Broadcast area Canton, Ohio
Branding Joy 1520
Frequency 1520 (kHz)
First air date April 14, 1966
fell silent in 2011
Format Black gospel
Power 1,000 watts
Class D
Facility ID 8549
Transmitter coordinates 40°50′41.2″N 81°21′01.4″W / 40.844778°N 81.350389°W / 40.844778; -81.350389 (WINW (defunct))Coordinates: 40°50′41.2″N 81°21′01.4″W / 40.844778°N 81.350389°W / 40.844778; -81.350389 (WINW (defunct)) (NAD83)
Callsign meaning "WIN-Wonderful"
(former slogan)
Former callsigns 1989-1997: WPGY
1989: WRQK (183 days)
1966-1989: WINW
Owner Pinebrook Corp.

WINW was an AM radio station that was licensed to Canton, Ohio. For its entire history the station broadcast at 1520 kHz during daytime hours only. The station was last known as "Joy 1520," and featured an Urban Gospel format.

WINW established a solid reputation as a Top 40 station in the 1960s and 1970s, using the slogan "WIN-Wonderful." Even as a daytime station with a highly directional 1000-watt signal, it was successful in Canton for over a decade, sometimes approaching double digits in the ratings, despite its obvious signal limitations. WINW had shared its frequency with WJMP located in nearby Kent, which made the Canton station difficult to hear in Northern Stark County.

New AM Top 40 competition in the form of WQIO (Q-10) (now WILB) in late 1976, as well as the increasing popularity of FM radio stations, eventually brought an end to the glory years of "WIN-Wonderful." WINW purchased FM station WHLQ (106.9) from Susquehanna Radio Corporation in 1978, changing its call sign to WOOS-FM, and installed an automated Top 40 format there, while WINW changed to a Big Band/Adult Standards format in 1981 and then went through a string of format and call letter changes for the next 15 years.

WINW evolved into an adult contemporary station by the mid-1980s, became an automated oldies station in 1987, changed to WRQK (AM) on February 14, 1989 when it was coupled with WRQK-FM, changed back to WINW on August 16, 1989, then changed once again to WPGY on April 5, 1996 (by that time owned by Sabre Communications, who was "parking" the WPGY call letters for use on its new FM in Elmira, New York), and finally changed back to WINW on March 27, 1997.

The 1997 version of WINW was originally a Contemporary Christian station, but leased an increasing amount of its air time to preachers and Urban Gospel music, which eventually became its final format.

After many years at its transmitter site on Martindale Road, N.E., WINW moved into new studios at 237 West Tuscarawas Street in downtown Canton not long after the format change to Gospel. The "WIN-Wonderful" sign from the station's Top 40 heyday remained standing outside the Martindale studio building until the mid-1990s.

On September 23, 2010, WINW's transmitter site was heavily vandalized - the victim of copper theft during the station's off-hours in the nighttime. Due to that and severed tower support cables, WINW was forced off the air for an extended period.[1] It returned to the air with a temporary wire antenna, but would eventually fall silent again at an unspecified date.

The FCC deleted WINW's license from their records on March 3, 2011.


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • WINW — Window Width (Computing » General) ** World Internetworks (Business » Firms) * Networking Utility (Computing » Networking) * World Internetworks, Inc. (Business » NASDAQ Symbols) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • WINW — abbr. WORLD INTERNETWORKS INC NASDAQ …   Dictionary of abbreviations

  • Oswiu of Northumbria — Oswiu King of Bernicia Reign 642–670 Born c. 612 Died 15 February 670 Buried Whitby Abbey Predece …   Wikipedia

  • WRQK-FM — Infobox Radio Station name = WRQK FM area = Canton, Ohio branding = Rock 1069 slogan = It Just Rocks! airdate = 1949 frequency = 106.9 (MHz) HD Radio format = Active Rock erp = 27,500 watts class = B owner = Cumulus Media (operated by Clear… …   Wikipedia

  • WILB — Infobox Radio Station name = WILB area = Canton, Ohio branding = slogan = airdate = 1946 as WCMW frequency = 1060 kHz format = Religious (Catholic) power = 5,000 watts class = D owner = Living Bread Radio website =… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste der Biografien/Win — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Козьмино (бухта) — Координаты: 42°42′58″ с. ш. 133°01′02″ в. д. / 42.716111° с. ш. 133.017222° в. д …   Википедия

  • Бухта Козьмино — Координаты: 42°42′58″ с. ш. 133°01′02″ в. д. / 42.716111° с. ш. 133.017222° в. д …   Википедия

  • Бухта Козьмина — Координаты: Координаты …   Википедия

  • Canton, Ohio — Infobox Settlement official name = City of Canton settlement type = City nickname = Hall of Fame City imagesize = image caption = Skyline of downtown Canton from William McKinley Monument in Monument Park. image mapsize = 250px map caption =… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”