WJEL-89.3 FM Indianapolis radio station first took to the air on September 3, 1975, and has broadcast directly from the confines of North Central High School here in Indianapolis ever since. They first sent out their signal in monaural powered by only 10 watts; this certified them as a Class D FM station. It might not seem like a lot, but it was a vast improvement to what the school’s Radio and TV students worked with before 1975. Up until then students had to be content with pretending to be on the air. In 1986 the student-run Indianapolis radio station changed from a single channel broadcast to a much more powerful stereo broadcast. This was accomplished by increasing 89.3 FM to 125 watts of power. While WJEL’s broadcasting beginnings may have been humble to start with, over the years they have increased their broadcasting power several more times.
Since February of 1996 WJEL-89.3 FM has been pumping out 1,000 watts of power. This distinguishes them as the most powerful high school radio station in all of the Indianapolis media. As the time tested saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. A main focus of the Radio-TV student’s education has been to work on instructional programs that help educate younger children in the district’s elementary schools. In an ongoing effort to expose these future workers of the radio industry to all facets of life on the airways, WJEL has always played the latest music in Indianapolis. On-air hosts also report on local news and up coming events in Indianapolis as well.
Among the many Indianapolis radio stations, WJEL-89.3 FM competes well for the younger set, making its way into thousands of local Indianapolis homes and car stereos. But while most of the broadcasts on WJEL-89.3 FM are intended for a younger listening audience, some of the 45 hours of weekly programming is for those who came before them. Every Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, 89.3 FM plays the most popular hits from the 70’s and 80’s on the show Radio Rewind.
Even without a huge radio broadcasting range, the sound of the proud Indianapolis radio station WJEL can be heard throughout the country. By providing some of the most career specific education in Indianapolis, the alumni of North Central High School’s telecommunications program are working in a majority of the radio markets nationwide. Take the time and tune in to the student station known as “The Circle City’s Power Jam” today, you will be amazed at what you hear.
North Central High School
1901 E 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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WJEL’s first sports casters were Joe Perkins (left) and Adam Borinstein. (right)