Indiana RadioWatch: February 17, 2011

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Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classical/WBNI (94.1fm, Roanoke) PD Kevin Kreigh exits. Andrew Anderson is new to the stations and the PD chair. Mr. Anderson arrives from Bloomington where he worked at Indiana University's WFIU (103.7fm, Bloomington) and at Bloomington Community Radio's Variety/WFHB (91.3fm, Bloomington), where Mr. Anderson worked under new NIPR GM Will Murphy, when Mr. Murphy was GM at WFHB.

On Monday 7 February, the $60,000 sale closed of Calvary Radio's translator W260BR (99.9, Auburn, simulcasting WQKO) to Star Educational Media Network. Now W260BR simulcasts Star's Religious/WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne).

With Kevin Kreigh leaving Northeast Indiana Public Radio, he quickly resurfaces at Fallen Timbers' AC/WFGA (106.7fm, Hicksville). There, Mr. Kreigh becomes Production Director and afternoons (2:00PM until 7:00PM). Former afternoon DJ Jeff DeWeese moves to part time.

A former then-WKJG-TV GSM passes away. William "Doc" Kline passed away on Monday 7 February at age 83. Mr. Kline worked at WKJG for 40 years, ending his tenure there as Sales Manager, retiring in 1989.

A longtime local classical music host on Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Classical/WBNI (94.1fm, Roanoke) has passed away. Louis ("Lou") Wuellner passed away Saturday 5 February at age 82. Mr. Wuellner was a volunteer radio host for nearly 30 years, most recently hosting the Friday afternoon "Matinee" program on WBNI both when it was at 89.1fm (now sister WBOI) and in its current 94.1fm location on the radio dial.

Where Are They Now? Former WJFX (and before that WEJE) DJ "Weasel" is now OM for all of the Advanced Media Partners (WHPI, WZPN, WWCT, and WPIA); along with being the morning host (now as "Scooter") at WPIA in the Peoria, Illinois market.

Where Are They Now? Former WMEE morning duo Craig Morrison and Samantha Adams are now handling mornings at KHTE in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Talking Stick Communications' Classic Rock/WAOR (95.7fm, Nappanee) hires Shannon Allen as GSM. Ms. Allen started at WAOR on 24 January. Before WAOR, Ms. Allen spent 12 years with the Kalamazoo Gazette newspaper.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America honors John Dille III, Chairman/CEO of Federated Media, with their 2011 Ward L. Quaal Pioneer Awards. Mr. Dille is one of six honorees, and the awards will be presented at the Foundation Breakfast on 13 April, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Elkhart-based Federated Media owns radio stations in northeastern Indiana, north central Indiana, and southern Michigan. The Pioneer Awards are given annually in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal.


Trinity Broadcasting donates its silent W51DU (Channel 51, Lafayette) to Kingdom of God, Inc. We are unsure what Kingdom of God's plans are with W51DU except we believe that Kingdom of God also has two LPTV's currently silent: WKGK-LP (Channel 50, Kokomo) and WKOG-LP (Channel 31, Indianapolis).


An Indianapolis 500 legend and Indiana broadcaster passes away. 91-year-old Tom Carnegie passed away on Friday 11 February 2011. Born Carl Lee Kenagy, he began his radio career at Fort Wayne's WOWO and WGL, moving up to Director of War Programs. According to various historical resources, we believe WOWO GM Paul Mills gave Mr. Carnegie his nom de guerre. Once Mr. Carnegie made it to Indy, he worked first at WIRE (1430am, Indianapolis) as their Sports Director, then moved to WFBM-TV (today's WRTV) as Sports Director, where he worked from 1953 through his retirement in 1985. However, most know him from his iconic and signature calls at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "Heeeeez-on-it!" and "It's a new track record!" Mr. Carnegie worked at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1946 (when Tony Hulman hired him) until 2006.

Educational Media Foundation's Religious/WQRA (90.5fm, Greencastle) receives a one-year extension from the Morgan County BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals) to construct their new tower at I-70, north of IN-42 on the Morgan/Hendricks County Line. EMF received approval from the BZA in February 2008, but never built the tower because of the economy. EMF now plans to build the tower this summer and have it up and working by this fall. The new tower location will improve coverage closer to Indianapolis.

Our photos of the damaged tower from a visit to 3 Towers Broadcasting's Adult Hits/WSVX (1520am, Shelbyville) are now online. One of the three (ironically) towers fell on the night of Tuesday 1 February.

