"We are extremely pleased that Willie will remain part of the 700WLW team for many years to come," said Chuck Fredrick, Clear Channel Cincinnati President and Market Manager in a press release. "The Big One is one of America's great radio stations because of its personalities and Willie and 700 WLW are synonymous."
In released remarks commenting on his decision, Cunningham said, "Cincinnati is my home. The first air I breathed. The first milk I drank was from Cincinnati. Others may have come as carpetbaggers to loot the Queen City and then move on. Willie will remain true."
Cunningham is host of 700 WLW's Noon - 3 p.m. show which has been rated #1 in the Midday time period for over 10 years, according to Arbitron. Cunningham's show is also featured on Clear Channels Radio's smartphone application, iHeartRadio. His show is streamed on "Channel Willie."
Cunningham has twice been honored as a Marconi Award recipient for "Radio Personality of the Year" and has made various appearances on Fox News Channel, CNN and other television shows.
700WLW – "The Big One" – is a news/talk formatted radio station in Cincinnati with a long history that goes back to the golden age of radio broadcasting. Originally owned by the Crosley Radio company, 700 WLW was the first United States commercial 50 thousand watt radio station and the only standard broadcast station to ever broadcast at a power of 500 thousand watts.