Indiana RadioWatch: March 18, 2009

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A congratulatory tip of the IRW cap for a pair of Hoosier radio stations nominated for an NAB 2009 Crystal Radio Award. The stations are Emmis N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) and South Central's Soft AC/WIKY (104.1fm, Evansville). Winners will be announced during the NAB show in Las Vegas on 21 April.


LeSea Broadcasting's Contemporary Christian/WHPZ and WHPD (96.9fm, Bremen; 92.1fm, Dowagiac, Michigan) add Corey Mann in mornings (6AM until 10AM) and Drew Sumrall at night (7PM until 12AM). Mann worked at CHR/WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend) on several different airshifts, as "Taylor Richards." Also, Mann will be PD, elevating Gary Hegland to OM.


After ten years, LIN Television CBS affiliate WLFI-TV (Channel 18/DT11, Lafayette) Chief Meteorologist Mike Prangley will exit the station on 1 May. No replacement yet named.


At Cumulus Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Indianapolis), budget woes claim the following people, who have left the station: Darren Tandy (Nights), Steve Stewart (Promotions Coordinator), Lindsay Allard (Director of New Media), Chris Watts (Assistant Production Director), Annie Steele (Administrative Assistant), Lynette Irwin (Production Coordinator), and Jasmina Mijailovic (Assistant Promotions Director). Cumulus Indianapolis GM Chris Wheat is also actively looking for a new PD to replace Bob Richards, whose last day is tomorrow (20 March). Wheat has also named a duo which will temporarily fill Richards' programming duties: MD/afternoon host J.D. Cannon and midday lady Vicki Murphy. Richards' replacement will be chosen by the trio of GM Wheat, Cumulus Country PD Bill Jones, and Cumulus Senior VP/Programming Jan Jeffries.

The Indianapolis Star's Cathy Knightlinger reports that Michael Toulouse is back on the radio co-hosting afternoons (the "Classical Cruise" classical music show) at the University of Indianapolis' WICR (88.7fm, Indianapolis). Toulouse left NPR affiliate WFYI (90.1fm, Indianapolis) where he hosted a classical music show in the evening.


After stunting for a week, Crossroads' Hot AC/WBOW-FM (102.7fm, Terre Haute) flips format on Friday 13 March at 6AM to AC, under GM Doug Edge and PD Adam Michaels. The morning show remains from the former format - the trio of GM Edge, PD Michaels, and Julie Henricks. Henricks remains on until 3PM. Afternoons, and overnights are handled by Waitt Radio Networks ("AC Pure") format. Delilah takes evenings, according to a release sent to IRW, but no mention of her is made on the WBOW website.


Reising Radio's Country/WYGB (100.3fm, Edinburgh) adds the syndicated "Rick and Bubba" show, effective last Fall. The recent press release about their addition (along with other new affiliates across the USA)...simply came out late, but when Rick and Bubba were originally added to the "Korn Country" lineup, that slipped past us, too.


Deb Turner joins in middays (10AM until 3PM) at Regent's Oldies/WJLT (105.3fm, Evansville).

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

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