FROM FOUNDER BOB AUGSBURG
WAY-FM recently celebrated our 25th Year. I was just in my early 30’s when this dream of starting a radio station to minister to youth, and young adults started to take root, first in my wife’s heart and in mine. I was the morning D.J. at a Christian station in my hometown (Ft. Myers, Florida). But, the station was more focused on seniors. After God continued to burden us with this idea to venture out by faith and begin a new kind of Christian radio station, we stepped out of our comfort zone and began the long process of applying with the government for a new FM radio station. God answered those prayers. On October 9, 1987, WAY-FM was born in Fort Myers.
WAY-FM was only one of 3 or 4, Top 40 Christian music stations in the U.S at the time. We had very little funds. In fact, there were only 2 weeks of reserves in the WAY-FM account to keep the station on the air. But our excitement and vision for this new ministry was so strong, we didn’t stop to think about how we would pay the bills in the weeks and months to follow. Here we are 25 years later. Obviously God came through!
Over the years, the faithful gifts from listeners, who also cared deeply about reaching people for Christ has allowed WAY-FM to expand into numerous cities throughout the country. WAY also has an expanding audience, as more and more people find us on the web and through online platforms like iHeart Radio. This would not be possible without the generous gifts from individuals, as well as businesses who believe in our mission.