Indiana RadioWatch: March 11, 2000

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Northeast

Urban/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven) grabs former KKFR (Phoenix, Arizona) overnight guy Julian Allison for an undetermined airshift.

Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) has several changes: APD John O'Rourke is now OM. Chris Didier retains his PD spot. Geno Burgess is new to part-time duties. Burgess was last doing mornings at Rhythmic Oldies/WYSR (94.1fm, Roanoke); before that, he did mornings at Urban/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven).

Condolences to the family of Rosalie Guillot. Guillot, 84, was a volunteer at public radio station WBNI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne), hosting the "Matinee" and "Saturday Opera" shows for about 10 years.

Where are they now? Kevin "Crash" Davis, former PD at Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) is new to mornings at CHR/WLNF in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Northcentral

John Dille, president of Pathfinder Communications, has named one of his general managers as Chief Operating Officer. Tony Richards, GM of N-T/WOWO, Country/WQHK, Hot AC/WMEE, and Sports/WONO will also retain his spot as GM at their Maples Road facility in Fort Wayne.

Over at Talk/WTRC (1340am, Elkhart), "Sound Off" a longtime local talk show signed off February 25. This made way for syndicated talk hosts Ken & Daria Dolan (from WOR in New York City) to return from 1pm - 3pm.

W291AM (106.1fm, Kokomo), the translator for Indiana University's WFIU (103.7fm, Bloomington) increases power from 50 watts to 170 watts.

Northwest

Family Worship Center (WJFM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) files an application for a translator station on 91.1fm in Monticello.

Central

Karen Vaughn is new to middays at Urban/WTLC-FM (105.7fm, Indianapolis), replacing Vycki Buchanon. WTLC is also looking for a Public Affairs Director. If interested, contact us for details on the position.

Chris Schneider and Brett Bowman are now co-promotion directors at Rhythmic/WHHH (96.3fm, Indianapolis). They'll also do promotions for Jazz/WYJZ (100.9fm, Lebanon) and Urban AC/WBKS (106.7fm, Greenwood).

Speaking of WYJZ, a big correction is in order. We printed this: The saga of WYJZ (100.9fm, Lebanon) versus MyStar is coming to a close. Owner Bill Shirk and MyStar agreed to a deal whereby WYJZ moves their tower closer to Indianapolis, but directional, away from Indianapolis. They'll also raise power to 6000 watts.

The real story: MyStar is dropping the FCC petition against Bill Shirk, since Shirk agrees to drop a reflector towards Indianapolis from his WYJZ tower. Also involved is a withdrawl of copyright by Shirk for the slogan "Night Breeze", used on MyStar's WTPI. IRW also learned that the new site requires that the FCC authorize a directional antenna to protect other stations, including WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute).

Pilgrim Communications' WPZZ (95.9fm, Franklin) will be increasing power from 3000 watts at 299 feet to 1400 watts at 482 feet. The FCC approved their application recently.

We hope to have more in our next issue about a new station for the Blackford County Schools (Hartford City). If you know of what's going on (they seem to have a station on the air at 88.1fm, running 10 watts), let us know.

Bob & Tom affiliate news: They're dropped at WCKW in New Orleans, Louisiana and KRXZ in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Southeast

Where are they now? Former Hot AC/WRZX (107.3fm, Greensburg) PD (and former CHR/WZPL air personality, before that!) Paul Kenny (aka John Trout) is now doing afternoons at WPHH in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kenny recently earned an A.I.R. award for "Best New Talent" in the Pittsburgh market.

Good Shepherd's WKLO (89.9fm, Marengo) is on the air. Does anyone know if it's a distinct station, or if they're simulcasting with WAUZ and/or WJLR?

That's it for this issue! See you in two weeks...

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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