Locally owned by Rubber City Radio Group, Inc., the radio station broadcasts a wealth of news, talk, and sports. ", "Scott Muni, 74, a Radio D.J. North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement, implemented a freeze on any additional television licenses, "WAKR Will Broadcast All Of Indians' Games", "WAKR Radio Back On Tribe Baseball Network", "WAKR has 50 years under its belt: Will past outshine future? WAKR - Akron, OH - Listen to free internet radio, news, sports, music, and podcasts. [2] WAKR-TV was retained by the Berk family under the Group One name; a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal jokingly mused, "does that mean that Channel 23 is now a group of one? [8] Besides a standard analog transmission, WAKR's programming is relayed over low-power Akron FM translator W228EL (93.5 FM), and is available online. Got it. [144] As the trademark rights were transferred to DKM, WAKR-TV was changed to WAKC when the deal closed on October 31; the Berk family invested the profits from the sale into the TV station. [36], Art Cullison, on Art Fazzin leaving WAKR in 1952[37], Shortly after signing on, the station hired a young announcer named Stephen Richards, who did announcing, acting, and engineering work, and broke the news of the Attack on Pearl Harbor on-air. [20] (After WAKR's launch and a subsequent sale of the station, WJW moved out of Akron and into the Cleveland market in November 1943. Following extensive research and studies commissioned by Thom Mandel, WAKR reverted to their previous full-service format on February 25, 1994. [176] Collins had suffered symptoms for several months before the diagnosis, including a brief moment of partial paralysis in-studio, which was previously mistaken for hypertension. As a staff member at 1590 WAKR since the 1980's....I really appreciate the great comments from all of you folks here on the Cleveland board about our station, and WAKR's 70th anniversary on October 16th. [79] Summit Radio won the license for WAKR-TV on channel 49 by September 4, 1952;[80][81] a coin flip determined the winning bid between Summit and WADC, as the other frequency available, channel 65, was not considered operable at the time. [63] Greer left the station in November 1960 to join WABC upon that station's conversion to a Top 40 format,[64] teaming up with former WAKR colleague Scott Muni in the process as part of WABC's "Swingin' Seven at 77". "[37] Using his middle name for the stage name Art Fleming, Fazzin became best known as the first host of the television game show Jeopardy! WAKR/W228EL made its flip to Full Service Soft AC “Soft Hits 93.5” at 2pm this afternoon. Status! 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Licenses; Renewals; Assignments; TOC; STA; Others; Additional Documents; Form 302-AM Application for AM Broadcast Station License. [26], Initially at 1530 kHz with 1,000 watts, WAKR was moved to 1590 kHz on March 28, 1941 as a result of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement, and had power output raised to 5,000 watts the following December. [111] Even with all of those changes, the call sign was changed to WAEZ on July 9, 1973 in order to establish a distinct identity for it, compared to WAKR and WAKR-TV. Hear the audio that matters most to you. [140] Employees found out about the sale when they were presented their paychecks; the notes also mentioned that negotiations had been underway between the two parties for six months. Locally owned and operated by Rubber City Radio Group, Inc., the station primarily services the Akron metropolitan area, including both Summit County and Portage County. (Advertisement)", "Buy WAKR Akron: First in Listeners! [170] A mystery writer on the side who published The Radio Murderers: The Collectors in 2011, intended to have been the first book in a series,[177] he chronicled his surgery and subsequent treatments in an e-book memoir, RoBBing Mind: How Attitude and Intention Helped Prevent a Fate Worse Than Death. [29] A local version of the Blue/ABC program America's Town Meeting of the Air ran on WAKR that was aimed at the teenage and young adult audience, championed by S. Bernard Berk's wife, Viola Berk. Search! We didn't have tapes or wires; we actually put it on wax. [178] Collins ultimately never recovered and died less than two years later. Cleveland WKRK* - 92.3 FM. Our playlist stores a WAKR track list for the past 7 days. WAKR is owned by Rubber City. WAKR (1590 AM) – branded 1590 WAKR – is a commercial radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio, serving the Akron metro area. [2] Among the personalities dismissed were Friend, WAKR program director Bill Hart, and