WION FAQ's (EAQ's)
WION RADIO, IONIA AM STEREO 1430/FM 92-7
Q)What is an FAQ?

A) An FAQ is a "frequently asked question, whereas, an EAQ is an "excessively asked question." Now, on with the "real" questions!

Q) I often hear announcers say WION is "AM Stereo." What is that? Can I get it?

A) AM stereo is true stereo, just like FM! It can be received on many car radios in vehicles from the 1990's through early 2000's, and on some HD radios today, too! We broadcast in AM stereo "because we can" and, because it contributes to a higher quality sound on ANY AM radio you use to enjoy our station. Some newer HD receivers, however do not render the full, wide sound we are actually broadcasting. If what you hear on an HD radio doesn't sound "high fidelity" on AM 1430, you may want to enjoy our station on a standard name-brand quality (mono) radio or via our internet feed which is FULL AM STEREO! The recognized expert online with information on AM stereo today including custom-made radio tuners and other info is a site called "Meduci" where we highly recommend you visit, read, and get more information on the return and rebirth of AM stereo across our nation and the world. It seems that interest in AM Stereo (our CQUAM method) is growing in popularity again, and we're glad to be a leader in quality of sound, and in being a public voice promoting it as well.

UPDATE 11/21/13: Meduci is now taking orders for their new AM-Stereo receiver which can be used to enjoy AM STEREO in your home, right here in our listening area! These are high-quality receivers that can plug into any "auxiliary" input of larger receivers, amplifiers, and with the proper cable, even into many "docks" (if they have a standard 1/8" extra STEREO auxiliary input!)


Q) Why is the AM signal hard to receive at night?

A) Our daytime power is quite high, reaching Lansing, Grand Rapids, and much of west central Michigan. By nature, AM radio waves bounce off a layer in the atmosphere called the "ioniosphere." In the daytime this layer is near the earth. At night, the layer is much higher. Waves bounce only a short distance in the daytime, (our normal coverage area.) At night, they bounce much farther, and our signal could mix with other stations on the same frequency, causing interference. FCC rules state that most AM stations must lower their power, or control where the signal goes, to minimize interference. Within Ionia County, if you have difficulty with our AM signal, you may switch to FM 92-7 for the same programming.


Q) Why does the audio cut out for 3 seconds, about the same time, every night?

A) Everyday at sundown, and again at sunup, our transmitter changes power settings and towers. (see above) We could have connected our internet stream directly to our audio source and avoided the audio drop outs. In fact, this would have been easier for us, and most stations do exactly that! However, we at WION are very proud of our AM Stereo sound, and we want the world to know just how incredible AM Stereo sounds! For this reason, we went the extra mile and give you, the listening public, the actual "over the air" Stereo AM sound we pick up on a typical Stereo AM reciever.


Q) How do I manually add your station to my internet radio?

A) Type the following into your URL field in your favorites: http://s2.viastreaming.net:6320


Q) The stream on my Android phone sounds "mono" not "stereo." Is WION causing this?

A) Absolutely not. Some Android devices interpret stereo streams as mono for small speakers and even headphones. If you want full stereo on your android device, download the "TuneIn" radio app, and go to WION's stream, but select the 128k stream to restore full stereo to your android listening to WION.


Q) Will I go over my cell phone bandwith limit using your app?

A) Well, that depends, but I doubt it. Let us give you some examples:

- If you have an average drive time of 20 minutes to work, and 20 minutes to get back home, and work Monday thru Friday, you could listen to our WION app, and use aproximately 46.9 Meg (that's .0469 Gig) every month!

- If you have Verizon's currently lowest data package of 300 Meg per month, you can listen to WION's App about 12.5 hours per day, 5 days per week, before you hit your limit!

- If a person works 40 hours per week, and sleeps 8 hours per night, they can listen to WION's App every second of every day they are not working or sleeping and only use about 1.5 Gig of their bandwith limit.

- If you have Verizons prepay $80, with a data cap of 2 Gig per month, you can listen aproximately 117 hours of WION per month!


Q) Who is listening to WION?

A) Over 120 Local businesses, their clients, their employees, and customers! See our "listening business list" and now a growing number of online listeners with an average listening time of over 2.5 hours each! We're not just an AM station! We're FM 24/7 for our county, and more and more listeners local, and across Michigan and now worldwide are tuning in on the web. See our google map of online listeners.


Q) Why can't I view WION's site properly? The links I click on the main page are all wrong, or they all open up the audio player instead of what they are labeled!

A) If using Windows XP, you'll need to download a different browswer for proper site display! Our site is designed to work fine in Internet Explorer 9, and any recent version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, even Opera. Opera seems to take the least "resources" from your machine and load all pages fastest in our latest comparisons but you'll need to import your bookmarks manually. If using "Chrome" from Google as your browser, let it import your settings and bookmarks from internet explorer.

Q) Why do I lose the internet stream partway through my workday and have to log back in?

A) Our internet stream server automatically shuts-off streams active for 4 straight hours to help save our budget. If you're still listening, simply log back in! If not, it saves WION from paying for hours your device was listening, but you were not. One way to avoid this is to shut down the stream when you go to lunch, giving you uninterrupted listening in both halves of your work day. Please understand that this is necessary to keep costs down and quality high, as we pay the performers of our music selection based on actual listenership.

Q) How can I advertise my business or organization on WION RADIO?

A) We're always glad to have new advertisers! With the new "Streaming" of WION, we've got listeners all-over the state of Michigan (and around the nation, of course) who would enjoy visiting your specialty business in Ionia! See our advertising page on this website for contact information, and periodic advertising specials we have at WION in pdf form!


Q) Does WION publish its contest rules online?

A)
Yes! WION's contest rules are available 24/7 for both our "recurring" contests" and "special promotions and contests" by clicking HERE. It's a page we have maintained on our website for easy access. WION also airs our contest rules twice per day minimum 7 days a week, more during special promotions.