Indiana RadioWatch: February 2, 2002

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[Note to readers: You get a "special guest" IRW columnist this week, as Blaine's been traveling to Iowa and Omaha for the funeral of his fiancee's father, Jeff Glover, who was killed in a car crash near Omaha. Our condolences to the Glover family, and here's my attempt to cover the Indiana radio scene from a few hundred miles away. Scott Fybush/NorthEast Radio Watch (]


Fort Wayne has two new radio stations to start the month. Smooth Jazz WFJZ-F (106.7) signed on January 25 from Hicksville, Ohio, just over the state line. It's owned by Fallen Timber Communications, but its satellite programming is run from Federated Media's "FedMed North" complex in Fort Wayne, along with WBYR and WFWI.

On the public radio side, WBNI (89.1) added a second service for Fort Wayne listeners February 2. WBOI (91.3) has its main transmitter in Orland, near Angola, but reaches most Fort Wayne listeners on translator W204BF (88.7), whose 10-watt signal shares the WBNI tower. WBNI keeps the classical portion of its old format, while talk and jazz (including the evening "Night Flight") move to WBOI.

The main WBOI signal, with 2000 watts at 91 meters and a directional antenna aimed south-southeast, comes from a tower on Indiana 120, just southwest of the I-69/Indiana Toll Road junction east of Orland.


Calvary Satellite Network is granted two new FM outlets in the region. A new signal on 91.5 in Cicero, near Noblesville, will be 3500 watts at 74 meters from a directional antenna pointed northwest. A second new signal on 91.3 in Montpelier, near Hartford City, will be 5000 watts at 88 meters with a directional antenna aimed east and north-northwest.


WGZB (96.5 Corydon) asks the FCC to rescind its grant of a new 2650-watt signal; it seems the coordinates for the grant had a typo and would have put the station in the wrong location.


Crash Davis leaves Country/WYNG-F (105.3 Evansville), where he's been PD, to return home to Huntsville, Alabama and a new gig at Country/WUSX-F (93.3), a station he worked at in the eighties when it was playing the hits. No replacement has been named yet.

Talk/WGAB (1180 Newburgh) applies to add 1 watt of night service to its existing 670-watt daytime facility. The nighttime interference-free contour of the night signal will, according to WGAB's filing, reach a whopping 530 meters, or about five football fields, from the tower northwest of Newburgh!

That's about all we could come up with here! Blaine will be back shortly with a new issue produced in Indiana, and he thanks you for your patience in the meantime.

Scott Fybush
Interim Emergency Backup Auxiliary Editor
Indiana RadioWatch
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