CKLW was a Top 40 radio station based in Windsor, Ontario during the 1960s and 1970s that was easily heard in Toledo, Ohio. By 1978, “CKLW’s popularity was overshadowed by FM radio’s album oriented rock format and it became the station you listened to if you only had an AM radio in your old car.”
92.5 went on the air in 1957. In 1988 WMHE switched to Top 40 and changed its call letters to WVKS, aka “92.5 KISS FM.” In the mid-90s the station was sold. It’s now one of iHeartMedia’s 800+ radio stations.
In 1990 WOSE became WXKR “X-94.5”, a classic rock station started by James Lorenzen. In March 1996 in an attempt to compete with Buzz 106.5 the station became “94.5 K-Rock, Rock’s New Perspective.” It didn’t go well. The classic rock format returned February 2, 1998.
FM 104.7 WIOT was started in 1973 by former WGLN veterans after they had all been fired by WGLN’s new owner. Making money was one part of the reason for creating the station. The other part was for the love of music. A budding counter-culture icon, 104.7 played what Top 40 wouldn’t. Artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Yes, Charles Mingus, and The Velvet Underground. Success followed and about a decade later the station was one of the highest-rated rock stations in the country. – Blade Media writer, Christopher Borrelli. “UNDERGROUND PIONEER WIOT CHANGES WITH TIMES.” Blade, The (Toledo, OH), February 8, 1998: 1. NewsBank: Access World News.