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The Essentials

Call Letters: WKJG
Frequency: 1380am
Frequency: Formerly 106.1fm (Note: We're unsure if this was ever on the air.)
City of License: Fort Wayne
Metro(s): Fort Wayne
Power: 5000 watts - Day, 5000 watts - Night (DA-2)
Format: Sports
Address: 2915 Maples Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816-3199
Phone: 260.447.5511
Ownership: Pathfinder Communications Corp.
Website: http://espnfortwayne.com

Station Personnel

Current

GM: Jim Allgeier (March 6, 2012 - Current) (From GM of sister WBYR and WFWI)
Chief Engineer: Mogan David
GSM: Ben Saurer (February 16, 2009 - Current)
Promotions Director: Suzanna Pynakker (April 22, 2015 - Current)
Mornings: Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg ("Mike and Mike") (6am - 10am)
Middays: Colin Cowherd (10am - 1pm)
Early Afternoons: Scott Van Pelt (1pm - 3pm)

Former

WKJG(AM) (Take 1)

GM: Hilliard Gates (Deceased 20 November 1996)
Chief Engineer: Eugene Chase
Chief Engineer: Tom Copeland
SM: Norman Stewart
PD: Calo Mahlock
PD: William Hudson
PD: Charles Powell
News Director: Jack Grey

WMEE(AM)

GM: Bert Sherwood
Chief Engineer: Bill Ryan
Sales Manager: Bill Latz
News Director: Phil Legyel
News Director: Jack Maurer
Production Director: Rick Hughes
(Airstaff are in alphabetical order)

Airstaff: Pat Barry
Airstaff: Chuck Brodie
Airstaff: Don Chevillet
Airstaff: Dan Collins
Airstaff: Bill Donovan (? - Summer 1973) (Went to WLYV, then to WLAV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He's now Deceased.)
Airstaff: Rick Hughes (Now mornings at WJFX-HD2//W277AK)
Airstaff: Chris Kane
Airstaff: Bob Lee
Airstaff: Gary Lockwood
Airstaff: Jack Martin
Airstaff: Mark Rivers
Airstaff: "Fast" Jimi Roberts (Now afternoons at WLIF in Baltimore, Maryland)
Airstaff: Tom Roberts
Airstaff: Steve Shine
Airstaff: Michael St. John
Airstaff: Doug Steele
Airstaff: Tom Williams (Deceased 9 January 1998)

WQHK(AM)

Mornings: Bill Collins
Newsperson: Jay Farlow
Airstaff: Bill Allison

WHWD(AM)

GM: Tony Richards (1978 - ?; GM: March 1996 - September 1, 1998)
SM: Mark DePrez (? - November 1999)
NSM: Doug Wagner (November 1997 - November 1999) (Now out of radio)
Chief Engineer: Ed Didier (? - March 1997) (Now Chief Engineer at the Adams Radio Group, Inc. radio stations in Fort Wayne)
Chief Engineer: Jack Didier (April 1997 - November 1999) (Now Director of Engineering for parent Pathfinder Communications Corp.)
OM/PD: Tommy Allen (April 1996 - ?) (From OM/PD at KDTH(AM)/KATF-FM in Dubuque, Iowa) (Now out of radio)
Production: Chris Tyler (? - November 1997) (Now APD/afternoons at WITL in Lansing, Michigan)
Promotions Director: Diane Current
Promotions Director: Tony Malone (November 1997 - June 1998) (Now out of radio)
Promotions Director: Lynn Williams (August 20, 1998 - October 1999) (From Promotions Director with the former Kovas Communications stations in Fort Wayne)
Production Director: Steve Brelsford (March 27, 1996 - September 1998) (Now Production Director at WAJI and WLDE)
Mornings: Ron Gregory (March 27, 1996 - May 1997)

WONO(AM)

