Category:Radio stations in Indianapolis
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The following 31 pages are in this category, out of 31 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 31 pages are in this category, out of 31 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. WFNI – WFNI is a commercial AM radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is owned by Emmis Communications and carries an all-sports radio format, the studios and offices are located at 40 Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The transmitter and antenna are located off Perry Worth Drive near Interstate 65 in Whitestown, Indiana, WFNI is simulcast on an FM translator W299BB at 107.5 MHz. AM1070 is the home of WIBC, which had broadcast on that frequency since 1938. WFNI broadcasts using 50,000 watts of power during the daytime, using four towers. Both the daytime and nighttime directional signals focus more power to the southeast direction from the antenna site, the daytime directional signal also includes a small lobe to the southwest. AM1070 is a frequency, reserved for Class A KNX in Los Angeles, requiring WFNI to reduce nighttime power. WFNI was born as a result of a three-frequency, two-company station swap, to avoid tedious shuffling of games among its stations and frequent preemption of regular programming, Emmis decided to clear a frequency for a new all-sports station in Indianapolis. The move began on October 8,2007, when the format and branding of Top 40 WNOW was sold to Radio One and moved to 100.9 MHz, the former frequency of now defunct smooth jazz WYJZ. This was done so that Emmis could clear the 93.1 frequency for news/talk WIBC and that move was made on December 26,2007, with 93.1 stunting an all-Christmas music format as WEXM, between October 8 and December 25. With the 1070 frequency open, Emmis launched its sports format on December 26 with a series of classic Indianapolis sporting events, ahead of its official launch date. Prior to WFNIs launch, ESPN Radio talk programming had been heard on 950 WXLW, before that,1260 WNDE was an ESPN Radio network affiliate from 1992 till 1994 and again from 1996 until switching to Fox Sports Radio in 2002. WIBC carried some ESPN Radio programming from 1994 to 1996, mostly GameNight on weekend evenings, ESPN Radios national sports broadcasts are all heard on WFNI – finally sorting out an unusual rights division among as many as four stations in the market during the early 2000s. WFNI is the station of the NBAs Indiana Pacers basketball team. It is also the AM flagship for the NFLs Indianapolis Colts, as such, daily updates from Colts play-by-play voice Bob Lamey are heard in-season. In addition, WFNI is the flagship for the WNBAs Indiana Fever, WFNI also airs Indiana University football and the Indiana High School state championship games in football and girls and boys basketball. WFNI is also the flagship of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, carrying the IRL IndyCar Series, as well as the NASCAR Brickyard 400, in June 2010, it was announced that Butler Bulldogs mens basketball would move from WXNT to WFNI beginning in the 2010–11 season. As of June 2010, WFNI programs three daily local talk shows
2. WIBC (FM) – WIBC is a commercial FM radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is owned by Emmis Communications and broadcasts a radio format. The studios are located at 40 Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, the transmitter and antenna are located near South Post Road and Burk Road on the far east side of Indianapolis. Weekends also feature shows on money, health, gardening, computers, some weekend hours are paid brokered programming. Some hours begin with world and national news from Fox News Radio, for nearly seven decades, WIBC broadcast on the AM radio frequency of 1070 kHz. On December 26,2007, WIBCs call letters and talk programming moved to the FM dial at co-owned 93.1 MHz, also on that date, the 1070 kHz frequency took the call sign WFNI and began an all-sports format as 1070 The Fan. WIBC broadcasts in HD, using its HD-2 signal for WFNIs local sports format, WIBCs HD-3 signal carries the national ESPN Radio Network. 1070 AM WIBC went on the air on October 30,1938 and its call sign stood for Indiana Broadcasting Company. WIBC began as a 1, 000-watt daytime-only station, the other heritage stations in Indianapolis were WFBM, WIRE, and WISH/WIFE. In its early days, WIBC was the Indianapolis network affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System and it carried dramas, comedies, news, sports, game shows and soap operas during the Golden Age of Radio. In the 1950s, WIBCs owner, Fairbanks Broadcasting, petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to put a TV station on the air on Channel 13, but the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation was awarded the license. Fairbanks sued, saying as an Indiana-based company, it should get the license over Crosley, based in Cincinnati, in 1960, WIBC added an FM station at 93.1, WIBC-FM. As TV took over most network programming in the 1950s and 60s, WIBC switched to news, talk. The station was considered among the full service middle of the road radio stations in America. Orly Knutson, Chuck Riley afternoons before becoming a very successful voice-over talent in L. A, others personalities who were on the air at WIBC were Big John Gillis, Pete Sullivan, Bob Simpson and Jeff Pigeon who went on to do mornings after Gary Todd retired. A longtime fixture was former News Director Fred Heckman, who began with WIBC in 1957, over the 1980s, more talk programming was added and music was reduced as listeners increasingly turned to FM for music. WIBC became a talk radio station in 1993, eliminating all music shows. Fred Hickmam returned in 1994 after the station was purchased by Emmis and his daily My Town Indy radio essays, which ran for thirty years, were among the stations most enduring favorites
