AM Technical Profile: WINK


Frequency:
1200
Format:
News
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] [bird's eye] On Janis Road, just west of Burnt Store Road (and east of Old Burnt Store Road), northwest of Cape Coral.
Power (ERP):
Day: 50 kW
Night:1,000 watts
Antenna:
Day: 4 towers [pattern - PDF]
Night: 2 towers [pattern - PDF]
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCdata.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
History:
The station dates back to 1986 as WDCQ, but became WINK in 1999.  That lasted until 2003, when it became WPTK.  In 2010 it became WINK again.  To improve coverage around the Naples area, 1460 WNPL was added as a simulcast in 2009.  The station brands itself with both frequencies but only the WINK calls.  Before being added to ABMP, the station only had 10 kW days, with a pattern that didn't favor cross-gulf proagation.  That old three tower array is visible in the Bing Bird's Eye View, above.  In April 2012 they signed on with 50 kW, and subsequently can now be heard all along the coastal Florida panhandle, into Alabama.  The station carries America's Radio News Network through most of the day, but also simulcasts WINK-TV newscasts and Meet The Press.  The station added some syndicated programming in February, 2012.

 
A fuller history of the station can be found on Wikipedia.