At one time, WOWO-1090 had a huge 50,000-watt signal as strong as the 50,000-watt big-city “flamethrowers” that at night could be heard across much of the country (but some years back, WOWO was purchased by the owners of WLIB New York on the same frequency; the new owners reduced WOWO’s signal to allow WLIB to broadcast at night).
Much like Foster Hewitt’s onetime broadcasts of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Saturday-night games on CBC Radio’s powerful 50-kilowatt outlets gave that team millions of fans across Canada and much of the United States, so Chase’s broadcasts of the Fort Wayne Komets over the then-50,000-watt WOWO had a huge following across much of the country.
Hate seeing this.
I’m not yet 40 but I remember hearing Bob Chase’s morning sports reports on WOWO in addition to the Komets hockey games. My mother grew up in western Ohio, about 60 miles from Fort Wayne, and WOWO was *the* station in her area back in the 1960s. The Komets and Bob Chase were her introduction to hockey, and I listened to some games in the late 80s and early 90s visiting my grandparents out in the area.