Indiana RadioWatch: February 16, 2016

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Northeast

Shelly Steckler will become the GSM for Federated Media's Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Woodburn). Ms. Steckler is a 22 year veteran of crosstown Sarkes Tarzian's Hot AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classic Hits/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne): Five years as an AE, ten years as WLDE GSM and 7 years as GM of both WAJI and WLDE, along with the recent addition of Alternative/WAJI-HD2 (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) also heard on translator W258BY (99.5fm, Fort Wayne).

The Allen County Public Library's LPFM WELT-LP (95.7fm, Fort Wayne) recently signed on for program testing. The official sign-on will be tomorrow. They're using a Crown FME 300 transmitter and the tower is above Kettler Hall on the IPFW Campus. It's the only LPFM in the nation that's run by a public library. Here's their website and programming schedule.

DTV America's CP for LPTV W29DX-D (Channel 29, Fort Wayne) changes call letters to WEDX-LD. As proposed, the LPTV station will transmit from the Monroeville tower of WQHK-FM.

Where Are They Now? Chad Mitchell is now morning co-host at KOOL-FM in Phoenix, Arizona (starting yesterday). While in Fort Wayne, he was the producer for the locally hosted "Rusty Humphries Show" on then-Talk/WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne), before Humphries became a syndicated talk show host.

Where Are They Now? Former then-"Rewind 106.3" and "Hot 107.9" Fort Wayne DJ "Nugget" exits KTFM in San Antonio, Texas for mornings at WHBQ-FM in Memphis, Tennessee.

Northcentral

Mid-West Family Broadcasting and its affiliate WSJM, Inc. closes on the $5.5 million purchase of Country/WHFB-FM (99.9fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan), AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend), News-Sports/WSBT (960am, South Bend) and translator W241AD (96.1fm, South Bend), and Classic Hits/WZOC (94.3fm, Plymouth). Bob Heymann of the Chicago office of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker representing Mid-West Family Broadcasting in this transaction. Under new ownership, the radio stations will continue operating from the Schurz Communications building on East Douglas Road in Mishawaka, under the leadership of GM Jim Roberts. Mid-West Family Broadcasting now owns 43 radio stations in 8 radio markets under five separate broadcast companies.

Grey Television Group, Inc. closes on its purchase of the broadcast assets of Schurz Communications, Inc. The above radio sale was a spinoff from that purchase. As Grey owns NBC affiliate WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend), they spun Schurz's CBS-affiliate WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Northwest

Neuhoff Media closes on its $8 million purchase of Schurz Communications' Lafayette cluster. As mentioned above, Grey Television Group closed yesterday on its purchase of the broadcast assets of Schurz Communications, Inc. This sale to Newhoff was a spinoff from that purchase. The Lafayette portfolio includes Sports/WASK (1450am, Lafayette), Classic Hits/WASK-FM (98.7fm, Battle Ground), Rock/WKHY (93.5fm, Lafayette), Country/WKOA (105.3fm, Lafayette), and CHR/WXXB (102.9fm, Delphi). This becomes Neuhoff's sixth market. The Neuhoff retained the legal counsel of Washington, DC law firm Schwartz, Woods & Miller.

Eastcentral

Mike Christopher becomes the GSM for the Hoosier AM/FM station group in both Marion and Kokomo. Their portfolio includes: Talk/WBAT (1400am, Marion), Sports/WIOU (1350am, Kokomo), AC/WZWZ (92.5fm, Kokomo), Sports/WMRI (860am, Marion), Hot AC/WXXC (106.9fm, Marion), Rock/WMYK (98.5fm, Peru), and Country/WCJC (99.3fm, Van Buren). Mr. Christopher was GM at Cumulus' Country/WWKI (100.5fm, Kokomo) for many years.

Central

Kay Feeney-Caito returns to radio, as Director of Marketing for the Entercom Indianapolis cluster: Sports/WXNT (1430am, Indianapolis), Hot AC/WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield) and AC/WNTR (107.9fm, Indianapolis). Ms. Feeney-Caito was Promotions Director of WZPL from 1990 until 1993. She's also worked at WFBQ and WFMS and the Radio One radio stations. For the past several years, she's had her own PR firm.

Where Are They Now? Former Indianapolis PD (WKLU, WNTR, WXNT) and APD/MD (WLHK) and DJ (then-WGLD) Scott Roddy will become PD at St. Louis' WIL-FM. Mr. Roddy also programmed WBTU in Fort Wayne. Mr. Roddy last programmed at Saga Communications' Bellingham, Washington radio stations. Mr. Roddy begins at WIL-FM on Monday February 29.

Southeast

The City of Charlestown, Indiana CP for an LPFM radio station now has call letters WPMQ-LP (99.3fm, Charlestown).

Employment Opportunities

89.1 WBOI (NPR News and Diverse Music), and Classical 94.1 WBNI seek a Chief Engineer for the two public radio stations serving Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. We are a growing organization in the process of relocating to a new facility in two-to-three years, which will include substantial investments in new equipment, new studios and production facilities. You will be an important part of our team while enjoying considerable autonomy and responsibility as our Chief Engineer.

