FM 104.7 is WFRN’s flagship station with 50,000 watts. Along with two 6,000 watt stations and twelve lower power translators, WFRN has listeners from Kokomo Indiana to Kalamazoo Michigan and from Portage Indiana to Coldwater Michigan.
WFRN’s music is aimed at adults 25-54. Our music speaks to the heart . . . and uplifts the soul. We know because we hear from you, and you’ve told us the music strengthens your relationship with the Lord . . . and encourages your spirit.
WFRN has been playing contemporary Christian music on our Michiana for nearly 30 years ... but the story does not begin in 1979. As WCMR and WFRN, our AM station has been serving the Elkhart community since 1956, receiving national recognition and serving our community with local programming and Christian programming for more than 50 years.
The Story of WFRN
May of 1979 marked the culmination of a dream. For years, Ed Moore had dreamed of a format of light Contemporary Christian Music which would be strongly competitive in the marketplace. In 1979, Your Friend, WFRN was born. Today Mr. Moore continues at the head of what has become one of the most respected and listened to Christian radio stations in the United States.
WFRN FM 104.7 continues to rank high amongst Contemporary Christian Stations, and the 1,300 religious stations in the nation of all religious in audience size. And we are not even close to a large radio market. This translates into great impact for Christ in this area. Join with us in praising God for this unique radio ministry.
WFRN FM 104.7 broadcasts from Elkhart with a power of 50,000 watts which covers much of Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. Great music, news and weather, and teaching programs enrich the lives of over 125,000 listeners each week.
In the summer of 1993 WFRN AM 1270 with 5,000 watts daytime (1,000 watts nighttime) in Elkhart became full 24 hour partner in the WFRN ministries, programming traditional Christian music and informative teaching programs which present the Word of God in clarity and authority.
The fall of 1995 saw the addition of WFRN FM 93.7, an extension of the original WFRN FM 104.7. Through the use of cutting edge digital technology, WFRN’s Contemporary Christian format has been extended to central Indiana including the Kokomo, Wabash, Logansport and Peru area.
In December of 1996 Friends of Christian Radio Inc., a non-profit organization targeting communities with inadequate Christian radio, began re-transmitting WFRN’s 104.7 signal in Coldwater, Michigan, on FM 101.1.
In August of 1997 Friends of Christian Radio began re-transmitting WFRN’s 93.7 signal in Marion, Indiana on FM 107.7.
In November 1997 we welcomed our most recent addition to the family, FM 100.1 which can be heard in Winamac, Monticello, Rochester and Logansport expanding the audience of 93.7 and 107.7.
Also in 1997, WFRN was awarded the “1997 Contemporary Christian Station of the Year” nationally due to audience size.
In February 1998, Friends of Christian Radio Inc. began re-transmitting WFRN’s 104.7 signal in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on FM 100.3.
In March 1998 WFRN built two community FM stations re-broadcasting 104.7 for the general South Bend and Mishawaka areas to cover some small signal problems caused by the many other FM signals in that area. They are FM 96.1 and FM 96.5.
In March 1998 WFRN launched its Web Site, wfrn.com with a large variety available for our web browsing friends such as News & Weather, Top Twenty, Meet the Jocks, Events, Specials, Program Guide, Ministry Links, Family Album, Kids Radio and more. Development of the website has continued, and now daily updated news and up to the minute closings grace our website.
In the summer of 1999 WFRN celebrated the 20th anniversary of broadcasting on FM 104.7 at an outdoor concert at the Elkhart County fairgrounds.
In August 1999 WFRN launched its Internet Audio Feed. Now the FM 104.7 signal can be heard across the country and by missionaries and others around the world!!! WFRN's online service expanded over the next 10 years to include separate feeds for Michiana and North Central Indiana and the AM 1270 stations, with all audio available in 64k "broadband" high quality as well as the original 20k format.
In December 1999 WFRN installed generators at all of their broadcast facilities, allowing us to remain on the air during severe storms and other disruptive times.
In the fall of 2000 WFRN celebrated the fifth anniversary of broadcasting on FM 93.7 in the Kokomo-Logansport area, and the second anniversary of broadcasting on FM 100.1 in Winamac. In just a few years these two stations have grown a loyal base of listeners, reaching many hearts and souls for Jesus Christ.
In October 2002 WFRN AM 1270 became Solid Gospel 1270 and Smart Talk 1270 airing a combination of Solid Gospel music and conservative talk radio, while continuing it's long heritage of carrying live local sports.
In May 2003, Friends of Christian Radio Inc. began a major expansion project indended to extend the signal of WFRN into new communities across Michigan and Indiana. The project led to the construction of seven new repeater stations in 2006, 2007 and 2008, improving service to over 200,000 people in Benton Harbor and Marshall, Michigan, Valparaiso, Portage/Chesterton, Westville, Michigan City and Kokomo, Indiana. As part of this push, Friends of Christian Radio Inc. also improved the coverage of their existing three community repeaters.
In June 2008 AM 1270 returned to the original call letters WCMR and FM 105.3 was launched to deliver AM 1270's Solid Gospel and talk format in stereo to the Elkhart / Walkarusa area.
WFRN’s other ministries include: Christian Radio Just For Kids, a 24 hour radio service started in 1995, for children ages three to nine. WFRN concerts which give you an opportunity to see and meet those artists who sing to you daily. Each year over 30,000 people will attend a concert presented or welcomed by WFRN.
The future holds many exciting advances for WFRN as we continue to be one of the nation’s leaders in Christian radio, while keeping focused on our goal of “Helping Families Grow in Their Daily Walk With Jesus Christ.”
We don’t want to boast, just praise our Lord, by showing what He is doing with WFRN and our growing network of stations. Above all, it is a reflection of you our listener. We love doing what we do . We’re honored to be serving The Lord and our listeners . . . on WFRN . . . Your Friend of the Family.
We are always looking for new ways to reach the family with support and encouragement. Our guiding principles are to Honor God, Serve People, Develop Excellence, and Grow Profitably . . . following Biblical principles.
If you would like more information on any of our ministries, call our office at 800-933-0501 during office hours or 800-522-WFRN at anytime, or mail a card to Box 307, Elkhart, IN 46515 or fill out the online comments form.