- WILM (AM)
Infobox Radio station
name = WILM
city = Wilmington,
slogan = "Newsradio"
frequency = 1450
power = 1000
class = C
coordinates = coord|39|43|46|N|75|33|07|W
Clear Channel Communications
licensee = Citicasters Licenses, L.P.
website = http://wilm.com/
Fox News Radio
WILM (1450 AM) is a News/Talk-formatted
radio stationbroadcasting in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. WILM is known as the station where radio and television talk show Joe Pynedeveloped the confrontational style now standard in radio and TV talk shows. Another well-known WILM personality was Tom Mees( ESPN) who worked at the station in the 1970s.
In the 1950s and 1960s WILM, under the ownership of Ewing Hawkins, experimented with various music formats, including
Top-40and MOR (middle-of-the-road). For a time, the WILM deejays were known as the "Flip Top Jocks." One of the program directors was Dean Tyler, who would later go on to be an influential broadcaster and manager in Philadelphia radio. In the early 1970s WILM adopted an Adult contemporary musicformat and featured an all-night block of rhythm and bluesmusic geared to the city's African-Americancommunity. By this time, the station was affiliated with NBC Radio.
In January of
1976WILM switched to an all-newsformat, using the short-lived NIS (News and Information Service), operated by NBC. When the NIS ceased operations shortly thereafter, WILM continued on with its news format. Eventually the station modified its format and affiliated with the CBSradio network for news and features. The station also kept a secondary affiliation with the Mutual Broadcasting System, which carried nighttime shows from Larry King.
By the 1990s, WILM had added syndicated talk programming throughout its lineup. The station became one of the first to add, then, the very first to drop Rush Limbaugh's daily show from its schedule. A former program director said the decision was made due to incompatibilities with sales and audience demand but has since acknowledged the station chose not to pay increased carriage fees. During this period, another Wilmington station with a stronger signal,
WDELalso adopted a full time news and talk format, beginning direct competition with WILM, including picking up Rush Limbaugh's program.
By 2000, WILM began to shift toward talk radio. The syndicated "Mike Gallagher Show" joined local host John Watson on the station's daily schedule. An evening hour featured a cavalcade of amateur talk radio hosts; most were members of the Wilmington-area community. Weekend programming was almost exclusively all satellite talk by 2004.
In 2004, owner Sally V. Hawkins sold WILM to
Clear Channel Communicationsfor $4 Million. On July 28, 2006, WILM-AM dropped the national newscasts from CBS Radio and switched to Fox News Radio. Clear Channel has moved WILM into a new broadcast facility shared with its other Delaware stations. The new facility allows automated operation and Clear Channel has reduced WILM's local air staff and local programming and added syndicated talk programming including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levinand Michael Savage. Both Limbaugh and Hannity had been carried by WDEL during a period when it dominated local ratings in the talk format. Recent Arbitron ratings show WILM has garnered a larger audience with syndicated programs (and a smaller staff and less local programming).
*Jim Bachman - Traffic broadcaster, Shadow Traffic, Philadelphia; Sports broadcaster, WCBS Newsradio 88, New York
*Matt Cherry - Reporter/newscaster,
* Matt Demlein - Newscaster/Reporter 1140 WRVA Newsradio, Richmond, Va.
*Jim DeSouza - News director,
WDIYpublic radio, Allentown, PA
Tom Donahue- Top 40 DJ in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, d. 1975
*Janet Fried - Reporter/newscaster, Millennium Radio New Jersey Network
*Randy Hennig - Editor,
Voice of America
*Valerie Knight - Morning show co-host,
WOGLOldies 98, Philadelphia
*John Lewis - Newscaster,
*Donna McQuillan - Sports anchor/reporter, UPI Radio; Sports reporter, WPEN Philadelphia
Tom Mees- Sports broadcaster, ESPN Radio, d. 1996
*Sharon Mittelman - Newscaster,
CBS Radio Network
*Marcy Norton - Newscaster, Wall Street Journal Radio
*Michelle Pilenza - "After Hours" talk show host,
New Jersey 101.5
Joe Pyne- Nationally-syndicated talk show host, d. 1970
*Jeff Seldin - Editor,
WTOPNewsradio, Washington, DC
*Mike Strug - Reporter,
WCAUNBC 10, Philadelphia
*Adam Tuss - Reporter,
WTOPNewsradio, Washington, DC
*Dean Tyler - Music director, WIBG (now
WNTP); Program Director and General Manager, WPEN, both in Philadelphia
*Lauren Wilson - Wilmington reporter,
WPVIABC 6, Philadelphia.
*Jon Warner - Sportscaster,
WTOPWashington, DC; CNN, AP, CBS and NBC radio networks
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