Indiana RadioWatch: August 19, 2013

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Proving there's no such thing as a "face for radio," Federated Media's N-T/WOWO and WOWO-FM (1190am, 92.3fm; both Fort Wayne) expands the Charly Butcher-hosted Fort Wayne's Morning News. Towards the end of September, WOWO will simulcast an hour of Fort Wayne's Morning News from its Maples Road studios on Granite Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne). The 6am until 7am broadcast will include video from multiple high definition cameras in the WOWO studio and newsroom.

Taylor University Broadcasting wants to expand its Religious/WBCL (90.3fm, Fort Wayne) footprint, as they filed an FCC application for a translator on 99.5fm, licensed to Findlay, Ohio.


Cumulus promotes Kit Osborne from GSM to Market Manager of their Country/WWKI (100.5fm, Kokomo).

Talking Stick Communications' Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse) News Director Teri Armstrong moves to morning drive, alongside OM/PD Jay Michaels for "Jay and Teri in the Morning." For a few years in the mid-2000s, Ms. Armstrong and Mr. Michaels did mornings together at Cumulus' Country/WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle).

Kevin Lewis recently exited Gray Television's NBC affiliate WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend). IRW readers in the South Bend market tell us that Goshen College assistant professor of communication Seth Conley (himself a former morning anchor at WLFI 18 in Lafayette) anchored the weekend newscasts.


Chicago Public Media's Variety/WBEW (89.5fm, Chesterton) adds new programming to its "Vocalo" radio service. Jesus Echeverria will mix Latin music, conversation and stories on Sunday from 12pm until 4pm (Central Time). Rocio Santos will do something similar also on Sunday from 4pm until 8pm.


EMF Broadcasting files a translator application for 92.7fm, licensed to Anderson.

Hoosier AM/FM's Classic Rock/WXXC (106.9fm, Marion) rebrands, dropping the "Double X C" branding; now using "106.9 W-X-X-C"


EMF Broadcasting's translator W248AW (97.5fm, Franklin) files an application with the FCC to move into Indianapolis. According to the application, EMF will move the translator from Franklin (a monopole just east of the WFDM tower) to the tower of Emmis' Country/WLHK (97.1fm, Shelbyville) on the southeast side of Indianapolis. EMF will use an HD subchannel of WLHK (EMF-supplied programming) as the primary signal. With W248AW on the WLHK tower, no second-adjacent interference issues exist between 97.1 and 97.5; and it's far enough away from Moody Radio's Religious/WGNR-FM (97.9fm, Anderson).

The Bob and Tom show moves affiliates from KBER-FM to KENZ-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Summit Media's Classic Hits/WSFR (107.7fm, Corydon) welcomes Carter Mann to mornings. Mr. Mann last handled mornings at WGNI in Wilmington, North Carolina. On Monday 26 August, Mr. Mann will debut on WSFR.


Indiana University's NPR affiliate/WFIU (103.7fm, Bloomington) and PBS affiliate WTIU-TV (Channel 30, Bloomington) team up for a new news venture: Indiana Newsdesk. This will be a half hour news show that debuts 27 September at 6pm. Joe Hren will host the show.

Translator applications continue this week with WLME, Inc. filing for a translator on 93.3fm, licensed to Cannelton.


Even more translator applications, with Starboard Media Foundation filing an application for 103.3fm, licensed to Madisonville, Kentucky.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

August 18: In 1948, WXLW (Indianapolis) signed on at 1590am. They moved to their current 950am frequency in early 1955. In 1964, 1050am, Plymouth signs on as WTCA (and still is). In 1965, 104.9fm, Fairfield, Illinois signs on as WFIW-FM (and still is). In 2003, 89.3fm, Linton signs on as WYTJ (and still is).

August 19: In 1906, Serena Farnsworth gave birth to a son: Philo Taylor.

August 20: In 1962, 88.7fm, Indianapolis signs on as WICR (and still is). It's also National Radio Day.

August 21: In 1953, 1590am, Fairfield, Illinois signs on and today it's still WFIW(AM). In 1955, 1590am, Mount Vernon signs on as WPCO (Today, it's WRCY).

August 22: In 2005, Terre Haute broadcaster Sharla Cretors-Daniel dies. In 2010, Salem broadcaster and founder of WSLM(AM) and WSLM-FM Don Martin dies.

August 23: In 1976, 88.3fm, Fort Wayne signs on as WLHI. Today, it's WLAB .

August 24: In 1970, 101.7fm, Fort Wayne signs on as WCMX. Today, it's WLDE.

Employment Opportunities

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.

