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City Norfolk, Virginia
Broadcast area Hampton Roads
Branding "AM 790 WNIS"
Frequency 790 kHz
First air date 1923
Format News/Talk/Sports
Power 5,000 watts day and night
Class B
Facility ID 4671
Transmitter coordinates 37°4′25.0″N 76°17′31.0″W / 37.073611°N 76.291944°W / 37.073611; -76.291944
Callsign meaning W News Information Station
Former callsigns WTAR
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Owner Sinclair Telecable, Inc.
(Commonwealth Radio, LLC)
Sister stations WTAR, WROX-FM, WUSH, WNOB, WUSH-HD2
Webcast WNIS Webstream
Website WNIS Online

WNIS is a News/Talk/Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads. WNIS is owned and operated by Sinclair Telecable, Inc.[1]


WNIS began on AM 1350, then moved to 850 in the early '90s (the old WRAP, classic R&B station frequency), before trading frequencies with sister station WTAR 790, in July 1997.

The first talk radio host to launch the new format was Gordon Hammett, a New York veteran with more than 40 years in the industry with stints that included WNBC, WMCA, and WNEW. He started the Tidewater Talkers for his loyal listeners while introducing a wide variety of guests that ranged from Sen. John Warner to Al Goldstein.

WNIS features syndicated programming from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, as well as Coast to Coast with George Noory, news reports from Fox News Radio, and business reports from The Wall Street Journal.

Local programming includes "Macrini's Morning News Team", "Ask The Expert", and "The Dave Parker Show."


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