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City of license Grand Rapids, Michigan
Branding NewsRadio Wood 1300
Frequency 1300 kHz
First air date September 16, 1924
Format News/Talk
Power 20,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning FurnWOOD Broadcasting
Former callsigns WEBK (1924-1926)
Affiliations Fox News Radio, CBS Radio Network, Premiere Radio Networks, Talk Radio Network, Michigan Wolverines Radio Network, Michigan Radio Network, Grand Rapids Griffins Radio Network
Owner Clear Channel Communications

WOOD is a news/talk radio station broadcasting at 1300 kHz.




Full-service station

WOOD-1300 is the oldest radio station in West Michigan and one of the oldest in the world, having signed on September 16, 1924 as WEBK as a marketing tool for the C.J. Litscher Company, a seller of radio receivers. The station's original owners were backed by the Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids. At their suggestion, the station became WOOD on January 13, 1926.

It broadcast on Sundays and Wednesdays at 1170kHz during its early years in order to avoid competition with stations in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland--all of which could easily be heard in West Michigan.

It went through numerous owners over the years before being bought by John King (known as John Kunsky until 1936) and George Trendle, owners of WXYZ-AM 1270 in Detroit, in 1930. They bought Grand Rapids' second radio station, WASH, a year later; the two stations had shared the same frequency, 1270, for four years. The station operated as WOOD-WASH (with WASH on the air during the day and WOOD at night) until 1942, when the WASH license was dropped. At about the same time, WOOD's broadcast power was increased from 500 watts to 5000 watts.

In 1946, the fledgling American Broadcasting Company bought the King-Trendle stations, but the FCC forced ABC to sell WOOD since it had been an NBC affiliate since 1935. After a two-year dispute between competing buyers, the station was finally sold to Harry Bitner, former general manager of the Hearst newspaper chain, in 1948. Time, Inc. bought WOOD in 1957 and owned it until 1972, when a local group bought the station. After a series of ownership changes over the next quarter-century, Clear Channel bought WOOD in 1996. Over the years the station's format evolved from full-service Middle of the Road into standard News/Talk.


Today, WOOD's Program Director Angie Vuyst leads an airstaff that includes the area's only all-news morning program, "West Michigan's Morning News" with Gary Allen, Steve Kelly & John Bry, the locally hosted "Mouth to Mouth" with Scott Winters and Michelle McKormick. Several rotating hosts helped in holding down the "Midday" show following the recent death of Rick Beckett, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey Michael Savage (commentator) and Coast to Coast AM. Local programming runs weekdays from 5:00am to 12:00pm, and national programming runs weekdays from 12:00pm to 5:00am.

WOOD 1300's award winning local newsroom provides local, regional and national news every day of the week, plus top of the hour newscasts from Fox News Radio from 8pm-4am weekdays It also utilizes reports and breaking news coverage through an ancillary affiliation with CBS Radio News. The WOOD newsroom is led by News Director Rod Kackley, and three full time anchors/reporters including morning anchor John Bry, afternoon anchor/reporter John C. Smith, and anchor/reporter Julie Tedesco.

Weekend programs and hosts are: Mike McConnell, Real Estate Today, Coast to Coast AM, Kim Komando, Bill Cunningham, Adam Bold, and local how-to programming covering cars, home improvement, gardening, mutual funds, health, law, pets, and Allen Hunt NEWSRADIO WOOD 1300 AM is the Grand Rapids home of University of Michigan football and basketball, and it serves as flagship station for Grand Rapids Griffins ice hockey.

Since 1951, the station's mascot has been Willie Wood, a cartoon woodpecker.


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