Indiana RadioWatch: June 18, 2014

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Adams Radio Group's Classic Rock/WXKE (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) moves to 96.3fm on the dial. WXKE and WWFW (the new call letters for 103.9fm) briefly simulcast. Now, 103.9fm is stunting, directing listeners to 96.3fm. Here's the last hour (11:00PM) of "Rock 104" on 103.9fm:

"Already Gone" (The Eagles)
"Good Clean Fun" (The Allman Brothers)
"Revival" (The Allman Brothers)
"Patience" (Guns N' Roses)
"Tumbling Dice" (The Rolling Stones)
"Limelight" (Rush)
"All Right Now" (Free)
"Just Got Paid " (Live) (Joe Bonamassa)
"Dazed and Confused" (Live) (Led Zeppelin)

But there's more:

The 103.9fm tower sits just off Olympia Court. That's off Harris Road on Fort Wayne's northwest side, and the tower may come down. Adams Radio Groups tells the FCC that the tower was built on a former landfill site, and the base pier is sinking and listing to one side. We believe this tower was built when the station signed on in May 1976. While Adams decides what to do with the tower, the 103.9fm antenna will move to the Hillegas Road tower farm, but to a tower that has no broadcast stations on it. This new location will be in between the WBCL (90.3fm, Fort Wayne) and WFFT (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) towers. Since the antenna moves a few miles to the west with this move, the STA says the power will drop from 3000 watts at 328 feet to 850 watts at 459 feet from the new tower site. Finally, the STA states that after they make this move, they will file for a permanent license to boost their power to current level.

North Adams Community Schools receives a CP for a new LPFM on 103.5fm, licensed to Decatur. The 38 watt (horizontal only) signal will broadcast at 157 feet from a tower located at Bellmont High School on US-224.

The FCC grants Friends of Christian Radio a CP for a new translator W256CO (99.1fm, Angola). The CP says the 13 watt translator will simulcast 88.5fm WGNC-FM in Constantine, Michigan from 347 feet up on tower east of I-69, north of Angola, near W 400 N.

Where Are They Now? Former then-WNUY (100.1fm, Bluffton) GM Ken Allen now works as the GM at the Sun Radio group of radio stations and translators in Fredericksburg, Texas (west of Austin).


Federated Media's News-Talk/WTRC(AM) (1340am, Elkhart) and WTRC-FM (95.3fm, Niles, Michigan) adds Bob Early as GSM. Mr. Early once worked for The Elkhart Truth. Mr. Early replaces Stephanie Michele, who becomes Director of Sales and remains GSM for sister Country/WBYT (100.7fm, Elkhart)


As Woof Boom Radio recently flipped their WMQX (96.7fm, Alexandria) to country, they also moved the "96.7 Blake FM" studio from Daleville to their Muncie broadcast facility on East 29th Street. Chief Engineer Sean Mattingly tells IRW they're using a Ubiquiti Rocket IP STL.

Before we leave East 29th Street, we'll tip our cap to Woof Boom Chief Engineer Sean Mattingly, who recently celebrated his thirtieth year in radio. Mr. Mattingly began working at what's now WMQX (93.5fm, Hartford City) in 1984. Since then, WMQX became part of a six radio station cluster. Mr. Mattingly says he's worked for seven different owners ("Each better than the previous one"), and estimates he's met roughly three hundred employees in those thirty years.

Whitewater Broadcasting's WLPK (1580am, Connersville) and translator W295BT (106.9fm, Connersville) flip formats from oldies to classic hits (1980s and 1990s), as "K-Mix 106.9."


After over four years co-hosting morning drive, Steve Simpson exits Emmis' N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis). Replacing Mr. Simpson in mornings will be WIBC late evening host Jeff Katz. Mr. Katz does his talk show live from Los Angeles. After that show ends, Mr. Katz will move to Indianapolis and should begin in mornings on Monday 30 June. Now a free agent, Mr. Simpson graduated from Syracuse University and worked in Syracuse, New York (WHEN and WKFM), then moved to Indiana and worked at WKLR (the former call letters for 93.1fm). In 1992, Mr. Simpson moved to WIBC (then on 1070am).

Monday, Clear Channel's Sports/WNDE (1260am, Indianapolis) replaced "FOX Sports Daybreak" with the syndicated "Rover's Morning Glory." WNDE becomes the seventh affiliate of this Cleveland, Ohio-based morning show.

Jeanette Rhodes exits as TV Assistant Chief Engineer at Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting's PBS affiliate WFYI-TV (Channel 20, Indianapolis). Ms. Rhodes becomes a Maintenance Engineer at E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis).

Tanae Howard joins Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) as an anchor and reporter. Ms. Howard last anchored and reported at WNEM-TV in Flint, Michigan.

The FCC grants Friends of Christian Radio a CP for a new translator W267BU (101.3fm, Fishers). The CP says the 10 watt translator will simulcast Christian Friends Broadcasting's Religious/WFRR (93.7fm, Walton) from 150 feet up on tower east of IN-37 and IN-32 , on the east side of Noblesville.

North Indianapolis Community Radio applies for an LPFM on 104.9fm, licensed to Indianapolis. As proposed, the LPFM will broadcast from the WHMB-TV tower near West 79th Street and North Michigan Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis.


In November 2013, we wondered what was going on at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's WMHD (90.7fm, Terre Haute). Last week, Rose-Hulman announced that it's selling WMHD for $16,465 to Indiana State University. An IRW hypothesis (originally postulated by a colleague): WMHD or ISU's WISU (89.7fm, Terre Haute) would flip formats and become an NPR affiliate.

