Indiana RadioWatch: January 17, 2004

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Only days after debuting as a light AC station and calling themselves "The New Sunny 106.3" there has been a change in airstaff at WSHI (106.3fm, Columbia City). Legendary Fort Wayne air personality and WSHI afternoon man Ron Gregory exits. Before holding down afternoons, he did mornings since his arrival in May, 1998. WSHI may not be what he's best known for though: He's best connected with WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) as his lengthy tenure there (twenty years plus!) as air personality (not a "DJ") made him a Fort Wayne institution.

After stunting with a loop of AC/DC's "T.N.T." on Thursday and Friday (1/11 and 1/12) in morning drive (only), Federated Media's Director of Rock Programming (and PD) Greg Gillispie rolls out the new Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio). The station has a new lineup:

Mornings: "T.N.T." - Turner Watson and Tommy Collins
Middays: Cristi Cantle
Afternoons: Joe Maumee
Nights: Dick
Overnights: Barry Thickk

Watson and Collins arrive from WXNR in Greenville/New Bern, North Carolina (Watson was APD/MD/middays; Collins was Promotions Director and afternoons). Watson also has an Indiana connection as he was once PD at Evansville's Rock/WGBF-FM (103.1fm, Evansville). Cantle was last MD/nights at WKLQ in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Joe Maumee simply shifts from middays to afternoons.

Just before the T.N.T. stunt, WBYR let morning team "Gasman and Laureen" go along with night guy Irizarry.

Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) promotions director and midday man Jay Michaels exits.

Where Are They Now? Former AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) MD/Midday lady Marti Taylor is now Promotions Director at the Clear Channel/Sandusky (Ohio) stations - WCPZ, WLEC, and WMJK. She is also MD/Middays at WMJK.


Budget cuts are why CHR/WNDV (1490am, 92.9fm; both South Bend) midday lady Lexi Ray exits. IRW hears she has an excellent recommendation from parent Artistic Media's Director of Top 40 Programming Casey Daniels. If you're interested in contacting Lexi, e-mail us (phredd at well dot com) and we'll pass along the info, gratis.

According to IRW reader Keith Thews, Standards/WHLY (1580am, South Bend) switches from ABC Stardust to Westwood One for its standards format.

A note from the Radio-With-Pictures Department: Meteorologist Larry Mowry exits WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend [CBS]) for the Windy City. Mowry joins ABC-owned WLS-TV (Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois) for Saturday morning weather forecasts during their new 6am-7am newsblock. According to The Chicago Sun-Times' media guru Robert Feder, he had worked at WSBT since 2001.


A quick Bob & Tom affiliate update as they add Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the list - WRRK (96.9fm, Braddock, Pennsylvania).


Sports/WSDX (1130am, Brazil) applies for night power - 20 watts. WSDX signed on in 1959 as WITE (on 1380am) and has been daytime only ever since.


After five years as Urban/WBLO (104.3fm, Charlestown), Radio One flips their format to Classic Country as "the New Eagle 104.3", and call letters to WEGK. Tom Dorsey's column in The Louisville Courier-Journal says they're playing the "Country Legends" format. The format change was logical as WBLO was competing with sister Urban/WGZB (96.5fm, Corydon).


News-Talk/WGBF (1280am, Evansville) adds WestStar Talk Radio's Kim Komando. IRW finds no website for WGBF, but Kim Komando's page says the show is on Saturday (9am-11am) and Sunday (9am - 10am).

That's it for this issue. See you in a week!

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