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Thursday, January 12, 2017

STREAMING UPDATE FROM WION RADIO...



As many of you know, WION pulled it's streaming from the web this month as 2017 began. We did this while a solution to keeping the current app and player service going, while meeting new requirements for the "legal" side of things get integrated.
 
Streaming to you is not inexpensive. We pay additional fees to most of the terrestrial licensing companies over and above our usual terrestrial (AM/FM) licenses, plus we are required to pay an organization called "Soundexchange" for our music played on the web. On top of that, each artist, title, album from which the music came, and more data has to be collected and reported by WION to the licensing companies.

We've streamed since February of 2013, so almost 4 years. We covered most of the expenses and legalities with minimal bother to the listener thanks to 2 or 3 sponsors who specifically went "on the air" to help us with this great service. Since pulling the service, these sponsors have graciously remained to help support WION's regular over the air broadcasts, and we've extended extra airtime to them.

We're working on returning the streaming to your phones, our website, your Amazon Echo devices, internet radios, Tune-in Radio and other places you're used-to hearing us. To do this, we have to hire two monitoring services that will make sure all music is accounted-for, royalties paid, and reports submitted to the authorities that oversee copyright law for radio in the United States. Until now, WION's streaming was handled in-house with less cost, but now it has to be outsourced to guarantee consistency and compliance with new rules.

This is not a small undertaking, nor inexpensive. We understand how important the stream became too many of you for traveling, for listening during nighttime hours to WION, and even at your place of work. With that in mind, we have one request.

If the business for which you work was enjoying our streaming service, and is also advertising on our station, make sure you THANK your management for placing advertising on WION. A good example would be Sparrow-Ionia Hospital and Blundy-Hoppes Tire & Auto. If, on the other hand the business for which you work is enjoying WION and is NOT an advertiser, we ask simply that you talk to your management and ask them to consider advertising on WION. We'll help their business grow, and their dollars spent on WION will help us to maintain our excellent service to the community via every available means, including streaming. We won't "guilt" businesses into advertising. We know our product is well accepted by listeners and GREAT advertisers who endorse local radio. (they KNOW it works!)

That having been said, as Owner and Manager, I do feel it's within my reasonable rights to ask business owners who enjoy our product to support us with at least SOME advertising dollars. We know money is tight at times, but we also know that when businesses advertise on WION and allow us to exercise some creativity on their behalf, we all win, and local business grows and thrives.

Streaming has helped put Ionia County on the map, and we hope you value what this radio station contributes to our town and our area. With some changes in how we do things to adapt to current regulations, and hopefully at least ONE Premier sponsor for streaming in 2017 going forward, we hope never to have to interrupt your service again.

Understand that the interruption in streaming is caused by excessive requirements in reporting, and additional costs incurred this year; not because WION wishes to reduce service to you. On the contrary, we hope your AM STEREO experience on the web is back and playing in your homes, phones, cars, and businesses very soon.

Jim Carlyle, Owner and Morning Host,

WION

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas from the "Station that Could"......



Every year at this time, my mind goes back over the different Christmases and New Years' I've celebrated since moving to Ionia and buying WION radio.  Most of the time, I find myself counting my blessings for a few things. Then more things.  Not a bad thing to think about at Christmastime.

In the case of "our" WION, first concern and first thanks was for "survival" of the station. (The first few years were scary as we proved we were here to stay through our commitment to community and the fact we lasted longer than any owner except Monroe MacPherson, the original owner.)

After being thankful for "survival" comes the fact that each year brought it's challenges, and that despite all those challenges we grew as a company, and became more trusted as a community partner.  We survived lightning hits that completely ruined our transmitter. We survived a failing roof and got it replaced with a lifetime metal one.  One winter we survived the well at the station failing during a morning show, and the fact we needed to cough up six grand for a new one!  We grew in reliability when we took on additional debt to install a generator that has served us well in many a power outage, and kept us on the air during emergencies.  We grew again when we modified our AM to travel farther in the daytime than it ever has, followed by the addition of our FM signal on 92-7 for Ionia County.

