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City of license Knox, Indiana
Broadcast area Starke and Pulaski Counties, North Central Indiana, South Bend market
Branding K99.3 WKVI-FM; AM 1520 Kountry KVI
Slogan The Voice of the Valley
Frequency 99.3 (MHz) FM
1520 (kHz) AM
First air date July 21, 1969
Format Modern Adult Contemporary (FM) Country (AM)
Power 1,800 watts daytime
350 watts critical hours (AM)
ERP 3,300 watts (FM)
Class FM: A
Callsign meaning W
Owner Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Company, Inc.


phone 574-772-6241

Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Company, Incorporated, Knox, IN, is the owner and operator of WKVI (AM) and WKVI-FM.

K99.3 WKVI-FM plays a Modern Adult Contemporary format featuring hourly local news, ag news, ABC News, Accuweather, entertainment news from ET Radio Minute and High School sports.

AM 1520 Kountry KVI plays a wide ranging Country format with local news, ABC News, state news from Network Indiana and Accuweather. The station(s) serve the Kankakee Valley area of North Central Indiana on the southern fringe of the South Bend market. The company also operates an active website and Facebook page.

During 2014, KVB Co., Inc. built a Class A FM station, with a full time power of 6,000 watts, licensed to Culver, IN under a Construction Permit (CP) issued by the FCC. The station is known as MAX 98.3 FM WYMR and is currently on-the-air.


WKVI first went live on July 21st, 1969. Harold Welter, previously working at a radio station in Laporte, IN, was manager and reported the on-air news. Ted Hayes, hired by Mr. Welter in June of '69, played the music.[1]

The original WKVI team also included: Bob Densmore- Engineer, Becky Keys- Secretary, Harvey Allen- Disc Jockey, Bill Harvey- Disc Jockey, Joe Steiner- News Director.

In early November 2014, WKVI-FM received the Spectrum Award as Station of the Year (Market 3) from the Indiana Broadcasters Association.

Current staff[edit]

  • General Manager/Afternoon Personality - Lenny Dessauer
  • News Director/Morning News Anchor - Mary Perren
  • Afternoon News Anchor - Anita Goodan
  • Production Assistant - Mitch Columbe
  • News Reporter and Commentator - Ed Hasnerl
  • Morning Personality - Tom Berg
  • Sports Director/Overnight Personality - Nathan Welter.
  • Evening Personality - Rick Dees
  • Office Manager - Chris Milner
  • General Sales Manager/Midday Personality - Tony Ross
  • Account Executive - Kay Gudeman

WKVI-FM Service Area Map


  1. ^ "WKVI History". wkvi.com. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 41°19′20″N 86°36′17″W / 41.32222°N 86.60472°W / 41.32222; -86.60472