What's up at Akron's WONE radio?
The classic rock station (97.5-FM) is generating some buzz following an on-air commercial Thursday: "After sharing over 30 years of your life, it’s been fun. On Monday, March 11 at 7 a.m., the time has come for 97.5 WONE to say farewell."
This is radio, after all. So it could all be a goof — a promotional ploy to get people to tune in. Or perhaps WONE is changing formats?
A lot of folks are reacting on the Beacon Journal's Facebook page. In addition to several tear-soaked emojis, people are posting comments ranging from sad to silly to snarky:
• Larry Brent — "That sucks. Where am I going to be able to hear the same Aerosmith song 15 times in the same day?"
• George Hollar — "Rock n roll will be gone in Akron."
• Ed March — "Changing its format, obviously. Or maybe its call letters. Or maybe both."
• Matthew John — "Probably being replaced with more Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and other terrible music that the industry forces us to listen to."
• Scott Sarah — "WHOA! What will 97.5 be then? or is this a publicity stunt for Frampton's 'farewell' tour that comes to blossom this summer??"
• Andrea Mann-Woodward — "Noooo how am I suppose to listen to TK O’Grady on my way home! Station I grew up listening to will be a thing of the past."
WKYC.com reported that "Something is happening at 97.5 WONE that has listeners concerned about the fate of their favorite classic rock radio station. It all started Thursday when WONE began airing a commercial regarding an announcement they will be making next week. ... That brief commercial has summoned what some fear could be the end to Akron’s self-described 'Home of Rock & Roll.' "
WONE is owned by the Rubber City Radio Group. The station's director of operations did not return a request for comment. The radio group, on West Market Street in Akron, also owns WQMX (94.9-FM) and WAKR (1590-AM).
WONE launched Jan. 1, 1985. Its current lineup includes Jeff Kinzbach and Sandra Miller, Tim Daugherty, T.K. O'Grady and Steve Hammond.
As for the upcoming announcement, the station's Twitter account, @975WONE, offered little help: "We don't know any more than you do. Management has something in store for all of us Monday morning ..."
Clint O’Connor covers pop culture. He can be reached at 330-996-3582 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ClintOMovies.