Indiana RadioWatch: June 23, 2001

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CHR/WMEE (97.3, Fort Wayne) OM/PD John O'Rourke exits.

Mark DePrez becomes GM at Federated Media's WMEE/WONO/WOWO/WQHK. He'll also retain duties as Director of Sales. Former GM Tony Richards will concentrate on Chief Operating Officer duties.

Steve O'Brien is the new PD at Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville). On air, he's Steve Mayflower. O'Brien arrives from Susquehanna Radio in Indianapolis.

LPFM News: College Wesleyan Church is granted an LPFM station at 94.3fm, licensed to Marion. The Church is a part of Indiana Wesleyan University, according to their website. Indiana Wesleyan is no stranger to media - They already have LPTV station WIWU (Channel 51, Marion).

Where Are They Now?: Former WMEE/WQHK-FM OM/PD Jeff Davis is now OM/PD at WGPM & WCZI in Greenville, North Carolina.


WLNB (102.7fm, Ligonier) flips calls to WGSN.


LPFM News: Neighbors Corp. is granted an LPFM station at 98.3fm, licensed to Valparaiso.


Sports/WNDE (1260am, Indianapolis), returned to the air Monday night (11 June) at 11:36pm. According to various sources, an electrical fire took the stations' transmitter, controls, and SAS router system offline. The fire also effected sister stations WFBQ and WRZX. Both stations' DJ's started entire CD's playing; the studios were then evacuated. DJ's returned with fire department escorts to change CD's before the building was declared safe. WNDE is now running 5000 watts in the daytime, 1000 watts at night (both non-directional) while repairs are completed.

Sam Graves, Metro Networks Indianapolis News Bureau Chief, is stepping down at the end of this month, after nearly 30 years in broadcasting - the last 4 years with Metro. Rod Brooks will take Graves position starting 2 July.

Mysti joins CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis) in middays from Radio One Networks.

The Bob & Tom Show Affiliate News: They add KZPS in Dallas Texas.

Where Are They Now? (Part 1): Former WZPL night guy Ted Striker is now doing afternoons at KJYO in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Where Are They Now? (Part 2): Former WHHH (96.3fm, Indianapolis) PD Scott Wheeler is now doing weekends at CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis), along with some other unnamed duties within parent company Emmis Communications.


Oldies/WINN (106.1fm, North Vernon) adds Rich Mann in Middays.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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