Indiana RadioWatch: February 22, 2016

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Correction from our last issue: Shelly Steckler was an AE at Sarkes Tarzian for 5 years, and 17 years as SM/DOS.


Let's try this again: Gray Television Group, Inc. closes on its purchase of the broadcast assets of Schurz Communications, Inc. The above radio sale was a spinoff from that purchase. As Gray owns NBC affiliate WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend), they spun Schurz's CBS-affiliate WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.

With Sinclair now owning WSBT-TV, President/GM Sally Brown exits, after 25 years with former owner Schurz.

Sinclair moves WNWO-TV/Toledo, Ohio GM John Nizamis to South Bend, as the new WSBT-TV GM. Mr. Nizamis once served as GSM in Fort Wayne at WPTA-TV.

After a little over five years, Tammy Lively exits middays at Cumulus' Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Fishers) and returns to Kokomo and Cumulus' Country/WWKI (100.5fm, Kokomo). Starting March 7, Ms. Lively will be on-air each afternoon. Ms. Lively succeeds Sherry Foxx, who joins the "The KI Morning Show" with Nick Livingston.

Where Are They Now? Former WSBT-TV President/GM John Mann earns a promotion to VP/GM for Media General's KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Mann had been GSM there since 2012.


Correction from our last issue: Mike Christopher becomes the GSM for the Hoosier AM/FM station group only in Marion. Lora Lacy is the GSM for the Kokomo radio stations.


If you ask IRW about his favorite baseball team, he will point to Clark and Addison in Chicago, and The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Now, Terre Haute listeners will get to hear the Chicago Cubs again, as they return to DLC Media's Oldies/WAXI (104.9fm, Rockville). The Cubs previously aired on WAXI under prior ownership. The current deal extends through the end of the 2017 season, including post-season games. (As a child, your editor watched a game in person, when Andre Dawson hit three home runs in the same game.)


Wagon Wheel Broadcasting's Country/WSCH (99.3fm, Aurora) adds veteran Indiana programmer and DJ Robb Reel in afternoons.


Last fall, Jeff "Smash" Murray exited as PD/afternoons at Midwest Communications' CHR/WSTO (96.1fm, Owensboro, Kentucky). AccuRadio in Chicago recently named Mr. Murray their Brand Manager and APD.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

February 22: In 2000, Leslie Goodaker, CE of WOMI(AM) dies. In 2002, Dick Rice dies. He was on the airstaff of Fort Wayne's WOWO, and Indianapolis' WFYI-FM, WICR-FM and WSYW(AM).

February 23: In 1961, 93.9fm/Seymour signs on (it's now licensed to Sellersburg). In 1992, WEVV-TV/Evansville (Channel 44) debuts local news. In 1999, former WIFE DJ Joe Hager ("Muta Bear") dies. In 2002, WFMS afternoon host Kevin Tincher (C.K. Webb/The Duck Man) dies.

February 24: 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.

February 25: In 2000, Talk/WTRC (1340am, Elkhart) aired its last "Sound Off" show; a longtime local talk show, hosted by Allen Strike.

February 26: In 1965, what was then 104.9fm/Hartford City signed on. In 2002, retired WOWO GSM Howard D. "Tommy" Longsworth dies. In 2004, 90.5fm, Greencastle signed on as WSPV. In 2009,

February 27: In 1948, 100.3fm, then-Rushville signs on. The allocation moved since then (twice) and is now in the Cincinnati, Ohio market. In 2003, 91.1fm, WYGS signed on, licensed to Columbus. WYGS later moved city of license to Hope.

February 28: In 1997, the sale of WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne) closed from Edgewater Radio to Pathfinder Communications.

Employment Opportunities

Lake City Media Group (an Equal Opportunity Employer) is searching for a News & Content Director for our local News & Information Station, "News Now Warsaw" (1480-AM & 99.7-FM). The ideal candidate has a clear understanding of fair, balanced and non-sensationalized news radio. Applicant should have a general understanding of news, government and law and the ability to build a successful newscast from start to finish. The perfect candidate will lead our news department and be willing to do what it takes to get the accurate story first. Duties include writing and generating news for on-air and web, interviewing news makers, producing local news casts, attending press conferences and/or meetings, monitoring local scanner traffic for lead generation and will take ownership in our acclaimed news department. Minimum of 1-2 years of small market on-air news experience preferred. Send resume, salary requirements, audio and writing samples to Program Director Kris Lake at klake at lakecitymediagroup dot com. No phone calls, please. Lake City Media Group is part of Federated Media.

Are you a weekender in a bigger market? Night jock in a smaller market looking to move up? Just looking for a change? We're looking for a fresh, up-and-coming talent that relates to the CHR night audience.

We're HOT 107.9 in Fort Wayne, a Mainstream CHR that believes in personality radio and great content between our listeners' favorite songs. Former HOT jocks are on-air in Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Dallas, Memphis, and Portland.

We want someone witty, interesting and passionate. Hard-working who will do what it takes to win and create must-hear radio every night. Your life should play out on social media when you're not in the studio (and of course when you are as well). Basic video editing/graphics skills are a great asset!

All social media links
A few examples of digital work (video, graphics, posts that got good interaction, etc.)
Anything else that makes you stand out.

Put "Hot 107.9 Nights" in the subject line and send it to: jobathot at gmail dot com

No calls please. If you sent your stuff to us recently, no need to resend. We will begin contacting candidates this week, so don't delay. Adams Radio Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

89.1 WBOI (NPR News and Diverse Music), and Classical 94.1 WBNI seek a Chief Engineer for the two public radio stations serving Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. We are a growing organization in the process of relocating to a new facility in two-to-three years, which will include substantial investments in new equipment, new studios and production facilities. You will be an important part of our team while enjoying considerable autonomy and responsibility as our Chief Engineer.

