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WWWM-FM

WWWM 105.5 FM is an American radio station licensed to Sylvania, Ohio and broadcasting as part of the Toledo market.

"Star 105.5", as the station is known, carries an adult contemporary format.

History

The 105.5 MHz spot on the radio dial in the Toledo area began in the late 1960s as WGLN, the home of the "Jones Boys". Every DJ used the last name Jones. Among the more notable, Davy Jones and Micky Jones. The station featured country music and live performances were broadcast.

Later the format shifted to oldies ("Golden 105") and album-oriented rock. By the mid-1970s, 105.5 FM was a beautiful music station with the callsign of WXEZ. By the late 70s it had transformed into an automated "Z-Rock" (current hot hits) station known as "Z-105". In 1979/1980 the station had a simulcast of big-sister station WOHO 1470 AM for morning drive time as well as for weekend broadcasts of "American Top 40". In 1980 the station went on its own with live local on-air talent. As the format changed from rock to oldies to adult contemporary, it was known as "Z-105", "3WM", and "Magic 105", respectively. After dumping the WXEZ calls (to a Chicago station) they obtained WWWM-FM (From a Cleveland station who went by "M105"), hence the "3WM". Their AM sister station on 1470, WOHO, then also changed their calls to WWWM (AM) from 1990-1995. The Toledo duopoly of 1470AM/105.5FM has always been owned by the Lew Dickey family, first as Midwestern Broadcasting, then as Cumulus Broadcasting/Media.

In April 2008, WWWM-FM began continuous HD Radio digital radio broadcasts, but without any HD2 service at this time.

Trivia

In April 2007, Star 105.5 became Toledo's home for Delilah's syndicated love-songs program, which competes with the John Tesh show on Clear Channel's WRVF. WWWM had previously aired Delilah for a time during the late 1990s. At the same time, the station became known as "Star 105.5" rather than simply "Star 105" and modified its playlist in a more mainstream AC direction, adding more music from the 1970s. Star 105.5 does not play some of the harder rock music featured on many other Hot AC stations.

Star 105.5 features music of the 1980s from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday nights. The station formerly aired an '80s program on Friday nights, which has since been replaced by Delilah.

Prior to their current use, the WWWM call sign was previously used on the 105.7 MHz facility in Cleveland, Ohio from 1972 to 1982; using the moniker "3WM", the station was a sister station to the 50,000 watt 1100 AM station "3WE" - WWWE (now WTAM). The FM station operates today as WMJI.

Broadcast area

Though the station broadcasts out of Toledo and covers Northwest Ohio, the station's signal also currently reaches Windsor, Essex County, and Detroit; however, the station may become inaudible in this area when a rebroadcaster of CBEF, also on 105.5, signs on.

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