When the ability to stream came our way with the 60th anniversary of the station in 2013, many Chamber members came to a morning show and celebrated with us as we brought this town's little AM stereo station to the world, and joined the ranks of the "big boys" who stream with their own app.  Again, great growth, and a success in the fact we do it all locally, without having to partner with any larger radio company to distribute our programming, (100 percent duplicated, nothing blocked) on the web!

There's been so many times that others have helped me personally, and helped WION to get through the rougher times...and each time we found success and a little more  growth.  I can recall the very day we were having the generator installed. The station's power had to be turned on and off/on and off many times. Nerve racking for a station owner and morning host..but we had to do it.  Then came the knock at the front door, and a very polite and proper gentleman, known for his community service and his way of blending good financial decisions with good people was well known.  In his arm was a 6-pack of Killians beer, and he placed it on the front office desk saying, "you've had a rough day, but it's all for the good...." then left. The early days of WION under our ownership did indeed have many hours of work just to get the station back on track as a business, as a resource, and as a functional radio entity, and moments like that I will never forget.  Yes, I enjoyed the beer knowing the generator was now installed and we were safe from power glitches....something that even many big stations don't maintain today.

At other times, it's just been the warm wishes on the phone or in person which keep me going as the Manager of WION....For instance, during food drives....or during our Treasures for Troops Campaign, which in 2016 set a  new record for donations  just this month!  Sometimes it's the warm words from those organizations to which we contribute...like Bertha Brock Park. 

We've always been thanked for our donations and our concern as a station for the park.   Even now that our Park Director has moved on, and my association with the park now happens at the county court-house instead of the park office,  I still get a warm thank you from the ladies on the third floor for caring...and it's not just me that cares. Our advertisers raised a thousand dollars for the park in 2015....on WION...and a partnership with the Ionia Moose this year meant that WION'S donations to the Christmas in the Park event were doubled!  Why does the Moose do this?  They believe in the power of local radio, and local partnerships. 

I'm humbled and so amazed almost every day by the people behind the scenes that lend their talents to us.  Penny Beeman, who volunteers to be on the air many Wednesdays as our "Community Events Coordinator."  Engineers who lend or give us equipment that is removed from other stations when the stations upgrade, knowing that small station budgets don't buy new (equipment) and that it will help us to sound our best!   There's the many voices you hear in commercials on WION, who are people I've known since I began in radio 28 years ago, and they lend their voices to us from far away via the internet because they love local radio. They love what we do as a station.  It's "unique" to them.  There are people who right now are planning the "food" part of our annual on-air Christmas party who would be embarrassed to have their names mentioned, yet they take no pay for their cooking, baking, planning, and executing a good old fashioned gathering of friends on the last morning show before Christmas. 

I'm a very blessed man.  For 28 years, I've been in radio, doing what I love to do...which is being on the air. Somehow I got given the chance to own my own stations, and have a nice small-town lifestyle which is exactly what fits me.   Some of you know that there are times my voice has issues in the morning, but you put up with it, and laugh with me at the times I sound like "Mr. Haney" from the old Green Acres show.  (Luckily that's not a year-round issue, only during colds and allergies.)  For those 28 years, I've seen holidays come and go, and each has a memory or three.  I went from PLAYING "A Christmas Carol" on my night show at WKHM in Jackson in the 90's on Christmas Eve, to PRODUCING a local version for 5 years straight that we'll air again this year for your enjoyment.  I went from a part-timer filling in on Holidays back before radio automation, to an owner who WORKS holidays, but...many times a listener brings food, a card, or calls to say, "thank you."  This thing called radio has it's rewards, and not all of the rewards come in denominations.  I've had the pleasure of Garry Osborn doing our afternoon show now for 12-plus years, and he originally only signed on for a month or so...but, you've welcomed him to your homes and businesses, extending the fun relationship we developed when he was my boss and program director a few stations ago in my career.  You've also supported young people like Popeye John who are just now starting their radio careers here at WION, and you welcome them as part of the team. All of this points to one word, an over-used one, but one I like.  "Community."

