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WIOD
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast area South Florida
(targets Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Branding News Talk 610/100.3 WIOD
Slogan "South Florida's News, Traffic and Weather Station"
Frequency 610 kHz
Translator(s) W262AN 100.3 Hollywood
Repeaters WBGG-FM HD2 105.9-2
First air date January 19, 1926
Format Analog/HD: News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Operaing at 10,000 watts under a special temporary authority
Class B
Facility ID 14242
Callsign meaning Wonderful Isle Of Dreams
Affiliations AccuWeather
Fox News Radio
Wall Street Journal Radio
WFOR
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WBGG-FM, WHYI-FM, WINZ, WMGE, WMIA-FM, WSHE-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wiod.com

WIOD (610 AM) is a news/talk-formatted radio station in Miami, Florida, owned by Clear Channel Communications.

Installed in the spring of 1925 by Carl Graham Fisher, a Miami Beach developer, the station made its formal air debut on the South Florida airwaves on January 19, 1926. Carl Fisher selected the letters WIOD as the call letters signifying “Wonderful Isle of Dreams” to commemorate Collins Island, on which the station was situated. WIOD is Florida’s seventh oldest continuously licensed broadcast radio station.

From 1959 to 1962 the call letters were changed to WCKR (for Cox-Knight Broadcasting, who also owned television station WCKT, now WSVN). Branded Wacker Radio, they attempted a rock & roll format but were unsuccessful against strong competition.

On June 16, 1981 WIOD began operating with 10,000 watts day and night to overcome interference caused by a station in Cuba. This special temporary authority granted by the FCC has been renewed on a regular basis since then.

WIOD arguably features one of the largest radio news departments in the Southeast United States and has consistently been the most frequent winner in annual Florida Associated Press statewide competitions. WIOD may be best known for its continuous hurricane coverage, particularly Andrew, Katrina and Wilma. Despite the station's class B status, it has strong daytime and nighttime signals. This is due to parts of the tower's guy ground system resting in the brackish mix of fresh and salt waters of Biscayne Bay.

WIOD is an affiliate of the Fox News Radio network. It also is affiliated with AccuWeather, Dow Jones & Company (for "The Wall Street Journal Business Report") and has a news and weather content sharing relationship with WFOR-TV (and before that, WPLG). WIOD was the radio flagship of the 2006 NBA champions Miami Heat from 1996 until 2008. From 1966 until the late 1990s, it was the radio flagship of the Miami Dolphins, the longest partnership between a Miami sports team and a radio flagship station. It is also the official broadcast emergency station for the Broward County Commission.

In April 2010, WIOD launched a simulcast on FM translator W262AN 100.3 MHz.[1] They also broadcast on WBGG-FM 105.9 HD2.

On August 24, 2011, it was announced that Clear Channel Communications had purchased W228BY 93.5 FM from WAY-FM Network for $200,000.[2]

Former hosts and Traffic reporters

WIOD boasts some big names along its alumni including Larry King, Neil Rogers, Sally Jessy Raphael, Ron Bennington, Mike Reineri, Bill Calder, Alan Burke, Sandy Peyton, Rick and Suds, Hank Goldberg, Randi Rhodes, Big Wilson, Chris Baker, Phil Hendrie, Joey Reynolds, Tom Gauger, Dave Lamont, Tom Leykis, Jack Ellery, and anchor Ron Hersey. Reineri hosted the last music show (Adult Contemporary format) on WIOD from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday from 1974 to 1989. Reineri's traffic reporter, Dave Mitchell, hosted the show on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the same time slot. Longtime News Director Lori Shepard left WIOD on 8/8/2013. Other known traffic reporters on WIOD in the 1980s and 1990s and 2003-2007 were Miami Radio veterans: Joe Brennan (now at Total Traffic Network), George Sheldon (retired from broadcasting, Now a Skywarn Meteorologist Spotter for the NWS & several internet sites and also Facebook and lives in the Asheville, NC area), Don Anthony (aka Agony) is retired from radio broadcasting, Teri Griffin (retired from broadcasting and has moved out of South Florida), and Trish Anderson passed away on March 31, 2012. Since 1989 WIOD has had an All-News or news-talk format.

Controversy

In June 2007, the all-Democratic county commission in Broward County was on the verge of rejecting WIOD as the official channel for emergency information because of concerns it is also home to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts. On his radio show Rush Limbaugh said, "They are politicizing the delivery of emergency news, which is non-partisan."[3] After complaints from around the country the commission decided to keep using the radio station.[4]

Evolution 93.5 FM

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Evolution 93.5 was launched on translator W228BY 93.5 FM, just days before the start of the Winter Music Conference in Miami.[5]

References

External links

  • Main page
  • Schedule page
  • Evolution 93.5
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WIOD
  • Radio-Locator Information on WIOD
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WIOD
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for W262AN
  • Radio-Locator information on W262AN

Coordinates: 25°50′58″N 80°09′18″W / 25.84944°N 80.15500°W / 25.84944; -80.15500

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