HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet and WJOB on Monday announced a partnership that will bring the Hammond radio station's broadcasting operations and streaming media center to the university’s emerging Commercialization Center.
Terms call for WJOB (1230 AM) to lease and renovate nearly 1,700 square feet of space in the 18,000-square-foot Commercialization Center at 7116 Indianapolis Blvd., located one-half mile south of the radio station’s current location at 6405 Olcott Ave., according to a news release.
With an estimated $250,000 investment, WJOB will occupy space in the Commercialization Center on March 1 and begin broadcast operations there in mid-April.
“The vision for our Commercialization Center is to encourage small business development that benefits our region,” said Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon. “The opportunity to partner with a small, respected company and longtime friend of Purdue Calumet is appealing to our university from business and educational perspectives.”
WJOB is co-owned by Alexis Vazquez Dedelow and her husband, Jim Dedelow.
Jim Dedelow, who manages WJOB day-to-day operations while also hosting the weekday morning drive program, said the partnership will help WJOB build on its reputation as one of the most high-tech radio stations in America.
“We plan to create state-of-the-art broadcast studios and relocate our streaming media center,” he said. “In doing so, we will engage Purdue Calumet students in cutting-edge learning opportunities, which will benefit them and WJOB. We feel very good about this business opportunity.”
For nearly 60 of its 90 years in existence, WJOB has operated at its current location. Alexis Vazquez Dedelow indicated the station will maintain a presence there.