Indiana RadioWatch: November 28, 2016
On November 8, First Family Broadcasting added a 250 watt FM translator to their Standards/WERT (1220am, Van Wert, Ohio). Meet W270BL (104.3fm, Van Wert). First Family Broadcasting purchased the translator for $30,000 from Progressive Broadcasting System.
Quincy Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21.2, Fort Wayne) adds more local news, under the "Fort Wayne's NBC" moniker. Let's elaborate on what viewers now see:
Monday through Friday Morning: Josh Good and Pauleen Le. Mr. Good last worked at WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a traffic reporter. Meteorologist Yasser Kishk joins Mr. Good and Ms. Le. Mr.. Kishk last worked in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a Meteorologist for KOTA-TV.
Weekday Evenings: Linda Jackson and Chief Meteorologist Chris Daniels both move from mornings on ABC affiliate WPTA (Channel 21.1, Fort Wayne) and team with Tom Powell and Sports Director Adam Shear; both Mr. Powell and Mr. Shear last worked at Quincy sister WSJV (Channel 28, Elkhart).
Weekend Evenings: Krista Miller moves from weekday evening anchor to weekend evening anchor and reporter during the week.
Just over the border, mark down WBSV-LP for an LPFM CP (93.5fm, Berrien Springs, Michigan). The Leland Straw Memorial Education Fund holds this CP.
Educational Media Foundation's Contemporary Christian/WLXJ (88.9fm, Battle Ground) ("K-Love") files an application to move their tower site from northwest of Lafayette (north of US-52; east of US-231) to the tower site of their sister Contemporary Christian/WKHL (106.7fm, West Lafayette), which is just east of IN-43, north of Battle Ground. This proposed tower site move is east and a bit north.
After about two years, weekend meteorologist Eboni Deon exits Media General's CW affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) and moves to Orlando, Florida, joining WFTV-TV as weekend morning meteorologist.
Mid-America Radio Group's Southern Gospel/WMYJ-FM swaps call letters and frequencies with Spirit Educational Radio's Classic Country/WDCK.
WDCK (88.9fm, Oolitic) becomes WMYJ-FM.
WMYJ-FM (101.1fm, Bloomfield) becomes WDCK.
Also, WDCK flips format to all holiday music ("The Christmas Station, 101.1"), until they debut a new format sometime in January 2017.
Bayou City Broadcasting's CBS WEVV-TV (Channel 44.1, Evansville) Sports Diretor Andrew Keesee exits. Mr. Keesee joined "44 News" in August 2015 from KWES-TV in Midland, Texas. ("News West 9")
After the $275,000 sale by Word Broadcasting Network of its Religious/WVHI (1330am, Evansville), new owners Music Ministries change the call letters to WBGW(AM) to match their WBGW-FM (101.5fm, Fort Branch). 1330am, Evansville had the WVHI call letters for about 33 years, since 1983.
This Week in Indiana Radio History
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November 28: In 1959, 1410am in Lafayette signs on as WAZY. In 1960, 94.9fm in Mount Carmel, Illinois signs on as WSAB.
November 29: In 1926, 1400am in Indianapolis signed on as WKBF. In 1990, 98.7fm in Anderson signs on as WQME, and still is. In 2006, WANE-TV (Channel 15) VP/GM Reid Chapman dies. He also was the GM of WANE(AM) when it was on 1450am. Age 86.
November 30: In 2008, Former WTHI-TV/Terre Haute News Director Harry Frey dies. Age 94.
December 1: In 1948, 1360am in Mount Carmel, Illinois signs on as WVMC. In 1971, 103.1fm in Henderson, Kentucky signs on as WBIC. In 1991, former WOWO GM Carl Vandagrift dies. In 1997, WOWO music librarian and musician Sam DeVincent dies. Age 79.
December 2: In 1974, Dean Pantazi arrives at WPTA-TV. In 1992, 101.1fm in South Whitley signs on as WLZQ.
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