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Encyclopedia > WWJ (AM)
WWJ
Image:Wwj_newsradio_78927.jpg
City of license Detroit, Michigan
Broadcast area [1] (Daytime)
[2] (Nighttime)
Branding Newsradio 950
Slogan Newsradio 950
First air date August 20, 1920
Frequency 950 kHz Also on HD Radio
Format News
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning William John Scripps
Former callsigns WBL (1921-1922)
8MK (1920-1921)
Affiliations CBS Radio Network
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WKRK-FM, WOMC, WVMV, WWJ, WXYT, WYCD
Webcast [3]
Website http://www.wwj.com/

WWJ (Newsradio 950) is Detroit, Michigan's only 24-hour all-news radio station. Broadcasting at 950 kHz on the AM dial, the station is owned and operated by CBS Corporation subsidiary CBS Radio. The station first went on the air on August 20, 1920 with the call sign 8MK. It is believed to be the first station to broadcast news reports regularly as well as the first regularly scheduled religious broadcast and play-by-play sports broadcast.[citation needed] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... Nickname: 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 Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Area  - City  143. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of news. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... 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... The CBS Radio Network provides news, sports and other programming to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the United States. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... WKRK-FM, currently branded as Live 97. ... WOMC is an FM radio station broadcasting on 104. ... WVMV, known on-air as Smooth Jazz V98. ... It has been suggested that WXYZ-AM be merged into this article or section. ... // The station began operations on October 16, 1960, as WDTM, and aired Beautiful Music, like many other FMs of the time. ... A webcast is a live media file distibuted over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... 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... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of news. ... MHZ redirects here. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


In a sharp irony, while WWJ is the only commercial all news radio station in Michigan, co-owned WWJ-TV is the only CBS O&O without a local news presence. WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit) is the CBS-owned and operated station in Detroit, Michigan. ...

Contents

Station timeline

On August 20, 1920, The Detroit News started the station with the call sign 8MK, assigned to it by the United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Navigation, the government bureau responsible for radio regulation at the time. The 8 in the call sign means the station is located in the 8th Radio Inspection District, while the M in the call sign means the station operated under an amateur license.[1] It is not clear why the Detroit News applied for an amateur license instead of an experimental license. As an amateur station, it broadcast at 200 meters (the equivalent of 1500 kHz). is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Detroit News is one of the two major newspapers in Detroit, Michigan, the other being the Detroit Free Press. ... The United States Department of Commerce is a Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth. ...


On October 13, 1921 the station was granted a limited commercial license and was assigned the call letters WBL. With the new license, the station began broadcasting at 360 meters (833 kHz), with weather reports and other government reports broadcast at 485 meters (619 kHz).[2] October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ...


On March 3, 1922, for reasons that are not known, the call letters, WWJ, were assigned to the station. Some believe the new call letters are an abbreviation for William and John Scripps, who owned the News, but on page 82 of a book published by the Detroit News in 1922, WWJ-The Detroit News, the station writers write "WWJ is not the initials of any name. It is a symbol. It was issued to the Detroit News by the Government in connection with the Federal licensing of this broadcasting plant."[3] is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ...


In 1923, the Commerce Department realized that as more and more stations were applying for commercial licenses, it was not practical to have every station broadcast on the same two wavelengths. It was decided to set aside 81 frequencies, in 10 kHz steps, from 550 kHz to 1350 kHz, and each station would be assigned one frequency, no longer having to broadcast weather and government reports on a different frequency than entertainment. As a result, WWJ was moved to 517 meters (580 kHz). Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The following details the changes in frequency and power experienced by WWJ over the next few years. The data is from the Radio Service Bulletins that were issued periodically by the Commerce Department (the dates are the dates the particular bulletin was issued, not the date of the change)[4]:

  • February 1, 1924, 517 meters (580 kHz) at 500 Watts.
  • February 2, 1925, 352.7 meters (850 kHz) at 500 Watts.
  • January 30, 1926, 352.7 meters (850 kHz) at 1,000 Watts.
  • May 31, 1927, 374.8 meters (800 kHz) at 1,000 Watts.
  • January 31, 1928, 352.7 meters (850 kHz) at 1,000 Watts.
  • February 28, 1929 326 meters (920 kHz) at 1,000 Wattts.

