WINT (AM)

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WINT
WINT logo.png
City of license Willoughby, Ohio
Broadcast area Lake County
Greater Cleveland (limited)
Branding Integrity Radio
Frequency 1330 kHz
First air date January 27, 1965
Format Talk radio
Power 500 watts (daytime)
42 watts (nighttime)
Class D
Facility ID 26221
Transmitter coordinates 41°38′57.00″N 81°25′25.00″W / 41.6491667°N 81.4236111°W / 41.6491667; -81.4236111
Callsign meaning INTegrity Radio
Affiliations Dial Global
Lake County Captains
Notre Dame Falcons
Talk Radio Network
Owner Spirit Broadcasting Corp.
(Spirit Broadcasting Corp.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wintradio.com

WINT (1330 AM) – branded Integrity Radio – is a commercial talk radio station licensed to Willoughby, Ohio, serving Lake County and eastern parts of Greater Cleveland. WINT is a local affiliate for the Lake County Captains, Notre Dame College football, The Dave Ramsey Show, and The Laura Ingraham Show, as well as programs hosted by nationally syndicated personalities Dennis Miller and Doug Stephan.[1][2]

History[edit]

The station first broadcast on January 27, 1965, as WELW, with its first format being religious. Subsequently, it has had Top 40, country music, oldies, and news/talk formats. WELW almost always has broadcast nationality music shows, and some religious programs. Spirit Broadcasting (a Petkovsek-Somich Company) assumed ownership in February 1990, and this has been the longest ownership in station history. Over the years, the station has been honored countless times for its community service, as well as receiving Associated Press awards.[citation needed]

Former logo as WELW

On March 31, 2014, WELW announced that they had changed their call letters to WINT, and adopted the brand of "Integrity Radio". The station also announced its intention to upgrade their signal to serve more of the Cleveland radio market, as well as finding an FM station on which to simulcast.[3][4][5]

Current programming[edit]

WINT offers a variety of programming, including national talk radio programs hosted by Doug Stephan, Laura Ingraham (via Talk Radio Network), Dennis Miller (via Dial Global), Dave Ramsey, and Duke and the Doctor. AM 1330 features a local morning drive and afternoon drive show. Ethnic programming is also featured, including Slovenian, Croatian, Italian, German, Polish, and Hispanic shows. WINT offers a small part of its broadcast schedule for purchase by program providers.

WINT has been the flagship station of the Lake County Captains minor league baseball team since they moved to Ohio in 2003. The station also broadcasts area high school football and basketball games, and some local college games, as well as local sports talk shows.[6]

With the realization that many polka music fans from Ohio and the Steel Belt have retired to warmer climates, AM 1330 also began and serves as base operation for a 24/7 streaming polka website, which was the first of its kind in the world. Known as the "World's Polka Network", it features polka hosts and music from across the USA and Canada.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Payam Zarrabizadeh. "Radio Stations". Laura Ingraham. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  2. ^ Payam Zarrabizadeh. "Radio Stations". Dennis Miller Radio. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  3. ^ Marucci, Carl (March 31, 2014). "WELW flips to 'Integrity Radio WINT'". RBR.com. Streamline RBR, Inc. Retrieved April 3, 2014. "[...] plans to significantly improve our coverage on 1330AM, and also add a new simulcast on an FM frequency." 
  4. ^ Imagolutions - Jonathan Somich. "Radio Coverage Area on WELW 1330 AM Radio". Welw.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Radio station WELW to change name after 50 years on the air". News-herald.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  6. ^ Imagolutions - Jonathan Somich. "WELW Story on WELW 1330 AM Radio". Welw.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  7. ^ "About Us". 24/7 Polka Heaven. 

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