|Broadcast area||Springfield metropolitan area|
|Branding||News Talk 92.7 94.7 & 970 WMAY|
|Slogan||Depend On Us!|
|Affiliations||Westwood One Network|
ABC Radio News
|Owner||Mid-West Family Broadcasting |
(Long Nine, Inc.)
|WNNS, WQLZ, WUSW|
First air date
|October 15, 1950|
|Power||1,000 watts day|
500 watts night
|ERP||250 watts (94.7 MHz translator)|
|Translator(s)||94.7 W234CC (Sherman)|
WMAY (970 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Springfield, Illinois. The station is owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the license is held by Long Nine, Inc. The station airs a News/Talk radio format. On weekdays, WMAY features local hosts in the daytime and nationally syndicated shows at night. Most hours begin with ABC Radio News. WMAY's principal competitor in the talk radio format is 1240 WTAX.
- First Light with Evan Haning
- The Dave Ramsey Show
- The Sean Hannity Show
- Red Eye Radio with Eric Harley and Gary McNamara
- Jim Bohannon
Weekends feature programs on money, health, law, real estate, computers, guns and an hour devoted to the music of the Grateful Dead. Some weekend shows are paid brokered programming. Syndicated weekend hosts include Kim Komando, Bob Brinker, Bruce DuMont, Bill Cunningham, Cigar Dave and Fox Sports Radio.
WMAY first signed on the air on October 15, 1950. It was owned by Lincoln Broadcasting. In 1963, the station was acquired by Springfield Broadcasting, a division of Stuart Stations. It aired a full service middle of the road music format, using NBC Radio News for its world and national news coverage.
Mid-West Family Broadcasting bought the station in 1976, switching it to country music a short time later. In the early 1990s, WMAY went with an oldies format, and it flipped to its current talk radio format in 1995. Mid-West Family Broadcasting also owns local stations 98.7 WNNS-FM, 97.7 WQLZ and 92.7 WUSW. Three of the most well-known broadcasters to pass through the studio were Bob Hale (hired directly from Clear Lake, IA after the Buddy Holly plane crash in 1959. He mc'd the show at the Surf Ballroom that night, gave casualties the next day, and was hired by WMAY; he purportedly made the coin flip between Ritchie Valens and Tommy Allsup for the final seat on the plane.); Cal Schrum ("The State Policeman's Friend," on the overnight shift; starred in several B westerns and was beloved by law enforcement personnel working the "graveyard shift"); and Red Barnes (Gregory Harutunian), his 1980s successor who would "set the chickens free," in the early morning hours. The station was also known in the 1980s for its “Little Black Box” promotion that awarded keys to a new vehicle to the finder of a hidden box containing keys to a new vehicle. The station would air clues for listeners to scavenger hunt the surrounding metro area for the “black box”. The promotion ended around the time the station switched from its long-running Country format.
On August 28, 2020, it was announced by Midwest Family that WUSW would drop their country format and begin simulcasting WMAY on September 1. The addition of 92.7 expands WMAY’s FM coverage to areas to the south and east of Springfield. 
- WMAY's website
- WMAY in the FCC's AM station database
- WMAY on Radio-Locator
- WMAY in Nielsen Audio's AM station database