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The Essentials

Call Letters: WLYV
Frequency: 1450am
City of License: Fort Wayne
Metro(s): Fort Wayne
Power: 1000 watts - Day, 1000 watts - Night (ND)
Format: Oldies
Address: 2000 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819-1297
Phone: 260.747.1511
Ownership: Adams Radio Group, Inc.
Web Presence: http://1450wlyv.com

Station Personnel

Current

GM: Chris Monk (October 2014 - Current)
Chief Engineer: Ed Didier
Director of Sales: Kevin Musselman (June 2, 2014 - Current)
LSM: Mark Osborn (January 2015 - Current)
PD: JJ Fabini (July 7, 2014 - Current)
Production Director: Jason Lee (July 7, 2014 - Current)
Mornings: Ric Gibson (6am - 2pm)
Afternoons: Cheree Carter (2pm - 10pm)
Overnights: Bruce Palmer (10pm - 6am)

Former

WINT(AM)

WANE(AM)

VP/GM: Reid Chapman (Deceased 29 November 2006)
Station Manager: Robert Endres (From PD)
Chief Engineer: Charles Wallace
Chief Engineer: Walter Jones
PD: Doug Hadley
PD: James Holston
PD: Dave Bolton
PD: Harry Michaels
News Director: Phil Wilson
Promotions Director: Doug Shull
Promotions Director: John Thompson

WLYV(AM) (Take 1)

President/GM: Herbert Weber (January 1966 - March 1982) (Deceased 8 July 2001)
GM: Robert Endres
GM: Victor H. Sterling (January 1974 - ?)
GM: Herbert Weber
Chief Engineer: Ted Miofsky, Jr.
Chief Engineer: Dave Pyard
Chief Engineer: Greg Vaker
Chief Engineer: Jeff Goode
Chief Engineer: Phil Jennings (April 2014 - June 2015) (Now Mid-South Regional Engineer for the WAY-FM Network, based in Nashville, Tennessee)
SM: Frank Nachazel
PD: Lowell Fiedler
PD: Chris O'Brien
PD: James Felton (January 1967 - January 1968) (Deceased 5 June 2014)
PD: Bob Chase
PD: Gary Lockwood
PD: Bob Hamilton (Now at KNEW(AM) in San Francisco, California)
PD: Diane Shannon
PD: Mike Gilbert
MD: Roy Edwards
MD: Tom Williams (Deceased 8 Janaury 1998)
News Director: Al Janson
News Director: Bill Stanley
News Director: Bud Stone
News Director: Katrina Martin
Early Mornings: Jim Bohannon ("America in the Morning") (5:00am - 6:00am)
Mornings: Phil Garder (6:00am - 10:00am) (Now in the news department of the WBCL Radio Network.)
Mornings: Gary Lockwood (6:00am - 10:00am) (also at one point did afternoon drive)
Mornings: Jim Felton ("Uncle Felty") (6:00am - 9:00am) (Deceased 5 June 2014)
Mornings: Don Beckman (6:00am - 9:00am)
Mornings: Diane Shannon
Mornings: Bill Bennett (6:00am - 9:00am)
Mid-Mornings: Laura Ingraham (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Middays: Jay Walker (10:00am - 2:00pm) (1969 - ?) (First in Nights [7pm - 11pm], then afternoons, and finally middays) (Deceased 6 June 2012)
Middays: Bob Barnes (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Middays: Dale Allen (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Middays: Rick Hughes (12:00pm - 4:00pm) (From Nights) (July 1966 - 1972)
Early Afternoons: Dennis Miller (12:00pm - 3:00pm)
Afternoons: Chris O'Brien (2:00pm - 6:00pm)
Afternoons: Jeff DeWeese (3:00pm - 7:00pm)
Afternoons: Ron White (4:00pm - 8:00pm)
Afternoons: Open Line Live (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Afternoons: Al Kresta ("Kresta in the Afternoon") (4:00pm - 6:00pm)
Afternoons: Michael Savage (3:00pm - 6:00pm)
Nights: Bob Todd (8:00pm - 12:00am)
Nights: Roy Edwards (6:00pm - 11:00pm)
Nights: Wally Baker (8:00pm - 1:00am)
Nights: Mike Gallagher (6:00pm - 9:00pm)
Nights: John Batchelor (9:00pm - 1:00am)
Overnights: Ted Hatch (11:00pm - 1:00am)
Overnights: Mike London (1:00am - 6:00am)
Overnights: Tom Roberts (1970-1973) (From weekends)
Overnights: Don Beckman (1:00am - 6:00am)
Overnights: Chris O'Brien (12:00am - 6:00am)
Overnights: Gary McNamara and Eric Harley ("Red Eye Radio") (1:00am - 5:00am)
Airstaff: Bob Harper
Airstaff: Jim Reese
Airstaff: Ron Morgan

WAFX(AM)

GM: Bob Britt
Mornings: Jim Brennan
Overnights: Don Paris (12:00am - 6:00am)
Airstaff: Jay Gould (July 11, 1983 - ?) (Deceased January 1984)

WEZR(AM)

WLYV(AM) (Take 2)

