WNIL AM 1290 Niles


Slogan/Positioner: Mighty 1290; Spirited Talk Radio

Format: Talk

Web site: www.1290wnil.com

E-Mail: visit web site

Class: D
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 500 watts / 1, omnidirectional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 44 watts / 1, omnidirectional

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More about station:

Call Sign History:

  • WNIL:

Call Sign Origin: Niles

On Air Date: 1956

Owner: Federated Media

Telephone: (269) 683-6123



  • 3/2007: Format change to syndicated talk.
  • Early 2007: Local news and talk programs are dropped; station is mostly just carrying ABC's satellite music programming.
  • Summer 2006: ABC radio ends 'Unforgettable Favorites' Soft Rock format that WNIL had been airing. ABC's 'Stardust' Adult Standards format is relaunched as 'Timeless Classics' - a hybrid between the other two formats and WNIL begins airing 'Timeless Classics' for its musical programming.
  • 4/3/2000: Drops Oldies (Jones) in favor of Middle-of-the-Road format.
  • 7/1999: FCC approves license transfer from Niles Broadcasting to Pathfinder Communications (Federated Media) along with sister station WAOR-FM 95.3
  • 1/1999: Drops sports programming and is Oldies full time
  • 1964: Tommy James records 'Hanky Panky' in the WNIL studios; the song becomes the biggest hit of the summer in 1966 after it is released on Snap Records.



Center of antenna array/transmitter location:

Berrien County


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