|City||Pompano Beach, Florida|
|Broadcast area||South Florida (Broward/Miami/Palm Beach area)|
|Format||Talk radio (brokered)|
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group |
(Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC)
First air date
|April 4, 1959|
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|W Winner's News Network|
|Power||50,000 watts day|
2,500 watts night
|Translator(s)||See § Translators|
WWNN (1470 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a brokered business talk radio format, whereby clients pay for airtime for long-form programming. Licensed to Pompano Beach, Florida, United States, the station serves the Fort Lauderdale area. Although the station's day power is fifty kilowatts, it is very directional away from Miami stations on 1450 and 1490. The station is owned by the Beasley Broadcast Group. Its studios are in Boca Raton and the transmitter is in Tamarac.
WPOM was established at 1470 kHz with a construction permit to Gold Coast Broadcasters in 1958. The daytime-only station signed on April 4, 1959. Almardon, Inc., acquired WPOM in 1961.
In May 1963, WPOM became WRBD ("Radio Broward") with studios on Rock Island Road in Tamarac. Four months later, WRBD became the first radio station in Broward County oriented to the local Black community, featuring south Florida radio legends like Joe Fisher, "The Crown Prince" and "The Mad Hatter". WRBD's Radio Broward designation turned into "Rockin' Big Daddy" as the format changed. A similarly formatted FM sister station, the primarily automated WRBD-FM 102.7, launched in December 1969; it became WCKO in 1971 and remained Black-oriented throughout the 1970s. The pair were charter affiliates of the Mutual Black Network in 1972.
Rose Broadcasting acquired WRBD and WCKO for $2 million in 1978. The new owners flipped the disco-formatted FM to rock as "K-102" the next year, to reduce overlap between the two stations' target markets.
Rose owned the two stations until their acquisition by Sconnix Broadcasting in 1985, a $7 million deal. Sconnix replaced WCKO's rock format with adult contemporary as WMXJ that March. In 1986, an investor group led by John Ruffin, a Black supermarket executive, acquired the AM station from Sconnix for $2 million; the sellers retained WMXJ. WRBD thus became the first Black-owned radio station in South Florida. The split resolved a culture clash between the mostly Black AM staff and the white FM staff, much of which Sconnix had imported from other markets the year prior; Ruffin renovated the neglected studios. By 1991, however, facing financial difficulties and heavy competition from FM stations, WRBD had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
James Thomas ("James T") and Jerry Rushin bought the station from Ruffin in 1992.
Further information: WTPA (AM)
In 1997, citing competition from FM stations that were obtaining higher ratings, WRBD's ownership, including Rushin, sold the station to Howard Goldsmith, owner of WSBR (740 AM) and WWNN (980 AM). Rushin then went on to become the general manager of WEDR (99.1 FM). James T had been a DJ on WRBD early in his career. The health talk and motivational programming of WWNN, established as the "Winner's News Network" in 1987, moved from the 980 signal to 1470 AM; 980 became a primarily Haitian ethnic station as WHSR. Beasley Broadcast Group of Naples acquired Goldsmith's three broadcasting outlets in 2000 for $18 million.
WWNN retained the "WNN" name and branded as "Your Health and Wealth Network" until early 2019, when it changed its imaging to "WWNN, South Florida's Talk".
Co-owned WSBR (740 AM) and WHSR concurrently ceased operations at midnight on December 1, 2019, in order to allow for the sale of the associated transmitter site for both stations to Parkland, Florida for $7,100,000; the city had announced plans in September 2019 to develop a 36-acre park on the land. WWNN absorbed WSBR's imaging, becoming "South Florida's MoneyTalk Network", and much of its programming; it also began broadcasting over its two translators in Boca Raton and Lauderdale Lakes.
In January 2017, WWNN began simulcasting on W237BD, a translator at 95.3 FM covering Boca Raton, Coral Springs and Parkland. When WSBR closed, WWNN began broadcasting over its former translators: W280DU (103.9 FM), which covers a similar area, and W245BC (96.9 FM), which is licensed to Lauderdale Lakes and adds coverage in east-central and northwestern Broward County.
|City of license||Facility
|W237BD||95.3||Boca Raton, Florida||138667||250||151 m (495 ft)||D||FCC LMS|
|W245BC||96.9||Lauderdale Lakes, Florida||138625||250||118 m (387 ft)||D||FCC LMS|
24.38 acres located at 8400 Nob Hill Board on the northeast corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Nob Hill Road. Purchase price $7,100,000 using available reserves for capital. This purchase would allow for the development of a future park consisting of 36 total acres.