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WVKO-AM (Progressive Talk)

WVKO-AM (Progressive Talk)
Rating :5.00

Last updated:
2010-11-07 14:11:07
Country: United StatesListen to radio stations broadcasting from United States
City: Columbus
Address: 74 S. Fourth St. Columbus, OH 43215
AM (MHz): 1580
Genre: Catholic
Phone: 614-442-1270
Description: WVKO is an American AM radio station licensed to broadcast in Columbus, Ohio.Previously, WVKO aired gospel music and local talk and information programs aimed at the African-American community. It was also the broadcast outlet for the Columbus Clippers minor league baseball team. Prior to that WVKO was Columbus' R&B/Soul music station in the 1960s and 70s. FM sister station WSPO picked up WVKO programing into the evening hours, since the AM station held a daytime-only license at the time. WSPO later became WSNY "Sunny 95" in the 1980s playing light adult contemporary.It was during the R&B/Soul years that WVKO employed Ted Williams as an overnight disc jockey. Williams gained fame in 2011 when, while homeless in Columbus, he was discovered by a videographer for the Columbus Dispatch and a video featuring his "golden radio voice" went viral on the Internet.WVKO went off the air on May 5, 2006 due to the upcoming expiration of its transmitter land lease and major financial issues. The station moved to another transmitter site in 2007, at which point it returned to the air. The station license was transferred on January 22, 2007 to Bernard Ohio LLC following a period under the supervision of a bankruptcy trustee, despite some formal objections filed with the FCC.On March 15, 2007, the FCC granted the station's new owners Special Temporary Authority permission to resume broadcasting from its new location at reduced power, in order to prevent the loss of the station license due to the station being off the air for a period of one year - which automatically results in forfeiture of a station's FCC license.On December 2007 the format flipped from Latino/Mexican Music to Progressive Talk.In May 2008, WVKO tied WYTS in the ratings[citation needed]. WYTS, under its previous call letters WTPG, had been Columbus's previous progressive-talk station from September 2004 to January 2007.The former WVKO website is being maintained by the Ohio Majority Radio group to serve the station's former listenership, with streaming audio of many of the former WVKO national talk programs.

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