Indiana RadioWatch: March 25, 2014

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We'll detour slightly from our usual format for this lead story:

On Election Day in 1964 (November 4), Len Ellis introduced a brand new AM station to Valparaiso: WAYK (1500am). In 1967, he added something new to the radio dial by changing WAYK to WAKE and adding WAKE-FM (105.5fm). The company remained family owned after Mr. Ellis retired, as his son Leigh managed the radio stations.

Adams Radio Group just announced an Indiana expansion by acquiring the Valparaiso-based Radio One Communications, owners of Oldies/WAKE (1500am, Valparaiso), Country/WLJE (105.5fm, Valparaiso), Classic Rock/WXRD (103.9fm, Crown Point) and Modern AC/WZVN (107.1fm, Lowell). Radio One acquired WXRD and WZVN for $4.9 million in late 2003. Kalil and Company served as the exclusive broker for this transaction.


Doug Gruber, legendary broadcaster at Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classical/WBNI (94.1fm, Roanoke) passed away at age 77. Mr. Gruber stepped down at NIPR in January after receiving news that he had ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). In the 1960s, Mr. Gruber worked at WOWO radio ("Doug Stephens") in the 1960s, as a reporter. "Doug has been an integral part of 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI for nearly 20 years," NIPR president and GM Peter Dominowski said when Gruber left in January. "Our stations, and our community, are a better place because of his many talents as a broadcaster. No one could possibly replace his unique talents."

Sarkes Tarzian's Hot AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) rebrands as "95.1 Best-FM" after 28 and a half years as "Majic 95.1." Also, morning man Dirk Rowley will soon exit after fourteen years to co-host the "INsight" program on Granite Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne). Finally, here's the new website address:

Northeast Indiana Public Radio closes on the $113,000 translator CP sale of W258BY (99.5fm, Fort Wayne) Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group, pending FCC approval. Brokers on the deal: Bob Heymann of Media Services Group (NIPR) and Jon Yinger of Broadcast Properties LLC (Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group).

There's a new night jock at Federated Media's Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne): Clay Alan earns the promotion from weekends. OM Jimmy Knight moves to middays (10am until 2pm) and PM driver Boomer now is on 2pm until 7pm.


Artistic Media Partners' Country/WSHP (95.7fm, Attica) flips call letters to WYCM ("Your Country Music").


After more than 26 years, Warren Central High School's Variety/WEDM (91.1fm, Indianapolis) GM Dan Henn retires as Station Manager. Bill Whitehair replaces Mr. Henn.

Emmis Communications promotes their Indianapolis OM and Country/WLHK (97.1fm, Shelbyville) PD Bob Richards to cluster VP/Programming. Replacing Mr. Richards in the "Hank FM" PD chair is "Hank FM" MD and middayer Fritz Moser. Emmis/Indianapolis Director of Sales Tracey Bean becomes cluster VP/Sales. Emmis SVP/Indianapolis MM Charlie Morgan comments, "It has been my privilege to work side-by-side with Bob for more than two decades and, without fail, I learn from his thinking and leadership and admire his character and professionalism. Since his arrival here at Emmis more than four years ago, the ratings success of all four properties has grown and the quality of our content is unmatched in our marketplace. Like Fritz and Bob, I have known and worked with Tracey for portions of the past two decades and am a huge fan of her passion, creativity, strategic thinking and caring for the development of her teams. It is no secret that, just as we have experienced in ratings in Tracey's tenure as director of sales, the Emmis cluster has grown from being the third-highest-billing cluster to a dominant #1 biller."

Continental Broadcast Group's Spanish Oldies/WSYW (810am, Indianapolis) flips format to Spanish Contemporary Christian Christian as "Pescador" (Fisherman).

The University of Indianapolis' Jazz-Classical/WICR (88.7fm, Indianapolis) redesigns its website:

Where Are They Now? Former Clear Channel, Indianapolis OM Buzz Casey becomes OM at Townsquare's Hudson Valley and Poughkeepsie, New York clusters.


Brion O'Brion is the new night jock at Midwest Communications' CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute)


For the last two years, New Albany Broadcasting Company did an LMA with WAY Media's WLUE (104.3fm, Charlestown). New Albany put a classic hits format on 104.3fm ("Louie 104.3"). That LMA ends, and WLUE returns to a Contemporary Christian format, as "Way-FM."

Clear Channel adds the Cleveland, Ohio-based "Rover's Morning Glory" show to its Active Rock/WTFX (93.1fm, Clarksville).


Indiana University's NPR affiliate/WFIU (103.7fm, Bloomington) and its five FM translators around the Hoosier state make a weekend programming change: "Says Now!" expands to an hour on Saturday, from Noon until 1pm.