The station's power increased to 5,000 watts in 1937.[citation needed]


On March 29, 1941 as part of the NARBA frequency reassignment, WWJ moved to 950 AM where it remains to this day. The programming throughout this time was focused on variety, with music making up a larger portion of its format as television programming eroded support for variety programming and the Golden Age of Radio ended in 1962. With the advent of FM radio and stereo broadcasting, WWJ dropped its middle-of-the-road music format in favor of all-news programming in 1973. March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement, usually referred to as NARBA, is a treaty made in 1941 between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti relating to the allocation of frequencies for AM radio stations in these countries. ... Old-Time Radio (OTR) or The Golden Age of Radio is a term used to refer to radio programs that were broadcast during the 1920s through the late 1950s (with some outlying programs produced earlier and later) in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom and Canada and... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ...


In 1987, Federal Broadcasting Corporation, run by David Herriman, purchased WWJ and WJOI (now WKRK) from the new owner of The Detroit News, Gannett, which was required to sell the stations immediately by the Federal Communications Commission because of crossownership rules in effect at that time. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... WKRK, currently branded as Live 97. ... Gannett Company, Inc. ... The FCCs official seal. ...


On March 9, 1989, CBS bought the station, with its ownership being transferred to Infinity Broadcasting after CBS's 1996 acquisition of that group. On January 13, 2000, the station once again increased its broadcast power to 50,000 watts during the daytime, with nighttime wattage matching in August 30, 2000 after new facilities in Southfield, Michigan, allows the station to increase power to 50,000 watts during the nighttime. (The new facilities are located less than a mile from the WKBD/WWJ studios.) In March, 2005, WWJ began offering a 24-hour live webcast. In August 2005, the station began offering podcasts of newsmakers, interviews, and some of the station's feature programming. The station also recently began broadcasting an HD, or high-definition, signal, which gives an AM broadcast FM-like quality. March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... Southfield is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... WKBD-TV, channel 50, is an owned-and-operated station of the CW television network, based in Detroit, Michigan. ... WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit) is the CBS-owned and operated station in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Staffers

  • Carl Babinski (overnight and weekend AccuWeather meteorologist)
  • John Bailey (morning traffic)
  • Jayne Bower (midday and afternoon co-anchor; works with Greg Bowman from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm and Bill Stevens from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm)
  • Dave Bowers (afternoon and evening AccuWeather meteorologist)
  • Greg Bowman (midday anchor, 10:00 am-3:00 pm; works with Jayne Bower from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm; also fill-in AM Anchor)
  • Terry T. Brown (weekend morning traffic)
  • Marty Bufalini (traffic)
  • Mike Campbell (Sunday anchor, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm)
  • Rob Davidek
  • Stephanie Davis
  • Liz Decker (traffic)
  • Jeff DeFran (sports)
  • Ron Dewey (weekend AM anchor, 6:00 am-12:00 pm)
  • Karen Dinkins
  • Joe Donovan (morning co-anchor, 5:00am-10:00 am Monday-Friday)
  • Sonny Eliot (humorous, colorful weathercaster, heard on WWJ's afternoon program following the 4:18 and 5:18 traffic reports)
  • Beth Fisher (reporter)
  • Murray Feldman (consumer reporter)
  • Jeff Gilbert (automotive reporter)
  • Dan Gutowsky (sports)
  • Larry Henry (sports director, morning sports anchor)
  • Lance Howard (traffic; formerly Mike Howard)
  • Roberta Jasina (morning co-anchor, 5:00 am-10:00 am, Monday-Friday)
  • Chrystal Knight
  • Jeff Lesson (weekend sports anchor)
  • Mike Lindeman (overnight traffic)
  • Tom Mazawey (sports)
  • Brian McFadden (business reporter)
  • Sandra McNeill (producer/anchor/reporter)
  • Tony Ortiz (afternoon and early evening sports anchor)
  • Bill Rapada (weekend PM anchor; also Fill-in Weekday PM Anchor)
  • Matt Roush (technology editor)
  • Scott Ryan
  • Rob Sanford (began as afternoon sports anchor, took over as overnight anchor in 2006 after Brad Bianchi exited the station)
  • Tim Skubick (Lansing bureau chief)
  • Paul Snider (evening anchor, 7:00 pm-12:00 am; also fill-in PM Anchor)
  • Bill Stevens (afternoon co-anchor, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm; works with Jayne Bower from 3:00-6:00pm)
  • Pat Sweeting
  • Vickie Thomas
  • Pat Vitale (midday anchor until 2001, now doing weekends and fill-in duty)
  • Florence Walton
  • Alisa Zee (afternoon traffic)

