Ft. Wayne, IN
WJOE - 106.3 Joe FM
Gone for more than two years, the Variety Hits format returned to Ft. Wayne on September 27, 2008 as Rhythmic AC "106.3 The Vibe" (WVBB) flipped to Variety Hits as 106.3 Joe FM effective 9/27/2008 and changed its call letters to WJOE . The 106.3 signal in the Ft. Wayne market is one that has seen a slew of formats, though with new owner Russ Oasis (who purchased the station from Artistic Media Partners in November 2007), perhaps some stability has finally arrived for the station.
WJOE is a Class A signal that has what those in the business sometimes refer to as a "small stick" (6,000 watts from a relatively short tower). But it covers the Ft. Wayne metro area with a city-grade signal, something that the last Variety Hits station in the market (102.9 Mike FM) was unable to do with its even weaker signal, which did *not* provide the same city-grade coverage to Ft. Wayne that the new 106.3 Joe FM will offer.
Station Website: 1063joefm.com
Streaming Audio: Available via the website
Special Audio: WVBB and WJOE Legal IDs (TopHour.com)
WXKE - 102.9 Mike FM
The 102.9 signal in the Ft. Wayne market is a rimshot from the southwest licensed to Huntington, IN. At one point the signal was teamed with 102.3 WXTW as a modern rock simulcast as X102 (102.3 still has that format, incidentally). The simulcast split on February 2, 2004 when WXKE split off to become Adult Standards as 102.9 The River.
(Station changed formats on July 20, 2006)
Summit City Radio Group obtained the station from Travis Media Corp in July 2004. On May 17, 2005, the station flipped to Variety Hits as 102.9 Mike FM, with the Standards format moving to 1250 WGL and replacing Fox Sports on that signal.
Mike FM didn't last very long in Ft. Wayne. On August 28, 2006, the station reverted to Oldies, simulcasting with 1250 The River (WGL) under new call letters WWGL. The WXKE call letters moved to 103.9 at this time, as Summit City resurrected the format and call letters of the old Rock 104.
Special Audio: WXKE Legal ID (TopHour.com)
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