WZOK
97ZOKRockford.png
Broadcast areaRockford and vicinity
Frequency97.5 MHz
Branding97ZOK
Programming
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
Ownership
Owner
WKGL, WROK, WXXQ
History
First air date
1949
Former call signs
WROK-FM (1949-1976)
Call sign meaning
We are Zappin' it in ROcKford ! (Branding)
Technical information
ClassB
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT137.7 meters
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.97zokonline.com

WZOK (branded as 97ZOK) is a radio station serving the Rockford, Illinois area with a Top 40 (CHR) format. It broadcasts on FM frequency 97.5 MHz and is under ownership of Townsquare Media.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including WZOK, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global were both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[2][3] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[4]

History

WROK-FM signed on the air in 1949, and in 1976, the call letters changed to the current WZOK. In late 1980, WZOK changed its format from AOR to its current Top 40/CHR format, and was the dominant CHR station in the Rockford metropolitan area, including portions of Northern Illinois such as Belvidere, Cherry Valley, DeKalb, and Woodstock, and portions of Southern Wisconsin such as Janesville and Beloit.

References

  1. ^ http://www.townsquaremedia.com/local-media/brands Townsquare Media Brands
  2. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.

Coordinates: 42°16′45″N 89°02′15″W / 42.279185°N 89.037386°W / 42.279185; -89.037386