WUBS 89.7 FM has been on air for more than two decades.
It is known for its good gospel music and also a voice for the voiceless in our community.
“WUBS came on 27 years ago, at midnight of 1992,” Founder and CEO Reverend Sylvester Williams, Jr., said.
Williams and his late wife Wanda Inez founded WUBS.
It is the first black owned and operated gospel music station in South Bend and region.
“At that point the silence was broken.
Prior to that people had no voice, they couldn’t voice their concerns.
But when WUBS came on air it opened the window of opportunity for people to dialogue,” Rev. Williams explained.
Serving North Central Indiana and Southwest Michigan, inspirational gospel music, educational programs and spiritual ministries are highlighted and broadcast to thousands every single day.
“We’re estimating at any given time there’s something like 33,000 people listening,” said Rev. Williams.
But what Rev. Williams is most proud of, is how the station has served faithful listeners and been a force across America.
Over the years WUBS has summons it's listeners to send relief to victims of natural disasters; created the “Violent Free Campaign” that saw a tremendous reduction in homicides throughout the city.
Rev. Williams conducts a Sunday worship service at what is known as the "Miracle On Lincolnway" located at 702 Lincolnway West and Charles Martin, Sr. Drive.
“It has been amazing,” Rev. Williams said with a smile, as he looks back from where the Lord has brought us.
And Minister Shane Williams, Sr. their son hopes to carry on his parents legacy.
“I plan to continue the work that "Paw" and my mom started,” said Shane, Sr.
Three decades down, seeing the radio station is a ministry within Interfaith Christian Union, Inc. found in 1983 that is still going strong,
“We certainly hope that our ministry and station would remain as a light and a beacon of hope in our community,” Min. Shane said.
Reverend Williams has received numberial awards, plaques, proclamations and keys to the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka.
He and his wife "Sister Wanda" are also the recipients of one of the Highest and Most Prestigious awards in the state of Indiana, the “Sagamores of the Wabash.”