The Chief Engineer is responsible for all technical and building operations and maintenance. Position reports directly to General Manager, and works closely with the Program Director and other staff. Occasional night and weekend work is necessary, with availability to respond 24/7 as needed. You must have the technical knowledge to operate and maintain two radio stations and all associated operations, be able to climb ladders, work in small spaces and have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical personnel are important. The ability to solve problems, think creatively, work independently, and troubleshoot is highly valued.


AASEET Degree or similar
5 or more years of radio broadcast engineering experience
Knowledge of FM broadcast and STL transmission systems including combiners
Ability to troubleshoot and repair FM and HD transmitters and associated equipment
Minimum 3 years of experience with Broadcast Electronics AudioVault Delivery Systems for both time-based and control-based satellite automation
New construction involving studio and transmitter sites
Familiarity with FCC rules and regulations
Network administration and IT support for Microsoft Windows Server and Windows 7 & 8 operating systems
PBX management
Drafting budgets for expenses, capital expenditures, and projects
Valid driver's license and means of transportation

The following experience will be particularly beneficial:
Work with AudioVault FLeX
Experience with Axia Livewire or Wheatstone Wheat-Net audio over IP solutions
Knowledge of IP based phone systems
Familiarity with Microsoft Exchange
Traffic and music software automation integration
Engineering remote broadcasts and live performances
Experience with FTP delivery systems

Please include resume and narrative/cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job duties and qualifications of this position.

Position is open until filled.

E-mail resume and cover letter to: Peter Dominowski, President and General Manager, at: pdominowski at nipr dot fm.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and do not discriminate with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

WFNI and WIBC-HD2 is looking for an experienced sports talk pro in both the on-air and administrative realms to join the staff as an Executive Producer. This person must be able to perform a variety of tasks on a daily basis, primarily from a behind-the-scenes standpoint, but also might be needed to fill-in when necessary in a show-host role and/or a sports anchor standpoint.

This position would be working on a daily basis with the Program Director of both The Fan and 107.5 ESPN. This person would also be interacting on a daily basis with all aspects of the Fan staff including producers, talk-show hosts, and part-time board-ops.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Write, produce, edit and update content for on air, website and social media on a daily basis.
* Curating sound, video and text from wire services, TV partners, and other news sources
* Writing and/or recording sports updates for The Fan, 107.5 ESPN, and Network Indiana
* Development of producers
* Fill-in duties for talk show hosts when necessary
* Administrative duties like affidavits, Tag Station responsibilities, working with Triton digital
* Scheduling part-timers for evening and weekend shifts on the Fan and 107.5 ESPN
* Other duties as assigned

Considered, candidates should meet the following requirements:
* Thrive in high pressure situations to meet extremely tight deadlines
* Possess a firm knowledge of digital audio editing software
* Pay close attention to detail
* Must be highly organized
* Be available and flexible with work hours/duties
* Can be a positive member of a tight-knit team
* Able to work independently with little supervision
* Working knowledge of Wide Orbit on-air operating system preferred
* Working knowledge of Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel

Education/Experience: * 2-5 years overall radio experience, sports talk radio experience preferred * High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

To Apply: Please apply online at and send resume with any pertinent on-air, news demos and writing samples to grakestraw at indy dot emmis dot com.

No phone calls please. Emmis Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WIBC/Network Indiana is looking for a multi-media platform news talent who can gather and interpret content on multiple platforms, including digital (web, social media) and on-air. The position requires the production and gathering of text, images, audio/video, etc. The ideal candidate will have strong delivery, a versatile mindset for varying tasks, and be a natural storyteller.

Please apply online at

Please send your resume' and air check materials to cedavis at indy dot emmis dot com.

G101-3, the world's most interactive radio station, is seeking its next Midday host. You'll do live middays on The G (Adult Top 40) and voicetrack evenings on our A/C sister station. Can you do a great show with phones, remotes and appearances, plus keep yourself plugged into our historic community? We need someone that can hit the ground running! If you think you can handle local, creative radio in a non-corporate environment and blend in with our talented yet dysfunctional staff you can E-mail your info to rickduncan at g1013 dot com ("Midday/Promotions" in the subject line)

Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions and Events Coordinator for our South Bend Radio Group.

The position encompasses all facets of the radio business on-air, on-line and in person. It requires multi-tasking along with managing people and your own personal time. Problem Solving Skills required.

As Promotions and Events coordinator you will be responsible for, but not limited to:

Working hand in hand with Program Directors and General Sales Managers to plan, schedule and execute contests, promotions, and events.

Hiring and scheduling of part time employees for live broadcasts and events

Implementing Interactive elements of marketing campaigns and events. (mobile, email, online, 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 where no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station's needs. Requires working on evenings and weekends as needed. Two to three years' experience and/or marketing degree preferred.

Interested? Contact Stephanie Michel at smichel at federatedmedia dot com.

Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Indiana Country - WKKG - South Central Indiana's #1 country heritage station, is looking for our next morning show superstar. If you can deliver an upbeat, LOCALLY relatable, music-driven show then send me your best stuff. Local is how we win, so you'll be expected to seek out ways to get involved in the community. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits including 401(k), excellent work environment and an exceptional community. E-mail your resume and demo to John Foster, Station Manager at jfoster at wkkg dot com. White River Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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