iHeart Launches “The Wonk”


Yes, you read that new format name correctly. The new station to be heard on WWDC-FM 101.1 HD-2 and a translator in the D.C. area is called “Washington’s WONK-FM, Smart People. News.” The station launched after iHeartMedia’s recent on-air and online celebration of “National WONK Day,” a day created for listeners interested in inside-the-Beltway news.

The station will broadcast anchors Stacy Lyn and Alexandra Lane weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature the latest breaking news and headlines from Washington, D.C. In addition, WONK-FM will air instant reactions from opinion leaders and on-air talk personalities originating from iHeartMedia’s 130-plus News and Talk stations throughout the United States.

As part of the new station launch, Michael Czarnecki will transition from iHeartMedia’s WRKO-AM 680 in Boston to lead Washington’s WONK-FM team as Program Director.


  1. “The Breeze” would have been better than this. Between WTOP, WAMU, WMAL, WFED, and WDCH (Bloomberg 99.1), this station will be like 99.1: next to no ratings in DC The translator signal is no that great either.


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