Indiana RadioWatch: September 8, 2001

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Northeast

Travis Communications now consults the Kovas Communications stations (WGL(AM), WGLL(AM), WEJE-FM, WWWD-FM, and WYSR-FM).

Kris "Coyote" Underwood exits afternoons at Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville).

From the "Radio With Pictures" department, According to TV publication "Shop Talk", news anchor Jim Bailey will be leaving NBC affiliate WKJG-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) for weeknight anchor/managing editor duties at WJHL-TV in Tri Cities, Tennessee. Bailey anchored both 6pm and late night newscasts since October, 1995, according to the WKJG website.

Where Are They Now? We heard about John Cigna's retirement from mornings at KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and knew the name had some connection to Fort Wayne. Indeed after some research, we discovered that Cigna did evenings at WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) back in the mid 1960's. Fast forward to this week, where Cigna announced he will step down as morning host at the end of this year. He will become, as The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Adrian McCoy said, "a fill-in host emeritus." According to McCoy's article, he will do 35 to 40 shows a year, along with promotions for the station. Cigna has done morning drive at KDKA for 18 years.

Northcentral

An addendum to this story from last week's issue:

"Oldies/WGTO (910am, Cassopolis, Michigan) morning duo Mike Shannon and Deb Millard switch to an Internet only feed of WGTO. No replacement has been named at WGTO(AM), though. If you're interested in hearing them, they will start Monday at http://www.goodtimeoldiesradio.com or http://www.theoldieschannel.com"

Shannon & Deb are broadcasting online only, not as a part of WGTO(AM).

Eastcentral

Religious/WLHN (990am, Muncie) is off the air due to lightning damage. A replacement transmitter is on order and should be installed soon.

Central

WIRE (91.1fm, Lebanon) completes its upgrade to 3200 watts, but as expected, they're running at 1600 watts until everything is tidied up with the FCC. The new facility features an Aldena Directional Antenna Array, a new CCA transmitter, plus other upgrades.

CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis) PD David Edgar gives night co-host Doc Miller his MD stripes.

Dave Taylor exits Promotions Director duties at Jazz/WYJZ (100.9fm, Lebanon) for similar duties at WAFX in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Bob & Tom Show add KGBZ in Fargo, North Dakota (they signed on yesterday), and aren't on at WHOG in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Employment Opportunities

WKWH-FM in Rushville has an immediate opening for a news director. 3000 watt, 24 hour country format station serving Rushville and Rush County. Works with sister station WKWH(AM) in Shelbyville. Coordinates all news gathering and assists with sports coverage. On air morning drive and noon newscasts. Salary and benefits. An RSE Broadcasting station. If you're interested, contact David Sheets or at 102 N.Perkins St., Rushville, IN 46173.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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