Indiana RadioWatch: June 6, 2005

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Summit City Radio Group GM Kristine Foate is named one of the Most Influential Women in Radio by the editors of Radio Ink magazine. Foate earns this honor for the second year in a row. Summit City Radio includes stations WGL-AM, WCKZ, WNHT, WXTW, WXKE, and WYLT.


Chesterton High School station WDSO (88.3fm, Chesterton) GM and Chief Engineer Brent Barber will exit at the end of the school year. Barber has accepted the Audio-Visual Director position at nearby Crown Point High School. If you're interested in the job, see our Employment Opportunities section below.

Country/WKOA (105.3fm, Lafayette) overnight guy Cole Thomas exits. If the job interests you, check our Employment Opportunities section below.


Emmis N-T/WIBC (1070am, Indianapolis) news anchor/reporter Leigh DeNoon began last Wednesday (1 June) as any normal day. When she was handed news that an armed gunman took a woman hostage inside a nearby Shelbyville convenience store, DeNoon called the store, instinctively wanting all the details. She got more than she bargained for, as the armed gunman answered the phone. According to published reports, DeNoon talked with the gunman while other WIBC staffers alerted the police. The gunman asked DeNoon to call a woman in Cincinnati. The hostage situation ended Thursday with the gunman (Dennis McAninch) killing himself inside the convenience store.

Marty Bender, Executive Producer of The Bob and Tom Show gains a promotion to VP/Operations for the show. Bender continues his OM role over Clear Channel's Indianapolis cluster (WFBQ/WRZX/WNDE). He's been with Q-95 since 1986.

Richard Brown, who was arrested last year for impersonating a radio personality, has been sentenced to four years in prison. Last July, Brown pretended to be a staff member of Emmis' CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis). Brown solicited males to come to his house, undress, and have a chance to win a radio contact prize of $50,000 cash or a new car. Brown was found earlier this year to be guilty of felony criminal confinement and identity deception charges. In addition to jail time, Brown was ordered to serve probation.


A.J. Martin, PD at Regent's Country/WBKR (92.5fm, Owensboro, Kentucky) exits for PD duties at WVVR in Clarksville, Tennessee. Interested in the WBKR gig? Details below in our Employment Opportunities section.

Employment Opportunities

WBKR-FM in Owensboro Kentucky is looking for a Program Director and Morning Personality for this highly successful 100,000 watt Regional Country Radio Station. Ideal candidates will have strong programming and on-air skills as well as proven leadership ability. Please send T+R's to: Bob Moody, VP/Programming, Regent Communications, 1345 Sydney Terrace Mt., Juliet, TN, 37122. Regent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Chesterton High School station WDSO seeks a station manager with additional duties as Radio-TV instructor. Qualifications include both radio-TV experience and a valid Indiana teaching license. If interested, contact Chesterton High School principal Jim Goetz via e-mail at jim.goetz at duneland dot k12 dot in dot us.

WKOA/Lafayette seeks a local part timer to take on overnights. In addition, responsibilities include production and morning show preparation. Rush T&R's to: WKOA, c/o Mark Allen, 3575 McCarty Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905. Or, e-mail MP3's to mark at wkoa dot com.

WKOA is an EOE and Mark says "No phone calls, please!"

That's it for this issue. See you in a week!

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