Indiana RadioWatch: March 13, 2017

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Big Car Media's WQRT-LP (99.1fm, Indianapolis) signs on, and here's their website.

The University of Indianapolis' Classical-Jazz/WICR (88.7fm, Indianapolis) morning drive host Katie Ayers exits and joins Entercom/Indianapolis. Please see this job listing below, in our "Employment Opportunities" section.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

Sign-on dates seem to be a prickly matter, subject to great debate, and mostly impossible to confirm. If there's something we need to add to the "calendar," please let us know. Please e-mail us if you have updated information.

March 12: In 1964, 1500am, Indianapolis signs on signed on as WBRI, and still is. In 1991, the tower for Frankfort's WSHW fell. In 2001, a three way frequency swap occurred in Fort Wayne. First, WCKZ (102.3fm) ended their simulcast a day earlier with WYSR (94.1fm). The WCKZ call letters moved to 94.1fm and began an Urban AC format as "The Wiz." The 96.3fm WEJE call letters and alternative format moved to 102.3fm. 96.3fm flipped to a country music format, as WWWD. Today, the WCKZ calls are on 91.3fm in Orland, 102.3fm airs a Spanish music format as WGBJ, and 96.3fm airs Classic Rock as WXKE.

March 14: In 1974, WLYV (1450am) in Fort Wayne changed formats from Top 40 to Country, with new owners. Until 1980, Jack Nicklaus owned the station under the corporate name "Golden Bear Broadcasting". In 2007, Backyard Broadcasting (Anderson/Muncie) News Director Tom Hammond dies. Age 40. In 2011, former WMEE morning man Steve Kerrigan dies. Age 52.

March 15: In 1954, Channel 52 in Elkhart signs on as WSJV ("St. Joseph river Valley").

March 16: In 1956, 1270am in Elkhart signed on as WCMR for owner Clarence Moore.

March 17: In 1957, 95.5fm in Indianapolis signed on as WFMS ("Williams FM Service," for owner Martin Risser Williams).

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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