"In the meantime, Dorsey said, an investment of just $150,000 in upgraded broadcast equipment will improve WIBV's sound and clarity."
Another article in April of that year said: "WIBV's new owners, led by Charter Communications cable company and Dorsey, want to make the station a regional force that can do battle with AM giant KMOX."
Zielonko was one of the original employees to follow Dorsey to WIBV
. Zielonko worked tirelessly, but industry observers say he was hampered by decisions made by those above him and perhaps by a lack of programming experience.
Fischer's, once known as the "Dutch Girl" restaurant, is where WIBV began radio broadcasting in 1947.
The WIBV reunion was prompted, in part, by the publication of a short history of the station written by Jack LeChien, who was a 17-year veteran reporter and news director at the station.
One of the last KTRS (550 AM) staffers to have worked for the former WIBV (1260 AM), veteran broadcaster Tom Calhoun, has left the Westport building.
Calhoun worked in radio 30 years, 23 of them at WIBV, doing a little bit of everything.
Calhoun, the longtime Metro East veteran who survived the WIBV
(1260 AM) takeover in 1996, is now acting as news supervisor.
The morning show's body count has been high since its beginnings as WIBV
(1260 AM) in spring 1996: Bill Wilkerson, Wendy Wiese, Kevin Horrigan, J.
She literally started the station's news operation when Tim Dorsey created his station--first at WIBV
and later KTRS--and she says it's not an easy task.
He thought former KMOX number-two man Dorsey was leading the 14 defecting KMOX staffers to a higher ground at WIBV
, later KTRS - an all-local forum for local and national issues.
KMOX management told the trio if it's so awful, you don't have to wait until WIBV
is ready, leave now.