|Slogan||"America's Best Music"|
|Format||Soft Oldies - Adult standards|
|Affiliations||Westwood One "America's Best Music"|
Westwood One News
|Owner||Cumulus Media |
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
|WOSH, WPKR, WVBO, WWWX|
First air date
|May 23, 1947|
Call sign meaning
|W Neenah And Menasha|
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WNAM (1280 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Neenah-Menasha, Wisconsin, that serves the Appleton-Oshkosh radio market. The station is owned by Cumulus Media. It uses the "America's Best Music" radio format supplied by co-owned Westwood One, that combines soft oldies with a few adult standards and middle of the road songs each hour.
The station signed on the air on May 23, 1947, with 1,000 watts of power. WNAM was owned by Neenah-Menasha Broadcasting Company, with studios on Wisconsin Avenue in Neenah. The station was originally a daytimer, required to go off the air at night, when radio waves travel farther. In the 1960s, the station got authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at night at 1,000 watts, with its daytime power raised to 5,000 watts.
Ron Ross began working at WNAM in 1973 as afternoon host and eventually became program director when WNAM was a Top 40 radio station. In 1976, Ross was named by Billboard one of the country's top five Top 40 personalities for markets with fewer than 1 million people. During his time at WNAM, the station achieved a 17.6 Arbitron rating.
Jim Roberts was hired by WNAM in the fall of 1987 to host the afternoon show. He stayed until late 1998.
"Mad Dog and Merrill" joined WNAM in 2008 for a cooking-related show airing weekdays from 10 to noon.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1948 page 256
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- "Cumulus buying 2 radio stations in Fox Valley". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 3, 2003.
- "Mad Dog and Merrill return to airwaves". The Post-Crescent. April 4, 2008.
- Sherry, Mike (March 2, 2016). "Pues named Zephyrs' new football coach". The Post-Crescent.
- Official website
- WNAM in the FCC's AM station database
- WNAM on Radio-Locator
- WNAM in Nielsen Audio's AM station database
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