3. WLHK – WLHK is an FM radio station owned by Emmis Communications. The station airs a music format, calling itself 97-1 Hank FM. While the station is licensed to Shelbyville, Indiana, its studios are located on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, the transmitter, according to the U. S. Federal Communications Commission, is located in the 7000 block of East Southport Road on the southeast side of Indianapolis. WLHK is the FM outlet for the Indianapolis Colts, as of the 2007 season, WLHK also carries Indiana University mens basketball, in the event of programming conflict on WFNI. WLHK is licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD format, the station first signed on as WSVL-FM on November 6,1964 as the FM partner to WSVL-AM1520. WSVL-FM was programmed to serve Shelbyville and the surrounding communities, in 1980, Indianapolis lawyer and broadcaster Jeff Smulyan and two partners formed Emmis Communications. The name Emmis is taken from the Hebrew language, meaning truth and they purchased WSVL-FM with the goal was to move the radio station into the larger nearby Indianapolis radio market. WSVL-FM relaunched as adult contemporary music formatted WENS on June 4,1981, WENS was known as the Flagship Station of Emmis Communications according to its hourly legal station identification. The radio stations new programming was a success in the Indianapolis market. With help from Chief Engineer Bob Hawkins, the late Tim McKee was the first voice heard on the new FM97 WENS, veteran broadcast journalist Glenn Webber anchored morning news on WENS. Afternoon news anchor was Carol Harm, Harm was soon replaced by Linda Shane. Bernie Eagan joined the station in August 1981. Other early weekend talent included Jerry Walker, Kevin Dugan, Wendi Ney, Chuck Larson left the station for WNAP in October 1981 and was replaced by Gene Olson. Cummings moved to mornings after Semro joined the Satellite Music Network in Chicago for morning drive on SMNs new Country Coast to Coast format in the fall of 1981. While the early WENS promoted itself as the station for no gimmicks, games, or contests, a Labor Day tradition in Indianapolis was started in 1983. The fireworks show, created by then Promotions Director Martha Sakai, was a synchronized fireworks to music show presented on the banks of the White River at Tenth Street in downtown Indianapolis, the Skyconcert was also broadcast by tape delay on Indianapolis television. Skyconcert was a success for the WENS sales department, first headed by Jim Culbertson, and later by sales leadership from Gary Rozynek, Jon Horton, Mark Renier. Once Program Director Rick Cummings became more involved with the growth of Emmis Broadcasting, Jordan only lasted three months in the shift
4. WXLW – WXLW is an AM radio station owned by Pilgrim Communications LLC serving the greater Indianapolis, Indiana area. The station operates on the AM radio frequency of 950 kHz, in the fall of 2006, the studios were moved from Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis to a different location along US31 in Franklin. The WXLW transmitter and antenna are located between Georgetown and Moller Roads on West 56th Street on the northwest side of Indianapolis, previously known as ESPN950 from 2002 until January 2008, the station now airs a mix of local and national talk shows. WXLW went on the air on August 18,1948 at 1590 kHz with 1 kW power with a single tower at its studio location on Kessler Blvd. at West 30th Street in Indianapolis. In January 1955, the moved to its current allocation at 950 kHz with an increase in power up to 5,000 watts with a 3-tower directional antenna. The station was Adult MOR with local news and known announcers Howard Dorsey, Greg Smith, Art Roberts, WXLW was also famous for their popular annual Watermellon Festival which featured musical acts like singing duo Homer & Jethro. In the 1960s, the featured a large mobile studio, The Traveler. Bill Shirk, from Muncie, Indiana, owned WXLW in the 1970s through most of the 80s, one of WXLWs most remembered contests involved giving away Indiana Pacer basketballs. The station touted WXLW has balls, in the mid-70s Super XL was doing exceptionally well against other full-time AM stations like, WIFE and WNDE and WNAP-FM. By 1976, the station had segued to adult contemporary with long-time Indianapolis personalities such as Joe Pickett, K. C. Jones, Steve Miller was Program Director through most of the period. For a brief time in 1979, WXLW tried a Sunday-only disco format called Space Station Shirk, WXLW was a daytime-only radio station from sign-on until 1986, when the FCC granted