Indiana RadioWatch: September 9, 2013

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More Federal Communications Commission decisions from the 2003 translator window means another round of construction permit applications. Please read about several of those below.

If you run a high school or college radio station, I'll be happy to write about what's new at your radio station this school year. Please e-mail me the details.

Let's get to the news, shall we?


Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. applies to the FCC for a Construction Permit to build a translator on 99.1fm, licensed to Angola.

Federated Media Promotions Director Nikki Jasperson will end her role there, this coming Friday. Ms. Jasperson oversaw Promotions for N-T/WOWO and WOWO-FM (1190am, 92.3fm; both Fort Wayne), Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Huntertown), Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne), ESPN affiliate Sports/WKJG (1380am, Fort Wayne) and Talking Stick Communications' FOX Sports affiliate Sports/WFGA (106.7fm, Hicksville, Ohio). Ms. Jasperson joined Federated Media four years ago, adding promotions oversight of WQHK, WMEE, WKJG and WFGA last August.


Last week, Chesterton High School's Variety/WDSO (88.3fm, Duneland) returned after a summer hiatus. This school year, WDSO will broadcast 24/7. After school, the student DJs will do freeform radio until around 5pm. New programs this year will include short programs: Bird Note (bird sounds), Insight Daily (pop culture), On the Money (finance tips) and Sound Beat (the history of recorded sound; from the Syracuse University Arthur and Diane Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive). 2013-2014 student staff includes: Co-PDs Nathan Babcock and Nick Moreno, Co-Music Directors Sarah Duron and Lily Jablonski, Assistant MD Austin Ballestero, News Director Brooke Sauter. Finally, managing WDSO are GM Matthew Waters and OM Michele Stipanovich.

Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. applies to the FCC for Construction Permits to build translators on 94.3fm, licensed to Gary, 104.9fm, licensed to Lafayette, 92.7fm, licensed to Merrillville, and 97.7fm, licensed to Colfax.

On January 1, 2014, Brownfield Ag News will add Schurz Communications' Country/WKOA (105.3fm, Lafayette).


Cumulus' Country/WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle) rebrands as "Nash-FM" which is the branding Cumulus started using on some of its country music stations. In January, "Nash-FM" began rolling out nationwide. Here's the new WMDH-FM website.


E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) added more weekend local news. Chris O'Malley at The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that last week, WRTV expanded their weekday morning "Daybreak" newscast by a half hour, starting at 4:30am. Also, "RTV6" returned their weekend morning newscast. "Good Morning Indiana" airs on Saturday from 6am until 8am and again from 9am until 10am. On Sunday, "Good Morning Indiana" airs from 6am until 7:30am. Former "RTV6" owner McGraw-Hill discontinued weekend news to save money. In a statement, WRTV VP/GM Larry Blackerby said, "Delivering fresh, relevant content for Hoosiers on TV, on RTV6 mobile apps, and on-line seven days a week, 24 hours a day is our top priority." Jade Hindmon and meteorologist Kyle Mounce anchor both Saturday and Sunday newscasts.

Kurt Wallace becomes station manager for Olivet Nazarene University's Religious/WHZN (88.3fm, New Whiteland). Also, Mr. Wallace becomes network PD for the "Shine.FM" format, broadcast on WHZN, WTMK (88.5fm, Wanatah). Based at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, the Shine.FM flagship is WONU-FM.

Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. applies to the FCC for Construction Permits to build translators on 97.5fm, licensed to Delphi, 96.1fm, licensed to Lebanon 101.3fm, licensed to Fishers and 102.3fm, licensed to Sheridan.

Educational Media Foundation applies to the FCC for a Construction Permit to build a translator on 102.1fm, licensed to Noblesville.


Last Thursday, Emmis went live with translator W258BA (99.5fm, Terre Haute) from their tower at 918 Ohio St. W258BA simulcasts ESPN affiliate Sports/WFNF (1130am, Brazil).

On January 1, 2014, Brownfield Ag News will add six The Original Company-owned radio stations (in alphabetical order): Classic Rock/WBTO-FM (102.3fm, Petersburg), Classic Hits/WQTY (93.3fm, Linton), Country/WRCY (1590am, Mt. Vernon), AC/WREB (94.3fm, Greencastle), Country/WUZR (105.7fm, Bicknell) and Country/WWBL (106.5fm, Washington).

This Week in Indiana Radio History

September 10: In 1950, 1540am in Boonville signs on and remains WBNL. In 1993, 89.9fm in West Lafayette signs on and remains WHPL.

September 11: In 1953, Channel 50 in Evansville signs on as WEHT-TV, but is now on Channel 25. In 1962, 102.7fm in Terre Haute signs on as WPFR-FM. Today, it's WDWQ. In 1973: 97.9fm in Anderson signs on as WLHN-FM. Today, it's WGNR-FM. In 1997, 88.1fm in Spencerville, Ohio signs on as WBCJ and still is.

September 12: In 1954, 1600am in Peru signs on as WARU and still is, though now it simulcasts WARU-FM. In 1960: WBST signed on at 90.7fm (it's 92.1fm now) and still is WBST. Twenty years later on this same day, WBST becomes an NPR affiliate. In 1996, 95.9fm in Seelyville signs on as WTHC. Today, it's WXXR.

September 13: In 1965, high school radio station WBDG in Indianapolis signs on with partial broadcast schedule. In 1968, 95.3fm in Niles, Michigan signs on as WNIL-FM. Today, it's WTRC-FM.

