Cumulus Shuts Down WTOD Toledo; Format To Replace Zone Translator
Cumulus Media is shutting off “TalkRadio 1470” WTOD Toledo OH tonight and potentially turning in the station’s license.
The WTOD programming will remain in place however as the all-syndicated Talk lineup will replace Alternative “100.7 The Zone” on 100.7 W264AK Toledo/105.5 WQQO-HD2 starting Wednesday, September 28 at 12pm. The station’s lineup includes Imus In The Morning, Chris Plante, Jonathan Brandmeier, Dave Ramsey, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage.
WTOD has been operating via Special Temporary Authority since August 2003, however its most recent extension is set to expire on Sunday, September 25. Its ground system has required repair or replacement and the station has had multiple CP’s to build a new four tower array on the west side of Toledo. Market Manager Andy Stuart told the Toledo Blade, “The cost to fix it and what the expected return is not a good investment. We decided the best thing is to turn [the license] back and maybe someone else will want to operate it.”
The WTOD call letters will be shifted to sister Sports “106.5 The Ticket” WLQR-FM Delta/Toledo. 1470 was one of the building blocks of Cumulus as a company. The station, first known as WOHO, was acquired by Lew Dickey Sr.’s Midwestern Broadcasting Company in 1965. When his son Lew Dickey Jr. started Cumulus in 1997, 1470 (then sporting the WLQR call letters) and sister 105.5 WWWM were purchased from his father’s company. Despite no longer running Cumulus, Lew and brother John Dickey own the land where WTOD’s faulty towers are located.