WONE-FM (97.5 FM) – branded 97.5 WONE – is a commercial classic rock (AOR) radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio. Owned by Rubber City Radio Group, Inc., the station primarily serves the Akron metro area. In addition to a standard analog transmission, WONE-FM is available online. Both the WONE-FM studios and transmitter are located in Akron.
|Broadcast area||Akron metro area|
|Slogan||Akron's Home of Rock and Roll|
|First air date||October 1947 (as WAKR-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||W "ONE" –FM|
(reference to previous owner)
|Former callsigns||WAKR-FM (1947–74)|
|Affiliations||Cleveland Browns Radio Network|
|Owner||Rubber City Radio Group, Inc. |
(Rubber City Radio Group, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WAKR, WNWV, WQMX|
The station signed on the air in October 1947 as WAKR-FM. It was co-owned with WAKR. In 1974, the station adopted the callsign WAEZ, playing easy listening and beautiful music. The station adopted its current rock format as WONE-FM on January 1, 1985 when then owner Group One Broadcasting obtained permission to share the WONE base callsign of its sister station WONE in Dayton.
Rock music accounts for the majority of station programming, but WONE-FM also serves as Akron's FM affiliate for the Cleveland Browns. On February 1, 2013, WONE-FM announced that local radio veteran Jeff Kinzbach, best known from his years at WMMS in Cleveland, would take over the station's morning shift.