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WZLR
City of license Xenia, Ohio
Broadcast area Dayton, Ohio
Branding 95.3 The Eagle
Slogan Dayton's Classic Hits Station
Frequency 95.3 MHz
Format Classic Hits
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 98 meters
Class A
Facility ID 15649
Transmitter coordinates 39°37′52″N 83°53′39″W / 39.63111°N 83.89417°W / 39.63111; -83.89417Coordinates: 39°37′52″N 83°53′39″W / 39.63111°N 83.89417°W / 39.63111; -83.89417
Callsign meaning Z (C)LeaR
Owner Cox Radio, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website 953theeagle.com

WZLR (95.3 FM) known as "The New 95.3 The Eagle" is a radio station broadcasting a Classic Hits format. Licensed to Xenia, Ohio, USA, it serves the Dayton area. The station is currently owned by Cox Radio, Inc..

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History

Originally WBZI the FM sister of the former WGIC-AM which employed numerous formats from southern gospel in the mid 70s,adult contemporary in the late 1970s(as "I-95" following a format and AM/FM frequency swap) then switching to country in 1980 and to oldies as WDJK in 1987.

AS WDJK DJ 95/Power 95

In the latter part of 1990, the station became CHR/Pop "DJ 95". This name lasted for two years until June 1992, when the station retained the CHR/Pop format and became known as "Power 95", following the playing of Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" 953 times in a row. The CHR/Pop format would last until July, 1993, when the station was put up for sale, at which time the station decided to flip to an 80s Oldies format, the first time such a format had been tried in the country. Once the station was sold, on August 10, 1993, following the playing of Night Ranger's "Goodbye", the 80s Oldies format was dropped as well as the entire airstaff for an FM simulcast of sister station 1500 WBZI, retaining the WDJK calls.

As WCLR

The station was sold yet again in 1994 and eventually became a simulcast with Piqua's WCLR "Kool 95" becoming repeater WZLR. The station later became known as simply "Oldies 95" in its final year or so of operation. Another call letter change took place in October 2000 becoming WDTP the repeater of 95.7 WDPT "Dayton's Point" playing 80s Oldies until September, 2002.

As 95.3 ZLR

At this point the station flipped to Classic Rock after a full day of stunting with the opening riffs of Queen's "We Will Rock You" playing in the background and reverting back to the WZLR calls.

As 95.3 The Eagle

In 2006, the station evolved into Classic Hits and picked up the handle "95.3 The Eagle-Dayton's Classic Hits Station", as well as retaining the WZLR calls. According to the FCC's website, the station has transmitted at 6,000 watts since at least 1998.

In March of 2009, the station shifted back to a more 70's-80's Classic Hits music mix and added the nationally syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge morning show. The station made the musical shift by dropping the more "soft rock" and "oldies" titles from the 60's and 70's, while adding a more heavy dose of 80's music by adding artists such as the Police, John Mellencamp and Bryan Adams. The station more resembles a traditional classic rock station while imaging as classic hits, since every song played by the station was a legitimate top 40 hit.

The station's website mentioned that a format change would be coming to 95.3 Thursday, January 7, 2010 following the Bubba the Love Sponge show. It was announced at 11 AM on Thursday, Jan. 7th that the station was adding more 80s and keeping the 70s as well("Now more 80s and the same great music from the 70s"). It also included short intercuts of old radio imaging from 104 DJX, 105 WTUE, and Z-93. The first song after the change was announced was "Nothin' But A Good Time" by Poison.

Notable Former Airstaff(as WDJK)

  • Jeff Stevens(1990-93)
  • Sloppy Joe(1992-93)
  • Todd Hudson(1992-93)
  • Joe Momma(1992)
  • Jammin' Joe Kelly(1990-93)
  • Brian Savage(1992-93)
  • Alan Rantz(1992-93)
  • Jack Rutledge(1992)
  • Stacy Crews(1992-93)
  • Taylor(1992-93)
  • Buzz Cannon(1993)
  • Bobby Brunner(News 1992-93)
  • Tom Daniels

Notable Former Airstaff (as simulcast of WCLR "Kool 95/Oldies 95")

  • Jason Michaels
  • Joe Demma
  • John Hall
  • David G. McFarland
  • Bob Roberts

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