1975 was a significant year. Lowry Mays and Red McCombs
formed Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and pruchased 1200 WOAI from AVCO Broadcasting Corporation for $1,500,000. The format of 79% popular music with agriculture, news and talk was updated to the present day format of News/Talk/Sports. The talk shows became an integral part of the programming, sports were introduced and the news reporting was increased. The daily farm reports remained as did the agriculture news.
In 1985 WOAI began broadcasting from a new state of the art Continental 316C-2, fifty thousand watt transmitter feeding a 540 foot Franklin antenna. Planning took over 5 years and the project represented an investment of over half a million dollars. The power of information had made great progress!
News Radio 1200 WOAI has been a part of the radio broadcasting world for more than 80 years. The station, each year, garners awards representing the high quality of programming, the creativity of journalism and the integrity of management. WOAI has received the national Edward R. Murrow Award, and was honored with the Golden Mike Award in 1991.
Over the years WOAI has been honored by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the Texas AP Broadcasters, the Association of Hispanic Journalists and the UPI Broadcasters of Texas. They have also received several Katie awards from the Dallas Press Club, several regional awards from UPI, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Anson Jones Award. In 2002, WOAI was a national finalist for a coveted Crystal Radio Award for Community Service, and was recognized by the Alamo Area Council of Governments for fundraising efforts during the flood of 2002.
In 2002, WOAI went "Back To The Future", as Clear Channel Communications purchased KMOL-TV, and changed the TV station's call letters back
to WOAI-TV. The power of information, news, weather, and sports is unequaled in South Texas, as WOAI Radio and TV, and WOAI.com, serve San Antonio as the most trusted sources for News. 1200WOAI is proud to serve the nation, 24 hours a day, as one of a few select class 1-A FCC designated "clear channel" stations in the United States.