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The Essentials

Call Letters: WNIL
Frequency: 1290am
City of License: Niles, Michigan
Metro(s): South Bend
Power: 500 watts - Non Directional - Daytime Only
Format: Sports
Address: 237 W. Edison Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545-3103
Phone: 574.258.5483
Ownership: Marion R. Williams
Web Presence:

Station Personnel



President: Lawrence J. Plym (Deceased 12 March 1993)
President: J. Eric Plym
GM: Richard ("Dick") Holloway (Mr. Holloway left WNIL in 1958 to become NSM at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee)
GM: Charles E. Frey
GM: Steve Kline
GM: Clint Marsh (From GM at WAWC, WRSW(AM) and WRSW-FM)
GM/PD: James Mitchell
Chief Engineer: Matthew Pierzchala
Chief Engineer: Roland Earnst
Chief Engineer: Greg Trobridge
GSM: Micki Johnson
GSM: Ann Earnhart (October 2012 - ?) (From GSM at WBYR)
SM: Pam Reed (February 1999 - ?)
News Director: Shannon Carter
OM: Jonathan Duffield
PD: Wallace Simpson (? - 1972)
PD: Ric Clingaman (? - December 29, 2006)
MD: Sue Frey
Production Director: Pete Farrow
Mornings: Bill Bennett (6:00am - 9:00am)
Mornings: Ragz and the Bartender (6:00am - 9:00am)
Late Mornings: Laura Schlessinger (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Late Mornings: Dan Patrick (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Middays: Dennis Prager (12:00pm - 3:00pm)
Early Afternoons: Jim Rome (12:00pm - 3:00pm)
Afternoons: Michael Medved (3:00pm - 6:00pm)
Afternoons: BS Sports with Stiller and Brian (3:00pm - 6:00pm)
Late Afternoons: Hugh Hewitt (6:00pm - 9:00pm)
Early Evenings: Loose Cannons (Pat O'Brien, Steve Hartman, Vic "the Brick" Jacobs) (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
Evenings: Janet Parshall (9:00pm - 2:00am)
Nights: Petros Papadakis ("Petros") and Matt Smith ("Money") (7:00pm - 10:00pm)
Late Nights: FOX Sports Tonight with Rob Dibble (10:00pm - 1:00am)
Overnights: Albert Mohler (2:00am - 3:00am)
Airstaff: Gloria Cooper ("Here's Gloria") (1999 - December 29, 2006) (Was also with WNIL from 1962-1979)

Station History

1290am signed on December 6, 1956 from studios located at 41 Sycamore Street, Niles, Michigan (Telephone: Mutual 3-5432) (Why the strange looking telephone number?). WNIL was an affiliate of the Keystone Broadcasting System. In 1958, Lawrence Plym (Niles Broadcasting Co.) proposed selling WNIL to the Niles Daily Star newspaper for $123,000. Studios later moved to the WNIL transmitter site at 210 S. Philip Rd., Niles, Michigan (49120-8924). As a standards format, WNIL used ABC ("Timeless Classics"). WNIL later flipped formats from Jones Radio Network's "Good Time Oldies" to ABC's "Lite 2000" format in April 2000. Flipped formats from Talk to Sports on June 4, 2012. In May 2014, Pathfinder Communications Corp. sold WNIL(AM) for $225,000 to Marion R. Williams.

For Further Reading...

"Call letters assigned." Broadcasting Telecasting. 27 August 1956, Page 116.
Mumford, Lou. "Niles radio losing local program voices." South Bend Tribune. 7 December 2006.

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