So this year, as Christmas approaches, I can honestly tell you that after 12 years and 13 Christmases of being among you in the Ionia community and being the morning host, manager, and program director of WION, there's plenty more years ahead, God willing!

More importantly, I personally need nothing.  I'm quite content with my "things" and my life.  The best gifts to me are visits by close friends, and time spent with people I enjoy.  This Christmas, my wish would be that you, and those you care about are as blessed as I have been with a career that gives back after hard work.  I wish for you a career and life that is fulfilling to you personally, and like the famous Mr. Scrooge, I tend to believe it's never too late to find this.

I've come to realize at slightly over 50 years old that it's not the bank account that matters, it's the quality of life in-between those paychecks. It's what we do with our time...with our resources, and with our talents.  It's how we use them to better OTHERS when the opportunity arises....and, believe me, when you reach that place, it's a good place to be.  And so is Ionia County. 

I hope we have many more Christmas seasons together on the air and in the community.  Ionia's been good to this radio owner, and I'm grateful at Christmas for everything that's brought me to reach this Christmas  2016, and allowed me to be in radio for nearly 30 years, all in small towns, all with real people, very important people, and very good friends surrounding me, on and off the air. 

Merry Christmas!



Monday, September 26, 2016

Busy Times, Fun Times! Take us along!

You may want to get our app from Google Play or I-tunes if you haven't done so already...so you don't miss any of our busy and fun Autumn!

As you may know, we're proud to bring you lots of coverage from Ionia HIgh School this week including Students' visits and a broadcast with the LINK CREW this Friday evening!  But...that's just the beginning!

Put some of these things on your calendar...

Tuesday October 4th.... WION takes our microphones to Ionia County Central Dispatch E911 on Appletree Drive!  Please come join us in learning how your 9-1-1 emergency calls are handled by our local professionals!  

Later in the month we visit with Heartland Health Care for their Fall Festival on East Lincoln, Ionia!

Then...For Halloween...a special lineup for you of Halloween music and scary shows:






Stay with WION for a FUN Early Autumn...and tune-in Ionia's Morning Show
for up-to-date information, changes in lineup, and additions to our on-air fun!

And, don't forget...you can reach us with comments, suggestions, and school information, scores, and anything local...by calling our new voicemail system!



Saturday, August 20, 2016

12 YEARS OF "I-1430"--RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM JIM CARLYLE

WION as “I-1430” will have 12 years under it's belt come September 1st. A remarkable thing, given the state of (large) media today, and how many small market radio stations have shut down for lack of support around the United States. Actually, the amount of independently owned stations is scary, but each has it's merits.

WION plans to celebrate in a cool way with the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce on September 1st. It's also a Thursday, and we'll carry-on the celebration following a 2 hour open house by going to the Lamplight Grill for 92-7 night on Thursday the 1st.

Random thoughts begin here...


God must like WION, the lightning bolt sent our way in 2005 combined with excellent engineers both ours and independent helped us acquire a brand-new STEREO AM transmitter. Still sounds like new today.

Small towns are a great place to be a broadcaster. Where else can you mention something on the morning show and have people ask you about it at dinner downtown most every night of the week, or have your very own Christmas lights policy brought up at a City Council meeting? (or create the job of “Public Sniffer” for those days when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees and you don't want listeners offended by others?)

