Indiana RadioWatch: February 26, 2018

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Country/WQHK-FM (105.1fm, Huntertown) morning co-host Dude Walker and afternoon host Aricka McCauley both exit. Also, GSM Suzee Leavell becomes a "K-105" salesperson.

In 1994, Mr. Walker joined K-105 for nights, moving to join the morning show in 1998. Ms. McCauley joined K-105 in August 2014 from WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend). Ms. Leavell did two tours as K-105 GSM. In between those tours, Ms. Leavell worked across town for Adams Radio Group.

Dan Austin and Kylie Havens continue in mornings at K105, while WQHK GM Jim Allgeier temporarily adds the K105 GSM responsibility.


In 1996, Jim Roberts left Lansing, Michigan and McDonald Broadcasting and joined Schurz Communications' group of South Bend radio stations. Mr. Roberts became PD for their AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend) in 1995. Schurz promoted him to OM in 2005, Schurz Director of Programming (South Bend, Lafayette, Rapid City, South Dakota) in 2008 and GM of the cluster in 2011. Last week, Mr. Roberts exited the GM chair of what's now Mid-West Family Broadcasting and will become National Account Manager at Futuri Media.

Speaking of Mid-West Family Broadcasting, at their CHR/WQLQ (99.9fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan) night host Shady exits and joins sister WJQM (Madison, Wisconsin) for mornings ("Krista & The Morning Rush").


Congratulations to Woof Boom Radio's CHR/WLBC (104.1fm, Muncie) on becoming a finalist for the NAB's 2018 Crystal Radio Awards. These awards will be presented during the NAB Show on April 10 in Las Vegas.


E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate/WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) reporter Julie Pursley exits after 17 years. Today, she joins Community Health Network as a communications manager. Ms. Pursley worked in radio (WAKE/WLJE in Valparaiso), and continued her broadcasting career in South Bend, Fort Wayne, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky before joining "RTV6" in May 2001.


Bayou City Broadcasting's CBS and FOX affiliates WEVV-TV (CBS on 44.1, FOX on 44.2) GM Jeff Fisher exits after three years. Before joining WEVV, Mr. Fisher worked across town as Director of Sales for Nexstar ABC affiliate WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville) and Mission Broadcasting's CW affiliate WTVW (Channel 7, Evansville). Mr. Fisher has worked in Evansville media for over 30 years.

Dave Fields exits PD/Mornings at Townsquare Media's Country/WKDQ (99.5fm, Henderson, Kentucky) and joins sister WMSX in Buffalo, New York for mornings.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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