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(Special thanks to Scott McVay and Bill Weisinger for historical information)

1978 WKHR operates as part of a vocational broadcast class. Original power is 10 watts

Original FM frequency was 88.3
Format was rock oriented.

1983 WKHR 88.3 power is increased to 100 watts.

1989 WKHR officially becomes WKHR Inc. as a non-profit broadcast entity.

Adult volunteers begin playing big band and swing music on Saturdays while students continue to operate the station from monday through friday in a rock format.

1992 Planning begins for the power increase on 88.3 (presently running 100 watts).

Feb 1993 WSTB 91.5 Streetsboro, begins the frequency change process that will help WKHR to make a huge overall signal improvement and allow a freq change from 88.3 to 91.5.

1993 A Power increase is submitted to the FCC for a new Directional antenna system and an increase to 1000 (directional) watts (mostly straight NORTH) on the present crowded frequency of 88.3.

May 30, 1995 Construction is finished and the FCC Grants authority to begin broadcasts at the higher power with the new directional antenna on 88.3.

April, 1996 WKHR applies to change frequencies from the crowded and interference prone 88.3 to the far superior 91.5 with an improved NON-directional antenna system that a will allow WKHR to be heard well in Cleveland suburbs and throughout much of NE Ohio for the first time.

Sept 5, 1996 The FCC grants a license to WKHR for the new 91.5 NON-directional facility with the current power of 1100 watts.

April 1997 24 hour operation begins

November 2000 WKHR First On-Air Fundraiser raises over $80,000 in donations and funding from Storer Foundation
November 2001 WKHR tests and installs a new transmitter and antenna. This upgrade increased our coverage by 75% over northern Ohio.
March 2002 WKHR 2nd On-Air Fund Raiser raises over $50,000 in donations.
Summer 2002 WKHR upgrades our 'main-air' broadcast facility
Fall 2003 WKHR 3rd On-Air Fund Raiser raises over $60,000 in donations

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