Indiana RadioWatch: February 24, 2015

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn In a story you'll first read about here, Kankakee Valley Broadcasting's Soft AC/WYMR (98.3fm, Culver) signs on with a Soft AC format (1970s through today), as "Max 98.3."

Their first song was John Mellencamp's 1982 hit song "Jack and Diane."

The airstaff lineup:

6am until 9am: Tony "The Boss" Ross
9am until 10am: commercial free
10am until 2pm: Lenny Dessauer
2pm until 6pm: Tom Berg

Mary Perren keeps Starke County up to date with news in mornings, while Anita Goodan handles afternoons, and Tyler Maffitt keeps an eye on the news in the evening and on the weekend.

Kankakee Valley Broadcasting PD/MD Lenny Dessauer earns a promotion to GM.

Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WBND-LD (Channel 57, South Bend) welcomes Colleen Bormann-Wilcox to co-anchor the weeknight local newscasts and the 10pm local news on CW affiliate WCWW-LD (Channel 25, South Bend). Ms. Bormann-Wilcox will join Brian Dorman beginning on Monday March 9. Ms. Bormann-Wilcox worked in South Bend as a reporter and weekend anchor at Quincy Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WSJV-TV (Channel 28, Elkhart).

Kevin Burris exits from Cumulus' Country/WWKI (100.5fm, Kokomo), where he hosted morning drive.

Indiana State University's NPR affiliate WISU (89.7fm, Terre Haute) adds a new public affairs show "All Things Wabash Valley." The show airs on Wednesday and features Max Jones (Editor - Terre Haute Tribune-Star), Teresa Exline (Chief of Staff - Indiana State University) and Greg Goode (Executive Director of Government Relations - Indiana State University). ISU broadcasting students produce the show.

Mark Mellinger exits after 17 years at Media General's CBS affiliate WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne). Since 2007, Mr. Mellinger anchored the evening local newscasts.

Tricia Whitaker joins the staff at Tribune Broadcasting's Indianapolis CBS affiliate WTTV as a weekend sports anchor/reporter. Ms. Whitaker last worked for two years as a sports report/anchor at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Mike Scott exits as PD of Adams Radio Group's Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) and Classic Country/WJFX-HD2 (107.9fm, New Haven) also heard on translator W277AK (103.3fm, Fort Wayne). Mr. Adams also hosted mornings on their AC/WWFW (103.9fm, Fort Wayne). While GM Chris Monk searches for a replacement, APD Randy Alomar takes interim programming responsibilities for the two country stations. WWFW PD Robbie Mack takes mornings (as "Rob Mackenzie") on "Soft Rock 103.9."

Shelly Kirk returns to Evansville TV in mornings at Nexstar ABC affiliate WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville) and Mission Broadcasting's CW affiliate WTVW (Channel 7, Evansville). Ms. Kirk anchors from 5am until 7am on "ABC25" and the next hour on "Local7," along with appearances during the "Local 7 News Lifestyles" from 8am until 9am.

Where Are They Now? Former then-WEJE PD Kyle Guderian ("Kyle G." on the air) recently earned a promotion to Director of Marketing for the Emmis Communications' radio stations in St. Louis, Missouri.

Where Are They Now? Former WPWX DJ Kendra G. joins the morning show at Chicago's WGCI-FM.

Where Are They Now? Former WBTU PD Chris Sargent becomes Regional Programmer for the Mapleton Communications' radio stations on the west coast.

Where Are They Now? Raycom recently named former WFIE-TV GM Debbie Bush as VP/GM of WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Where Are They Now? Former WFFT TV Reporter/Anchor Daniel Woodruff now reports (and sometimes fills in as anchor) at KUTV-TV and KMYU-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Today in Indiana Radio History

In 1949, 1230am, Logansport signs on as WSAL, and it remains WSAL today. In 2014, Adams Radio Group announces the purchase of both Summit City Radio Group and Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne.

Employment Opportunities

WEVV-TV in Evansville has plenty of opportunities, as they staff up a local TV news operation: Bayou City Broadcasting of Evansville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Are you driven to be the very best? Are you a passionate natural born leader? Do you enjoy coaching sales people to be successful?

