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WINZ
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast South Florida metropolitan area
Branding AM 940 The Sports Animal
Frequency 940 kHz
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
Currently operating @ 25,000 watts during nighttime under a special temporary authority
Class B
Facility ID 51977
Sister stations(s) WBGG-FM, WHYI-FM, WIOD, WLVE, WMGE, WMIB
Former callsigns WRFX (2002-2004)
WIVK (9/1988-11/1988)
Affiliations FOX Sports Radio
Miami Heat
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister Stations WBGG-FM, WHYI-FM, WIOD, WLVE, WMGE, WMIB
Webcast Listen Live to AM 940 The Sports Animal
Website AM 940's Website

WINZ, AM 940 The Sports Animal is a sports talk radio station that serves Miami-Fort Lauderdale. The stations airs primarily syndicated programming. It daytime signal reaches as far north as Ft. Pierce & as far west as Ft. Myers & Naples. The station has managed to score ratings in the Ft. Myers-Naples & West Palm Beach-Boca Raton radio markets despite it's transmitter being far away, over 100 miles away in the case of Ft. Myers-Naples & having no promotion.

The station is directional to the southeast, even more so @ night, to protect clear channel Class-A stations CINW in Montreal & XEQ-AM in Mexico City.

WINZ's former talk-host lineup included Nova M hosts Randi Rhodes & Mike Malloy, Stephanie Miller of the Jones Radio Networks, Lionel & Thom Hartmann of Air America Radio & Don Imus in the morning from 6 until 9 AM.

The station signed on it's liberal talk format @ 12:06 PM on July 12, 2004. Al Franken's program was the 1st in the new format. Before this station adopted liberal talk as it's format, it was 940 FOX Sports Radio, an all-sports station that competed with WQAM & WAFN. On April 3 2009, the format shifted back to sports & is now known as "The Sports Animal".

Currently, WINZ is owned by Clear Channel Communications, the largest US radio owner. Clear Channel purchased the station from West Palm Beach-based media entrepreneur Bud Paxson. WINZ management changed in early 2007 from Peter Bolger to Ken Charles. New weekend shows included Clout with Richard Greene & 7 Days in America with new Air America Radio network co-owner Mark Green (no relation). Other local shows have been dropped recently, such as Radioactive Politics & The Nicole Sandler Show.

Miami Heat NBA basketball games went back to WINZ from WIOD starting in the 2008-2009 NBA season. 1 game will be simulcast monthly on 103.5 The Beat. WINZ previously carried Heat games from 1993-1996.

On April 2 2009, it was reported on radio-info.com that the station would switch to sports the following day, making it the 6th sports station in Miami; this follows Clear Channel's trend of changing liberal talk formats (regardless of success) to it's own FOX Sports network.

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