LIN Media is in search of a Chief Engineer for their Indianapolis market which includes the primary and secondary channels of WISH-TV and WNDY. The Chief Engineer will be instrumental to the current and future operation of the stations and the overall facility, which also includes a centralized master control hub for other LIN stations. Candidates must have experience managing a television broadcast engineering department with a large news operation. A strong background in RF technology, digital, broadcast equipment and IT is required. Other key responsibilities include: Managing all technical equipment: Cameras, servers, transmitters, fleet vehicles, towers, IT equipment. Working with News, and other departments regarding equipment problems as well as taking into account needs both immediate and future. Managing a technical team who can support the Chief Engineer in executing his or her duties. Preparing the market's capital and technical operating budgets. Executing all capital purchases and projects for the market. Developing and directing the implementation of corporate strategic equipment plans, projects, programs, and systems. In times of technical and/or operational crisis, managing and guiding other station employees to a successful outcome, while protecting personnel and hardware. To apply for the above position, send resume to General Manager, at careers at wishtv dot com. No phone calls please. WISH TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/M-F.

WBCL Radio Network is looking for an energetic, organized and creative person to join the ministry team as Promotions Director. This position will be responsible for supervising and overseeing promotional efforts, contests, interns and volunteers. Person will: work closely with the Development Director to implement strategic promotions that can increase revenue and listenership to WBCL; needs a proven track record in promotions and community involvement; passion for and experience with social media; on-air experience a plus! Details on responsibilities and qualifications listed at Send resume to Personnel Director, WBCL Radio Network, 1115 W. Rudisill Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46807 or email to employment at wbcl dot org No phone calls, please. Taylor University Broadcasting, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI public radio in Fort Wayne seeks a Business Development Specialist to secure financial support for our stations. Duties include: prospecting potential program underwriters, preparing proposals for underwriting and event sponsorship, and writing copy to satisfy client needs, FCC regulations and station policies. In collaboration with the General Manager, annual goals will be set for underwriting and sponsorship, as well as monthly targets and weekly activity levels for meeting goals. This position will also assist with on-air fundraising and community promotional activities. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a track record of developing new business and a demonstrated ability to work independently. College degree or comparable experience, computer literacy, valid driver's license and dependable transportation required. Knowledge of public radio and an understanding of and commitment to its values are highly desirable. Position is salaried, non-commission. Send resume and cover letter to: gmpd at nipr dot fm. No calls, please. Open until filled. WBOI and WBNI are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WFYI Public Media is accepting applications for a Director of Membership. Duties: Responsible to the Vice President of Development for directing the annual giving membership program ($3M revenue budget) including on-air pledge drives, direct mail and telemarketing programs, and for supervising related personnel. Provides leadership to 5 FTE and the Community Ambassador outbound telefundraising program. Specifically responsible for maximizing net revenue for WFYI by: Providing direction and leadership in managing the day-to-day operations of annual giving membership efforts. Directly supervising Membership staff including three managers: On-Air Development, Direct Mail and Telemarketing. Managing online & email, vehicle donation and online auction programs. Analyzing data and information to create successful membership strategies and objectives based upon industry best practices and benchmarks. Preparing annual budgets for membership department. Setting goals for membership solicitation activities such as on-air drives, direct mail, telemarketing, email and other campaigns relating to acquisition, renewal and additional gift revenue. Cooperating with other development & organizational leaders to ensure effective and efficient overall fund raising activities. Assisting in planning and executing cultivation activities and events. Qualifications: Graduate of four-year, accredited college or university. Must have broad range of experience in fund raising for a minimum of 5 years, preferably in public media. Must have extensive knowledge and experience in personnel management, and working with complex relational databases. Must possess excellent written and oral communications skills. Must be able to deal with internal & external constituents in a professional and courteous manner. The successful candidate will exhibit characteristics of innovation and positive motivational leadership. To apply, please email cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: Human Resources, WFYI Public Media, 1630 Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-1429 or email hr at wfyi dot org.

WFYI Public Media is accepting applications for a Community Engagement Coordinator (Temporary, 35 hours a week through January 2014). Reports to Vice President of Community Engagement. Duties: Initiate, support, and assist in planning and evaluating the community engagement strategy, including the American Graduate initiative, interactive PBS Education products, cross-platform education content, Indy Talks, and the Spirit and Place Festival. Help strengthen and support collaborations and partnerships to advance station goals for community engagement. Engage in the planning and execution of special events and conferences. Assist in the gathering and curating of content for the web to meet the online engagement strategy goals. Assist with the planning, content development, and execution of social media strategies. Participate in internal team and station meetings, to plan, promote, create, and secure funds to advance station goals. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: College degree and at least one year experience in a non-profit, collaborative environment. Adept in social media and web skills. Passion for public media. Excellent written, oral, and team communication skills, including attention to detail. Ability to participate in multiple projects and partnerships in a changing environment. Possess strong computer skills, including Office, Excel, and web-based interactive software and applications. Possess initiative, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Hours are weekdays, along with flexible hours during special events and promotional activities. Weekend hours sometimes necessary. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and minimum salary requirements to Human Resources, WFYI Public Media, 1630 Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-1429 or email hr at wfyi dot org.

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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