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The Essentials

Call Letters: WLAB
Frequency: 88.3fm
City of License: Fort Wayne
Metro(s): Fort Wayne
Power: 7500 watts @ 354 feet (Class B1)
Format: Contemporary Christian
Address: 8 Martin Luther Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825-4938
Phone: 260.483.8236
Ownership: Star Educational Media Network
Web Presence:
Notes: Simulcast: WCKZ and WJYW-FM. Translators: W204BF, W209BA, W215BB and W233AN W249BG and W260BR

Station Personnel


GM/MD: Melissa Montana (GM: June 2000 - Current; MD: 1993 - Current)
Chief Engineer: Greg Case (June 2000 - Current)
VP/Operations, PD: Don Buettner (June 2000 - Current)
Marketing and Development Director: Richard Cummins
Promotions Director: Kinsey Williams
Mornings: Scott Valentine
Mornings: Sam Rowland
Mornings: Tim Dawson
Mornings: Tyler Boss (Producer)
Midday: Melissa Montana (9am - 1pm)
Afternoons: Don Buettner (3pm - 7pm)
Nights: Penny (7pm - 10pm)



Airstaff: Scott Howard (1976 - 1978)


GM/PD/Chief Engineer: James Zix (November 1987 - June 2000)
Director of Marketing: John O'Rourke (2007 - Current) (Now GM and mornings at WAWK(AM) and W238BH)
Promotions Director: Shelby Lynn
Mornings: Mike Arnold (Now Associate Director/Director of Content at Wisconsin Public Radio)
Mornings: Tim Dawson (March 2001 - February 2008; From afternoons)
Mornings: Mark Mellinger (? - April 2004)
Mornings: John O'Rourke (5:30am - 9am) (August 2004 - ?) (Now GM and mornings at WAWK(AM) and W238BH)
Mornings: Ace McKay (5:30am - 9am) (March 2008 - June 2011) (Now PD/afternoon co-host at WJQK in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mornings: Hollie DuPaix
Mid-Afternoons: Amy Sprunger (? - May 2002)
Afternoons: Craig Alan (March 2001 - October 2003)
Evenings: Pamela Goeglein (? - September 2004)
Airstaff: Joe Asher

Station History

88.3fm signed on August 23, 1976.


WLHI ran ten watts.


The station was founded by Adolph F. "Deac" Dietrich who passed away on January 22, 2000. On October 30, 2009, WLAB was sold for $1 million by Indiana District - Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Inc. to Star Educational Media Network.

For Further Reading...

"Lutheran Missionary, Station Co-Founder Dies". Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette 23 January 2000. Page 12A.

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