Timeline of WLOK/WIMA/WLIO
1935: WBLY Radio, AM 1240 signs on here at Rice Ave.
February 28, 1939: WBLY Radio changes to WLOK.
April 18, 1953: WLOK-TV, Channel 73 [Pixley Inc.] signs on the air.
December 8, 1954: WLOK-TV sold to Northwestern Ohio Broadcasting Corporation [the owners of WIMA Radio].
December 9, 1954: WLOK Radio signs off for the last time.
April 24, 1955: WLOK-TV, Channel 73 changes to WIMA-TV, Channel 35.
March 1958: WIMA-TV begins airing NBC Programming in color.
March 1963: WIMA-TV begins the 5-year local transition from Black & White to Color which would be fully completed in 1968.
July 16-24, 1969: WIMA-TV provides live coverage from the home of Neil Armstrong's parents in Wapakoneta during the Apollo 11 moon landing to all three networks and world-wide satellite.
September 1, 1971: WIMA-TV changes to WLIO-TV as WIMA Radio is sold to Lima Broadcasting Corporation.
February 1, 1972: WLIO-TV sold to Toledo Blade [75%] and Midwestern Broadcasting [25%] of Toledo.
October 1982: Blade Communications [now Block Communications] buys out Midwestern Broadcasting, becomes sole owner of WLIO-TV.
December 28, 1984: "Easter's Parade" airs for the last time.
July 1986: WLIO-TV begins airing programs in Stereo.
March 4, 1996: WLIO-TV begins broadcasting 24/7.
November 18, 2002: WLIO, Digital Channel 8 signs on the air.
February 5, 2009: Block Communications Corporation purchases TV67 Inc. [WOHL/FOX, WLMO/CBS, WLQP/ABC and WFND-LP/America One-Findlay].
June 12, 2009: WLIO, Analog Channel 35 signs off for the last time @ 7:00am.
August 17, 2009: WOHL-CD, Digital Channel 35, signs on the air @ 7:00am. With that, WLIO [8.1-NBC/8.2-FOX] and WOHL-CD [35.1-ABC/35.2-CBS] becomes the first single operation in the United States to have all 4 major Television Networks.
This is just a brief overview of the history of this station. For a more in depth look into the history of WLOK, WIMA and WLIO/WOHL-CD, please go to www.wlio.org.