|City of license||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Broadcast area||Ft. Wayne area|
|Format||Hot Adult Contemporary|
|Audience share||5.3, #8 (Fa'07, R&R)|
|ERP||39,000 watts -|
|Former callsigns||WFWQ (1982-1985)|
|Owner||Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.|
WAJI (95.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Hot Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, the station is currently owned by Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. WAJI is also the official radio station of the Fort Wayne Flyers.
WAJI was known as WPTH throughout the 1960s and 1970s as a sister station to WPTA television, and in the mid to late 1970s branded themselves as "Rock 95", using TM Productions' "Stereo Rock" Top 40 reel to reel automation package. The station went live in 1979, and changed calls in 1981 to WFWQ (95Q), continuing to do battle with 97.3 WMEE for the Top 40 audience in Fort Wayne, a battle it would eventually lose. 95Q's program director during this era was Mark Elliot. The station mellowed to Adult Contemporary, eventually changing to its current WAJI calls and imaging in 1985. "Majic 95" soon once again became one of Fort Wayne's top-rated stations, reaching #1 in the market several times during the late 1990s.
The station lineup consists of Majic In The Morning hosted by Dirk Rowley and Angie Nash. Dirk joined WAJI in 2000 after a stint in Las Vegas. Angie Nash spent the previous ten years of her career at cross-town WJFX Hot 107.9 before joining the morning show. Middays are hosted by heritage talent Barb Richards who was also the former program director. Afternoons is handled by Dan Kennedy who also serves as the stations Director of Programming. Kennedy was VP/Programming for five station Grenax Broadcasting in Arizona prior to his arrival in Fort Wayne in 2012. It is also stated that the station does not play rap or hard rock music, thus making the station an example of the Hot AC format.
Awards and Charitable Activities
In 2002, Majic 95.1 began an annual 2-day telethon called the "Majic Riley Radiothon" to raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2006, this fundraising effort expanded to include local Fort Wayne recording studio Sweetwater Productions. The radio station and recording studio partnered to record live, acoustic music from nationally-recognized artists and bands traveling through Fort Wayne. These recordings, along with others, have been used to produce an ongoing series of "Majic Miracle Music" charity CDs. 100% of proceeds from the sale of these CDs benefits Riley Hospital for Children. Artists who recorded at Sweetwater Productions for "Majic Miracle Music" CDs include REO Speedwagon, Ingrid Michaelson, Lenka, Aimee Allen, Jars of Clay, Rick Springfield, Ben Jelen, Josh Kelley, Sara Bareilles, Jon McLaughlin, Gin Blossoms, and Collective Soul.
In 2005, 2006 and again in 2007, WAJI won Radio&Records Hot AC station of the year for their community support and programming excellence.
In late 2010, WAJI MidDay Host Barb Richards received the Bob Lind Supporter of the Year national award from the Children's Miracle Network for her active involvement in helping Riley Hospital for Children with the Majic Riley Radiothon, Majic Miracle Music releases, and involvement in other Riley Hospital-related activities.
In 2011, WAJI Program Director Dan Kennedy received the distinguished Edison 30 Under 30 Award for his programming achievements under the age of 30. He was also awarded the Copper Radio Award for his service to the communities of Arizona while programming a group of stations in that state.
- "Ft. Wayne Market Ratings". Radio and Records.
- "WAJI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Entrepreneur.com Music Trades. CD raises funds for children's hospital: Sweetwater. January 2008.
- Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, "WAJI Program Director Barb Richards honored for helping Riley Hospital," Dec. 01, 2010 http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101201/NEWS01/12010304/1001/NEWS
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WAJI
- Radio-Locator information on WAJI
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WAJI
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