switches to NPR
programming June 28
Manchester College's radio station WBKE-FM (and
WBNI) no longer will offer a classical music format at 89.1 beginning
Monday, June 28. Northeast Indiana Public Radio is switching its
programming on the college's frequency to the more popular NPR news,
talk and jazz programs.
Current WBOI programming will enhance the college's
frequency with National Public Radio news magazines Morning Edition
and All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, Talk of
the Nation, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and BBC Newshour.
The new WBKE 89.1 programming will include Car Talk, This
American Life and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
NIPR will move its classical music to 91.3 FM and
88.7 FM, with around-the-clock programming.
Manchester College will continue to broadcast
athletic events and other student programming on WBKE. The college's
WBKE broadcasts seven days a week, licensed by the FCC as a
non-commercial station for training students in broadcasting and
promoting educational services and college outreach.
In Fort Wayne, stations WBNI and WBOI will switch
frequencies so NIPR's recently enhanced signal at 89.1 will reach more
listeners. The signal now reaches 11 counties in northeast Indiana and
several counties in Ohio and Michigan.
"I expect that some of our dedicated
listeners will miss the classical music programming, especially on
Sundays," said Professor Scott K. Strode, chair of Department of
Communication Studies. "We will continue, however, to work at bringing
the signal from WBOI to the WBKE frequency so that some classical music
will still be available. When that happens, we will certainly inform our
For more information about the format switch, visit
the NIPR website at