WTGO-LP

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WTGO-LP
City of license Lafayette, Indiana
Slogan "Your Spot for Christian Rock"
Frequency 97.7 (MHz)
First air date 2003
Format Christian rock
ERP 100 watts
Class L1
Callsign meaning Where Truth Goes On
Owner Harvest Chapel, Inc.
Webcast WTGO-LP Webstream
Website WTGO-LP Online

WTGO-LP (97.7 FM) is a low-powered, non-commercial radio station licensed to Lafayette, Indiana. WTGO-LP broadcasts at an effective radiated power of 100 watts. The station's studio and offices are located at 724 Wabash Avenue in Lafayette, IN with a tower facility located on South 30th Street in Lafayette, IN.

History[edit]

WTGO-LP was founded by Harvest Chapel Pastor Tom Camp,[1] the father of Christian contemporary musician Jeremy Camp. It began broadcasting in late 2003, taking a Christian rock format in 2005. It was also the first low power FM station to be licensed to the Greater Lafayette area.

Programming[edit]

WTGO was originally engineered and managed by Andrew Longman who left in August 2004. In 2005 Matt Whatley was brought on board as both an audio engineer and WTGO's Station Manager. In March 2005, Robert Schueler was brought on initially to help with the technicals of building an off-site studio and later becoming the PM and then AM and PM host of the "Bob-Squad" show, which lasted from May 2005 to April 2007. Whatley left the station in May 2006 and Schueler took over as Station Manager and DJ. Schueler left WTGO in April 2007. With the addition of Brett Estes as Program Director in August 2007, the program format was revamped to more of a rock/metal sound. Estes also hosted "The Rock" Morning Show, airing from 6-10am weekdays. Estes left WTGO in May 2010. Trent O'Brien host the afternoon show called "Trigger J in the Mid day" which runs from 2-6pm weekdays. There are some different guest on the show, the most notable being Jose Sanchez, which are all voiced by Trent, but edited to sound like more than one is on at the same time. The evening show runs from 6-10pm and is hosted by Spike Chiquet.

Truth Talk with Tom was a show that aired live at 11:30 AM on Tuesday and Thursday. It was also re-aired the same day at 6PM. The hour long talk show was produced live in the studio. The show thrived off of questions from listeners who call or email questions and comments about life, the Bible, Christianity, God, etc. The show featured Tom Camp, the pastor of Harvest Chapel (owners of WTGO), and Brett Estes the stations morning show host and program director. Other guest who have made appearances on the show are Trent O'Brien, the afternoon DJ, Ryan Harrison (the church's youth pastor), Eric Hollingsworth, and Jeremy Camp (Tom's son.) The show was canceled in April 2010.

Christian Hardcore and Christian Heavy Metal was aired on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm-midnight (hosted by Spike Chiquet as well) including the syndicated The Full Armor of God Broadcast[2] but the shows were canceled due to a change of the station's music format and the final episodes aired Jan. 23, 2010.

WTGO's Sunday programming format is lighter musically and includes more worship songs. The station expects an exemplary and verifiably Christian lifestyle of its staff. In terms of its music, WTGO thoroughly reviews each song's lyrical content and overall message before adding it to the rotation and attempts to ensure that both the songs of bands that perform and their personal lifestyles are exemplify the values held by the station. On May 8, 2009 WTGO began broadcasting online. Shortly after that they developed an iPhone app[3] which is a free download and allows the user to stream the station, and make request through a phone call, text message, or email.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvest Chapel
  2. ^ The Full Armor of God Broadcast
  3. ^ Lieberman, David (December 20, 2009). "USA Today "Radio finds new life on cellphones"". Retrieved December 27, 2009. 

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Coordinates: 40°23′26″N 86°51′52″W / 40.39056°N 86.86444°W / 40.39056; -86.86444