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WFEA's German Ortiz interviews a guest on La AM Latinos - April 10, 2000
photo courtesy of The Union Leader

WFEA began carrying French language programming on Sunday mornings in 1991. On April 2, 2000, it began offering Spanish language programming Sunday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM.

German Ortiz was the host of La AM Latinos. The Bedford resident was a native of Colombia and a vice president of the Alliance for the Progress of Hispanic Americans. While romantic music was the main thrust of the program, interviews and educational features were also aimed at the estimated 20,000 southern New Hampshire residents of Hispanic origin.

 

Friday, January 26, 2001 marked the end of an era as Paul Belfay did his last morning show on WFEA after nine years.

Citing the difficulty achieving sales budgets and targeting the senior demographic, management decided to eliminate the local morning show. Paul moved across the hall to the WZID airstaff. WFEA's 5-9AM shift was filled by Mark Haden and Jeff Rollins, familiar voices from Westwood One's AM Only satellite syndicated format. Ed Brouder continued to provide news twice an hour, and Mike Ellis continued his weather forecasts.

On December 1, 2001 a new program service was heard on WFEA for the first time. Replacing Westwood One's adult pop standards format was Music of Your Life, syndicated live via satellite by the Jones Radio Network. Targeting the $3.2 trillion market, with the highest discretionary spending capacity of any demographic, the music selection appealed to the 50+ audience.

WFEA's Paul Belfay

WFEA's Paul Belfay

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Carl Hampton Les Brown Jr. and Deana Martin Peter Marshall Wink Martindale
Carl Hampton Les Brown, Jr. & Deana Martin Peter Marshall Wink Martindale
Chuck Southcott Gary Owens Johnny Magnus Nick Marciano Pat Boone
Chuck Southcott Gary Owens Johnny Magnus Nick Marciano Pat Boone
 

January 2, 2002 brought another change as hourly newscasts from AP Radio News replaced the CBS Radio Network.

Early 2004 brought announcements that WFEA had arranged to carry live play-by-play from New Hampshire's newest sports franchises: the Manchester Wolves arena football team and the Manchester Monarchs minor league baseball team.

link to Manchester Wolves web site   link to NH Fisher Cats web site
 

Early 2004 witnessed the creation of WFEA's official station web site.

On March 1, 2007 WFEA celebrated its 75th birthday, maintaining its status as New Hampshire's oldest, continuously operating station.

On August 15, 2007 some old friends returned to the airwaves of WFEA. The station replaced Music of Your Life with a satellite-delivered music format of adult standards, syndicated by a company called Dial Global. The voices included Jeff Rollins, Chick Watkins, Ed Brand, Mark Haden, Don Reid, Casey Hayes, Bill Jones, Rick Garza, Lou Simon, Rick Wagstaff and Peter Doeblin. WFEA branded the format Unforgettable Hits.

Jeff Rollins Chick Watkins Ed Brand Mark Haden Bill Jones
Jeff Rollins Chick Watkins Ed Brand Mark Haden Bill Jones

On August 28, 2009, Ed Brouder read his final newscast after 17 years at WFEA. The one constant in radio is change. WFEA continues to evolve in order to entertain and inform New Hampshire residents, as it has since March 1, 1932.

You can read more about other New Hampshire radio and television personalities at the N.H. Association of Broadcasters web site. They also have Ed Brouder's book, "Granite and Ether: A Chronicle of New Hampshire Broadcasting," for sale.

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