Indiana RadioWatch: October 23, 2004

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Soft AC/WGLM (106.7fm, West Lafayette) PD Keith Austin exits.


Big doings at Classic Rock/WKLU (101.9fm, Brownsburg), as the $6.2 million station sale from Bruce Quinn's Quinn Broadcasting to Miami Florida-based Russ Oasis is complete. The broadcast broker for the property was Ed Roehling of Roehling Broadcast Services, Ltd. in Indianapolis. Also, according to David Lindquist's Indianapolis Star article, Oasis has tweaked the format towards Classic Hits, and (our research says) WKLU is now 100% commercial free. Also, Oasis has hired former Alternative/WRZX (103.3fm, Indianapolis) afternoon jock Adam Ritz for afternoons. Ritz recently completed a six-month prison sentence for inappropriate sexual behavior. No word yet on a complete airstaff lineup.

Sarkes Tarzian owned AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Bloomington) receives FCC approval to construct a translator on 92.1fm, licensed to Indianapolis.

A correction on the details for the airshift changes at Clear Channel heritage Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis):

Mornings: Bob + Tom
Middays: Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis (10am -2 pm; from afternoons)
Afternoons: Laura Steele (2pm - 6pm, swapped with Matis)
Nights: Ace Cosby (6pm - 10pm; from late nights)

WTTV-DT shifts from channel 53 to channel 48 as of Tuesday 12 October 2004.

A tip of the IRW cap to Afternoon man JD Cannon and the entire staff at Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Indianapolis). Cannon was recently honored by the CMA as Broadcast Personality of the Year (Large Market) and WFMS was honored as Station of the Year.


New to CHR/WSTO (96.1fm, Owensboro, Kentucky) are PD Stan Priest (from MD at legendary WFLZ in Tampa, Florida) and night guy Fitz - Fitz travels west down I-64 to the Lloyd Expressway, inbound from nights at WMRV in Binghamton, New York.

Employment Opportunities

Radio On-Air Personality: Clear Channel Indianapolis is looking for air personalities to fill available openings. Applicants must have prior radio station on-air experience. Please send resume and examples of work to:

Marty Bender
Clear Channel Radio
6161 Fall Creek Road
Indianapolis, IN 46220

No calls please. Clear Channel Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Country K105 and Oldies 98.7 WASK/Lafayette are in search of full and part-time air personalities. This is not an entry level station! We are an hour north of Indianapolis in the heart of Big Ten country with Purdue University in our backyard. Send your resume, CD, references, and cover letter to:

WASK, Inc.
Attn: Mark Allen
PO Box 7880
Lafayette, IN 47903

Mid America Radio needs a News Director for its Marion Radio Group right now!

This is a full time position, which includes writing daily news stories, anchoring newscasts, covering community events, and area meetings. Be a part of our team of news-gathering professionals. Strong sports play-by-play is a plus. We provide the tools. You provide the talent. Good benefits. Great environment.

Send your resume, aircheck & references to:
Operations Manager
Mid America Radio
PO Box 1538
Marion, Indiana 46952

or email: newsjob at hotmail dot com

Mid America Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WQRK/WBIW/WNUF is looking for board ops for our Oldies/Country/N-T stations. From sports to remotes, from network programs to possible F/T work, we need you! First timers welcomed, those looking to keep their hand in the business welcomed too. Local family owned company. Materials to:

Mitchell Broadcasting
Attn: Mike Shannon
PO Box 1307
Bedford IN 47421-1307

Executive Producer

Duties: The Executive Producer is responsible for running the newsroom on a daily basis and is charged with delivering news products in all media (broadcast, cable, Internet) consistent with the direction provided by the News Director to deliver ratings growth. He or she provides quality control to station's newscasts to provide accuracy, balance and credibility. The position requires a strong leader with interpersonal and team-building skills who communicates clearly with the staff. He or she is a skilled news writer that develops producing and writing skills of staff. The executive producer will possess news management experience and is responsible for:

The supervision of newscast producers, reporters, photographers and editors.

Short and long-range planning through conduct of daily story conferences, editorial meetings and inter-departmental conferences.

Review and evaluation of newsroom staff through performance reviews. Special project production and planning such as elections, sports and news specials.

Supervision of the newsroom during the absence of the News Director.


Minimum of five years experience in television news. Successful applicants will be able to participate in the recruitment of on-air talent, producers, photographers, editors and assignment desk personnel. Prior News Director experience is a valuable asset as the Executive Producer will often be the manager in charge. Successful candidate should also be adaptive to new technologies and able to work a varied work schedule including nights, weekends and holidays.

Apply on-line:

WRTV, E.O.E. - M/F/V/D. All employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of the application process which includes a background check and pre-employment drug screen.

14 WFIE-TV is seeking an experienced, savvy News Director who has vision, leadership, and passion for winning. Our last News Director spent a decade continuing to build "The Tri-State's News Leader." The next WFIE News Director will forge more new ground and deliver newscasts and web products that are relevant, original, and interesting. If you have a track record of inspiring excellence through collaborative efforts and collegial respect for your co-workers, send your resume, references, and your "creative pitch" by Friday, November 5, 2004 to:

Lucy Himstedt, VP/GM
PO Box 1414
Evansville IN 47701

Lucy may also be reached via lhimstedt at 14wfie dot com.

14 WFIE-TV is an EOE.

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