|Owner||Bernard Ohio LLC|
|Power|| 3,200 watts (day)|
290 watts (night)
|Format launch||December 3, 2007|
WVKO (1580AM) was a news/talk-formatted radio station licensed to Columbus, Ohio. The station is owned by Bernard Ohio LLC. WVKO changed from a progressive talk format to Catholic radio programming, provided by Columbus-based St. Gabriel Radio. The format change from Progressive talk to Catholic radio programming took place on December 23, 2008.
Progressive talk programmingEdit
The station switched to a full-time progressive talk format on December 3, 2007. The station was helped by a grassroots movement that formed following the demise of WTPG a year earlier.
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There are local news broadcasts anchored by Michael Alwood weekday mornings every half hour from 6 to 9 a.m. and at noon, with Sean Gilbow anchoring the news at 4, 4:30, 5 and 6 p.m. CNN news airs at the top and bottom of every hour.
The schedule gets preempted for Columbus Clippers Baseball, Miami Redhawks football and high school sports, with play-by-play from General Manager Gary Richards. The radio web stream continues to broadcast the national syndicated shows.
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.
On May 2007 WVKO AM ties WYTS AM in the ratings. WYTS was the former station that carries progressive talk.
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.
During the Summer of 2007, when the station returned to the air, they initially broadcast a Spanish-language format. On December 3, 2007 at 6A the format changed to progressive talk. WVKO changed from a progressive talk format to Catholic radio programming, provided by Columbus-based St. Gabriel Radio. The format change from Progressive talk to Catholic radio programming took place on December 23, 2008.
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Italics denote ratings under previous format
- Ohio Majority Radio
- Label for WVKO at ltradio.blogspot.com
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WVKO
- Radio Locator Information on WVKO
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for WVKO
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