People help People via small town broadcasting. In our 12 years, we've given money to Bertha Brock Park from our advertisers. We've donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We've raised awareness and more than TRIPLED the amount of boxes that get packed by the Blue Star Mothers at Christmas for our troops. We've held many successful food drives. We've been the voice for the county during large-scale ice storms that caused power outages, WION has promoted the Ionia County Historical Society, teamed with listeners to (unofficially but publicly) name the new pedestrian bridge over M-66 (“The Boss”) and, we succesfully recreated the 1939 radio version of Charles Dickens', “A Christmas Carol” five separate times, selling copies of our local voices playing the parts to raise money for charity. The list goes on and on. These are things small town broadcasters like our team can do when we have community support!

Now, in 2016, our 12th year, we add to the list that there is NO excuse for organizations to say, “no, I didn't contact the radio station about our event!” Not only do we have our (12 year old now) studio number with answering 24/7, our e-mail constantly posted on the web, and our social networking on Facebook and Twitter, but for the “domain challenged” who can't remember things, we added a simple G-mail account usable for anything, but aimed at a renewed relationship with local schools. Use it for sports scores you want announced, congratulations to students, teachers, programs, press releases for events, or ANYTHING school related. It's simple. It's G-mail it's: (sized for emphasis)


We also now have added a new phone number with voicemail boxes for the morning show, (Jim Carlyle) afternoon show (Garry Osborn) Friday nights (Popeye John) and others for our weekend feature show hosts. Please USE them. Take a moment to let us know how we're doing. Leave a compliment for Randy Edwards of Edwards' Archives, or for Barry Scott or Pastor Ken Harger in the weekend box. You could even compliment the producers of the Twilight Zone...yes....we know them well and will pass on your comments to them!



With the new voicemail, the original e-mails, an always-up website with the same address for 12 years, periodic ads in the Shopper's Guide, and our online presence, there's NO possible reason or excuse good enough to use that would justify not finding a way to tell us about your events. We STRONGY urge you to use any of our contact information to reach us for promoting. Some things we can do “free”..and some may require real “advertising”...but you won't know until you ask, now will you?  In many cases, we match (add-to/donate) additional advertising for worthy causes.

Well close that topic, and...hopefully you get the message. “someone"  ISN'T going to contact us from your group. YOU need-to. That's the way it works. “Someone” thinks you're doing it, too. Don't be the one pointing fingers. Be the one PROMOTING your events and causes. Don't leave it to “someone” to do it.



12 years has given our small but hard working LOCAL team enough time to do some great things for you, like: Enlarging the AM signal. Adding an FM signal for 24/7 coverage in most of Ionia County. Improving the AM sound to STEREO, then streaming that AM Stereo on the web. Providing a FREE APP with no strings attached and no personal information asked of you. These are just some of the things that 12 years has done in public. We even maintain a generator onsite that automatically kicks in should the power grid fail. Some of the BIGGEST stations owned by BIG corporations don't do that anymore.

In celebration of 12 years of your local station being back on the air, The Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and WE invite the public to drop by on Thursday afternoon, September 1st from 4 to 6 pm. We'll offer tours of the studios and transmitter area, light refreshments, and we'll chat on the air about WION's 12 years, and with some chamber members about their businesses, too in what we borrow and call, “the lightning round” at our round table. After the open house, the Lamplight Grill has special 92-7 night listener pricing on some great food and beverages. They're our longest running advertiser!

Here's to more GREAT years in a small town with WION providing GREAT radio!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas 2015 Thoughts and Thanks...

It's December. Near Christmas. The rushing around for Christmas has hopefully just about wrapped up in anticipation of relaxation, and observing of the HOLIDAY. (from the words, “Holy Day”)

This is the first year in over half a decade that I've made a concentrated effort to be personally more ready for Christmas to arrive. This year, after five annual local radio productions of my favorite Christmas story, Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” with the WION voices and friends, I decided that the production just couldn't be improved-upon. Instead, we'll be airing the “people's choice” WION version on Christmas Eve. It's been fun to make this show happen for five years, but all things have their time. It's not to say that I may not return to it again, but for this year, we change things just a bit.

