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City of license Berlin, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Fox Valley / Central Wisconsin
Branding Big Red AM 1100
Slogan Full Service Radio for Your Life.
Frequency 1100 kHz AM
Translator(s) 97.3 W247AZ (Berlin)
First air date circa 1972 ("more than 35 years" in 2007)
Format News/Talk
Power 2,500 watts (day)
1,600 watts (Critical hours)
Class D
Facility ID 34907
Callsign meaning WIsconsin's Service Station
Owner Hometown Broadcasting LLC (owned by Tom Boyson)
Sister stations WAUH
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wissradio.com

WISS (1100 kHz AM) or Big Red AM 1100 is a radio station broadcasting an News/Talk format. Licensed to Berlin, Wisconsin, USA, it serves central Wisconsin and the Fox Valley. It formerly operated at 1090 kHz. The station is currently owned by Hometown Broadcasting LLC (owned by Tom Boyson), which acquired the station in 1999. WISS originally had an FM sister station (WISS-FM) at 102.3 MHz which was later sold and moved to 104.7 MHz.

WISS changed its music format from Classic Country to soft Oldies on February 2, 2009. Artists heard as part of the new format, according to the station's website, include The Beatles, Carpenters, The Supremes, Barry Manilow, Anne Murray, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond.[1]

The station ran an annual trivia contest between 1982 and 2005. The contest was billed as the "world's longest running commercial trivia contest" before the 2006 contest was canceled.

They have added a simulcast on 97.3 FM because AM 1100 does not operate all day. The 97.3 simulcast is available 24 hours a day, and is in operation before, during, and after AM 1100 is on the air.

On May 5, 2011, WISS replaced classic hits with news/talk introducing themselves as a Fox News Radio station.[2]

In 2011 WISS was granted an FCC construction permit to increase power to 50,000 watts day and 20,000 watts critical hours.

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In addition to the main station, WISS is relayed by an additional translator to widen its broadcast area.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W247AZ 97.3 Berlin, Wisconsin 55 D FCC


  1. ^ "About WISS". wissradio.com. 
  2. ^ "Making Moves: Thursday, May 5, 2011". Radio-Info.com. May 5, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 43°56′55″N 88°59′08″W / 43.94861°N 88.98556°W / 43.94861; -88.98556