GM: P.A. Gaither Stephens (Now Regional Manager for former WLYV owner Christian Broadcasting System)
GM: Dave Stevens
GM: Shel Leshner (June 2, 2014 - August 6, 2014)
GM/SM: Tanya Pierce
Chief Engineer: Dave Jackson
OM: Doug Jones
OM/PD: Brian J. Thomas
News Director: Joey Martin (October 2014 - ?) (From newsperson at WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio)
Promotions Director: Hannah Rupert (July 1, 2014 - ?)
Promotions Director: Taylor Matteson
Mornings: EWTN Chaplet of Divine Mercy (5:00am - 5:30am)
Mornings: The Most Holy Rosary (5:30am - 6:00am)
Mornings: Brian Patrick ("Son Rise Morning Show") (6:00am - 9:00am)
Mid-Mornings: Catholic Connection (9:00am - 10:00am)
Mid-Mornings: Father Larry Richards (10:00am - 11:00am)
Mid-Mornings: Women of Grace (11:00am - 11:56am)
Mid-Mornings: Readings and Reflections (11:56am - 12:00pm)
Early Afternoons: The Journey Home (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Early Afternoons: The Doctor is in (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
Early Afternoons: Father John Riccardo (2:00pm - 2:56pm)
Early Afternoons: The Divine Mercy Chaplet (2:56pm - 3:00pm)
Afternoons: Open Line Live (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Afternoons: Al Kresta ("Kresta in the Afternoon") (4:00pm - 6:00pm)
Early Evenings: Catholic Answers Live (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Nights: At Home (Monday 8:00pm - 9:00pm)
Nights: Reasons for Faith (Tuesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm)
Nights: Deep in Scripture (Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm)
Nights: Faith and Family (Thursday 8:00pm - 9:00pm)
Nights: Register Radio (Friday 8:00pm - 8:30pm)
Nights: Blessed to Play (Friday 8:30pm - 9:00pm)
Nights: Open line Live (encore) (Friday 9:00pm - 10:00pm)
Nights: More 2 Life (10:00pm - 11:00pm)
Nights: Most Holy Rosary with Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel (11:00pm - 11:30pm)
Nights: Daily Mass (11:30pm - 12:00am)
Overnights: The Journey Home (12:00am - 1:00am)
Overnights: Mother Angelica (Monday 1:00am - 2:00am)
Overnights: At Home with Jim and Joy (Tuesday 1:00am - 2:00am)
Overnights: Reasons for Faith (Wednesday 1:00am - 2:00am)
Overnights: Deep in Scripture (Thursday 1:00am - 2:00am)
Overnights: Faith and Family (Friday 1:00am - 2:00am)
Overnights: Women of Grace (encore) (2:00am - 3:00am)
Overnights: Father Larry Richards (3:00am - 4:00am)
Overnights: The Doctor is in (encore) (4:00am - 5:00am)

Station History

1450am signed on March 28, 1948.

WINT(AM)

WANE(AM)

Owned by Radio Fort Wayne, Inc. As WANE(AM), Shepard Broadcasting may have owned the station. The WANE(AM) studios were located at the former Commerce Building (later named the Fort Wayne National Bank Building) at 127 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. This would be the shorter building next to taller 26-story PNC Center (formerly the "National City Center")

WLYV(AM) (Take 1)

The former WLYV was a hayday station of the 1960's - The proverbial David to Golliath WOWO(AM). WLYV began its rock and roll format in 1966. In the Fall of 1968, WLYV beat WOWO by 1 point in the Arbitron (12+) ratings. This was a feat, as WLYV was running a mere 481 watts to WOWO's 50,000 watts. WLYV switched formats to Country on March 14, 1974 (Shepard Broadcasting owned the station). WLYV had some prominent ownership for a time. Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus owned the station from March 14, 1974 until 1980 under the corporate name "Golden Bear Broadcasting." WLYV once was located in the Anthony Wayne Bank Building (Suite 925) (Telephone: 219.743.3443). WLYV then broadcast at 1000 watts - day, 250 watts - night.

WAFX(AM)

Standards format. Studios located at 424 Reed Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-7246. Sister station to then WEZV-FM? WAFX was sold in 1982.

WEZR(AM)

WEZR(AM) was a Chicago Cubs affiliate.

WLYV(AM) (Take 2)

1450 uses WLYV's call letters again, but over several owners. Fairfield Broadcasting owned the radio station. During Fairfield's ownership, the studios were at 424 Reed Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-7246 (Telephone: 219.749.4600). WLYV then became a religious station, with studios formerly located alongside Illinois Road in southwestern Fort Wayne. WLYV went through several slogan changes, and a few minor format modifications, but stayed true to religious programming. In December 2002, parent company Midwest Broadcasting Corporation changed names to Christian Broadcasting System. In August 2005, Christian Broadcasting System sold WLYV for $700,000 to Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group, Inc. (Redeemer Radio). Studios formerly located at 4705 Illinois Road, Suite 100, Fort Wayne, IN 46804-5108. Studios later moved to 4618 East State Blvd. Ste. 200, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-6966. When Redeemer Radio owned WLYV, their website was http://www.wlyv.com. In February 2014, Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group, Inc. (Redeemer Radio) announced a swap with Adams Radio Group, Inc. whereby Adams swapped its WHPP to Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group, Inc. (Redeemer Radio) for WLYV. WLYV became a talk station ("1450 The Patriot") on Monday 7 July 2014.

For Further Reading...

"Fates & Fortunes." Broadcasting. 21 January 1974. Page 52.
Shepherd, Michelle L. "Veteran broadcaster Tom Williams dies." The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 11 January 1998. Page 14A.
"Former airport official, WLYV president dies." The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 11 July 2001. Page 3C.
Mettert, Andrea. "Radio, TV broadcastor Victor H. Sterling dies." The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 3 August 2001. Page 3C.


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