Published: Aug 02, 2010 6:10 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2010 3:08 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla - Southwest Florida’s locally owned broadcast group Fort Myers Broadcasting Company announced Monday they will be expanding the WINK NEWS brand name to radio with the launch of Southwest Florida’s first and only All News All Day radio station 1200AM/1460AM WINK NEWS Radio.

WINK NEWS RADIO 1200/1460 will have the full news resources of the trusted WINK-TV news department, The News-Press, and The Naples Daily News.  This makes the station Southwest Florida’s largest news operation powered by the knowledge and experience of over 200 local news professionals providing the most up to the minute local news, national news, breaking news, weather, traffic, sports, financial news, political news, and interviews with local news makers.  This in addition to the stations national partners:, Bloomberg Radio, and CNN Radio News will give the station the credibility as Southwest Florida’s ONLY Radio News station. 
"The WINK name has been synonymous with news in Southwest Florida for over half a century and now is the perfect time to expand that brand to radio," said Fort Myers Broadcasting Company Vice President/General Manager Wayne Simons. "When news happens, Southwest Florida shouldn’t have to wait for details; they should get the information immediately and that’s what WINK NEWS RADIO is designed to do."
"We’re in a day and age where we have little patience and want information on our time; NOW," says WINK NEWS RADIO Program Director Chad Rufer. "Now, radio listeners can get the information they need while they’re on the move.  Breaking news as it happens, CNN Radio News and local news at the top and bottom of every hour, business update at :20 and :50 every hour, WINK NEWS Sports at :15 and :45 and even traffic and weather together every 10 minutes on the :8’s during the day." 

The station can be heard in Lee County on 1200AM and in Collier County on 1460AM.