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Call WKVI to Leave Messages for Santa

 Attention kids, WKVI has your hotline to Santa Claus this holiday season. We’ve set up a special voicemail box at the radio station to send messages directly to the North Pole. Have your parents help you call 574-772-6241 ext. 135 between now and Tuesday, Dec. 23 and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. In addition to passing the messages along to Santa, WKVI’s Tom Berg will play select messages back on his morning show.


WKVI Team Waiting Tables for World Hunger Relief

World Hunger ReliefThe WKVI staff is set to serve you dinner tonight at Pizza Hut in Knox. Management at the restaurant has invited the radio station to take part in a tip night from 4 until 8 p.m. Radio station employees will be waiting tables with help from the Pizza Hut staff, and all tips will go to World Hunger Relief. Please tip generously. Last year the WKVI staff raised more than $300 for charity.

WKVI Team Set to Wait Tables for Charity

World Hunger ReliefWKVI employees are stepping out from behind the microphone Monday evening for a good cause. The management at the Knox Pizza Hut has invited the radio station team to take part in a tip night from 4 until 8 p.m. CDT.WKVI staff members will be waiting tables, with help from Pizza Hut employees. All tips collected will go to World Hunger Relief, which is an initiative of Pizza Hut’s owner, Yum! Brands. Last year the WKVI staff raised more than $300 for charity.

WKVI Morning Guys Accept Cold Water Challenge

 WKVI morning show host Tom Berg and sports director Nathan Welter will be chilling out, or perhaps freezing to death, for charity this afternoon at the WKVI studios in Knox. News director Mary Perren paid it forward by calling both of them out as part of the cold water challenge. Continue reading

WKVI Hosts First Country Christmas Contest

Get those Christmas lights and other holiday decorations hung up; WKVI is hosting the first-ever WKVI Country Christmas Contest, giving residents of rural Starke County the chance to participate in a tradition often left to the city folk. WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis said yesterday that the idea came about as the result of a post on WKVI’s Facebook page.

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WKVI Food Drive at Sanders, Five Star Begins at 9 a.m.

It’s finally here. The fourth WKVI Food Drive at Five Star – and this year, Sanders Foods as well – runs this morning from 9 a.m. until noon, live on K99.3 FM. The staff is hoping to outdo last year’s donation of 375 pounds of food for the local food pantry, and to aid in that, the food drivee features a new addition to the event as WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at Sander’s Foods in Winamac while Tom Berg and Lenny Dessauer broadcast and collect at Five Star in Knox.

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WKVI Food Drive Begins Tomorrow at Five Star, Sanders

It’s time again for the WKVI Food Drive and the staff is hoping to obliterate last year’s donation of 375 pounds of food for the local food pantry. This year features a new addition to the event as WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at Sander’s Foods in Winamac while Tom Berg and Lenny Dessauer broadcast and collect at Five Star in Knox. This is fourth consecutive year for the food drive event.

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WKVI Food Drive Coming Up; Live Broadcasts from Five Star, Sander’s

After raising more than 375 pounds of food for the food pantry last year, it’s time again for the WKVI Five Star Food Drive and this year features a new addition to the event as WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at Sander’s Foods in Winamac. This is fourth consecutive year for the food drive event, and Curtis said he has been involved in three of them, doing live remote broadcasts from the store.

Curtis said the food drive event is something WKVI is proud to do to help their community.

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WKVI Named A Finalist for Two Indiana Broadcasters Association Awards

General Manager Jerry Curtis

General Manager Jerry Curtis

Several members of the WKVI staff are heading to Indianapolis tomorrow for the 26th Annual Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Awards. General Manager Jerry Curtis said WKVI is a finalist in two prestigious categories.

“Every year the association recruits entries, audio projects from stations in cities, towns and markets across the state. This year we’re fortunate enough to be a finalist in the Station of the Year category, and also we’ve been recognized as a finalist in the public affairs program for our Sunday program, Kankakee Valley Viewpoints. It’s on Sunday at noon. We won’t find out until the dinner Saturday night, but we’re looking forward to being there and celebrating in whatever fashion,” Curtis said.

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Special Event Planned for Saturday to Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

IU Health Starke Hospital and WKVI Radio are urging you to “think pink” this October. One way to do that is to participate in a 5K race/2 mile walk this Saturday, Oct. 5 at Knox High School.

Registration for the event begins at 3 p.m. and the race begins at 4 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., a celebration will be held to recognize all breast cancer survivors. Continue reading

WKVI Celebrates 44th Anniversary

WKVI celebrates its 44th Anniversary tomorrow!

On July 21, 1969, the switch was flipped and the radio station in Knox was on the air!
The new radio station went on the air for the first time at 6 a.m. that day. Programming only lasted 12 hours until the hours expanded to a full 24-hour broadcast day. Country music was played on the FM station until the early 2000’s when an adult contemporary format was established.

