WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit
Slogan/Positioner: ESPN 1090
Format: Sports Talk
Web site: www.espn1090.com
E-Mail: visit web site
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 250 watts / 4 / directional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 500 watts / 6 / directional
FCC technical information:
More about station:
- Radio Locator coverage areas: Day, Night
- FCCInfo.com listing
- Recnet Broadcast Query
- WCAR on Facebook
- WCAR from TuneIn
- WCAR from Wikipedia
- Tower photos, thanks Tom Bosscher
Call Sign History:
- WCAR: 7/18/1979
Call Sign Origin: Car = reference to Auto Capital
On Air Date: October 23, 1963
Owner: Birach Broadcasting
Telephone: (248) 557-3500
- 2/1/2012: Format change to sports talk as 'ESPN 1090' using programming from ESPN Radio.
- 11/2011: "Bonds & Fisher" talk program debuts in afternoon drive, but is discontinued by the end of the year. Main hosts were former television anchors Bill Bonds and Rich Fisher.
- 2011: Programming shifts to mainstream talk, most programming is syndicated.
- 7/31/2009: Michigan Catholic Radio no longer providing programming for the station and the Catholic format gives way to brokered religious programming.
- 7/2009: FCC approves purchase of WOAP and WCAR and the deal closes.
- 5/2009: Birach Broadcasting purchases WOAP AM 1080 Owosso and WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit from 1090 Investments, LLC for $1,025,000 pending FCC approvals and closing.
- 11/2008: Construction permit granted to increase power from 250 watts daytime / 500 watts nighttime to 1,000 watts daytime / 800 watts nighttime. CP expires before it is completed.
- 1998: Station is sold to a group of Catholic investors and programming becomes Religious (Catholic)
- 1998: 'Radio Aahs' goes under, WCAR picks up dance format as 'Beat Radio'
- 1997: Programming switch to 'Radio Aahs' (childrens)
- 1979: WCAR call sign returns to dial. Previously AM 1130 was WCAR for many years before changing to WCXI
- 19xx: Programming becomes ethnic as WIID, 'Ethnic and Proud'
- 196x: One of the first all talk stations is born as WTAK
- 10/23/1963: Station signs on as WERB, sister station to Mt. Clemens' WBRB. Coverage areas of stations was to complement each other.
Center of antenna array/transmitter location:
Wayne County; near Ford and Venoy Rds (Garden City)
Old logo gallery: