Indiana RadioWatch: June 16, 1999

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Northeast

As rumored, Modern AC/WYSR (94.1fm, Roanoke) switched format to "Jammin' Oldies" on June 7. PD Matt Bruce exits. Bo Kelly & Melissa McKee stay on in mornings (Kelly is the GSM, McKee is Promotions Director). WYSR is now known as "Fort Wayne's Groovin' Oldies station" . Outside of morning drive, Westwood One's syndicated "Groovin' Oldies" format takes over. WYSR's modern AC format started March 19, 1997.

Rhythmic/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven) adds an "Old School Hour" between noon and 1pm, weekdays. The hour will feature soul, R&B, and hip hop tunes from the mid 1970's through mid 1990's. Also, they apply to the FCC to move their transmitter from the Federated Media South site at Maples Road to a vacant location near the intersection of Adams Center Road and Tillman Road on Fort Wayne's southeast side. With this application, they also propose raising the tower another 100 feet, to around 450 feet, and increase the power from 2500 watts to 3200 watts.

News/Classical/Jazz WBNI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) wants to put an additional station on 91.3fm in Orland (west of Angola). GM Bruce Haines tells us that this station will be rebroadcast on a translator station, yet to be built, at 88.7fm in Fort Wayne (previously mentioned in IRW). The format of 91.3 and 88.7 are yet to be determined.

Northcentral

AC/WRSW AM & FM (1480am, 107.3fm, both Warsaw) move offices to 216 W. Market Street, in downtown Warsaw. Studios, currently in another facility, will be moved in about a month or so.

Rock/WAOR (95.3fm, Niles, Michigan) morning man Woody picks up a Marconi nomination for "Personality of the Year" from the NAB.

Congrats to Religious/WFRN (104.7fm, Elkhart) as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. A history of the station is on their website at http://www.wfrn.com/history.stm

Pensacola Christian College applies for another translator...this time on 91.3fm in Oakford (just south of Kokomo).

Northwest

Country/WLJE (105.5fm, Valparaiso) welcomes Scott Wagner as PD. Wagner was previously an air personality at WUSN in Chicago, Illinois.

Eastcentral

Delaware Community School's WWDS (90.5fm, Muncie) applies to boost power from 30 watts to 100 watts.

Trinity Broadcasting's WKOI-TV (Channel 43, Richmond) will do its DTV transmissions on Channel 39.

Central

Congrats to Marconi Award nominees Bob & Tom who pick up a nomination for "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year" from the NAB. Their flagship station, Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) earns a nomination for "Station of the Year" in the Medium Market category. Also, Bob & Tom will emcee this year's NAB Marconi Awards Dinner & Show, 2 September, during the NAB Radio Show in Orlando.

Also picking up a Marconi nomination is Dave Wilson, talk personality at Talk/WIBC (1070am, Indianapolis), and radio station Urban/WTLC-FM (105.7fm, Indianapolis) as "Urban Station of the Year".

Westcentral

Hoosier Broadcasting Corporation applies for a non-commercial station on 90.5fm in Greencastle. We've been told that this application is mutually exclusive with an application filed by Pensacola Christian College.

Southeast

Oldies/WINN (106.1fm, North Vernon) PD Fritz Moser exits for nights at Oldies/WGLD in Indianapolis.

Southwest

Soft AC/WPCO(AM) & WBLZ-FM (1590am, 106.7fm, both Mount Vernon) welcome Sean Dulaney as OM.

Congrats to Jazz/WUEV (91.5fm, Evansville) PD Len Clark and all his staff on their nomination for "NAC/Jazz Station of the Year" by the NAB.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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