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The Essentials

Call Letters: WMEE-FM
Frequency: 97.3fm
City of License: Fort Wayne
Metro(s): Fort Wayne
Power: 26,000 watts @ 689 feet (Class B)
Format: Hot AC
Address: 2915 Maples Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816-3199
Phone: 260.447.5511
Ownership: Pathfinder Communications Corp.
Web Presence: http://www.wmee.com

Station Personnel

Current

GM: Jim Allgeier
Chief Engineer: Mogan David
GSM: Alison Delagrange (October 2012 - Current)
OM/PD: Jimmy Knight (January 24, 2011 - Current) (From OM/Afternoons at WAZY)
Production Director: Cliff Mitchell (August 27, 2012 - Current) (Also production director for WOWO(AM)/WOWO-FM, WBYR, WQHK-FM, WFGA and WKJG)
Promotions Director: Suzanna Pynakker (April 22, 2015 - Current)
Mornings: Andy Beckman (5am - 10am) (March 21, 2011 - Current)
Mornings: Nichole Roberts (5am - 10am) (From Middays) (March 21, 2011 - Current)
(Note: 9am - 10am is an "All Music Hour")
Middays: Jimmy Knight (10am - 2pm)
Afternoons: Sean Bratton ("Boomer") (2pm - 7pm) (Nights: January 15, 2007 - March 2008) (Nights: June 1998 - April 27, 2003; MD: Late 1998 - July 26, 2002. Nights: June 1998 - April 1999. Afternoons: April 1999 - April 2000; Nights: April 2000 - July 26, 2002) (From ND/MD/Nights at WZOQ in Lima, Ohio)
(Note: 5pm - 6pm is an "All Music Hour")
Nights: Clay Alan (7pm - 12am) (March 3, 2014 - Current)

Former

WKJG-FM

WMEF-FM

VP/GM: Robert Elliott (1971-1990) (Deceased 2 February 2001)
GM: Bert Sherwood
News Director: Robert Cohen (1977-1978) (Now out of radio)

