The station has a long history of a powerful night-time signal. It is a practice that has survived numerous format and call sign changes to this day, although with a reduced presence following the most recent change to sports talk.
Its country music programming of the 1950s and 1960s brought listener responses from many points even outside the United States. WCKY enjoys clear channel status on the East Coast of the United States, as well as much of the Midwestern United States, during the nighttime hours.
WSAI went back to a sports format in July 2007, this time as a 24-hour ESPN Radio affiliate to complement WCKY.
WCKY and WSAI would switch network affiliations again on February 15, 2010, with Fox Sports Radio moving to WSAI and ESPN Radio moving to WCKY, dropping the "Homer" nickname on-air in favor of "ESPN 1530." Due to its 50,000 watt status, WCKY can be heard at night as far away as Chicago, Detroit, Wichita, and Miami. Dating back to the early 1970s, the station leased out much of the overnight hours to religious ministers because of the signal's overall reach.
During the mid-1960s, it was the flagship station for the Cincinnati Reds, identifying itself as "your 50,000 watt Big League Baseball Station".
Perhaps one of the best-remembered programs in the station's history was the night-time "WCKY Jamboree" that ran from the 1940s until early 1964.
It is a class A clear channel station, sharing the frequency with co-owned station KFBK in Sacramento, and can be heard, particularly at night, over most of the eastern U. The station is owned by i Heart Media and uses the on-air nickname "Cincinnati's ESPN 1530." WCKY carries a sports talk radio format, and is the Cincinnati affiliate for ESPN Radio, including Mike and Mike in the Morning, and Scott Van Pelt.p .main-container #login input[type=text], .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login input[type=text] .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login div .main-container .remember-forgot .main-container .main-container .main-container #login div label .main-container button .main-container #social .main-container #social span .main-container #social span.facebook .main-container #social span.google .main-container #social span.twitter .main-container #social span.yahoo .main-container .main-container .Since Randi is now a three-hour show, the shows are broken up by the hour.On July 7, 2006, WCKY and WSAI switched programming once again, with WCKY carrying the sports/talk programming as "1530 Homer", and WSAI airing the liberal/progressive talk format.A short while later the liberal talk format was eliminated on WSAI in favor of syndicated talk and consumer advice shows that appealed to a largely female audience.