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The Essentials

Call Letters: WTLC
Frequency: 1310am
City of License: Indianapolis
Metro(s): Indianapolis
Power: 5000 watts - Day, 1000 watts - Night (DA-2)
Format: Gospel
Address: 21 E. St. Joseph's Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1025
Phone: 317.293.9600
Ownership: Radio One, Inc.
Web Presence: http://www.1310thelight.com

Station Personnel

Current

VP/GM: Charles Williams (February 2005 - Current) (From VP/GM of WNND in Chicago, Illinois)
Director of Sales: Ian Banks
GSM: Katy Knerr (February 2010 - Current)
SM: Noreen Grace
OM: Wendell Ray
PD: Lonnell Conley ("King Ro")
Mornings: Yolanda Adams (6am - 9am) (syndicated from sister station KROI in Houston, Texas)
Late Mornings: Block Programming (9am - 12pm)
Early Afternoons: Donna Schiele ("Heavenly Cafe with Donna Schiele") (12pm - 1pm)
Early Afternoons: Amos Brown (1pm - 3pm) (Formerly GM of WTLC)
Afternoons: Faith Dixson ("Kingdom Takeover With Faith Dixson") (3pm - 6pm) (From nights)
Early Evenings: Block Programming (6pm - 8pm)
Nights: Cory Condrey ("CoCo Brother Live") (8pm - 11pm)
Overnights: Richard Hunter (12am - 5am)
Weekends: Donavan D. Hartwell

Former

WISH(AM)

GM: Robert B. McConnell (Deceased 20 May 2012)
Chief Engineer: Stokes Gresham, Jr.
PD: Reid Chapman
PD: William Frosch
Newsperson: H.R. Gross
Airstaff: Ronn Mott

WIFE(AM)

Owner: Don W. Burden (Deceased 1 May 1985)
EVP/GM: Jerry Kunkel (After WIFE, he joined WEHT-TV in Evansville as GSM.)
VP: Jack Marsella (From SM)
GM: Don Watson
GM: Robert Kiley (Deceased 10 September 2010)
Chief Engineer: Murray Smith
SM: Pat Kelly (From GSM at WNDE and WFBQ)
PD: Jim Wood
PD: Ron Hofer
PD: J. Michael Hankins ("Mike McCormick")
PD: Perry Murphy (? - 1971)
PD: Reb Porter (1970s)
PD: Chuck Martin (1972 - May 1973)
PD: Howie Castle (1976 - 1978)
MD: Jay Reynolds
MD: Bob Hamilton
MD: Jim Fox
MD: Jim Wood
News Director: Charlie Ray
News Director: Bill Bennett
News Director: Greg Tantum (Now News Director at KGO(AM) in San Francisco, California)
Production Director: TJ Byers (1960s)
Production Director: Scott Manning (1970s)
Production Director: Greg Schaeffer (1970s)
Production Director: Scott Wheeler (1973 - 1975)
Promotions Director: Kay Porter Larson
Mornings: Jack Sunday
Mornings: Roger W. Morgan
Mornings: Pat Reilly
Mornings: Pete Sullivan
Middays: Reb Porter (1960s and 1970s)
Middays: TJ Byers (1960s)
Middays: Ron Hofer (1960s)
Middays: Perry Murphy
Middays: Jim Fox
Middays: Scott Wheeler (1973 - 1975)
Middays: Dave Dugan
Afternoons: Bob Hamilton (early 1970s)
Afternoons: Jay Reynolds (1960s and again from 1976 - ?)
Afternoons: Jim Fox (early 1970s)
Afternoons: Jim Wood (1973 - 1975)
Afternoons: Gary Drake (1975 - 1977)
Afternoons: John Larsh ("Jack Armstrong") (1976 - 1977) (From Nights) (Deceased 22 May 2008)
Afternoons: Diane Shannon
Nights: Charles Springer ("Joe Light")
Nights: Robin Walker
Nights: Barney Pip
Nights: Buddy Scott (1960s and again 1973 - 1975) (7pm - 12am)
Nights: Lee Masters (early 1970s) (Later became president of MTV)
Nights: Bruce Hunter
Nights: Phil Hawkins ("Jay Hawkins") (1976 or 1977)
Nights: Joe Light
Overnights: Dave Stone
Overnights: Pat Lopeman ("Pat Martin") (1970 through 1972?)
Overnights: Mike O'Brien (1972 - 1976)
Overnights: Stan Warren (1976)
Weekends: TJ Byers
Weekends: Dan Summers
Weekends: Steve Miller
Newsperson: Wally Baker ("Troy Summers")
Newsperson: Bill Donella
Newsperson: Lyle Dean (Later worked at WGN(AM) and WLS(AM) in Chicago, Illinois)
Newsperson: Sy Jenkins
Newsperson: Paul Kasey
Newsperson: K. Scott Monaghan
Newsperson: Kevin O'Neil
Newsperson: Bob Schuman (late 1960s or early 1970s)
Newsperson: Dick Shayne
Newsperson: Fred Winston (Later worked at WLS(AM) in Chicago, Illinois)
Tim Barron ("T.J. Barron")
Steve Bokor ("Wild Bill Kelly") (Deceased 9 February 2005)
Joe "Highgear" Hager ("Mutha Bear") (Deceased 23 February 1999)
Don Lancer (Deceased 25 April 2011)
Robin Mitchell
Dale Reeves ("Jonathon Christie")
Dave Rudat ("Dave Koffee") (Deceased 27 May 2006)
Diane Shannon
Steve Warren

