WSSR Star 96.7 FM :: www.star967.net
WSSR Star 96.7 FM is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Joliet, Illinois, USA, it serves South and West Suburban Chicago. The station is currently owned by NextMedia Group LLC. Using the slogan Star*96.7, the station plays a mixture of new pop and pop-rock artists and 1980s and 1990s music. The station first signed on the air on February 6, 1960 as WJOL-FM, sister station to WJOL-AM. Early on it duplicated the AM station’s programming to further the reach. Initially WJOL-FM would simulcast programming from WJOL-AM but would devote a couple hours each evening to its own programming; mostly beautiful and semi-classical music. In 1963 the station was one of the first suburban broadcasters to install stereo. A year later, under new owners, Harris Enterprises, the power was increased to 3,000 watts and the antenna height doubled to 300 feet; expanding the stations reach into the southwest suburban area of Chicago. WJOL-FM would offer a beautiful music format along with its own schedule of local sports. In the late 1970s the call-letters were changed to WLLI, an anagram for Will County, the area for which the station covers. By the mid-1980s, the station referred to itself as “96.7 I-Rock,” a format which straddled top 40 music with a rock-edged slant. In the 1990s the station made an attempt to take on local suburban country powerhouse 98.3 WCCQ. Most observers felt this was a futile move as “Willie 96.7” never even made a dent in WCCQ’s establed audience.