Indiana RadioWatch: October 6, 2016

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Swick Broadcasting's Hot AC/WLKI (100.3fm, Angola) morning co-hosts Brett Briscoe and Russ Ryder ("The Morning Renegades") both exit, and the "Jeremy Show" succeeds them. Also, Teresa Brown takes middays, replacing Chuck Rowe, who relocated out of state.


Katie Wonderly joins Lake City Media Group as News and Content Director for N-T/WRSW(AM) (1480am, Warsaw) and translator W259BJ (99.7fm, Warsaw). Newscasts also air on sister Classic Rock/WRSW-FM (107.3fm, Warsaw) and Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse). Ms. Wonderly earned a journalism degree at Purdue University.


Chip Longshore becomes Chief Engineer of Cumulus' C&W/WLTI(AM) (1550am, New Castle) and Country/WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle). Mr. Longshore also is the Chief Engineer of Cumulus' Country/WWKI (100.5fm, Kokomo).


At Noon on Monday, iHeartMedia's Country/WUBG (98.3fm, Plainfield) flipped format to Urban as WZRL ("Real 98.3"). Core artists include Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.. In format competition includes Radio One. On November 3, "Real 98.3" will add the syndicated "The Breakfast Flakes" morning show (DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God). Finally, here's the "Real 98.3" website.

Entercom's Sports/WXNT (1430am, Indianapolis) welcomes Kent Sterling as PD. Mr. Sterling joined WXNT in 2014 to host a local Afternoon drive talk show. Mr. Sterling's programming resume includes PD of Emmis' WFNI (1070am, Indianapolis), WIBC (93.1, Indianapolis) and St. Louis, Missouri (WXOS).

Cumulus' Classic Hip Hop/WRWM (93.9fm, Lawrence) Afternoon host Zakk Babb exits and moves to Atlanta, Georgia, where he now handles nights at WSTR-FM.

Charlie De Mar exits as a reporter and substitute news anchor at Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo). Mr. De Mar moves back to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois and joins WBBM-TV as a general assignment reporter. Before joining Tribune in Indianapolis, Mr. De Mar was a reporter and substitute news anchor at Nexstar FOX affiliate WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne).

Where Are They Now? Starting Monday, former VP/Premiere Radio Networks/The Bob and Tom Show Executive Producer Marty Bender will program and handle middays at WOFX in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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