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WXEN-FM
Call Letters WXEN - Xenophon Zapis 1964 - Tuschman Broadcasting Company sells WXEN to Booth Broadcasting of Detroit. 1/12/77 - WXEN personalities, led by Don Allen, pledge their support to the Northern Ohio Red Cross Blood Appeal,  asking ethnic listeners to donate at the agency's blood center at 3950 Chester Avenue. Public appeals are broadcast  in foreign languages during the station's ethnic programming. 2/6/77 - Mayor Ralph Perk, Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, Cuyahoga County Commissioner George Voinovich  and WXEN host Tony Petkovsek lead a rally of 2000 people at Public Music Hall in an attempt to save ethnic  programming from an impending format change. Perk, and Council President George Forbes, met with Booth  American's VP John Booth II in an attempt to stall the change, but to no avail. 3/1/77 - The station begins broadcasting from a new transmitter and tower site in North Royalton. 3/13/77 - WXEN drops ethnic programming to become Top 40 outlet WZZP-FM. Former WGCL PD Bob Payton takes  the same position at the new station. 5/22/77 - Listeners petition the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the three year license renewal for  WXEN (now WZZP) the previous October. They also request a public hearing aimed at forcing a change back to ethnic  programming. The petition filed by the Nationalities Broadcasting Association raises questions of "licensee fraud,  misrepresentation, and lack of candor..." The owners, Booth American Broadcasting, are given 30 days to answer the  charges.