WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor


Slogan/Positioner: Talk 1600; Ann Arbor's Official Newstalk Station; The More You Listen, The More You Know

Format: News-Talk

Web site: www.waamannarbor.com

E-Mail: visit web site

Class: B
Daytime Power / # of Towers: 5,000 watts / 4 / directional
Nighttime Power / # of Towers: 5,000 watts / 4 / directional

FCC technical information:

More about station:

Call Sign History:

  • WAAM: by 1967
  • WHRV: Sign on, 1948

Call Sign Origin: Ann Arbor Michigan

On Air Date: October, 1948

Owner: Coolarity A2, LLC

Telephone: (734) 971-1600



  • 3/2011: Coolarity A2, LLC agrees to purchase WAAM from Ann Arbor First Ventures LP for $1,050,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The FCC approves the sale in April and it closes in June, 2011.
  • 3/2009: Major change application to move in to the Detroit market is officially withdrawn.
  • 12/2007: Transfer to Ann Arbor First Ventures is approved by the FCC.
  • 12/2007: Station is being transferred by First Broadcasting to Ann Arbor First Ventures Captial Partners as part of a corporate reorganization pending FCC approvals and closing.
  • 2005: Noted that the station no longer broadcasts in AM stereo
  • 2004: Applications filed with the FCC to change the station's community of license to the Detroit suburb of Oak Park and move it's transmitting facilities to downriver Detroit. If the application si approved, the station would essentially become a Detroit market move-in.
  • 1/2004: Format shifts from Full Service to all Talk with the change in ownership. Adult Standards programming is dropped in favor of additional talk shows
  • 10/17/2003: Lloyd Johnson, principal of Whitehall Enterprises, passes away
  • 10/15/2003: FCC approves sale from Whitehall to Big D
  • 8/2003: Announced that Whitehall Enterprises has sold station to Big D Broadcasting, a subsidiary of First Broadcasting Partners, for $1.5 million pending FCC review.
  • 9/2002: FCC announced that deal to aquire WAAM will be set for a hearing to determine if the move would give Clear Channel too much of the revenue for the Ann Arbor market. Whitehall and Clear Channel walk away from the deal; if the transaction would have been approved / closed, Clear Channel would have controlled all of Washtenaw County's commerical radio stations.
  • 8/2001: Announced that Whitehall Enterprises has sold station to Clear Channel for $2 million, pending FCC review
  • 9/15/1983: Acquired by Whitehall Enterprises
  • 198x: Format change to Full Service featuring Adult Standards music
  • 197x: Format is Top 40 fulltime as 'The Super 16'
  • by 1967: Call sign is WAAM, format is Middle of The Road during the daytime Rock/Top 40 evenings and nights
  • 10/1948: Signs on as WHRV, calls stood for Huron River Valley



Center of antenna array/transmitter location:

Washtenaw County; near US-23 and US-12


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