That program, that script, that adaptation of the classic story is part of MY love of radio. Long before I was “on the radio”as an announcer I was literally “living”radio, listening constantly and tuning the dial,  and with the help of my parents I started my collection of radio receivers, many of which can be seen at our WION studios.

In some of our WION Christmas Carol introductions I've told you how on Christmas Eves of the 1970's my father would be at church helping with the service and I'd be home listening to distant AM signals bringing me the 1939 Campbell Playhouse version with Orson Wells and Lionel Barrymore. It was the script from that production, which inspired and provided the words-for our WION versions over the past half-decade. (Yes, I was a very young radio geek.)

On those Christmas Eves past, About the time the 1939 radio play would end, my father, an Episcopal minister, would drive back home, pick up my Mom and I, then take us back to church for the late night service. Some years the routine was reversed, and I'd attend church early, then listen late at night, finding a distant (AM) signal carrying my favorite Christmas radio special, and listen to it as it faded in and out, knowing every word, yet hanging on every one of them and enjoying it as if I'd never heard it before.

We've traditionally presented our local version of this classic to you on WION as part of our Christmas Eve morning show gathering, and again on Christmas Eve night. This year, I'd like to present the “People's Choice” WION version at 9AM Christmas Eve, and the 1939 version at 5PM so you can hear the classic as well.

Each time I produced the WION version of "A Christmas Carol,"  I can tell you there was some magic in the room.  I remember sitting in our studios late at night wondering if I'd ever finish, and with help from various friends over the years if I'd need a certain background sound, music bed, or voice, it seemed to just “happen.” At the risk of sounding corny, I believe that there were more souls than ours in the studio helping us out, and inspiring us to make the magic happen. You'll just have to trust me on that.

Back to what I began to tell you.....this year is different. The world seems more on edge, and it's tough each day to hear bad news as we get closer and closer to Christmas.  I've always believed in the power of local radio to make a difference, and to lift the spirits of those who need it. I hope that our work with the Blue Star Mothers last month, and our upcoming Christmas programming have, and will continue to do that for you, and in some small way help combat the constant barrage of bad news in ALL the media.

Perhaps it helps to note there's plenty of good right here in Ionia County, and I hope you count WION as part of it.   We'll enjoy bringing you Randy Edwards' 3 hour Christmas special, “Edwards' Archives” along with "Christmas Across the Lands” for our 12th year. We'll also have our Christmas Eve morning show/on air gathering and we hope you'll tune-in.

As the year wraps up, WION is proud to once again have helped raise money to fight cancer with Relay for Life, to have pledged money to Bertha Brock Park on behalf of our advertisers during fallfest, to have broadcast from the Chamber's Expo in the spring, and to have helped promote some great things like the 2nd annual “Wizard of Oz” festival in June. It's been a GREAT year in our community, and we're very proud to have helped promote and KEEP the name Ionia on the map.

You hear many voices on WION. Garry Osborn, Randy Edwards, Phil Cloud, Bill Lynch and “Our ol' Buddy Bob”, guests from the community, and friends of WION who lend their voices and talents year-round, but that's not the extent of our great team.

As we get set to celebrate Christmas, I'd like to send a personal thank you to everyone who contributes to our daily visits with you, and I'm afraid I'll leave some out unintentionally, so forgive me in advance.

There are many voices you may never meet who are friends of WION. Many have worked-with Jim Aaron and I on different radio stations in our past. They make time to record commercials and promos for us.  There's “Steve the Voice Guy” who has been the “image” of our station now for 11 years. There's our sales staff of Dan Ferguson and Aimee Barna. Dan's enjoyed 7 years with us, while Aimee joined us this year with great enthusiasm and is helping at WGLM as well. There's our engineers, including Scott who is always willing to jump in and help, Ralph, E-T, Rick, and others who are always just a phone call away to help this small (STEREO) AM continue to sound GREAT and stay on the air. There's Penny, who keeps us in touch with the worthy causes in our area, even though she's working full-time now! She still finds time to help us help others.

