From WIXY To Y-100, Norman Wain’s Legacy Is Remembered


MIAMI — In June 1977, the hot and heavy chatter around town wasn’t about the Bee Gees or talk host Neil Rogers’ rise to fame. Rather, it involved the sale by Cecil Heftel of one of America’s first hugely successful Top 40 FM radio stations.

Two months later, those rumors proved true: Norman Wain and Bob Weiss had agreed to acquire WHYI-FM “Y-100” in Miami and KEZK-FM in St. Louis from the Heftel chain for $6.1 million. The deal served as the bedrock for the creation of Metroplex Communications, and followed a hugely successful tenure as a Top 40 radio station owner in Cleveland.

Now, the radio industry is remembering Wain, who died Friday at the age of 92.


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