Employment Opportunities

Looking for your dream job as a market leading News/Talk and Sports GSM? Federated Media/South Bend is a family-owned, innovative, and legacy media company based in Northern Indiana in the heart of Notre Dame country. You are 90-minutes away from Chicago and less than an hour from the beach. This market is a great place to raise a family and has some of the most affordable housing in the nation. We have all the top radio brands (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News, ESPN, etc.), plus a local all-news morning show, a great local PM-drive talk host, and one of the best interactive teams in America. The station already has ratings success. Now all we need is the right leader to take us to the next level. You'll need to show demonstrated experience at leading a spoken-word radio sales team and a proven track-record of success. Interested? Send your package to Market Manager Clint Marsh: cmarsh at federatedmedia dot com. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Radio One Top 40 WNOU (RadioNow 100.9)/Indianapolis hunts for a gifted evening entertainer, a.k.a. nighttime superstar! Qualified candidates for this big-time position must be social media monsters, have great phone skills and be ready to take over the city of Indianapolis. Liner jocks need not apply, and please, spare us from applicants who read "horror-scopes" as entertainment or think that reading the weather forecast counts as a content break. If this interests you, please send your resume aircheck to lbaldwin at radio-one dot com. Radio One is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WIMC/WCDQ/WCVL, Crawfordsville, IN, is looking to hire a person ready to host a locally based morning show and assist the program director. Some of the responsibilities will include: Hosting a morning show from 6AM until 9AM each weekday, writing, editing and anchoring daily news broadcasts, scheduling on air guests from the local community, identifying saleable elements of the morning show, writing commercials and promotional announcements, producing commercials and promotional announcements, and personal appearances at remotes and community events. Must be able to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. Email resume and references to dapeach at forchtbroadcasting dot com or mail to Dave Peach, GM, PO Box 603, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Forcht Broadcasting, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Join the sales staff at WIMC Thunder 103.9, WCDQ True Country 106.3 and WCVL AM 1550! Forcht Broadcasting is looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic sales person who enjoys working with others and the community. If you want to break from the normal routine, send your resume to dapeach at forchtbroadcasting dot com or mail it to PO Box 603, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Forcht Broadcasting, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WZZY Winchester, Indiana is looking for our next Morning Show host. Not only will you be the morning "voice" of our A/C station but through your work and interaction within the community you'll also be the "face" of the station as well. Plus you'll VT evenings on our winning Adult Top 40 sister FM and do plenty of remotes and appearances on both stations. Even if you've never done Mornings before send along your best. Our former host has been with us for 13 years so we believe in longevity and loyalty. Send along an on-air sample (please keep it short) and resume to rickduncan at g1013 dot com. Or you can mail it to 2301 W. Main St. Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Technical Service Coordinator - College Access Television - Fort Wayne (1302561)


Full Time

Benefited Position

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) invites applications for the position of Technical Service Coordinator for College Access Television (CATV). This position will:

Direct technical support necessary to ensure continuous operation of CATV and the Television Classroom Studio

Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair television and video equipment, systems, and related facilities to ensure effective and efficient operation of College Access Television, the CATV television studio, the Television Classroom Studio, the CATV edit suites, the CATV remote ensembles, the CATV satellite downlinks, and CATV equipment items

Develop and implement plans and procedures for regular and long-term maintenance of departmental facilities and equipment

Maintain inventory of departmental equipment items in cooperation with University Property Management

Recommend to director ideas for system solutions and equipment solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations and tasks

Direct CATV staff in the assembly and disassembly of remote equipment systems and items as needed to accomplish departmental goals

Create and maintain up-to-date circuit and system technical drawings for all facilities, installations, and equipment systems

Make software adjustments and perform programming of control systems for all major and minor equipment systems

Advise director on the general and specific condition of all station physical facilities and inventory items



Associate's degree in electrical engineering technology, television engineering technology, broadcast technology, or related field

One year working experience in all areas of television station technical operations, production, and maintenance

Ability to troubleshoot equipment used in live, remote, and studio production; and master control operation

Ability to understand and execute electronic circuit drawings and to repair television production equipment to component level

Ability to understand and execute computer system controls to manage television operations and production equipment

Good organizational skills

Ability to direct others in set up and clean-up of production equipment

An understanding of good television production practices

Must be able to move 25-50 pounds frequently; up to 60 pounds occasionally

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately. For highest consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. A check of criminal conviction records will be made for employment in this position. Each position is posted online for a minimum of five (5) business days and may be posted longer. Some positions include a deadline, others do not. When the position is removed from the posting website this indicates that IPFW is no longer accepting new applicants and applications, resumes, etc. will no longer be received. It is the applicant's responsibility to maintain awareness of the current job postings and submit their information for review prior to the posting being removed. Any correspondence from IPFW Human Resources will be conducted through time sensitive e-mails sent to the e-mail address that was provided by the applicant. Once the applicant submits their information for review an e-mail confirming the receipt of the on-line application will be sent to the e-mail address the applicant provided. Depending on the number of applications received and the department's search process, it may be several weeks before an outcome is known. If the applicant is not selected for an interview and the job is filled, the applicant will receive an automated e-mail message relating the filled status of the position.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Over Time)

Retirement Eligibility: Non-Exempt Defined Contribution Plan

To be considered for this position, you must apply online at

IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer Fully Committed to a Diverse Workforce.

WGTO AM-FM is looking for a salesperson to handle local and regional sports and general market sales. Position pays high commission rate but requires a self-starter who can operate without direct supervision. List is unrestricted and the right candidate can name his or her territory. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent communications skills are a must. WGTO is the local voice of Cass County Michigan and the home of local high school sports. The music format is Classic hits with a live local swap shop program, Dowagiac High School Football and University of Michigan football and afternoon talk with Ed Shultz. WGTO is 3000 watts at 910AM and FM at 101.1 WGTO covers Cass County as well as Niles, And St Joe Benton Harbor in Berrien County and South Bend Indiana. Send letter of introduction and or resume to WGTO at larrylangford at aol dot com. WGTO welcomes applications from ALL interested persons as an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hoosier AM/FM is seeking an experienced media Account Executive to join the sales team of our four-station cluster in Muncie-Marion, IN. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent verbal and written communications skills are a must. This is a full time position. Hoosier AM/FM offers a competitive compensation package including Medical, Dental, Paid Vacations. Minimum education level is High School diploma or equivalent. Resume and letter of introduction are to be sent to indianaradiojobs at yahoo dot com. Hoosier AM/FM 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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