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WKVI Trip to Explore Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Explore Wisconsim this summer with WKVI! Ed Hasnerl will be leading the trip to Wisconsin and Lake Michigan, giving a new perspective to a variety of locations as the travelers experience cool breezes, lighthouses, cheese factories and Scandinavian food on a four-day, three-night trip August 26-29.

On the first day, the Deluxe Cardinal Motor Coach will travel to Wind Point, Wis., to visit the quaint lakeside village and the state’s oldest lighthouse, followed by a trip to Door County and the family-owned Courtyard Settlement Inn with an evening meal at Florian’s Lakeshore Steak House in Bailey’s Harbor.

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SCYC Plants Tree at WKVI in Memory of Pat Dunn

Pat Dunn's family thanks the Starke County Youth Club for their generous donation

Pat Dunn’s family thanks the Starke County Youth Club for their generous donation

A special ceremony was held Saturday afternoon to honor the memory of Pat Dunn.

Pat passed away on Jan. 1 of this year and the Starke County Youth Club planted a tree in his memory.  He was a great supporter of the youth of the community and was reflective in his support of the Starke County Youth Club.  A plaque was also donated which was placed in front of the tree by Pat’s wife, Karen.  Pat had been a board member of Kankakee Valley Broadcasting, Inc. and served as the General Manager of the station from 2009 until his death.  He was always a driving force here at the station and continues to be in the staff’s thoughts as the work days go by.

This plaque was donated by the Starke County Youth Club

Many of Pat’s family were in attendance at the ceremony as well as many of the staff and board members at WKVI.

The tree was planted in the front yard at WKVI.


WKVI Intern Wins Prestigious Indiana Broadcasters Association Scholarship

Makayla Dillard

Makayla Dillard

Knox Community High School senior and WKVI programming intern Makayla Dillard is one of six Indiana Broadcasters Association Scholarship winners chosen from around the state from a field of 140 applicants. She plans to major in telecommunications at Ball State University.

“I want to be an on-air personality. My ultimate goal would be to be like Ellen DeGeneres and have a talk show, or maybe like Howard Stern, but not as vulgar,” she says.

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Blood Donations Increase in Knox

An increase in blood drive donations was seen last year in the Knox community.

Trish Cochran, donor recruit representative for the American Red Cross, appreciates the support of the community blood program and all of the donations will go a long way toward replenishing blood supplies and saving lives.

A 22 percent increase in collections was realized at the Knox blood drives. WKVI was the the host of a few blood drives last year.

More blood drives are scheduled throughout the season. Listen to WKVI for dates and locations for those blood drives.

Ray Duran Wins K99.3 Football Pick’Em Contest

Ray Duran (center) is the winner of the K99.3 Football Pick'Em Contest, surrounded by Anita Goodan, Nathan Welter, Jerry Curtis, and Tom Berg.

Knox local Ray Duran went home yesterday afternoon with a brand new 42” flat screen TV from Sears in Knox after he blew away the competition in the K99.3 Football Pick’Em contest! Every contestant who entered had to choose who would win all of the games that week, and Duran picked more correct teams than any other contestant.

Duran, who was born in San Diego but moved to Knox when he was around nine years old, said this was the first time he has participated in the Football Pick’Em contest.

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WKVI/Five Star Food Drive a Success!

Jack from Five Star gives Joan Haugh a check for $500 for the food pantry

The WKVI/Five Star food drive for the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry was held Saturday at Five Star and it was a success. The boy and girl scouts in North Judson also helped get donations for the food drive.

Several carts were loaded with food items and several cash donations were made. Community Services of Starke County Director Joan Haugh said it greatly helps the food pantry. Continue reading

Alliance EMS Shows Customer Appreciation Today

Alliance EMS will be hosting their first ever Community Appreciation Day at Broken Arrow Campground from noon to 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, Sept. 30.

There will be activities for all ages, including face painting, balloon animals, minute-to-win-it games, and a moon bounce! There will also be free food such as chips, hamburgers, hot dogs, water, and sodas.

WKVI will also be at the celebration with a live broadcast at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. If you miss the exciting event, you’re missing out!

Tom Berg’s Marathon Finally Comes to a Close – 187 Hours Later

Mayor Rick Chambers presented Tom with a proclamation declaring Tuesday, July 17 as Tom Berg Day.

In recognition of WKVI Morning Host Tom Berg’s unbelievable effort in breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous radio broadcast by a single host, the City of Knox has come together to show their support for the man who has worked the single longest shift in radio history.

Mayor Rick Chambers issued a proclamation yesterday declaring today – Tuesday, July 17 – Tom Berg Day.

“It was just our thoughts from the city, to thank Tom for all his efforts he’s put forth, and all the attention he’s brought to our community,” said Chambers.

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