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WING
City of license Dayton, Ohio
Broadcast area Dayton
Branding "ESPN 1410"
Slogan Same as branding
First air date 1921
Frequency 1410 KHZ
Format Sports Talk
ERP 5,000 watts-D/N
Callsign meaning In honor of Dayton's history as the birthplace of aviation
Owner Main Line Broadcasting
Sister stations WDHT, WGTZ, WKSW, WROU
Website ESPN 1410's website

WING "ESPN 1410" is a commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts at 1410 kHz with studios, offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. It is the first (and oldest) full-time commercial radio station in Dayton. It is currently an affiliate of ESPN Radio,but is best known and remembered as Dayton's first Top 40-formatted station. Look up wing, wings in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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). ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... 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... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... WDHT, Hot 102. ... WGTZ (for Great Trails Z-93) is a commercial FM station licensed to Eaton, Ohio at 92. ... WKSW, Kiss Country 101. ... WROU is an Urban Adult Contemporary radio station at 92. ... 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... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ... Official Logo of the City of Kettering Kettering is a city in Montgomery County and part of Greene County in Ohio. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...

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Early History

WING was founded in 1921 under the original call sign WDBS (for Dayton Broadcasting Service, its founder) at the beginning of radio's golden age, then becoming WSMK (for Stanley M. Krohn who purchased the station in 1931.) Actor/dancer/singer/musician Scatman Crothers got his start at the station during the WSMK era in 1932. Another ownership change took place in 1939 when Cincinnati businessman Charles Sawyer bought the station from Krohn and switching the calls to WING to become synonymous with Dayton's aviation history. Benjamin Sherman Scatman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986) was an African-American actor, singer, dancer and musician. ...


"High Flying" WING in the 50s,60s and 70s

It was in the 1940s during the Big Band era and later with the advent of R&B-fusioned rock n' roll in the 1950s when WING became Dayton's original hit music station. .Charlie Reeder, inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007 was one of its first morning personalities during this era with his program "Sunny Side Up." Local DJ legend Gene "By Golly" Barry came on board with the evening program "Swingin' With Wing" and became a staple there from that point up through the 1960s when WING (then, owned by Dayton-based Air Trails Broadcasting. .later Great Trails Broadcasting) became Dayton's first official Top 40 station. It was also the chain's flagship station. Its sister stations included WIZE in Springfield and the legendary WCOL(AM) (now conservative talk station WYTS) in Columbus which all had the same format at that time as well. During this time a downtown studio was opened at 128 West First Street which became the affectionately nicknamed "WING Island." WIZE is an AM radio station in Springfield, Ohio operating on 1340 kHz. ... WYTS (1230 AM) is a radio station in Columbus, Ohio owned by Clear Channel Communications. ...


A weekly "super hot hits" survey was issued regularly to record shops and other retailers across the Miami Valley. With that, the format was tightened with a stable of personalities who became known as WING's "Lively Guys" (possibly inspired by WSAI's "Good Guys" in Cincinnati) which included Barry along with such personalities over the years as Lou Swanson, Jerry Kaye, Ken Warren, Big Jim Quinn, Dave Parks, Bob Holiday, Ritchie "Duke of Dayton" Allen, Jerry "Big D" Dennis, Don Robertson, Dan Clover, John Alexander,Rod Williams station news director and Broadcasters Hall Of Fame inductee, Jack Wymer "Dayton's Man On The Street," among countless others and a young Johnny Walker who came to WING by way of sister station WIZE who later moved to WKEF-TV in 1970. WIZE is an AM radio station in Springfield, Ohio operating on 1340 kHz. ... WKEF is a broadcast television station in Dayton, Ohio, affiliated with the ABC network. ...


Wolfman Jack was aired late at night in syndicated form in the 1970s. Robert Weston (Bob) Smith (21 January 1938 – 1 July 1995) became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of Wolfman Jack. ...


