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Encyclopedia > WKRK
WKRK
Broadcast area Detroit, Michigan
Branding Live 97.1 Free FM
First air date 1936
Frequency 97.1 MHz
Format Hot talk
Class B
Callsign meaning W K RocK
Owner CBS Radio
Website www.freefm971.com

WKRK, currently branded as Live 97.1 Free FM, is an FM talk radio station broadcasting from Detroit, Michigan. It transmits on a frequency of 97.1 MHz . It is a part of CBS Radio. Nickname: Motor City & Murder City, Motown, Rock City, The D Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City 370. ... Primary Free FM logo Free FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several FM talk radio stations in the United States owned by CBS Radio, created because of Howard Sterns departure to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2006. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the bottom waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Hot Talk is a radio format involving a form of talk radio geared predominately to a male demographic between the ages of 18-49. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... CBS Radio Inc. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... Nickname: Motor City & Murder City, Motown, Rock City, The D Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City 370. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... CBS Radio Inc. ...

Contents

History

W8XWJ & WWJ

What is today WKRK was the first FM radio station in Michigan and the seventh in the United States. The station that would become WKRK began broadcasting as an experimental APEX AM station (called W8XWJ) in 1936. In 1940, the station ceased broadcasting while owner the Evening News Association (parent company of WWJ-AM 950 and The Detroit News) waited for the FCC to approve its move to the newly created FM band. Approval came in late October 1940 and on May 10, 1941 the station (renamed W45D) signed on at 44.5 MHz with 3,000 watts of power. When the FCC created the new 88-108 MHz broadcast band, W45D was moved to 96.9 as WENA in September 1945. By 1948, the station had settled on its present 97.1 home as WWJ-FM, originally simulcasting WWJ-AM. In the 1960s and 1970s, WWJ-FM was one of several stations competing for Detroit's Beautiful Music audience along with WLDM 95.5 (now WKQI) and WJR-FM 96.3 (now WDVD). Along with The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News (now owned by MediaNews Group) is one of the two major metro Detroit newspapers. ... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... WKQI, known as Channel 9-5-5, is a top 40 music radio station in Detroit, Michigan, owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... WDVD is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Detroit, Michigan, broadcasting at 96. ...


WJOI

In 1981, WWJ-FM changed its calls to WJOI (a.k.a. "Joy 97") and continued playing Beautiful Music as while incorporating more soft Adult Contemporary vocals and Oldies into its music mix. In September 1982, WJR-FM flipped to Top 40 as "Hot Hits" WHYT, and by then, WLDM 95.5 had migrated to Adult Contemporary (as WCZY), as had fellow easy-listening stations WNIC and WOMC. With the Beautiful Music format now all to itself, "Joy 97" remained high in the ratings through most of the 1980s. By the early 1990s, however, WJOI had evolved into a very soft Adult Contemporary format, eliminating virtually all of the "elevator music" instrumentals and putting the station in competition with the more popular WNIC (100.3) and WLTI (93.1, now WDRQ) for the Adult Contemporary audience. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... WNIC is an American adult contemporary radio station based in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 100. ... WOMC is an FM radio station broadcasting on 104. ... WNIC is an American adult contemporary radio station based in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 100. ... WDRQ is the callsign for the former Detroit, Michigan (USA) FM radio station 93. ...


WYST

Having lost the Adult Contemporary battle, WJOI became WYST (a.k.a. "Star 97") in September 1994 and featured a 1970s oldies/classic rock format. Despite positioning itself as "The Greatest Hits of the '70s", WYST included a good deal of 1960s and 1980s material in its rotation and focused almost exclusively on Classic Rock, with little in the way of 1970s adult pop, R&B, or disco. WYST was also Detroit's outlet for syndicated morning show host Don Imus. For the magazine, see Classic Rock Classic Rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... Don Imus John Donald Imus, Jr. ...


