Indiana RadioWatch: January 21, 2014

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From the weekend reading pile: Washington, DC lawyer David Oxenford's annual reminder about radio/TV stations and sporting events that use Trademarked phrases.


When I attended the 2012 NAB Show, I heard a Wisconsin radio group GM say, "When you steal ideas for any business, except radio, it's plagiarism, but when you do it in radio, it's 'market research'." I immediately remembered this quote when I first read about Federated Media's Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) morning show (Andy and Nichole). A Detroit, Michigan morning radio show pointed out some identical on-air content between The Mojo in the Morning show (WKQI) and the WMEE Morning Show. Last week, Mojo and his colleagues spoke about it on the air.

Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classical/WBNI (94.1fm, Roanoke) jazz coordinator and longtime volunteer, Doug Gruber steps down from his responsibilities for health reasons, and ends hosting "All That Jazz." Mr. Gruber had a rather familiar voice to Fort Wayne radio listeners: In the 1960s, he worked at WOWO (rising to APD, working afternoon drive) as "Doug Stephens." After retiring from the telecom industry, Mr. Gruber began volunteering at NIPR, hosting classical music shows. NIPR's President and General Manager, Peter Dominowski, will miss Mr. Gruber's expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication to the station and its listener. "Doug has been an integral part of 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI for nearly twenty years," Dominowski said. "Whether being a host for jazz or classical music, or reporting on the TinCaps or Komets, Doug's distinctive voice was welcomed and trusted by our listeners." "Our stations - and our community - are a better place because of his many talents as a broadcaster," Dominowski added. "No one could possibly replace his unique talents."


Continuing our LPFM survey, The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend applies for an LPFM on 104.3fm, licensed to Elkhart. As proposed, the LPFM would broadcast from a tower on County Road 20, east of IN-17 in Goshen.


Vazquez Development LLC's Full Service/WJOB (1230am, Hammond) adds Indiana University men's basketball and football, but the Purdue University Radio Network takes precedence.

Kaspar Broadcasting earns four new CPs: W248BX (97.5fm, Frankfort), W252CX (98.3fm, Frankfort), W271BX (102.1fm, Frankfort) and W291CS (106.1fm, Frankfort). All four translators would be on Kaspar's WILO/WSHW tower at the WILO/WSHW studios on West Barner Street, in Frankfort.

Friends of Christian Radio applies for a translator CP on 92.7fm, licensed to Merrillville. As proposed, the translator would run 10 watts at 189 feet (Horizontal Only) from a tower just south of I-65 and US-30.

Gary Hispanic Community Radio files an application for an LPFM at 97.5fm, licensed to Gary. As proposed, the LPFM would be on a tower north of Starboard Media's Religious/WWCA (1270am, Gary) at Chase Street and West 35th Avenue, just north of West Ridge Road.


Former then-WGEE-FM (now 103.3fm WRZX) night DJ Larry Monroe passed away on Friday, age 71. Mr. Monroe grew up in Harford City and took radio classes at Ball State University. His radio career took him to the west coast and back to the Midwest before he moved south and joined KUT-FM in Austin, Texas, working there for 29 years. After KUT-FM, he remained in Austin and joined KDRP, hosting three different radio shows. Visitation will be from 3pm until 5pm and 6pm until 8pm, Wednesday January 22, and 9am until 11am Thursday at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High Street in Hartford City. Funeral service will be at 11am, Thursday at Keplinger Funeral Home.

Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) weekday morning anchor Jenny Anchondo exits for the same duties at KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas.

Hoosier Broadcasting Corp. earns two Indianapolis area translator CPs. First, W293CF (106.5fm, Lebanon). As proposed, W293CF will broadcast 27 watts at 261 feet (horizontal only) from the same tower as sister WIRE (91.1fm, Lebanon) on Slabtown Road, on the northeast side of Lebanon. Second, W267BR (101.3fm, Indianapolis) which proposes 27 watts at 207 feet (horizontal only) from a tower behind the Hoosier Broadcasting studios in The Pyramids on Indianapolis' northwest side.

Where Are They Now? Former WXIN-TV VP/GM Joe Young recently retired as VP/GM of Tribune's KDAF-TV in Dallas, Texas.


In 2008, Calvary Chapel of Crawfordsville told the FCC it would convert its low power FM, WVRG-LP (93.9fm, Crawfordsville) to a student-run LPFM (Exhibit 18), then put what was then just a CP for WSRC (88.1fm, Waynetown) on the air. Jennifer Cox-Hensley filed a Petition for Reconsideration, for three reasons: WSRC's antenna was placed 26 feet too high, Calvary Chapel went past its required sign on date, and that Calvary Chapel of Crawfordsville didn't convert the LPFM. Ms. Cox-Hensley didn't identify herself as then-President of Indiana Community Radio Corp. ICRC owns Religious/WJCF (88.1fm, Morristown), and she noted that the antenna height may cause interference to "Radio Mom." The FCC gave Calvary Chapel of Crawfordsville until 6 February to move the antenna to its specified height, and divest WVRG-LP. If Calvary Chapel of Crawfordsville doesn't meet that deadline, the FCC will make them shut off WSRC. Read the FCC's decision.

