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WPAY (1520 AM) is a radio station licensed to Rossford, Ohio, serving the Toledo metropolitan area. Owned by the Educational Media Foundation, it is an affiliate of its K-Love Classics network.[1]

WPAY
CityRossford, Ohio
Broadcast areaToledo metropolitan area
BrandingK-LOVE Classics
SloganK-LOVE Classics from 80s 90s early 2000
Frequency1520 kHz
Translator(s)92.1 W221BG (Toledo)
First air dateNovember 28, 1966
(as WTTO)
FormatClassic Christian Music
Power500 watts day
400 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID40858
Transmitter coordinates41°30′32.00″N 83°33′7.00″W / 41.5088889°N 83.5519444°W / 41.5088889; -83.5519444
Former callsignsWTTO
WTUU
WANR
WGOR (?-1981)
WVOI (1981-1998)
WDMN (1998-2008)
WNWT (2008-2017)
Affiliations[[ K-Love Classics]]
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
Sister stationsWNKL
Websitewww.klove.com//

HistoryEdit

WTTOEdit

1520 AM in Toledo, Ohio was established in the late 1960s, With its first call letters being WTTO, it was known as Weetow 15 with a Top 40 format to compete with 1470 WOHO and 1560 WTOD (Now WWYC). It also competed with CKLW from Windsor, Ontario. The station had its studios on the top floor of the Commodore Perry building in Downtown Toledo.

WTUUEdit

In early 1970s, the call letters were changed to WTUU. The station went Country as "Fun Country W15-2".

WANR, WGOR, WVOIEdit

Sometime later, 1520AM adopted an all-news radio format with the call letters WANR. The news format was unsuccessful and the station was sold. The callsign was changed to WGOR and the station took on a religious format. In 1981, the calls were changed to WVOI along with an urban music format being adopted. This format was successful and lasted until the later part of the 1990s.

Dominion 1520Edit

In 1998, the calls were changed to WDMN (which stood for Dominion) when the Cornerstone Church of Maumee Ohio acquired the station. The station took on a Gospel music format.

Attempt at Commercial Talk radioEdit

In April 2008, WDMN dropped Gospel music and changed its format to talk radio. The format was a combination of progressive and conservative talk radio programming. Some traditional and smooth jazz was played on the weekends. The station was also an affiliate of CNN. On July 1, 2008, the station changed its calls to WNWT.

EMF Purchase and recent developmentsEdit

On January 22, 2009, it was announced that the Educational Media Foundation had purchased WNWT. On April 23, 2009, WNWT's talk format was dropped and it became a simulcast of K-Love.

On April 26, 2014, WNWT became an affiliate of Urban Family Talk. On March 15, 2017, the call letters were changed to WPAY.

On March 8, 2018, Urban Family Talk was dropped in favor of Radio Nueva Vida, a Spanish-language Christian format. On September 25, 2018, the station flipped to EMF's new K-Love Classics network. On June 7, 2019 WPAY reverted back to Urban Family Talk. On August 2, 2019 WPAY reverted back to K-Love Classics network.

Translators

TranslatorsEdit

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W221BG 92.1 FM Toledo 250 D FCC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WPAY Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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