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WINZ
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast area South Florida metropolitan area
Branding AM 940 The Sports Animal
Frequency 940 kHz
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
Currently operating at 25,000 watts during nighttime under a special temporary authority
Class B
Facility ID 51977
Former callsigns WRFX (2002-2004)
WIVK (9/1988-11/1988)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Miami Dolphins
Miami Heat
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WBGG, WHYI, WIOD, WMGE, WMIA, WMIB
Webcast Listen Live
Website am940southflorida.com

WINZ, AM 940 The Sports Animal is a sports talk radio station that serves Miami-Fort Lauderdale. The stations airs primarily syndicated programming. It daytime signal reaches as far north as Ft. Pierce and as far west as Ft. Myers and Naples. The station has managed to score ratings in the Ft. Myers-Naples[1] and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton[2] radio markets despite its transmitter being far away, over 100 miles away in the case of Ft. Myers-Naples, and having no promotion.

The station is directional to the southeast to protect clear channel Class-A stations CINW in Montreal and XEQ-AM in Mexico City.

WINZ's former talk-host lineup included Nova M hosts Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy, Stephanie Miller of Jones Radio Networks, Lionel and Thom Hartmann of Air America Radio, and Don Imus in the morning from 6:00 AM until 9:00 AM.

WINZ is affiliated with CBS for hourly network newscasts and includes twice hourly updates from The Weather Channel.

The station signed on in its liberal talk format at 12:06 p.m. on July 12, 2004. Al Franken's program was the first in the new format. Before this station adopted liberal talk as its format, it was 940 Fox Sports Radio, an all-sports station that competed with WQAM and WAFN. On April 3, 2009, the format shifted back to sports, and is now known as "The Sports Animal".

Currently, WINZ is owned by Clear Channel Communications, the largest U.S. radio owner. Clear Channel purchased the station from West Palm Beach-based media entrepreneur Bud Paxson. WINZ management changed in early 2007 from Peter Bolger to Ken Charles. New weekend shows included Clout with Richard Greene and 7 Days in America with new Air America Radio network co-owner Mark Green (no relation). Other local shows have been dropped recently, such as Radioactive Politics and The Nicole Sandler Show.

Miami Heat NBA basketball games will be moving back to WINZ from WIOD starting with the 2008-2009 NBA season. One game will be simulcast monthly on 103.5 The Beat.[3] WINZ previously carried Heat games from 1993-1996.

On April 2, 2009, it was reported on radio-info.com that the station would switch to sports the following day, making it the sixth sports station in Miami; this follows Clear Channel's trend of changing liberal talk formats (regardless of success) to its own Fox Sports network. Since the change of format, ratings for WINZ have dropped from a 1.0 in the Spring of 2009 to a 0.3 in April, a 06 in May, and a 0.5 in June, behind the sports station WAXY and WQAM.[4]

The National Football League's Miami Dolphins announced on March 1, 2010, that it had entered an agreement with Clear Channel that would make WINZ and WBGG-FM flagship stations of the Dolphins Radio Network for the next six years.[5]

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Coordinates: 25°57′39″N 80°16′11″W / 25.9608°N 80.2698°W / 25.9608; -80.2698

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