WMEE-FM

VP/GM: Bert Sherwood (June 1971 - June 1976)
VP/GM: Robert Elliott (?-1990) (Deceased 2 February 2001)
GM: Walt Steffan
GM: Tony Richards (1978 - ?; GM: September 1991 - June 30, 2001)
GM: Mark DePrez (April 9, 2001 - ?; GSM: November 2000 - April 8, 2001)
Chief Engineer: William Ryan (October 1969 December 1975)
Chief Engineer: Bill Lemmon
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.)
GSM: Kevin Meek (? - November 1998) (Also was Local Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager) (Now LSM at WKHK and WKLR in Richmond, Virginia)
GSM: Leann Starkey (December 2, 1998 - December 2001)
GSM: Amy Torres (Now co-GSM at the Cox stations in Louisville, Kentucky)
GSM: Joel Pyle (January 2, 2002 - ?)
GSM: Alison Delagrange (? - August 27, 2012)
NSM: Doug Wagner (November 1997 - 2004) (Now out of radio)
NSM: Mary DePrez (? - August 27, 2012) (Now out of radio)
Chief Engineer: Ed Didier (? - March 1997) (Now Chief Engineer at the Adams Radio Group, Inc. radio stations in Fort Wayne)
OM: J.D. (John David) Spangler (Now owns WMMC in Marshall, Illinois)
OM: Dean McNeil (May 5, 1997 - July 2003) (Now mornings at WMMC in Marshall, Illinois)
OM/PD: John O'Rourke (OM: March 2000 - June 19, 2001; PD: June 2000 - June 19, 2001; APD: October 1999 - June 2000) (Now GM and mornings at WAWK(AM) and W238BH)
OM/PD: Tommy Allen (October 2001 - October 21, 2003) (Out of radio)
OM/PD: Mark Evans (November 20, 2003 - June 22, 2005) (Now weekends at WAJI)
OM/PD: Jeff Davis (Also formerly a DJ at WMEE (nights), before earning OM/PD duties (? - April 18, 1997)) (Now OM for the iHeart Media radio stations in Greenville and Asheville, North Carolina)
OM: Rob Kelley (June 22, 2005 - January 23, 2011) (also OM of sister WQHK-FM) (From OM for Triad Broadcasting cluster in Lincoln, Nebraska. Also was PD/middays for Triad's KFGE)
Assistant OM: Dave Michaels (August 2006 - ?) (also assistant OM of sister WQHK-FM) (Now PD/MD/afternoons at WQHK)
PD: Steve Christian
PD: Bill Hennes
PD: Tony Richards (1984 - ?) (Now COO with WMEE parent Pathfinder Communications Corp.)
PD: "Captain" Chris Didier (August 1997 - June 2, 2000) (Now APD/afternoons at WLDE)
APD: Geno Burgess (November 2000 - February 2001; Weekends: March 2000 - November 2000) (From mornings at WYSR)
MD: Rod Tanner
MD: Danny Baker ("Danny B.") (? - 1992)
MD: Zack Skyler
MD: "Captain" Chris Didier (December 1994 - June 2, 2000) (Now APD/afternoons at WLDE)
MD: Chris Cage (July 29, 2002 - ?) (Now afternoons at WAWC)
MD: Dave Michaels (December 2006 - ?) (also assistant FM OM of sister WQHK-FM) (Now PD/MD/afternoons at WQHK)
News Director: Robert Cohen (1977-1978) (Now out of radio)
News Director: Michael Waite
News Director: Curt Miller
News Director: Lee Kelso
News Director: Dawn Andrews (? - 1992)
Production Director: Steve Brelsford (November 16, 1977 - August 27, 2012) (Now Production Director at WAJI and WLDE)
Production: Chris Tyler (? - November 1997) (Now APD/afternoons at WITL in Lansing, Michigan)
Promotions Director: Jeff DeWeese
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).
Promotions Director: Natalee Kohls (1998 - December 13, 2001) (Now middays as "Sky Taylor" at WWMJ in Ellsworth/Bangor, Maine)
Promotions Director: Sean Bratton (July 29, 2002 - April 27, 2003) (From Nights) (Now afternoons at WMEE)
Promotions Director: Nikki Jasperson (? - September 13, 2013) (From Promotions Director/Sales Assistant for the Cumulus Broadcasting radio stations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
Promotions Director: Kristin Craft (October 29, 2013 - April 2015)
Mornings: Scott Tsuleff (News) (Now afternoons at WBCL)
Mornings: Douglas B. Pritchett (1980-1982)
Mornings: Chad Hunt (From Nights)
Mornings: Marti Wright (News)
Mornings: Jay Farlow (News)
Mornings: Charly Butcher and Tony Richards ("Those Two Guys") (? - 1991) (Butcher now in mornings at sister WOWO.)
Mornings: Tom Kelly (? - February 1993)
Mornings: J.C. Baker (? - March 12, 1999)
Mornings: Toni Kayumi (? - August 17, 1996) (Now out of radio)
Mornings: Lana Conroy (5:30am - 10am) (April 1999 - June 16, 2000) (From mornings at WLJE) (Now out of radio)
Mornings: Rick Dees (Syndicated from KIIS in Los Angeles, California) (5am - 8am) (July 3, 2000 - January 9, 2002) (Geno Burgess was the local producer)
Mornings: John O'Rourke (5am - 10am) (January 10, 2002 - March 19, 2004) (Afternoons: April 2000 - June 2001) (Now GM and mornings at WAWK(AM) and W238BH)
Mornings: Mark Evans (March 22, 2004 - June 22, 2005; Afternoons: March 3, 2003 - March 19, 2004) (5am - 10am) (From Features reporter at WKJG-TV in Fort Wayne) (Now weekends at WAJI)
Mornings: Steve Kerrigan (5am - 10am) (October 5, 2005 - June 16, 2006) (From mornings at WTUE in Dayton, Ohio) (Deceased 14 March 2011)
Mornings: Erika Taylor (5am - 10am) (News) (Now out of radio)
Mornings: Craig Morrison (5am - 10am) (August 28, 2006 - November 30, 2007) (From mornings at KKCS in Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Mornings: Samantha Adams (5am - 10am) (August 28, 2006 - November 30, 2007) (From mornings at KKCS in Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Mornings: Brady Garrison (5am - 9am) (Now out of radio)
Mornings: Scott Woodman (5am - 9am) (? - March 2, 2009) (Now mornings at WSPK in Poughkeepsie, New York)
Mornings: Shelly K. (5am - 9am) (January 2008 - September 21, 2010) (From APD/mornings at WKFR in Kalamazoo, Michign)
Middays: Diane Shannon (1977-1979) (From Overnights)
Middays: Chris Tyler (Now APD/afternoons at WITL in Lansing, Michigan)
Middays: Phil Lindsey (1994 - March 17, 1997) (Deceased 25 November 2005)
Middays: "Captain" Chris Didier (10am - 2pm) (1984 - June 2, 2000) (Now APD/afternoons at WLDE)
Middays: Tommy Allen (10am - 2pm) (July 29, 2002 - October 21, 2003) (Now out of radio)
Middays: Trina Neeley (10am - 3pm) (September 27, 2005 - ?) (From nights at WQHK-FM)
Middays: Zack Skyler (10am - 3pm) (March 21, 2011 - August 24, 2012) (Mornings: April 6, 2009 - March 18, 2011; Nights: March 1992 - September 1994; also MD/Mornings in that era.)
Early Afternoons: Natalee Kohls ("Skye Taylor") (1pm - 3pm) (August 27, 2001 - December 13, 2001) (Now middays "Sky Taylor" at WWMJ in Ellsworth/Bangor, Maine)
Afternoons: Scott Dugan
Afternoons: Ric Owen (September 1994 - ?) (From mornings at WIMJ in Cincinnati, Ohio)
Afternoons: Ange Canessa (March 18, 1997 - July 16, 1999) (Afternoons: March 1997 - April 1999. Nights: April 1999 - July 16, 1999; Weekends: September 1996 - March 1997) (Now President of New Dimension Radio)
Afternoons: Charly Butcher (3pm - 7pm) (Mornings: January 1983 - November 1993; September 14, 1995 - June 30, 2000; Afternoons: July 3, 2000 - ?) (Now mornings at WOWO)
Afternoons: Dave Sharp (3pm - 8pm) (June 22, 2004 - December 6, 2005) (From News Assignment Editor/Investigate Producer at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio)
Afternoons: Don Walker (3pm - 7pm) (February 20, 2006 - ?) (From afternoons at WXTW) (Now PD at WFNR in Blacksburg, Virginia)
Afternoons: Chris Cage (4pm - 8pm) (December 10, 2001 - ?; Middays: December 10, 2001 - ?) (Now afternoons at WAWC)
Afternoons: Shaun Szymborski
Nights: Douglas B. Pritchett (1976 - ?)
Nights: Danny Baker ("Danny B.") (? - 1992)
Nights: Laura Lee (September 1994 - ?) (From weekends at WXKR in Toledo, Ohio)
Nights: Mark Stevens (? - October 1996)
Nights: Kris Underwood ("Coyote") (? - May 15, 1998; Also did Overnights in the early 1990's) (Now middays at WAWC)
Nights: Aaron Robbins ("Robbin Banks") (July 1999 - April 2000) (Now out of radio)
Nights: Billy Bush ("The Billy Bush Show") (8pm - 12am) (June 2008 - ?)
Weekends: Keith Maddox ("Keith Hall")
Weekends: "Billy the Kid"
Weekends: "Tiny"
Weekends: Brock Andrews
Airstaff: Gregg Anderson (News)
Airstaff: Chuck Brodie
Airstaff: Jennifer Carr (Now out of radio)
Airstaff: Steve "Magic" Christian
Airstaff: Scott Howard (Now out of radio)
Airstaff: Victor Locke (News)
Airstaff: Paul Poteet
Airstaff: Dan Potter (News)
Airstaff: Paul Resnik ("Paul Drew") (Now out of radio)
Airstaff: J.D. (John David) Spangler (Now owns WMMC in Marshall, Illinois)

