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WIIL
95 WIIL ROCK
City of license Kenosha, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Kenosha/Chicago/Racine/Milwaukee
Branding 95 WIIL Rock
Frequency 95.1 FM (MHz)
Format Active Rock
ERP 50,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning WIsconsin and ILlinois, also "will"
Owner Nextmedia Group
Webcast Listen Live
Website WIIL website

WIIL (95.1 WIIL Rock) (pronounced "95 Will Rock") is a radio station in Kenosha, Wisconsin that plays Active Rock music and serves Kenosha and Racine Counties in Wisconsin, and northern portions of Chicagoland in Illinois. The call letters stand for Wisconsin and Illinois, as Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the station's transmitter location, is located on the border of the two states. WIIL is owned and operated by NextMedia and operates at 50,000 watts of power.

History

WIIL began in 1962 as WLIP-FM, a simulcast of its parent sister station WLIP 1050 AM. The station eventually separated from a simulcast and began running its own music programming from 6 a.m. to midnight. The station offered a beautiful music format but in the mid-1970s, it began playing progressive-unto-AOR format in the evenings, and was known as "Rock 95 LIP-FM". By the late 1970s, the station had converted to an all album oriented rock format and changed its call letters to WJZQ. In the early 1980s, "Rock 95" morphed into a top 40 format. In 1990 it became dance CHR as "95 WJZQ" later "Power 95" and gradually returned to mainstream top 40 by 1991-1992. The transition to "Power 95" was marked by playing a continuous loop of Snap's "The Power" for 24 hours without interruption or explanation. In September 1992 it became 95 WIIL ROCK with a classic rock format. For a short period in the summer of 2003 or 2004 WIIL was renamed "95-1 THEE Rock Station" but returned to WIIL Rock not long after. In 2004 it took a more active rock direction ,while continuing a mainstream rock format. In November 2009, the station shifted to a full active rock format.

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Coordinates: 42°33′10″N 87°53′38″W / 42.552780°N 87.893825°W / 42.552780; -87.893825

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