Indiana RadioWatch: May 15, 2018

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Emma (the system I use to send out IRW) did some maintenance last night, hence the delay.

Northeast

Quincy Media's ABC and NBC affiliates/WPTA-TV (Channel 21.1 and 21.2, Fort Wayne) welcomes Kaitlyn Kendall as a new reporter. Ms. Kendall recently graduated from the University of Indianapolis with highest honors.

Northcentral

Talking Stick Communications sells their Warsaw portfolio of radio stations to Kensington Digital Media of Indiana. Tony Richards and Jack Didier lead Kensington. No purchase price yet announced, as we haven't seen the FCC filing. The Warsaw radio stations include:

News/WRSW(AM) and translator W259BJ (1480am, 99.7fm, both Warsaw)
Classic Hits/WRSW-FM (107.3fm, Warsaw)
Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse)
Let's look at how they assembled this cluster:

In 2003, GBC Media, LLC sold WRSW(AM) and FM for $1.2 million.
In 2006, Bill Dixon sold WAWC for $430,000, plus a $170,000 consulting agreement.
In 2015, Progressive Broadcasting System sold the W259BJ translator for $60,000.

Northwest

In a story you'll first read here, Marion Williamsí Silent/WAKE (1500am, Valparaiso) applies to the FCC to relocate to a new three tower site, and change WAKE's city of license to Hobart. WAKE would operate with 250 watts during the day, 190 watts at critical hours, and eight watts at night. The new proposed tower site will be southeast of the I-65 and Ridge Road exit (at the former WLTH(AM) tower site). Marion Williams also owns Urban Talk/WLTH (1370am, Gary). Finally, Adams Radio Group sold WAKE last year to Mr. Williams for $26,000.

Star City Broadcasting installs a new GatesAir Flexiva transmitter at their Adult Hits/WBPE (95.3fm, Brookston).

We missed it at the time, but Star City Broadcasting adds "North at Night" on their Adult Hits/WBPE (95.3fm, Brookston). Dave North hosts "North at Night", along with programming and doing middays on sister Country/WYCM (95.7fm, Attica).

Central

Where Are They Now? Yesterday, former then-WNOU-FM (100.9fm, Speedway) morning host Scotty Davis began in afternoons at WFUS-FM in Tampa, Florida.

Southcentral

Where Are They Now? Former 1970s WTTS(AM)/WGTC-FM/WWWY-FM news reporter (and sometimes DJ) Brian Trauring becomes the will become VP/News, Marketing and Content Development for Lilly Broadcasting. Mr. Trauring also worked as an assignment editor and weekend reporter at WRTV-TV in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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