65 years ago on July 2, WITZ Radio began broadcasting. AM 990 went on the air with 1000 watts and broadcast from 6 am to sundown.
Then manager Dale Phares was in charge of the staff of seven, who resided in southern Indiana and Kentucky.
The mayor of Jasper at the time was Herb Thyen.
We spoke with current Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz this morning who talks about the impact of the station over the years:
Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner is a former employee and appreciates the longevity of the station, too:
Now, over 6 decades later, the station is under-going some of the biggest changes it has seen.
The main WITZ FM studio is set for renovation, which will include new carpeting, paint and new furniture upon which a new 24 channel digital console will sit.
The renovation is the first major change in the facility in many, many years.
The station will also begin streaming their signal ‘live’ over the Internet in just a few days.
WITZ management has secured the rights and the agreements are in place to put WITZ programming on the Internet. Very soon, listeners will be able to launch an app on their iPhones, Android phones, PCs and tablets that allows them to listen everywhere there is an Internet connection.