Then, there's the behind-the-scenes unsung heroes who stop in with bread, pies, or other great gifts; there's those who iron shirts to help me look better on remotes, Vicki who always keeps our logo "lump-free" and there's our friends who are great at keeping our station's property looking great inside and outside.  This year there's also some “new” people getting their feet wet in making commercials and reading forecasts like our midday weather host who I'm very proud-of.   It's fun to watch and help people “new” to the microphone develop their delivery and talent. There's also Popeye John on Friday nights, having his first Christmas as a regular host on WION.  There's even our friends at "Satelliteguys.us" who give us a forum to exchange ideas, and get the name "WION" indexed very quickly by Google!

The amazing part is, some of these people VOLUNTEER of their time, and none are full time! Every one of WION's team is here because they WANT to be.

So, as we celebrate Christmas this week, I hope that WION is part of your holiday. We'll have GREAT Christmas programming, and we're proud to be an independent station in this day of media consolidation. We're proud to be YOUR station, and that you can take us anywhere, anytime via the web and our apps.

I'm a very blessed man, to do what I love for a living.  Jim Aaron and I had ONE goal when we started this station together as “I-1430”...to make a reasonable living by producing great radio in a small town. It truly is a pleasure, and one I wouldn't trade for the world. (The other) Jim feels the same way, though our company growth has planted him in Greenville at our sister station, WGLM.

From the entire WION family, especially this fortunate radio morning host and station owner, 


Merry Christmas!

(1/3/16) Please enjoy these pictures from our Christmas Eve gathering...click on this link, anyone can see this, even without a Facebook account!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

QUICK Update from Jim Carlyle...

Exciting things are happening at WION! 

We've installed new computers in all our studios, with all new software upgrades!  This means more reliable programming for you, and some "new" features coming soon, including special weekend weather forecasts, and more!  We're also very excited at WION to be welcoming new clients!  We've recently had the privilege of adding Affordable LawnCare  (Fall cleanups and Winter Plowing) and "The Bowling Alley" in Ionia to our roster of advertisers! For the first time, we also welcome Mane Stage Salon on Main Street, Ionia as part of our Halloween night advertiser list! The fun folks from "The Bowling Alley" will join us co-hosting the morning show midweek, too!


Radio is growing locally, and...we're also excited to bring you a fun night on Halloween!  From 6 to 9 it's Barry Scott's special "lost 45's for Halloween, then...3 hours of old time radio comes your way! So, Halloween night, take the kids trick or treating with Barry Scott on the car radio, then go home,  light the jack o'lantern, curl up with a radio, earbuds, or your favorite device for WION, and enjoy!  There's a schedule of our scary old time radio shows in the Ionia county Shopper's Guide from 10/24!   And, while we're updating you on the great things going on, keep listening and watching our online forum for info about this year's campaign to collect items for our troops, as we once again work with the "Blue Star Mothers!" it's an exciting time for radio, and we're glad to be your local radio station, WION!  Thanks for listening! 

We appreciate...you!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

WION random notes as we observe our 11th Birthday Month in September of 2015...

The WION that you know today turns 11 years old this month.  September of 2004 brought our team to Ionia with the intent of providing great local radio. We still keep that in mind every day for you, our listeners.

We've made 11 years of improvements, not limited-to but including our larger AM signal for west-central Michigan, the addition of FM to our roster, then AM stereo, then streaming...and who knows what may be next! We're proud of 11 years of hard work to make this the BEST local station Ionia has ever had! Much of that comes from having working, local owners who care, and who respond to both the community feedback, and the technical needs of a 24/7 very "public" business.

That's why we still have the BEST AM station in the nation for sound quality in AM stereo (which you enjoy online)...our County-Wide FM 92.7 is clear, and brings you every detail in the music, and..our apps keep you in touch anywhere.  Most small town stations don't do HALF of what we do, and it's thanks to a team of talented friends who work or donate time to this great station!

