Indiana RadioWatch: January 26, 2017

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After just under 18 months, Nexstar's FOX affiliate WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) anchor/reporter Jeannie McBride exits and will join WROC-TV in Rochester, New York as a reporter.


Katie Wonderly exits Lake City Media Group. Ms. Wonderly was News and Content Director for N-T/WRSW(AM) (1480am, Warsaw) and translator W259BJ (99.7fm, Warsaw). Her newscasts also aired on sister Classic Rock/WRSW-FM (107.3fm, Warsaw) and Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse). Ms. Wonderly earned a journalism degree at Purdue University. Here's the job listing.


Remembering Indianapolis broadcaster Stephen Miller:

Larry Lannan: "I can credit (or blame) Steve Miller for starting my 15-year radio broadcasting career when I participated in a program at Indiana Central (now University of Indianapolis) during high school in the late 1960s. Steve taught me a lot about the ins and outs of radio. He also loved being a TV director. I once asked him why he worked in TV...."To get away from radio," he said. "Why do you still do radio?" "To get away from TV," he replied. Finally, my sympathies to Steve's family and many friends."

Nexstar's CW affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) welcomes Charlie Clifford as a weekend sports anchor. Mr. Clifford last worked at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


The upcoming close of several Terre Haute radio sales results in the exit of two veteran Terre Haute radio personalities exiting Emmis' Hot AC/WFNB (92.7fm, Brazil): Middayer Kyle West and afternoon drive host Jamie Dawson both exit.

Also, Jules Dunbar exits as middays at Emmis' Country/WTHI-FM (99.9fm, Terre Haute).


Country/WRBI (103.9fm, Batesville) co-owner Brent Lee expands into Illinois, this time with career Indiana broadcaster Matt Moore, as they purchase WILP-FM in Cuba, Illinois, as "Spoon River Media." Cuba is about 40 miles southwest of Peoria, Illinois. WILP-FM runs an adult hits format as "Q98.1," and here's their website.

This Week in Indiana Radio History (Updated!)

January 26: In 1993, former WOWO DJ Manthis Manchikes ("Pete Mathews") passed away. Age 71. In 1998, New owners Moody Radio (owned and operated by Moody Global Ministries) purchased WHUT(AM)/WXXP-FM and flipped formats to Christian teaching and talk, and call letters to WGNR(AM)/WGNR-FM.

That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support.

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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