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|City||San Antonio, Texas|
|Broadcast area||San Antonio, Texas and South Texas|
|Branding||Newsradio 1200 WOAI|
|Slogan||San Antonio's News, Traffic and Weather Station|
|Frequency||1200 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||September 25, 1922|
|Callsign meaning||World Of Agriculture Information|
|Affiliations||Fox News Radio
Spurs Radio Network
Texas Longhorns Football
The Weather Channel
(CC Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||KXXM, KAJA, KQXT-FM, KRPT, KZEP-FM|
WOAI (1200 AM) is a San Antonio, Texas, news/talk formatted radio station operating with 50,000 watts non-directional day and night from a transmitter site near Marion, Texas. It is owned and operated by San Antonio-based iHeartMedia, which acquired the station (as Clear Channel Communications) in 1975. WOAI is the flagship station for iHeartMedia. Its studios are located on Interstate 10 in Northwest San Antonio near Wonderland of the Americas Mall.
WOAI's local news operation features market veteran Jim Forsyth, Charity McCurdy, Cari Laque and Michael Board. Market legend Bob Guthrie, who was a WOAI news anchor for 52 years, retired in 2009.
WOAI's local programming includes San Antonio's First News with Charlie Parker and the Joe Pags Show.
WOAI is also the flagship station for the San Antonio Spurs radio network.
WOAI is known as the "50,000 Watt Blowtorch" of South Texas, because of its Class A, clear channel U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) classification. Like the handful of other clear-channel AM stations (not to be confused with WOAI's parent company's former name of 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 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 FRC and, later, the FCC to move the transmitter site and increase its power from 500 to 1,000 watts; then to 2,000 watts, and then 5,000; and finally to 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.
For historic documentation and photos, see http://www.ieeeghn.orgindex.php/WOAI_San_Antonio_Texas
WOAI Radio and Television are among the few stations west of the Mississippi River whose 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." WOAI & WOAI-TV are currently the westernmost stations to have "W" callsigns.
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 Emergency Alert System.
Over the years WOAI's news operation developed into a well-respected institution with listeners and broadcasters.
In 1949, WOAI-TV came 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 stations 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.
Through the 1980s, WOAI 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 NBA games. WOAI was the radio home of the USFL's San Antonio Gunslingers.
In 1998, Clear Channel acquired the parent company of Premiere Radio Networks, syndicator of national talk shows such as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Jim Rome Show and Coast to Coast AM. Rush and Dr. Laura had already been airing in San Antonio on market competitor, KTSA. WOAI news anchor Bob Guthrie celebrated 50 years on the radio station in 2006.
WOAI's daily national talk show programming is now effectively the iHeartMedia slate of hosts: Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Coast to Coast AM. Joe Pagliarulo is the host of The Joe Pags Show, which runs weekdays during afternoon drive beginning at 5pm (CT).
In 2001, Clear Channel 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 to WOAI-TV. The TV station has since been sold twice—to Newport Television and then to current owner Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Weekend programming includes encore editions of weekday talk shows, brokered lifestyle programming, infomercials, and other local and syndicated programming including the Joe Pags-hosted The Weekend.
CC Media Holdings, for example, the overall corporation, will be renamed iHeartMedia Inc., and Clear Channel Communications, its major subsidiary, will become iHeartCommunications.
Effective today, CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCCB: CCMO) will become iHeartMedia, Inc. In connection with the company's new brand, the company's ticker symbol will also change, effective September 17. Of the company's major businesses, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will become iHeartMedia; other company brands, including iHeartRadio, Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, Katz Media Group and RCS, will retain their current names.
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