Fort Wayne, IN – In the heart of the Midwest, nestled in the bustling city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, lies a radio station that has captured the hearts and minds of listeners for over five decades. WMEE, the iconic Top 40 turned adult contemporary station, has been a constant presence in the lives of Fort Wayne residents, providing them with the soundtrack to their daily lives and the comfort of familiar voices. From its humble beginnings as a trailblazing AM station in the early 1970s to its current status as a dominant force in the modern broadcast landscape, WMEE has consistently set the standard for excellence in radio.

The story of WMEE is a tale of innovation, adaptation, and the power of personality-driven radio. It begins in 1971, when the station first hit the airwaves as a Top 40 powerhouse on the AM dial. In those early days, WMEE quickly established itself as a tastemaker and trendsetter, introducing Fort Wayne to the latest hits and the hottest stars of the era. The station’s dynamic on-air personalities became the voices of a generation, forging deep bonds with their listeners and becoming an integral part of the city’s daily life.

Among the legendary figures who graced the WMEE airwaves during its AM heyday were personalities like Victor Locke, now the owner of, and Jack Maurer, who would go on to become an Associate Broker at Real Living Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co. These early WMEE pioneers set the stage for a tradition of excellence in broadcasting that would define the station for decades to come.

As the 1970s drew to a close, WMEE made the bold decision to transition to the FM dial, a move that would prove to be a defining moment in the station’s history. In 1979, WMEE reclaimed its position as a Top 40 leader, ushering in a new era of dominance and cementing its status as a Fort Wayne institution.

The 1980s saw WMEE reach new heights of success, thanks in no small part to the station’s iconic nicknames and monikers, including “The New Magic 97 FM, WMEE,” “The All New, All Hit 97 FM, WMEE,” “Power 97 FM, WMEE,” and “Mix 97 FM, WMEE.” But beyond the catchy slogans and the unforgettable jingles, it was the station’s commitment to personality-driven radio that truly set it apart.

During this golden age of WMEE, the station’s airwaves were graced by a veritable who’s who of radio talent. Tony Richards, whose radio journey began as a teenage pirate radio broadcaster in his family’s basement, quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the station’s most beloved personalities. As one half of the legendary “Those Two Guys” morning show alongside Charly Butcher, Richards helped to redefine the sound and spirit of WMEE. The duo’s infectious chemistry, quick wit, and deep connection to their listeners made them a must-listen for Fort Wayne residents, and their influence on the station’s success cannot be overstated.

Other notable personalities from this era include J.C. Baker, whose smooth delivery and encyclopedic knowledge of music made him a favorite among listeners; Stephen Zetsche known on-air as The Magic Christan, whose irreverent humor and quick wit were a staple of the station’s morning show for years; and Chuck “Shotgun Lenny Harrison” Martin, whose high-energy style and infectious enthusiasm made him a beloved figure in Fort Wayne radio.

But the success of WMEE’s on-air talent was about more than just individual personalities; it was a testament to the station’s commitment to fostering a culture of creativity, innovation, and community engagement. Under the leadership of visionary program director John David Spangler and the guidance of general manager Robert Elliott, a follower of Transcendental Meditation, WMEE consistently provided a platform for its talent to shine and connect with listeners in meaningful ways.

This commitment to excellence extended beyond the airwaves and into the realm of promotions and community involvement. WMEE became known for its unforgettable contests and events, from the epic “WMEE $10,000 Button” scavenger hunt to the star-studded “WMEE Music Mania” concerts. These promotions not only rewarded loyal listeners but also solidified WMEE’s reputation as a station that truly cared about its community.

Behind the scenes, the station’s success was driven by a team of dedicated professionals who worked tirelessly to ensure that WMEE remained at the forefront of the industry. From the skilled engineers who kept the station’s equipment running smoothly to the savvy salespeople who helped to secure the advertising revenue that fueled the station’s growth, every member of the WMEE team played a vital role in the station’s success.

