Indiana RadioWatch: February 5, 2005

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More next week, including details of an interesting station move, along with some "Where Are They Now" that we've been slow at reporting...but until then, onto the latest news!


Bethany Rowe exits as APD/Morning Show Producer at N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) for Indianapolis. There, she is now the new Press Secretary for the Indiana Republican Party.


An IRW reader alerted us to a format change. Hot AC/WLRX (95.7fm, Nappanee) flips format last Thursday (2/3) at Midnight to Rhythmic CHR as "Power 95.7" - New calls are WYPW. New PD Chuck Wright just arrived from interim PD and MD duties at KYWL in Spokane, Washington (His best quote to IRW: "The time zone changes every four miles here!") Wright will handle afternoons (as "Manic") with "Kowax" inbound for nights, possibly starting later this month. Power 95.7 and PD Wright are using consultant Michael Newman at Houston, TX based Radio Strategies, Inc.


IRW reader Chris Carter, afternoon drive air personality at Hot AC/WLBC (104.1fm, Muncie) adds to our story on the January ice storms (IRW, 1/15): WLBC's studio lost power Wednesday January 5th for a few hours, until engineers restored partial power with a generator. However, "the show must go on," and WLBC continued broadcast coverage without lights. News coverage was handled using flashlights for reading light and one working telephone line kept the station in contact with the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management. Power was finally restored on Friday (7th).


Russ Dodge exits Artistic Media Partners, as Regional/National Sales Manager to head over as GM, to Sports/WXLW (950am, Indianapolis), under new owners Raven Broadcasting.


Inside Radio reports that the sale has closed for New Albany Broadcasting's WWSZ (formerly WLBJ) (1570am, New Albany). According to an FCC filing, the December, 2004 deal was for $1 million. The seller was Mortenson Broadcasting, and John Pierce brokered the deal.


Dana Marshall is the new host for the "B97 Morning Show" at Artistic Media's CHR/WBWB (96.7fm, Bloomington). Marshall was last in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis listeners may remember him in Afternoons at Susquehanna's WGRL. Also at B97, veteran air personality Pam Thrash moves to afternoons.


South Central Communications' Oldies/WJPS (93.5fm, Chandler) flips formats yesterday to Country, as "93.5FM, The Wolf." The last oldies song played was "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and the first country song was Alan Jackson's "Gone Country". Rusty James will handle PD duties at "The Wolf" and this marks a return for him to Evansville. He was APD at WKDQ (99.5fm, Henderson, Kentucky) and on-air personality at WYNG (94.9fm, Mt. Carmel, Illinois) both in the 1990's. Also, morning man Joe Blair exits. One last note: is there a call letter change in the works? WJPS has heritage in the market: First as WJPS (AM) (1330am - now WVHI) and the FM signed on 2 April 1994.

Employment Opportunities

Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc.
WFYI TV20 / FM 90 / IRIS

Is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Is now accepting applications for:

JOB TITLE: Radio News Manager
HOURS OF WORK: Regular Full Time
SALARY: Negotiable
THE POSITION: Host network news programs and produces newscasts and news material such as interviews and reports.

This position reports to the Station Manager.

Specifically Responsible for:
1. Collecting and presenting local news and feature reports in the public radio style.
2. Potentially serve as regular WFYI host for All Things Considered.
3. Serving as on-call anchor for coverage of special news assignments as directed.
4. Producing weekly public affairs radio program.
5. Helping coordinate potential news gathering partnerships with other media entities.
6. Assisting in station fundraising.
7. Operating the transmitter and taking transmitter readings as required
8. Loading and switching of digital audiotapes to schedule for recording.
9. Airing a mix of live, previously recorded and network-fed programs with recorded announcements during breaks in programs according to schedule.
10. Announcing weather, station identification, time, and public service announcements, underwriting announcements and promotional announcements during beaks, in and between programs.
11. Maintaining transmitter reading log and commercial log, signing on/off duty.
12. Receiving, logging, relaying and announcing emergency E.A.S. messages as required in a timely fashion.
13. Recording hourly Weatherline conditions and forecast updates.
14. Performing other duties as assigned.


Successful candidate must have and possess:

A High School Diploma or G.E.D. and Bachelor Degree (Journalism Preferred).

The ability to speak, write and communicate in fluent English.

Excellent writing, editing, and voiced-delivery.

Be completely familiar with Public Radio News.

The ability to comply at all times with applicable Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations and to demonstrate that ability on demand.

Be able to work on a consistent weekday schedule and occasional weekends.

At least two years of demonstratable experience with radio broadcasting equipment, procedures and practices, with capability of staying current with job demands through further broadcasting-related training.

Additional hours may be scheduled during times of other employees absences and/or vacation times.

HOW TO FILE: Send resume, audition tape, and sample of your news writing to:

Human Resources
WFYI TelePlex
1401 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2389

on or before February 11, 2005.


WCSI/WKKG/Oldies 104.9/Y106 is currently looking for a marketing consultant to join our professional sales team. If you are driven by success, motivated to create and develop client/station relationships, we need to talk. Sales experience is preferred. Ideal candidates will have two or more years of sales experience along with excellent oral and written communications skills. Only those seeking to be the very best in their field need apply. As a Marketing Consultant, you'll receive a competitive compensation package including salary, plus commission, health and life insurance benefits, and 401 (k). Send resume and cover letter to:

Tasha Mann
White River Broadcasting Company
P. O. Box 1789
Columbus, IN

White River Broadcasting is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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

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