|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"|
|Translator(s)||W262AN 100.3 Hollywood|
|Repeaters||WBGG-FM HD2 105.9-2|
|First air date||January 19, 1926|
Operaing at 10,000 watts under a special temporary authority
|Callsign meaning||Wonderful Isle Of Dreams|
Fox News Radio
Wall Street Journal Radio
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||WBGG-FM, WHYI-FM, WINZ, WMGE, WMIA-FM, WMIB|
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.
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 reports traffic/construction on www.twitter.com/wnc_traffic and a Skywarn Meteorologist Spotter for the NWS, & Facebook. George has retired 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.
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." After complaints from around the country the commission decided to keep using the radio station.
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. This station can't be heard in Northern Miami-Dade County or in Broward County because of stronger power from W228BV at 93.5 FM, broadcasting from Broward County. (Reach FM; religious format) This station can be heard in Southern Miami-Dade, online, through the iHeartRadio app or at 100.7 WHYI-FM-HD2, WHYI's second HD radio subchannel.
- WIOD on 100.3 FM - WIOD web site
- "Clear Channel Buys Miami FM Translator" - All Access, August 24, 2011
- "Broward County Democrats Risk Floridians' Lives to Protest Rush". RushLimbaugh.com, June 13, 2007.
- "Broward may keep deal with Rush Limbaugh radio station" - Sun-Sentinel, June 14, 2007
- "Miami Reaches An Evolutionary State" - Lance Venta, Radio Insight, March 12, 2013
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- Evolution 93.5
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