Nexstar NBC affiliate WTWO-TV (Channel 2, Terre Haute) and Mission Broadcasting ABC affiliate WAWV (Channel 38, Terre Haute) welcome Deana Reece as News Director. She last was News Director in Illinois at the Sinclair "Illinois Central TV" duopoly WICS-TV (Springfield) and WICD-TV (Champaign-Urbana). Before that, she was news director for seven years in Eugene, Oregon (KVAL-TV) and assistant news director for five years in Rochester, New York (WHEC-TV).

LIN Media's CBS affiliate WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute) Chief Meteorologist Dave Wire exits. Mr. Wire joined WTHI in June 1999 and became Chief Meteorologist in April 2011.


John Foster adds Station Manager to his business card at the White River Broadcasting radio stations: N-T/WCSI (1010am, Columbus), Country/WKKG (101.5fm, Columbus), Classic Hits/WWWY (106.1fm, North Vernon) and Hot AC/WINN (104.9fm, Columbus). Bob Morrison becomes Sales Manager for all four radio stations. Michael Sullivan ("Sully") becomes Manager of Creative Services. Mr. Sullivan remains on air, handling middays at "106.1 The River" and afternoons at "Indiana Country 101.5."

Where Are They Now? Jeff Weber, former Local Sales Manager at WGCL(AM) and WTTS-FM recently became president of the Business TalkRadio Network and the Lifestyle TalkRadio Network. Mr. Weber joined the company in 2002.


After seven years, Jaleigh Long exits as GSM for South Central Media in Evansville (WABX, WEJK, WIKY, WLFW and WSTO). Ms. Long leaves Evansville for Cox Media Group in Atlanta, Georgia, where she becomes co-GSM for their N-T institution WSB(AM) and WSBB-FM.

Cromwell's Rock/WXCM (97.1fm, Whitesville, Kentucky) adds Tommy Mason in afternoon drive. Mr. Mason once hosted mornings, then middays at South Central Communications' Country/WLFW (93.5fm, Chandler).

Employment Opportunities

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.

Technical Service Coordinator - College Access Television - Fort Wayne (1302561)

Full Time

Benefited Position

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) invites applications for the position of Technical Service Coordinator for College Access Television (CATV). This position will:

Direct technical support necessary to ensure continuous operation of CATV and the Television Classroom Studio

Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair television and video equipment, systems, and related facilities to ensure effective and efficient operation of College Access Television, the CATV television studio, the Television Classroom Studio, the CATV edit suites, the CATV remote ensembles, the CATV satellite downlinks, and CATV equipment items

Develop and implement plans and procedures for regular and long-term maintenance of departmental facilities and equipment

Maintain inventory of departmental equipment items in cooperation with University Property Management

Recommend to director ideas for system solutions and equipment solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations and tasks

Direct CATV staff in the assembly and disassembly of remote equipment systems and items as needed to accomplish departmental goals

Create and maintain up-to-date circuit and system technical drawings for all facilities, installations, and equipment systems

Make software adjustments and perform programming of control systems for all major and minor equipment systems

Advise director on the general and specific condition of all station physical facilities and inventory items



Associate's degree in electrical engineering technology, television engineering technology, broadcast technology, or related field

One year working experience in all areas of television station technical operations, production, and maintenance

Ability to troubleshoot equipment used in live, remote, and studio production; and master control operation

Ability to understand and execute electronic circuit drawings and to repair television production equipment to component level

Ability to understand and execute computer system controls to manage television operations and production equipment

Good organizational skills

Ability to direct others in set up and clean-up of production equipment

An understanding of good television production practices

Must be able to move 25-50 pounds frequently; up to 60 pounds occasionally

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately. For highest consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. A check of criminal conviction records will be made for employment in this position. Each position is posted online for a minimum of five (5) business days and may be posted longer. Some positions include a deadline, others do not. When the position is removed from the posting website this indicates that IPFW is no longer accepting new applicants and applications, resumes, etc. will no longer be received. It is the applicant's responsibility to maintain awareness of the current job postings and submit their information for review prior to the posting being removed. Any correspondence from IPFW Human Resources will be conducted through time sensitive e-mails sent to the e-mail address that was provided by the applicant. Once the applicant submits their information for review an e-mail confirming the receipt of the on-line application will be sent to the e-mail address the applicant provided. Depending on the number of applications received and the department's search process, it may be several weeks before an outcome is known. If the applicant is not selected for an interview and the job is filled, the applicant will receive an automated e-mail message relating the filled status of the position.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Over Time)

Retirement Eligibility: Non-Exempt Defined Contribution Plan

To be considered for this position, you must apply online at

IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer Fully Committed to a Diverse Workforce.

White River Broadcasting seeks a 'news junkie' to head up its award-winning 4-station news department. Stations include a news/talk AM and 3 music-intensive FM's. You'll help us craft a contemporary sound built on coverage of the top local news stories on-air and on-line. You must be Internet-savvy. Duties include handling morning news, covering key meetings and supervise news staff. The selected individual will enjoy a competitive salary and a great benefit package including 401(k). Previous news experience is required. Send your news philosophy, resume and demo to Station Manager John Foster, P.O. Box 1789, Columbus, IN 47202-1789 or e-mail jfoster at wcsiradio dot com. White River Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

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.

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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