|City||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Broadcast area||Metropolitan Ft. Wayne,
East Central Indiana
|Slogan||Fort Wayne's Good Time Oldies|
|First air date||March 28, 1948 (as WANE)|
|Former callsigns||WANE (1948-1966)|
|Owner||Adams Radio Group, LLC
(Adams Radio of Fort Wayne, LLC)
|Website||1450 WLYV Website|
WLYV (1450 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Fort Wayne, Indiana. The station was purchased by Adams Radio Group, LLC in 2014. It airs an Oldies radio format known as "Good Time Oldies" supplied by syndicator Westwood One. WLYV broadcasts with 1000 watts from a transmitter near Winter Street and its studios and offices are on East State Boulevard.
In the mid-1960s, the radio station was purchased by Sheppard Broadcasting of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following the purchase by Sheppard, the station changed call letters (to become closely related to Sheppard's WLAV in Grand Rapids) and on January 1, 1966 changed formats to become Fort Wayne's first Top 40 station under the direction of programming consultant Mike Joseph, who had already successfully programmed stations in New York City, Detroit, and Chicago. The results were dramatic and immediate. Within a few months WLYV was the second-highest rated station in Fort Wayne. (Prior to the format switch, the old WANE was so low in listener rankings that two distant stations...CKLW in Windsor/Detroit and WLS-AM in Chicago...had higher ratings in Fort Wayne.)
The success continued as many of the original "LYV GYS" made their mark in Ft. Wayne and moved to larger markets. "Skinny" Bobby Harper went on to great success in Atlanta, and was (it is said) was the real life model for WKRP'S Dr. Johnny Fever. Jim Reese (a.k.a. Grant Hudson) became a legendary newsman in Detroit, at CKLW and WWJ. Morning man and program director Jim (Uncle Felty) Felton moved to CKLW and later to become the most listened to morning man in Toronto at CFTR. Ron White became one of America's most respected programming consultants.Other major market personalities who worked at WLYV include Bob Todd, Ron Morgan, and Bobby Knight. In later years Program Director Bob Hamilton and high energy personalities like Phil Gardner, Jay Walker, Shotgun Lenny Harrison (Chuck Martin)and local favorite Ted Hatch continued the station's popularity.
It was WLYV's relatively low power output (1,000 watts) and the appearance of a more tightly formatted Top 40 station in town WMEE lead to WLYV's demise as a Top 40 icon. By 1974, "The Lyv One" was forced to change formats again and became "Lively Country." This change turned out to be successful for the station. WLYV's low power became an issue again, however, within several years when WMEE switched its call letters and moved to FM, leaving the 1380 AM frequency and its 5,000-watt operating power later becoming a country formatted station 1380 The Hawk. WLYV was owned by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus from 1974 to 1980 under the operating name Golden Bear Broadcasting. The studios were located inside the Anthony Wayne Building at the time in suite 925.
In the spring of 1980, WLYV changed call letters and ownership to WAFX when the station was sold to Clarence Moore Broadcasting which owned Beautiful music WCMX at the time and moved the station to 424 Reed Road. The format remained country until 1982.
Spring of 1982, WAFX was purchased by WAJI for a very brief stint and took the call letters WEZR. In the Fall of 1982, WEZR was purchased by Fairfield Broadcasting of Kalamazoo who also owned WKZO-AM-FM. Fairfield owned WEZR-AM for an entire year before purchasing former sister station WCMX and changed the name of that station to WEZV to reflect the same ownership group. Fairfield would own both stations for several years until 1989 when WEZR would return once again to the famous WLYV call letters under new ownership of Christian radio owner/operator Midwest Broadcasting Corporation which moved the studios to 4705 Illinois Road, airing a Christian music and teaching format. (Midwest Broadcasting today is Christian Broadcast System Ltd. and is based in Flint, Michigan.
In 2005, WLYV was sold once again to Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group which operated a Catholic Talk format at 1450 as "1450 Redeemer Radio". In May 2010 the studios were moved from 4705 Illinois Road to 4618 E State Blvd. citing reasons of space and technology upgrade.
In 2014, WLYV was sold to Adams Radio Group. The Redeemer Radio format moved to 106.3 FM on June 2. WLYV simulcast 106.3 until the 4th of July, when 1450 began stunting with patriotic songs and sound clips to honor the holiday, before debuting a Talk radio format as "Intelligent Talk, AM 1450 The Patriot" on July 6 at Noon.
On March 10, 2016, the 50th anniversary of the rebrand as WLYV, 1450 flipped to oldies, utilizing Westwood One's Good Time Oldies network, as "14-5-Oh WLYV".
- Indiana Radio Archive information and history of WLYV
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WLYV
- Radio-Locator Information on WLYV
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WLYV
- FCC History Cards for WLYV