Adam Jones, while Jones' co-host Bob Allen was retained to host the morning-drive news program. Applications and Related Materials. [6][24] During WAKR's peak in the mid 1940s, C. E. Hooper ratings showed the station with as much as 55 percent of the Akron audience in mornings and 30 percent of the audience in afternoons;[27] even local ratings for Don McNeill's Breakfast Club outperformed comparable ABC Radio affiliates by significant margins. S. Bernard Berk, a practicing attorney and electrical appliance store operator in Akron,[9] first filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 6, 1937 to establish a third radio station for the city,[10] after WADC and WJW (1210 AM); WTAM in Cleveland also serviced Akron with its transmitter site in Brecksville, 20 miles (32 km) north of the city. [49] The station also launched an phone participation contest program hosted by Freed in 1948, entitled Hello, Cinderella. WAKR playlist. [105] By April 1968, the merger talks evolved into Knight buying out the remaining 55 percent of Summit/Group One stock held by the Berk family, with Roger G. Berk being retained as manager for the group's stations in Dallas and Dayton,[2] while Berk continued to lobby extensively to have a larger role within Knight Newspapers. Lyt til WAKR - Akron News Now 1590 AM, WARM - The Mighty 590 AM og mange andre stationer fra hele verden med app'en radio.dk. [51] After one show, Berk sued Freed to enforce a non-compete clause preventing him from working at any station within a radius of 75 miles (121 km) from Akron for a full year. "[2] Despite the failure to merge with Knight Newspapers, Summit/Group One would make one additional purchase: KLZ and KLZ-FM in Denver from Time-Life Broadcasting for $2.75 million on February 12, 1972. WAKR (1590 AM) – branded 1590 WAKR – is a commercial radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio, serving the Akron metro area. Freed did... but the baby didn't. Due to the way that the FCC ordered the divestiture of RKO General's broadcast properties, Summit Communications Group paid RKO General a total of $13.5 million, and four parties that had previously challenged the broadcast license to WFYR were paid $7.3 million. [159] Along with Milo's program, national talk shows from Bruce Williams and Jim Bohannon aired in the evening and overnight hours. There are many ways to view and listen to this seminar. [169] The network "AM Only" programming also resulted in Jerry Healey unofficially returning to the station, as Healey was the format's weekend late evening host dating back to when it launched under the Transtar Radio Networks name.[118]. Category: Talk. [155] Despite having received approval by the FCC and after having announced multiple subsequent purchase agreements, the sale of WAKR and WONE-FM did not close until the following January, due to issues securing financing for the actual payment. [48] Freed also hosted a daytime program aimed at the bobby soxer audience early on at WAKR; when that was dropped from the lineup, the station added an evening show hosted by Freed titled Wax Works. Bailey, executive director of the FM Association, a non-profit trade organization of FM broadcasters and enthusiasts, notably predicted at a WAKR-FM sponsored function of radio store owners that a network composed solely of FM stations having complete coverage throughout the contiguous United States could be established as early as 1948. [6] While initially based at the First Central Tower,[82] and with a UHF mast affixed to the top of the building,[83] WAKR, WAKR-FM and WAKR-TV moved the following year to new studios at the former Copley Theatre, which only had existed as a theater between March 1947 and October 1952. 1590/93.5 WAKR Akron's Soft Hits. [120] He left WAKR in November 1973 to focus on broadcast productions and sports commentary,[121] notably developing and holding a patent for "Quickie Golf",[116] but returned in March 1976. [78] When the freeze was lifted, the FCC's Sixth Report and Order reassigned the proposed Akron license as one of two potential UHF signals for the market. Stations Podcasts Sign In. Ray and his family live in Wadsworth, OH. WAKR Studios are located on West Market Street in Akron, and the station's transmitter is located near Firestone Country Club. [174] WAKR commemorated their 70th anniversary in 2010 by reviving many of their classic jingles from the 1960s and 1970s, while also airing montages and airchecks from past personalities. Ray Horner was eventually promoted to program director for WAKR as Collins' successor in June 2016. [56] Along with his on-air work, Muni served as the station's music director, despite