Our online Android and I-phone app is becoming more and more popular...Oh, and by the way..the WION app won't poke into your address book, your browsing history, or your other apps, either. All they do is connect to the web to bring you GREAT AM STEREO sound. We don't "data mine"...like the big radio stations, and we're not part of "I heart insert name here for the week"... either.  Your information and browsing is YOUR business, not ours, and we'll always treat it that way. Anyway, go to the forum and join!

That having been said, at 11 years old, and now that it's autumn, my favorite time of year, let's turn to some GREAT things...

1) Fallfest is next week, (always the 3rd Saturday in September.) We'll be pulling up our lawn chairs and playing AM STEREO 1430 at Bertha Brock Park near Ionia, back near the Palmer Lodge.   Please bring the family for a day of walking the park and meeting great organizations, businesses, and fun!  In addition to attending, WION has once again sold "Fallfest Invites" on the radio, and thanks to outstanding support, our radio station gives $1000 to the Bertha Brock Park Improvement Fund. We're VERY proud of this.

2) We've got a new Halloween lineup of shows for you on Saturday October 31st....Join in the fun, beginning with Barry Scott's regular "Lost 45's" show...which we're sure will have a chilling theme to it...then it's 3 hours of classic old-time-radio shows to scare you through to midnight!  Grab a great sounding radio, turn it up with the family, have some popcorn or some scary food, and do what families did years ago...before twitter, facebook, instagram, and streaming TV...they listened to the radio....TOGETHER!  You might be surprised at the fun you can have!

3) The Wake up Call (trivia that is not "googleable")  has returned...and we'll talk about it Wednesday mornings on WION...giving listeners a chance to win a burger of the week from the Lamplight Grill...and maybe some other fun prizes!  

4) Our FORUM is free...and it's like having your very own online chat with WION anytime, 24/7.  It's hosted by "satelliteugys.us" and, it's a GREAT way to keep up on our trivia, events, weekend feature programs, and more!  Go sign up after you read this very engaging blog...by clicking on the "forum" button at the top of any of our website pages.  Yes, you'll need to provide an e-mail to join, but many of the ads go away, and we'll know you're a REAL person wanting to join. Don't worry...we don't sell or spam that e-mail, I promise!    
You'll automatically be a member of satelliteugys.us where you can talk about TV Shows, Cooking, Sports, Technology, and so much more!  THEN...if you enjoy it and want to be in the "Pub" a membership there is only $20/year and lets you discuss ANYTHING with pub members only!  This part is completely optional.  

In 11 years of being on the air, we hope you've seen what local radio can do to grow and promote a community.  We'll continue to be active with Relay for Life, with Fallfest, with the DDA, our Chamber, and others.  We pride ourselves on being FIRST in most weather emergencies on the air, and we try very hard to put Ionia on the map in a GOOD way with our AM Stereo stream and apps so people worldwide get an "audio taste" of Ionia, MIchigan.  

11 years has made us many friends here, and it's nice to hear feedback about WION when I'm out and about.  It's fun to know you're tuned-in and responding.  Again, thank you for this. It means we're part of your daily routine, and that's the highest compliment any radio station can receive.

So,  if you've not familiarized yourself with WION, Welcome!  Our regular schedule includes CBS news at the top of each hour, Michigan News on weekday mornings, noon, and afternoon, Michigan sports during our morning show, and great music 24/7.  On the weekend, the music continues, and we add features including  The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Edwards Archives, and Barry Scott's Lost 45's on Saturday.  Then Sunday it's Pastor Ken Harger from Shiloh Church, Retro Stars, the 80's show, and encores of some of our Saturday features.  We hope you find that after 11 years, we offer consistency, variety of programming, and are the best in promoting community.

Thank YOU  Ionia, for 11 years on the air as "I-1430!" It's our privilege to be here and to be the radio voice of your town and your county.