WPAY mic from Bob Paquette collection

WPAY radio broadcast of Sunday church services at the Church of Christ in Christian Union - Rosemount Rd.

1942 photo by Pamela Crouch Billicky Tinker

Former WNKE transmitter now WPAY transmitter as of August 1, 2017

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Lee Moore...popular in the tristate region...a WPAY regular  1936  

Karen J Wassell collection

Former WNKE Rack.  Programming was brought in by satellite

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Educational Media Foundation took over ownership 1 August 2017 and had the Klove format on the air by 2 August.  Northern Kentucky University having had WNKE since 20 November 2011 sold off there stations after running huge debts for several years keeping there stations going.

WNXT AM studio

April 21, 2014 photo by Tyrone Hemry

Looking in the WNXT transmitter building. Left to right: Former WZZZ transmitter for parts or as back up for the WZZZ transmitter which is next in the row followed by the WNXT FM transmitter.  The WZZZ transmitter ended up only for parts and now both transmitters are retired.

photo by Tyrone Hmery September 2009

Howard Pack at WZIO radio station, Zeke Mullins also

W213BP transmitter 90.5 MHz located in the WNXT transmitter building

April 21, 2014 photo by Tyrone Hemry

This translator is licensed by the FCC to CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC. in South Portsmouth, Kentucky.

WNXT FM studio April 21, 2014

photo by Tyrone Hemry

From 1996 M Street Radio Directory

Nautel-XR6 is currently being used by WNXT.  This is a picture of one.

From 1996 M Street Radio Directory

EARCEL "ZEKE" MULLINS

Earcel "Zeke" Mullins finished his earthly life and entered God's eternal life, January 2l, 2015. He was born September 14, 1921, the seventh of eight children born to John David Mullins and Millie "Minnie" Alma Clay Mullins.

He worked 51 years in local radio, retiring at the grand old age of 87. He was a four-year veteran of WW II and was proud of being able to serve his country. He was a member of Central Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Clarence, Orville, William, Coby, John, an infant brother, Charles; and one sister, Iva Mae Jergens.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Daphene Liles Mullins, whom he married June 25, 1947; five children; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-granddaughter.

His five children are William Earcel Mullins and wife Shelby of Athens, Ohio, Larry Dale Mullins and best friend Mary Clark of Portsmouth, Ohio, Michael Scot Mullins and wife Kelly of Avon Park, Florida, daughter, Judy Swanson and husband Charles of Portsmouth, and Lisa Potts and husband Richard of Portsmouth.

Grandchildren include Bill's three sons, Jonah Mullins and wife Brandi of Athens, Gaelen Mullins of New York City and Dylan Mullins of Athens; Larry's son, Cody Mullins and wife Whitney of Noblesville, Indiana, Chelsey Mullins of Portsmouth, Cailey Mullins at the University of Indiana; Scot's daughter, Rachel of Dayton, Ohio; Judy's daughter, Michelle Hickman of New Boston and son, Brian Hickman and wife, Brenda of Portsmouth; Lisa's daughter, Ebbie; step-grandsons, Raymond Swanson of Portsmouth and Scott Swanson and wife, Ylenia of Ft. St. Lucie, Florida; great-grandchildren, Bradleigh Aeh, Liam Mullins, Isabella Mullins, Madison Hickman, Morgan Hickman, Katelyn Flannery, Devan Oppy and Aviawna Oppy; step-great-grandchildren, Christopher Horsley, Brittney Williams and husband, Ronnie, Olivia Modrzakowski and Matteo Bauer; and one step-great-great-granddaughter, Scarlett Williams.

There will be a public celebration of Zeke's life at Central Church of Christ, Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 1p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 at Central Church of Christ, with Brother Dennis Dawes officiating. Burial will be at Stone Cemetery in Laurel, Kentucky, with graveside military rites conducted by the Honor Detail of James Dickey Post 23 American Legion. Visitation will be Sunday, 12 to 2p.m. and 6 to 8p.m. at F.C. Daehler Mortuary Company in Portsmouth and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Church of Christ, 1211 Grandview Avenue, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

Zeke was a loving husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him dearly. He is at rest in God's hands.

