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WOON
City of licenseWoonsocket, Rhode Island
Broadcast areaBlackstone Valley
BrandingO-N 1240
Slogan"The Blackstone Valley's Superstation"
Frequency1240 kHz
First air dateNovember 11, 1946
Format Full Service
Power1,000 watts
ClassC
Facility ID73676
Transmitter Coordinates42°0′58″N 71°29′30″W / 42.01611°N 71.49167°W / 42.01611; -71.49167
Callsign meaningWOONsocket
Former callsignsWWON (1946-1992)
AffiliationsMetro Networks
Owner O-N Radio, Inc.
(O-N Radio, Inc.)
Websitehttp://www.on1240.com

WOON (1240 AM, "O-N 1240") is Woonsocket, Rhode Island's oldest radio station, having taken to the air on November 11, 1946 as WWON, a callsign it kept until the current WOON became available in 1992. The change in call became effective on February 3, 1992. On June 26, 1949 WWON added FM service with WWON-FM on 105.5MHz later moving to 106.3MHz. That station is now WWKX.

WWON was owned by the local newspaper The Woonsocket Call for a time. It is currently owned by O-N Radio, Inc. WOON's programming day consists of almost exclusively locally originating programming with a few exceptions (Cowboy Corner, Old Time Radio, The Cowboy Show, and a few other shows). WOON's format is "full-service" meaning it mixes news/talk and music (in WOON's case: oldies & Adult Contemporary among others).

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Technical parameters

WOON operates on 1240kHz with an unlimited power level of 1kW unlimited hours, diplexing off of the WNRI tower. Originally it was licensed at 250W (.25kW), later upgrading to 1kW day/250W night before receiving authorization to increase nighttime power to 1kW as well.

Programming

WOON begins its broadcast day with host Dave Richards, who has been the morning host since 1978. At 08:00, WOON broadcasts its roundtable program "Coffee An'..." which it advertises as "The longest running panel discussion program in American radio." Other weekday programs include Old-Time Radio with Chuck Shaden from 11:05-Noon, The Midday Show with Don Brunelle from Noon-14:00, Woonsocket Open Line with Joe Ferriere from 16:00-18:00, and finally into station rotation between 23:00-05:00.

Internet-only stations

Besides its primary AM signal on 1240 kHz, it operates several internet stations including all-news "O-N2", all-sports "O-N3", and internet TV station "O-N TV" plus an on-demand service.

History

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1940s

WWON signs on the air with 250 watts (day & night) on November 11, 1946 as Woonsocket's lone radio station. It would add F.M. service with WWON-FM/105.5 on June 26, 1949.

1970s

  • WWON is listed as a Mutual Network affiliate along with WWON-FM in 1976.
  • Current morning personality Dave Richards takes over the slot in 1978.

1980s

WWON is part of the Boston Bruins Radio Network. Later that decade, the F.M. station is spun off from the A.M. & becoming WWKX.

1990s

On February 3, 1992 WWON changes calls to WOON after that call becomes available.

References

  • 1992 Broadcasting & Cable Marketplace, p. A-306

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Dutch

Verb form

woon

  1. first person singular present tense of wonen
  2. imperative form of wonen

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