Indiana RadioWatch: February 10, 1999

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Rock/WBYR (98.9fm/Van Wert, Ohio) picks up Shannon Norris for mid-days, replacing the departed Roxanne McVay. Norris' last gig was at WIMZ in Knoxville, Tennessee.

With the departure of OM/PD Weasel from Alternative/WEJE (96.3fm, Churubusco), MD Kyle Guderian takes over the reins, while a search for a new PD goes on. Production Director Brian Michel is in charge of Modern AC/WYSR (94.1fm, Roanoke) and Rhythmic/WGL-FM (102.3fm, Auburn).

Contrary to what's been heard, News-Talk/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) hasn't lowered its power at night, yet.

Former AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) morning man Mike Kendall makes the big jump, resurfacing at R&B/WXXY-WYXX (both 103.1fm, suburban Chicago, Illinois).

Fort Wayne's NPR affiliate, WBNI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) adds several new programs to its lineup. Fresh Air starts, weeknights, at 7pm with host Terry Gross. Marketplace (a financial show from Public Radio International), Sunday Performance Today, the Montreal Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are also added to the weekly lineup. All Things Considered moves to weekdays at 4pm.


Standards/WHLY and WJVA flip call letters. 1580am in South Bend is now WJVA while 1620am takes WHLY. On Monday 1 February, WJVA flipped format to Country & Western.

AC/WHFB (99.9fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan) flips to Country, under an LMA with the owners of WSBT & WNSN. They're calling themselves "Hot Country 99.9"

Across town, Country/WBYT (100.7fm, South Bend) promotes weekender Kelsey Quinn to nights. Quinn replaces Tami Wells, who is now production director.


Country/WKOA (105.3fm, Lafayette) adds Kevin McKay as a part-time jock. McKay was last doing overnights at WDEZ in Wausau, Wisconsin.


News-Talk/WHON (930am, Centerville) welcomes Russ Walker for mornings.


Sports/WXFN (1340am) and Hot AC/WLBC (104.1fm, both Muncie) are sold by DRMS Communications. The new owner, Sabre Communications, owns stations in New York and northern Pennsylvania. This is their first venture into Indiana.

Congrats to Religious/WGNR(AM) & FM (1470am, 97.9fm, both Anderson). They celebrated their first anniversary January 26, 1999.

Community radio in the Circle City is two steps closer to reality. Indianapolis-based "CityRadio" recently received approval from the FAA and the Indiana Department of Transportation to increase their tower height.


Hot AC/WRZQ (107.3fm, Greensburg) becomes, quite possibly, the first station to start its own Internet Service Provider on the side. QMIX.NET started offering Internet access to customers, at the end of January.


The FCC grants two Evansville LPTV Displacements: WWAZ-LP moves from Channel 52 to Channel 17, while WEOA-LP moves from Channel 67 to Channel 50.

That's it for this issue! See you in two weeks...

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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