WOOD (AM)

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WOOD
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City of license Grand Rapids, Michigan
Broadcast area Grand Rapids, Michigan
Branding NewsRadio 1300 AM and 106.9 FM WOOD
Slogan West Michigan's News, Talk, and Weather
Frequency 1300 kHz
First air date September 16, 1924
Format News/Talk
Power 20,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 73604
Callsign meaning FurnWOOD Broadcasting
Former callsigns WEBK (1924-1926)
Affiliations Fox News Radio, CBS Radio Network, Premiere Radio Networks, Talk Radio Network, Michigan IMG Sports Network, Michigan Radio Network
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Sister stations WBCT, WBFX, WMAX-FM, WSNX-FM, WSRW-FM, WTKG
Webcast Listen Live
Website woodradio.com

WOOD is a news/talk radio station broadcasting at 1300 kHz and 106.9 FM in Michigan, United States. WOOD-AM is licensed to Grand Rapids, Michigan and WOOD-FM to Muskegon, Michigan.

History[edit]

Full-service station[edit]

WOOD-1300 is the oldest radio station in West Michigan and one of the oldest in the world, having signed on September 16, 1924 as WEBK as a marketing tool for the C.J. Litscher Company, a seller of radio receivers. The station's original owners were backed by the Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids. At their suggestion, the station became WOOD on January 13, 1926.

It broadcast on Sundays and Wednesdays at 1170 kc. during its early years in order to avoid competition with stations in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland—all of which could easily be heard in West Michigan.

It went through numerous owners over the years before being bought by John King (known as John Kunsky until 1936) and George Trendle, owners of WXYZ in Detroit, in 1930. They bought Grand Rapids' second radio station, WASH, a year later; the two stations had shared the same frequency, for 4 years. The station operated as WOOD-WASH (with WASH on the air during the day and WOOD at night) until 1942, when the WASH license was dropped. At about the same time, WOOD's broadcast power was increased from 500 watts to 5,000 watts.

In 1946, the fledgling American Broadcasting Company bought the King-Trendle stations, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forced ABC to sell WOOD since it had been an NBC affiliate since 1935. After a two-year dispute between competing buyers, the station was finally sold to Harry Bitner, former general manager of the Hearst newspaper chain, in 1948. Time, Inc. bought WOOD in 1957 and owned it until 1972, when a local group bought the station. After a series of ownership changes over the next quarter-century, Clear Channel bought WOOD in 1996. Over the years the station's format evolved from full-service Middle of the Road into standard News/Talk.

News/talk[edit]

Today, WOOD's Program Director Phil Tower leads an airstaff that includes an all-news morning program, West Michigan's Morning News with Steve Kelly, Bret Bakita and Rick Albin. Local Talk at 9am with host Justin Barclay. The rest of the day is filled by: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Clyde Lewis, and Coast to Coast AM all regular programs of WOOD Radio's weekday lineup.

Weekend programs and hosts include: Coast to Coast AM, Leo Laporte The Tech Guy, Frontlines of Freedom (military), Bill Cunningham, Adam Bold, Jill On Money and local how-to programming including Auto Talk, Pet Files, the Flowerland Garden Show, and The Lawyers.[1]

WOOD Radio's award winning local newsroom provides local, regional and national news every day of the week, plus top of the hour newscasts from Fox News Radio from 8pm-4am weekdays. It also utilizes reports and breaking news coverage through an ancillary affiliation with CBS Radio News. The WOOD newsroom is led by News Director Greg Ghering, and is staffed by morning anchor John Bry, and anchor/reporters Chuck Latour, Katie Dzienis, John C. Smith, and Alyssa McElreath.

WOOD Radio received "Station of the Year" honors in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2012 Broadcast Excellence Awards in the Commercial Radio - Market 2 division.[2] In earning "2012 Station of the Year", WOOD received numerous news and programming awards, with five entries receiving 'Best In Category' recognition, and three receiving 'Merit' recognition.[3]

WOOD Radio is the Grand Rapids home of University of Michigan football and basketball and Grand Rapids Griffins ice hockey.

Since 1951, the station's mascot has been Willie Wood, a cartoon woodpecker.

See WOOD-FM for information on WOOD 1300's simulcast on 106.9 FM. The station's website is www.woodradio.com. On Facebook: facebook.com/woodradio, and on Twitter: @WOODRadio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WOOD Radio Program Schedule". woodradio.com. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ "2012 Broadcast Excellence Awards Winning Stations". michmab.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  3. ^ "2012 Broadcast Excellence Award Winners List". michmab.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 

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Coordinates: 42°51′24″N 85°39′03″W / 42.85667°N 85.65083°W / 42.85667; -85.65083