ELYRIA — It was 65 years ago today when WEOL-930 AM first broadcast to the area, cementing the station’s place in local radio history.
Those who love the free music and news medium that radio offers will know all too well that to reach such a milestone is not easy. So, in celebration of the station’s birthday, listeners will be treated to cupcakes at two local restaurants.
Those who stop by either Smitty’s Place or Wolfey’s Bistro for lunch will receive a free cupcake from Kiedrowski’s Bakery in Amherst — yes, the place famous for its paczkis also makes other treats. The cupcakes will be served to customers while supplies last.
In addition, the station will take a trip down memory lane today during the Morning Show with nostalgic audio clips and special guest, Joe Patton, who was the afternoon DJ in the 1980s and early 1990s.
“We are still here, and that is a testament to the loyalty our listeners have given us over the years,” Suzy Peters, director of digital content, marketing and promotion, said. “Radio stations are seeing a decline, so to reach 65 years is pretty unique.”
Those who have been longtime listeners of the station will remember the various shows that played over the years from the “Rhythm Ranch” and “Get Happy” to the “Tom Dorsey Show” and “Skitch Henderson Hour.”
WEOL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lorain County Printing & Publishing Co., the parent company of The Chronicle-Telegram.