Aside from Gene "By Golly' Barry, the "lively guy" who enjoyed the most extended stay from 1967 to 1992 was morning man Steve Kirk(formerly from Cincinnati's WSAI) best known for his telephone "put-ons" and other screwball on-air gags and drop-ins from 1966 until well into the late 1980s. He was equally known for his familiar and flamboyant on-air self-introduction: "Hi-ya gang. ..Kirkie here. ..ha-chi-chi-chi-chi-chi!" WSAI is an AM radio station broadcasting out of Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


Its news department was also legendary with Jim Briggs, George Wymer (Jack's son), G. Paul Tantum, Terry Lafferty, Bill Nance, Roy Dittman, Kathy O' Connor (Dayton's first female news reporter) and Retha Phillips among others. Nance and Phillips were also 2007 inductees into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In the early 1960s it was at first a top of the hour "rip and read" newscast from wire services with an echoed voice shouting the dateline location at the beginning of a story (replaced in 1965 by a tone chord simulating an electronic telegraph key sounder.) The newscast was also upgraded by world news actualities from Metromedia Radio, a predecessor of UPI Audio Network who bought the news-feed service in 1971. By 1968,it switched to the Drake-inspired "20-20" News (aired at 20 minutes before and after the hour.) with expanded local news coverage. Top of the hour news returned in 1980 from ABC Radio's American Information Network followed by a local newscast and weather without the catchy elements of the 1960s. 1970s logo for WTCN-TV (now KARE) in Minneapolis, which included the corporate logo for Metromedia; this logo was also used by KTTV in Los Angeles Metromedia Producers Corporation logo Metromedia (also often MetroMedia) was a media company that owned radio and television stations in the United States from 1956... Front of UPI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. United Press International (UPI) is a global news agency headquartered in the United States filing news in English, Spanish and Arabic. ... His real name is Philip Yarbrough, but he is known by his on-air name, Bill Drake. ... For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ...


"High Flying WING" was the theme of a high energy upbeat jingle package in the mid 1960s produced by PAMS Productions in Dallas. In the early 70s,the famous Drake "rum-pum" Boss Radio jingles featuring the Johnny Mann Singers were used. .the same package used by then-legendary CKLW in Windsor, Ontario during the late 60s and 70s. PAMS of Dallas (Production,Advertising and Merchandising Services)was the most famous jingle production company in American broadcasting. ... His real name is Philip Yarbrough, but he is known by his on-air name, Bill Drake. ... Boss Radio was the name chosen to promote two new radio programming formats which were both launched in May, 1965 on both KHJ-AM broadcasting from Los Angeles and on Swinging Radio England broadcasting from the motor vessel Laissez Faire anchored three and a half miles off the Frinton-on... Johnny Mann Johnny Mann (born August 30, 1928 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American arranger, composer, conductor, entertainer, and recording artist. ... CKLW is a 50,000 watt AM radio station broadcasting at 800 kHz located in Windsor, Ontario. ...


Adult Radio 1410 WING

In the mid 1970s FM rock stations started to chip away at AM radio's Top 40 audiences. During this transitional time, WING began to soften its format to adult contemporary as "Adult Radio 1410." "Kirkie" continued his morning show (followed by John Alexander on mid-days) with the addition of John King and Terry Dorsey doing afternoons. The highly popular mock ads and comedy sketches of the fictitious Babs Knieiven's Bar and Grill of New Carlisle, Hiney Wine and a comedic spoof on current events called "The King and Dorsey Report" kept its fans laughing and listening. .even with the 80s onslaught of FM competitors WTUE and WDJX in nearby Xenia (now WXEG licensed to Beavercreek.) It was also during this time when Great Trails decided to acquire an FM sister station for the now declining WING..in so doing purchased the original WCTM-FM in nearby Eaton from Stanley Coning re-naming it WJAI with the branding "WJ-93"(inspired by the Florida sport known as Jai-Alai) at first continuing WCTM's beautiful music until 1979 when it switched to country (later Big Band/Nostalgia) and adding one of its first female on-air personalities Kim Faris. 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. ... WTUE is a classic rock station in Dayton, Ohio. ... WXEG-FM (103. ... WCTM were the call letters assigned to an FM station, and later an AM station, both licensed to Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, U.S.A. // WCTM was originally an FM station built by Stan Coning and three partners in 1959. ...


End of an era

WING in the 1980s and 90s showed more signs of listener burnout as even more listeners switched to FM. "Adult Radio 1410" added a supplemental tagline "Your Fun Oldies Station" with its vast record and jingle library featuring "The Sixties at 6" with King and Dorsey. An on-air reunion of the original WING Lively Guys took place in 1985.


