WIRO
Broadcast areaPortsmouth, Ohio
Frequency98.3 MHz
Branding98.3 Hot-FM
Programming
FormatHot adult contemporary
Ownership
OwnerFowler Media Partners, LLC
History
First air date
1992 (as WNUU)
Former call signs
  • WNUU (1992–1997)
  • WOKE (1997–2018)
  • WPAY-FM (2018–2021)
  • WFHT (2021)
  • WZGR (2021–2022)
  • WFHT (2022)
  • WITO (2022)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID53102
ClassA
ERP5,200 watts
HAAT107 meters (351 feet)
Transmitter coordinates
38°36′26.00″N 83°02′33.00″W / 38.6072222°N 83.0425000°W / 38.6072222; -83.0425000
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen Live
Website983hotfm.com

WIRO (98.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a hot adult contemporary format. Licensed to Garrison, Kentucky, United States, the station is currently owned by Fowler Media Partners, LLC.[1] and serves Portsmouth, OH and the OH-KY-WV Tri-State area. The station's transmitter tower is located in Greenup County near the community of Garrison and the Lewis County line.

History

Originally licensed in 1992 as WNNU and branded as Joy FM playing southern gospel music, then in 1997 the station was renamed WOKE, first playing contemporary Christian music branded as Ignite FM, before flipping to a secular contemporary hit radio format branded as Pulse 98.3. In 2018, the station was sold to Fowler Media Partners. In March 2018, the station began stunting as 98.3 Trump FM (emulating a similar stunt by related station WVWF), with a playlist of songs referencing money, patriotism, and walls. On March 8, 2018, WOKE flipped to a country music format and changed its call letters to WPAY-FM. The call sign was acquired from the local K-Love station now known as WPYK, which operated as a country station under the WPAY-FM call letters from 1966 until 2011 and again briefly identifying as WPAY-FM in 2017–2018 after assuming the K-Love format.[2]

The station changed its call sign to WFHT on July 23, 2021, and to WZGR on October 25, 2021.

On November 29, 2021, WZGR changed its format from classic country to southern gospel, branded as "Grace-FM 98.3".[3]

On January 17, 2022, WZGR changed its format from southern gospel to hot adult contemporary, branded as "98.3 Hot-FM" and changed its call sign back to WFHT on January 26, then changed them again to WITO on March 6.[4] The WITO call letters were then swapped with the former WIRO in Ironton, Ohio, on May 10.

References

  1. ^ "WFHT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "WOKE Flips To Country WPAY". RadioInsight. March 9, 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (November 29, 2021). "WZGR Finds Grace". RadioInsight.
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (January 24, 2022). "98.3 Portsmouth OH Flips Again". RadioInsight.