Indiana RadioWatch: November 19, 2013

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Let's recap what I know so far from Sunday's thunderstorms. Please let me know if I missed anything.

I happened to be in Indianapolis during the worst of it. I heavily tuned around both radio dials both during and after the storms. I found a few Indianapolis stations off the air (some commercial, some non-commercial), and I hope by now they are all back on the air. I heard Emmis simulcasting their N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) on all their Indianapolis are radio stations. Back home in Fort Wayne, I heard from readers that several Fort Wayne radio stations were also temporarily silent.

An IRW opinion, if I may: When it comes to radio, content is still key. Being on the air matters more.

The studio building was damaged at DLC Media's Country/WAMW (1580am, Washington) and translator W240CE (95.9fm, Washington) and Classic Hits/WAMW-FM (107.9fm, Washington). I've assembled a few photos here, here, here, here, here and here.

With not much time lately, I'll touch upon a few stories here.


LIN Media's CBS affiliate WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne) adds Rob Lydick as weekend meteorologist. Mr. Lydick last was a meteorologist at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine.

Where Are They Now? Former WOWO newsperson Jeremy Lawrence becomes the PD ("Brand Manager") at WKZO in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Educational Media Foundation's Religious/WQKV (88.7fm, Rochester) began broadcasting from their new transmitter site near Claypool. Before, WQKV was on the Bair Communications' Oldies/WROI (92.1fm, Rochester) tower, west of Rochester. With this, WQKV should receive FCC approval to change its City of License to Warsaw. This move also includes a power increase from 250 watts to 13,900 watts with a directional antenna.

Goshen College's AAA/WGCS (91.1fm, Goshen) earns Radio Station of the Year by the Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) during its 26th Annual Spectrum Awards. GM Jason Samuel says, "This is a significant accomplishment for the radio station. I don't think it has ever been done by any college radio station in the country." WGCS competed in 'market two' against two commercial radio stations: Federated Media's Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) and Emmis Communications' Country/WTHI-FM (99.9fm, Terre Haute). IBA Market Two comprises any stations in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Lafayette, South Bend and Terre Haute.


Hoosier AM/FM's Classic Rock/WXXC (106.9fm, Marion) flips format to Hot AC, as "Star 106.9." They have a Facebook, Twitter and a website. The current on-air lineup is Bob and Sheri in mornings, OM Vanessa Miller in middays, new Production Director and afternoon host Rick Daniels, and John Tesh at night. Mr. Daniels last programmed WQXQ in Central City, Kentucky.


Creative Data Management's Talk simulcast WXLW (950am, Indianapolis) and Pilgrim Communications' WFDM-FM (95.9fm, Franklin) both add weather forecasts from Indianapolis weather group BAM Chase. Meteorologist Michael Clark will voice their forecasts.

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 Rock107.3, 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 is looking for an Assistant Program Director for Active Rock/WBYR in Fort Wayne, IN. The ideal candidate will be able to come in and hit the ground running. We will provide you with all of the tools to succeed. We are looking for someone who is a great talent coach, not afraid to lead by example, creative yet detail oriented, and understands the importance of multi-platform branding-without losing focus on what's coming out of the speakers. 3 years minimum experience required for consideration. Fort Wayne is a great place to call home and Federated Media is a great company to work for. Potential PD stripes for the right person. If this sounds like you, email: Resume, Air-Check, and Programming Philosophy to: stiller at 989thebear dot com. Check out the station at Federated Media 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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