progressive talk radio station in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States

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CityWaukesha, Wisconsin
Broadcast areaMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Frequency1510 AM kHz
BrandingESPN Wisconsin
SloganAll you really wanna hear is sports!
OwnerGood Karma Brands
First air date
March 27, 1947 (as WAUX)
Former call signs
WAUX (1947-1965)
WAUK (1965-2008)
Call sign meaning
The WoRRD (from 540's former religious-based ownership and format under Salem Communications);
also backronymed to represent Resistance RaDio
Technical information
Facility ID70771
Power23,000 watts (Daytime)
20,000 watts (Critical hours)
Transmitter coordinates
Translator(s)101.7 W269DL (Milwaukee)

WRRD (1510 AM) is a radio station licensed to Waukesha and serving the Milwaukee area.

The station is currently owned by Michael Crute, through licensee New WRRD, LLC. WRRD has an FM translator W269DL (101.7 MHz), which transmits from the WITI TV Tower in Shorewood, and currently rebroadcasts the national sports talk programming of ESPN Radio affiliate WAUK (540).


The 1510 AM frequency originally signed on as WAUX and later was the original home of the WAUK call sign until February 12, 2008. They had been a sports talk station since October 1994 and the previous home of ESPN Radio. Prior to sports the station had a smorgasbord of formats, including variations of adult contemporary, country music, and talk. WAUK was also the original sister station of Waukesha-licensed WMIL-FM (106.1), which launched as WAUX-FM and later became WAUK-FM before a sale to another party in the late 1970s.

WRRD is limited to operating between sunrise and sunset, as WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee is classed as a clear-channel station. As a result, the station leased time from WMCS to carry the full ESPN Radio schedule between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for several years.

That arrangement ended after Good Karma Broadcasting moved the WAUK sports format to its new, full-time frequency of 540 kHz, the former home of Salem Broadcasting religious outlet WRRD. The WRRD calls then migrated to the 1510 kHz frequency.

On May 2, 2008, WRRD switched from English-language sports radio to be an affiliate of ESPN Deportes, a new Spanish-language sports talk and play-by-play network.

On January 31, 2017, The Devil's Advocates Radio (Devil's Advocates Radio Network Wisconsin) announced plans to purchase WRRD and to change the format to progressive talk, branded as "News Talk 1510" and as "WRRD Resistance Radio". The format change was implemented February 1 of that year.[1][2]

Good Karma Broadcasting sold WRRD to New WRRD, LLC effective June 1, 2017 for $760,000. According to www.stationsale.com, WRRD is currently for sale, as of July 2018.[3]

On November 13, 2019, WRRD rebranded as "Talk 101.7" with the sign-on of W269DL 101.7 FM, which also allows the station to carry a full-day schedule, even after sunset. WRRD applied for a downgrade to 250 watts non-directional on August 19, 2020, shortly after putting the dormant Waukesha studio facility and transmitter site up for sale. The station dropped most local programming in August 2020, resulting in a near-simulcast of sister station WTTN. [4]

On August 31, 2020, WRRD reverted to sports as a simulcast of former sister station WAUK, and the station's social media presence referred listeners to WTTN and its streaming presences with the shuttering of Crute's main studio facility on Brady Street in Milwaukee. On September 4, Good Karma Brands announced the acquisition of the W269DL translator, along with the re-acquisition of WRRD as former owner Michael Crute negotiated with Good Karma to trade the stations, while strengthening its Madison presence.[5] The two stations are not connected together and Good Karma is free to wind down WRRD if it sees fit; as it is an individual translator not under the rules of translators given to AM stations solely to transmit their signal as part of the FCC's AM revitalization plan, it is free to be sold off without a connection to WRRD.[6]

On September 29, 2020, Good Karma announced that WRRD would become a talk radio station focused on the city's Black community, which will launch by the end of 2020 and be branded as "101.7 The Truth", with W269DL continuing to utilize 1510 as a signal source. It would be the first full-time Black talk station in the market in seven years, after WNOV converted to a music-heavy format under new ownership, while former network-share partner WMCS (now WZTI) converted to suburban-focused oldies formats after acquiring an FM translator. The station is also meant as a local response to iHeartMedia's Black Information Network, which despite that company's six local stations, has not yet launched in Milwaukee, even on an HD Radio subchannel.[7]

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  1. ^ Madison Host to Purchase Milwaukee AM, Flip to Liberal Talk Radioinsight - January 27, 2017
  2. ^ Can Liberal Talk Survive In Trump’s America? Radio Ink, January 31, 2017.
  3. ^ https://stationsale.com/wrrd-translator-cp-w269dl-milwaukee-wisconsin/
  4. ^ New Milwaukee Signs On with Liberal Talk
  5. ^ Kirchen, Rich (4 September 2020). "Progressive-talk station exits Milwaukee, Good Karma takes over". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  6. ^ Mehlberg, Rusty (4 September 2020). "Good Karma Brands acquires Talk 101.7 FM". WTMJ (AM). Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  7. ^ Jacobson, Adam (29 September 2020). "Craig Karmazin Ramping Up A Black Info Offering For Milwaukee". RBR. Retrieved 30 September 2020.

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