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WZIM magic99.5 logo - Edited.png
City Lexington, Illinois
Broadcast area Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Branding Magic 99.5
Slogan 80s, 90s, & Now
Bloomington-Normal's Christmas Station (Nov.-Dec.)
Frequency 99.5 MHz
First air date 2001 (as WCSO)
Format Adult contemporary
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters
Class A
Facility ID 88354
Former callsigns WMOS (5/2001-6/2001, CP)
WCSO (6/2001-7/2001)
WDQX (2001-2010)
Owner Pilot Media, LLC
Webcast Listen Live
Website magic995fm.com

WZIM (99.5 FM) is a radio station serving the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area. The station signed on in late 2001 as WCSO, and the call letters were soon changed to WDQZ. It was a classic hits simulcast with WDQX in Peoria. In December 2005 WDQX was sold, and the simulcast with WDQZ was split. Since then the station has evolved into a more straight-ahead classic rock station. In September 2009 WDQZ stunted as an all TV theme station for a day and a half. On September 18, 2009 WDQZ changed back to a classic hits format.

Scott Robbins, longtime Bloomington/Normal host, hosted mornings on The Eagle for many years, with two different co-hosts. In April 2007 Mancow's Morning Madhouse was added, and Robbins moved to afternoons, then off the station in August 2007 to host mornings on Cities 92.9. In February 2008 he returned to middays on The Eagle. The syndicated Nights With Alice Cooper serves as the night show.

On August 17, 2010 WDQZ changed its call letters to WZIM.

On April 5, 2012 WZIM changed its format from classic hits to sports, branded as "The Ticket".[1] The move meant that Bloomington-Normal had an all-sports radio station for the first time. Immediately after announcing the switch, 99.5 The Ticket became the B-N flagship of the Chicago Cubs, taking over from WJEZ. WZIM is also the Bloomington-Normal affiliate for the Chicago White Sox, although the station gives first priority to the Cubs. The Ticket will also air Indianapolis Colts games in the fall. WJBC airs nearly all local sports teams.

WZIM aired one local program, The Front Row, from 4-6 p.m. The show was hosted by Dan Swaney and Paul Jackson. It was cancelled sometime in the fall of 2012.

On November 13, 2013 at 10 am, WZIM dropped its sports format and began stunting with automated classic rock songs.[2] On November 15 at noon, it changed its format to AC as Magic 99.5, with the slogan, "80s, 90s, And Now!" and began promoting itself as the new home in Bloomington and Lexington for the syndicated John Tesh radio show in the morning.


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Coordinates: 40°34′30″N 88°50′17″W / 40.575°N 88.838°W / 40.575; -88.838