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|Broadcast area|| (Daytime)|
|Slogan||"America's Biggest Little Radio Station" "The Music you Know, The Information you Need"|
|Translator(s)||W224BZ (92.7 MHz, Ionia)|
W262DN (100.3 MHz, Ionia)
|Format||Full-Service Adult Hits|
|Power||4,700 watts day|
330 watts night
|Callsign meaning||Ionia, Michigan|
|Owner||Packer Radio WION, LLC|
WION (1430 AM, "I-1430") is a radio station with a full service (a mix of locally programmed music, news, and sports) format to the West Central Michigan area with studios in Ionia, Michigan. In 2009, the AM signal was upgraded to change the daytime coverage area from a directional pattern aimed north, to a non-directional signal. This provided better signal for a larger stretch of I-96 and brought Portland and Lowell Michigan into primary daytime coverage. In 2009, the station added an FM translator on 92-7 FM purchased from Horizon Christian Fellowship, which changed frequencies on the dial from its original 103.7. The translator moved to the station's studios on Haynor Road Ionia. The translator covers all of Ionia County on 92.7. A second translator was added in Lowell, Michigan in March 2019 on 100.3 FM. WION's AM signal can be heard as far east as Flint, Michigan, as far south as Tekonsha, Michigan and as far north as Marion, Michigan. WION transmits in C-QUAM AM stereo.
WION began online streaming of its programming on February 1, 2013 on the 60th anniversary of the station. The source of the feed is the actual "over the air" AM stereo signal from a Carver-brand AM stereo receiver. Sourcing the streaming from an AM stereo tuner is done for the purpose of demonstrating to listeners online the potential quality that AM radio can produce with proper processing and care of the station's physical plant.
The station returned to being an affiliate of the CBS Radio network in 2010, and a "hybrid" mix of music.
WION began broadcasting in 1953. The call letters stand for "Ionia County".
- Michiguide.com - WION History
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WION
- Radio-Locator Information on WION
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WION
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