CityBeat column: Poor WAIF-FM

This week’s CityBeat column tackles an old, but still somewhat existent (though I’m just so tired from all the corruption), concern of mine, WAIF-FM.

I quite literally fell in love with the place in 2005, when a friend asked me if I wanted to apply for a summer program. The Brian and Joe Radio Show, full of local talk and news, aired for 10 glorious weeks. It won an award for best summer show and confirmed a dream I’d had since childhood to host my own radio show. It was a blast.

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I tried my darndest with the place, but got nowhere fast.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

3 thoughts on “CityBeat column: Poor WAIF-FM”

  1. I am sorry to hear about all of the troubles of that station. We’d give anything to have that signal!

    In the meantime, anyone who wishes to contribute to WMWX we would love to hear your ideas. We are a wonderful family of volunteers and love serving our listeners and communities.

    You can contact me directly at [email protected]

    Warm Regards,

    Bill Spry
    President & GM
    ClassX Radio

  2. Just curious if you had any further issues with WAIF. Going through a few problems with them now, like censorship and hostility. Any info would be appreciated.


  3. Thomas,

    No, I never had any further issues with them because I left. They won – and drove me out.

    The situation there was crazy – and designed to be that way. It’s a sad, sad situation up there.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having similar problems. Hopefully they’ve worked themselves out by now.


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