Monday, July 20, 2015


A 1984 sticker from 1190 WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  At that time they were a Top-40 outlet but currently carry a News/Talk format.  They began broadcasting on March 31, 1925 at 1320 AM and moved to 1190 AM in 1941.  From that year until 1995 WOWO operated as a clear-channel station, with 50,000-watts of power both day and night.  This allowed the station to broadcast over huge areas of land and became a popular station with many people on the east coast and as far away as Florida.

In 1971, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado sent out their required weekly test of the Emergency Broadcast System.  Unfortunately, a teletype operator fed the wrong tape into the transmitter and set off a panic which would be remembered by anyone who heard it.  WOWO's Bob Sievers was amazingly calm and professional as you can hear in the audio below.

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