The wheel of Indianapolis TV news directors spins again as McGraw-Hill's ABC affiliate WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) ND Sheldon Ripson exits. The next WRTV ND will be the fifth in nearly nine years.

On Friday 25 February, Tribune's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) GM Jerry Martin will leave for the GM chair at Houston, Texas TV station KPRC. Coincidentally, Larry Blackerby, who is now the GM at crosstown competitor McGraw-Hill Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis), last occupied that chair.


Where Are They Now? Former WKKG PD/Morning host "Big Mike Patrick" is now working at Clear Channel's regional newsroom in Albany, New York.


On Monday 7 February, Townsquare Media's N-T/WGBF (1280am, Evansville) made several programming lineup changes: First, on Thursdays, Les Shively moves from 9:00AM to 8:00AM. Second, Glenn Beck moves to 9:00AM until 11:00AM. Third, Mark Levin adds an hour and moves to 5:00PM until 8:00PM (Beck's former spot). Fourth, Beck displaces Laura Ingraham who moves to 8:00PM until 10:00PM (hours 2 and 3 of her show). Finally, Laura Ingraham takes Sunday evenings from 5:00PM until 8:00PM.

Let's try this story again: Townsquare's Oldies/WJLT (105.3fm, Evansville) morning host Joe Blair is now simulcast on Evansville Low Power Partnership's America One affiliate WTSN-LD (Channel 36, Evansville).

This week in Indiana Radio History

If there's something we need to add to the "calendar," please let us know. As this information strictly from our archives, and because we are human and errors do sometimes occur, please e-mail us if this information is not correct!

13 February: In 2010, Larry Aiken, former owner of Evansville's WGBF(AM) and FM passes away. In 1997, WOWO PD Gary Noe passes away.

14 February: In 1953, 1220am, Salem signs on (where it's still WSLM). In 1965, 990am, Muncie signs on (today it's WRFM). In 1966, WBDG (90.9fm, Indianapolis) signs on with a full programming schedule, at 10 watts. In 1978, Indianapolis' WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) dropped the "TM Stereo Rock" automated format, and went live and local.

17 February: In 1964, 930am, Centerville signs on (where it's still WHON). In 2003, WGSN (102.7fm, Elkhart) becomes WLEG. Also in 2003, Kevin Morse becomes News Director at WOWO.

18 February: In 1992, WOWO's legendary host Jack Underwood passes away. It's also your editor's birthday.

19 February: In 2010, WBZQ (1300am, Huntington)/WLZQ (101.1fm, South Whitley) owner Chris Larko passes away.

Employment Opportunities

Northeast Indiana Public Radio in Fort Wayne is searching for a part-time "Morning Edition" host. Announcing, along with editing of local newscasts. Internet skills necessary, along with ability to multi-task. Must be familiar with pubradio style and format. On-air experience required. Familiarity with local market preferred. Familiarity with AudioVault a plus. Submit resume/cover letter/references, with demo if possible, to: manager at nipr dot fm. Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Are you a casualty of recent cutbacks in radio news operations? South Central Media's Evansville, Indiana market leader WIKY values talented news people and we want to talk to you if: you have at least two years news experience, you are a news junkie, you want to be part of a highly successful team that works hard and has high expectations, you have strong writing and on-air presence, and you understand and embrace that digital is an important part of our future. We are a nationally recognized news operation in a great quality of life market. Family owned and operated for over 65 years - But this is no Mom and Pop operation: We offer excellent benefits, a great place to live, work and raise a family. If you are interested in working at a place where talent can thrive and grow email us today. Resume and air check to: newsroomjobs at wiky dot com. South Central Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.

Backyard Broadcasting is looking for on air talent for its Muncie radio stations: 104.9 WERK, 93.5 and 96.7 MAX. It's Radio - you should KNOW the required "skills!" High school degree required, post secondary preferred. Benefits: Salary plus company pays portion of heath insurance, with dental available and 401k program also available. Need a multiple-hat wearing Radio person. You will need to have technical as well as communication skills that are effective both inside and outside our building. Classic Rock and Oldies format knowledge is a must. Tape and resume by mail or email. Steve Lindell, PD, Backyard Broadcasting, 800 East 29th Street, Muncie, IN 47302. 765-288-4403 ext 122 or steve.lindell at bybradio dot com. Backyard Broadcasting is an EOE.

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