- WOAI (AM)
Infobox Radio Station
name = WOAI
September 25, 1922
frequency = 1200 (kHz) HD Radio
San Antonio, Texas
power = 50,000
sister_stations = KAJA, KQXT, KRPT, KTKR, KXXM
WOAI-TVpending sale to Providence Equity Partners
branding = "News Radio 1200 WOAI" or "Spurs Radio 1200 WOAI"
slogan = "San Antonio's Official News, Traffic and Weather Station"
class = A
affiliations = Spurs Radio Network
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network
The Weather Channel
webcast = [http://radio.woai.com/cc-common/streaming_new/ Listen Live]
website = http://radio.woai.com|
WOAI (1200 AM) is a
San Antonio, Texas, news/talk formatted radio stationoperating with 50,000 Watts non-directional day and night from a transmitter site near Marion, Texas. Current owner and operator San Antonio based Clear Channel Communicationsacquired the station in 1975 which founded the now worldwide owner of radio stations. WOAI-AM is also the flagship station for Clear Channel radio.
Fox News Radioaffiliate, is consistently the highest rated AM news/talk formatted radio station in TexasFact|date=August 2008. WOAI's local news operation, features radio newsman Bob Guthrie, Stan Kelly, who is best known as the public address announcer for several area sports teams and broadcast news veteran Jim Forsyth.
WOAI is also the flagship station for the
San Antonio Spursradio network. Other sports programming includes University of TexasFootball and the Dallas Cowboysradio network. [ cite web|url=http://dallascowboys.com/dcradio.cfm|title=Dallas Cowboys on Radio|work=DallasCowboys.com]
WOAI radio and former sister station
WOAI-TVheavily cross promote each other by sharing staff and resources such as news and weather reporters and sports commentators.
WOAI is known as the "50,000 Watt
Blowtorch" of South TexasFact|date=September 2008, because of its unlimited FCC clear channelclassification. Like the handful of other clear channel AM stations (not to be confused with WOAI's parent company Clear Channel Communications), WOAI can be heard all over North and Central America after sunset. In the daytime WOAI covers most of central and south Texas.
WOAI first signed on the air in 1922 on 1190 kHz in San Antonio with only 500 Watts. Over the next several years WOAI was issued permits by the FCC to move the transmitter site and increase its power from 500 to 1000, 2000, 5000 and finally 50,000 Watts in 1930. In the 1930s WOAI's programming evolved from musical performances to news and agricultural information breaks in between soap operas.
WOAI Radio and Television are among the few stations west of the
Mississippi Riverwhose call sign begins with "W." This designation was "grandfathered" when the federal government issued regulations requiring radio stations west of the Mississippi River to start with "K," and stations east of the Mississippi to begin with "W."
In 1941, WOAI was moved to clear channel 1200 kHz. This meant that WOAI was the only high power non-directional station that could be licensed on its frequency (1200 kHz) in the United States. In fact, from the 1950s through the 1980s, it was the only station licensed to 1200 KHz in the United States. This was part of an early federal emergency plan similar to today's EAS system.
Over the years WOAI's news operation developed into a well respected institution with listeners and broadcasters.
WOAI-TVcame on the air on San Antonio's TV channel 4. Co-owned WOAI radio began a shift back to music programming as the soap operas transitioned to television.
In 1975, San Antonio businessmen L. Lowry Mays and BJ "Red" McCombs founded Clear Channel Communications by acquiring the WOAI radio from AVCO Broadcasting after already acquiring easy listening KEEZ 97.3 FM (now KAJA) in 1972. The TV station was sold to United Stations which later changed the call sign to KMOL-TV.
In the late 70's, 1200 WOAI phased out music programming. In 1979, KEEZ became WOAI-FM (not the original WOAI-FM) until the birth of
Country Musicstation KAJA-FM"KJ*97" in 1981.
Through the 1980s, WOAI-AM relied more on its newsroom and focused on local and national news, local talk shows and agricultural reports. WOAI also began including sports telecasts especially after acquiring the radio contract for all
San Antonio Spurs NBAgames.
In 1998, San Antonio based Clear Channel Communications acquired the parent company of
Premiere Radio Networks, syndicator of national talk shows such as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Jim Rome Showand Coast to Coast AM. Rush and Laura had already been airing in San Antonio on market competitor, KTSA. These two shows were then moved to WOAI shortly after the acquisition. Dr. Laura has since been moved off of WOAI and the Jim Rome Showis now heard on WOAI sister station KTKR760 kHz in San Antonio. WOAI news anchor Bob Guthriecelebrated 50 years on the radio station in 2006.
WOAI's daily national talk show programming is now effectively the Clear Channel slate of hosts: Rush Limbaugh,
Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Coast to Coast AM. Joe Pagliarulois the host of The Joe Pags Show, which runs weekdays during afternoon drive beginning at 5pm(CT).
In 2001, Clear Channel Communications acquired KMOL-TV San Antonio from Chris-Craft Industries. In December 2002, Clear Channel was granted a permit from the FCC to change the TV station's legal call sign back WOAI-TV.
6222 N.W. Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78201
The WOAI radio studios consists of a control room, talk show studio, news anchor booth, traffic center, and newsroom. WOAI shares studio facility with sister stations KAJA,
KTKR, KXXM, KQXT, KRPTand KZEP.
*San Antonio's First News with Charlie Parker
The Glenn Beck Program
Joe Pagliarulo("Joe Pags" for short)
Coast to Coast AM
San Antonio SpursBasketball
University of TexasFootball
*Jim Forsyth (News Director)
*Michael Main (Managing Editor)
*Walter Pasacrita (Sports Director)
*Don Harris (Also WOAI-TV sports anchor)
*George King (Operations Manager)
*Peter Bolger (Program Director)
*Jim Forsyth (News Director)
*Jenna Rush (traffic)
*Lauri Pearson (traffic)
* [http://radio.woai.com/ WOAI Radio]
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