|City of license||South Miami, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida|
|Branding||Sports Talk 790, The Ticket|
|Power||5,000 watts fulltime (licensed)
25,000 watts fulltime special temporary authority
|Owner||Lincoln Financial Media|
|Sister stations||WAXY-FM, WLYF, WMXJ|
WAXY (790 AM, "The Ticket") is a radio station licensed in South Miami, Florida broadcasting on 790 kHz with a sports talk format. The station is owned by Lincoln Financial Media, which was previously known as Jefferson-Pilot Communications. Its studios are located near Sun Life Stadium in northern Dade County.
The callsign was formerly used on FM at 105.9 until Jefferson-Pilot acquired the callsign due to their competing station WMXJ Majic 102.7 having the same format, Oldies. 105.9 FM is now WBGG-FM and owned by Clear Channel with a Classic Rock format.
On 24 August 2012, Lincoln Financial Media announced that it had acquired 104.3 WMSF. Beginning on 29 August 2012, 104.3 FM will begin simulcasting the 790 broadcast. Once the acquisition closes, "The Ticket" broadcast will move to 104.3 FM and 790 AM will break off for new programming.
This station was once WFUN-AM, a legendary Top 40 station that competed with WQAM. Originally, the station was located at 800 on the AM dial, and was a daytime-only operation. While on 800, it was licensed to Miami Beach and was the first station in the area to hold the WMBM call letters, now on 1490 kHz. In the early 1960s, the station migrated down to 790, and went full-time as WFUN. The 790 dial position was a moderately directional signal, as there was already a 790 in Havana, Cuba, and another in central Florida (Leesburg-Eustis). Despite coverage limitations, especially to the southwest (in the Florida Keys, toward Havana), WFUN competed vigorously with WQAM throughout the 1960s, and even won some of the ratings sweeps. During the early 1970s, pop music showed up first on FM at WMYQ, and then on Y-100, and the field of top 40 stations (including WQAM and even WINZ for a brief time) became crowded; ultimately many listeners moved to FM for music, and consequently, in 1976, WFUN abandoned their top 40 format for an Adult Standards/MOR format. WFUN was used by one of its disc jockeys to create the revolutionary and hybrid Boss Radio broadcasting sound of Swinging Radio England from the coast of southern England during 1966. For a short time in 1965 Morton 'Doc' Downey was a DJ on this Miami legend station.
WFUN was the home of several D.J.s who became famous on both sides of the Atlantic in 1966. They included Ron O'Quinn and Larry Dean. The format of WFUN in Miami was used in part by Ron O'Quinn as the foundation for the hybrid mix of sounds that were heard over the 50,000 watts offshore pirate radio station Swinging Radio England between May and November 1966. Morning man Bruce Bartley later became a legend in Atlanta at WSB as the authoritative voice of the news and later Program Director of WCNN 680.
In 1978, the station became WNWS-AM with a news/talk format. Popular talk show host Tom Leykis was heard in the early 1980s. It changed back to music and became WMRZ-AM ("790 Memories") on November 28, 1990, running "AM Only", a Satellite-based Adult Standards format from the Unistar radio network (now America's Best Music from Dial Global).
WMRZ switched to a schedule of brokered programming in late 1993, and became WAXY-AM on October 12, 1994 after the original WAXY on FM abandoned those call letters airing an eclectic mix of shows from investments, sports, radio theater, religion as well as a mixed bag of music shows including hip hop, Cajun/zydeco, oldies and gospel.
Since 2004, WAXY has been an all-sports station. At one point, the station was branded as "ESPN Radio 790", but then stopped carrying ESPN Radio programs in favor of Fox Sports Radio, then carried the Sporting News Radio shows of Todd Wright and David Stein, and is now affiliated with ESPN Radio again, since WQAM took the Sporting News Radio affiliation.
The weekday lineup is mainly local, with hosts Jonathan Zaslow and Marc Hochman (mornings), The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Miami Heat television host and court side reporter Jason Jackson, Miami Herald sportswriter Dan LeBatard (afternoons) with Stu Gotz. Miami Marlins baseball, Miami Heat Basketball and whoever they want to put on.Phil Hendrie (late night). Zaslow, Brandon Guzio, Craig Mish, and Josh Friedman, are permanent fixtures on the weekends.
The station is now the flagship station for the Miami Marlins after they were not renewed by WQAM-AM at the request of the Miami DolphinsWMCU 1080 currently is serving in this role for FIU Golden Panthers football and basketball conflicts with the Marlins.
WAXY also airs most of the national play-by-play schedule of ESPN Radio.
Interference from Cuba and Temporary Power Increase
WAXY has been operating under special temporary authority from the FCC since December 1981, The temporary authority allows an increased power level of 25,000 watts both day and night. This "temporary" increase was granted by the FCC to offset interference to WAXY from a Cuban radio station.
- WAXY FCC.gov. Accessed June 23, 2010
- Lance Venta (25 August 2012). "Lincoln Financial Media Acquires 104.3 WMSF; Will Flip To Sports". Radioinsight.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "WQAM to dump the Marlins". The Marlins Ballpark News. Miami Marlins. 2007-04-26.
- "New Radio Home for FIU Golden Panthers Football". Miami Herald. 2009-04-22.
- Sports Talk 790 The Ticket Website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WAXY
- Radio-Locator Information on WAXY
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for WAXY