WARSAW, Ind. (WPTA21) – Who says there’s nothing to listen to on the radio?
“Oldies 101 you know if you got to be true to something might as well be true to your school,” announces DJ Flyin’ Brian Walsh.
Welcome to the studio of WIOE FM Oldies radio in Warsaw, a converted bedroom in the home of station owner and Brian Walsh..
“It’s 12:30 I’m Flyin’ Brian and good morning,” Walsh announces. “It’s a Tuesday, hey thanks so much for taking us along we appreciate that.”
WIOE is a rare commodity these days, a true Oldies station playing hits from 1955 to 1985. Walsh has been in broadcast radio since he was a teenager. He built the WIOE studio from scratch 16 years ago in the home he shares with his five daughters.
“When we had triplet daughters it became apparent that I need to be spending a little more time at home,” says Walsh, “and it was very convenient so out of necessity this became the studio and I don’t think I’d want to change it.”
Oldies stations have a limited audience but Walsh has created a real niche in the Warsaw area broadcasting live from local events like car shows, festivals, fundraisers and school basketball games. And the station has a loyal cadre of local advertisers. Walsh has made a commitment to serve his hometown but the music is the main reason for the stations success and Walsh has no plans to make changes.
“People can relate to that it’s a memory for them it’s part of the fabric of their lives,” he says. ‘How much longer you gonna be doing this?’ we ask. “A long time, I’ve got four girls in high school right now…a long time.”