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City of license Saginaw, Michigan
Broadcast area Saginaw-Bay City-Midland
Branding Wheelz 104.5
Slogan Classic Rock that Really Rocks
Frequency 104.5 MHz
First air date unknown
Format Classic rock
Power 2,900 watts
HAAT 126 meters
Class A
Facility ID 58578
Transmitter coordinates 43°23′34″N 83°55′27″W / 43.39278°N 83.92417°W / 43.39278; -83.92417
Callsign meaning Wheelz
Former callsigns WMJA (4/8/95-3/19/99)
WUVE (5/3/91-4/8/95)
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations WHNN, WIOG, WKQZ, WFBE, WTRX
Webcast Listen Live

WILZ (104.5 FM, "Wheelz 104.5") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format in Saginaw, Michigan, owned by Citadel Broadcasting. The station is the local affiliate of the Bob and Tom morning show.

104.5 FM began in the early 1990s as WUVE, an album oriented rock station that aired some programming from ABC/Satellite Music Network's "Z Rock" network (though not an official "Z-Rock" affiliate). The station became WMJA ("Magic") with a classic hits format in 1995, and then adopted its current calls and format in 1999 (possibly in tribute to former Detroit album-rock station WLLZ 98.7 FM, now Top-40 WVMV).

WILZ's format was formerly simulcast on then-sister station WYLZ (100.9 FM) (now WLUN), licensed to Pinconning, Michigan. WYLZ has broadcast a variety of different formats since signing on in 1983. 104.5 and 100.9 together were known as "Wheelz 104.5 and 101" from 1999 to 2007.

In June 2007, WYLZ was sold by Citadel (along with nine other stations) to The Last Bastion Station Trust, LLC, as part of ABC Radio's absorption into Citadel. Upon ending the simulcast, WYLZ switched to a satellite-fed country format ("Mainstream Country" from Dial Global) under the "Thunder Country" moniker. Despite the programming changes, WYLZ continued to air play-by-play of Great Lakes Loons baseball during the summer of 2007. In winter of 2008 the Great Lakes Loons finally took over ownership. The radio equipment is still held in Saginaw at this time, until they move it in the summer to their stadium. WILZ 104.5 maintains its classic rock format and Citadel ownership.

Wheelz 104.5 and 101 logo, back when the two stations simulcasted.


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