no formal training in the profession, he used music trends in trade publications and sought feedback from teenage sock hops he would emcee. To keep the connection alive, please click on the "Continue" button below or the stream will stop. [85] Sports coverage on WAKR would also find itself shown on WAKR-TV; this included Akron Zips football and basketball broadcasts, Wylie in particular soon became known as the "Voice of the Zips". Soft Hits You Love All Day. Keeping the flame of 1590 WAKR, a vital and historic radio station burning brightly is not a job, it's a privilege. [156], While WAKR celebrated their 50th anniversary in October 1990 with fanfare, the station was also starting to deal with declining ratings outside of morning drive and significant budget cuts under U.S. [129] The Adam and Bob Show soon became listener favorites, ranked at or near the top of the ratings in the Akron market throughout their entire tenure, and were even ranked among the top 25 morning shows nationwide by Radio & Records in the fall of 1983. [38], Art Fazzin was hired as Top O' the Morning host in January 1949, having worked previously at radio stations in North Carolina. [179], Due to his departure from the station, WAKR slowly moved back to a talk radio format for a third time. Result! I can't say we need it ... We had to send an engineer out with a reporter... they radioed it in (using cumbersome two-way radios strapped to their backs) and we would record it on discs. WAKR is also an Akron subsidiary for Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians radio networks, and the Ohio IMG Sports Network. [23] Due to WAKR's dial position having been recently included for use for broadcast purposes, Berk's radio appliance store offered free of charge to change the tuning devices on any radios that did not go up to 1530 kHz. [141] While expressing sadness at selling the radio group, Roger G. Berk asserted that Group One would enter a new direction in television production with their Creative Technologies, Inc. firm,[139] along with computerized programming and consulting;[141][142] the deal was later attributed as one made at the height of the junk bond frenzy of the mid-late 1980s. News reporter Kenny Halterman worked at WAKR from 1961 until his retirement in 1982, Halterman also moonlit as an instructor at Kent State University and filed reports for WAKR-TV. Ray is active in local scholastic sports and civic organizations. of FM Rock Programming, Dies", "Local history: 'Jeopardy!' Canton WHBC-AM - 1480 AM. [127], The station hired the duo of Adam Jones (Robert Ocepek) and Bob Allen (Gorden Van Waes) for morning drive on August 21, 1978 after previous work at WQUA in Moline, Illinois and WPTF in Raleigh, North Carolina. [90] Charlie Greer also hosted a limited-run dance program devoted to big band music over WAKR-TV in 1958. [54], WAKR hired Scott Muni from WSMB/New Orleans in early November 1956 as the station's overnight host;[55] he would be promoted to host Request Review, the evening program that Freed once dominated, on July 8, 1957. [153][note 5] Following published reports that Summit would soon divest WAKR and WONE-FM as a result of the RKO General station purchases, Summit reached a deal to sell both stations to Ragan A. Henry's U.S. Radio for $13 million on June 5, 1989. I think I did some good work here. WAKR (1590 AM) – branded Soft Hits 93.5 FM – is a commercial broadcast radio station licensed to serve Akron, Ohio. E-mail . [158][note 6], On May 31, 1991, a date later referred to as "The Friday Massacre" by personality Bob Friend,[159] WAKR abruptly dropped all music programming in favor of talk radio; such a format change had been discussed before by station management, but research didn't justify it at the time. [5], Perhaps WAKR's most famous personality in this era was Alan Freed, who joined WAKR in June 1945 at the age of 23 after previous work in Youngstown and New Castle, Pennsylvania. ", "University Hospitals Cleveland Browns Radio Network", "Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Broadcast Team and Affiliates", "WAKR - AM Station Profile - FCC Public Inspection Files", "WUAB sportscaster to add intergalactic responsibilities", "Akron preacher was on a mission on Furnace Street in 1920s", "Looking At The 873 New Translator Applications", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WAKR&oldid=996339572, Soft adult contemporary radio stations in the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 December 2020, at 00:41. [150], At the start of 1989, Summit purchased two stations from the FCC-ordered breakup of Fairlawn-based GenCorp's RKO General: WFYR (103.5 FM) in Chicago