WWJO-FM 98.1 St. Cloud MN 1982

For as long as I can remember, Stereo 98 WWJO was a powerhouse in Central Minnesota.  Owned by Andy Hilger, it was the FM sister station to WJON.  The pair were nicknamed “John” and “Joe” (or “Jo”, if you prefer the female version.)  In an old Broadcasting Yearbook from the 1960s, I once read that WWJO was originally on 101.7 with 3,000 watts.  At some point, they migrated to the newly allocated 98.1 frequency with 100,000 watts of power.  Since an owner was limited to one AM and one FM per market at that time, I assume 101.7 was then sold to Herb Hoppe to become WHMH. If anyone has more information on this, I’d love to hear from you.

This aircheck was recorded from Apple Valley, MN, using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna, Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor, and Belden RG59 ultra low loss coaxial cable.  The recording was made with a Technics stereo cassette deck and Scotch Dynarange 90 tape.


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