WERT

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WERT
WERT logo.jpg
City of licenseVan Wert, Ohio
Broadcast areaLima, Ohio
BrandingUnforgettable 1220
Frequency1220 kHz
First air dateNovember 27,1958
FormatAdult Standards
Audience share1.2 (Fa'07, R&R[1])
Power250 watts day
29 watts night
ClassD
Facility ID56181
Transmitter coordinates40°52′19.00″N 84°33′15.00″W / 40.8719444°N 84.5541667°W / 40.8719444; -84.5541667
Callsign meaningVan WERT[2]
AffiliationsAgri Broadcast Network
OwnerFirst Family Broadcasting
Sister stationsWKSD
WebcastListen Live
 
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WERT
WERT logo.jpg
City of licenseVan Wert, Ohio
Broadcast areaLima, Ohio
BrandingUnforgettable 1220
Frequency1220 kHz
First air dateNovember 27,1958
FormatAdult Standards
Audience share1.2 (Fa'07, R&R[1])
Power250 watts day
29 watts night
ClassD
Facility ID56181
Transmitter coordinates40°52′19.00″N 84°33′15.00″W / 40.8719444°N 84.5541667°W / 40.8719444; -84.5541667
Callsign meaningVan WERT[2]
AffiliationsAgri Broadcast Network
OwnerFirst Family Broadcasting
Sister stationsWKSD
WebcastListen Live

WERT (1220 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult standards featuring soft oldies chiefly from the 1940s through today. Licensed to Van Wert, Ohio, USA, the station serves Van Wert primarily but is considered part of the Lima market. The station is currently owned by First Family Broadcasting and broadcasts from its studios on the Lincoln Highway (County Highway 418) just east of Van Wert.[3]

History[edit]

From its first day of broadcasting on Thanksgiving Day in November 1958, WERT/1220, then owned by its local founder The Van Wert Broadcasting Company, has traditionally been a middle of the road formatted music station. WERT's original design engineer was also instrumental in the founding of WMVR in Sidney in 1963. The original owners also built and launched WERT-FM/98.9 in 1962, giving Van Wert its own FM service. WERT AM and FM were then sold to a California company in 1967 for $160,000, according to an article in that year's Van Wert Times Bulletin newspaper. The west coast firm would absentee own and operate the stations for the next four years. Ray Livesay, from Matoon, Il. then purchased the local AM/FM combo in 1971 and operated it throughout much of the 1970s and 80s, boosting the power of WERT-FM to 50,000 watts in 1984. 1988 saw another change in ownership when Atlantic Resources, based in Cincinnati, Ohio bought the stations for a reported $1 million with intentions to move the high power WERT-FM to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where it remains today as 98.9 The Bear. WERT was then paired with a new FM station licensed to Paulding, Ohio at 99.7 MHz and sold to Community Broadcasting of Van Wert in 1991. In 1994 Chris Roberts (previously with WOWO[disambiguation needed] in Fort Wayne) purchased the local stations after forming First Family Broadcasting, Inc.

Programming[edit]

WERT broadcasts a mix of adult standards from the '40s through today from its studios along historic Lincoln Highway. It is the heritage station serving the Van Wert area, and is co-owned with oldies/sports radio station WKSD 99.7 FM in Paulding (formerly WERT-FM; the original WERT-FM/98.9, is now WBYR serving the Fort Wayne market, and is no longer co-owned with WERT).

For many years WERT aired programming from ABC Radio's (now Citadel Media) "Timeless Favorites" format. After "Timeless Favorites" was discontinued in February 2010, the station opted to return to locally originating programming.

A powerful windstorm powered by the remnants of Hurricane Ike caused damage to its transmitting tower on Sunday September 14, 2008. According to a WLIO-TV news story dated September 15, 2008, engineers from the Fort Wayne area along with Chief Engineer Chris Roberts, also the principal owner, worked feverishly to bring the station back on the air. In the interim, WERT continued to operate with reduced power by means of a temporary antenna and an internet audiostream until Friday September 19, 2008 when the new tower was finished. The station returned to full power late in the afternoon on that day as reported by the Van Wert Independent newspaper.

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