WIBW-FM

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WIBW-FM
WIBW FM 94.5 Country Logo.png
CityTopeka, Kansas
Broadcast areaTopeka, Kansas
BrandingThe BIG 94.5 Country
SloganTopeka's Most & Best Country
Frequency94.5 MHz
First air dateSeptember 1, 1961 (at 97.3)
FormatCountry
ERP98,400 watts
HAAT351 meters
ClassC0
Facility ID63174
Callsign meaningIndiana Broadcast Works
(taken from WIBW (AM))
Former frequencies97.3 MHz (1961-2002)
OwnerAlpha Media
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stationsKSAJ, KTPK, WIBW (AM)
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.94country.com

WIBW-FM (94.5 FM) is a country music radio station in Topeka, Kansas. Until 2000, the station was located at 97.3 FM. The station was moved to make way for a new move-in station in Kansas City. The station also serves as the primary Emergency Alert System station for the state of Kansas along with KTPK.

History[edit]

Beginning-2002: WIBW-FM "Rock 97"[edit]

Before becoming a country station, WIBW-FM had other formats. It was known as "Rock 97" and "The Rock of Kansas" during the 1970s, although its automated music primarily fit in the Top 40 category. The room with the FM programming doubled as the control room for the Kansas City Royals radio network when WIBW held the baseball team's broadcast rights.[1]

2002-present: WIBW-FM "94 Country"[edit]

The station became known for a bright red remote truck which looked like a boombox.[2]

The WIBW stations had their studios for decades at 5600 SW 6th in West Topeka. That building received heavy damage from fire January 5, 2012.[3]

94.5 Country's St. Jude's Radiothon[edit]

Each February, WIBW-FM holds a radiothon where all proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Each year, it is run on a Thursday and Friday, from 6 am to 7 pm, at the local (Hy-Vee) at 29th and Wanamaker. WIBW's DJs do live remotes there, as well. They do air songs during the radiothon; however, they choose songs to reflect the theme. Additionally, interviews are conducted with “ambassador families” during the telethon, telling how they benefited from the St. Jude's Hospital. Apart from the Radiothon, 94.5 Country sponsors the Country Stampede Music Festival held each year in Manhattan, Kansas, where all proceeds go to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WIBW-FM History
  2. ^ "WIBW-FM - Kansapedia - Kansas Historical Society". Kshs.org. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  3. ^ WIBW stations old building receives heavy damage from January 2012 Fire
  4. ^ Big 94.5 Country to air St. Jude's Radiothon

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Coordinates: 39°01′34″N 95°55′02″W / 39.0261°N 95.9172°W / 39.0261; -95.9172