Indiana RadioWatch: January 20, 2015

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From the reading and watching pile, where I read (and watched) an interesting blog post last night: "TV News Directors Reveal Their Resume-Watching Secrets."

From the e-mail bag, where a reader asks about Fort Wayne radio:

WPTH 95.1 in the late 1970s aired TM's Stereo Rock. Our reader never knew if WPTH had some type of automation setup, or whether the tapes were operated manually? They had live announcers during PSA, news and weather breaks.

If you can help with this, please drop IRW a line. Thank you!

There's a beautiful new news set at Gray Television's NBC affiliate WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend).

After a bit over three years, Leo Baldwin exits as PD at Radio One's Rhythmic CHR/WHHH (96.3fm, Indianapolis) and CHR/WNOW-FM (100.9fm, Speedway). Mr. Baldwin departed for an OM opportunity in West Palm Beach Florida, at the four radio station cluster owned by Palm Beach Broadcasting.

Let's break down replacements at E. St. Joseph's Street in downtown Indianapolis: First, Urban AC/WTLC-FM (106.7fm, Greenwood) PD Karen Vaughn adds WHHH PD responsibilities. Ms. Vaughn also does afternoons on WTLC-FM. Second, Mike Klein becomes the new PD for WNOW. Mr. Klein last programmed WNVZ in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Klein will join WNOW-FM next Monday, and also have an airshift.

Jasper will soon have a new radio format on the air. Currently, Jasper on the Air's AC/WITZ(AM) (990am, Jasper) simulcasts its sister WITZ-FM (104.7fm; both Jasper) with the exception of a midday talk block. That's when the 1 kilowatt AM station breaks away and broadcasts Dave Ramsey until Noon and Rush Limbaugh at Noon until 3:00PM. While the Ramsey/Limbaugh syndicated talk duo will remain, the rest of the week will be a Regional Mexican format from Westwood One ("Fierro"). The new format should be in place by February 1, if not sooner.

Media General's CW affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) welcomes Eboni Deon as a weekend meteorologist. An Indianapolis native, Ms. Deon last worked at Al Jazeera America in New York City.

Spring Arbor University temporarily silences its Michigan translators, including W246AU (97.1fm, Coldwater, Michigan).

Today in Indiana Radio History

In 1967, 105.5fm, West Terre Haute (WWVR) signs on. In 2007, Lafayette DJ "Marley" (Sean Beall) dies in apartment fire. He was 34.

Employment Opportunities

News Director/Anchor, WFFT-TV, Fort Wayne: If you are an experienced broadcast journalist with on-air and newsroom leadership experience, then we are interested in you. You must be a compelling on air anchor with an added ability to write the competitive and strategic master plan for the newsroom. This is a great opportunity for someone to join and lead a highly competitive and accomplished FOX newscast that has earned four Emmy nominations and twice awarded Best Newscast. The successful candidate must have an understanding of local news, as well as the ability to coach reporters to be enterprising with their story generation, as well as compelling and relevant with their content. Must have the ability to effectively deliver product on multi-media platform and make it relevant to the next generation of news viewers. This is a unique opportunity to take an award winning product to the next level. Solid news judgment, great communication skills and exceptional leadership are a requirement. Fort Wayne is located in northeast Indiana and is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in Country. The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. Please send resumes and support materials to: WFFT Fort Wayne, Attn: Bill Ritchhart, 3707 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne IN 46807, Or via e-mail: britchhart at wfft dot com. Nexstar Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer.

WXKE/Fort Wayne is looking for a new morning show. If you love and understand the Classic Rock lifestyle and can relate in a contemporary fashion, then we want to hear from you. Salary is negotiable. Full benefits are available. Please send air-check and resume to: demersjobs at gmail dot com. "WXKE Mornings" must be your subject line. Adams Radio Group 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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