WAY-FM Network Article

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WAY-FM
Type Radio network
Country
SloganUplifting. Upbeat. Real.
Webcast Listen Live
Official website
https://www.wayfm.com/

The WAY-FM Network is a national, non-profit radio broadcasting network in the United States, primarily playing Contemporary Christian music. While WAY-FM is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, content creation and programming originates in Franklin, Tennessee and operates stations in 12 states (as of May 2018).

Mission

WAY-FM's Mission is to influence this generation to love and follow Jesus through culturally relevant media. [1]

Their slogan is: "Uplifting. Upbeat. Real."

History

Origins in Fort Myers

WAY Media, Inc. has been in existence since 1987. The non-profit corporation began as a single FM radio station in Fort Myers, Florida.

In the early 1980s, Bob and Felice Augsburg were residing in Fort Myers, where Bob was working as the Program Director at WSOR, a Christian Radio Station formatted for older adults. Bob and Felice have said that they "were compelled by the burden to see a younger audience reached and Bob began producing a Saturday evening broadcast geared for youth." [2] This program, which aired on WSOR, became the springboard for Christian Rock concerts in the area and the impetus for a 24/7 station with this type of format. [2]

Much discussion with local parents and business people led to a non-profit Florida corporation and an application filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an unused FM frequency.

On Christmas Eve (December 24) 1986, the group received its permit for the construction of a new non-commercial FM station in Fort Myers, WAYJ. On October 9, 1987, WAYJ, broadcasting as "WAY-FM", signed on the air.

Growth

By 1992, three WAY-FM radio stations were on the air—including Fort Myers; Nashville, Tennessee (WAYM); and West Palm Beach, Florida (WAYF).

In the mid-90s, WAY-FM stations, beginning with WAYF, began to sponsor and organize large Christian music concerts and day-long music festivals. Within a few years, Nashville and Fort Myers also began to sponsor major Christian music events.

After several years of planning, in 1996, WAY-FM began the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN). The network was designed to help other stations who desired to reach the youth and young adults of their respective communities but lacked the manpower or resources to operate a station on their own.

Corporate office established

In 2001, WAY-FM Media Group established a corporate office in Colorado Springs, Colorado where Bob Augsburg, the president and founder now lives. Dusty Rhodes, former Station Manager of WAYF, joined Augsburg in Colorado as Chief Operating Officer and is now the ministry's Senior Vice President.

In 2005, Dar Ringling joined the ministry as Chief Financial Officer while Lloyd Parker, formerly General Manager of the K-LOVE & Air1 Radio Networks, became the Chief Operating Officer. They changed the station's format from Christian Rock and Rap to Christian Adult Contemporary and Worship, shifting their audience from 18- to 34-year-olds, to older adults.

In 2012, WAY-FM shifted from its long time Christian CHR format to a Christian Adult Contemporary format. Since 2013 WAY-FM via flagship station WAYM, Nashville is a Christian AC reporter to the Nielsen BDS service, and became a monitored reporter to Mediabase's Christian AC panel in April 2015.

In July 2013, WAY-FM ceased providing programming to non-owned stations via satellite, with the exception of the network morning show, The Wally Show. In 2017, The Wally Show stopped syndication, as well.

In May 2015, WAY-FM announced plans to acquire KVRK, in North Texas. [3] The Station calls letters are now KAWA and now broadcasts the national WAY-FM format. The former Power FM however has become an online music channel, app, and community of Christian rock fans managed by WAY-FM Media Group.

New CEO

In August 2017, Founder Bob Augsburg officially retired from his position as CEO. Bob remains on the Board of Directors and is still involved in the ministry. John Scaggs was chosen as the new CEO. [1]

Current Programming

The Wally Show, [4] WAY-FM's current morning show and the self-proclaimed as "the needle for the Christian bubble," [5] launched in 2011.

Nationally syndicated hosts on The Brant Hansen Show [6] can be heard during middays on WAY-FM.

CJ & Joy [7] host WAY-FM's afternoon show. CJ joined the show in early 2018.

Justin Paul [8] was hired as WAY-FM's night show and promotions director in 2015.

Current reach

At this time, WAY-FM owns and operates 20 full power FM radio stations. WAY-FM also owns 24 low-power repeater stations.

