Friday, September 24th, 2021

Historical Museum to highlight WOWO history

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2021

For the better part of a century, WOWO radio broadcasts have provided a daily audio backdrop of news, weather, sports and opinion for life in Huntington County.

On Wednesday, September 15, WOWO Radio news anchor Brian Davis will present a program on the history of “the mighty 1190” at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court Street. The program will “sign on” at 7 p.m.

Davis is WOWO’s unofficial historian and has met many of the iconic names associated with the station. His program will include an overview of WOWO today; the station’s early days (1920s-1930s); the World War II years; a short video presentation titled “Legends” (sounds and air checks/jingles with a photo montage); the Westinghouse “New Era” (1960s-1970s) and the Price Communications era (1980s-1990s), with the end of the 50,000-watt signal at night. There will be time for questions and answers as well as for audience comments to share their memories of WOWO.

Davis is the only member of the current WOWO staff who grew up listening to the station in the 1970s and 1980s. He began his broadcasting career in 1995 at WERT-WKSD Radio in Van Wert, Ohio, when former WOWO on-air personality Chris Roberts hired him as a news anchor. Davis became the news director at the station and anchored live newscasts daily.

He left Van Wert in the summer of 2000 for Columbus, Ohio, where he continued to do news and commercial voice-over production. In 2005, he moved to Chicago, where he worked extensively in community relations and public information for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, while also doing independent news reporting and commercial voice work.

In 2019, Davis returned to Fort Wayne and full-time news when he was hired as WOWO’s afternoon drive-time anchor. He also handles investigative, series and in-depth reporting. Today, Davis lives in his hometown of Payne, Ohio. In his spare time, he is active in pet rescue, teaches Sunday school at his church and enjoys history and vintage cars.

The program is free to members of the Huntington County Historical Society, and admission is $3 for non-members. Please follow the Historical Museum’s Facebook page for up-to-date details about this and other events at https://www.facebook.com/huntingtonhistoricalmuseum.

Shown in the photo is news anchor Brian Davis in the WOWO Radio studios.