WJIM (AM)

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WJIM
WJIM (AM) logo.png
City of license Lansing, Michigan
Broadcast area Lansing, Michigan
Branding 1240 WJIM
Slogan Lansing's Big Talker
Frequency 1240 kHz
First air date August 22, 1934 (at 1210)
Format News/Talk
Power 890 watts (Daytime)
890 watts (Nighttime)
Class C
Facility ID 17382
Transmitter coordinates 42°43′12″N 84°31′11″W / 42.72000°N 84.51972°W / 42.72000; -84.51972
Callsign meaning JIM Gross, son of original owner Harold Gross
Former frequencies 1210 kHz (1934-1941)
Affiliations ABC News
Michigan Talk Network
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Lansing License, LLC)
Sister stations WFMK, WITL-FM, WJIM-FM, WMMQ, WVFN
Webcast Listen Live
Website wjimam.com

WJIM (1240 AM) is a radio station licensed to Lansing, Michigan broadcasting a news-talk format. WJIM began broadcasting in 1934 on 1210 kHz with 250 watts daytime and 100 watts at night, under the ownership of Harold Gross and his company, Gross Telecasting. According to local legend, Gross won the license--the first commercial license in Lansing--in a card game. He named the station after his son Jim, who would become the station's general manager from the 1960s through the sale of the station in 1985. In 1941 WJIM moved to 1240 kHz with 250 watts as a part of the North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement. WJIM is currently under ownership of Townsquare Media. It is also the flagship station of the Michigan Talk Network.

From the early 90s to the fall of 2005, WJIM branded itself as News/Talk 1240 WJIM. It now brands itself as Lansing's BIG Talker. Prior to 2005, Chris Holman originally hosted the morning show; later followed by Dave Scott, and Mike Shiels. Since March 2012 "Michigan's Morning Show with Steve Gruber and Jo Anne Paul" has been WJIM's morning program, which airs statewide on other radio stations via the Michigan Talk Network.

The station broadcasts mainly conservative talk shows throughout the day. Featured programs include Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, John Batchelor, and Red Eye Radio.

WJIM is the Lansing outlet for Michigan State University's Spartan Sports Network, airing all MSU football and basketball games. It is not, however, the flagship station; that role belongs to Detroit's WJR.[1]

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including WJIM, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[2][3] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spartan Sports Network". Michigan State University. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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