WMLF(AM)

GM: Ron Stratton
Chief Engineer: Murray Smith
SM: Paige Lamers
PD: John Randall

WTUX(AM)

President: Chuck Schwartz
GM: Al Hobbs
Chief Engineer: Jeffrey Dinsmore
SM: Russ Dodge
OM: John Emerson
PD: Bill Franzmann (Retired)
Mornings: Lou Sherman (Deceased 29 September 1998)
Middays: Bill Franzmann (Retired)
Evenings: Larry Leggett
Overnights: Alex Whitaker

WTLC(AM)

Market Manager/GM: Deon Levingston (June 2002 - October 2004) (From Director of Sales)
VP/GM: Vince Fruge (November 1997 - ?)
Chief Engineer: Don Payne (Deceased 12 December 2010)
Chief Engineer: John Takach
GSM: J. Chapman (1998 - 2001)
LSM: Deon Levingston (March 1998 - February 2001) (From LSM at WFXI-TV and WYDO-TV in the Greenville, North Carolina TV market)
OM/PD: Brian Wallace
Promotions Director: Kay Feeney-Caito
Mornings: Robert Turner (5am - 9am)
Late Afternoons: Donovan Hartwell (3pm - 6pm)
Nights: Marcus Chapman
Nights: Patrick Cole (8pm - 12am)
Airstaff: Collette M. Bates-Elkins ("Collette Vaughn") (1975-1986) (Deceased 19 May 1995)
Airstaff: Mike Highbaugh (Deceased 6 June 2013)
Russ Dodge (1977 - Summer 1994)

Station History

1310am signed on July 27, 1941.

WISH(AM)

WISH(AM) signed on at 1280am, then shifted to 1310am. Owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Universal Broadcasting Co. and Star Stations. Studios located in the now demolished Board of Trade building (143 N. Meridian St., Suite 215, Indianapolis, IN 46204).

WIFE(AM)

All of Don Burden's stations went silent, per the FCC due to violations of FCC rules, specifically the double billing of advertisers, and slanting of newscasts. Burden lost WIFE, KISN (Vancouver, Washington) and KOIL (Omaha, Nebraska) in September 1976. WIFE was subsequently purchased by Indianapolis Radio Broadcasters in 1976 and they owned the station until May 1981. Under that ownership, the music format transitioned to AOR. WIFE was Top 40 until August 13, 1979, when they switched to Soft AC. On May 11, 1981, the format changed from Soft AC to an all-news format. In July 1982, they modified the all news format to run audio of CNN Headline News. In 1983 they began standards. WIFE became WMLF.

WMLF(AM)

Standards format. An affiliate of both Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) and NBC. Studios located at 2940 N. Meridian St., Suite 420, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

WTUX(AM)

Panache Broadcasting bought WTUX in March 1987. WTUX had studios at 2255 Hawthorn Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46218. MOR/Standards format.

WTLC(AM)

WTLC means "With Tender Loving Care." Emmis Communications Corp. purchased WTLC and WTLC-FM from Panache Broadcasting, L.P. in November 1997. Studios formerly located at 2126 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

For Further Reading...

"F.C.C. Denies Renewals For Five Radio Stations." New York Times. 1 February 1975. Page 39. (WISH)
Kukolla, Steve. "Adventures in niche publishing: Locals Keep at it despite setbacks." Indianapolis Business Journal. August 29, 1994. Page 4A-5A.
"WTLC Parent Acquires WXTZ." Indianapolis Business Journal. January 15, 1996. Page 38A.
"Emmis Buys Radio Stations." Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition). 24 June 1997. Page A13.
Love, Walt. "Changes Prove Positive For Indy's WTLC." Radio & Records. 2 October 1998. Page 52.
"Radio Broadcaster Lou Sherman dies, 63" Gary Post-Tribune October 4, 1998. Page A17.
Smith, Brian D. "Right On, WIFE". Indianapolis Monthly. 22, no. 5 (1999): 74-80.
"Fruge Named VP/GM For Radio One/Indy." Radio & Records. 23 March 2001. Page 20.
Schoettle, Anthony. "Loud & Clear: Radio Warrior Amos Brown's No-Nonsense Approach Boosts Ratings, Influence." Indianapolis Business Journal, 31, no. 18 (5 July 2010) Page 1, 31.


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