I think the first all-sports radio station in Toledo was AM 1470, which began sports talk back in the mid-1990s, correct? Besides some local sports hosts, it was affiliated at that time with the One-on-One sports radio network, which got bought by Sporting News Radio. But in the late 1990s or around 2000, AM 1470 switched to being an ESPN radio affiliate.
I was glad that Toledo finally had an all-sports radio station, since other markets obviously had them earlier.
I think Norm Wamer has been with the Toledo all-sports radio network since the beginning, correct? Maybe he helped bring an all-sports station to Toledo.
The amount of radio coverage of local college and high school sports that exists today did not exist prior to AM 1470 becoming an all-sports station. So if Norm helped make this happen, then in my opinion, he can pretty much do whatever he wants at the station.
As always, you can buy a radio with tuning capabilities or seek funding to start your own competitive, local sports radio network.
Back in the 1990s maybe before AM 1470 became an all-sports station, I think Norm co-hosted a Saturday morning radio show on one of the local AM stations, and this show focused on local sports. I cannot remember the other host's name, but it seemed like he was a long-time local radio host/legend who loved local sports. This other host passed away some years later. In a way, this other host acted like a mentor for Norm. If any of that inspired Norm or whoever to bring an all-sports radio station to Toledo, then they've got my gratitude.
It's possible that Norm does this because he loves sports and local sports in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan and not because he's getting extremely wealthy from it.
Maybe someone can post the official timeline of the Toledo all-sports radio network and the people credited for making it happen.
Sidenote: Sorry to break the news to people who have grown up around here, but about all of you have that nasally, Michigan accent with occasional bouts of the Cleveland accent mixed in, and that does not play well on radio. You need that accent professionally trained out of you to sound "nice" on the radio. But I accept it as the local flair, so it's okay with me.