Public Radio Stations to Get New Home

NIPR General Manager Peter Dominowski.

Photos are by Lucretia Cardenas

Staff reports

A 14,000-square-foot former church in downtown Fort Wayne is being reborn as the new home of Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Plans for the conversion of the Old Glorious Church at 210 E. Jefferson Blvd. were revealed at an April 11 news conference. The event also kicked off the “Building A Sound Future” campaign to raise $4.5 million for the renovation project.

“This is much more than moving our stations from one address to another,” NIPR president and general manager, Peter Dominowski, said in a statement. “This central location and the facilities will begin a new era of audience participation and community engagement for 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI.”

The stations currently operate from a space half the size of the new building in the Centennial Industrial Park on the north side of the city. The new downtown location will be more accessible and electronic signs outside will provide up-to-the-minute news, station and community information.

“Northeast Indiana Public Radio exists to serve the community,” past-board NIPR president Doug Powers said at the event.

A podcast cafe and creativity incubator inside the building will be the second of its kind in the United States and will feature the ideas and people of northeast Indiana. Nearly an entire floor will be devoted to a public theater space where programming with audience participation will be created. The new digital newsroom and upgraded equipment will provide for multiplatfdorm reporting and reliable programming.

Doug Powers is the chair of the fundraising campaign. Plans call for the stations to move to their new home by 2019.