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WNDE logo.png
City of license Indianapolis, Indiana
Broadcast area Indianapolis
Branding Sportsradio 1260
Frequency 1260 kHz (also on HD Radio)
Format Sports radio
Audience share 0.9 (Sp'08 P2, R&R[1])
Power 5,000 watts day
5,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 59591
Transmitter coordinates 39°51′54.00″N 86°3′43.00″W / 39.865°N 86.06194°W / 39.865; -86.06194
Callsign meaning NDE = Indy[2]
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio, Premiere Radio Networks
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(Capstar TX)
Webcast listen live

WNDE, branded as "SportsRadio 1260 WNDE", is an AM radio station owned by Clear Channel Communications in Indianapolis, Indiana. The station operates on the AM radio frequency of 1260 kHz. The studios and transmitters are located at 6161 Fall Creek Road on the northeast side of Indianapolis.



WNDE began operation as WFBM in 1924 as the fifth radio station licensed in Indianapolis (after WLK [1922-1923], WOH [1922-1923], WBBI [1924], and WBBZ [1924-1925]). It was started by the Merchants Heating & Light Co., later Indianapolis Power & Light.

When WFBM went on the air, it was assigned a frequency of 1130 kilocycles (the kilohertz did not come into use for another quarter century). In 1927, it moved to 1330 kc, then to 1090 kc in 1928, and to 1230 kc in 1929. It arrived at its current frequency after the great frequency shift of 1941, when all stations in the United States at 1230 kc were moved to 1260 kc.

In 1949, WFBM became WFBM-AM when WFBM-TV (now WRTV 6) went on the air in time to broadcast the 1949 Indianapolis 500 (May 30, 1949). The WFBM “family” grew on November 26, 1959, when WFBM-FM went on the air at 94.7 mHz.

In 1957, the three WFBM stations were sold to Time-Life, Inc. In 1972, WFBM-TV became WRTV. In November 1973, WFBM-AM became WNDE, followed by WFBM-FM becoming WFBQ Q95 in the Spring of 1974.

WNDE is the oldest operating radio station in Indianapolis, and third oldest in the state of Indiana.

Station broadcasting information

WNDE broadcasts using 5 kW of power, with a directional antenna for nighttime operations. This causes the station to broadcast in circular patterns to the north-northwest and south-southeast of the antenna site. More information is available at the FCC query for WNDE.


WNDE (which had at one time used a Top 40 format, competing with the original WIFE in the 1970s, using the identifier "Windy in Indy") has been a Fox Sports Radio affiliate since 2002. It had previously been an ESPN Radio affiliate on two occasions. It currently schedules FSR weekday mornings (Stephen A. Smith and Dan Patrick), along with Premiere's The Jim Rome Show and a locally produced talk show in the afternoon drive timeslot. Beginning January 4, this will be Mark Patrick on Sports; it will be Patrick's third stint as host. Patrick replaces The Drive with JMV (John Michael Vincent); JMV had replaced Patrick in 2004 but left the station in late November 2009.

WNDE broadcasts NASCAR Sprint Cup (except for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, whose broadcast rights are controlled by WFNI), Purdue University football and men's basketball, and Westwood One's NFL Football coverage. After years of broadcasting Cincinnati Reds baseball, WNDE joined the Chicago Cubs network in 2009.

Former hosts of the 3-6 PM local show include the team of Tim Bragg & Bill Benner, as well as Indiana Pacers announcer Mark Boyle.


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