Fort Wayne’s longest-running morning show: Jim and Carrie on Fun 101.7!
Jim Reed has been co-host of the Jim and Carrie Morning Show since 1996, making it the longest running local Morning Show in Fort Wayne. Jim was born and raised in the Summit City and started his broadcasting career at the age of 16. It would have been sooner because he passed a test that awarded him an FCC Radio Broadcast License at the age of 11, but it was difficult convincing station program directors to hire an 11 year old.
Jim has worked at most stations in Fort Wayne in the 80’s and early 90’s, along with brief stops to host a morning show in Columbia, South Carolina and Tucson, Arizona (all for less than a year) before finally coming back and finding a permanent home at FUN 101.7. In fact, Jim and Carrie also used to work together back in the 80’s at another local station.
Jim is also best known for “Running the City til the City Opens” (with some help from Carrie) and has also created a list of the Most Powerful People in Fort Wayne, to which he is #2. ( A fitting number for sure.)
When not on the air, Jim likes to sit at home in his white, Cheeto stained T-shirt and fall asleep while watching the Weather Channel. He is also planning a mid-life crisis next summer.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Carrie Bud Wellman has been working in radio her entire career. While working in marketing at WANE-TV, Carrie took a part time radio job playing big band music on the weekends. The radio bug bit!
From there she worked as a news reporter/anchor and eventually landed a job with WAJI as a morning show co-host and news person. The radio biz took Carrie to Michigan, then back to Fort Wayne where she returned to Sarkes Tarzian to work with FUN 101.7.
While Ball State University provided an amazing education, it was working with Jim Reed and riding his coattails (as he is so fond of saying) that created the foundation on which to build her career. Jim & Carrie are very proud to be going on their 23rd year as a morning show team, so maybe there’s something to be said for Jim’s coattails!