Feb 28, 2014 - In a surprising and unique development for the local radio community, Redeemer Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will receive the gift of an FM radio station in exchange for its AM station. The exchange comes about thanks to the recently announced purchase by Adams Radio Group LLC of two commercial radio groups in Fort Wayne.
To comply with FCC ownership rules, the Adams Group will exchange WHPP 106.3 FM for WLYV AM 1450 on which Redeemer Radio currently broadcasts. Notably, no cash will be exchanged in the transaction between Adams and Redeemer Radio.
Dave Stevens, Executive Director of Redeemer Radio said “This is an incredible opportunity for Redeemer Radio made possible by Adams swapping 106.3 WHPP-FM for AM 1450 WLYV. Because of their generosity, Redeemer Radio will grow even further as we reach thousands of new listeners on the FM dial 24-hours a day. Our local radio ministry will now reach new northeast Indiana listeners from Angola to Decatur, Huntington to Warsaw and throughout the Fort Wayne area. In our eight years of broadcasting on AM 1450, over 6,000 Catholics and non-Catholics, throughout the area, have regularly supported Redeemer Radio allowing us to share the truth and beauty of our faith. Even more listeners will now be welcomed home to our family of faith.”
In the transaction, Adams Radio Group is acquiring FM stations WJFX, WBTU, WXKE and WNHT, and AM stations WLYV and WGL. Calvary Church acquires WGL-FM in an exchange for an FM Translator to Adams as Redeemer receives WHPP-FM for WLYV–AM. The deal is expected to close in approximately 90 days pending FCC approval.
Feb 26, 2014 - Fort Wayne - Redeemer Radio is proud to announce the hiring of a new staff member to our Redeemer Radio Family. Deacon Jim Tighe has joined Redeemer Radio as Morning Show Host and will anchor the station’s upcoming morning show program, set to debut in late spring 2014.
In making the appointment, Dave Stevens, Executive Director, said, “We are thrilled to have Deacon Jim Tighe join our Redeemer Radio team. Jim brings vast radio experience along with a depth of knowledge of the Catholic faith that will be an incredible asset to Redeemer Radio listeners. In addition to Deacon Jim’s unique experience, he possesses a down-to-earth personal warmth and caring, that will be evident to our listeners.”
Deacon Jim graduated from Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in literature with a minor in Philosophy and theology. Tighe comes with over 35 years of radio experience. He started at KNOM in Nome, Alaska. From there he hosted radio programs in various locations including Anchorage and Sacramento, eventually leading him to Fort Wayne. Tighe was the general sales manager and station weather voice for WOWO. He then left the radio business and joined the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend as the Director of the Office of Catechesis. In 2011 he become a deacon and currently serves St. Jude Parish in Fort Wayne under pastor, Fr. Jake Runyon. Tighe is expecting to complete his Master of Arts in Theology through the University of Notre Dame in July of 2015.
Upon starting the position as morning show host, Deacon Jim said, “The opportunity to join the morning show is a perfect meeting place of the talents that God has given me. Through being called to the Diaconate, past radio experience and working with the Diocese, everything has been preparing me for my new role at Redeemer Radio.”
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