|Broadcast area||Upstate South Carolina|
|Branding||The Fan Upstate|
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio|
|Owner||Audacy, Inc. |
(Audacy License, LLC)
First air date
|May 3, 1933|
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|"Word" (Y substitutes for the O, used in sister station WORD)|
|Translator(s)||97.7 W249DL (Greenville)|
|Repeater(s)||93.7 WFBC-HD3 (Greenville)|
Public license information
|Webcast||Listen live (via Audacy)|
WYRD (1330 AM), known on-air as "The Fan Upstate", is a sports-formatted radio station in the Greenville-Spartanburg area of Upstate South Carolina. The Audacy, Inc. outlet is licensed by the FCC to Greenville, South Carolina, and broadcasts with power of 5 kW unlimited non-directional daytime and 3-way directional at night. The programming is simultaneously broadcast on WORD 950 AM Spartanburg, W249DL 97.7 MHz, Greenville and W246CV 97.1 MHz, Spartanburg. Its studios and transmitter are located in Greenville.
Until their change in format from talk to sports on February 24, 2014, News Radio WORD carried Russ and Lisa, Mike Gallagher, Coast to Coast AM, Rush Limbaugh, Kim Komando, Lars Larson, Dave Ramsey, Sean Hannity and Bob McLain.
On December 9, 1932, the Federal Radio Commission approved transferring the license for WFBC (the station's call letters at that time) from Virgil V. Evans to the Greensville News-Piedmont Company. At the time, WFBC operated on 1200 kHz with 50 watts of power. On January 8, 1935, the Federal Communications Commission approved increasing the station's power to 5,000 watts.
Years later, WFBC was known for its top-40 format. The call letters continue to be used by WFBC-FM. WYRD-FM airs a talk format that was once simulcast on WORD-AM and WYRD-AM.
WYRD and its associated FM translator signals became "ESPN Upstate" in February 2014. The station began with ESPN Radio programming, except during the afternoon drive slot, which was hosted locally by Greenville-Spartanburg radio veteran Greg McKinney. Later in 2014, McKinney's show "The Huddle" moved to early afternoons, and Mark Sturgis took over the afternoon drive slot. McKinney retired from the station in January 2019, and the early afternoon show was taken over by Marc Ryan. Sturgis has had extended absences from the station for health reasons and a variety of substitute hosts have filled in.
On March 23, 2022, WYRD and its FM translators rebranded as "The Fan Upstate" and switched affiliations from ESPN Radio to CBS Sports Radio and BetQL Network.