on January 4 for a combined $21 million,[152][note 4] and WRKS (98.7 FM) in New York City on May 10 for a combined $50 million. [6] Under the Group One name, the Berk family purchased KBOX and KBOX-FM in Dallas for over $1.2 million in 1967. [60] Muni, however, is perhaps best known for his long run as a pioneering progressive rock air personality at WNEW-FM. [114] Halterman was part of a news department for a radio station that, at its peak in the 1970s, employed 12 full-time reporters. [133] The Dream Machine feature became so popular that Bob Friend continued to host speaking engagements with different community groups relating to dream interpretations for many years after it was cancelled in 1991. Tune FM / AM stations live When reporting about Greer's departure from the station and noting the alumni that already had preceded him, Akron Beacon Journal writer Dick Shippy commented, "...whoever does the picking at WAKR must have the right formula. [27], Along with the highly rated weekday programming, WAKR also offered multiple specialty programs. [6] The surviving members of the Berk family also established a memorial college scholarship in S. Bernard Berk's name. See all Akron Ohio radio … [115] Like the Berk family before him, Mandel's family had industrial roots; Thom's father Morton Mandel founded what would become Premier Industrial Corporation in 1946, now a part of Premier Farnell. In addition to carrying local news reports and top-of-the-hour newscasts from CBS News Radio, WAKR is the Akron radio market affiliate for the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Indians radio networks, as well as the Ohio State Sports Network. WAKR is an AM radio station broadcasting at 1590 KHz. Even though the job of a TV journalist has many repetitive actions, the substance of the job, the news, almost never repeats itself. The station broadcasts Oldies music programming. [note 2] KITE and WBRY objected on engineering grounds and would later withdraw their protests, while WJW and WADC objected on economic grounds. [12], Akron Beacon Journal publisher John S. Knight publicly showed skepticism in his column that the commission would even grant the permit, and couldn't justify the need for a third station. [171] A market veteran who previously worked as production director for WWWM (105.7 FM) in Cleveland and as program director for WKDD (96.5 FM) in Akron,[172] Collins was hired as WAKR's program director in 2006, then promoted to operations manager for the three-station group in October 2007. And they were. [188], On June 5, 2019, WAKR began broadcasting on a low-power FM translator, W228EL (93.5 FM). I remember saying, "You know, Bob (Allen), these are the good old days." [157] WAKR returned to the Indians Radio Network for the following season. [154] An African-American, Henry purchased both stations under one of multiple partnerships and groups he had controlling interest in, FCC regulations set up to encourage minority ownership permitted him to own up to 14 AM and 14 FM stations. WAKR (1590 AM) – branded Soft Hits 93.5 FM – is a commercial broadcast radio station licensed to serve Akron, Ohio. (Advertisement. Add to that I get to compile and manage a library of songs we all grew up with, well, just try to drag me out of here. [38] After leaving WAKR for a brief stint at WJW, Richards starred in the Weathervane Playhouse stage production Yes and No before moving to Los Angeles, a chance meeting with two Hollywood press agents prompted him to go to the Warner Bros. Burbank studios. [2] During its creative and ratings pinnacle in the 1940s and 1950s, WAKR employed a succession of announcers who would find greater success elsewhere, with Alan Freed, Scott Muni and Art Fleming being the most famous of alumni. Commercial-Free CNN, FOX News Radio, MSNBC & More, Commercial-Free Music For Every Mood & Activity. RU; DE; FR; ES; Remember this site ; Embed dictionaries into your website; Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias . [99] Both WONE and WONE-FM were assigned under a new subsidiary, Group One Broadcasting, when the deal closed. [139] Due to the sale, WAKR and WONE-FM moved operations into a separate facility on the city's western side[145] but otherwise maintained the same on-air presentation—so much so that WAKR made headlines when they began using a new sounder for their local newscasts the following October, retiring a teletype-based musical introduction that had been in use for over 30 years. The Browns kick off their season at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Akron WONE - 97.5 FM. [147] Unrelated to former owner Summit Radio, Summit Communications Group was