it limited power night-time operations and a very small coverage area. WXLWs last format before flipping to a simulcast of sister-station WFDM-FM was sports, sister station WXLW-FM began broadcasting August 27,1948, on 94.7 MHz. It duplicated the AM stations programs but continued to broadcast after sunset, both stations were owned by Radio Indianapolis, Incorporated. WXLW broadcasts using 5,000 watts of power between sunrise and sunset, between sunset and sunrise, it broadcasts with 36 watts of power. The station uses an antenna system. More information is available at the FCC query for WXLW, WXLW changed from its religious programming to ESPN Radio on July 8,2002, shortly after WNDE switched from ESPN to Fox Sports Radio. On January 7,2008, ESPN Radio switched from WXLW to WFNI, in the aftermath of ESPNs switch, WXLW became a Sporting News Radio affiliate in 2008, which later became Yahoo. On September 10,2012 WXLW changed their format to talk, simulcasting sister-station WFDM-FM/95.9 Franklin, Indiana, branded as Freedom 95
5. WZPL – WZPL is a radio station based in Greenfield, Indiana, and serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The station, known as 99-5 WZPL, airs a Top 40 format and its studios are located on Meridian Street in Indys northside, and its transmitter tower is on the east side. The station signed on as WSMJ on June 1,1962 and they changed to a disco music format and adopted the call sign WIKS-FM The New Rock Kiss 99 FM on April 14,1979. Recently, the station began shifting back towards a pure Top 40, the WZPL call sign was adopted in April 1983, but over the years the station has referred to itself by various nicknames. Sister stations include WXNT and WNTR, the station features The Smiley Morning Show, hosted by Dave Smiley, weekday mornings and Chase Daniels weekday afternoons. In the early 2000s the station was known as Z 99-5, during November 2008, the afternoon show had been hosted by Ryan Seacrest. In 2005, WZPL became one of the first Indianapolis-area radio stations to broadcast their signal in HD Radio, official website The Indiana Radio Archive - WZPL All Comedy Radio Query the FCCs FM station database for WZPL Radio-Locator information on WZPL Query Nielsen Audios FM station database for WZPL
6. WTTS – WTTS is an FM radio station serving Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana, in the United States, broadcasting at 92.3 FM. The stations format is classified as Adult Album Alternative or Triple A. WTTS uses the slogan World Class Rock to describe its music mix. The station plays a variety of rock-based music from the mid-1960s to the present, including acoustic, reggae, classic rock, blues and alternative rock. In 2001, WTTS was amongst the first American radio stations to play music by the artists John Mayer and Norah Jones, the station maintains studios in downtown Indianapolis and Bloomington, its city of license. WTTS main transmitter is located in Trafalgar, WTTS remains locally and independently owned by Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. The company is named for its founder, an Armenian immigrant who came from an engineering background, Tarzian put his first station, WTTS-AM, on the air in 1949. WTTV-FM began broadcasting a Big Band format in 1960, in the mid-70s, the call letters were changed to WGTC-FM, which stood for Good Time Country to reflect its new country music format. In 1986, WGTC-FM became WTTS-FM, and in 1988, it changed to an AOR/CHR hybrid format under their new moniker The New Power 92, four years later, in 1992, WTTS adopted its present format. WTTS has been named Best Local Radio Station by Indianapolis alternative newspaper Nuvo multiple times since 1998 and it has also been nominated for Adult Rock Station of the Year honors numerous times by Radio & Records and FMQB magazines, prominent radio and music industry trade publications. The station broadcasts from the 1,000 ft WTTV Channel 4 Television tower, located in Trafalgar, WTTS program hosts include Paul Mendenhall, mornings, Brad Holtz, middays, Laura Duncan, afternoon drive. In 2004, WTTS introduced the Phil the Listener Show, hosted by longtime listener Phil Stoerck, the show featured an eclectic mix of rock that aired monthly. Phil died at the age of 54 on March 9,2008, specialty programs on WTTS include OverEasy, Sunday mornings and nights, Etown and House of Blues Radio Hour, Sunday nights, and Indy Underground, Monday and Saturday nights. In 2005, the station opened Sun King Studio 92, a performance, twice a year, WTTS releases the New Music Sampler CD, which it distributes to listeners for free. In 1995, WTTS began releasing the Collectors Edition CD every December, highlighting live rock and acoustic performances recorded in Sun King Studio 92, through these promotions, the station has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities throughout central and south-central Indiana. On July 15,2007, WTTS celebrated the 15th anniversary of its format with the WTTS 15th Birthday Bash Starring Bob Dylan, the sold-out concert was held at the Lawn at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. In 2008, WTTS, in conjunction with A&E Television, presented a private concert with John Mellencamp. The event, attended by 400 listeners, was featured in an A&E Biography special. The summer of 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Triple-A format on WTTS, WTTS has also hosted annual holiday concerts including Toys For Tots Christmas Concerts and the Rock To Read Benefits for the Indianapolis Public Library