As the decades passed and the radio landscape began to evolve, WMEE proved itself to be a master of adaptation. In the 1990s, as the Top 40 format began to wane in popularity, the station made the strategic decision to shift its focus to the adult contemporary format. This move allowed WMEE to maintain its relevance and continue to grow its audience, even as the musical tastes of the public began to change.

Today, under the guidance of Federated Media, WMEE has cemented its status as Fort Wayne’s premier adult contemporary station. The station’s current lineup of on-air personalities, including Brooklynne Beatty, Renee Wilkins, Dan Scheie, and the incomparable Boomer, carry on the legacy of their predecessors, serving as trusted companions and guides through the ups and downs of daily life.

Boomer, in particular, has become a true icon of Fort Wayne radio. With his deep, resonant voice and his infectious enthusiasm for the music and the community he serves, Boomer has been a constant presence on the WMEE airwaves for over two decades. As the host of the station’s afternoon drive show, he has become a trusted companion and a beloved figure to generations of Fort Wayne listeners. His passion for the music, his engaging on-air presence, and his deep involvement in the community have made him a true legend in the world of Fort Wayne media.

But WMEE’s impact on the community extends far beyond the airwaves. The station continues to be a vital partner in countless charitable causes and community events, from the annual Baby Fair & Family Expo to the Cutest Baby Contest. WMEE’s commitment to serving its listeners and making a difference in their lives has earned it numerous accolades over the years, including multiple Indiana Broadcasters Association Station of the Year awards.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of WMEE’s story is its ability to remain a constant presence in the lives of its listeners, even as the media landscape continues to evolve at a breakneck pace. In an era of streaming services and digital platforms, WMEE has adapted and thrived, leveraging its powerful 50,000-watt signal to reach over 118,000 listeners each week and provide a platform for advertisers to connect with the most influential consumers in the market.

This success is a testament to the culture of excellence and innovation that has been fostered by Federated Media. Under the company’s leadership, WMEE has consistently pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in radio, embracing new technologies, experimenting with innovative programming strategies, and always putting the needs and interests of its listeners first. From its state-of-the-art studios to its cutting-edge digital platforms, Federated Media has provided WMEE’s personalities with the tools and resources they need to succeed in an ever-changing media landscape.

But perhaps the most important aspect of Federated Media’s stewardship of WMEE has been its commitment to community engagement. From its support of local charities and non-profit organizations to its sponsorship of major community events like the Three Rivers Festival and the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Federated Media has helped to ensure that WMEE remains a vital and relevant part of the Fort Wayne community.

As we look to the future of WMEE and Fort Wayne radio, one thing is certain: the legacy of excellence, innovation, and community engagement that has defined the station for over five decades will endure. The faces behind the microphones may change, the technologies may evolve, but the spirit of WMEE – the spirit of connection, of companionship, of community – will remain a constant presence in the lives of Fort Wayne residents.

And so, as we celebrate the legendary station that is WMEE, let us also celebrate the enduring power of radio itself. For generations, it has been a constant companion, a source of comfort and inspiration, a bridge between people and communities. And as long as there are those who believe in its magic, who dedicate their lives to its art and its science, radio will continue to thrive, to evolve, and to make a difference in the world.

In the end, that is the true legacy of WMEE – a legacy of connection, of community, of the enduring power of the human voice to inform, to entertain, to inspire. It is a legacy that will endure long after the last notes of the last song have faded away, a testament to the timeless appeal of radio and the station that has made it great.

So let us raise a toast to WMEE, to the personalities who have graced its airwaves, to the managers and engineers who have guided its course, and to the listeners who have made it all possible. Together, they have created something truly special – a radio station that is more than just a source of music and entertainment, but a true friend and companion to the people of Fort Wayne.

In a world that moves faster every day, it is comforting to know that some things remain constant. The sun will rise, the seasons will change, and WMEE will be there, a familiar voice on the airwaves, a reminder of the enduring power of radio to connect us all. And as long as there are those who believe in the magic of radio, the spirit of WMEE will live on, a shining example of what is possible when passion, dedication, and community come together to create something truly extraordinary.