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The Essentials

Call Letters: WHLY
Frequency: 1580am
City of License: South Bend
Metro(s): South Bend
Power: 1000 watts - Day, 500 watts - Night
Format: Regional Mexican
Address: 342 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, IN 46601-1114
Phone: 574.288.1581
Ownership: Times Communications, Inc.
Web Presence: http://www.larazaindiana.com

Station Personnel

Current

Former

WJVA(AM) (Take 1)

GM: B.W. Redifer
GM: F.R. Householder
GM: Clay Salyer
GM: Martin Creel
GM: Frank Crosiar
GM: Robert Krieghoff
GM: Edward Koscic
GM: Vincent S. Fasolo (Vince Ford) (Deceased 12 February 2002)
GM: Charles Hayes
Station Manager: Carroll Reynolds
Station Manager: William Oliver (From PD)
Chief Engineer: H.G. Cole
Chief Engineer: Francis Bock
Chief Engineer: Stephen Grundtner, Jr.
Chief Engineer: Louis Ellis
Chief Engineer: A. Korabec
Chief Engineer: Bob McKinney
Chief Engineer: Jim Lies
Chief Engineer: Chris Frederick (June 15, 1970 - January 7, 1974)
SM: Lawrence Gutenburg
SM: Eric Gannaway
PD: Carroll Reynolds
PD: R.J. Drain
PD: Vincent Doyle
PD: Owen Lackey, Jr.
PD: Les Bagley (1974)
PD: Jack Freeborn
PD: Al Waters
PD: Jack McGirr
PD: Tom Hatala (From News Director)
PD: Roger Minnick
PD: Phil Gordon
PD: Nancy Turner
PD: Michael O'Brian
MD: Waly Simpson
MD: Jim Owen
MD: Buddy King
MD: Thomas Sidwell
News Director: Vincent Doyle
News Director: Bob Porter
News Director: Jim Dolan
News Director: Bob Harris
News Director: Gerald Halasz
News Director: Dick Taylor
News Director: Marc Ross
News Director: Mike Trapp
News Director: Michael Stevens
Promotions Director: Dale Roberts

WAMJ(AM)

GM: Ashley Ellott
GM: Mark Murray
GM: Debra Van Mele
Chief Engineer: Michael Scott
Chief Engineer: Michael Shannon
Chief Engineer: Richard Van Mele
GSM: Sharon Gillis
GSM: Richard Van Mele
OM: Leandra Allen
PD: Buddy King
PD: Jerry Johnston
PD: Michael Shannon
PD: Debra Van Mele
MD: Joey Edwards
MD: Bob Sandine
MD: Della Ivens (From Promotions Director)
News Director: David Thomas
News Director: Bob Bailey (Or Bud Bailey?)
News Director: Debra Van Mele
Production Director: Jack Reichert
Promotions Director: Michael Shannon

WIWO(AM)

GM: Michael Shannon
VP/Sales: William Dobslaw
Chief Engineer: Larry Humphrey
OM/PD: Michael Shannon
Promotions Director: Michael Shannon

WHLY(AM) (Take 1)

President: William Dobslaw (? - 1999)
GM: Shel Leshner
GM: Dan Allen
Chief Engineer: Larry Humphrey
GSM: Mike Sullivan
LSM: Matt Kiley
OM: Mike Shannon (? - March 1999)
OM: Casey Daniels
News Director: Kristen Daly
Mornings: Deb Millard (? - March 1999)
Mornings: Jay Michaels (? - October 2000)
Promotions Director: Stephanie Tatay

WJVA(AM)

WHLY(AM) (Take 2)

WDND(AM)

WHLY(AM) (Take 3)

Station History

1580am signed on in South Bend on December 22, 1947.

WJVA(AM) (Take 1)

1580am signed on as WJVA with 250 watts - Daytime only. Studios located at 214 W. Wayne St., South Bend, IN 46601 (Telephone: 3-8668). Owned by St. Joseph Valley Broadcasting Corp. Around 1950, WJVA moved to 206 S. Main St., Mishawaka, IN 46544 (Telephone: 5-8620). Booth American Co. purchased WJVA in August 1956. Studios later located on North Hickory Road (Telephone: 219.234.1111).

WAMJ(AM)

WJVA(AM) became WAMJ(AM) in the early 1980s. Studios located at 713 W. McKinley Ave., Mishawaka, IN 46545 (Telephone: 219.255.1110). WAMJ broadcast a talk and urban contemporary format. WAMJ(AM) briefly became WIWO(AM) in 1993.

WIWO(AM)

Studios located at 1129 N. Hickory Road, South Bend, IN 46615 (Telephone: 219.234.1580 and 219.287.8255). Owned by Times Communications, Inc. WIWO(AM) became WHLY(AM) in 1994.

WHLY(AM) (Take 1)

When Times Communications, Inc. sold 1620am (then-WJVA) to Artistic Media Partners in October 1999, for $250,000, Artistic Media Partners gained an LMA for WHLY. While Artistic Media Partners controlled both stations, the call letters WHLY and WJVA bounced back and forth between 1580am and 1620am. 1620am became WHLY and 1580am became WJVA in February 1999.

WJVA(AM)

WJVA became WHLY on November 2, 2001.

WHLY(AM) (Take 2)

WDND(AM)

WHLY moved back to 1620am in March 2004.

WHLY(AM) (Take 3)

Once the LMA with Artistic Media Partners expired on 17 May 2006, WHLY was again owned by Times Communications, Inc., which put a standards format on the air. In late September 2006, Times Communications, Inc. sold the station to St. Thomas More Foundation for $225,000. It changed format to Religious (Catholic) on Friday December 8, 2006. Studios formerly located at 3371 Cleveland Road, Suite 310, South Bend, IN 46628-9780. WHLY flipped formats to Regional Mexican on May 1, 2013.

For Further Reading...

"Changing Hands." Broadcasting & Cable. 129, no. 44 (1999): 87.
Bonfiglio, Jeremy D. "WHLY converts to Catholic programming." The South Bend Tribune. 23 November 2006. Page E2.


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