ESPN 850 WKNR is a branded name of WKNR (850 AM). Located in Cleveland, Ohio, US, it is a sports radio station. This commercial radio station serves Greater Cleveland. Good Karma Brands owns it and its sister station WWGK. The studios of WKNR reside in the area of Galleria at Erieview in Downtown Cleveland. The transmitter of the station is in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton. Launched on November 13, 1926, WKNR is also available online now. In the past from 1929 to 1985, its call letters were WJW. In 1985, these letters changed into WRMR, and till 2001, the network used these call signs. It airs on the Frequency of 850 kHz and has affiliations of Cleveland Browns Radio Network.
Format, Slogan, and Competitors;
‘It’s Good to be Alive’ is the slogan of the WKNR. It uses Sports Talk/News format for broadcasting the programs. Its competitors include WKRK-FM, News-Talk 1480 WHBC 9Yahoo Sports Radio, FOX News Talk, WEOL 9FOX Sports Radio, WAKR 9 Overnight America with Jon Grayson.
History of ESPN 850 WKNR:
On November 13, 1926, as WLBV, WKNR went on air very first time. That time John F. Weimer had its ownership. That is why; in 1928 call letters changed from WLBV to WJW, initials of the owner. WJW used news/talk format for its broadcasting.
In 1985, Booth American Broadcasting purchased WJW. Booth American Broadcasting changed its format from news/talk to WWWE. The call signs WJW switched to WRMR. On June 11, 1985, under the ownership of Salem Communications, WRMR callsign changed to WKNR. Salem Communications also turned the station’s format to sports radio. On February 23, 2007, an announcement made it official that WKNR would have the affiliation of ESPN Radio and be branded as ESPN 850 WKNR.
WKNR airs the following programming on Weekdays;
Tony Rizzo hosts The Big Show in the early morning.
Michael Rizzo hosts late mornings with the name of The Next Level.
Matt Fontana comes live in afternoon drive.
Fontana airs the hour-long ESPN Cleveland Tonight recap show evenings.
The radio also broadcasts syndicated weekday programs. These programs include;
In the morning time, Golic and Wingo
At middays, Cleveland Browns Daily
In the evening and overnight, ESPN Radio programs.
Besides Weekdays shows, it also airs following local seasonal programs;
In Saturday mornings, Falcons Football Weekly
Emmitt Golden hosts Buckeye Game Day
Je’ Rod Cherry and Aaron Goldhammer host ESPN Cleveland Prime Time
As the station of the Browns and the Buckeyes, WKNR also airs shows from the radio networks of respective teams, i.e.,
At nights of Monday, Buckeyes Roundtable show during the football season.
From the OSU Radio Network, the football, and the shows of men’s basketball coaches.
High school football show on Saturday morning.
WKNR broadcasts a variety of play-by-play programming that includes Ohio State football and men’s basketball.
ESPN 850 WKNR Contact Details:
Tweet at: @ESPNCleveland
Contact at: 44114 216-583-9901
Address of the station: 1301 East 9th Street. Suite 252 Cleveland, Ohio