WKRK

In February 1997, Imus' show moved to AM sister WXYT-AM 1270 and was replaced on 97.1 FM by Howard Stern. WYST switched its format to Active Rock, taking the calls WKRK and the on-air identifier "K-Rock" in June of that year. Meant to sound harder than WRIF or Detroit's alternative rock stations, "K-Rock" caught the ears of fans of harder rock and metal. Unfortunately, K-Rock's penchant for making fun of WRIF, mostly for long stretches between songs, turned off many a listener just as quickly. Needless to say, their ratings were anemic, and in late August 1998, WKRK repositioned itself as "Extreme Radio" with its format evolving toward Hot Talk. By March of 1999, the majority of the station's music programming on weekdays was gone and the station soon took on the name "97-1: Detroit's FM Talk Station". This was later changed to simply "97-1 FM Talk". WKRK relaunched as "Live 97.1" in May 2003. In August 2004, WKRK became the flagship radio station for the Detroit Lions (previously broadcast duties had been shared with WXYT). It has been suggested that WXYZ-AM be merged into this article or section. ... Howard Allen Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and TV personality, media mogul, humorist, actor and author. ... Active rock is a radio format used by many commercial radio stations in Canada and the United States. ... WRIF (101. ... Hot Talk is a radio format involving a form of talk radio geared predominately to a male demographic between the ages of 18-49. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... It has been suggested that WXYZ-AM be merged into this article or section. ...


In October 2005, WKRK added the "Free FM" identifier being used by CBS Radio on many of its hot-talk properties across the country. It was also announced that once Howard Stern left for Sirius Satellite Radio on January 3, 2006, 97.1's new morning host would be Rover. CBS Radio Inc. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (DARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. ... The Shows Official Logo Rovers Morning Glory is a syndicated morning radio talk show based at K-Rock 92. ...


In September of 2006, Rover's Morning Glory was taken off of the lineup for WKRK, and it's morning spot was replaced by Opie and Anthony (in what is being called a "Tame simulcast version" with O&As employer XM Radio) due to the low ratings generated by Rover. Opie (Gregg Hughes, b. ...


In mid October of 2006,Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" Radio Show was cancelled and "Motor City Middays" was restored to its 9am-2pm time spot with the 2-3 hour renamed "The best of MCM"


It was announced on local Detroit television station WDIV on the December 28, 2006 6 o'clock broadcast that the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings will now broadcast their games on this station starting in the 2007 season. Also, Parker and the Man has been canceled effective immediately.


Show lineup

Weekdays

  • 6-9 A.M.: Opie and Anthony
  • 9 A.M.-2 P.M.: Motor City Middays with Jay Towers (formerly of WDRQ) and Michelle McCormick
  • 2 P.M-3 P.M.: Best of Motor City Middays
  • 3-7 P.M.: Deminski & Doyle With Jeff Deminski,Bill Doyle,Nicole Salem
  • 7-11 P.M.:Parker & The Man With Detroit News Sportswriter/WDIV sports personality Rob Parker and Sportswriter Real Detroit Weekly magazine Mark Wilson
  • 11 P.M.-1 A.M.: The Radio Factor With Fox News Channel Commentator Bill O'Reilly
  • 1-3 A.M.: LoveLine with Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • 3-6 A.M. (On Delay): The Tom Leykis Show

Opie (Gregg Hughes, b. ... WDRQ is the callsign for the former Detroit, Michigan (USA) FM radio station 93. ... Deminski & Doyle is a popular and award winning[1] talk radio program hosted by Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle. ... The Radio Factor is a nationally syndicated talk radio program featuring the Independent host Bill OReilly along with a mix of listener call-in and guest segments. ... Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew, in a guest appearance on Dawsons Creek Loveline is a syndicated radio call-in program in the United States, Canada and Mexico, offering medical and relationship advice to listeners. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Saturday

  • 7-10A.M.: Bob Baurer's Outdoor World
  • 10-noon: AutoScoop with Adam Goldfein
  • noon-3P.M.: Hamtramck House Party with Bill McAllistar,Josh Bachmeier,Nicole Salem
  • 3-4P.M.: Findling Law Show
  • 4-5P.M.: The Careful Capitalist
  • 6-8P.M. (On Delay): Cigar Dave
  • 8-11P.M.: Best Of Leykis
  • 11P.M.:The Bachelor Pad

