The station's airstaff currently includes "Super Dave" Andrews in mornings, Nikki Taylor-Fullmer in middays and "Big John" Jenkinson in afternoons, "Ranger Gary" Salley on Saturday and Sunday mornings, "Country Joe" Van Horn on Saturday middays, and Michelle Lee on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Newscasts are handled by broadcasters Christy O'Neill and Brian Deitz with sports covered by Jim Allen and ONN Radio.
WOBL broadcasts high school football, basketball and hockey, along with Oberlin College football, Cleveland State men's basketball (in a shared affiliation with WDLW) and OHSAA radio broadcasts.