Broadcast areaIonia, Michigan
Lowell, Michigan
Frequency1430 kHz C-QUAM AM stereo
FormatFull-service Adult hits
AffiliationsCBS News Radio
OwnerPacker Radio WION, LLC
First air date
February 1, 1953[1]
Call sign meaning
IONia, Michigan
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID39533
Power4,700 watts day
330 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
43°00′16.12″N 85°05′9.03″W / 43.0044778°N 85.0858417°W / 43.0044778; -85.0858417 (WION)Coordinates: 43°00′16.12″N 85°05′9.03″W / 43.0044778°N 85.0858417°W / 43.0044778; -85.0858417 (WION)
Translator(s)See § Translators
Public license information
WebcastListen Live

WION (1430 kHz, "I-1430") is a commercial full-service AM radio station licensed to serve Ionia, Michigan. The station is owned by Packer Radio WION, LLC and features a mix of locally programmed music, news, and sports. WION transmits in C-QUAM AM stereo.


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WION began broadcasting on February 1, 1953.[1] It originally operated during daytime hours only with 500 watts.[2]

The station was granted a construction permit by the FCC on August 14, 1961 to increase power from 500 watts to 5,000 watts and install a directional antenna. The FCC granted the station a new license with the upgraded facilities on October 1, 1964.[2]

The FCC granted the station a new license effective May 23, 1995 allowing for nighttime operation with 330 watts using a directional antenna.[3][4] On April 30, 2007, the FCC granted a construction permit to reduce daytime power from 5,000 watts to 4,700 watts and change from a directional to a non-directional antenna. No changes were to be made to nighttime facilities.[5] The FCC granted the station a new license with the updated facilities on November 11, 2009.[6]

In 2009, the station added an FM translator on 92.7 MHz purchased from Horizon Christian Fellowship, which changed frequencies from its original 103.7 MHz. The translator moved to the station's studios on Haynor Road in Ionia and covers all of Ionia County.

WION added FM Translator W262DN in Lowell, Michigan in 2019 to serve Eastern Kent County and the City of Lowell. It operates from the (Lowell) City-owned tower and shares a broadcast antenna with the Lowell Area Schools' LPFM station.

WION began online streaming of its programming on February 1, 2013 on the 60th anniversary of the station's first airdate.


WION programming is broadcast on the following translators:

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility ID Class ERP
(m (ft))
Transmitter coordinates
W224BZ 92.7 Ionia, Michigan 152369 D 250 63 m (207 ft) 43°00′16.1″N 85°05′9.0″W / 43.004472°N 85.085833°W / 43.004472; -85.085833 (W224BZ)
W262DN 100.3 Ionia, Michigan 202467 D 250 17 m (56 ft) 42°56′30.1″N 85°20′3.1″W / 42.941694°N 85.334194°W / 42.941694; -85.334194 (W262DN)


  1. ^ a b The Broadcasting Yearbook 1991, Broadcasting, 1991. p. B-165. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "History Cards for WION". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  3. ^ "Direct Measurement [WION]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. May 23, 1995. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  4. ^ "AM Station Broadcasting License [WION]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. May 23, 1995. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  5. ^ "Minor Change to a Licensed Facility [WION]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. December 20, 2006. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  6. ^ "License to Cover [WION]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. November 11, 2009. Retrieved 2022-02-15.