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CityWheaton, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago, Illinois
BrandingK-Love Classics
Frequency88.1 MHz
First air date1947 (carrier-current AM)
1962 (FM)
FormatChristian classic hits
ERP250 watts
HAAT43 meters (141 ft)
Facility ID66499
Transmitter coordinates41°52′9.00″N 88°5′56.00″W / 41.8691667°N 88.0988889°W / 41.8691667; -88.0988889
Callsign meaningW-AirI (roman numeral) in Wheaton
Former callsignsWHON (1947-1950s, carrier current)
WETN (1962-2017)
NetworkK-Love Classics
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
Sister stationsWAWE, WCKL-FM, WOKL, WSRI, WZKL
WebcastListen live

WAIW (88.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting the K-Love Classics Christian classic hits format.[1][2] Licensed to Wheaton, Illinois, United States, it serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by the Educational Media Foundation (EMF), which acquired it from Wheaton College in 2017.


Wheaton College's first carrier-current AM station went on the air in 1947 as "WHON".[3] It moved to become licensed 88.1 FM WETN in 1962.[3] In 1979, the station was authorized to raise its power to 250 watts. Originally operating just 23 hours a week, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day in 1984.[4]

EMF purchased the license for WETN from Wheaton College effective February 28, 2017 for $150,000. The station changed its call sign to WAIW on March 1, 2017 and carried the Air 1 Christian Rock format until August 2018, when it flipped to the Christian classic hits K-Love Classics format.[2]

WAIW airs music by artists such as Bryan Duncan, Nicole Nordeman, Keith Green, Bob Bennett, Al Denson, and The Katinas.


  1. ^ "EMF Launches Christian Classic Hits "K-Love Classics" - RadioInsight". RadioInsight. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  2. ^ a b Feder, Robert. "Robservations: Bill Kurtis gets personal with Chicago magazine", Robert Feder. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Coen, Jeff (1996-12-12). "WETN-FM becomes a golden oldie". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-07. (Continued)
  4. ^ "Wheaton College's WETN stays true its mission". Chicago Daily Herald. 1997-02-17. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2007-11-07.

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