College of Communication

Indy Blue Radio

History

Butler University has a long and storied history in Radio. The Arthur Jordan Conservatory, prior to becoming part of Butler University, purchased the first FM license to broadcast WAJC-FM on 91.9 FM in Indianapolis back in 1947. WAJC started airing an 8 hour broadcast day in September 1949. Due to interference with WFBM-TV's audio signal, WFBM (now WRTV-6) purchased a frequency at 104.5-FM for WAJC to broadcast.

Under the direction of the late James R. Phillippe, WAJC became a 48,000 watt voice for Butler University and served as a training ground for numerous broadcasters during its 40+ years on the air. The station became a National Public Radio affiliate in 1982 and was sold in the spring of 1993. Since that time, there have still been opportunities for students to intern with local radio stations and have their work heard on other stations in Indianapolis, but there was no on-campus outlet.

Today

The CCOM Board of Visitors, many of them WAJC alumni, suggested that internet "radio" streaming could bring the radio broadcast experience back to campus.

Indy Blue Radio, "The Voice of the Bulldog" is "on the air" via your computer. The station will primarily air a College/Adult Alternative format, but will also showcase student work from the Recording Industries Studies program and Indy Blue Entertainment Record Label. Butler students (and WAJC alumni) are encouraged to submit their own music and college lifestyle programs. 

It is our hope that as this station grows, that future students will have opportunities in radio news, sports and entertainment programming, much like their fellow Bulldog alumni from the days of WAJC, but in an environment that today's students have grown up with-the internet. 

Program Producers: You have to submit the Playlist Report form via email before your program will air.

Look for us at Java Jams on March 6th to find out how to make your voice heard! Miss us there? Email us!

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