Arguably the best known radio personality in the history of Scioto County. He worked at WPAY, a brief time on a Waverly radio station following WPAY and then finishing his 51 yearin radio at WNXT

WZZZ

Top transmitter in the rack is a 1000 Watt transmitter that is used if the main transmitter fails.  Next unit down is a 60 Watt unit that is hooked to a backup antenna and comes on if power fails to the site powered by the generator

photo by Tyrone Hemry  3 Oct 2013

Please email additions or corrections to hladvertising@hotmail.com. Or mail to Waverly City Guide, 455 Hay Hollow Road, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

photo by Tyrone Hemry 4 September 2012

The former WIZO transmitter building from the tower side. Note tower was around 300' high (100 meters) and the transmitter when it was located here ran 3.5KW for an effective radiated power of 6 KW. Studio for a while was located at 8212 Old Gallia Pike, Wheelersburg and bought in 1997 by I-M Broadcasting Inc.

From Old Gallia pike the studio was moved to 2531 Dogwood Ridge, Wheelersburg.

When the call letters were WSNA the studio was located at Gallipolis and operated as an LMA (lease).

Around 2008 the current transmitter location was move to near Rt. 93 about 16 miles north of Ironton.

WZIO transmitter was a 5 KW McMartin transmitter and remained in service until KLove moved to the new transmitter site. The current transmitter is a 2KW Crown.  The McMartin transmitter was given away just to get it out of the building and was moved to the WZZZ site for use as a stand by or for parts to fix the 3.5 KW transmitter.

The tower has since been removed.

WOHP (88.3 Mhz) 
WOHP is now WUKV, as of October 17, 2011, and is owned by Education Media Foundation
From 1996 M Street Radio Directory
WOSP (91.5 Mhz) signed on December 17, 1992

WZZZ (107.5 Mhz) signed on December 16, 2002

Owned by Hometown Broadcasting Of Portsmouth 2, INC

Current transmitter installed by Chief Engineer Larry Mullins in 2012 .  It is a 3000 watt Ptek transmitter.  The station original transmitter was a 3500 Watt McMartin transmitter installed by Tyrone Hemry.

photo by Tyrone Hemry

WZIO when it went on the air in 1991 it was sister station to WIOI and is now WEKV (94.9 Mhz) owned by Education Media Foundation

This station is licensed to South Webster.

WZIO 23 August 1991

WRAU 27 May 2002

WSNA 19 May 2004

WEKV 1 March 2006

The former WIZO transmitter building from the door side.

photo by Tyrone Hemry 4 Sep. 2013


The station is currently owned by Maillet Media, Inc.

 WIOI RADIO - Music Of Your Life - is 1010 AM on the dial, and our signal covers a large area serving the greater Portsmouth Area. We are locally owned and community oriented. Our format is Adult Pop Standards, which is music from the 40's, 50's, 60's and more, leaning on the easy side. WIOI RADIO is also the local affiliate for Cincinnati Bengals football.

WIOI is best known for being the Top 40 rock station in Portsmouth during the 1960s and 1970s, when Chuck Maillet was the owner. Since then it changed hands a few times until 1996 when Chip Maillet, owner of Maillet Media, bought the station back from its previous owner. When Maillet Media bought the station it had an all talk radio format. In December 2000 the format was changed to "Music of Your Life", a Jones Radio Networks format. The community responded positively, especially from the folks age 50 plus.

In early 2008, Jones Radio Networks stopped carrying the Music of Your Life network via satellite and debuted Jones Standards, its own similar format. WIOI opted to continue airing Music of Your Life, which is now distributed by Planet Halo, Inc.

Chip Maillet, a radio veteran since he started broadcasting at the age of 14 in 1970, announces the morning local news, weather, and community events. Chip is also the station owner and manager and handles sales. Chip is involved in the community of Portsmouth, Ohio, as he currently (2010) serves as the Portsmouth area Chamber president and also is a board member of Main Streets of Portsmouth. Chuck Maillet was the "world's oldest DJ" (station joke). A 60-year veteran of radio from news for Mutual Broadcasting to major market morning man, Chuck did it all, including radio station manger, president and past owner. Charles (Chuck) Maillet died January 24, 2010, at the age of 89 after never recovering from a fall at his house that happen a week after Christmas 2009.

There was a long line of "jocks" and newsfolk who went on to larger markets and even some fame in Communications. Among them Phil Phillips (aka Phil Nye, who went on to become an ABC Television News Vice President in Charge of O & O news operations as well as News Director at four of the five of ABC's O & O stations.(WABC, WXYZ, KGO, KABC ), Phil Hayes, who has been a news director at television stations in many cities including Detroit and Erie, Pa, Al Volker who went on to produce, executive produce and news direct for 51 years. Dave Craig who took his D.C. morning radio program on the road in many cities after his stint at WIOI.

