Indiana RadioWatch: June 3, 1999

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Northeast

We start out with something quite the odd. Rumors have been circulating as to the demise of Modern AC/WYSR (94.1fm, Roanoke). As we sit here and compose this last story (it's about 3pm now), nothing has changed. We've heard of an impending change to "Jammin' Oldies" or Soft AC. You'll note that Middays and nights are automated at the station; not even a voicetrack is heard. You'll also note that their website http://www.star941.com brings up Northern Indiana Fuel & Light. A very interesting story which we'll be sure to keep tabs on.

At Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne) Matt Quinn takes PM Drive duties.

Northcentral

Mid America's CP in Roann (WBFK, 101.9fm) applies to put their transmitter along U.S. 24, west of Wabash. The original CP notes a transmitter location north of Roann on County Road 700 W, near Byron Road. Along with this comes a power reduction from 6000 watts to 3600 watts, on a taller tower.

Oldies/WGTO (910am, Cassopolis, Michigan) moves studios to Mishawaka. They're now in the 100 Center, at the same studios used by WRBR in the 1970's and 1980's. Also, the "Shannon in the Morning" show adds another hour (now from 6am-10am) to accommodate the summer time change between Indiana and Michigan.

Northwest

Talk & R&B/WLTH (1370am, Gary) goes silent as of May 6. According to the Gary Post-Tribune, negotiations between Marion Williams and owner Pluria Marshall have broken down. Williams entered into an agreement about two years ago to purchase the station, however, current liens on the station exceed the purchase price.

Eastcentral

At CHR/WLBC (104.1fm) & Sports/WXFN (1340am, both Muncie) Controller Marcia Freeman, Production Director Ron Stevens and WLBC Afternoon guy Richard Ramsey all exit. Replacing Ramsey is Phil Dashler, from WERK. Aaron Benton, formerly overnights at WLBC is promoted to Production Director. Replacing Benton in the overnight slot is Chris Green.

Central

Broadcasting for the Challenged submits an application for 91.9fm in Lebanon.

The Mary V. Harris Foundation submits an application for a CP on 91.9fm in Jamestown.

Bill Shirk's Hoosier Broadcasting applies for a CP on 89.1fm in Cloverdale.

Southeast

Rhythmic/WBLO (104.3fm, Charlestown) mid-dayer Kelly K. exits.

Hot AC/WRZQ (107.3fm, Greensburg) welcomes new OM Scott Dugan, from WZOQ in Lima, Ohio. Dugan will also handle morning drive. Former morning man Dave Wineland switches to PM drive and Jim Burgan segues to evenings. Overnights are voice-tracked for now.

Southcentral

A correction: WCLJ-TV in Bloomington is on Channel 42. DTV will be on Channel 56. We erroneously had it reversed.

Southwest

Rock/WGBF (103.1fm, Henderson, Kentucky) has been in the news recently. You see, their Bob & Tom "What a Pair" billboards are raising a fit with The Catholic Diocese of Evansville (which has a church right across the street from one of the billboards!)

Religious/WBGW (101.5fm, Fort Branch) applies to boost power to 2100 watts.

Congrats to WUEV (91.5fm, Evansville). The University of Evansville campus station won two first place awards at the Society of Professional Journalists award banquet. WUEV won first place for Best Radio Documentary and first place for Best College Radio Newscast Station manager Len Clark says this is the fourth consecutive year WUEV has taken first place.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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