controlled by the family of C. Boyden Gray; Gray publicly severed his ties to the company and other related business interests following media scrutiny after his appointment as White House Counsel to President George H. W. [113], WAKR's music focus evolved throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, becoming full-service adult contemporary centered around local personality and extensive sports coverage. [74] The applications were filed at the same time WEWS-TV commenced operations as the first television station in Ohio. WAKR is licensed by: RUBBER CITY RADIO GROUP, INC. Main studio address for WAKR: Thomas Mandel 1795 W MARKET ST AKRON,OH 44313. [106], The merger talks ultimately reached an impasse and collapsed by December 1968;[103] less than a year later, Knight Newspapers purchased The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News from Triangle Publications; notably excluded from the purchase were WFIL, WFIL-FM and WFIL-TV. (Roger G.) Berk wants to be Vice President-Broadcasting. Listen to Soft Hits 93.5 FM WAKR live and more than 50000 online radio stations for free on mytuner-radio.com. [124], Meanwhile, after having left for New York City in 1960, Charlie Greer returned to WAKR on July 2, 1973 as afternoon drive host,[125] he then took over as morning show host after Healey's first departure. He plans to do free lance TV work in the big city and don't be surprised if you see his face on some network video programs. The reason? Fri 18.12; Sat … [47] Even with his popularity, Freed was reportedly fired temporarily in 1948 for violating studio rules,[note 3] later accounts suggested it was due to his failure to show up for several days in a row. [96] WAKR-TV amassed a "seven figure" operating deficit from 1953 until the move to channel 23[97] and lost significant amounts of money for the majority of its existence; Summit Radio relied on profits from WAKR to keep the TV station solvent. Many times we would get off the air and be exhausted from laughing so much. Locally owned by Rubber City Radio Group, Inc., the station broadcasts a mix of news, talk, and sports. [39] A 1944 promotional booklet issued by the studio promoting new talent signings said of Richards, "Walked into Warner Brothers studio. While WEWS had the larger audience by a commanding margin, both stations would fight for each other's viewership for the next four decades. "[65] Jack Ryan also made his debut at WAKR in June 1956 as the late-morning host;[66] unlike Muni and Greer, Ryan remained at the station in that time slot until retiring in 1985. Prior formats on WAKR have included talk radio (in three distinct iterations), oldies and adult standards. [10] S. Bernard Berk's son, Roger G. Berk, had his first job in the medium digging post holes at WAKR's transmitter site in the city's southeast side;[6] the site remains in active use today. [67], In April 1946, Akron Beacon Journal publisher John S. Knight, who had been previously critical of the efforts to establish WAKR, purchased a 45 percent interest of Summit Radio Corp. for an undisclosed amount; no changes in management or operations came with this transaction. If you are a lover of WAKR 1590, your new application is here mobile to enjoy whenever you want and with the best of you music of the moment. 1590/93.5 WAKR is a radio station licensed to Akron, OH. Following founder S. Bernard Berk's death at age 69 on July 11, 1966,[24] his widow Viola Berk took over Summit/Group One operations,[101] ultimately handing them over in 1970 to WAKR's vice president and general manager Roger G. Berk,[10] who also had been heavily involved with WAKR-FM and WAKR-TV's establishments. [20], Following this final review, Berk was awarded federal authorization to construct WAKR on January 10, 1940, under his family-owned business Summit Radio Corp.[9] Studios were set up on the ground floor of the First Central Tower in downtown Akron—now known as the Huntington Tower[22]—and WAKR signed up to be an affiliate of NBC's Blue Network and Thesaurus radio transcription service upon launch. [110] The FM station also began broadcasting in quadraphonic stereo in 1972. Those distinctions belong to WOE and WADC, the latter now known as, Both KITE and WBRY were originally two of four experimental. In addition to his law practice and business, Berk also had experience as an inventor. [109], Locally, WAKR-FM had entered into separate programming with an easy listening format in the late 1960s; a power upgrade and placement on WAKR-TV's new tower in November 1967 was concurrent with adding coverage of Kent State Golden Flashes basketball games. 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