WKNR, branded as 850 ESPN Cleveland, is a commercial sports radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Owned by Good Karma Brands, the station is a flagship station of ESPN Radio, broadcasting a mix of local and national sports programming.
WKNR signed on the air on September 12, 1922, as WTAM. The station was originally owned by the Cleveland News and operated from studios in the newspaper’s building. WTAM was one of the first radio stations in the United States to broadcast in stereo.
In 1979, WTAM was sold to the E. W. Scripps Company. In 1985, the station changed its call sign to WKNR and adopted a sports format. WKNR was one of the first stations in the country to switch to a full-time sports format.
In 1996, WKNR was purchased by Entercom Communications. In 2013, Entercom sold WKNR to Good Karma Brands.
WKNR is the flagship station of the Cleveland Browns Radio Network. The station also carries games of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers. WKNR also airs a variety of national sports programming, including ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, First Take, and Pardon the Interruption.
WKNR is a popular station in the Cleveland market. The station is ranked as the number one sports radio station in the market. WKNR is also a popular station among Cleveland Browns fans. The station is known for its passionate coverage of the Browns.
WKNR is a valuable asset to the Cleveland sports community. The station provides fans with comprehensive coverage of the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. WKNR is also a great source of national sports news and analysis.