WINZ (AM)

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WINZ
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast area South Florida metropolitan area
Branding AM 940 The Sports Animal
Frequency 940 kHz
First air date 1951
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
Operating at 25,000 watts nighttime under special temporary authority
Class B
Facility ID 51977
Callsign meaning WINZ stands for Wins
Former callsigns WRFX (2002-2004)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
ESPN Radio
Miami Dolphins
Miami Marlins
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WBGG-FM, WHYI-FM, WIOD, WMGE, WMIA-FM, WMIB
Webcast Listen Live
Website 940winz.com

WINZ (940 AM, "AM 940 The Sports Animal") is a sports talk radio station that serves Miami-Fort Lauderdale. The station airs primarily syndicated programming. Its daytime signal reaches as far north as Ft. Pierce, as far west as Ft. Myers and Naples, and as far south as Cuba. The station has managed to score ratings in the Ft. Myers-Naples[1] and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton[2] radio markets despite its transmitter being far away, over 100 miles away in the case of Ft. Myers-Naples, and having no promotion.

Its studios are located in Miramar and the transmitter site is in Miami Gardens.

The station is non-directional in the daytime hours and broadcasts with 50,000 watts; during nighttime hours (sunset to sunrise) the WINZ directional skywave pattern contours the shape of the United States, as the station has to project no signal into either Canada or Mexico because those countries have the Class A Clear Channel Rights to the 940 kHz frequency. Such stations are XEQ-AM in Mexico City, and a station allocation in Montreal previously occupied by CINW, which fell silent in February 2010; however, the allocation still exists by international treaty, and will soon be occupied by a new station.[3]

In July 1981, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted special temporary authority to transmit with 25,000 watts at night instead of the 10,000 watts for which it is licensed; A station in Cuba causes interference and consequently a loss of service in some areas. This authority has been renewed regularly since then.

From the late 1950s and into the early 1960s, WINZ went head-to-head with top 40 WQAM at night, featuring Bob Green, from 7pm to 11pm. When Green left the station, he was replaced by "Cousin Brucie" Bruce Morrow. Morrow left the station to begin a legendary career at WABC, New York. He is now with XM. During that time, the rest of WINZ's broadcast day was as a middle-of-the-road, full service station.

WINZ's former talk-host lineup included Nova M hosts Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy, Stephanie Miller of Jones Radio Networks, Lionel, Neil Rogers and Thom Hartmann of Air America Radio, and Don Imus in the morning from 6:00 AM until 9:00 AM. Traffic Reporters for WINZ were Trish Anderson in the 80's and George Sheldon from 1989-1997 then again from 2004-2006. Frank Mottek worked as an anchor and reporter for WINZ from 1981 to 1992 before joining CBS station KNX (AM) in 1992. From 1985 to 1991, he broadcast the live descriptions of all space shuttle launches for the CBS Radio Network which aired on WINZ.

WINZ is affiliated with CBS for hourly network newscasts and includes twice hourly updates from The Weather Channel.

The station signed on in its liberal talk format at 12:06 p.m. on July 12, 2004. Al Franken's program was the first in the new format. Before this station adopted liberal talk as its format, it was 940 Fox Sports Radio, an all-sports station that competed with WQAM and WAFN. On April 3, 2009, the format shifted back to sports, and is now known as "The Sports Animal".

7WINZ is owned by Clear Channel Communications, the largest U.S. radio owner. Clear Channel purchased the station from West Palm Beach-based media entrepreneur Bud Paxson. WINZ management changed in early 2007 from Peter Bolger to Ken Charles. New weekend shows included Clout with Richard Greene and 7 Days in America with new Air America Radio network co-owner Mark Green (no relation). Other local shows have been dropped recently, such as Radioactive Politics and The Nicole Sandler Show.

In 2008, Miami Heat (National Basketball Association) games moved back to WINZ from WIOD. One game will be simulcast monthly on 103.5 The Beat.[4] WINZ previously carried Heat games from 1993 to 1996.

On April 2, 2009, it was reported on Radio-Info.com that the station would switch to sports the following day, making it the sixth sports station in Miami;[5] this follows Clear Channel's trend of changing liberal talk formats (regardless of success) to its own Fox Sports network. Since the change of format, ratings for WINZ have dropped from a 1.0 in the Spring of 2009 to a 0.3 in April, a 06 in May, and a 0.5 in June, behind the sports station WAXY and WQAM.[6]

The National Football League's Miami Dolphins announced on March 1, 2010, that it had entered an agreement with Clear Channel that would make WINZ and WBGG-FM flagship stations of the Dolphins Radio Network for the next six years.[7]

On November 14, 2010, the Dolphins and Heat played on the same day at the same time. Per contract, WINZ aired the Dolphins game while another station had the Heat broadcast. Clear Channel then threatened to sue the Heat for breach of contract.[citation needed] Sometime after that, the Heat switched its flagship station to competing station WAXY. On November 6, 2013, WINZ announced that they were the new flagship station for the Miami Marlins, starting with the 2014 season. This ends a 5-year relationship with Sports Talk AM 790 and 104.3 FM WAXY, The Ticket (WAXY 790/104.3 WAXY-FM).[8] No idea as into where the Marlins can be heard if games conflict (especially on Sundays) with the Miami Dolphins, in which WINZ is also the flagship station of.

Most of the station's lineup is fed in from national feeds of FOX Sports Radio and ESPN Radio.

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Coordinates: 25°57′39″N 80°16′11″W / 25.9608°N 80.2698°W / 25.9608; -80.2698