City of license Indianapolis
Broadcast area Indianapolis
Branding AM 1310 The Light
Frequency 1310 (kHz)
First air date July 27, 1941 (as WISH-AM)
Format Urban Gospel
Power 5,000 watts (daytime)
1,000 watts (nighttime)
Class B
Facility ID 51433
Callsign meaning With Tender Loving Care
Owner Radio One
(Radio One of Indiana, LLC)
Sister stations WHHH, WTLC-FM, WNOW-FM
Website www.praiseindy.com

WTLC is an AM radio station owned by Radio One in Indianapolis, Indiana. The station operates on the AM radio frequency of 1310 kHz. The studios are located downtown at the corner of Meridian and St. Joseph Streets. The transmitter and antenna, according to the FCC, are located on the south side of Indianapolis between Troy and Sumner Avenues near the Indiana Railroad (the same block as WTTV's former studios.)


  • History 1
  • Station broadcasting information 2
  • Programming 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


WTLC (AM) began operation in 1941 as WISH. In 1947, principal owner C. Bruce McConnell sold WISH to Frank H. McKinney and associates for a "stripped price of approximately $500,000."[1]

The owners of WISH radio also started a FCC, Star Stations of Indiana was denied its license renewal application for WIFE in 1976. The station was ordered off the air, forcing a sale to new ownership and management. An era of frequent call letter changes (WIFE, WMLF, WIFE-AM, WTUX, WTLC) and formats (Adult Contemporary, Music of Your Life, adult standards, Oldies, and Urban Oldies) began in 1984 and continued through the end of the 20th Century.

In late 1997, then-owner Panache sold the frequency to Emmis Communications and the new owners settled on Urban Gospel. For a two-year period the majority of programming was syndicated from Sheridan Broadcasting and branded as "The Light".

In January 2001, the station was purchased from Emmis by Radio One. Shortly thereafter the affiliation with Sheridan was dropped but the station retained the name "The Light".

Station broadcasting information

WTLC broadcasts using 5 kW of daytime power and 1 kW between sunset and sunrise. With a directional antenna at night, the broadcast signal focuses more to the north-northeast, west-northwest, and east-southeast. More information can be found at the WTLC query on the FCC website.


WTLC-AM is a contemporary gospel station.


  1. ^ "Sale of WISH to McKinney And Associates Announced" (PDF) (June 16, 1947). Broadcasting. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

External links

  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WTLC
  • Radio-Locator Information on WTLC
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WTLC
  • Indiana Radio Archive, WTLC
  • 1310 The Light website