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WKKO is a commercial FM radio station in Toledo, Ohio
broadcasting on 99.9 MHz with a country music format.
The 99.9 MHz spot on the FM dial in Toledo, Ohio was originally
populated by WTRT, known as one of the nation's first FM-band
Top-40 format radio stations. In the 1970s the station became WKLR
"Kooler 99", an urban soul station until the swap to county during
the summer of 1981; the station kept the WKLR call letters, but
changed its "name" to K100. During this period it was known as "The
Chicken" in reference to its mascot, a giant whole broiled chicken
dressed in seasonal clothing. Joe Hill (Now of Family Life Radio-
Tucson AZ) was the announcer on the air when K-100 (Then WKLR) went
from 8,000 watts to 50,000 watts in the summer of 1982. After the
power up, his voice was heard in Detroit. In 1986 it changed the
call letters from WKLR-FM to WKKO. The station was owned by Booth
American of Detroit for some 30 years, then Fritz Broadcasting
(also from Detroit) beginning in 1994. It was then sold to Cumulus
Broadcasting in 1997. Cumulus, (originally a Toledo company) now
based in Atlanta, still owns WKKO.
WKKO has consistently been not only a market leader in the
Toledo Metro area, but its share of the market ranks among the
highest nationwide. Longtime morning duo Mitch and Mary Beth left
WKKO for WRVF (101.5) in 2000 and were replaced by WKKO Program
Director Gary Shores and Assistant Program Director Harvey J.
Steele, together known as Shores & Steele. The two had
previously done afternoons for some six years, and were named
Broadcast Personalities for medium markets by the Country Music
Association. Shores & Steele continue to be Toledo’s number one
ranked morning show both in overall and the advertiser-friendly
Ironically, longtime Toledo radio newsman London Mitchell, who
once declined to hire Gary Shores in 1971 at 105.5 - WGLN, Home of
the Jones boys, instead opted for Jim "Dr Gold" Bayer, because Jim
had some albums the station could use. In addition to London
Mitchell's news on K-100, WTVG-TV Meteorologist Bill Spencer is
also a part of the K-100 shows.
In 2007, WKKO-FM began continuous IBOC HD RADIO digital radio
broadcasts, but has no HD2 channel at this time.
From 1952 through 1981, WKKO was an AM radio station at 860 kHz, broadcasting from Cocoa
The current lineup (as of January 26, 2009) Starting out the day
on the morning drive is Shores & Steele with Gary
Shores & Harvey J. Steele with London Mitchell with news and
"Blizzard" Bill Spencer. During the mid-day its Amy Davis. On the
afternoon drive its Cliff Smithers. Wrapping up the lineup on
nights is CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan, and on overnights
is After Mid-Nite with Blair Garner.
Weekend's/Fill-ins include Ric Harrold, Rick Pietrowski and Jeff