WIOI Curent transmitter is a Harris MW1  installed by Assistant Engineer Larry Mullins around 1981-82 photo by Tyrone Hemry

WIOI's original RCA BTA 1 transmitter.  This transmitter we

WIOI (1010 Khz) signed on September 2, 1959.

Harris HT3.5FM is the current transmitter being used.  WNXT FM originally was located in the WPAY building using a Baur Transmitter.  In the Early 80's WNXT FM moved to there current site in there own building and there own tower.

photo by Tyrone Hemry Oct 2013

One of the former WNXT staff from way back is set to be inducted into the West Virginia Radio Hall of fame in 2013.

Shirley "Kitty" Bocock has worked in radio sales and management for 54 years. She started as an account executive at WNXT Radio in Portsmouth, OH, and was the only woman in radio sales in the region in 1956. She has worked as sales manager and general manager at radio stations in Huntington, Binghamton, NY, Buffalo, NY, and Hilton Head, SC. She retired but moved back into sales and promotions at the six Kindred Communications stations in Huntington.

WNXT (99.3 Mhz) signed on August 25, 1958

                        Owned by Hometown Broadcasting Of Portsmouth, Inc

Nautel-XR6 is currently being used by WNXT.  This is a picture of one.

Harris SX 5 transmitter that was put in place in the Mid 70's by Chief Engineer Howard Potts after a fire destroyed the WNXT AM building and previous transmitters.

From 1983 Broadcasting Year Book

From 1996 M Street Radio Directory

WNXT (1260 Khz) signed on August 30, 1951

Owned by Hometown Broadcasting Of Portsmouth, Inc

From 1996 M Street Radio Directory

WPAY FM transmitter model Harris FM40H 
WPAY FM went on the air in June 15, 1948.  The 1950 Broadcasting Year book show the power to be 7000 Watts

photo by Tyrone HemryNovember 2012

The transmitter ran at about 35000 watts plus the gain of the antenna to get 100,000 effective radiated power.  Rack on right near top is the two STL Marti receivers to get the audio from the studio, left and right channels. Also in the rack is a QEI exciter and remote control equipment. Showing in the bottom shelf are to Muzak receivers that provided music on two sub channels for music in stores.  The Harris FM40H is made up of two FM20s.   Note the far 2 doors on the left and the first two doors on the right are the two 20KW transmitters. The center door consist of the Harris exciter, driver and combiner.  The QEI exciter in the 1990's was put in to replace the Harris exciter and driver.   The old tower collapsed from the weight of the ice during an ice storm on February 19, 2003 and put the station off the air for a couple of days. The fall of this tower not only put out WPAY radio, but all of Scioto county public safety communication services. All services were restored by nightfall, February 21. A new tower was built just to the southwest of Portsmouth.  It is 356 meters tall, or 453 meters above average terrain and features an ERI brand 12 bay directional antenna.

Current call letters of the former WPAY FM is WNKE effective June 20, 2011 and the city of license was moved to New Boston, Ohio and is owned by Northern Kentucky University.

WPAY Gallia Street entrance in 2010

WPAY FM (104.1 Mhz) signed on June 15, 1948

WPAY Phil Malone a DJ at one of the banquets at Shawnee Lodge

WPAY AD

Across the street from Staker Drugs is the WPAY radio building on Chillicothe Street during the 1937 flood