7. WYXB – WYXB, branded as B105.7, is an FM radio station owned by Emmis Communications in Indianapolis, Indiana. The station operates on the FM radio frequency of 105.7 MHz, the studios are located on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The transmitter and antenna, according to the FCC, are located on the eastside of Indianapolis, the station began operation as classical music formatted WAIV in 1961 through the efforts of the founders of what is now the broadcast program producer The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis. In 1964, the station was located in the Dearborn Hotel on East Michigan Street.7 The Peoples Station,105.7 The Power, Power 105.7, Emmis Communications bought both WTLC and WTLC-AM. Emmis sold WTLC-FM and AM in February 2001, changing the letters to WYXB. The format changed to adult contemporary, WYXB currently broadcasts a gold-based adult contemporary music format. Its original positioning statement of Soft Rock for a Busy World has been shortened to just Soft Rock, as do many AC stations, WYXB switches its format to continuous Christmas music during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. WYXB DJs Bernie Eagan and Eric Garnes are Indy radio veterans and its studios are included with WLHK, WIBC, and WFNI located at the Emmis World Headquarters on the southwest quadrant of Monument Circle. Query the FCCs FM station database for WYXB Radio-Locator information on WYXB Query Nielsen Audios FM station database for WYXB
8. WBDG – WBDG is a high school radio station broadcasting a Variety format from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township. WBDG is one of the first radio stations in Marion County to be owned by a school system, the station had a radiated power of just 10 watts. Early programming on WBDG consisted of a modest schedule of programs aimed at the township elementary schools, community news. The station broadcast only during school hours and on athletic event nights, competition for the handful of disc jockey slots each week was very fierce. In the early 1970s, station management applied for and was granted a power increase, the stations radiated power was upped to 320 watts. Channel six insisted that WBDG move its antenna and transmitter to the farm near St. Vincent Hospital on Indys Northside. The new transmission location proved undesirable as the station could barely be received in its own control room, in 1979, the FCC granted the petition to move the station back to Ben Davis. Part of the FCCs construction permit was to increase WBDGs radiated power to 400 watts, a 78-foot tower was built on the school roof, and the transmitter was moved to a fan room on the second floor of the building. As the 1970s waned, WBDG began to add after school radio shows, pop music and rock started to air. By 1979, WBDG was broadcasting 15 hours per day, five days per week, student operators even kept the station on the air on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas with no automation system. During the days of disco, WBDG earned a few points in one of the books. WBDG was the only station in Indianapolis. A few of WBDGs staff members had gotten an advertising agency to donate to WBDG35 billboard advertisements. “Disco 91” billboards were across the city, when disco died, WBDG adopted a popular music and rock format. In 1986, the station was granted its current stereo license after raising the money for stereo broadcast equipment in a first-ever WBDG Radio Marathon, in the early 1990s, popular music was shifting toward an increasingly esoteric and unconventional bent. In emphasis of this scope of sound in the mainstream. Some of the most dynamic set lists of this era came from a show entitled What Not, in 1995, WBDG expanded to 24 hours a day, every day
9. WHHH – WHHH,96.3 FM, is a mainstream urban-leaning rhythmic contemporary radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with four other Indianapolis stations, WTLC, WTLC-FM, WNOW-FM and TV station WDNI, all four radio stations and TV outlet share studios on Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis, and its transmitter tower is atop the nearby residential high-rise Riley Towers II. The station simulcasts in the HD Radio format, when the station signed on in October of 1991, it was known as Hoosier Hot 96 dot 3 or Hoosier 96 for short. It was Indys 1st ever CHUrban station that played hip-hop, pop, R&B, dance, freestyle, new jack swing, over the years, especially when the station taken over by Radio One, it morphed strictly into a fully fledged urban contemporary station. Hot 96.3 was formerly the Indianapolis affiliate of Russ Parr in the Morning, in 2016, WHHH replaced Russ Parr with The Rickey Smiley Morning show, hosted by Rickey Smiley. Query the FCCs FM station database for WHHH Radio-Locator information on WHHH Query Nielsen Audios FM station database for WHHH
