Indiana RadioWatch: November 12, 2013

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From the Interesting Weekend Reading pile: Radio Isn't Going Away.

Broadcaster Scott Fybush is based in Rochester, New York, but with in-laws in Fort Wayne, he's a frequent visitor to Indiana. Hoosier stations frequently appear in his "Tower Site of the Week" column, and they're once again being featured for the next few weeks as Scott recaps a 2011 trip through Bloomington, Evansville and Terre Haute in the company of IRW editor Blaine Thompson. See the fourth (Evansville radio), fifth (Evansville TV) and sixth (Evansville to Henderson) installments, and follow subsequent installments each Friday morning at

Fybush also writes "NorthEast Radio Watch," the weekly column that was the inspiration for IRW many years ago. He's the publisher of the annual Tower Site Calendar, just out in its 2014 edition and once again chock-full of colorful pictures and stories about broadcasting's technical history. Find more about the calendar and order yours.


Sarkes Tarzian Classic Hits/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne) applies to the FCC to increase power from 3000 watts to 6000 watts, remaining at 328 feet. However, the application calls for a tower site move, from Reed Road, south of Lake Avenue (where we believe 101.7fm went on the air from on August 24, 1970) to a new transmitter site three miles east, across the Maumee River, on Parrot Road in New Haven.

Speaking of Sarkes Tarzian, they hire Steve Brelsford as Production Director for their AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classic Hits/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne). Brelsford worked at crosstown Federated Media for over thirty years.


Artistic Media Partners' WSHP (95.7fm, Attica) ends its musical "Rocket" moniker and flips format to Country, as "Your Country 95.7," airing Westwood One's Mainstream Country format. "The Rocket" began in 1996 and that moniker and format(s) bounced between Artistic's 95.3fm (WBPE, Brookstone) frequency and 95.7fm. The new WSHP website: You can apply for the vacant PD chair in our "Employment Opportunities" section below.

Purdue University Calumet and Vazquez Development LLC's Full Service/WJOB (1230am, Hammond) form a partnership which will move WJOB into the Commercialization Center onto the university campus. WJOB will be in a nearly 1700 square foot space at 7116 Indianapolis Blvd., one half mile south of WJOB's studios (6405 Olcott Ave.) In March 2014, WJOB will move in and start broadcasting from there in April.

Where Are They Now? Former WZVN morning host Wes Adams becomes PD/afternoons at WLAY in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.


EMF Broadcasting files a translator application for W224CL (92.7fm, Anderson).


Jeanette Rhodes earns a promotion to TV Assistant Chief Engineer at Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting's PBS affiliate WFYI-TV (Channel 20, Indianapolis).

Jim McConville exits Continental Broadcast Group's Regional Mexican/WSYW and WEDJ (810am, Indianapolis; 107.1fm, Danville) and becomes the Sales Manager for LeSEA Broadcasting's WHMB-TV (Channel 40, Indianapolis).

Olivet Nazarene University's Religious/WHZN (88.3fm, New Whiteland) adds "Night Light with Andrea" (Andrea Jaxson), weeknights from 7pm until 11pm.

Where Are They Now? Former WHHH afternoon host Kenny J. gains a promotion at KSOC in Dallas to MD. He also does afternoons there.


What's going on with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's AAA/WMHD (90.7fm, Terre Haute)?


South Central Communications' CHR/WSTO (96.1fm, Owensboro, Kentucky) night host Claire Ballard exits for Las Vegas. There, she hosts middays at KWNR-FM.

Employment Opportunities

Artistic Media Partners' WSHP (Your Country 95.7)/Lafayette, IN needs a PD to guide their new country station. Ideal candidates can relate to and generate ratings among Persons 35-44. Send your materials to Market Mgr. Bob Dakin bdakin at artisticradio dot com. Artistic Media Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you've always harbored a burning desire to someday call Terre Haute home, that day has arrived -- Midwest Communications Top 40 WMGI (100.7 Mix-FM)/Terre Haute, IN has an immediate fulltime night opening. Just Plain Joe is headed to another gig TBA, so Brand Manager Shawn Powers has already swung into action to find a qualified replacement that is a motivated, organized team player that loves both community and listener involvement and lives the Top 40 lifestyle. You will roll live for a minimum of five nights a week and be tracked as needed. "This is not a starter position... we are looking for superstars! Can you light up the phones, Facebook, Twitter, texting... and keep your listeners coming back for more? We are the market leader, so if you have an outstanding work ethic, great people skills and a proven track record of dominant ratings, apply today!" Send your resume, cover letter and MP3 demo (no longer than 2 minutes) to shawn.powers at mwcradio dot com or snail-mail to Shawn Powers, Brand Manager, WMGI-FM Radio, 824 S. 3rd Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807. Midwest Communications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Live - Work - Play in Columbus, Indiana! Columbus is home to heritage stations WCSI - WKKG - WINN - WWWY. We seek our next market leader: a broadcast pro who has a verifiable track record of being able to motivate, train and, when necessary, personally foster the growth of accounts. We'll be very selective; we owe it to our incredible staff. Yes, we are looking for someone who lives to lead people and someone who understands the unique opportunity that LOCAL Radio provides, and a love for LOCAL sports is good, too! What do we offer? A stable environment, competitive compensation, fantastic staff, excellent community reputation and, when you add it all up, one fine opportunity! Please submit confidential information to David Glass, VP Findlay Publishing Company, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45840 daveglass at findlayoh dot com E.O.E.

Lake City Radio / Talking Stick Communications in Warsaw is looking for an On-Air Talent / Assistant Program Director for our heritage Classic Hits Station, Lake City Rock 107.3, WRSW! The ideal candidate must understand what it takes to run a live and local radio station in a small market. We are looking for someone who is a great talent coach, understand the Classic Hits format, loves putting together creative imaging, enjoys executing large promotions, and understands the importance of social media / multi-platform branding. This person must be detail oriented, lead by example and must demonstrate a positive attitude while establishing a fun working environment. WRSW is a successful 60 year brand. We are looking for someone with a track record of results. 2 years minimum experience required. If this sounds like you, email: Resume, Air-Check, and Programming Philosophy to: jmichaels at lakecityradio dot com. Talking Stick Communications L.L.C. 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.

WGTO AM-FM is looking for a salesperson to handle local and regional sports and general market sales. Position pays high commission rate but requires a self-starter who can operate without direct supervision. List is unrestricted and the right candidate can name his or her territory. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent communications skills are a must. WGTO is the local voice of Cass County Michigan and the home of local high school sports. The music format is Classic hits with a live local swap shop program, Dowagiac High School Football and University of Michigan football and afternoon talk with Ed Shultz. WGTO is 3000 watts at 910AM and FM at 101.1 WGTO covers Cass County as well as Niles, And St Joe Benton Harbor in Berrien County and South Bend Indiana. Send letter of introduction and or resume to WGTO at larrylangford at aol dot com. WGTO welcomes applications from ALL interested persons as an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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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