If you answered yes to those three questions, you could be our next General Sales Manager, and you need to contact us NOW!

Federated Media is a true media company comprised of Radio, Newspaper, Outdoor, Entertainment and Digital Solutions in Northern Indiana and Oregon. Federated Media Fort Wayne is now welcoming applications for a GSM opening in their six station cluster.

Federated Media Fort Wayne provides a unique growth oriented environment focused on providing solutions for our Clients, backing our sales teams with comprehensive resources and capabilities including the Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) Customer Focused Selling and Talent Focused Management.

Other advantages include: Our company culture empowers people. We are a medium market group with large market resources. Our Fort Wayne cluster includes Six Radio stations and the market's best radio brands! Radio stations also offer services through Federated Digital Solutions and Federated Entertainment.

Send resume to Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured.

Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Are you looking for a career with one of the fastest growing media companies in the United States? Are you looking for a career with a company that believes local is how you win in today's competitive marketplace?

Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne has an opening for a morning host on Soft Rock 1039. Take a listen to the station, see if you'd be the right fit, and show us your best! At Adams Radio Group, we believe each person makes a big impact. We take the smartest and most passionate team-oriented people we can find and put them in an environment where they can thrive. We value customer service, teamwork, and fun.

The right candidate will have:
* At least 3 years of full-time on-air experience
* A passion for local radio
* The ability to connect with our listeners and community
* The drive to build our brand
* Flexibility (your talents will also be used on our other stations)

Fort Wayne is affordable, a great place to live, and a great place to work in radio. If you can demonstrate you have a successful track record, understand what it takes to win, and have a great attitude...then we should talk! Send your resume, 3 minute mp3 air-check and a sample of your production skills to: Robbie Mack, softrock1039jobs at

Adams Radio Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions Director for our Fort Wayne Cluster.

As Promotions Director you will be responsible for, but not limited to: Working hand in hand with Program Directors to plan, schedule and execute contests and promotions. Hiring & scheduling. Maintaining and scheduling all aspects of Social Media. Making sure the listener experience at live broadcasts & events is a memorable one.

This is a very enjoyable job but requires you to bring your best to the office every day. It is a job that no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station's needs.

Interested? Contact Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured.

Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The White River Broadcasting Company has an outstanding opening in our advertising sales department. This opportunity provides excellent income for the right person. The "right person" will possess incredible sales and marketing skill-sets, having the ability to help clients achieve their business goals. Strong interpersonal skills are preferred. If you can sell, we can teach you Radio.

This position offers a competitive compensation package including salary, plus commission, health and life insurance benefits and 401 (k).

Contact White River Broadcasting Sales Manager, Bob Morrison at bobm at 1061theriver dot com. You may also send your resume and cover letter by March 13 to 106.1 The River; Attention: Sales Manager; P. O. Box 1789; Columbus, IN 47202. White River Broadcasting is proud to be an equal opportunity employer

Federated Media's heritage WOWO, Fort Wayne is seeking a News Director. Fort Wayne, Indiana's #1 radio station, a 50,000-watt news, weather and talk service station has a rare opening for a full-time news director/anchor to join our Marconi winning team. If you're hard working, have a dynamic personality, strong news delivery, ability to command attention through storytelling, have successful interactions with on-air partners and want to work for a station the community adores and loves, we're looking for you. We're one of Indiana's premiere news stations celebrating 90 years in the community -- and with a 50,000 watt AM signal with a FM simulcast, we're the most-listened-to station in our market. Responsibilities include news anchoring, reporting breaking news, attending sporting events and other paid appearances, leading a fully staffed newsroom as someone who leads by example and possibly fill-in hosting duties. An ideal candidate is energetic, efficient and capable of multi-tasking in a lively, fast-paced environment. This sometimes requires weekend and evening hours, both on the street and in the radio station. WOWO is also unique because of a local TV partnership. We simulcast one hour every weekday morning on our local NBC affiliate, as well as live TV traffic updates in the afternoon. This means future candidates must be comfortable with frequent TV exposure. You'll also be working with one of the best crews in the business, along with a great company to back a positive environment. To be considered, please send a resume via e-mail to operations manager Ryan Wrecker at: wrecker at wowo dot com or mail your stuff to Ryan Wrecker, WOWO Radio, 2915 Maples Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816. No phone calls please. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Account Manager - WJOB radio and - WJOB and are looking for two self-starters to join their marketing team - one full-time and one part-time person. WJOB is a heritage radio station in Hammond, Indiana, 20 miles from downtown Chicago. is the podcast and web site for popular morning host Jim Dedelow. The station and show have great momentum for radio and web-based offerings.

