There seemed to be "things" happening at WMIT right around 2000 -- give or take a year. Many longtime announcers seemed to "drop like flies" over a relatively short period. I think John Belensky and Louis Grant are the only two heritage announcers remaining. I also know the chief engineer left during this time period. It was also during this time that the programming was modified...the music "moderned-up" and became more contemporary. I, too, am also a fairly regular listener to WMIT and have differing opinions on these changes but still listen about as much as I did prior to these changes. Though I am still troubled (from a Christian perspective) that so many good people left in a short time frame. I just wonder though if these changes may have alienated a good chunk of listeners, resulting in the ratings discusssion which started this thread.
As far as the former announcers, whatever happened to Colin O'Brian, Charles Twitty, and Lisa Johnson? John Baker was pastoring a church on Sugar Hill Rd in Marion; Jay Michael Sumner is at 1380 WKJV.
Maybe MediaTech can elaborate on my thoughts...
Per the antenna changes that Matt Smith referenced, I do remember that the old (may or may NOT be THE original W41MM tower which is pre-WMIT in the 1940s) tower was replaced around 2000 but I don't any changes in ERP resulted. For great reading on the history of WMIT and W41MM, check out the articles here:http://www.ggninfo.com/article.htm