Indiana RadioWatch: February 12, 2018

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I've added a few more stories to the webpage I created for Indiana broadcasters who were on the air during the 1978 Blizzard.


The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel profiles WBOI's (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) host Julia Meek.

Our best wishes to former WQHK-FM/WMEE-FM (105.1fm, Huntertown; 97.3fm, Fort Wayne) OM Dean McNeil, as he recovers from a double heart valve replacement and an aortic aneurysm repair. Mr. McNeil continues his recovery at home.


In 2000, Tommy Carroll joined WRBR (103.9fm, South Bend) as afternoon host. "103.9 The Bear" promoted him to PD in 2008 and again to Digital Content Director for their South Bend cluster in 2013. Mr. Carroll recently exited and will become PD/Afternoons for Townsquare Media at their WGRD in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Recently, CSN International applied to move their translator W292EM (106.3fm, Lafayette) to 103.5fm, due to interference with Forcht Broadcasting's WCDQ (106.3fm, Crawfordsville). The FCC recently dismissed CSN's request, as it's a major change.

The FCC would have granted this application if WCDQ had somehow modified their signal after the FCC licensed W292EM. That wasn't the case here, so that's why the FCC denied CSN's application.

Woof Boom Radio launches their 106.7fm, West Lafayette signal as an AC station WLQQ ("Q106.7; The Best of Yesterday and Today"). The first song was Maroon 5's "Wake Up Call." No airstaff yet, and here's their website.


We don't have many other details, but Country/WIFE-FM (94.3fm, Connersville) morning newsman Mike Peacock retires from "94.3 WIFE-FM Hometown Country" after over a half century in broadcasting.

James Lee "Jim" Brewer II, the president of Brewer Media, died Feb. 1 of oral cancer. Mr. Brewer was the grandson of southern Indiana broadcasters Roland and Maytha Brewer. He started in radio at age 15 running the board for the Indianapolis 500 broadcast at the family radio station, WTCJ/1230am in Tell City. Mr. Brewer became a station owner in Chattanooga, Tennessee at age 28, growing today's Brewer Media cluster. Survivors include his father, James L. Brewer, Sr., who owns Brewer Broadcasting (WHON/WQLK) in Richmond. Mr. Brewer was 56.

Employment Opportunities

Z96-5 WAZY, a heritage Top 40 station in Lafayette, Indiana and Star City Broadcasting are looking for a full-time Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Drive Host. Duties include:

Hosting an afternoon drive shift live every weekday.
Producing/updating imaging, promos, and liners for use on the station.
Working promotional events and remotes as needed.
Helping with music scheduling as needed.
Updating the stationís website and posting on our various social media platforms.
Helping develop promotions/contests for the station.

RCS Selector, Adobe Audition, and AudioVAULT experience is a plus! Females and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please send your resume, on-air demo, a production sample, and ratings history (if applicable) to No phone calls please.

Star City Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support.

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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