Station list

Alabama

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYU 91.1 Steele, Alabama 150 230 m (750 ft) A FCC
WAYH 88.1 Harvest, Alabama 3,500 204 m (669 ft) C3 WAYH FCC
W297AP 107.3 Anniston, Alabama 10 222 m (728 ft) D FCC
W220ED 91.9 Auburn, Alabama 19 49 m (161 ft) D FCC
W210CA 88.9 Birmingham, Alabama 180 349.1 m (1,145 ft) D FCC
W258AE 99.5 Florence, Alabama 27 73.4 m (241 ft) D FCC
W258AU 99.5 Huntsville, Alabama 120 387 m (1,270 ft) D FCC
W272CO 102.3 Montgomery, Alabama 250 192 m (630 ft) D FCC

Colorado

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
KBWA 89.1 Brush, Colorado 1,500 44.2 m (145 ft) A FCC
KXWA 101.9 Centennial, Colorado 9,500 163 m (535 ft) C3 KXWA FCC
KCWA 93.9 Loveland, Colorado 580 319 m (1,047 ft) A KCWA FCC
KRWA 90.9 Rye, Colorado 10,000 34.6 m (114 ft) C3 FCC
KJWA 89.7 Trinidad, Colorado 160 241 m (791 ft) A FCC
K257FO 99.3 Colorado Springs, Colorado 72 651 m (2,136 ft) D FCC
K299AO 107.7 Sterling, Colorado 75 110.4 m (362 ft) D FCC

Florida

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYP 88.3 Marianna, Florida 70,000 105 m (344 ft) C1 FCC
WAYJ 89.5 Naples, Florida 100,000 94.1 m (309 ft) C1 WAYJ FCC
WAYF 88.1 West Palm Beach, Florida 50,000 321 m (1,053 ft) C1 FCC
W263BI 100.5 Fort Myers, Florida 250 320.8 m (1,052 ft) D FCC
W244BD 96.7 Stuart, Florida 800 42 m (138 ft) D FCC

Georgia

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYT 88.1 Thomasville, Georgia 17,000 392 m (1,286 ft) C1 FCC
W212AR 90.3 Lindale, Georgia 10 217 m (712 ft) D FCC

Indiana

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYI 104.3 Charlestown, Indiana 3,000 100 m (330 ft) A WAYI FCC
W220DV 91.9 Evansville, Indiana 250 248.2 m (814 ft) D FCC

Kansas

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
KYWA 90.7 Wichita, Kansas 53,000 144 m (472 ft) C1 FCC

Kentucky

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYD 88.1 Auburn, Kentucky 1,000 113 m (371 ft) A FCC
WAYK 105.9 Valley Station, Kentucky 1,250 155 m (509 ft) A WAYK FCC
W212BZ 90.3 Brentwood, Kentucky 19 87.2 m (286 ft) D FCC
W201DD 88.1 Central City, Kentucky 27 58.9 m (193 ft) D FCC
W291BZ 106.1 Murray, Kentucky 27 81.4 m (267 ft) D FCC
W217BP 91.3 Owensboro, Kentucky 15 87.4 m (287 ft) D FCC

Oregon

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
K283BL 104.5 Portland, Oregon 99 431 m (1,414 ft) D FCC

South Carolina

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYA-FM 100.9 Ridgeville, South Carolina 13,000 91 m (299 ft) C3 WAYA-FM FCC
W267BK 101.3 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 250 201.5 m (661 ft) D FCC

Tennessee

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WAYQ 88.3 Clarksville, Tennessee 14,000 227 m (745 ft) C2 FCC
WAYW 89.9 New Johnsonville, Tennessee 500 97 m (318 ft) A FCC
WAYM 88.7 Spring Hill, Tennessee 5,000 330 m (1,080 ft) C2 FCC
W215BH 90.9 Chattanooga, Tennessee 10 361 m (1,184 ft) D FCC
W284AE 104.7 Chattanooga, Tennessee 250 219 m (719 ft) D FCC
W207CI 89.3 Cleveland, Tennessee 13 123.1 m (404 ft) D FCC
W257BX 99.3 Columbia, Tennessee 60 54.4 m (178 ft) D FCC
W213BT 90.5 Cookeville, Tennessee 10 134.5 m (441 ft) D FCC

Texas

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
KAWA 89.7 Sanger, Texas 65,000 572 m (1,877 ft) C KAWA FCC

Washington

Call sign Frequency
( MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
K206CQ 89.1 Spokane, Washington 10 433 m (1,421 ft) D FCC

References

  1. ^ a b "WAY-FM's About Page".
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived July 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Philpot, Robert. "Report: Power 89.7 FM soon to become "Way-FM" | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  4. ^ "The Wally Show".
  5. ^ "The Wally Show Facebook Page".
  6. ^ "The Brant Hansen Show on WAY-FM".
  7. ^ "CJ & Joy".
  8. ^ "Justin Paul WAY-FM".

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