Frank Balmert, 91 Francis C. (Frank) Balmert, 91, a life-long resident of Scioto County, died Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Hillview Retirement Center. He was preceded in death by his spouse of 61 years, Mary Eileen O'Neil Balmert. Frank was born February 26, 1922, to the late Frank and Rose Bishop Balmert, graduated from the former St. Mary High School in 1940 and received a degree in Economics from Xavier University in 1947. An Army Veteran of World War II, he earned a Bronze Star while serving with the 75th Infantry Division in Belgium, France and Germany.  Prior to changing careers, he was employed as News Director at WPAY for 13 years and was WNXT News Chief when the station went on the air in 1951.  He also served as correspondent for the Associated Press and Cincinnati Enquirer. He also served as Scioto County Jury Commissioner and was a Central Committee in the 5th Ward. In 1963 Frank was appointed Urban Renewal Director for the City of Portsmouth and assisted in making a site available for Massie Hall and what was later to become Shawnee State University. Five years later he joined the staff of the newly-organized Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission as Deputy Director. He retired from the Commission in 1985 having served for 5 years as Executive Director and 12 years as Program Manager. A member of St Mary's Catholic Church, he was active in the work of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, served on Parish Council, was a member of the Choir, served as Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Pastoral Care Team member. He was a Charter member of the Homeless Shelter Task Force and former member of the Catholic Social Service Advisory Board. He was also Fraternity Minister of the Secular Franciscan Order and former member of the Central Catholic Athletic Association, The Portsmouth Chapter of the Xavier Alumni Association, and the Serra Club. He was also active in the Scioto Area Council of Boy Scouts and the Order of Elks Golf League. Surviving are his children, F. Daniel (Susan) Balmert of Bath, Ohio, Barbara Elaine (Dr. Edward) Sivak of Westlake, Ohio, and Mary Ann ( Dan) Hill of Portsmouth; a sister, Joanne Corcoran of Westlake, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Adam Streitenberger. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Melcher Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary will be 8 p.m. Tuesday at Melcher Funeral Home. Military Graveside Rites will be held by the James Dickey Post 23 American Legion. The family's favorite charities are the Homeless Shelter, Charitable Works, and St. Mary's Catholic Church

WPAY the Western Aces 1947.

WPAY AM 1000 watt transmitters

photo by Tyrone Hemry November 2012

The transmitter on the right was the last one used and is a Harris MW1, a solid state transmitter dating back to the 1970s.  The Transmitter on the right is an RCA BTA1 transmitter that probably saw service beginning in the very late 1940's or early 1950's and was used as a back up after the MW1 was put in service.  These transmitters were original located in downtown Portsmouth at the studios until the shoe building was torn down and the antenna was moved across the river to Kentucky at the FM site.

Bill Dawson

                                                                    PDT Staff Writer

"This is Big Bill D, the D is for D-a-w-s-o-n," was a familiar phrase heard by Portsmouth radio listeners for decades.


Word came earlier in the week that Bill Dawson, 92, formerly of WNXT and WPAY radio stations, and host of "Burnt Toast and Coffee Time," had died Monday in Greenfield, Ohio. Dawson enlisted in the Marine Corp for five years on July 8, 1940, having served in Cuba, Coco Solo Balboa, C.Z., Guadalcanal, Pearl Harbor, on D-Day and the Johnson Islands. After he received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Dawson began his professional life as a radio personality in Akron. He then moved to Portsmouth, and worked for more than 30 years at WPAY and WNXT radio.


He was best known for his on-air characters and often alter egos: Wrangler Will from over the Hill, Big Bill D., Homer Higginbottom, Ellsworth X, Sally Sparks, and Wild Indian Bill, but was proudest of his efforts to begin a Christian inspirational, educational and motivational alternative radio/television format at WPAY and WCOL in Columbus, in the 1960s. Bill attended and was active in the founding of Christ's Community Church.


"He was, in my opinion, one of the three or four people that were really instrumental in a way that we had planned in launching our church," Christ's Community Church Pastor Scott Rawlings said. "He found a way at Burnt Toast and Coffee Time to mention something that happened at church every day when the church first began in 1970." Rawlings said Dawson had distinguished military and broadcast careers.


"He was, in the real sense of the word, a patriot," Rawlings said. "Those old boys from the Second World War were. He, in my opinion was one of those guys who was high profile. Half the world around here listened every morning to Dawson's Dinky Diner. You never knew what he was going to say next because he didn't. We all got a giggle out of that."


Funeral services were conducted Thursday at Christ's Community Church in Portsmouth with Scott Rawlings officiating. Graveside military rites were performed Friday in Memorial Burial Park by the James Irwin and William A. Baker posts of the American Legion. Arrangements were under the direction of the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com.

WPAY Bill Dawson

William Holden Dawson, 92, of Greenfield, formerly of Portsmouth, was welcomed into the glorious presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 26, 2012.


He was born Aug. 11, 1919 a son of the late Richard Holden and Nell Fox Dawson in Cleveland.


Bill was a well known radio personality in the Portsmouth area for more than 30 years working for WNXT and WPAY radio stations. He was a WWII US Marine Corps veteran surviving Pearl Harbor on D-Day, and a 1938 Hudson High School graduate. He attended and was active in the founding of Christ's Community Church in Portsmouth.  He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Suzanne Ruth Frowine Dawson, April of 1997, just prior to their 50th wedding anniversary, May 31, 1947: his precious son, Michael Holden Dawson; his step-father who raised him, Harley Ellsworth; and one sister Vernell Dawson Eberhard.


