WLBY AM 1290 Saline/Ann Arbor

Slogan/Positioner: Ann Arbor's Talk Station

Format: News/Talk

Contact this station through their web site, linked below:WLBY AM 1290

Web site: www.1290wlby.com

Technical Information:

HD Radio Status: no

Class: D
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 500 watts / 2 / directional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 26 watts / 2 / directional

Social Media:

External Links:

Call Sign History:

  • WLBY: 8/24/2004
  • WHNE: 7/5/2002
  • WCAS: 3/5/2001
  • WYBN: 10/1/1999
  • WDEO:
  • WAMX: 3/1/1993
  • WIQB: 2/21/1992
  • WNRS: 2/14/1970
  • WOIB:
  • WOIA:

Call Sign Origin:

  • Liberal

On Air Date: 1958

Owner: Cumulus Media

Office Telephone: (734) 302-8100


  • Since 2004, Talk format has evolved from focusing on a liberal point of view to a focus on business and then to mainstream talk.
  • 12/2006: Cumulus is acquiring Ann Arbor stations WWWW-FM 102.9, WQKL-FM 107.1, WTKA AM 1050, and WLBY AM 1290 along with Battle Creek stations WBXX-FM 95.3, WRCC-FM 104.9, WBCK AM 930, and WBFN AM 1400 from Clear Channel pending FCC approval and closing. Cumulus will then immediately donate WBFN AM 1400 Battle Creek to Family Life Communications. It took until March 2009 for this sale to be completed.
  • 8/23/2004: Format switch from Oldies to Talk; Station promoted itself as having a Liberal point of view and took on WLBY calls.
  • 6/28/2002: Format switch from Adult Standards to 50's - 70's Oldies as 'Honey Radio'. In Southeast Michigan, 'Honey Radio' was heard on AM 560 for many years prior to that station changing is format to Spanish and then later Religious. The WHNE call sign was previously used on FM 94.7 Detroit when it was programmed with Oldies 'Honey Radio'.
  • 3/23/2001: Format switch from Business News/Talk to Adult Standards as WCAS
  • 8/30/2000: AMFM/Clear Channel merger closes, station is part of Clear Channel
  • 5/4/2000: Announced that station is being sold to Clear Channel by Cumulus Broadcasting
  • 9/1999: Catholic programming moves to WWCM AM 990, new format is Business News/Talk as 'WYBN Your Business News'.
  • 7/1999: Plans announced to move format to AM 990 after Ava Maria Foundation purchases that station
  • 199x: Acquired by Cumulus Broadcasting
  • 1999: Format change to religious/Catholic, brokered by Ava Maria Foundation (Tom Monaghan)
  • 1992: When new sister station at 107.1 in Ann Arbor changes to Oldies as 'Kool 107' WQKL, station picks up New Age format previously heard on 107.1 and later the WAMX calls that were on the FM station.
  • 1980s: Format change from Country to Oldies as "Ann Arbor's Solid Gold"
  • 1970s: WNRZ FM changes to Progressive Rock format, WNRS keeps Country format.
  • 1970s: WNRS/WNRZ simulcast changes format to Country
  • 2/14/1970: AM and FM combo get new calls: WNRS (AM 1290) and WNRZ (FM 102.9) 'The Winners'
  • 1967: Format change to Top-40 in simulcast with FM 102.9.
  • 1962: Becomes WOIB when FM sister station at 102.9 signs on and uses WOIA for its call sign.
  • 1958: On air as WOIA, format is Full Service/Middle-of-the-Road.

Center of antenna array/transmitter location:

Washtenaw County

Old logo gallery:

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