Indiana RadioWatch: September 15, 2016

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Updated Information: On Sunday, Tom Berg passed away. Mr. Berg was 53 years old. Mr. Berg worked at Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in Knox: Country/WKVI and Hot AC/WKVI-FM (1520am, 99.3fm, both Knox),along with Soft AC/WYMR (98.3fm, Culver). Mr. Berg began his broadcasting career in Indianapolis as the first intern at The Bob and Tom Show. Before arriving in Knox, we believe Mr. Berg worked in:

Indianapolis: WFBQ-FM (94.7fm), then-WIRE-FM (100.9fm), WKLU-FM (101.9fm), WMYS-FM and WNTR-FM (both at 107.9fm), WRTV-TV (Channel 6), WZPL-FM (99.5fm), Metro Traffic.
Columbus: WRZQ-FM (107.3fm)
Crawfordsville: WCVL (1550am)
Martinsville: WCBK-FM (102.3fm)

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday September 17 at the Knox United Methodist Church, 201 S. Shield St., Knox, IN 46534. Visitation will be from 10am until 2pm with a service immediately following. Please remember that Knox observes Central Daylight Time.

Several of you sent remembrances:

Libby Farr: "I have so many fond memories of Tom. He was such a great guy to work with and know, I feel very lucky to have worked with him at three stations. I can't decide what Tom loved more, radio or Star Wars. That's a tough call. I will forever be grateful to Tom for taking the time to introduce my son to the Indy Knights- Star Wars Fanclub. Tom and his Indy Knights friends welcomed my son to their group even though they were adults and he was 13 at the time. That's just the kind of guy Tom was...always an open heart and hand for his friends. We will miss you Tommy Tom"

Art Vuolo: "Tom Berg was a good guy, who I first met via Steve Cooper while Coop was still at WTPI-FM in Indianapolis. We're losing too many of the good ones."

Jon Easter: "I didn't know Tom hardly at all, but I remember he gave of his time to the IASB, our statewide student media organization, as a judge for our state contest. I believe he may have also presented at our IASB State Conference. The few times I talked to Tom, I remember what a good man he was. We've lost a radio and TV pro. Rest in Peace, Tom."

Nielsen Radio market rankings

Nielsen released their Fall 2016 market rankings by population.

Indianapolis moves down one to #39.
Fort Wayne moves down two to #116.
Evansville moves down two to #164.
South Bend moves down two to #184.
Terre Haute remains #214.
Muncie-Marion moves down two to #218.
Lafayette movse down one to #223.


After leaving last month, Matt Leach will rejoin Quincy Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) as Chief Meteorologist, effective Monday September 19. Mr. Leach's return means that meteorologist Carlo Falco exits.


Lafayette TV LLC's LPTV W16DB-D (Channel 16, Lafayette) changes call letters to WPBI-LD.


At Cumulus' Country/WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle), PD and afternoon host Chris Carter exits.


Yesterday, Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis) morning and noon meteorologist Nicole Misencik exited after nearly a decade.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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