WDFN AM 1130 Detroit

Slogan/Positioner: 1130 WDFN The Fan

Format: Sports

Contact this station through their web site, linked below:WDFN AM 1130

Web site: www.wdfn.com

Technical Information:

HD Radio Status:

Class: B
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 50,000 watts / 2 / directional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 10,000 watts / 9 / directional

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Call Sign History:

  • WDFN: 5/20/1994
  • WWWW: 9/14/1992
  • WCXI: 3/1/1979
  • WCAR: 1939

Call Sign Origin:

  • Detroit's Fan
  • We're Country XI (11)
  • CAR; nod to Detroit's automotive industry

On Air Date: December 17, 1939

Owner: iHeartMedia

Office Telephone: (248) 324-5800


  • by 2015: Full-time weekday sports programming returns, much of it syndicated from Fox Sports Radio with the exception of morning drive.
  • 2013: Much of the station's afternoon and evening sports programming is dropped for either syndicated or brokered non-sports talk shows.
  • 9/2009: Local programming returns with a new morning show.
  • 1/20/2009: Local talk programs are dropped and WDFN switches to syndicated programming. The only remaining local content on the station are sports news updates and Detroit Pistons basketball.
  • 12/2005: WDFN's 'Angry Fan March' protest about the Detroit Lions generates national attention.
  • 8/30/2000: AMFM/Clear Channel merger closes and AM 1130 is again a sister station to FM 92.3.
  • 10/1999: Announced that AMFM is to merge with Clear Channel.
  • 1996: Chancellor Media acquires Shamrock Broadcasting. Chancellor would eventually become AMFM.
  • 7/11/1994: Sports talk format debuts as 'The Fan'; first full-time all sports format in Detroit.
  • 1992: Call sign to WWWW to match sister station on FM 106.7. Format remains country, simulcasting FM most of the time.
  • by 1990: New owner is Shamrock Broadcasting, separating the ownership of FM 92.3 and AM 1130 for the first time. Shamrock owns rival country outlet WWWW-FM 106.7.
  • 1986: FM 92.3 ends simulcast and takes on contemporary format as WNTM. AM 1130 continues as country WCXI but evolves more towards Classic Country.
  • 198x: Owner is Fritz Broadcasting. WCXI-FM calls placed on sister station FM 92.3 along with country format to compete against country format on WWWW-FM 106.7.
  • early 1979: Format changed to country with new call sign WCXI (Country 11) adopted several months later.
  • 1977: New owner is Golden West Broadcasting, format returns to Adult Contemporary after about a year of news format.
  • about 1976: Format change from Adult Contemporary to All-News.
  • 1970s: Formats range from rock/top 40 to easy listening/adult contemporary. One of the positioners used during this time was Giant 1130.
  • 19xx: Owner is Hy Levinson.
  • 1939: On air as WCAR, licensed to Pontiac. Format is Middle of the Road.

Center of antenna array/transmitter location:

Wayne County; near Jefferson Ave and Vreeland Rd (Gibralter)

Old logo gallery:

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