Indiana RadioWatch: March 24, 1999

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The FCC has extended the public comments filing period for LPFM to June 1. Additionally, the deadline for replies to those comments is now July 1. They've also extended the deadline for public comments on their new EEO regulations to April 15th.

Northeast

A few changes to report at Rhythmic/WGL-FM (102.3fm, Auburn). "Z-102" changes calls to WCKZ. Hollywood Hamilton's Rhythmic Countdown is added also. An airstaff is being assembled. Amy Ryan takes middays, Brian Michel does PM Drive, and as we announced in our last issue, Jo Valentine takes nights. We expect an announcement on a morning show before our next issue.

Northcentral

Just weeks after leaving Standards/WHLY (1580am, South Bend), Mike Shannon & Deb Millard are back on the air with their own company. Shannon, the former GM and morning star, and Millard, former GSM and morning co-host, have formed "The Good Time Oldies Radio Network". Their first affiliate is Oldies/WGTO (910am, Cassopolis, Michigan). They'll debut there on March 29th.

Eastcentral

We found out some more information on the new Indiana Radio Partners properties in Muncie and Anderson. AC/WHTI (96.7fm, Alexandria) and AC/WHTY (93.5fm, Hartford City) are now simulcasting as "Hit Radio", a locally originated format. They're both known as "W-H-I-T" on the air. The only airstaff we've heard is mornings and that's John & Gerri. Oldies/WERK (104.9fm, Muncie) and Oldies/WLHN (101.7fm, Elwood) are simulcasting a locally originated oldies format. Both are known as "WERK" on the air...this being a set of heritage calls in the area. Greg Budell takes mornings having just arrived from Florida. Talk/WHBU (1240am, Anderson) keeps its format. We hear that a new facility to house all stations is being built in nearby Daleville and should be ready early this summer.

Central

CBS Affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) has begun DTV transmissions on Channel 9.

Rock duo Bob & Tom add WKQH (104.9fm, Wausau, Wisconsin) to their affiliate list.

Southeast

AC/WORX (96.7fm, Madison) drops their power from 3000 watts to 1050 watts on a new, taller tower at their same site near East Telegraph Hill Road.

Southcentral

PaxNet affiliate WIPX (Channel 63, Bloomington) is sold by Channel 63, Inc. to DP Broadcasting. The "DP" stands for Devon Paxson, son of PaxNet owner Lowell "Bud" Paxson.

A competiting application is filed for the 88.3fm in Trafalgar. This applicant is Broadcasting for the Challenged. The first applicant we knew of is Bill Shirk's Hoosier Broadcasting.

Southwest

CBS Affiliate WEVV (Channel 44, Evansville) is sold by Ralph Wilson's WEVV, Inc. to ComCorp for $27.5 million. According to The Evansville Courier and Press, this is ComCorp's first acquisition of a TV (or radio) station outside of Louisiana and Texas. There, ComCorp owns 7 TV stations, 1 AM station and 4 FM stations.

Religious/WVHI (1330am, Evansville) is sold by Geyer Broadcasting to the Word Broadcasting Network.

Kami Boyd joins CHR/WSTO (96.1fm, Owensboro, Kentucky). Boyd was last with local Fox affiliate WTVW (Channel 7, Evansville).

Salt & Light Communications files for a translator on 90.1fm in Linton.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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