|City of license||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Broadcast area||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Branding||Great Country 94.1|
|Slogan||90's to Now|
|Frequency||94.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1970s (as WSAI)|
|Former callsigns||WSAI (1979-1983)
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WGRR, WOFX, WRRM, WFTK|
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.
The station started in the 1970s with a Top 40/Oldies format. In 1976, the station became WSAI and played Rock n Roll. In 1983, the station changed to a country format, and became, WKXF ("Kix 94.1"). The country format only lasted two years. 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.
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.
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 haven't been promising, 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". 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.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNNF
- Radio-Locator information on WNNF
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNNF
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