WKLZ-FM 98.9 Petoskey


Simulcast of WKLT-FM 97.5 Kalkaska/Traverse City

Slogan/Positioner: The Rock Station

Format: Rock

Web site: www.wklt.com

E-mail: visit web site

Power/Height/Class: 100,000 watts / 801 feet / C1

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Call Sign History:

  • WKLZ-FM: 10/1/1998
  • WKLZ: 9/1/1991
  • WJML-FM: 1965

Call Sign Origin: Similar to sister/simulcast station WKLT

On Air Date: December 7, 1965

Owner: Northern Radio

Translator station:

Translator owner: Lud's Alpine

Telephone: (231) 947-0003



  • 8/2008: Construction permit granted for FM translator W281AY 104.1 Alpena, owned by Lud's Alpine.
  • 12/7/2005: From Carl Windsor, Ph. D. Professor of Communication Studies at WWMC (90.9 FM) Lynchburg, VA- It was 40 years ago today, on December 7, 1965 when (then) WJML (FM) 98.9 first went on the air as the pioneer FM station in Northwest Lower Michigan. John Casey was station manager, Millie Cole was WJML's secretary, Claire Baum was the Program Director, and I (Carl Windsor) was the News Director in my first radio job. Bill Supernaw (from Charlevoix) was the only local announcer. Marvin Verink was Chief Engineer. The station couldn't broadcast from their studios under the porch at the Perry-Davis Hotel as the FCC had not yet licensed the studio-transmitter link, so the first week's broadcasts originated from the transmitter site "atop beautiful Boyne Mountain". Needless to say it took a four wheel drive vehicle (supplied by the Perry-Davis hotel) to get to and from the site in early December. Nearly a year later (12/6/66), WJML AM went on the air at 1110. By then I had graduated from NCMC and moved to Cheboygan where I was News Director (and the only on-air talent there was for six months) at Lew Beiderman's Paul Bunyan Network station WTOM TV Ch. 4 ("Top of MIchigan Television") sister station of WPBN TV Traverse City. Since 1971 I have been a college professor teaching broadcasting to over 6,000 students, most recently at Liberty University in Virginia. And it all began on a chilly December morning "Pearl Harbor Day" 12/7/1965 in Petoskey. Happy Anniversary to one and all!
  • 10/1/1998: Call sign change from WKLZ to WKLZ-FM to allow an AM station in Kalamazoo to use WKLZ
  • 1991: Northern Radio eventually sells WJML AM to Rick Stone and donates WKLT AM 1420 to the Kalkaska Schools. WJML-FM becomes WKLZ and begins simulcast of Rock WKLT as 'Double Rock KLT'.
  • 1989: WJML-FM/AM sold to Northern Radio of Michigan and AM 1110 is silenced and put up for sale.
  • 1983: Format change to Adult Contemporary
  • 1983: Bob and Tom leave for Indianapolis
  • 197x: Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold (Bob & Tom) take over mornings at WJML, the first time the duo worked together.
  • 1977: Format change to Top 40 as 'WJML The Music Station'
  • 12/6/1966: WJML AM 1110 signs on simulcasting WJML-FM.
  • 12/7/1965: On-air as WJML-FM, one of northern Michigan's first FM stations. Format is Middle of the Road.



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Emmet County












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