Indiana RadioWatch: April 19, 2013

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From the Email Inbox: "I was going thru my Grandfathers things, and found a Zippo light that I was told was given to him by the station manager of WTHR but it has the 6 on it (my grandmother does not know the station manager name at the time) but it look like from the Zippo code that I have done research on the lighter was made in the early 1970's. Is there a way anybody would know who the station manager was at the time?"

If you know, please send us an e-mail.

Also breaking today, Representative Todd Young (Republican, Indiana's ninth district) supports the FM Chip in cell phones and recently wrote a letter to the CTIA The Wireless Association (Cellular Telephone Industry Association) which you can read on the NAB's website. Representative Young cited the 2 March 2012 Henryville EF-4 tornadoes as one reason for needing an FM chip in these devices.


Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) does a programming swap between "The TED Radio Hour" (Wednesday at 8pm) and the locally produced "WBOI Presents" (Wednesday at 7pm).


Federated Media's Rock/WRBR (103.9fm, South Bend) fills the night position, after the untimely October 2012 death of "Reverend Ryno." Proof that you can return home, if your name is "Maximus," Rock 103.9 returns "Maximus" to the airwaves in the evening, along with naming him Social Media Director. Mr. Maximus once did middays on WRBR.

Where Are They Now? Former WNIT-TV (Channel 34, South Bend) president and GM Mary Pruess will join WQPT-TV in the Quad Cities (Western Illinois University) next Monday.


Johnny Rush exits as PD for Gerard Media LLC's Talk WIMS (1420am, Michigan City). Mike Paine replaces Mr. Rush in the PD chair (promoted from APD). Also, Mary Gigliotti is the new Director of Sales and Marketing.


We missed this story when it originally happened, but there's sad news to report. Thirty years ago, Kevin Scott went to Pendleton Heights High School with a girl named Melinda (To make this radio-relevant, WEEM had been on the air for ten years by this point).

Melinda was Kevin's high school sweetheart. Fast forward thirty years to 2011: Mr. Scott is the Chief Engineer at KSWD in Los Angeles, California. Melinda is in the Army Reserves. Their relationship rekindled online (Thank you, Facebook). Sadly, doctors diagnosed Mr. Scott with Stage 4 prostate cancer in 2010. Kevin and Melinda were married at the radio station on 17 November 2011. Prostate cancer claimed Kevin's life in early February. Before Kevin died, he worked on building a radio station studio; that studio will be named "The Kevin Scott Studio." Central

Where Are They Now (Part 1)? Former WRZX morning host Gonzo Greg recently exited morning drive at KVGS in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Where Are They Now (Part 2)? Former (then 93.1fm) WNOU middayer Mysti Cox now handles afternoons (as "Misty Jordan") at KDUV-FM in Visalia, California (with a translator in Bakersfield).

Where Are They Now (Part 3)? Former WISH-TV Executive Producer Mike Lopez is now News Director at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


White River Broadcasting's CHR/WINN (104.9fm, Columbus) adds "Open House Party" on Saturday evenings from 7pm until 12am.

Employment Opportunities

Privately Owned Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana is in need of a GREAT GSM who has a track record of actual selling and knows how to get deals done. Training will be important as we have a mixed team of vets and new AE's. This is NOT a desk sitting job. If you like corporate paperwork, long conference calls, and out of market inventory management...this is NOT for you. We need a ride along GSM who knows how to craft a deal, know s the national game and has a track record of proof to hit the numbers and manage budgets. You will be surrounded by resources and a team that operates outside the confines of radio with true innovation...and we have a lot of FUN. Please only apply if you can produce and enjoy making money. Send materials here (to myfuture at oasisradiogroup dot com. ) or fax to (260) 482-8655 Attention: Susan Mullen.

Eagle Tower Services, Inc., committed to continuing improvement and to being the lowest cost provider of tower services consistent with a high degree of quality, professionalism, and safety, is seeking a BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE to engage in outside sales leading to growth of our business. Our primary market is Indiana and surrounding states, specializing in AM/FM and television, but also serving customers in paging, wireless Internet and 2-way radio including commercial, utilities and government. We are a full service tower company engaged in routine maintenance, component installation and new tower construction. This is a contract commission position with generous commission and superb customer service support. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of the broadcast industry throughout Indiana with excellent people skills in working with and providing excellent service to broadcast engineers and, often, station general managers. We proudly serve some of the finest names in Indiana broadcasting and wireless communications. If this is of interest, please send your resume to Terry Garrity, Eagle Tower Services, Inc., P.O. Box 387, Arcadia, IN 46030; E-MAIL: terry.garrity at eagletowerindiana dot com and feel welcome to visit our website at to learn more about what we do. Eagle Tower Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F.

A quality multi-station cluster in a beautiful, historic small community is seeking a radio news anchor/reporter interested in informing listeners in multiple counties who depend on the stations to be their primary news source. Additionally, the candidate will have a passion to do high school sports play-by-play. Here is a chance to become an integral part of the lives of listeners by demonstrating skill and insight into their issues and interests. If you are looking for a community to call "home" while doing important work as part of a talented team of radio pros, send a package demonstrating your experience and talent in news writing, reporting, and newscast delivery as well as your play-by-play to: Rick Duncan, Director of Programming, Whitewater Broadcasting, 2301 W. Main, Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is an EOE and encourages the hiring of females and minorities.

FOX 59 WXIN, a Tribune Broadcasting station, seeks an experienced Anchor/Reporter who thrives on breaking news, enterprising stories and working under tight deadlines. The successful candidate will also regularly post content to the station's website and social media outlets. Degree in broadcast journalism or related field and at least 3 years anchoring and/or reporting experience in a television newsroom required. Job Description: Presents news and information on news and other station programs and covers news stories when not anchoring. Represents WXIN/WTTV-TV to the public viewing audience. Reads stories on regular scheduled newscasts and other programs produced by the station. Writes and/or proofreads stories on assigned broadcasts. Acts as general assignment reporter when not performing anchor duties. Consistently contributes story ideas for newscasts. Develops and maintains productive relationship with news contacts and sources. Works with producers, reporters and associate producers on assigned news broadcast. Regularly posts content to the station's website and updates social media sites. Monitors news feeds when necessary. Answers viewer phone calls and mail. Performs public speaking engagements and makes other appearance deemed important to the station image by management. Develops community contacts. Other duties as assigned by supervisor. Qualifications Necessary: College degree in broadcast journalism or a related area of study. At least 3 years experience anchoring regularly scheduled news broadcasts on a commercial or public television station and/or reporting for a broadcast news organization. Effective writing skills. Good organizational skills. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and criticism designed to enhance individual's performance. Ability to appear live in a broadcast to deliver reports in a professional and effective manner. Ability to perform duties and make decisions under deadline pressure. Must have a clear understanding of web and social media outlets. Send resume, cover letter stating position desired, and referral source plus a non-returnable DVD with your latest newscast to Human Resources, WXIN-TV, 6910 Network Place, Indianapolis, IN 46278. EOE.

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