He is survived by his daughter Melinda (Jim) Nestor (
melindanestor@hotmail.com) of Chillicothe; two granddaughters Christina Michelle (Michael) Burnight and Emily Suzanne (Eric) Walsh; great grandchildren, Jacob Michael and Megan Elizabeth Burnight, Suzanna Catherine and Frederic "James" Walsh all of Wilmore, KY; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Christ's Community Church in Portsmouth with Scott Rawlings officiating. Friends may call from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church before the service. Graveside military rites will be performed at noon, Monday, in Memorial Burial Park by the James Irwin and William A. Baker posts of the American Legion. Arrangements are under the direction of the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville. OH The family is most grateful to the staff of Hearth and Care at Greenfield for the loving care he received.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ's Community Church, PO Box 649, Portsmouth, OH 45662 or Asbury University.
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on March 28, 2012

Harold Arthurs of WPAY doing the Man On The Street show in front of Kresge's. Probably about the late 1940's or early 1950's era

Russell Newman went on to work as Chief engineer at WNXT. Later worked part time as an engineer at WIOI until about 1980

14 Sep 1950 The Republican Herald

WPAY DJ

 Mrs. Marie Vandergrift looking out the window at WPAY during 1937 flood

Paul Wagner & Mrs. Marie Vandergrift looking out the window at WPAY during 1937 flood

 WPAY (1400 Khz) signed on April 15, 1935  WPAY signed on in 1933 with the call letters WHBD. According to 1935 Broadcasting Yearbook the call letters as WHBD at 1370 KHz with 100 watts owned by The Vee Bee Corp. Commercial manager rville Fields and engineers J. Louderback and Ralph Jordan. As a country yodeling and country music station the call the call letters were changed to WPAY standing for (Pay Any Yodeler). The station became notable when it stayed on air during the floods in Portsmouth in 1937, giving up-to-the-minute news and announcements to those separated and weary from the floods. In the 1960s, WPAY started to play country music on its FM while the AM was reassigned to a news/talk format. WPAY signed off the air on June 3, 2011 after 80 years. Because it was not back on the air in one year the license was permanently deleted May 2012 by the FCC. 
For many years the antenna was located on the Selby Shoe building until the building was torn down. The antenna was then moved across the river to Kentucky and located at the WPAY FM tower site. This antenna was a long wire stretched between two towers on a temporary basis. When the ice storm took down the WPAY tower the antenna was then made part of the replacement tower.
Last address was 1009 Gallia Street, Portsmouth. Note sometime after 1983, because of various FCC rule changes, the night time power was increased to 1 KW. The last format was talk radio. The 1936 Broadcast Yearbook shows call letters had become WPAY still owned by The Vee Bee Corp. at 821 Chillicothe Street with Marie W. Vandergrift as commercial manager and the engineers being Gwen Sherburn and Ralph Jordan. The 1938 addition shows the station was located at 1007 Gallia Street and 1939 it is shown as 1009 Gallia Street. The 1941 addition shows a construction permit for 250 Watts and a move to 1400 KHz. By 1943 the owner was Scioto Broadcasting Company. Paul F. Braden bought the station February 1, 1956 according to the 1963 year book and the FM power was still at 7KW and the AM still at 250 Watts. The 1967 addition shows a construction permit for the FM to go to 97 KW horizontal and 30 KW vertical with the antenna at 530 feet. Around 1963 the AM power was increased to a 1000 Watts during daylight hours. Around 1988 the AM was permitted to run 1000 watts full time. Note: up to the early 1960s FM stations only used horizontal polarization. The FCC rules changed that stations could run as much power in the vertical.  Many stations just added a vertical polarized antenna and ran with what ever power they could spare out of the transmitter they already had. Today most stations run with a circularly polarized antenna. The WPAY FM tower was taken down about 1981 by a tornado and so the 1982 Broadcasting Year book shows the power at 100KW on a new tower at 840 feet. This is the last tower to be built at this site other than one pieced together after the ice storm took down the two tallest towers at the site and served as the FM tower and also used by the AM. After a couple years trying to get permission to build a new taller tower at the site, a new site was located south east of the old site and a 1200 foot tower was put up for the FM and the AM remained at the old site. The only radio station that currently operates using the tower put up after the ice storm is the K Love station WUKV.
Scioto County Radio Station History

From 1983 Broadcasting Year Book

From 1996 M Street Radio Directory