WKJG

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For the television station formerly known as WKJG, see WISE-TV.
WKJG
WKJG ESPN1380-106.7 logo.jpg
City Fort Wayne, Indiana
Broadcast area Fort Wayne, Indiana
Branding ESPN Radio 1380
Frequency 1380 kHz
106.7 MHz (WFGA)
First air date November 15, 1947
Format Sports radio
Audience share 1.6 (Fa'07, R&R[1])
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 51724
Transmitter coordinates 41°0′15.00″N 85°5′57.00″W / 41.0041667°N 85.0991667°W / 41.0041667; -85.0991667 (WKJG)
Callsign meaning William Kunkel, Journal Gazette
(Kunkel was the Journal Gazette's publisher)[2]
Former callsigns WKJG (1947–1971)
WMEE (1971–1979)
WQHK (1979–1996)
WHWD (1996–1999)
WONO (1999–2003)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Federated Media
(Pathfinder Communications Corporation)
Sister stations WBYR, WFWI, WMEE, WOWO, WQHK-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website ESPN 1380 & 106.7 Website

WKJG (1380 AM; "ESPN Radio 1380") is a radio station located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The station, owned by Federated Media, is Fort Wayne's ESPN Radio affiliate.

History[edit]

WKJG began broadcasting November 15, 1947[3] under the ownership of Northeastern Indiana Broadcasting, itself controlled by William Kunkel.[4] Kunkel was also the publisher of The Journal Gazette; the call letters are derived from both entities.[2] Initially a Mutual affiliate,[4] WKJG joined NBC Radio in 1956, after WOWO dropped NBC to go independent;[5] this brought the station in line with sister station WKJG-TV (channel 33), which had been an NBC-TV affiliate since going on the air in 1953. The WKJG stations were sold to the Truth Publishing Company of Elkhart in 1957;[6] in 1963, the stations came under the Communicana banner.[7]

After WKJG-TV was sold in 1971 (albeit to an entity controlled by the Dille family, which also controlled Communicana), it was decided to change the call letters of the radio stations, citing the perceived difficulty in saying "WKJG".[8] As a result, on October 1, WKJG, by then a top 40 station, became WMEE, with sister beautiful music station WKJG-FM (97.3 FM) becoming WMEF.[9] The following year, WMEE ceased its NBC Radio affiliation.[10] The station's owner became Federated Media in 1977.[11]

The station changed its call letters to WQHK and adopted a country music format in 1979, with WMEE and the top 40 format being moved to WMEF's former 97.3 FM facility (where it remains to this day as a hot adult contemporary station).[12] In 1991, the station moved to emphasizing classic country, carrying the ABC Radio/Satellite Music Network (now Cumulus Media Networks)-distributed Real Country network;[13] two years later, Federated Media launched WQHK-FM with a more contemporary country music format.[14] The AM station continued with classic country until 1995, when it changed to a talk format.[15] The station became adult standards station WHWD (reflecting its branding, "Radio Hollywood") on March 26, 1996, with most programming being provided by ABC's Stardust service; some of WQHK's talk shows were moved to sister station WOWO.[16][17]

WHWD adopted the current sports format, initially provided by One on One Sports, in September 1998.[18] To reflect the One on One affiliation, the call letters were changed to WONO in November 1999;[19] however, the following August, the station switched to ESPN Radio.[20] The WONO call letters were nonetheless retained until November 3, 2003, when the WKJG call letters, which had been dropped by channel 33 (now WISE-TV) a few months earlier, were restored.[21]

Programming[edit]

Most programming on WKJG is provided by ESPN Radio; the station also carries Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball games, as well as IPFW, Ball State University, and Purdue University sports. Local game broadcast time is purchased by local sports team. Outside of the game broadcasts, the station has very limited local programming of note.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ft. Wayne Market Ratings". Radio & Records. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Blaine (February 21, 2009). "WKJG". The Indiana Radio Archive. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1948 (PDF). 1948. p. 178. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1957 (PDF). 1957. p. 108. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 (PDF). 1958. p. A-280. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1964 (PDF). 1964. p. B-53. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Radio History". Federated Media. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Blaine (May 26, 2010). "WMEE". The Indiana Radio Archive. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1973 (PDF). 1973. p. B-67. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1978 (PDF). 1978. p. C-72. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 (PDF). 1980. p. C-75. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ Kilbane, Kevin (February 5, 1992). "WQHK tries new approach". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved February 25, 2012.  (preview of subscription content)
  14. ^ Kilbane, Kevin (June 28, 1993). "New radio station to hit airwaves with country flair". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved February 25, 2012.  (preview of subscription content)
  15. ^ McDonald, Rob (August 30, 1995). "WQHK-AM goes all-talk". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved February 25, 2012.  (preview of subscription content)
  16. ^ Thompson, Blaine (March 26, 1996). "Fort Wayne RadioWatch". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ "WQHK changes format". The Journal Gazette. March 13, 1996. Retrieved February 25, 2012.  (preview of subscription content)
  18. ^ Thompson, Blaine (September 2, 1998). "Indiana RadioWatch". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  19. ^ Thompson, Blaine (November 6, 1999). "Indiana RadioWatch". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  20. ^ Thompson, Blaine (August 26, 2000). "Indiana RadioWatch". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  21. ^ Thompson, Blaine (November 8, 2003). "Indiana RadioWatch". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 

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