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WERT (1220 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an Oldies/Adult Standards featuring soft oldies chiefly from the 1960s and 1970s. Licensed to Van Wert, Ohiomarker, 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 features programing from Citadel Media (formerly ABC Radio) .

History

From its founding in 1958, WERT (then owned by its founder The Van Wert Broadcasting Company) has traditionally been a middle of the road format and was also the founder of WMVR in Sidneymarker in 1963 (currently owned by Dean Miller Broadcasting since its purchase in 1965.) Ray Livesay purchased the local AM/FM combo in 1971 and owned it throughout much of the 1970s and 80s. In 1994 Chris Roberts (previously with WOWOmarker in Fort Wayne) purchased the local station.

Programming

WERT broadcasts the Timeless (formerly Stardust) format of soft oldies from ABC Radio. It is the heritage station serving the Van Wert area, and is co-owned with oldies/sports radio station WKSDmarker 99.7 FM in Pauldingmarker (formerly WERT-FM; the original WERT-FM, at 98.9, is now WBYRmarker serving the Fort Waynemarker market, and is no longer co-owned with WERT-AM).

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 worked feverishly to bring the station back on the air. WERT continued to operate with reduced power by means of a temporary antenna and an internet audiostream unti Friday September 19, 2008 when the new tower was erected and returned to full power as reported by the Van Wert Independent newspaper.

Station Ownership

  • 1958 - 1971 VAN WERT NEWS AND RADIO - also owned WMVR-AM / WMVR-FM Sidney, WCSM-AM / WCSM-FM Celina
  • 1971 - 1994 WERT RADIO - also owned WZBD-FM Berne Indiana
  • 1994 - CUR FIRST FAMILY BROADCASTING - owns no other radio properties


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