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Encyclopedia > WWCA
WWCA-AM
WWCA logo
City of license Gary, Indiana
Broadcast area Chicagoland
Branding "Relevant Radio"
First air date December 7, 1949
Frequency 1270 kHz
Format Christian radio
Power 1000, Watts
Class B
Callsign meaning "Working With the Calumet Area"
Affiliations Relevant Radio
Owner Starboard Broadcasting
Website wwca.relevantradio.com

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History

Radio station WWCA, an ABC Radio affiliate in Gary, IN, experienced its peak in popularity during the 1960s and 1970s primarily because of its community commitment and the popularity of its on-air personalities. Residents of Gary, Merrillville, Crown Point, Hobart and other northwestern Indiana cities and towns depended on WWCA for local news and sports coverage. Popular programs included Tom Higgins’ morning program, Sound-Off at noon and at 6PM, afternoons with Matt Hart, high school basketball with play-by-play by sports director Frank Sauline, and nighttime soul-music deejay Jesse Coopwood. The Coopwood show was the highest rated evening show in the Chicago area during the 1970's. During that time Coopwood worked with news reporter Tony Rose. Rose was a staple in the news department at WWCA from 1970 through the mid 1980's when the station was sold. After spending most of his career at WWCA, Coopwood was hired away by competitor WLTH in the late 1970's. Coopwood was replaced by a series of soul deejays, none of whom earned the level of listenership Coopwood brought to the station.


WWCA was owned by Lake Broadcasting, Inc. President and founder Dee O. Coe established the station in 1945 and operated studios that had housed WIND before that station moved to Chicago. WWCA operated then out of the old Hotel Gary. Coe also owned WLOI in LaPorte, IN and other stations throughout the state. Co-owners of WWCA included it's chief engineer Vic Voss and the Burns family, operators of a Gary funeral home. Other key personnel included general manager Joseph Haas, news & program director Ted Thorne. The station’s studios were moved from Hotel Gary to the fourth floor of the First Federal Saving and Loan Association building at 545 Broadway. Licensed to the city of Gary, the station's transmitter was located in a then rural area south of the Gary city limits near 53rd Avenue and Chase Street. the station's signal was directional, then requiring transmitter opeartor's to hold 1st Class FCC operator licenses.


Thorne,though a resident of Michigan City, IN, was an important figure in Gary having a great deal of influence on public opinion. He hosted the mid-day Sound-Off program which had a large following. Thorne left WWCA for a stint with WGN-TV, Channel 9, in Chicago, but later returned to the Gary station.


Another WWCA personality to leave for Chicago and eventually network air work was Frank Reynolds, a news reporter. Reynolds joined WLS-TV Channel 7 in Chicago. He later became a key news reporter for ABC television news.


During the 1980's deejay Vivian Carter joined the staff hosting a Saturday morning program. Carter was better known in the area as "the hostess with the mostest" when she hosted a daily program for WJOB radio in Hammond, IN. She and husband Jimmy Carter owned a small record shop/recording studio in Gary. Jimmy's brother was part of the signing group, The Spaniels, which gained huge success in the 1950's. Vivian and Jimmy formed their own label VeeJay Records and began producing the Spaniels. The label's success took Vivian away from local radio for a period of years. After moving operations to California VeeJay signed other notable's such as the Four Seasons and the Beatles whose VeeJay album is a prized collectible.


In the late 1960's WWCA air personalities joined AFTRA, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Relationships between station managment and personnel remained strained from that time forward. In the years that followed some individuals responsible for unionizing the staff were released from their jobs. A fire set in the early 1970's in the office of News Director Thorne was thought to be in retribution for the firings. The fire was contained in Thorne's office and little damage was done.


In the mid 1980's general manager Joe Hass developed leukemia to which he succumbed rather soon after its diagnosis. Ironically, owner Dee Coe also developed the same disease shortly thereafter and the station was sold. Coe had already put the station on the sale block. When Haas died Coe named Haas' secretary, Sylvia Burns, General Manager, a position she kept until the new owners took over. (Burns was no relation to stockholders of the same name.)Coe's death came relatively soon after Haas died. Coe's son who managed the family's LaPorte station took over the reigns for a short time before the station was sold.


Also licensed to Gary, WWCA's primary local radio competitor during the 60s and 70s was daytime-operated WLTH, 1370 AM.


WWCA's license moved from East Chicago to Gary sometime in the late 1990's. WWCA signed off in January, 2002. In 2003, Willis Broadcasting Corp. sold the station to Starboard Broadcasting for $1.5 million. WWCA signed back on with Starboard Network's Relevant Radio format on or around November 25, 2003. Relevant Radio is a trademark of Starboard Media Foundation, and is the largest Catholic talk radio network in the United States, with 17 stations and 18 affiliates in 15 states. ... Relevant Radioâ„¢ is the United States largest Catholic radio network. ...


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