Indiana RadioWatch: March 30, 2002

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One correction from our 2 March issue: Tiny takes nights at Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne), not at sister-Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio).

Where Are They Now? Former Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio) & WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne) OM Darrin Arriens is now PD at WCZQ in the Champaign/Decatur, Illinois market.


Where Are They Now? Former Country/WBYT (100.7fmw, Elkhart) PD Dave Steele is now PD/afternoons at WQXK in the Youngstown, Ohio market.


Zak Taylor is new to nights at CHR/WAZY (96.5fm, Lafayette). He'll also be Imaging Director at sisters Country/WLFF (95.3fm, Brookston), and Classic Rock/WSHP (95.7fm, Attica).


Steve King and Julie Patterson are sitting out their non-compete clause with MyStar's CHR/WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield). They're certainly active tho, as they're keeping busy working as morningside feature reporters for ABC affiliate WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis). They will resume radio broadcasts when they debut as the new morning show on Emmis' Hot AC/WENS (97.1fm, Shelbyville) in mid-August. According to The Indianapolis Star's Marc Allan, the duo will also conduct weekly webcasts on WENS' website as well as online chats.

Congratulations to N-T/WIBC (1070am, Indianapolis) on winning two Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTNDA. WIBC won for Use of Sound ("Seat Belt Law") and Web Site (

WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis) adds NPR's Performance Today, starting April 1 at 10pm.

One TV note: Steve Carver is now Regional VP of Tribune Television. He will be keeping an eye on Indianapolis' FOX affiliate WXIN (Channel 59).

Where Are They Now? Former WEDJ (107.1fm, Danville) morning man Tommy Mason is now mornings at Classic Rock/WYXY (107.1fm, Boonville). He also voicetracks at WRMX in the Nashville, Tennessee market.

Where Are They Now (part 2)? Former CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis) MD/midday lady Jana Sutter is now holding down similar duties at KMXV in the Kansas City, Missouri market.


Changes at Key Broadcasting's stations: Hot AC/WVXI (106.3fm, Crawfordsville) production director/morning man Tom Coleman (nom d'air: Cole Thomas) exits. Over at AC/WIMC (103.9fm, Crawfordsville), midday guy Ken Stapleton ("Ken Michaels") exits. Finally, at Sports/WCVL, long-time sports Director Harvey Keller is now doing part time board operator work, and some local play-by-play.


Trouble in Evansville as Rock/WGBF-FM (103.1fm, Henderson, Kentucky) gets slapped with a $6000 fine by the FCC. According to the FCC's Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, WGBF-FM personality Turner Watson called Brill Media's CHR/WSTO (96.1fm, Owensboro, Kentucky) personality Craig Jackson and recorded the phone call. Watson edited it and aired it "for the purpose of ridiculing him." In their response to the FCC, Clear Channel agreed that Watson placed the phone call, didn't inform Jackson, and they reminded the FCC of their policy forbidding such violations.

While we haven't heard if it's happened yet, we know that Standards/WGAB (1180am, Evansville) plans to reappear as a Talk station: "The Big Talker" - and they're finally using those "GAB" calls for good promotional use :-) According to their website, this is the weekday lineup for the daytimer:

Sign-On - 9am - The Greaseman
9am - 11am - Mike Gallagher
11am - 1pm - Jason Jarvis
1pm - 2pm - Michael Savage
2pm - 5pm - Sean Hannity
5pm - 6pm - Barry Farber
6pm - Sign-Off - Michael Savage

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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