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Contact: Jeri Kornegay
Director of Media and Public Relations
260-982-5285  jskornegay@manchester.edu

 

Manchester College's station WBKE-FM

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 listeners."

For more information about the format switch, visit the NIPR website at http://www.nipr.fm

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