To the Next Level
Radio One Communications has made a commitment to take the company to the next level by investing in a multitude of new multimedia endeavors.
Uncle Len…. 60 years
“Uncle Len” Ellis is the station and company founder, who along with his wife Bee, founded WAKE-AM in 1964 (when it was initially called WAYK-AM). “Uncle Len”, one might say, was country “when country wasn't cool” (with nods to George Jones and Barbara Mandrell, who've both covered that country classic). He is a man who gave country music an identity and an outlet marks sixty years in the industry in October 2009 – and to this day, to many, he's still known as “Uncle Len”.
Monday through Friday, three times a day, on one of the very stations Ellis founded, you can still hear Uncle Len introducing country classics and sharing classic tales in “Uncle Len's Legends'” -- a program that marked Uncle Len's return to the airwaves, October 2nd, 2006, on Indiana 105 WLJE-FM 105.5 fm, during – when else -- “Country Music Month”.
Ellis is considered a visionary in the radio and country music industry. In 1983, he became a member of the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame. He was named one of ten “Legends of Country Radio” in an October 7, 1994, issue of the national radio and recording industry trade journal R&R. Ellis also holds card number one as a charter member of the Country Music Association (CMA), a group he helped form back in 1958. Ellis was on the first board of directors and holds CMA Card Number One. “I feel very privileged to have been a part of all of that,” Ellis said, noting little respect was afforded to country music at the time.
The Last Four Years
In the last four years a multitude of investments and improvements have been made to
Radio One Communications.
• Over 3,000 square feet of new building was added to existing structure
• New production and creative studio was built
• New remote vehicles to provide on-location airing
• Additional staff members to help take Radio One to the next level