WMJI (105.7 FM) – branded Majic 105.7 – is a commercial classic
hits radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, serving Greater
Cleveland and much of surrounding Northeast Ohio. Owned by
WMJI is the home of local personality Jimmy Malone. The
WMJI studios are located in the
Cleveland suburb of Independence,
while the station transmitter resides in nearby Parma. Besides a
standard analog transmission,
WMJI broadcasts over two HD Radio
channels, and is available online via iHeartRadio.
1.1 Early years
1.3 Majic Radio
1.4 Majic 105.7
2 Current programming
4 External links
The station was founded by
NBC on December 6, 1948 as WTAM-FM, and it
simulcast the programming of sister station WTAM. Both radio stations
were also paired with WNBK-TV (later WKYC-TV), which signed on that
same year. When
NBC traded its radio and television holdings in
Cleveland with Westinghouse Broadcasting's stations in Philadelphia on
February 13, 1956, it became KYW-FM, taking the callsign of
Westinghouse's radio station.
When the NBC-Westinghouse trade was reversed on June 19, 1965, the
station reverted to
NBC ownership. The call letters were changed to
WKYC-FM to match those of the AM station, which kept the popular "KY"
slogan and identity Westinghouse brought into Cleveland.
NBC eventually sold off
WKYC and WKYC-FM in 1972 to Ohio
Communications, owned by
Nick Mileti and Jim and Tom Embrescia. The
station became WWWM, and broadcast a syndicated beautiful music
format. In 1975 the format was changed to album-oriented rock and the
station identified itself as M105. The station used the slogan, "The
Home of Continuous Music" and was programmed by former WIXY program
director Eric Stevens, and competed aggressively with later-sister
WMMS for ratings. In 1980, M-105 began billing itself as
"Cleveland's Classic Rock", playing a mix of rock music from the
mid-1960s to the present.
WWWM and WBBG were sold to Robinson Communications, headed by famed
jeweler Larry "J.B." Robinson, in 1981. The station changed to an
adult contemporary format as
WMJI on June 14, 1982, branded Majic
Radio. The station was sold to Jacor Communications of
Cincinnati along with AM station WBBG on September 19, 1984. John
Lanigan began his morning show with former WHK newscaster John Webster
on September 17, 1985, returning to
Cleveland after a brief stint at
WMGG in Tampa, Florida. He replaced husband-and-wife team Dan Deely
and Kim Scott after they resigned, citing that the job had put strains
on their marriage.
When WBBG dumped its big band format on October 29, 1987, it simulcast
WMJI's programming for a time - and took the
WMJI calls - until it was
sold off. Therefore, 105.7-FM technically was WMJI-FM for several
months in 1988. When 1260 became WRDZ with a religious format, the FM
station simply became WMJI. Jacor Communications soon LMA'ed
Legacy Broadcasting, headed by former Malrite executive Carl Hirsch in
1988, with Legacy buying
WMJI outright in 1990.
By September 1990, the station adjusted their format to rock 'n roll
oldies featuring much of the music made famous by Top 40 legends WHK
and WIXY. WHK, which dropped the rock and roll format in the
mid-1960s, had re-established itself as an oldies station in the
1980s, but had dropped that format by November 1988. WIXY was
(ironically) the previous identity of former sister station WBBG, and
held the same studio space that WIXY once did. In addition, much of
WMJI's music library already consisted of former WIXY tapes and
jingles. John Gorman, formerly program director of legendary Cleveland
rock station WMMS, was brought in to redesign
WMJI as a 100% rock
oldies format. Under his guidance, the station immediately posted
major ratings increases and became one of the top performing stations
in Cleveland. Gorman also reunited with former
WMMS artist and
co-creator of the station's "Buzzard" mascot, David Helton to create a
new logo and early print ads and billboards for WMJI. The "Majic
105.7" font was chosen by Gorman as a tribute to Boston's WRKO/680 AM
logo in 1967, which, under the direction of Program Director Mel
Phillips, was an influence on Gorman's programming.
WMJI owner Legacy Broadcasting was later renamed OmniAmerica in 1994,
and sold the station to
Nationwide Communications in 1997. By then,
WMJI had established consistent ratings dominance in the Cleveland
market under Program Director Denny Sanders, a market legend who
replaced John Gorman (who relocated to CBS in Detroit). The station
was led by its highly rated morning show featuring Lanigan, Webster,
and local comedian Jimmy Malone. Webster left the station amid a
health scare in 1997, while the "Lanigan & Malone Show" remained
intact until Lanigan's retirement on March 31, 2014. During the period
when Lanigan and Malone hosted mornings,
WMJI achieved the highest
total weekly listenership of any
Cleveland radio station in the decade
of the 1990s. It later became the FM flagship for
broadcasts from 1999 to 2001.
The popularity of
WMJI in the late 1990s allowed Clear Channel to
"franchise" WMJI's format and "Majic" nickname on several FM oldies
stations and one AM station, mostly in the Midwest. These stations
included, at its height:
WYNT in Marion, WIMJ in Findlay,
WZOM in Defiance (then also branded as "Majic 105.7"), WMKJ
in Louisville and WKEQ in Somerset. Of those stations, only
uses the "Majic" name and shares a similar logo to WMJI, although they
changed formats to adult contemporary. Early in November 2006, WTHZ-FM
in Lexington, North Carolina, a station owned by "Davidson County
Broadcasting", changed formats to "Majic 94.1" - replete with a
similar logo to WMJI's. This continued until March 2010, when the
station changed formats.
In August 1998,
Nationwide Communications merged operations with
WMJI with its former owner (and also was paired up
WTAM again, bringing the two stations' original relationship full
circle). This was followed in May 1999 by the $6.5 billion purchase of
Jacor and its 454 stations by iHeartMedia (then known as Clear Channel
Communications), including WMJI. Denny Sanders departed
WMJI in 2001
to join The Telos Alliance, a Cleveland-based international broadcast
equipment design company.
Under the oldies format,
WMJI has been recognized at the NAB Marconi
Radio Awards. The station has been named Large Market Station of the
Year twice (1998, 2003), and three times as
Oldies Station of the Year
(2002, 2004, 2006). Longtime morning team John Lanigan and Jimmy
Malone were also named Large Market Personality of the Year in
WMJI's lineup features the Nolan, Malone, and Kullik Morning Show
hosted by longtime
WMJI personalities Mark Nolan, Jimmy Malone, and
Chip Kullik along with Tracey Carroll. Other local DJs include Kat
Jackson (middays), and Don "Action" Jackson (afternoon drive).
WMJI also plays
Christmas music throughout the holiday season. The
HD2 digital subchannel airs oldies under the brand Real Oldies.
WMJI also airs
Premium Choice content during weekday evenings,
overnights and select weekend shifts. Additionally, American Top
40 - The 70s airs on Sundays, distributed by Clear Channel subsidiary
HD Radio guide
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