September 14: In 1959, 92.3fm in Hammond signs on as WYCA. Today, it's WPWX. In 1962, 99.7fm in Frankfort signs on as WILO-FM. Today, it's WSHW. In 1963, 1560am in Rensselaer signs on as WRIN and still is. In 1970, two radio stations sign on: 91.1fm in Indianapolis signs on as WEDM and still is, while 93.3fm in Linton signs on as WBTO-FM. Today, it's WQTY.

Employment Opportunities

Radio One Communications, a four station cluster located in Northwest Indiana is looking for a full time Marketing Consultant to join their sales staff. Position requires an ambitious advertising sales person that will build strong professional relationships with area businesses, but our standards are high. You must have a history of competitive victories, and the ability to juggle many projects at once. Must have knowledge of sales practices, be able to handle deadlines and obtain monthly goals and budgets. It is a very demanding career and you will be rewarded for your hard work with a compensation program that gives you instant rewards as you succeed and help your clients succeed. Self-starters could really increase their income fast. Please send resume to jobs at radiooneindiana dot com. Radio One Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media is looking for an Assistant Program Director for Active Rock/WBYR in Fort Wayne, IN. The ideal candidate will be able to come in and hit the ground running. We will provide you with all of the tools to succeed. We are looking for someone who is a great talent coach, not afraid to lead by example, creative yet detail oriented, and understands the importance of multi-platform branding-without losing focus on what's coming out of the speakers. 3 years minimum experience required for consideration. Fort Wayne is a great place to call home and Federated Media is a great company to work for. Potential PD stripes for the right person. If this sounds like you, email: Resume, Air-Check, and Programming Philosophy to: stiller at 989thebear dot com. Check out the station at Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media Fort Wayne is welcoming applications for a GSM opening at WBYR, 98.9 The Bear, Fort Wayne's Rock Station. WBYR consistently ranks among Fort Wayne's ratings and revenue leaders. This is not a fixer upper; we have a great sales team in place! Federated Media Fort Wayne provides a unique growth oriented environment focused on excellence, backing our sales teams with comprehensive resources and capabilities including the Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) Customer Focused Selling and Talent Focused Management. Federated Media is a family owned, Indiana based, privately held company primarily serving the Fort Wayne and South Bend metropolitan areas. Other advantages include: No corporate bureaucracy or hierarchy. Our company culture empowers people. We are a medium market group with large market resources. Our Fort Wayne cluster includes six stations. The market's best radio brands! Send resume to Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions Director for our Fort Wayne Cluster. The position encompasses all facets of the radio business on-air, on-line and in person. It requires multi-tasking along with managing people and your own personal time. As Promotions Director you will be responsible for, but not limited to: Working hand in hand with Program Directors to plan, schedule and execute contests and promotions. Hiring & scheduling. Maintaining and scheduling all aspects of Social Media. Making sure the listener experience at live broadcasts & events is a memorable one. This is a very enjoyable job but requires you to bring your best to the office every day. It is a job that no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station's needs. Interested? Contact Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Cromwell Radio Group Inc. of Illinois is looking for an Operations Manager to manage the programming, positioning, local involvement, legal operation, and talent of our three radio stations in Effingham, Illinois. We are waiting on approval of our application for a construction permit for a new station to bring our total to four. The person I'm looking for will have great management and organizational skills, and have a passion for winning radio. Qualified applicants will also have a strong desire and ability to be involved in the local community, motivate staff to be involved, and be able to effectively present that involvement to our listeners. The person I hire will also be able to do a live airshift, production, remotes, and appearances. Previous experience is absolutely essential. Knowledge of Cool Edit and Skylla are all very helpful. We offer health insurance including dental and vision, and a 401k savings plan. If you love the business of radio, and you want to work with a fantastic group of professional broadcasters, please send your Materials to: Marv Phillips, General Manager, WCRC-WCRA-WHQQ, 405 South Banker St., Suite 201, Effingham, IL 62401-2591, or via e-mail: mphillips at cromwellradio dot com. Minorities and Women are encouraged to apply. No Phone Calls, Please. EOE.

Independent Contracting Representative (Administrative/Professional Staff). Vincennes University is Indiana's first college and is one of the oldest in America. It is the birthplace of one of the nation's first two-year institutions of higher learning. VU is seeking an innovative, energetic and service oriented person to work as an Independent Contracting Representative to sell underwriting for the non-commercial Radio station WVUB. This Representative will interact closely with the Manager of WVUB. This is a non-salary and non-benefit position and pay would be based upon a commission of underwriting placed by the Independent Contractor. Consideration would also be given to the option of a sales lease agreement for the underwriting sales of WVUB in lieu of a contract sales position. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Vincennes University, Human Resources, 1002 North First Street, Vincennes, IN 47591 or email to jobs at vinu dot edu. Applications received by September 9, 2013 will be given first consideration and interviews will be held concurrently with the advertising period. Vincennes University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WISH-TV is seeking an aggressive investigative reporter to join our growing I-Team. We are searching for someone who has experience uncovering and telling compelling investigative stories that affect people's lives. The ideal candidate will: Be smart, have at least three years' experience as an investigative reporter, generate strong story ideas, possess a strong work ethic, be an excellent team player, cultivate great sources, ask tough questions, have a working knowledge of CAR techniques, familiarity with public records laws and requests, and most importantly....tell compelling stories. You must be able to turn investigative stories on a regular basis and not just during a ratings period. We are looking for someone who works hard to get to the bottom of an issue and tells it in a creative way. We will make sure you have the tools you need to be successful. Send resume and recent tape to Steve Bray, News Director, WISH TV, 1950 N. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46202. No Phone Calls. EEO/M-F.

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.

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.

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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