WIOD

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WIOD
WIOD-AM-logo.jpg
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast area South Florida
(targets Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Branding News Talk 610 WIOD
Slogan "South Florida's News, Traffic and Weather Station"
Frequency 610 kHz
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, WMIB
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. Its studios are located in Miramar and the transmitter site is in North Bay Village.

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. To accommodate WCKT, a new addition housing television studios was built on Broadcast Key in North Bay Village, Florida; although no longer co-owned, WIOD and WSVN remain co-tenants at the Broadcast Key building, built in the late 1920s, to this day. In addition to the 1959 television studio wing, further additions to Broadcast Key were built to accommodate WIOD's growing list of sister radio stations, all of whom also have their studios at Broadcast Key.

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.

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, and the Florida Panthers' original flagship station from 1993 until 2003. It is also the official broadcast emergency station for the Broward County Commission.

From April 2010 to March 2014, WIOD had launched a simulcast on FM translator W262AN 100.3 MHz. They also broadcast on WBGG-FM 105.9 HD2.

Former hosts and Traffic reporters[edit]

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 on 1/31/2013 after 32 years) Now reports traffic/construction on www.twitter.com/wnc_traffic and a Skywarn Meteorologist Weather Spotter for the NWS, & Facebook. George has returned/retired to South Florida and forecasts weather for South Florida, Western North Carolina & special climate stories on Facebook as WNC WEATHER GUY, 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.

Jingles best remembered at WIOD have included: "WIOD/Someplace Special," "The sunshine machine is coming your way/WIOD", "Rick and Suds/will get your started and on your way/every morning on WIOD", "Your Hometown Station/WIOD", "Go Dolphins! on WIOD" "The Miami Heat on WIOD/The Game's On Us/WIOD." WIOD primarily used TM Productions jingles during the 1970s, mostly resung from KDKA packages. The station did not have an image song until it had JAM Creative Productions' "First of All" jingle package resung and customized for them in the mid-1980s. Other JAM jingle series that were reworked to accommodate the six-note WIOD logo include "The Spirit of New England," "New Day," "Superstation" and "New York Fan". WFAN New York's jingle melody is actually modeled after WIOD's jingle melody, and, when WIOD had "New York Fan" resung for them, the station ordered a custom package, "Extra Innings", to accompany the "New York Fan" jingles. All JAM Creative Productions jingle series used by WIOD except "First of All" remain available from the company.

Controversy[edit]

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."[1] After complaints from around the country the commission decided to keep using the radio station.[2]

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