10. WZRL – WZRL is a broadcast radio station licensed to Plainfield, Indiana, serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The station, which began broadcasting in 1964, is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, the WZRL broadcast license is held by Capstar TX LLC. WZRL broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format, in March 1964, James Thomas Barlow received the approval of the Federal Communications Commission to build a 3, 000-watt radio station in Plainfield. The station signed on August 16,1964 as WJMK, broadcasting a Variety format and it was the first station in Hendricks County and one of the four FM stations in the Indianapolis area that broadcast in stereo. In 1974, the station was sold to A&R Broadcasting, Inc. in 1980, A&R Broadcasting sold the station to Radio One Five Hundred Inc. for $500,000 and changed its format to Christian. On December 15,1980, it changed the sign to WXIR. On March 5,2003, WXIR was sold to ABC, the application was Accepted for Filing on March 20 and approved by the Federal Communications Commission on May 6. The sale was consummated on July 1 and the became the Radio Disney affiliate on the Indianapolis metropolitan area. On August 19,2003, Disney changed the sign to WRDZ-FM. In 2004, WRDZ-FM started to broadcast in the HD Radio format, Disney originally planned to temporarily shut down the stations in question on September 26,2014. However, Disney changed their plans at the last minute, and all stations would remain on the air and these rumors only heated up as the company registered the domain Big983Indy. com the same month. The sale was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on July 14,2015, the transaction was completed on July 17,2015 and the call letters were changed to WUBG. On July 17,2015, at 4,00 pm, since September, WUBG aired the Premiere Networks syndicated program Bobby Bones Show in morning drive. Some websites specializing in media reported that the program was scheduled to begin airing on August 16. On October 2,2016, WUBG began stunting with a promotion liner about a change coming the day at Noon on a continuous loop. At the promised time, WUBG flipped to urban, branded as Real 98.3, Real launched with 10,000 joints in a row, with the first song being For Free by DJ Khaled and Drake. IHeart had applied for the callsign WZRL for the station on the 2nd, the station began airing The Breakfast Club in mornings starting November 3, other on-air personalities are to be announced. In the beginnings, the station broadcast music and news, with time given to sports and local affairs
11. WNDE – WNDE is a Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Indianapolis, Indiana, serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The station, which began broadcasting in 1924, is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, the WNDE broadcast license is held by Capstar TX LLC. WNDE began operation as WFBM on October 23,1924, as the radio station licensed in Indianapolis. It was started by the Merchants Heating & Light Co. later Indianapolis Power & Light, when WFBM went on the air, it was assigned a frequency of 1130 kilohertz. In 1927, it moved to 1330 kHz, then to 1090 kHz in 1928 and it arrived at its current frequency after the great frequency shift of 1941, when all stations in the United States at 1230 kHz were moved to 1260 kHz. In 1949, WFBM-TV went on the air in time to broadcast the 1949 Indianapolis 500, the WFBM “family” grew on November 26,1959, when WFBM-FM went on the air at 94.7 Mc. In 1957, the three WFBM stations were sold to Time-Life, Inc, McGraw-Hill bought the stations in 1972, and almost immediately put the radio stations on the market. The WFBM stations had been grandfathered when the FCC banned common ownership of television and radio stations, in 1973, WFBM became WNDE, followed by WFBM-FM becoming WFBQ in Spring 1974. The WNDE call letters were chosen as the letters NDE phonetically sound like Indy, WNDE is the oldest operating radio station in Indianapolis, and third oldest in the state of Indiana. WNDE, which had at one time used a Top 40 format and it had previously been an ESPN Radio affiliate on two occasions. In September 2012, the network switched from Fox Sports Radio to NBC Sports Radio in the 10 pm-5 am weekday hours, remaining with FSR in other dayparts. Former hosts of the afternoon drive local show include Mark Patrick, the team of Tim Bragg & Bill Benner, Indiana Pacers announcer Mark Boyle, and JMV. On July 7,2015, WNDE rebranded as Fox Sports 97.5, utilizing the addition of W248AW, WNDE carries programming from the Fox Sports Radio network, which broadcasts a Sports/Talk radio format. On July 6,2015, WNDE became the Indianapolis outlet for The Rush Limbaugh Show, coinciding with the Limbaugh reclamation, iHeartMedia acquired translator station W248AW97.5 FM from the Educational Media Foundation to simulcast WNDE. The surrounding sports-centric format will not change, indeed, the change came the day as the station rebranded as Fox Sports 97.5. WNDE is the Indianapolis outlet for Purdue University football and mens basketball and it also airs Compass Media Networks NFL and NCAA football coverage. After years of broadcasting Cincinnati Reds baseball, WNDE was a part of the Chicago Cubs network in 2009 and 2010, in 2011, WNDE dropped NASCAR programming after many years, and began broadcasting Indianapolis Indians baseball