Sunday

  • 6-8 A.M.: Sporting News Radio
  • 8-9 A.M.: Answer the Question
  • 9-10 A.M.: Hardcore Mortage Show
  • 10-Noon: Detroit Lions Countdown to Kickoff
  • Noon-1 P.M.: Lions Football Pre-game
  • 1-4 P.M.: Lions Football (WKRK Detroit Lions Radio Network)
  • 4-5 P.M.: Lions Postgame (WKRK Lions Radio network)
  • 5-7 P.M.: Lions Postgame Unleashed
  • 7-9 P.M.: Sports Rap
  • 9-10 P.M.: Leykis Tasting Room
  • 10-Midnight: Speed Freaks
  • Midnight to 6 A.M.:Sporting News Radio

External links

See also

FM Radio Stations in the Detroit / Windsor Market (Arbitron #10)

By Frequency: 88.1 | 88.1 | 88.1 | 88.1 | 88.3 | 88.3 | 88.7 | 89.1 | 89.1 | 89.3 | 89.5 | 89.5 | 89.9 | 90.9 | 91.3 | 91.5 | 91.7 | 92.3 | 93.1 | 93.5 | 93.9 | 94.3 | 94.7 | 95.1 | 95.5 | 96.3 | 96.7 | 97.1 | 97.9 | 98.7 | 99.5 | 100.3 | 101.1 | 101.5 | 101.9 | 102.7 | 102.9 | 103.5 | 103.9 | 104.3 | 104.7 | 105.1 | 105.9 | 106.7 | 107.1 | 107.1 | 107.5 | 107.9 The following is a list of radio stations in the state of Michigan, as of October 2006: This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Nickname: The City of Roses Motto: The river and the land sustain us. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the bottom waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... WSDP is the student-operated radio station owned by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Wayne County, Michigan. ... WBFH Radio, also known as The Biff, is a community radio station operating out of Bloomfield Hills Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. ... WHPR is a low power broadcasting operation based in Highland Park, Michigan. ... WXOU is the On-Campus radio station located at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. The station can be heard on the radio dial at 88. ... WCBN-FM is the student-run radio station of the University of Michigan. ... CIMX is the call sign of a radio station based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. ... WEMU is the Public radio station for Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. It is on a frequency of 89. ... WPHS (89. ... WHFR is a low power radio station in Dearborn, Michigan which is operated by Henry Ford Community College. ... KAWZ is an FM radio station in Twin Falls, Idaho operating on a frequency of 89. ... CBE-FM is the callsign of the CBC Radio Two station in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. ... WRCJ-FM 90. ... WGTE-FM (91. ... CJAM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 91. ... WUOM is the NPR radio station at 91. ... Mix 92. ... WDRQ is the callsign for the former Detroit, Michigan (USA) FM radio station 93. ... WHMI is a radio station broadcasting at 93. ... CIDR is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 93. ... CKSY (94. ... 94. ... CKUE (95. ... WKQI, known as Channel 9-5-5, is a top 40 music radio station in Detroit, Michigan, owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... WDVD is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Detroit, Michigan, broadcasting at 96. ... CHYR is a Canadian radio station, which airs at 96. ... FM98, WJLB, is a Clear Channel-owned mainstream urban radio station in Detroit that broadcasts on 97. ... WVMV is an FM radio station serving the Metropolitan Detroit area in Southeastern Michigan. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... WNIC is an American adult contemporary radio station based in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 100. ... WRIF (101. ... WRVF began as WSPD FM. The station later became a beautiful music station, WLQR. The station retained this format until 1987 when it became Soft Rock 101. ... WDET is the NPR-affiliated radio station of Wayne State University in Detroit, at 101. ... This article or section needs to be wikified. ... WWWW-FM - W4 Country - is a country music radio station based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, broadcasting on 102. ... WMUZ is an FM radio station serving the Detroit, MI market. ... CJBC is the callsign of two Canadian radio stations, which broadcast the CBCs French language radio networks in Toronto, Ontario. ... WOMC is an FM radio station broadcasting on 104. ... WIOT is a FM radio station in Toledo, Ohio. ... WMGC, known on the air as Magic 105. ... WDMK is a station in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 105. ... WDTW-FM, also owned by Clear Channel Communications, operates at 106. ... WQKL, known on the air as Ann Arbors 107one, is a radio station broadcasting from Ann Arbor, Michigan, which features an Adult Album Alternative (or Triple A) music format, the only commercial station of its kind in the state. ... WSAQ is a country music radio station in Port Huron, Michigan known as Q Country 107. ... WGPR is a U.S. radio station founded in 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. ...


