Wowo 90th Anniversary Special



A look back at the past 90 years of broadcast history, with stories and audio from the people that made this station and Fort Wayne a Great Place To Be.


  • 2017 Best Reporter

    15/01/2018 Duración: 08min
  • 2017 Best Community Impact

    15/01/2018 Duración: 11min
  • Bob Chase tribute special

    24/11/2016 Duración: 01h38min

    Looking back at the life and legacy of WOWO and Komets hockey legend Bob Chase. This special was produced to honor Bob on his retirement to Komets Hockey, a post which he served for 64 seasons.

  • Steven Tyler talks about WOWO

    27/06/2016 Duración: 12min

    Steven Tyler from Aerosmith has frequently credited WOWO Radio as his introduction to Rock and Roll. He even credited us in his autobiography! On Friday, 6/24/16, Steven talked about listening to WOWO on the Today Show, all the way from Massachusetts... but then dropped something completely new and very surprising. Ryan Wrecker talks to Ron Gregory for some context. Photo credit / license

  • WOWO 90th Special: Part 6 1995-present

    06/06/2016 Duración: 15min

    WOWO becomes a full time news/talk station and back into prosperity

  • WOWO 90th Special: Part 5 1984-1994

    06/06/2016 Duración: 05min

    Looking back at the era after Bob Sievers, Jay Gould and Jack Underwood retired.

  • The first time Elvis Presley was on the radio

    02/06/2016 Duración: 04min

    Did you know the very first time Elvis Presley was played on the radio was thanks to Bob Sievers and WOWO Radio? Hear his account of what happened in 1947.

  • WOWO 90th Special: Part 4 1972-1984

    30/05/2016 Duración: 43min

    The history of WOWO, looking back at 1972-1984

  • WOWO 90th Special: Part 3 1954-1972

    30/05/2016 Duración: 38min

    A look back at WOWO history, between 1954 and 1972.

  • WOWO 90th Special: Part 2 1940-1954

    23/05/2016 Duración: 28min

    It wasn't until 1941 that you could hear WOWO on 1190AM, thanks to the US treaty called the North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement. Before that the booming sound was on 1160AM. It would be later in the year that the station would increase power to 10,000 watts. But moving on the AM wasn't the only thing that happened in the early 40's. The FCC assigned FM radio to the 42 to 50 MHz band of the spectrum. In Fort Wayne, Westinghouse Broadcasting received an experimental license for station W49FW. It didn't last long, as Westinghouse decided FM broadcasting is unprofitable and has no future. The original WOWO-FM permanently in late 1953 and the transmitter was donated to Taylor University. The 40's were also great for the community. In 1948, WOWO Penny Pitch was introduced, and the story behind it you'll hear in this podcast. In late 1945, Bob Sievers and Jay Gould began the world famous “Little Red Barn," and the magic would extend many decades and dominate ratings until the day the s

  • WOWO / Bob Chase Indy 500 story

    19/05/2016 Duración: 03min

    This is one of the great stories of WOWO covering the Indy 500. Bob Chase in the 1950s had a little trick to get ahead of other reporters at the track. Photo credit: / license:

  • WOWO 90th Special: Part 1 1925-1940

    16/05/2016 Duración: 13min

    Part 1 of the WOWO 90th Anniversary Special, looking back at the early years of the station, spanning form 1925-1940.

  • WOWO 90th Special: Introduction

    16/05/2016 Duración: 05min

    Looking back at the past 90 years of WOWO history. This is the introduction to the documentary, setting up what will be the next 9 decades of broadcast history in Fort Wayne.

  • Tribute to former WOWO engineer Paul Schafer

    15/04/2016 Duración: 03min

    Former WOWO radio engineer joined the station in 1943 and would be a pioneer in the industry. He developed one of the first remote transmitters and also invented the first radio automation system. Audio courtesy of Randy Meyer and the