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WAJI

WAJI (95.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States, the station is currently owned by Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.[1]

WAJI
WAJI Majic95.1 logo.png
CityFort Wayne, Indiana
Broadcast areaFort Wayne area
BrandingMajic 95.1
SloganThe Best of the 90s and Now
Fort Wayne's Christmas Station (Nov.-Dec.)
Frequency95.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)99.5 W258BY (Fort Wayne, relays HD2)
First air date1959
FormatAdult Contemporary
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
HD2: Alternative rock "Alt 99.5"
ERP39,000 watts
HAAT207 meters
ClassB
Facility ID59132
Transmitter coordinates41°6′13.00″N 85°11′28.00″W / 41.1036111°N 85.1911111°W / 41.1036111; -85.1911111
Callsign meaningMAJIc
Former callsignsWPTH (1959-1981)
WFWQ (1982-1985)
OwnerSarkes Tarzian, Inc.
Sister stationsWLDE
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Websitemajic951.com
alt995.com (HD2)

WAJI broadcasts in HD.[2]

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HistoryEdit

WAJI was known as WPTH throughout the 1960s and 1970s as a sister station to WPTA television, and in the summer of 1974 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. 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 1980s.

On March 20, 2014, the first day of spring WAJI changed names to BEST FM 95.1 WAJI reflecting the music they play today.

The station lineup consisted of "The BEST-FM Morning Show" with Sid Kelly, Angie Nash and James Redding. Mandi Michaels, Program Director Dan Kennedy and Dave B. Goode (who also serves as the station's Promotions Director).

Angie Nash spent the previous ten years of her career at cross-town WJFX Hot 107.9 before joining the morning show. Afternoons were 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. Dave B. Goode hosts weeknights after spending several years at stations such as crosstown WBTU and WNHT. Dave also serves as the station's Promotions Director.

After changing formats, BEST-FM has brought in several new staff members. On June 23, 2014 it was announced that James Redding would join Angie Nash for mornings after spending three years as an intern/producer in Boston on Kiss 108.

In September 2014 Mandi Michaels joined the staff as the new mid-day personality.

On October 24, 2014 Best FM announced the hiring of Sid Kelly. Sid was brought in to be the new host of the morning show, joining Angie and James. Sid Kelly came to WAJI after spending 3 and-a-half years at WVKS 92.5 Kiss FM in Toledo.

In July 2015 Program Director/afternoon personality Dan Kennedy announced he was leaving the station after 4 years to take a job outside of radio.

In September 2015 Captain Chris (Didier) Program Director of sister station WLDE, Fun 101.7 was named Program Director for WAJI and Operations Manager for the all 3 Fort Wayne, IN, Sarkes Tarzian radio stations.

On September 4, 2015, 95.1 rebranded back to "Majic 95.1". The new Majic is being positioned as “Songs You Can Sing Along To” and comes with the exit of several staffers over the previous few weeks. Program Director Dan Kennedy left in July for a non-radio industry position. Morning host Sid Kelly, producer James Redding, and middayer Mandi Michaels were let go earlier that week leading up to the change.[3]

The current WAJI line-up consists of Angie Nash live in mornings. The station also features Barb Richards in Mid-days and Sean Copeland on Afternoons. Barb and Sean both pre-record (voice-track) their shows ahead of time. Sean Copeland is based in Indianapolis, where he hosts mornings on WYXB.

Awards and Charitable ActivitiesEdit

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 facility Sweetwater Studios. 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 Studios 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.[4]

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.[5]

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. In 2015, WAJI Program Director Dan Kennedy was awarded the Fort Wayne 40 Under 40 award for service and excellence to the community.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WAJI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?realid=390 HD Radio Guide for Fort Wayne, IN
  3. ^ WAJI Fort Wayne Reverts To Majic Identity
  4. ^ Entrepreneur.com Music Trades. CD raises funds for children's hospital: Sweetwater. January 2008.
  5. ^ 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

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