By Callsign: CBE | CHYR | CIDR | CIMX | CJAM | CJBC | CKSY | CKUE | W206BI | W208BB | WAHS | WBFH | WCBN | WCRZ | WCSX | WDET | WDMK | WDRQ | WDTR | WDTW | WDVD | WEMU | WGPR | WGTE | WHFR | WHMI | WHPR | WHTD | WIOT | WJLB | WKQI | WKRK | WMGC | WMUZ | WMXD | WNIC | WOMC | WPHS | WQKL | WRCJ | WRIF | WRVF | WSAQ | WSDP | WUOM | WVMV | WWWW | WXOU | WYCD Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... CBE-FM is the callsign of the CBC Radio Two station in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. ... CHYR is a Canadian radio station, which airs at 96. ... CIDR is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 93. ... CIMX is the call sign of a radio station based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. ... CJAM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 91. ... CJBC is the callsign of two Canadian radio stations, which broadcast the CBCs French language radio networks in Toronto, Ontario. ... CKSY (94. ... CKUE (95. ... KAWZ is an FM radio station in Twin Falls, Idaho operating on a frequency of 89. ... WBFH Radio, also known as The Biff, is a community radio station operating out of Bloomfield Hills Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. ... WCBN-FM is the student-run radio station of the University of Michigan. ... 94. ... WDET is the NPR-affiliated radio station of Wayne State University in Detroit, at 101. ... WDMK is a station in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 105. ... WDRQ is the callsign for the former Detroit, Michigan (USA) FM radio station 93. ... WDTW-FM, also owned by Clear Channel Communications, operates at 106. ... WDVD is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Detroit, Michigan, broadcasting at 96. ... WEMU is the Public radio station for Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. It is on a frequency of 89. ... WGPR is a U.S. radio station founded in 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. ... WGTE-FM (91. ... WHFR is a low power radio station in Dearborn, Michigan which is operated by Henry Ford Community College. ... WHMI is a radio station broadcasting at 93. ... WHPR is a low power broadcasting operation based in Highland Park, Michigan. ... This article or section needs to be wikified. ... WIOT is a FM radio station in Toledo, Ohio. ... FM98, WJLB, is a Clear Channel-owned mainstream urban radio station in Detroit that broadcasts on 97. ... WKQI, known as Channel 9-5-5, is a top 40 music radio station in Detroit, Michigan, owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... WMGC, known on the air as Magic 105. ... WMUZ is an FM radio station serving the Detroit, MI market. ... Mix 92. ... WNIC is an American adult contemporary radio station based in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 100. ... WOMC is an FM radio station broadcasting on 104. ... WPHS (89. ... WQKL, known on the air as Ann Arbors 107one, is a radio station broadcasting from Ann Arbor, Michigan, which features an Adult Album Alternative (or Triple A) music format, the only commercial station of its kind in the state. ... WRCJ-FM 90. ... WRIF (101. ... WRVF began as WSPD FM. The station later became a beautiful music station, WLQR. The station retained this format until 1987 when it became Soft Rock 101. ... WSAQ is a country music radio station in Port Huron, Michigan known as Q Country 107. ... WSDP is the student-operated radio station owned by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Wayne County, Michigan. ... WUOM is the NPR radio station at 91. ... WVMV is an FM radio station serving the Metropolitan Detroit area in Southeastern Michigan. ... WWWW-FM - W4 Country - is a country music radio station based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, broadcasting on 102. ... WXOU is the On-Campus radio station located at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. The station can be heard on the radio dial at 88. ... This article needs to be wikified. ...


Past stations: WJR-FM | WHYT | WPLT WDVD is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Detroit, Michigan, broadcasting at 96. ... WDVD is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Detroit, Michigan, broadcasting at 96. ... WDVD is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Detroit, Michigan, broadcasting at 96. ...


See also: Detroit (FM) (AM)

Michigan Radio Markets

Detroit (FM) (AM) | Grand Rapids | Lansing | Flint | Saginaw-Bay City-Midland | Ann Arbor | Kalamazoo | Traverse City-Petoskey | Muskegon | Battle Creek

See also: List of radio stations in Michigan and List of United States radio markets

 
 

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