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Former Personalities

[[Gregg Anthony, Morning Drive roving reporter ( Now with WOIO-TV (CBS) General Assignment Reporter)


Jim Banner


Gary Baumgarten (now a reporter for CNN Radio)


Jim Berk Participant Productions is a relatively new movie studio, whose initial movies have gained critical acclaim and major film awards. ...


Brad Bianchi


Dana Cameron Dana Cameron is a former news anchor/reporter for WWJ radio in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Jim Chenevey (now with CBS News radio)


Dale Conquest (sports)


Tom Corbett


Dan Dickerson (currently the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers Radio Network) Dan Dickerson is an American radio broadcaster, best known for his current position as the play-by-play radio voice of the Detroit Tigers on the Tigers radio network. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett...


Earle Dickinson


Bob Eccles (now heard on WEMU) WEMU is the Public radio station for Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. It is on a frequency of 89. ...


Rhonda Hart (Former traffic reporter, Died on June 4, 2007) June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Ken Herrera (former afternoon anchor, later moved to WTMJ) WTMJ is the callsign of two broadcasting stations in the United States WTMJ AM WTMJ-TV This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Rod Holden (traffic reporter, died in 2004) shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Grant Hudson Grant Martin Hudson (July 23, 1868 - October 26, 1955) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Rachael Hunter (Former traffic reporter, now mornings on 99.5 WYCD) // The station began operations on October 16, 1960, as WDTM, and aired Beautiful Music, like many other FMs of the time. ...


Paul Keels (sports, now the play-by-play voice of Ohio State athletics) Paul Keels is the current play-by-play announcer for Ohio State Universitys football and mens basketball teams. ... Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ...


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Cameron Knowles Cameron Knowles (born October 11, 1982) is a New Zealand soccer player, who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. ...


Byron MacGregor


Tommy McIntyre


Tom McNamara (longtime evening anchor, later moved to weekends; died December 13, 2003) December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Chris Morgan ...


Don Patrick (business reporter)


Mike Payne (reporter)


Matt Shepard (sports, 1994-2001; now the play-by-play radio announcer for Michigan men's basketball) Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Don Tanner (traffic)


Laura Teischer


Wes Vernon


Pam Woodley


Les Woodruff


Sources

Notes

  1. ^ http://earlyradiohistory.us/radiodst.htm
  2. ^ http://earlyradiohistory.us/buildbcb.htm#485
  3. ^ http://www.archive.org/details/thedetroitnews00detriala
  4. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/decdoc/radio_service_bulletins.html

External links

  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WWJ
  • RADIOMAT - Listen to CBS News Stations Online

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WWJ is the only commercial all news radio station in Michigan (in a sharp irony, co-owned WWJ-TV is the only CBS OandO without a local news presence).
The channel was relocated later that year to 850 AM and was moved in, 1927, to 800 AM and increased power to 1,000 watts.
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