Indiana RadioWatch: October 31, 2016
Today is the last day to file for 250-mile translator moves. The window closes at 5:59PM, Eastern Time.
In a story you'll first read about here, Educational Media Foundation's Christian AC/WQKV (88.7fm, Rochester) replaced their transmitter. On Friday morning (10/28), they began broadcasting with a new Nautel 7.5 LT transmitter. WQKV runs 15kW at 269 feet from a tower alongside IN-15, south of Warsaw.
Dream Weaver Marketing's WARU (1600am, Peru) breaks their simulcast with Soft AC/WARU-FM (101.9fm, Roann). 1600am becomes all holiday music, perhaps in preparation for a new format after the holidays.
Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. sells the CP for translator W239CF (95.7fm, Albion, Michigan) for $38,000 to Lafayette TV, LLC. Once Lafayette TV closes on their purchase of the Artistic Media Partners' Lafayette radio stations, they will own FOX Sports affiliate WSHY (1410am, Lafayette).
Sad news from Owensboro, Kentucky: Jeff Morgan, "Morgan in the Morning" at Cromwell's Rock/WXCM (97.1fm, Whitesville, Kentucky) passed away from a massive heart attack on Friday night at the age of 54.
This Week in Indiana Radio History
October 30: In 1957, Channel 13 in Indianapolis signs on as WLWI (today, it's WTHR-TV). In 2008, WJFX PD Thomas Foley ("Tommy Frank") dies at age 43.
October 31: In 1938, 1070am in Indianapolis signed on as WIBC. In 1948, 1330am in Evansville signs on as WJPS.
November 1: In 1963, 104.7fm in Jasper signs on as WITZ-FM. In 1971, 97.1fm Pendleton signs on as WEEM ("Ernest E. Miller"). In 1973, 1110am in Noblesville signs on as WHYT. In 1997, 98.5fm in Ferdinand signs on as WQKZ, and still is.
November 2: In 1920, WLK in Indianapolis signs on (it was only on the air for about 3 years). In 2001, 1620am in South Bend changed call letters from WHLY to WDND.
November 3: In 2003, 1380am in Fort Wayne changed call letters from WONO ("One on One Sports") to WKJG ("William Kunkel Journal Gazette").
November 4: In 1949, 1390am in Seymour signs on as WJCD. It's now WZZB. In 1964, 1500am in Valparaiso signs on as WAYK. Today, it's WAKE. In 2014, WHBU(AM) in Anderson adds an FM translator at 103.7fm (W279CL).
November 5: In 1950, 1370am in Gary signs on as WGRY. It's now WLTH. In 2012, Mike Fry ("Happy the Hobo") on WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) dies. Age 52.
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