WNNF

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WNNF
WNNF.jpg
City of license Cincinnati, Ohio
Broadcast area Cincinnati, Ohio
Branding Nash FM 94.1
Slogan 90's to Now
Frequency 94.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1955
Format Country
ERP 16,000 watts
HAAT 264 meters
Class B
Facility ID 59593
Transmitter coordinates 39°6′59.00″N 84°30′7.00″W / 39.1163889°N 84.5019444°W / 39.1163889; -84.5019444
Callsign meaning W NiNety-Four-One
Former callsigns WSAI-FM (1976-1983)
WKXF (1983-1985)
WWNK (1985-1997)
WVMX (1997-2007)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WGRR, WOFX, WRRM, WFTK
Webcast Listen Live
Website nashfm941.com

WNNF (94.1 FM) is a radio station with a country music format in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The station is owned by Cumulus Media. Cumulus also owns classic rocker WOFX-FM 92.5, alternative rocker WFTK 96.5, adult contemporary WRRM 98.5, and classic hits WGRR 103.5. Its studios are located in North Cincinnati and the transmitter site is just northeast of downtown.

History[edit]

The station started in 1955 and in the early 1970s switched to a Top 40/Oldies format. In 1976, the station became WSAI-FM and played Rock n Roll. In 1981, the station changed to a country format, and became, WKXF ("Kix 94.1"). In 1985, the station briefly changed to a Top 40 format as "K-Rock 94" before switching to Adult Contemporary WWNK ("Wink 94.1") in 1986. This lasted until 1997, when WVMX ("Mix 94.1") made its debut with a hot adult contemporary format that was patterned after sister station WMVX in Cleveland. In 2006, the station started leaning towards Rhythmic AC after the station had begun carrying Whoopi Goldberg's Wake Up With Whoopi show. The station became "Radio 94.1" on September 10, 2007, changed call letters to WNNF and dropped Goldberg's show as the station transitioned back towards Modern AC. On August 1, 2008, Clear Channel has put WNNF up for sale, along with sister station WOFX, to settle regulatory issues involved with the company's sale to private equity firms. On January 3, 2009, Cumulus Media has been chosen as a buyer and is willing to swap 5 of their radio stations in Wisconsin to make this transaction complete.[1]

On March 8, 2009, the station began calling itself "Renew 94.1", asking listeners input on what path the station should take on its website. It relaunched its format as "Frequency 94.1", but with a slight difference than what it was as "Radio". The station had a slight adult album alternative (AAA) lean, patterned from Cumulus's recently-launched AAA stations in Houston and Nashville, which later evolved into a full-fledged AAA in late 2009 according to the station's playlist on Mediabase, dropping most pop acts and leaving competitor WKRQ as the only hot AC station in Cincinnati. It was one of two commercial AAA stations in Ohio, the other being WNWV in Cleveland. The station's ratings began falling during this time.

As of 2010, Nielsen BDS now reports WNNF as an adult album alternative station, although it remained on hot adult contemporary per Mediabase reports until January 2011.

On May 18, 2011, at noon, after playing "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town" by Pearl Jam, WNNF began stunting with a "wheel of formats" that was predominantly classic country, oldies, all Michael Jackson, CHR, smooth jazz, urban oldies and urban AC, as well as playing news and history bits from Cincinnati history. The station promoted a new format that would be launched on May 20 at 9:41 am. At exactly the promised time, the station flipped back to Hot AC as "Journey 94-1: 90's, 80's, & Now!" with a heavy emphasis on 1980s and 1990s music. The first song aired on Journey was "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey. Throughout its run as "Journey", the station's ratings were not satisfactory, usually peaking below a 2 share (#18).

On New Year's Day, 2012, at Noon, without warning, WNNF changed its format to country, branded as "Great Country 94.1".[2] The final song on "Journey" was "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas, while the first song on "Great Country" was "This Is Country Music" by Brad Paisley.

On February 7, 2014, at 5 PM, after playing "Friday Night" by Eric Paslay, WNNF rebranded as "Nash FM 94.1".[3] The first song on "Nash" was "Radio" by Darius Rucker. They are the only Cumulus-owned station to date to have joined both the "Journey" format and the "Nash FM" format.

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