Midwest Communications' CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute) morning duo Nick Steele and Kristen Flowers exit and go west, joining KNTY in Sacramento, California for mornings. Mr. Steele and Ms. Flowers worked nearly two years at "Mix-FM."


IRW apologizes, as we really didn't mean to overlook this: White River Broadcasting in Columbus hires John Clark as their News Director. Before moving to radio, Mr. Clark was a reporter with The Republic newspaper.

Where Are They Now? Former White River Broadcasting PD Tonya Haze now programs and does middays on KNEN in Norfolk, Nebraska.


Music Ministries now has a CP to build translator W229BX (93.7fm, Tell City), which will broadcast 80 watts at 109 feet (Horizontal only) from a tower site north and west of Tell City, west of IN-545.

Where Are They Now? Former WTVW-TV Anchor/Managing Editor Polly Van Doren is now the News Director at WKEF-TV/WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.

Employment Opportunities

KICKS 96 (WQLK) Richmond, IN has an opening for an afternoon air talent on our 50,000 watt country station. KICKS 96 is a market leader in Eastern Indiana. Experience in country radio is not a must, but being able to entertain, run an energized show, use the phones and embrace Social Media is important. If you're creative, a team player, have a glass that is normally half full, excel in live broadcasts from events advertisers and enjoy introducing country acts at a regional venue, you might be our next afternoon air talent. Send your best air check, including a demo of your production skills. You'll benefit from coaching by Program Director Steve Baker and our consultants, Albright, O'Malley & Brenner. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, opportunity for advancement and remote talent fees. Send your resume, air check and production demo to Steve Baker, Program Director, KICKS 96: steveb at kicks96 dot com. Brewer Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Adams Radio Group needs a new midday host and evening host for their Country WBTU. OM Mark Allen wants your resume and audio (three minutes, maximum) via e-mail: mallen at argfw dot com. Adams Radio Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Cumulus Media- Nash FM 1025, serving East Central Indiana, is growing and currently looking for one professional sales representative to help local businesses grow their market share. Media sales with a college degree preferred. However, we will extensively train the right candidate to be wildly successful. There is unlimited income potential with a pay structure to help you hit the ground running. Includes a nice benefits package. If you have a minimum of 1-2 yrs. business to business sales experience and are looking for a long term career working for the finest radio media company in the industry then contact me for a confidential interview. Valerie.Abram at Cumulus dot com. Cumulus Media-Nash FM 1025 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full Time PM-Drive/Social Media Director opportunity available in Muncie-Marion, IN. We're a fully-staffed, multi-station small market cluster, with a strong "team" approach to all we do. This is your opportunity to really make a connection with listeners and have a direct, positive impact in the community. This is not a "starter job" - we're looking for experience and creativity, positive attitude, the ability to pull off awesome appearances and remote broadcasts, and be the brand of the station. This position also includes maintaining and growing all social media channels of WXXC, WCJC, WMRI, and WBAT. Pay is competitive. Benefits offered. How soon can you start? Email resume, cover letter, and on-air demo to vanessa at wmri dot com. We're an Equal Opportunity Employer and ready to hire!

Radio One Top 40 WNOU (RadioNow 100.9)/Indianapolis hunts for a gifted evening entertainer, a.k.a. nighttime superstar! Qualified candidates for this big-time position must be social media monsters, have great phone skills and be ready to take over the city of Indianapolis. Liner jocks need not apply, and please, spare us from applicants who read "horror-scopes" as entertainment or think that reading the weather forecast counts as a content break. If this interests you, please send your resume aircheck to lbaldwin at radio-one dot com. Radio One is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WZZY Winchester, Indiana is looking for our next Morning Show host. Not only will you be the morning "voice" of our A/C station but through your work and interaction within the community you'll also be the "face" of the station as well. Plus you'll VT evenings on our winning Adult Top 40 sister FM and do plenty of remotes and appearances on both stations. Even if you've never done Mornings before send along your best. Our former host has been with us for 13 years so we believe in longevity and loyalty. Send along an on-air sample (please keep it short) and resume to rickduncan at g1013 dot com. Or you can mail it to 2301 W. Main St. Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WGTO AM-FM is looking for a salesperson to handle local and regional sports and general market sales. Position pays high commission rate but requires a self-starter who can operate without direct supervision. List is unrestricted and the right candidate can name his or her territory. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent communications skills are a must. WGTO is the local voice of Cass County Michigan and the home of local high school sports. The music format is Classic hits with a live local swap shop program, Dowagiac High School Football and University of Michigan football and afternoon talk with Ed Shultz. WGTO is 3000 watts at 910AM and FM at 101.1 WGTO covers Cass County as well as Niles, And St Joe Benton Harbor in Berrien County and South Bend Indiana. Send letter of introduction and or resume to WGTO at larrylangford at aol dot com. WGTO welcomes applications from ALL interested persons as an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hoosier AM/FM is seeking an experienced media Account Executive to join the sales team of our four-station cluster in Muncie-Marion, IN. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent verbal and written communications skills are a must. This is a full time position. Hoosier AM/FM offers a competitive compensation package including Medical, Dental, Paid Vacations. Minimum education level is High School diploma or equivalent. Resume and letter of introduction are to be sent to indianaradiojobs at yahoo dot com. Hoosier AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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