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Broadcast areaBangor, Maine
Frequency103.1 MHz
Branding103.1 WZLO
FormatAdult album alternative
OwnerThe Zone Corporation
First air date
Novemberá1980á(1980-11) (as WDME-FM)
Former call signs
WDME-FM (1980?2009)
WZON-FM (2009?2012)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID12882
ERP1,500 watts
HAAT204 meters (669áft)
Transmitter coordinates
45░05?37.8?N 69░04?57.8?W? / ?45.093833░N 69.082722░W? / 45.093833; -69.082722
Translator(s)98.3 W252CT (Bangor)
Repeater(s)100.3 WKIT-HD2 (Brewer)

WZLO (103.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station broadcasting an adult album alternative format. Licensed to Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, the station serves the Bangor area. It is also broadcast on 98.3 in Bangor using an FM translator. The studios and offices are in Bangor, while the transmitter is off Route 15 in Charleston, Maine.[1]

The station is owned by The Zone Corporation, the broadcast company owned by authors Tabitha and Stephen King.[2]


The station signed on in November 1980 as WDME-FM, simulcasting the middle-of-the-road format of its sister station WDME (1340 AM), which had begun on August 13, 1967.[3][4] The call sign stood for the home city of Dover, Maine.

The AM station was closed down, and its license allowed to expire in 1991, for economic reasons.[5] WDME-FM continued as a stand-alone FM station, airing an eclectic adult contemporary format.

Under its previous ownership, WDME-FM referred to itself on-air as, "The only radio station in the world broadcasting from a railroad passenger car." WDME's studios were located in a converted Amtrak coach formerly situated beside Routes 6 and 15 to the north and west of Dover-Foxcroft. The station was known for its folksy portrayal of rural culture in the north woods of Maine. It featured locally-known personalities such as John Simcoe and Paul Knaut.

WDME was purchased by The Zone Corporation in 2001. Gradually, the station changed to an adult album alternative format. It later switched to a simulcast of WZON (620 AM), a sports radio station, in 2009. The WZON-FM call letters was adopted on August 27.[6]

WZON-FM switched to a progressive talk format on January 4, 2010.[7] The station also carried Boston Red Sox baseball, along with WZON. Shortly after WZON (AM) began simulcasting WZON-FM on November 1, 2010, Red Sox games were moved exclusively to the AM station (which previously shared the broadcasts with WDME/WZON-FM). WZON-FM began stunting with Christmas music in November 2012, with the previous format moving exclusively to WZON (AM). The call letters were changed to WZLO on November 23,[6] and the station returned to an adult album alternative format, initially branded as "103.1 The Loft", on December 26, 2012.[8]


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  2. ? "WZLO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ? Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 (PDF). 1981. p.áC-104. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  4. ? Fybush, Scott. "Maine Radio History, 1971?1996". Archives @ Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  5. ? Neff, Andrew (November 12, 1993). "Hirsch sells Dover-Foxcroft radio station". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  6. 1 2 "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  7. ? Hayward, Meghan (December 31, 2009). "WZON 103.1 New Format". WABI TV5. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  8. ? Venta, Lance (December 26, 2012). "There's A Loft In Bangor". RadioInsight. Retrieved January 25, 2022.

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