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WDUZ and WDUZ-FM
WDUZ
City of license WDUZ: Green Bay, Wisconsin
WDUZ-FM: Brillion, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Green Bay, Wisconsin
Branding "Sports Radio 107.5 and 1400 The Fan"
Frequency WDUZ: 1400 kHz
WDUZ-FM: 107.5 MHz
First air date WDUZ: 1947
Format Sports Talk
Power WDUZ: 1,000 watts
ERP WDUZ-FM: 3,600 watts
HAAT WDUZ-FM: 268 meters
Class WDUZ: C
WDUZ-FM: C3
Facility ID WDUZ: 25119
WDUZ-FM: 6861
Former callsigns WDUZ: WNGB (2003-2004)
WDUZ-FM:
WEZR (1989-1999)
WXWX (1999-2003)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(operated by Cumulus Media)
Sister stations WOGB, WPCK, WQLH, WZNN
Website www.thefan1075.com

WDUZ (1400 AM) and WDUZ-FM (107.5 FM) are radio stations serving the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, simulcasting a Sports Talk format as "Sports Radio 107.5 and 1400 The Fan." The stations are owned by Clear Channel Communications, though they are still operated by their previous owner, Cumulus Media, who swapped ownership of both stations (and 3 other Green Bay signals) to Clear Channel in exchange for 2 Ohio stations in early 2009.[1]

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WDUZ-AM History

WDUZ-AM went on the air in 1947 under the ownership of Green Bay Broadcasting Company, formed by veteran Wisconsin broadcaster Ben A. Laird. The station's format consisted primarily of contemporary music and news programming, including Paul Harvey's ABC Radio commentaries. (Harvey had credited Ben Laird for suggesting to ABC Radio that Harvey's show should air nationwide on the network.[2]) By the mid 1990's, WDUZ would morph into a mixed bag of music, news, sports, and talk radio, eventually going to full-time sports talk in the latter half of the decade (as "Sports Radio 14 The Fan"). Cumulus Broadcasting purchased WDUZ and its sister station WQLH in the fall of 1999.

In the fall of 2003, Cumulus moved the WDUZ call letters and sports format to its station at 107.5 FM (the former WXWX) and turned 1400 AM into a talk radio station ("Super Talk 1400 WNGB"), a format that featured nationally syndicated talk programming such as shows from G. Gordon Liddy and Bill O'Reilly. WNGB's ratings performance proved dismal, and in September 2004, Cumulus returned the WDUZ calls and sports talk format to 1400 AM, in a full simulcast with 107.5 (which remained WDUZ-FM).

WDUZ-FM History

(Note: for information on the former WDUZ-FM, at 98.5 MHz, please see WQLH.)

Programming on the 107.5 FM frequency dates back to as far as the early 1990s, when it was a beautifula music/easy listening station under the WEZR call letters. Around the mid 1990's, the format changed to smooth jazz while still under the WEZR call sign. Cumulus Broadcasting purchased the station in March 1998 and immediately dropped the jazz format. After a weekend of stunting with Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" (mixed in with Elton John's "Rocket Man"), WEZR became "The Planet 107-5," a mix of adult contemporary and eclectic rock.

"The Planet" format lasted only one year. On April 1, 1999, Cumulus flipped WEZR (and its country music sister station in Appleton, 96.9 FM WUSW) to a modern rock simulcast as "97 and 107 The Fox." With that format flip, 107.5 would take the call letters WXWX (while WUSW changed to WWWX).

The "Fox" simulcast lasted until October 2003, when Cumulus moved the WDUZ call letters and sports talk programming (see above) to 107.5. (WWWX would continue as a stand-alone rock station serving the Fox Cities area.) Sports talk continues to this day on 107.5, even with the simulcast with WDUZ-AM.

"The Fan" Programming

The stations' schedule features local sports talk programming along with the nationally syndicated "Jim Rome Show," as well as national sports talk and live event programming from ESPN Radio. "The Fan" also serves as the Green Bay radio home for Wisconsin Badgers athletics.

From 2000 to 2004, both frequencies served as Green Bay's flagship stations for Green Bay Packers football. During that time, Milwaukee Brewers baseball and Milwaukee Bucks basketball also aired on "The Fan." The Packers, Brewers, and Bucks would all move over to Midwest Communications' sports-talker WNFL in 2005; the Packers and Brewers now air on its sister station, WTAQ.

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