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The Essentials

Call Letters: WNTS
Frequency: 1590am
City of License: Beech Grove
Metro(s): Indianapolis
Power: 5000 watts - Day, 500 watts - Night, DA-3
Format: Regional Mexican
Address: 1800 N. Meridian Street, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46202-1433
Phone: 317.472.7137
Ownership: Continental Broadcast Group, LLC
Web Presence:

Station Personnel


GM: Bart Johnson
Chief Engineer: Kim Hurst
OM/PD: Mayra Arroyo
Mornings: Enrique Santos (6:00am - 10:00am)
Late Mornings: Orange Barbee (10:00am - 3:00pm)



GM: Arnold C. Johnson
Cheif Engineer: Edgar N. Bouchard
PD: Frederick H. Kuhlmann
PD: Bob Todd
Weekends: Scott Wheeler
Airstaff: Wally Baker
Airstaff: George L. Davis (1970-1971)
Airstaff: Jim Fox
Airstaff: Milt Nixon
Airstaff: Greg Schaeffer
Airstaff: Dale Sommers (Deceased 24 August 2012)
Airstaff: Dan Stevens


PD: Bob Todd
Weekends: Scott Wheeler
Airstaff: Buddy O'Shea
Airstaff: Ralph Western


Owner: Samuel W. Smulyan (Deceased 1 October 1996)
President: Jack Marsella (Formerly VP/GM)
GM: Jeff Smulyan (Now Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Emmis Communications Corp.)
GM/GSM/PD: Jim Wilson
Chief Engineer: Warren Fooks
Chief Engineer: Mike Rabey
Chief Engineer: Jeff Goode
Chief Engineer: Phil Alexander
PD: Steve Dallas
MD: Larry Dean (1995 - ?; Weekends: January 1980 - 1995)
News Director: Steve Dallas
Early Afternoons: Larry Dean (1pm - 4pm) (1995 - ?; Weekends: January 1980 - 1995)
Nights: Chris Moore (7pm - 12am) (August 1994 - ?)
Airstaff: Rick Cummings (Now President of Radio Programming for Emmis Communications Corp.)
Airstaff: Casey Jones
Airstaff: Dave Letterman (Yes, that Dave Letterman)
Airstaff: Lou Sherman (Deceased 29 September 1998)

Station History

1590am signed on December 10, 1956.


Owned by Rollins Broadcasting, Inc. Studios located at the transmitter site: 4800 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis, IN 46203-4898. Later, WGEE(AM) simulcast with WGEE-FM.


Country format. WNIR flipped formats from country to News/Talk/Sports perhaps in 1974.


Studios formerly located at the transmitter site: 4800 East Raymond Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203-4898. In October 1998, the station was transferred from the Estate of Samuel W. Smulyan (Emmis Communications' President Jeffrey Smulyan's father) to the Testamentary Trust of Samuel W. Smulyan. When S + M Broadcasting Co., Inc. owned the station, it aired a religious format and southern gospel. In July 2005, S + M Broadcasting Co., Inc. sold the station for $2 million to Davidson Media Group. WNTS flipped formats from Southern Gospel to Regional Mexican. In December 2014, Davidson Media Group sold WNTS for $950,000 to Continental Broadcast Group, LLC. Studios formerly located at 3745 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46241-1503.

For Further Reading...

"Radio Broadcaster Lou Sherman dies, 63" The Gary Post-Tribune October 4, 1998. Page A17.
Sales. Radio & Records. October 30, 1998. Page 6.

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