WAOR

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WAOR
The ESPN 95.7 Logo, as of April 1, 2014 (after the ESPN rebranding).jpg
City of license Nappanee, Indiana
Broadcast area South Bend, Indiana
Branding ESPN South Bend 95.7
Frequency 95.7 MHz
First air date December 16, 1991 (as WLRX)
Format Sports
ERP 2,500 watts
HAAT 155 meters
Class A
Facility ID 48911
Callsign meaning W Album-Oriented Rock (previous format)
Former callsigns WLRX (1991–2005)
WYPW (2005–2010)[1]
Affiliations ESPN Radio, Regional Radio Sports Network
Owner Federated Media
(sale to St. Joseph Catholic Radio Group pending)
Sister stations WNIL, WRBR-FM, WTRC, WTRC-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website thefanmichiana.com

WAOR (95.7 FM, "ESPN South Bend 95.7") is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Nappanee, Indiana, WAOR serves the South Bend, Indiana market.

History[edit]

95.7 signed on as WLRX on December 16, 1991 (the calls for the construction permit granted in 1990 had been WXJG, but the station was never on the air with those calls). WLRX broadcast ABC Radio/SMN's StarStation adult contemporary format serving the Nappanee area under the name "Star 96," then segued to a Hot AC direction with local DJs as "Magic 95.7" and broadened its focus to include South Bend and Elkhart. It was during this time the station also changed hands from Indiana Star Broadcasting to Service Communications of South Bend. Service was purchased by Talking Stick which is now a part of the Federated Communications of Elkhart umbrella. At Midnight on February 4, 2005 the station adopted an Urban Contemporary format and took the call letters WYPW, which it held until May 10, 2010, when it took the WAOR call sign and classic rock format previously heard on 95.3 FM.[2] At that time, 95.3 was relaunched as WTRC-FM "Michiana's News Channel", a news/talk station that took The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Glenn Beck Program, and Fox News Radio from rival WSBT.[3]

On May 25, 2012, it was announced that Federated Media would change WAOR from a classic rock format to an all-sports format.[citation needed] The change was effective June 4, 2012.[4] Local sports coverage, including high school football and basketball and weekly talk show "The Coaches Box," airs through affiliation with the Regional Radio Sports Network.

On April 1, 2014, WAOR became an ESPN Radio affiliate,[5] adding shows Mike & Mike, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, SVP & Russillo, Dan LeBatard, Sedano and Stink, and Freddie Coleman on weekdays, and various weekend programing on ESPN. A month later, Federated Media announced that WAOR would be sold to St. Joseph Catholic Radio Group.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Call Sign History FCC.gov. Accessed May 14, 2010
  2. ^ "FM talk comes to South Bend, with a "Power" outage at 95.7". Radio-Info.com. April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Meenan, Jim (April 14, 2010). "Michiana radio stations to see talk shows, program formats shifting". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Kilpatrick, Alexandra (June 6, 2012). "WAOR Transitions to Sports Talk Radio Format". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.thefanmichiana.com/ The New ESPN Homepage. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (May 14, 2014). "Federated Sells 95.7 WAOR South Bend". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 41°26′56″N 86°04′30″W / 41.449°N 86.075°W / 41.449; -86.075