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Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

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Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by bmw » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:41 pm

We always talk about stations when they change formats, but what are some Michigan stations (AM or FM) that have kept their formats for a long period of time without anything more than very minor tweaks or simply updating playlists?

In my area, two stations come to mind - WKJC 104.7 (has been country for as long as I can remember) and Cruise 102 (102.1 WLEW) playing whatever format they want to call it (classic hits) since at least the 1980s.

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by Howard Jones » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:49 pm

WMPC AM in Lapeer I think has the longest running single format of any radio station anywhere. They've had Christian-based programming since 1926.
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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by sfpcc » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:40 pm

WWJ has been broadcasting news since 1971. (Between 1971 and 1980 the aired Beautiful / Muzak overnight. After that it was all news.)

WCSX has been around 30 years. I'm not sure if that's a long time for radio. WRIF has been been an AOR station for 46 years. (The station in Lapeer
seems to have been the winner though.)

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by Plate Cap » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:27 am

Hands down the longest running station, with the longest running format. On the air 6 months before KDKA:

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by Marcus » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:31 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBK_(AM)

Above is one of the longest running Public Broadcasters in North America that has remained under the same owner. It also covers more square miles than almost any other radio station in the continent. Although WNYC New York is older, it has changed owners in the past.

The longest running commerical broadcaster would likely be one of the Classical music stations. WFMT Chicago has been on the air since 1951.

In Detroit WJLB has been Urban since before WRIF was Rock if you include the years that WJLB was at AM 1400.

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by ftballfan » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:51 pm

WTCM-FM has been country for at least 30-35 years. WKZC has always been country from the day it signed on AFAIK

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Post by Vic Doucette » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:50 am

WKCQ-FM in Saginaw has been country for more than 40 years.
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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by 1027BrianFM » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:56 pm

Lets see:

104.7 WIOT in Toledo, been going since 1972 with a rock format
106.9 KPTK Topeka KS has been country ever since its sign on in 1974.( I listed frequently online)
103.5 WMUZ Detroit has been religious at least most of its existence

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by Playswithtrucks » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:15 am

WMKC 102.9 has been country since signing on in 1982.

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by kager » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:00 pm

ftballfan wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:51 pm
WTCM-FM has been country for at least 30-35 years. WKZC has always been country from the day it signed on AFAIK
Please excuse my veering off-topic. Can't speak to WTCM-FM, but I was there the day WKZC signed on. As "K-Z Countrypolitan 96" (I am not making this up.) So, you're ~75% correct.

It was like a 3:1 mix of Country : AC (TM Century reels, IIRC). So yeah - it went something like this:

Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley's "Holding the bag", Alabama's "Dixieland Delight", Merle & Willie's "Reasons to Quit", followed by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". It was kinda excruciating.

(And, even though Wikipedia states WKZC signed on the air on 02.16.83, it was actually Valentine's Day that year.)
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Post by Calvert DeForest » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:44 pm

WITL has been Country since 1966 or 67.
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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by sfpcc » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:18 pm

I realize that Ed Love is a person not a radio station, but his Jazz program on WDET has been around since 1984. It sounds the same now as it did in the 80's, (he does a good job but nobody seems to talk about him on this board.)

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by tvradiojunkie » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:06 pm

WFMK has been AC since at least the early 70s.

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by SpartanAM » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:14 pm

WIOG, albeit on two different frequencies, has been CHR since the early 80s

97 WLAV has been playing rock music on the west side since the early 70s

Q Country 107 WSAQ Port Huron has been country since 1982

94.9 WMMQ, "America's first classic rock station" dates back over 30 years.

I guess another thread could be "what stations have been the same format since they signed on"?

Qualifiers for that prestige would be WMPC, WMIC with it's rural full service format, WKCQ (I believe it's been country since sign on but under the WSAM call sign)
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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by Calvert DeForest » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:50 pm

SpartanAM wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:14 pm
94.9 WMMQ, "America's first classic rock station" dates back over 30 years.
WMMQ was actually America's first FM Classic Rock station. IIRC, Fred Jacobs had previously launched the Classic Rock format on an AM station in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. WMMQ most likely is the longest-running station with the format.
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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by ftballfan » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:12 pm

Calvert DeForest wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:50 pm
SpartanAM wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:14 pm
94.9 WMMQ, "America's first classic rock station" dates back over 30 years.
WMMQ was actually America's first FM Classic Rock station. IIRC, Fred Jacobs had previously launched the Classic Rock format on an AM station in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. WMMQ most likely is the longest-running station with the format.
WMMQ was on 92.7 originally before moving to 94.9 around 1997

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Re: Radio stations with the longest-running formats?

Post by ftballfan » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:24 pm

kager wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:00 pm
ftballfan wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:51 pm
WTCM-FM has been country for at least 30-35 years. WKZC has always been country from the day it signed on AFAIK
Please excuse my veering off-topic. Can't speak to WTCM-FM, but I was there the day WKZC signed on. As "K-Z Countrypolitan 96" (I am not making this up.) So, you're ~75% correct.

It was like a 3:1 mix of Country : AC (TM Century reels, IIRC). So yeah - it went something like this:

Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley's "Holding the bag", Alabama's "Dixieland Delight", Merle & Willie's "Reasons to Quit", followed by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". It was kinda excruciating.

(And, even though Wikipedia states WKZC signed on the air on 02.16.83, it was actually Valentine's Day that year.)
So it wouldn't have been that unusual to hear this into this on WKZC in the very early days.

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