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WNAM 1280AM logo.png
CityNeenah-Menasha, Wisconsin
Broadcast areaAppleton-Oshkosh
Branding1280 WNAM
Slogan"America's Best Music"
Frequency1280 kHz
First air dateMay 23, 1947
FormatAdult Standards
Power5,000 watts
Facility ID50053
Callsign meaningW Neenah And Menasha
AffiliationsWestwood One "America's Best Music"
OwnerCumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stationsWOSH, WPKR, WVBO, WWWX
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live via iHeart

WNAM (1280 AM) is an adult standards formatted radio station licensed to Neenah-Menasha, Wisconsin, that serves the Appleton-Oshkosh area. The station is owned by Cumulus Media. It uses the "America's Best Music" format supplied by co-owned Westwood One, that combines soft oldies and soft adult contemporary music with a few standards songs each hour.


WNAM began broadcasting May 23, 1947, with 1,000 watts of power.[1]

Ron Ross began working at WNAM in 1973 as afternoon host and eventually became program director. 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.[2]

In the 1990s Value Radio Corp., owner of WOSH, purchased WNAM and WUSW in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from Odon Communications Group.[3]

Cumulus Broadcasting already owned WNAM, WOSH, WVBO and WWWX when the company bought WPKR and WPCK from Midwest Dimensions Inc. in an $8.1 million deal announced July 2, 2003.[4]

Mad Dog and Merrill joined WNAM in 2008 for a cooking-related show airing weekdays from 10 to noon.[5]

In 2016, WNAM aired Wisconsin Timber Rattlers games for the eighth season, and the station's contract was extended through 2021.[6]


  1. ^ "New WNAM Goes on Air As 1-kw Daytime Outlet" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 9, 1947. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ Klister, Eric (May 15, 2003). "Play time nearly over for longtime Fox Valley radio fixture". The Post-Crescent.
  3. ^ Prestegard, Steve (February 4, 1997). "Changes in the air". Marketplace Magazine.
  4. ^ "Cumulus buying 2 radio stations in Fox Valley". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 3, 2003.
  5. ^ "Mad Dog and Merrill return to airwaves". The Post-Crescent. April 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Sherry, Mike (March 2, 2016). "Pues named Zephyrs' new football coach". The Post-Crescent.

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Coordinates: 44°06′01″N 88°32′02″W / 44.10028°N 88.53389°W / 44.10028; -88.53389