WXYT AM 1270 Detroit

Slogan/Positioner: CBS Sports Radio 1270

Format: Sports

Contact this station through their web site, linked below:WXYT AM 1270

Web site: www.cbssportsradio1270.com

Technical Information:

HD Radio Status:

Class: B
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 50,000 watts / 9, directional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 50,000 watts / 9, directional

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Call Sign History:

  • WXYT: 10/9/1984
  • WXYZ: 1930
  • WGHP: 1925

Call Sign Origin:

  • WXYT- similiar to WXYZ, used the T to emphasize the station's talk format
  • As WXYZ, 'The last word in radio'.

On Air Date: October 10, 1925

Owner: CBS Radio

Office Telephone: (248) 327-2900


  • 1/2/2013: Format change back to Sports talk; the station airs the entire lineup of the new CBS Sports Radio network.
  • 9/12/2011: Simulcast with FM 97.1 ends and the station returns to a non-sports Talk format; most programming is syndicated. The station also carries sports play-by-play.
  • 10/1/2007: FM 97.1 ends talk format and begins simulcast with AM 1270 as 'Detroit Sports Powerhouse' and later '97.1 The Ticket'.
  • 1/2004: License to cover granted to power increase to 50,000 watts and location change from Southfield to northern Monroe County.
  • Starting in 2000, the station filed for a series of technical changes that would ultimately result in the station's transmitter moving from Southfield to northern Monroe County and changing from a 5,000 omnidirectional signal to a heavily directional 50,000 watts using a 9-tower antenna array. The changes were implemented after the station won the broadcast rights to Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Red Wings hockey from 50,000 watt WJR. Part of that agreement included promises of an improved signal over the Detroit area.
  • 3/2000: Station is all sports with the exception of 6-10am (Don Imus).
  • 1/2000: Station is sports based talk from 10am-noon, and 3pm-10pm. Rush Limbaugh will be vacating the noon-3 timeslot in March as that show moves to crosstown WJR AM 760.
  • 12/26/2000: Repositions from 'Talkradio 1270' to 'Team 1270' as migration to all-sports continues.
  • 9/2000: Station secures rights to Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings away from WJR. Plans are for the station to move from conservative-based talk to all sports early in 2001.
  • 12/1998: After an unsuccessful attempt to become Michigan's governor, lawyer Geoffrey Fieger begins hosting an evening talk program that lasts less than a year.
  • 1998: WXYT secures the radio rights to Detroit Lions football.
  • 2/1997: The often absent Bonds is replaced by syndicated Don Imus, who moved from 97.1 FM when that station picked up the Howard Stern program.
  • 5/1996: Former WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV news anchor Bill Bonds takes over morning show.
  • 1994: Fritz sells station to Infinity Broadcasting, which later becomes part of CBS.
  • 1984: ABC sells station to Chuck Fritz for $3 million. Call sign is changed to differentiate the station from WXYZ-TV, which continued under ABC ownership until 1985. 'T' sounds similar to 'Z' and stood for 'Talk'.
  • 1978: With the departure of Purtan to CKLW, the station decides to drop music programming and takes on an all news/talk format.
  • 1968: WXYZ lands former WKNR jock Dick Purtan, who moved back to Detroit after a short stint in Baltimore MD, for morning drive and adjusts format to pop/oldies.
  • 1967: After suffering ratings losses due to listener tastes shifting to rivals Keener 13 (WKNR 1310) and CKLW 800, format changes to middle-of-the-road 'The Sound of the Good Life'.
  • 1959: WXYZ, WXYZ-FM, and WXYZ-TV move from the Maccabees Building to what became known as Broadcast House in Southfield.
  • 1958: Format of WXYZ AM is primarily Top 40 which was popularly known through the middle of the 1960s as either 'Channel 1270' or 'Wixie'. WXYZ is the first ABC owned and operated station to program a Top 40 format and helped inspire similar changes in New York at WABC and Chicago at WLS.
  • 1948: ABC launches WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and WXYZ-FM 101.1 in Detroit; many WXYZ AM personalities are featured on Channel 7 and are credited with helping save the network financially.
  • 1946: ABC purchases WXYZ, WOOD Grand Rapids and the Michigan Radio Network for $3,650,000 from King-Trendle. ABC was formed when the US government forced NBC to divest it's Blue network; that network would become the American Broadcasting Company.
  • 3/29/1941: Frequency change from 1240 to 1270.
  • 1936: Kunsky-Trendle becomes King-Trendle.
  • 1935: Station changes networks from Mutual to NBC-Blue.
  • 1934: WXYZ is one of the founding stations for the Mutual Broadcasting System, joining WOR New York, WGN Chicago, and WLW Cincinnati.
  • By March 1941: The station is broadcasting with 5,000 watts full time.
  • 1/20/1933: First broadcast of the "Lone Ranger" program. WXYZ was the original home of 'The Lone Ranger' and 'The Green Hornet'.
  • 6/1/1932: Affliation with CBS ends to put more focus on local programs.
  • 6/1930: Kunsky-Trendle Broadcasting purchases the station from George Phelps. Kunsky-Trendle changes the calls to WXYZ, which were acquired from the U.S. Army. WXYZ moves to AM 1240 and is once again licensed to Detroit and the new slogan is "The Last Word in Radio", drawing from the station's new call sign (the last letters of the alphabet). Kunsky-Trendle moved the station's studios to the Maccabees Building on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, where they remained through 1959, and increased power to 1000 watts.
  • 1928: Frequency is 1080, licensed to Fraser.
  • 9/18/1927: WGHP becomes a charter member of the CBS Radio Network and is one of 16 stations that aired the first CBS network program on this day.
  • 1927: Frequency is 940, licensed to Mt. Clemens.
  • 10/10/1925: On-air as WGHP at 1110 with 500 watts, licensed to Detroit. Owner is George Harrison Phelps, thus the WGHP call sign.

Center of antenna array/transmitter location:

Monroe County; Ash Township, near Telegraph Rd and I-275

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