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This article is about the radio station in Illinois. For other uses, see Wily (disambiguation).
WILY-AM 1210 radio logo.png
City of license Centralia, Illinois
Branding The Big 1210
Slogan Good Times, Great Oldies
Frequency 1210 kHz
Translator(s) 98.7 W254BE (Centralia)
First air date 1946[1]
Format Oldies
Language(s) English
Power 10,000 watts (day)
1,100 watts (critical hours)
3 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 26624
Transmitter coordinates 38°28′55″N 89°8′56″W / 38.48194°N 89.14889°W / 38.48194; -89.14889
(day and critical hours)
38°21′27″N 89°8′3″W / 38.35750°N 89.13417°W / 38.35750; -89.13417
Former callsigns WCNT (1946-1967)[2]
Owner Estate of W. Russell Withers, Jr., Dana R. Withers, Executor
Sister stations WRXX (95.3 FM)
Website mywithersradio.com/centralia

WILY (1210 AM, "The Big 1210") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Centralia, Illinois. The station's broadcast license is held by the Executor of W. Russell Withers, Jr., Dana R. Withers, Executor. The station, established in 1946 as "WCNT", was assigned the call sign "WILY" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1967.[1][2]


WILY broadcasts an oldies music format featuring the "Good Time Oldies" programming from Dial Global.[3] As of January 2012, WILY's on-air personalities include Bruce Chandler in morning drive, JJ McKay on mid-days, Brad Pierce in afternoon drive, Peter McLaine on evenings, and Mike Shaw overnight. WILY also broadcasts a one-hour talk show hosted by Tootie Cooksey each weekday. On Mondays, this is called Talk Time USA and called Hotline on Tuesday through Friday.[4]


WILY programming is also carried on a broadcast translator station to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W254BE 98.7 Centralia, Illinois 250 D FCC


  1. ^ a b "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1955 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1955. p. 127. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Media Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Air Staff". Withers Radio Centralia. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 

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