WIBQ 1230AM1440 logo.png
Frequency1230 kHz
BrandingThe Talk Station 1230 & 1440
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Premiere Networks
First air date
1958 (at 1300)
Former call signs
1300 AM:
WBOW (2002-2014)
WSJX (2000-2002)
WJSH (1991-2000)
WYTL (1987-1991)
WPFR (1983-1987)
WAAC (1963–1983)
WMFT (1958–1963)[1]
Technical information
Facility ID136105
Power1,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
39°29′21.00″N 87°25′10.00″W / 39.4891667°N 87.4194444°W / 39.4891667; -87.4194444
Translator(s)97.9 MHz (W250BZ)
WebcastListen Live

WIBQ (1230 AM, "NewsTalk 1230") is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Terre Haute, Indiana, the station serves the Terre Haute area. It first began broadcasting in 1958 under the call sign WMFT. The station is currently owned by Duey E. Wright, through licensee Midwest Communications, Inc.[2]


WIBQ's history combines a now-defunct 1300 AM intellectual unit with a newer license on 1230 kHz.

AM 1300 history

The Mobley and Ford families, organized as the Citizens Broadcasting Company, received the construction permit for WWVR on 1300 kHz. Before going on air, the call letters changed to WMFT. After several sales within Citizens, the station relaunched as WAAC on May 1, 1963. By 1977, ownership was concentrated in Martha Foulkes, doing business as Marchild, Inc.

Foulkes sold WIBQ in 1982 to the Oak Ridge Boys Broadcasting Corporation of Indiana. The new owners relaunched the station as WPFR on March 17, 1983, simulcasting WPFR-FM (now WBOW). On November 9, 1987, the call sign was changed to WYTL. The company that owned WPFR, WPFR-FM, and WYTL went into bankruptcy and both stations went off the air in 1991.

In 1992, current WAXI morning personality Ronn Mott purchased the station with the help of banker Terry Tevlin, the call sign had been changed to WJSH prior to the sale on October 22, 1991. The station was again sold to an individual in Connecticut which eventually led to the station going off the air for a second time in 1996.

The station was again sold in late 1996, this time to current owner Crossroads Communications. They brought the station back on the air in January 1997, simulcasting new sister station WSDM-FM. In 1998 the simulcast ended and the format was changed to Southern Gospel with some programming coming from Reach Network out of Nashville, Tennessee.

The format was again changed in 1999 to Sports radio ("The X") prompting the call sign to be changed to WSJX on March 1, 2000. The call sign was finally changed to WBOW on August 1, 2002, utilizing the legendary call sign that had been used on 1230 AM and 640 AM in the Terre Haute metropolitan area from 1927 until 2001 when 640 AM went dark. The WBOW call sign was later picked up by sister station 102.7 FM in 2003 as WBOW-FM.[3] The station continued to broadcast a Sports radio format along with sister station WSDX, simulcasting "ESPN Sports Radio" featuring programming from ESPN Radio, until September 18, 2012, when AM 1300 changed their format to news/talk.

WIBQ moves to 1230 AM

On June 14, 2011, the Bott Broadcasting Company obtained the construction permit for 1230 AM in Terre Haute as WYGJ, bringing the frequency back to life in the city since the demise of WBUZ, the station that had replaced WBOW when it moved to a new 640 AM facility in the early 1990s. With three months before the permit was to expire, in March 2014, Bott sold the permit to Midwest to relocate WIBQ from 1300 to 1230. The WYGJ call letters moved to 1300 AM, which went silent and was turned in to the FCC.[4]


  1. ^ "WIBQ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "WIBQ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "History of "B 102.7"". Crossroads Communications.
  4. ^ WIBQ Terre Haute Completes Move