Full-time - Bachelor's degree in marketing or business and 3+ years experience

Part-time - Bachelor's degree in marketing or business or 3+ years experience

Duties/skills: Develop print and internet marketing materials for radio and web offerings, Distribute materials to local businesses and regional buyers, Work with station manager on long-term marketing goals, Attend meetings of local business and marketing groups, Visit existing clients to strengthen relationships, Build on existing popularity and strength to bring in new business, Create proposals, communicate contract arrangements to clients.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Must be an independent worker comfortable with digital media. Send resume to: Debbie Wargo at debbie at wjob1230 dot com

Are you looking for an exciting career with one of the fastest growing media companies in the United States? Are you looking for an exciting career in radio with a company that believes having great local products is how you win in today's competitive marketplace? Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne has an opening for a Network Sales Manager. At Adams Radio Group we believe each person makes a big impact. We take the smartest and most passionate team-oriented people we can find and put them in an environment where they can thrive. We value customer service, teamwork, and fun.

The position of Network Sales Manager is responsible for: Developing revenue on our eight Fort Wayne stations by utilizing our news, weather and traffic products, Developing compelling sales presentations for local and regional advertisers, Maximizing revenue opportunities, Network inventory management

If you can demonstrate you have a successful track record beating or exceeding goals, the ability to create new revenue opportunities, and possess leadership skills that set you apart from others...then we should talk!

Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne owns and operates 8 stations in the greater Fort Wayne area. If you think you're qualified, please send your resume and references to: Chris Monk, Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne, 2000 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819. You can also e-mail your material to: chrismonk at argfw dot com.

107.5 WABX is looking for an Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Drive Personality for 20 year Heritage Classic Rock 107.5 WABX. No liner card readers please. You must have the skills to help lead WABX as an Assistant Program Director. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package. A valid driver's license and good driving record are required. Send your air check and resume TODAY to Rusty James at rusty.james at mwcradio dot com or snail mail to Rusty's attention at 1162 Mt. Auburn Road, Evansville, IN 47720. 107.5 WABX and Midwest Communications are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

News Director/Anchor, WFFT-TV, Fort Wayne: If you are an experienced broadcast journalist with on-air and newsroom leadership experience, then we are interested in you. You must be a compelling on air anchor with an added ability to write the competitive and strategic master plan for the newsroom. This is a great opportunity for someone to join and lead a highly competitive and accomplished FOX newscast that has earned four Emmy nominations and twice awarded Best Newscast. The successful candidate must have an understanding of local news, as well as the ability to coach reporters to be enterprising with their story generation, as well as compelling and relevant with their content. Must have the ability to effectively deliver product on multi-media platform and make it relevant to the next generation of news viewers. This is a unique opportunity to take an award winning product to the next level. Solid news judgment, great communication skills and exceptional leadership are a requirement. Fort Wayne is located in northeast Indiana and is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in Country. The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. Please send resumes and support materials to: WFFT Fort Wayne, Attn: Bill Ritchhart, 3707 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne IN 46807, Or via e-mail: britchhart at wfft dot com. Nexstar Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer.

WXKE/Fort Wayne is looking for a new morning show. If you love and understand the Classic Rock lifestyle and can relate in a contemporary fashion, then we want to hear from you. Salary is negotiable. Full benefits are available. Please send air-check and resume to: demersjobs at gmail dot com. "WXKE Mornings" must be your subject line. Adams Radio Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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