WOOD AM 1300 Grand Rapids


Simulcast on WOOD-FM 106.9 Muskegon

Slogan/Positioner: NewsRadio WOOD 106.9 FM & 1300 AM

Format: News/Talk/Sports

Web site: www.woodradio.com

E-Mail: visit web site

Class: B
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 20,000 watts / 4, directional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 20,000 watts / 4, directional

FCC technical information:

More about station:

Call Sign History:

  • WOOD: 1/13/1926
  • WEBK: 9/16/1924

Call Sign Origin: Furnwood Broadcasting (original owner)

On Air Date: September 16, 1924

Owner: Clear Channel

Telephone: (616) 459-1919



  • 1/5/2011: At noon, county format is dropped on FM 106.9 Muskegon and that station enters full-time simulcast of WOOD AM.
  • 12/2010: Announced that FM 106.9 licensed to Muskegon will be changing format from country to a simulcast of WOOD AM, increasing the coverage area for WOOD along the lakeshore and providing an FM signal for the station across much of the Grand Rapids area.
  • 9/22/2004: License to cover granted for increase in power from 5,000 to 20,000 watts from new location resulting in better coverage north and east of the new transmitter site, but also somewhat reduced coverage for the station along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
  • 2002: WHGR 1290 Houghton Lake is silent and the station's license is turned in by Clear Channel.
  • 5/21/2002: Construction permit granted for application filed in July 2001. Completion of CP is contingent upon the license of WHGR being turned in.
  • 7/2001: Application filed with FCC to increase daytime and nighttime power from 5,000 to 20,000 watts. Transmitter would move from near Kentwood to a new location near Dorr. Part of the application stipulates the forfeiture of the license for WHGR-AM 1290 Houghton Lake which parent company Clear Channel acquired and took off the air.
  • 1996: Clear Channel purchases station.
  • 1972: Purchased by a local group.
  • 1957: Purchased by Time, Inc.
  • 1951: WOOD creates a station 'mascot', a woodpecker named Willie Wood.
  • 1946: ABC purchases King-Trundle, but spins off NBC-affiliate WOOD to Harry Bitner of Hearst Newspapers in 1948 after a two-year search for a new buyer.
  • 1942: WASH ends operations; frequency is now used just by WOOD in Grand Rapids which has a full-time full service / middle of the road format.
  • 1935: WOOD becomes an affiliate of NBC.
  • 1930: Purchased by John King (known as John Kunsky until 1936) and George Trendle, owners of WXYZ Detroit. King-Trundle would also purchase WASH AM Grand Rapids which shared the 1270 frequency with WOOD. The stations operated as WOOD-WASH, sharing AM 1270. WASH broadcast daytime programming, WOOD at night.
  • 9/16/1924: Becomes West Michigan's first radio station, signing on as WEBK at 1170 AM. Broadcasting schedule was limited to Sunday and Wednesday to avoid competition with stations from Chicago and Detroit. Owned by C.J. Litscher Company which was backed by the Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids- the inspiration for the call sign change to WOOD in 1926.



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Allegan County


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