Station History

97.3fm signed on February 5, 1965.

WKJG-FM

Broadcast in stereo. WKJG-FM broadcast at 48,000 watts from a 510 foot tall antenna. WKJG-FM flipped call letters to WMEF-FM.

WMEF-FM

WMEF-FM signed on in October 1, 1971. Beautiful music format.

WMEE-FM

On September 2, 1994, WMEE changed formats from CHR to Hot AC, as "Mix 97.3." August 1996 saw the station celebrate its 25th anniversary. They brought back former DJ's for a reunion. On June 27, 1998 at 4:38pm, WMEE debuted from its new studio (within the same building at 2915 Maples Road).

For Further Reading...

Kilbane, Kevin. "Airwaves abuzz." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. 5 November 1990. Page 1F.
Kilbane, Kevin. "Radio stations take the airwaves out of their employees' sails." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. 26 February 1992. Page 1F.
Kilbane, Kevin. "New WDJB jocks square off with WMEE over top musical spot." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 6 May 1992. Page 1F, 6F.
"Guy in the morning to depart WMEE." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. 25 February 1993. Page 8A.
Kilbane, Kevin. "Will new mix be right move for WMEE?" Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. 7 September 1994. Page F1.
"WMEE Cancels Toni and Tyler." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 19 August 1995. Page 10A.
"WOWO, WMEE get new hosts." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 31 August 1995. Page 2A.
Robinson, Dean. "Broadcaster Williams retiring." Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette 30 April 1997. Page 2D.
Shepherd, Michelle L. "Veteran broadcaster Tom Williams dies." Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 11 January 1998. Page 14A.
Vela, Susan. "Former broadcaster in city dies of heart attack at 60." Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. 12 January 1998. Page 10A.
Feder, Robert. "New morning host will be his own boss at US-99.5." Chicago Sun-Times. 12 March 2003. Page 71.
Feder, Robert. "Colleagues celebrate Kalber's priceless legacy." Chicago Sun-Times. 20 May 2004. Page 65.
Feder, Robert. "Competitors to buzz in for spelling bee on WGN." Chicago Sun-Times. 2 March 2006. Page 55.


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