For over 50 years the Giant of the Blue River Valley has served as the voice of local news, sports, weather and community news for Shelbyville and Shelby County.
John Hartnett Sr., under the name of Shelby County Broadcasting, started the radio station in 1961 as WSVL – AM 1520. Hartnett was involved with the radio station until 1988, when he sold it to Blue River Broadcasting.
ARS Broadcasting and principal owner Alan Schreiber of Cincinnati then purchased the station in 1989, changing the call letters to WOOO. RushShelby Energy took over operation of the station as WKWH – AM in 1999 and combined the operation with WKWH – FM in Rushville. The Rushville site served as home for both studios.
When RushShelby Energy decided to sell WKWH – FM to Rogers Broadcasting, it appeared to be the end of the Shelbyville station. Four staff members purchased AM 1520 and returned it to the Morristown Road location that was its original home.
Scott Huber (General Manager), Douglas Raab (Engineer, Program Dir.), Johnny McCrory (News & Sports Dir.) and C. Todd Glidden (Account Exec.) purchased the station from RushShelby Energy. Under the corporate name of 3 Towers Broadcasting, LLC, the radio station began operations under the new call letters on July 1, 2007.
Since that time, Doug Raab, 30, and Todd Glidden, 54, have passed away. Doug, in a tragic auto accident, in 2011. Todd, of health complications, in 2013.
Scott Huber, 44, is a native of Shelbyville. A graduate of Indiana University, Scott left The Shelbyville News to join the radio station as General Manager in 2001. He also owns Office Hub, a Shelbyville printing and office supply business, with his wife, Shannon. They reside in Shelbyville and have two children, Ethan and Emma.
Johnny McCrory, 42, joined the Shelbyville station in 1998 as News and Sports Director. A graduate of Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, McCrory has over 20 years in radio broadcasting in Illinois and Indiana. He resides in Shelbyville and has three children, Ethan, Kylie and Jadyn.
WSVX – AM 1520 has added to the names on its own business card in recent years under 3 Towers Broadcasting in a pro-active approach to changing times and technology. More highly promoted now on its FM translator, Giant 96.5, the station can also be heard online, giant96.com, and via mobile app anywhere, anytime. The station also communicates news and information daily to its audience via Facebook and Twitter.
Giant 96 Real Radio is a branding image used by the station today. In this era of canned DJ’s and satellite radio “Real Radio” is a recognition of the station’s goal to have real people entertaining and informing listeners about the real people and real happenings in the community it serves.