|Broadcast area||Toledo, Ohio|
|Branding||News Radio 1370 WSPD|
|Slogan||Toledo's Home for News, Talk, and Weather|
|Translator(s)||92.9 W225AM (Toledo) (testing and measurement)|
|Repeater(s)||101.5-2 WRVF-HD2 (Toledo)|
|First air date||April 15, 1921|
|Callsign meaning||W SPeeDene Oil
|Former callsigns||1921-1928: WTAL|
|Affiliations||Fox News Radio
Rocket Sports Radio Network
Cleveland Indians Radio Network
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
WSPD (1370 AM) is a news-talk radio station licensed to Toledo, Ohio. WSPD broadcasts on a full-time basis with 5,000 watts, including a directional signal pattern at night. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..
WSPD's studios are located in downtown Toledo at Superior and Lafayette Avenues, and their transmitter is located on Oregon Road near Wales Road in Perrysburg Township. The transmitter site still contains a small DJ booth - reportedly the original broadcast studio - and features three unique free-standing towers.
Current programming on WSPD features local hosts Fred LeFebvre (morning drive) and Scott Sands (afternoon drive), as well as syndicated programs such as The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, The Glenn Beck Program and Coast to Coast AM.
WSPD is affiliated with Fox News Radio, which provides live top-of-the-hour newscasts, actualities, and breaking national news coverage. WSPD features local newscasts on the top and bottom of the hour during morning drive with Kevin Milliken.
WSPD is Toledo's longest running radio station, originally started on-air as WTAL in April 1921. It would be purchased by the nascent Storer Communications in January 1928, and was renamed WSPD. The call letters came from "Speedene Oil," a brand of gasoline that Storer Communications' founders, George B. Storer and brother-in-law J. Harold Ryan, owned and marketed. For decades, WSPD was commonly known as "Speedy 1370". Some locals still refer to the station as "Speedy" although that nickname is no longer officially used on the air (recently, traffic reports on WSPD were renamed "Speedy Traffic," a nod to the heritage slogan).
WSPD was the flagship of Storer Broadcasting until 1980, when it was spun off to "WSPD, Inc." Toledo Broadcasting Inc. acquired the station in 1986; eventually it would be sold to Jacor, which sold the station in 1999 to iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications). In the early 1990s as well as across the country radio consolidation affected the small independent stations, WSPD transitioned from a full-service adult contemporary/MOR station to its current corporate news/talk format - mainly with an extreme partisan conservative focus - and became known as "News Radio 1370 WSPD." The station went by the slogan "News/Talk 1370" from late 2005 until the winter of 2011. The station has since reverted to the "News Radio 1370 WSPD" slogan.
The WSPD call letters were once shared with TV channel 13, when both were commonly owned by Storer Broadcasting. The TV station's call letters changed to WTVG in 1980 when the radio stations were sold off to Wood Broadcasting, and Storer Broadcasting retained control of the TV station.
WSPD has been the flagship station of University of Toledo football and men's basketball since the mid-1960s, heading a network of six affiliate stations across Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as of May 2016, carrying all home and away games as well as the coach's shows for both sports. The station is also the chief Northwest Ohio affiliate of Cleveland Indians baseball. WSPD carries all weeknight and weekend Indians games that do not conflict with U-T broadcasts. Weekday afternoon games are heard on sister sports station WCWA.
Although only 5,000 watts it had enormous influence in the Toledo market due to unusually high ratings. Some on-air alumni of WSPD include: Connie Desmond, Art Barrie, Jim Ubelhart, Jeanne Overton, Bob Seybold, Randy Huston, Jean Shepherd, Bob Martz, Don Edwards, Neal Carmean, Chuck Parmelee, Ed Hunter, Jerry Keil, Eddie Kootz, Frank Venner, Ron Tindall, Bill Nordstrom, Ted Dalaku, Jim Donkel, Kent Slocum, Jack Mitchell, Mary Beth Zolik (Mitch & Mary Beth in the morning) Ed Burns (who had the station's first overnight country show), Gene Packard, Lee Conklin, Bill Stewart, Jude LaCava, Joe Gunderman, Dave Macy, Lee Kirk, Mike Shepherd, Pat Brogan, Deborah Boyce, Roy E. Blair - News Announcer & Broadcast Standards Manager, Rich Hoffer, Jerry Anderson, Larry Weseman, Art Edgerton, Lou Hebert, Mike Stanley, Paul Stowers, Paul W. Smith, Jim (Ted) Bayer, Doug Bermick, Maggie Moore, Paula Pennypacker, Sean Baligian, Scott Sloan, City Councilman Dennis Lange, Mark Standriff, Dick Scott, Bob Frantz, Denny Schaffer and Brian Wilson.
WSPD was also instrumental in the very early show business days of Toledo-native Teresa Brewer, who sang on the radio station as a child in the 1930s. Deborah Boyce hosted the first, nightly, evening drive-time jazz show in the country on AM radio from 1977-1979.
On September 14, 2007, WSPD began 24-hour HD radio broadcasting. WSPD formerly broadcast in AM Stereo from the 1980s into the 1990s.
On October 21, 2015, WSPD added an FM simulcast on translator W221BG/92.1. The transmitter is still in the testing and measurement phase, so it is on and off-air. The former location of this station was in Rudolph, Ohio. The translator is owned by Educational Media Foundation (EMF), owners of Air one and K-Love radio networks. iHeart media leases the translator from EMF.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WSPD
- Radio-Locator Information on WSPD
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WSPD
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W225AM
- Radio-Locator information on W225AM
- Toledo Blade Ad for several WSPD personalities, 1970s: http://vintagetoledotv.squarespace.com/vintage-radio-station-print-ad/single-gallery/15240163