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The Essentials

Call Letters: WLAB
Frequency: 88.3fm
City of License: Fort Wayne
Metro(s): Fort Wayne
Power: 7500 watts @ 354 feet (Class B1)
Format: Contemporary Christian
Address: 8 Martin Luther Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825-4938
Phone: 260.483.8236
Ownership: Star Educational Media Network
Web Presence: http://www.star883.com
Notes: Simulcast: WCKZ and WJYW-FM. Translators: W204BF, W209BA, W215BB and W233AN W249BG and W260BR

Station Personnel

Current

GM/MD: Melissa Montana (GM: June 2000 - Current; MD: 1993 - Current)
Chief Engineer: Greg Case (June 2000 - Current)
VP/Operations, PD: Don Buettner (June 2000 - Current)
Marketing and Development Director: Richard Cummins
Promotions Director: Kinsey Williams
Mornings: Scott Valentine
Mornings: Sam Rowland
Mornings: Tim Dawson
Mornings: Tyler Boss (Producer)
Midday: Melissa Montana (9am - 1pm)
Afternoons: Don Buettner (3pm - 7pm)
Nights: Penny (7pm - 10pm)

Former

WLHI-FM

Airstaff: Scott Howard (1976 - 1978)

WLAB-FM

GM/PD/Chief Engineer: James Zix (November 1987 - June 2000)
Director of Marketing: John O'Rourke (2007 - Current) (Now GM and mornings at WAWK(AM) and W238BH)
Promotions Director: Shelby Lynn
Mornings: Mike Arnold (Now Associate Director/Director of Content at Wisconsin Public Radio)
Mornings: Tim Dawson (March 2001 - February 2008; From afternoons)
Mornings: Mark Mellinger (? - April 2004)
Mornings: John O'Rourke (5:30am - 9am) (August 2004 - ?) (Now GM and mornings at WAWK(AM) and W238BH)
Mornings: Ace McKay (5:30am - 9am) (March 2008 - June 2011) (Now PD/afternoon co-host at WJQK in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mornings: Hollie DuPaix
Mid-Afternoons: Amy Sprunger (? - May 2002)
Afternoons: Craig Alan (March 2001 - October 2003)
Evenings: Pamela Goeglein (? - September 2004)
Airstaff: Joe Asher

Station History

88.3fm signed on August 23, 1976.

WLHI-FM

WLHI ran ten watts.

WLAB-FM

The station was founded by Adolph F. "Deac" Dietrich who passed away on January 22, 2000. On October 30, 2009, WLAB was sold for $1 million by Indiana District - Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Inc. to Star Educational Media Network.

For Further Reading...

"Lutheran Missionary, Station Co-Founder Dies". Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette 23 January 2000. Page 12A.


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