Radio & Television Program at Gary Area Career Center 88.7 FM

Gary's Only FM Station

About the Station

WGVE-FM is a FM high school radio station broadcasting on 88.7 MHz in Gary, Indiana. It is owned and operated by Gary Community School Corporation. WGVE signed on in 1954. Originally located at Lew Wallace High School, it moved to its current location in the Gary Area Career Center in 1969. The station’s current format is local news, music, and limited NPR programming. The station also airs coverage of many high school and college sporting events.

First Broadcast: January 1954

Antenna Height: 125-foot self-supporting tower

Studio and Tower Location: The Gary Area Career Center

Four studio facility: Two master control-rooms and two production studios

Effective Radiated Power: 2.1 Kilowatts

Audience Demographics – Gary, Indiana

Area square miles 57.24 miles
Total Population: 102,746

Among major American cities, ranked No. 1 in percentage black population (84%)

Male 47088 45.83%
Female 55658 54.17%

Breakdown of age groups

15 and younger: 25,709

16-24: 15,362

25-44: 25,738

45-64: 22,794

65+: 13,143

White 11.92%
African American Population 84.03%
Latino 4.93%

Median Household Income: $27,195
Median Family Income: $32,205

10% of Gary residents age 25 and older have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

Total Housing Units 43,630
Average number of persons per household 2.66


WGVE Audience Demographics- Northwest Indiana

The following represents the demographics of the Northwest Indiana and the population within the WGVE coverage map.

Area square miles: 496.98

Total Population: 484,564

Male 233,367 (48.2%)
Female 251,197 (51.8%)

Breakdown of age groups

15 and younger: 107,338

16-24: 67,293

25-44: 137,174

45-64: 109,525

65+: 63,234

Population – Race
White 66.7%
African American 25.3%
Latino 12.2%
Other 6.9%

Median Household Income: $41,829
Median Family Income: $32,205

Total Housing Units: 194,992
Average number of persons per household 2.76