Indiana RadioWatch: July 31, 2017

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When Club 1915, Inc. built and put Religious/WRRO (89.9fm, Edon, Ohio) on the air in 2012, WRRO had its antenna pointed southwest towards Indiana. Last year, Club 1915, Inc. sold WRRO for $5,000 to Our Lady of Guadalupe Radio. Our Lady of Guadalupe Radio recently filed an FCC application to increase WRRO's power from 1,400 watts to 15,000 watts, and increase the antenna height about two feet, with a directional pattern to the east. WRRO's tower sits near OH-49, on the south side of Edon.


The FCC denies an Indiana Community Radio Corp. application for WCNB (91.5fm, Dayton). The WCNB application proposed a tower move to just west of the Frankfort Municipal Airport, and a power increase to 5,000 watts. The FCC says that proposed move would have caused a 60 dBu protected contour overlap of both Moody Radio's Religious/WIWC (91.7fm, Kokomo) and Fountain Warren Community Radio's Variety/WFWR (91.5fm, Attica).


An antenna problem darkened both Nexstar NBC affiliate WTWO-TV (Channel 2, Terre Haute) and Mission Broadcasting ABC affiliate WAWV (Channel 38, Terre Haute) on Tuesday evening (07/25). Both NBC and ABC affiliates returned to the air, but their subchannels (Laff, Escape, Grit, Bounce) haven't yet returned to the air.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

Sign-on dates seem to be a prickly matter, subject to great debate, and mostly impossible to confirm. If there's something we need to add to the "calendar," please let us know. Please e-mail us if you have updated information.

July 30: In 1991, Malcolm Greep, former GM at Owensboro On The Air (WVJS and WVJS-FM (later WSTO)) dies. Age 79. In 1996, 103.3fm in Santa Claus signed on as WAXL, with a week of Christmas music. 103.3fm remains WAXL ("103.3 The Fix").

July 31: In 2011, WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) lost their FOX affiliation, which moved to WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) on their 33.2 subchannel. WFFT-TV regained the FOX affiliation on March 1, 2013.

August 1: In 1962, 101.5fm in South Bend signed on as WSBT-FM, and today it's WNSN.

August 2: In 2010, Cumulus silenced both ESPN affiliate WQKC (1450am, Jeffersonville) and sister Classic Hits/WLCL (93.9fm, Sellersburg). Both radio stations returned to the air (now owned by different companies): 1450am is WXVW, while 93.9fm is WLCL.

August 3: In 2007, WKUZ (95.9fm, Wabash) flipped formats from Country to Adult Contemporary. In 2015, WEVV-TV (Channel 44, Evansville) relaunches local news ("44News"). In July 2001, WEVV-TV shut down their local news department.

August 4: In 2014, Sarkes Tarzian translator W240AT (95.9fm, Bloomington) moved to 96.1fm and became W241CD. W241CD simulcasts N/T WGCL (1370am, Bloomington).

August 5: In 1971, 94.3fm in Rushville signs on as WRCR. Today, it's WIFE-FM.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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