Eventually its Top 40 format was moved to its Eaton FM sister re-branded in 1984 as WGTZ "Z-93" (formerly WCTM-FM and WJAI respectively) which at first used the catchy (and barely legal) ID "WGTZ Eaton/Dayton and Springfield ALIVE!" (as in "Eatin' Dayton and Springfield ALIVE!" when said fast) and with it John King moving to mornings with Terry Dorsey on a tape-delayed basis from a station in Texas where he was working at the time. Kim Faris, already there since the WJAI days stayed there doing mid-days and later as a morning sidekick to Jeff Wicker after "Dr. Dave" Gross and Wild Bill left for a different market. Faris (who now works at WLQT after briefly moving to sales in 2007 for Z-93) occasionally did late evenings at WING in the mid 1980s as well. Carl Day did afternoon drive for a period of time after John King moved to mornings at Z-93. WGTZ (for Great Trails Z-93) is a commercial FM station licensed to Eaton, Ohio at 92. ... WCTM were the call letters assigned to an FM station, and later an AM station, both licensed to Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, U.S.A. // WCTM was originally an FM station built by Stan Coning and three partners in 1959. ...


WING switched to a satellite oldies format during daytime hours after Kirkie's morning show. A talk program with Stacy Taylor was added to the early evening shift with Mutual's Larry King Show from midnight to 6am. After Steve Kirk's departure for a brief gig at Beavercreek's WYMJ-FM "Oldies 104" he retired and eventually moved to Florida where he resides today. WING's "High Flying" era was now a thing of the past. Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an award-winning American writer, journalist and broadcaster. ...


In the fall of 2006,former newsman Bill Nance (now with WFCJ in Miamisburg) and Z-93's Kim Faris (now with FM competitor WLQT) organized a reunion party of WING's past and present air personalities at the Holiday Inn near Dayton Mall with a special memorial tribute to Gene "By Golly" Barry who died in 2001. WLQT Lite 99. ...


WING Today

After a stint as a CNN Radio affiliate in the 1990s and various network talk programs, it found its new niche in sports/talk as a competitor to WONE's "980 Homer" brand (which it also competed with in the 1960s for its Top 40 audience.) WING now airs the programming of ESPN Radio in addition to local sports coverage of Dayton Dragons Baseball and Ohio State Buckeyes Football and Basketball. Mike and Mike in the Morning (Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg) is aired here. Dan Patrick's afternoon program was also aired prior to his departure from ESPN on August 17, 2007. Patrick was best known in Dayton by his real name Dan Pugh who was an air personality on WING's FM competitor, album rock-formatted WTUE in the early 1980s. WING was owned by Radio One which acquired its previous owner, Cincinnati-based Blue Chip Broadcasting in 1999. WONE is an AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating on 980 kHz with sports talk format. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... League Midwest League Division Eastern Division Year founded 1998 Major League affiliation Cincinnati Reds Home ballpark Fifth Third Field Previous home ballparks None City Dayton, Ohio Current uniform colors black, green, white, and orange Previous uniform colors None Logo design The wordmark Dragons in white outlined in black and green. ... The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference in most sports. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), better known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster from Mason, Ohio. ... WTUE is a classic rock station in Dayton, Ohio. ... For any of the numerous radio stations with the name Radio One, see Radio One (disambiguation) Radio One, Inc NASDAQ: ROIA is an African-American managed U.S. company which owns and operates 69 radio stations in 22 American cities, and programs a channel on XM Satellite Radio, The Power. ...


On May 17, 2007 Philadelphia-based Main Line Broadcasting announced the acquisition of Radio One's stations in the Dayton and Louisville market areas[1]. Main Line took over the Dayton stations on September 14, 2007[2].


See also

ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... For any of the numerous radio stations with the name Radio One, see Radio One (disambiguation) Radio One, Inc NASDAQ: ROIA is an African-American managed U.S. company which owns and operates 69 radio stations in 22 American cities, and programs a channel on XM Satellite Radio, The Power. ... WROU is an Urban Adult Contemporary radio station at 92. ... WGTZ (for Great Trails Z-93) is a commercial FM station licensed to Eaton, Ohio at 92. ... WDHT, Hot 102. ...

References

  1. ^ News article of Main Line's purchase of Dayton and Louisville station clusters from Radio One (Radio-Online, May 17, 2007)
  2. ^ From Radio-Online (September 14, 2007)

External links

  • Official WING "ESPN 1410" site
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WING
  • WING's technical information from Radio-Locator website
  • "High Flying WING" 1960s tribute page

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