The Chief Engineer is responsible for all technical and building operations and maintenance. Position reports directly to General Manager, and works closely with the Program Director and other staff. Occasional night and weekend work is necessary, with availability to respond 24/7 as needed. You must have the technical knowledge to operate and maintain two radio stations and all associated operations, be able to climb ladders, work in small spaces and have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical personnel are important. The ability to solve problems, think creatively, work independently, and troubleshoot is highly valued.

Requirements:

AASEET Degree or similar
5 or more years of radio broadcast engineering experience
Knowledge of FM broadcast and STL transmission systems including combiners
Ability to troubleshoot and repair FM and HD transmitters and associated equipment
Minimum 3 years of experience with Broadcast Electronics AudioVault Delivery Systems for both time-based and control-based satellite automation
New construction involving studio and transmitter sites
Familiarity with FCC rules and regulations
Network administration and IT support for Microsoft Windows Server and Windows 7 & 8 operating systems
PBX management
Drafting budgets for expenses, capital expenditures, and projects
Valid driver's license and means of transportation

The following experience will be particularly beneficial:
Work with AudioVault FLeX
Experience with Axia Livewire or Wheatstone Wheat-Net audio over IP solutions
Knowledge of IP based phone systems
Familiarity with Microsoft Exchange
Traffic and music software automation integration
Engineering remote broadcasts and live performances
Experience with FTP delivery systems

Please include resume and narrative/cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job duties and qualifications of this position.

Position is open until filled.

E-mail resume and cover letter to: Peter Dominowski, President and General Manager, at: pdominowski at nipr dot fm.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and do not discriminate with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

WFNI and WIBC-HD2 is looking for an experienced sports talk pro in both the on-air and administrative realms to join the staff as an Executive Producer. This person must be able to perform a variety of tasks on a daily basis, primarily from a behind-the-scenes standpoint, but also might be needed to fill-in when necessary in a show-host role and/or a sports anchor standpoint.

This position would be working on a daily basis with the Program Director of both The Fan and 107.5 ESPN. This person would also be interacting on a daily basis with all aspects of the Fan staff including producers, talk-show hosts, and part-time board-ops.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Write, produce, edit and update content for on air, website and social media on a daily basis.
* Curating sound, video and text from wire services, TV partners, and other news sources
* Writing and/or recording sports updates for The Fan, 107.5 ESPN, and Network Indiana
* Development of producers
* Fill-in duties for talk show hosts when necessary
* Administrative duties like affidavits, Tag Station responsibilities, working with Triton digital
* Scheduling part-timers for evening and weekend shifts on the Fan and 107.5 ESPN
* Other duties as assigned

Considered, candidates should meet the following requirements:

* Thrive in high pressure situations to meet extremely tight deadlines
* Possess a firm knowledge of digital audio editing software
* Pay close attention to detail
* Must be highly organized
* Be available and flexible with work hours/duties
* Can be a positive member of a tight-knit team
* Able to work independently with little supervision
* Working knowledge of Wide Orbit on-air operating system preferred
* Working knowledge of Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel

Education/Experience:

* 2-5 years overall radio experience, sports talk radio experience preferred
* High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

To Apply: Please apply online at www.emmis.com and send resume with any pertinent on-air, news demos and writing samples to grakestraw at indy dot emmis dot com.

No phone calls please. Emmis Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WIBC/Network Indiana is looking for a multi-media platform news talent who can gather and interpret content on multiple platforms, including digital (web, social media) and on-air. The position requires the production and gathering of text, images, audio/video, etc. The ideal candidate will have strong delivery, a versatile mindset for varying tasks, and be a natural storyteller.

Please apply online at http://www.emmis.com

Please send your resume' and air check materials to cedavis at indy dot emmis dot com.

G101-3, the world's most interactive radio station, is seeking its next Midday host. You'll do live middays on The G (Adult Top 40) and voicetrack evenings on our A/C sister station. Can you do a great show with phones, remotes and appearances, plus keep yourself plugged into our historic community? We need someone that can hit the ground running! If you think you can handle local, creative radio in a non-corporate environment and blend in with our talented yet dysfunctional staff you can E-mail your info to rickduncan at g1013 dot com ("Midday/Promotions" in the subject line)

Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions and Events Coordinator for our South Bend Radio Group.

The position encompasses all facets of the radio business on-air, on-line and in person. It requires multi-tasking along with managing people and your own personal time. Problem Solving Skills required.

As Promotions and Events coordinator you will be responsible for, but not limited to:

Working hand in hand with Program Directors and General Sales Managers to plan, schedule and execute contests, promotions, and events.

Hiring and scheduling of part time employees for live broadcasts and events

Implementing Interactive elements of marketing campaigns and events. (mobile, email, online, social media)

Making sure the listener experience at live broadcasts & events is a memorable one

This is a very enjoyable job but requires you to bring your best to the office every day. It is a job where no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station's needs. Requires working on evenings and weekends as needed. Two to three years' experience and/or marketing degree preferred.

Interested? Contact Stephanie Michel at smichel at federatedmedia dot com.

Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Indiana Country - WKKG - South Central Indiana's #1 country heritage station, is looking for our next morning show superstar. If you can deliver an upbeat, LOCALLY relatable, music-driven show then send me your best stuff. Local is how we win, so you'll be expected to seek out ways to get involved in the community. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits including 401(k), excellent work environment and an exceptional community. E-mail your resume and demo to John Foster, Station Manager at jfoster at wkkg dot com. White River Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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