GM: Tony Richards (1978 - ?; GM: September 1, 1998 - April 9, 2001)
GM: Mark DePrez (April 9, 2001 - ?)
Director of Engineering: Jack Didier (Was Chief Engineer from April 1997)
Chief Engineer: Mogan David
Director of Sales: Mark Osborn (February 15, 2002 - November 3, 2003) (Now LSM for the Adams Radio Group, Inc. radio stations in Fort Wayne.)
NSM: Doug Wagner (November 1997 - November 3, 2003) (Now out of radio)
GSM: Mark Osborn (Also was GSM at WBYR and WFWI) (Now LSM for the Adams Radio Group, Inc. radio stations in Fort Wayne.)
OM/PD: Tommy Allen (April 1996 - October 2001) (From KDTH(AM) and KATF-FM in Dubuque, Iowa) (Now out of radio)
OM/PD: Dean McNeil (October 2001 - February 25 2003) (Now mornings at WMMC)
OM/PD: Gregg Henson (May 2, 2011 - ?) (From morning co-host at KRLD-FM in Dallas, Texas) (Now PD at WBGG(AM) and WPGB-FM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
PD: Jon Zimney (February 26, 2003 - November 3, 2003) (Now PD/News Director at WTRC and WTRC-FM)
APD: Brian LaMartina (October 2011 - August 17, 2012)
Promotions Director: Lynn Williams (August 20, 1998 - October 1999)
Production Director: Steve Brelsford (Now Production Director at WAJI and WLDE)
Promotions Director: Sean Bratton (July 29, 2002 - April 27, 2003) (From nights at WMEE, where he is now in afternoons.)
Promotions Director: Natalee Kohls (1998 - December 13, 2001) (Now middays as "Sky Taylor" at WWMJ in Ellsworth/Bangor, Maine)

WKJG(AM) (Take 2)

GM: Mark DePrez (June 30, 2001 - March 6, 2012; GSM: October 1994 - November 2000)
OM: Jon Zimney (September 2, 2002 - July 18, 2007) (From OM at KERN in Bakersfield, California) (Now PD/News Director at WTRC and WTRC-FM)
OM/PD: Andy Ober (OM: August, 2007 - ?; PD: March, 2006 - ?. Also was OM/PD at sister WOWO) (From Newsperson at WASK)
PD: Stiller (September 10, 2012 - ?)
Director of Sales: Mark Osborn (February 15, 2002 - ?) (From Sales Manager at WBYR) (Now LSM for the Adams Radio Group, Inc. radio stations in Fort Wayne.)
Promotions Director: Nikki Jasperson (? - September 13, 2013) (From Promotions Director/Sales Assistant for the Cumulus Broadcasting radio stations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) (Now out of radio)
Promotions Director: Kristin Craft (October 29, 2013 - April 2015)
Afternoons: Stiller ("BS Sports with Billy and Stiller") (3pm - 6pm)
Afternoons: Billy Elvis ("BS Sports") (3pm - 6pm) (September 10, 2012 - ?)

Station History

1380AM signed on November 15, 1947.

WKJG(AM) (Take 1)

WKJG's calls stand for "William Kunekl, Journal-Gazette". Studios were at 2633 W. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (along with then-WKJG-TV), 220 E. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 and at 3802 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN 46807-2011. Owned by Northeastern Indiana Broadcasting Co. On September 30, 1971 (when it was a Top 40 station), WKJG(AM) & FM signed off and broke off from then-WKJG-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne). Also on that day, WKJG(AM) became WMEE(AM) while WKJG-FM became WMEF-FM.

WMEE(AM)

WMEE(AM) signed on October 1, 1971 as "The Big 1380." (with sister station WMEF-FM).

WQHK(AM)

WHWD(AM)

Standards format (ABC's "Stardust" format.) Studios located at 2915 Maples Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816-3199.

WONO(AM)

Studios located at 2915 Maples Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816-3199. WONO changed formats from Adult Standards to Sports on September 1, 1998. In November 1999, WHWD's call letters changed to WONO those calls were derived from their satellite network ("One-On-One-Sports"). WONO dropped One-on-One affiliation in August 2000 and picks up ESPN. 1380's new moniker became "ESPN Radio 1380." but they retained the WONO call letters. On Monday November 3, 2003 at 6:00pm, WONO changed calls to WKJG.

WKJG(AM) (Take 2)

Of note is that WKJG-TV is now WISE-TV. They changed call letters on May 26, 2003 (Memorial Day).

For Further Reading...

"New AM, FM Stations Sought in FCC Applications" Broadcasting 22 October 1945. Page 86.
"WQHK Changes Format" Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 13 March 1996. Page 3D. (WHWD)


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