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The Essentials

Call Letters: WWFW
Frequency: 103.9fm
City of License: Fort Wayne
Metro(s): Fort Wayne
Power: 3000 watts @ 328 feet (Class A)
Format: AC
Address: 2000 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819-1297
Phone: 260.747.1511
Ownership: Adams Radio Group, Inc.
Web Presence: http://www.softrock1039.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)
OM: JJ Fabini (September 22, 2014 - Current)
PD/MD: Robbie Mack (June 20, 2014 - Current) (From PD at WDJQ in Canton/Alliance, Ohio)
Production Director: Jason Lee (June 2, 2014 - Current)
Mornings: Amber Stone (6am - 10am)
Middays: Travis Walker (10am - 2pm)
Afternoons: Randy Alomar (3pm - 7pm) (September 15, 2014 - Current) (From middays)

Former

WXKE-FM (Take 1)

President/CEO: Lloyd Roach (July 18, 2006 - ?)
President/CEO: Kristine Foate (May 2004 - July 18, 2006) (From VP/GM of the Illini Radio Group in Champaign, Illinois)
Station Manager: Scott Howard (May 2006 - August 31, 2006)
GSM: Leann Brown (1996 - 1998)
GSM: Vori Dhabolt (? - July 18, 2006) (Now GSM at WERK-FM, WHBU, WMQX and WMXQ)
Director of Sales: David Wisniewski (September 2004 - 2006) (From Station Manager at Artistic Media Partners in South Bend) (Now Director of Sales for Zimmer Radio Group in Columbia, Missouri)
Director of Programming: Bill Stewart (September 13, 2004 - July 18, 2006) (From GM at KIWR in Omaha, Nebraska) (Now VP/GM of the Meredith Communications' stations in Atlantic, Iowa)
SM: Mandi Strickler
SM: Angela Smith
SM: Rob Livergood (July 18, 2006 - ?)
APD: Buzz Maxwell
Director of Creative Services: Mathew Albro (May, 2005 - ?) (From Production and Operations Manager for Bacon's Broadcast Monitoring)
Mornings: Liz Thatcher
Middays: Buzz Maxwell (10am - 2pm) (Mornings: January 1998 - ?)
Afternoons: Sharon Rossi (2pm - 7pm) (? - September 2000) (Deceased 23 February 2012) (From nights)
Afternoons: Buzz and Rick "Doc" West (2pm - 7pm)
Afternoons: Buster Meyer (3pm - 7pm) (From afternoons at WCKZ)
Overnights: Mathew Albro (From nights at WXTW)
Weekends: Nik
Weekends: Trip Simmons (Former PD at WDJB, and mornings at WCKZ)
Airstaff: Hal Brandt
Airstaff: Tim Moriarty

WYLT-FM

President/CEO: Lloyd Roach (July 18, 2006 - ?)
President/CEO: Kristine Foate (May 2004 - July 18, 2006) (From VP/GM of the Illini Radio Group in Champaign, Illinois)
Station Sales Manager: Heather Smith (June 29, 2006 - ?)
GSM: Vori Dhabolt (? - July 18, 2006)
Director of Sales: David Wisniewski (September 2004 - February 2006) (From Station Manager at Artistic Media Partners in South Bend) (Now Director of Sales for Zimmer Radio Group in Columbia, Missouri)
Director of Programming: Bill Stewart (September 13, 2004 - July 18, 2006) (From GM at KIWR in Omaha, Nebraska) (Now VP/GM of the Meredith Communications' stations in Atlantic, Iowa)
Director of Creative Services: Mathew Albro (May 2005 - ?) (From Production and Operations Manager for Bacon's Broadcast Monitoring)
Assistant Director of Programming: J.J. Fabini (January 2005 - ?)
OM/PD: Dave Eubanks (August 2003 - May 4, 2005) (From PD at WZJM in Cleveland, Ohio)
PD: Jim Shea (? - July 2003)
PD: David B. Goode (April 2004 - March 2006) (From PD at WHZZ in Lansing, Michigan)
PD: McConnell Adams
Promotions Director: Michele Tessier
Mornings: McConnell Adams ("Man At Large") (April 2006 - ?)
Mornings: Davin and Ana Friendly (April 9, 2004 - May 2005) (From mornings at sister then-WNHT)
Mornings: Sarah Lauer
Middays: Leslie Stone (April 9, 2004 - ?)
Middays: Joel Hoffman (Afternoons: April 9, 2004 - ?)
Afternoons: Jeff Moore
Afternoons: Dave Eubanks (Middays: August 2003 - May 2005) (Also was briefly OM at sister WNHT)
Nights: Travis Meyer ("Buster Meyer") (April 9, 2004 - ?)

WXKE-FM (Take 2)

SM: Dave Reithmiller
Mornings: Leslie Stone (6am - 10am) (From mornings at WCKZ)
Nights: Chilly Addams (7pm - 12am)
Overnights: Chilly Addams (12am - 6am)

WWFW-FM

GM: Shel Leshner (June 2, 2014 - August 6, 2014)
Chief Engineer: Phil Jennings (April 2014 - June 2015) (Now Mid-South Regional Engineer for the WAY-FM Network, based in Nashville, Tennessee)
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: Mike Scott (6am - 10am) (September 15, 2014 - February 20, 2015) (From PD/Afternoons at WNNF in Cincinnati, Ohio) (Now OM at the Midwest Communications radio stations in Lansing, Michigan)
Afternoons: Eric Austin (2pm - 7pm) (September 8, 2014 - ?)
Nights: "Delilah" (7pm - 12am) (June 25, 2014 - August 2015)

Station History

103.9fm signed on May 6, 1976. There are two very distinct incarnations of WXKE.

WXKE-FM (Take 1)

Named WXKE after the Jaguar E-Type (XK-E) automobile, WXKE signed on as "Album 104." Known as "Rock 104," WXKE aired a Rock music format from its signon through October 1, 2002.

WYLT-FM

WYLT debuted on October 24, 2002 with an AC format. The AC format ended in late August 2003, when a Hot AC format debuted under PD Dave Eubanks. On April 9, 2004, "My 103.9" segued from Hot AC to Pop CHR. Their website was http://www.my1039fm.com. Their new moniker was "My 103.9, Fort Wayne's Hit Music Channel." WYLT was purchased, along with its sister stations by Summit City Radio Group in July 2004. The last day of air personalities on "My 103.9" was August 18, 2006, with the station then signing off at the end of the day on August 31, 2006. On September 1, 2006, 103.9fm returned to its prior Rock format, under its former WXKE call letters.

WXKE-FM (Take 2)

Their website was http://www.rock104radio.com. On Tuesday June 10, 2014 at Midnight, WXKE moved its format and call letters to 96.3fm. 103.9fm and 96.3fm began a simulcast until Thursday June 19, 2014.

WWFW-FM

On Wednesday June 18, 2014, 103.9 went off the air, the antenna came down on the Harris Road transmitter site, and was moved to a tower on the Hillegas Road tower farm. 103.9fm returned to the air at 8pm on Friday June 20, 2014. 103.9fm then ran two hours of telephone hold music and announcements. At 10:39PM, the new "Soft Rock 103.9" launched, with new WWFW call letters WWFW. On August 14, 2015, WWFW changed their format from Soft AC to AC.

For Further Reading...

Hans, Jennifer Dawn. "Leading Lady." Business People Magazine. November 2005. Pages 69-73.
Gray, Frank. "WXKE stalwart likes change." The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 22 June 2014. Pages 1C, 2C.


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