WSUA
WSUA RadioCaracol1260-104.7 logo.jpg
Broadcast areaMiami
Frequency1260 kHz
BrandingRadio Caracol 1260 AM - 94.3 FM
Programming
FormatSpanish news/Talk
AffiliationsCaracol Radio
W-Radio
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
1958
Former call signs
WMMA (1958)
WAME (1958-1969)
WWOK (1969-1980)
WHTT (1980-1989)
Technical information
Facility ID55403
ClassB
Power50,000 watts day
20,000 watts night
Translator(s)94.3 MHz W232DX (Miami))
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.caracol1260.com

WSUA (1260 AM, "Caracol 1260 AM") is a Spanish news-talk radio station in Miami, Florida. It is currently owned by Grupo Latino de Radio, a subsidiary of the Spanish media conglomerate PRISA. The station is styled along the lines of two big Latin American radio stations, Caracol Radio from Colombia (from which this station got its name) and W Radio from Mexico (which most of its programs are based on, like Hoy por hoy).

History

From 1958 to 1969 the station at 1260 AM had the call letters WAME. Known as "Whammy in Miami", the station had a top 40 format (prior to the startup of WFUN), and was initially a daytimer. The station was popular with teenagers and young adults in the city in the early days of the Rock 'n Roll era, but faded in popularity once WFUN went on the air. The station changed formats, first to "Good Music" (Easy Listening), then to R&B, with noted Miami disc jockey Nickie "Nick With a Positive Kick" Lee. WAME was later sold to Mission Broadcasting after that company divested itself of WRIZ (1550 kHz) in Coral Gables (now WRHC).

In 1969, it traded call letters with then WWOK in Charlotte, North Carolina and adopted a country music format. Mission Broadcasting, the station's owners, added an FM signal, WJOK, which was partially simulcast for a time, and later became WIGL with a totally separate format.

In the early 1980s, the station was sold from Mission Broadcasting to Metroplex, owners of top 40 Y-100. Call letters were changed to WHTT and the station broadcast a black oldies format, with emphasis on Motown and soul, and simulcasted Y-100 overnights. The station shortly thereafter took on a Hispanic format with the call letters WHTT (Radio Hit). After the station was sold again, the call letters became WSUA, Radio Suave, and took on a ballad-oriented format, similar to that of the current Romantica on FM. WSUA has discontinued broadcasting in HD Radio.

As of April 2021, the station was being sold to America CV, but it was dismissed on April 12, 2022.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ "Controversial Miami AM Sale Dismissed By FCC". Inside Radio. April 15, 2022. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Padgett, Tim (April 27, 2021). "Why The Sale Of A Miami Radio Station Has Set Off A National Alarm For Democrats". WLRN. Retrieved July 11, 2022.

Coordinates: 25°46′22″N 80°25′16″W / 25.77278°N 80.42111°W / 25.77278; -80.42111