Indiana RadioWatch: January 2, 2014

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More Federal Communications Commission decisions from the 2003 translator window means another round of construction permit applications. We'll recap several of those below.

Also, we'll begin a survey of Federal Communication Commission applications for LPFM radio stations.


Federated Media's Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Woodburn) welcomes back "Gasman" (Matt Talluto) as PD, under OM "Stiller." Mr. Talluto takes the PD chair on 6 January 2014. Mr. Talluto worked at "98.9 The Bear" for ten years, as Music Director along with an airshift (through his tenure there, he did mornings, middays and afternoons). Mr. Talluto left "98.9 The Bear" at the end of 2006 for Milwaukee, Wisconsin and afternoons at WHQG.

Let's begin our LPFM survey with 103.7fm, Fremont. That's a proposal from Fremont Community Broadcasters, Inc. As proposed, the LPFM would be from a transmitter site on the southeast side of Fremont, east of IN-927, north of County Road 550 North.

Teen Horizons Christian Outreach wants to build an LPFM on 94.5fm, licensed to North Manchester. As proposed, the LPFM would be on a transmitter southeast of North Manchester on a site bordered by IN-16, IN-13, IN-114 and IN-105.


Continuing our LPFM review, Table Setter Neighborhood Radio, Inc. applies for 94.3fm, licensed to Kokomo. As proposed, the LPFM would be at a transmitter site just east of N. Washington Street, where North Street crosses, on the north side of Kokomo. Up in South Bend, Latino Task Force for Education wants an LPFM on 105.7fm, licensed to South Bend. As proposed, it would broadcast from the former WSBL-LP (93.5fm, South Bend) tower site on West Western Avenue.


Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. earns a CP for translator W232CK (94.3fm, Gary). As proposed, it will run 12 watts at 118 feet (Horizontal Only) from a tower on East Thirty Fifth Street in Lake Station, Indiana.

CSN International earns a pair of CPs for translators W244DF (96.7fm, Logansport) and W292EM (106.3fm, Lafayette). As proposed, W244DF will broadcast from a tower on Logansport Road, on the east side of Logansport, while W292EM will broadcast from a pole on Columbia Street, near North Ninth Street in Lafayette.

Where Are They Now? Former WPWX morning host Kendra G. exits WVEE in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. G. also once worked at WBLK in Buffalo, New York.


After nearly 40 years with LIN Media's CBS affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis), Debby Knox signs off as weekday evening anchor. LIN promotes Lori Wilson to succeed Ms. Knox. Brooke Martin replaces Ms. Wilson as 5:30pm and 10pm newscast co-anchor.

Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) welcomes Kristin Kane as morning anchor ("Fox59 Morning News"). Ms. Kane joins WXIN from Central Florida News 13. That's in Orlando, Florida and is the cable 24 hour local news channel.

In February 2014, Jim Denny will be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. In 1990, Mr. Denny joined Cumulus' Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Fishers) for morning drive.

Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. earns a pair of central Indiana translator CPs: First, W241BW (96.1fm, Lebanon). As proposed, it will run 19 watts at 299 feet (Horizontal Only) from the same tower as Variety/WITT (91.9fm, Zionsville), west of I-65 in Lebanon. Second, W272CZ (102.3fm, Sheridan). As proposed, it will run 55 watts at 177 feet (Horizontal Only) from a tower just off US-421, west of Sheridan (or northeast of Lebanon).

Eric Eggleton joins Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting's N-T/WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis) as executive producer for their "Sound Medicine" radio series and becomes WFYI's Health Content Champion. Mr. Eggleton arrives in the capital city from the east coast, where he was content operations director at Montgomery Community Media in Rockville, Maryland.

Central Indiana LPFMs: Enduring Communications, Inc. (106.3fm, Noblesville), from a tower site near Seminary Park in Noblesville.

Where Are They Now (Part 1)? Former Radio One/Indianapolis GM Deon Levingston becomes president of YMF Media, LLC, along with continuing as GM of their WLIB(AM)/WBLS-FM in New York, New York.

Where Are They Now (Part 2)? Former WISH-TV Executive Producer Mike Schram is now the News Director at WEYI-TV in the Flint/Saginaw, Michigan TV market.


Brown County Broadcasters, Inc. earns a CP for W263CH (100.5fm, Martinsville). As filed, it will run 230 watts at 241 feet (Horizontal Only). Mid-America Radio Group also earns a CP for W295BS (106.9fm, Martinsville). As filed, it will run 250 watts at 257 feet (Horizontal Only). Both translators will be on the WCBK-FM tower (which already houses translator W231BT), on the northwest side of Martinsville, near IN-67 and IN-39.

Cromwell Radio Group earns a CP for W227CO (93.3fm, Cannelton). As filed, it will run 250 watts at 346 feet (Horizontal Only). The translator will be on the former WXCM-FM tower, northeast of Cannelton.


Raycom Media's NBC affiliate WFIE-TV (Channel 14, Evansville) meteorologist Chad Sewich exits after 14 years on WFIE-TV. Mr. Sewich will move to Palm Springs, California, to work in the family business.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

January 1 - In 1950, 91.9fm, Huntington signs on as WVSH, and it remains WVSH today. Also in 1950, WWNI (97.5fm, Wabash) signs off after about a year. In 1970, what was then 92.7fm, Lafayette (now WKHY) signs on. Also in 1970, WNAP (93.1fm, Indianapolis) began broacdasting in stereo. In 1977, WEVC becomes WUEV (91.5fm, Evansville). In 1996, 94.7fm, New Albany signs on (we believe as WAJE). It's now WFIA-FM. In 2007, WYFX (106.7fm, Mount Vernon) flipped formats from country to sports.

January 2 - In 2013, WXNT (1430am, Indianapolis) flipped formats from talk to sports. In 2002, Jim Allgeier became the GM of then-WFWI and WBYR in Fort Wayne.

Employment Opportunities

Are you currently a news director ready to grab the wheel and jam your foot to the floor of an aggressively expanding news operation? WSJV, FOX for South Bend IN (market #96) has an immediate opening for an experienced news director. If you're a sleeves rolled up mentor who can drive compelling content and products on multiple platforms, and put this award winning team on a clear course to the future, we need to talk.

We're looking for a collaborator, a strategic thinker, a brand builder for this expanding organization. If you're someone that can effectively lead in this highly competitive market, apply now to wsjvnewsdirector at quincyinc dot com. FOX 28 is a Quincy station. Learn why our family owned broadcast group has a reputation as one of the best companies to work for in the industry today at

WTWO (NBC) and WAWV (ABC) in Terre Haute, Indiana are looking for a News Director who is a dynamic leader and possesses a hands-on approach to local news. If you are inspired by producing quality, compelling local news that matters to the viewer's we need to hear from you. In recent years the station's work has been recognized with numerous awards including the Indiana Broadcasters Association, a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and numerous RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards. Our reporters have covered the Super Bowl, the Country Music Awards, and traveled to Auschwitz with a Holocaust survivor. This is an incredible opportunity to continue excellence in local journalism while mentoring the next generation of storytellers and journalists while working for one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, Nexstar Broadcasting. Solid producing skills, the ability to coach and manage talent and superior communication skills are a must. Candidate will also be responsible for news content on our web portal Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience required. We want a minimum five years' experience in News with at least two years in a leadership role. Terre Haute was named the Community of the Year in Indiana in 2010 and is a great place to live and raise a family. Cover letter and resume via email to tsturgess at wtwo dot com or via mail to: Tim Sturgess, VP/GM, WTWO-TV, PO Box 9268, Terre Haute, IN 47808. Nexstar Broadcasting Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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