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Local radio stations WGL AM and FM will switch to oldies music June 3

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:01 am

Summit City Radio Group will switch two of its stations — WGL, 1250-AM, The River, and WGL, Variety 102.9-FM — to a “Good-time Oldies” music format beginning June 3, the company announced Tuesday.

The stations will play music from the 1960s and 1970s, with the same programming airing on both stations at the same time, said Dave Riethmiller, co-general manager of Summit City Radio stations. WGL-AM currently plays adult standards music mainly from the 1950s, while WGL-FM plays light rock.

Beginning June 3, station staff will select the music, drawing in part from the large collection of new morning show host Rick Hughes, Riethmiller said.

Hughes was one of the original disc jockeys when former rock station WLYV, 1450-AM, became a hit in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Fort Wayne. He later moved on local country radio station WQHK, now at 105.1-FM and known as K-105.

In other changes, Riethmiller said:

•“The Pat White Show,” which has run 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WGL-AM, will air 2-5 p.m. weekdays on both AM and FM.

•The stations both will carry broadcasts of Indiana University sports games.

•“The Dave Ramsey Show,” which ran on the AM station, will be dropped.

Riethmiller said the programming changes will not involve any job losses.

WGL-AM was among the city's early radio stations. It also became well known for its talk-radio format during the 1980s.

With the oldies music on WGL AM and FM, Summit City Radio said it will target adults ages 25-54, with a secondary focus on ages 35-64. The stations will play songs from the Beach Boys, early The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Motown and more, Riethmiller said.

The changes place WGL in position to attract some people who listened to local station WLDE, Fun 101.7-FM, when it played oldies music, Riethmiller said.

WLDE now plays a classic hits format that includes music from the 1970s to the 1990s.