WXYT-FM 97.1 Detroit


Simulcast on WXYT AM 1270 except for some play-by-play and weekend programming

Slogan/Positioner: 97.1 The Ticket

Format: Sports

Web site: www.971theticket.com

E-mail: visit web site

Power/Height/Class: 15,000 watts / 892 feet / B

Broadcasts in digital/HD

  • Secondary stream format (HD2): News; simulcast of WWJ AM 950
  • Secondary stream web site: www.wwj.com

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Call Sign History:

  • WXYT-FM: 10/3/2007
  • WKRK-FM: 6/9/1997
  • WYST: 9/2/1994
  • WJOI: 11/30/1981
  • WWJ-FM: by 1948
  • WENA: by 1945
  • W45D: sign on, 1941

Call Sign Origin: Taken from sister station WXYT AM

On Air Date: May 10, 1941

Owner: CBS Radio

Telephone: (248) 855-5100



  • 10/1/2007: At 3:00pm changes format from hot talk to sports, simulcasting AM 1270 as Detroit's Sports Powerhouse. Longtime afternoon hosts Deminski and Doyle move to mornings.
  • 9/2006: Opie and Anthony move from AM 1270 to FM 97.1, replacing Rover as the station tries yet another 'shock jock' in the morning daypart.
  • 10/2005: Another repositioning to add the 'Free FM' name being used by Infinity on many of its talk stations across the USA. Announced that the replacement for syndicated morning man Howard Stern is Rover starting January 3, 2006.
  • 5/2003: Repositions from '97.1 FM Talk' to 'Live! 97.1'.
  • 3/1999: Transformation from rock to talk is complete.
  • 8/31/1998: Format tweak from active rock to 'Extreme Radio' with dayparted talk.
  • 1997: Call sign change to WKRK, K-Rock.
  • 2/1997: Imus moves to sister station WXYT AM 1270 as 'The Howard Stern' program takes mornings; format switch to active rock.
  • about 1996: Syndicated talk program 'Imus in the Morning' is added to morning drive.
  • 9/1994: Call sign change to WYST as 'Star 97, Greatest Hits of the 70's'. Format leans toward classic rock.
  • 3/9/1989: Purchased by CBS.
  • Late 1980s: Format begins evolution into a very soft adult contemporary and features less instrumental music.
  • 1981: Call sign change to WJOI - 'W-Joy', format remains easy listening.
  • 19xx: Sold by Detroit News/Evening News Association.
  • 19xx: Easy listening format debuts.
  • 6/1948: By this date, call sign is WWJ-FM and frequency is 97.1. Station primarily simulcasts sister station WWJ AM.
  • 9/12/1945: Assigned 96.9 FM as WENA (Evening News Association.
  • 5/10/1941: W45D begins regular operations and is officially Michigan's first FM station and America's seventh.
  • 5/7/1941: (approximately) W45D 44.5 begins testing with 3,000 watts.
  • 10/31/1940: The Evening News Association, owners of The Detroit News and WWJ AM, is granted one of the first construction permits for a commercial FM station in the country. The station is to operate at 44.5 MHz, with a call sign of W45D. The station actually debuted on January 29, 1936 as W8XWJ, an experimental AM APEX station before going silent in April 1940 waiting for approval to move to the a newly carved out FM band.



Transmitter location:

Oakland County: Along I-696, near Greenfield and 11 Mile Rds (Southfield)


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