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Len Ellis, front, standing with his son, Leigh Ellis, in the main studio of Radio One Communications headquarters in Valparaiso in November 2009, has been named Columbia College Chicago Alumnus of Year for 2013.
A raised insignia of the WJOB "call letters" is embedded in the concrete floor of the studio's main hallway in Hammond.
Prior to his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to the Region to speak, with the address broadcast by WJOB radio station.
WJOB radio station owner Jim Dedelow stands below the 400-ft-plus tower at the Hammond station. WJOB received its first broadcast license in 1923.
WJOB radio in Hammond covered news and traffic in the region by air with the station's "news and traffic plane" during the 1960s.
Tavis Buchan (right), radio personality for 89.1 FM, WLPR, The Lakeshore, is following the lead of Santa Claus to give away some great gifts on his afternoon radio show this week, with the help of Times Columnist Philip Potempa.
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