1070AM is Indianapolis’ most storied radio frequency. And it’s always been a sports leader!
From it’s inception in 1938 through 2007, WIBC called this frequency home and sports has consistently been a big part of it even as the signal’s programming format continually evolved. (1070 played various types of music to fit each passing era – Big Band in the 1940s, Rock ‘n Roll in the mid ’50s, Middle of the Road hits in the late ’70s – and eventually became an all talk format by the ’90s.) Through the years 1070-WIBC play-by-play sports included:
- The founding of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network for the Indy 500
- The founding of the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network
- Indiana Pacers in both the ABA & NBA
- IHSAA boys basketball state finals
- IU football & basketball
- Purdue football & basketball
- NASCAR’s Brickyard 400
- Indianapolis Racers hockey
- Boxing championships
In 2008 WFNI, “THE FAN”, launched an all-sports format on 1070AM; and WIBC moved to the FM dial focusing on conservative talk. In 2013 the station began simulcasting select programs on 107.5 FM, before finally in 2015 switching to a complete 24 hours a day, 7 days a week simulcast of 1070AM-WFNI on 93.5 FM.
Today, THE FAN still airs most of these premier events as well as new civic sports treasures like the IHSAA football championships and Butler Bulldogs basketball.