Indiana RadioWatch: April 3, 2013

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On 13 April, The Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association will induct five into their 2013 Hall of Fame class:

Mark Boyle (radio voice of the Indiana Pacers)

Mike "Doc" Emrick (NHL hockey voice, LaFontaine native, and in 2012, he worked a Fort Wayne Komets game on WOWO(AM) and WOWO-FM with his idol and mentor Bob Chase)

Andy Graham (sportswriter, Bloomington Herald-Times)

The late Bill Robertson (sportswriter, Evansville Press from the 1930s through the 1970s)

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette sportswriter and columnist Ben Smith.

Also on the radio side, the Marv Bates Sportscaster of the Year goes to WPGW's Rob Weaver, and the Distinguished Service Award posthumously goes to Fort Wayne broadcaster Len Davis.


Later today, Oasis Radio Group's Rhythmic/WHPP (106.3fm, Columbia City) will flip formats to 1990s pop, as "Rewind 106.3." Core artists include Christina Aguilera, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, N*SYNC, Britney Spears and T.L.C. Oasis GM Phil Becker will handle middays while Oasis Production Director Chris Cruise will take PM Drive. As for WHPP's current "," that moves exclusively online (oddly enough at under new PD (and web guru) Wes Teska.

LIN Media CBS affiliate WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne) weekend meteorologist Lee Ann Okuly exits for the bright lights of Dayton, Ohio and the same position at WKEF-TV/WRGT-TV. She's a Huntington, Indiana native.

After Don Moore's very untimely death in January, John O'Rourke becomes GM and continues as morning host at Northeast Indiana Broadcasting's MOR/WAWK (1140am, Kendallville) and translator W238BH (95.5fm, Kendallville)

Where Are They Now? Former WLAB morning host Ace McKay now handles mornings (alongside Sabrina Fairchild) at WJQK in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Cumulus' Country/WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle) hires Amanda Rollen away from Backyard's Hot AC/WLBC (104.1fm, Muncie). At WLBC, Ms. Rollen hosted nights, while on WMDH-FM she hosts middays.


Entercom's Adult Hits/WNTR (107.9fm, Indianapolis) and Sports/WXNT (1430am, Indianapolis) PD Scott Roddy exits and heads west, now programming KAFE-FM in Bellingham, Washington.

Emmis N-T WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) afternoon host Ed Wenck exits to pound the pavement as a salesperson for sister station Sports/WFNI (1070am and 107.5fm, both Indianapolis). Replacing Mr. Wenck behind the microphone is WIBC's Ray Steele.

107.5fm? What's that? Why that's WFNI's new FM translator that Emmis purchased from Kaspar Broadcasting for $375,000. Emmis moves W298BB in from Zionsville and onto the same tower with WHMB-TV on the tower farm alongside 79th Street on the near northwest side of Indianapolis. The new 107.5 translator actually rebroadcasts WIBC-HD-2. WFNI and "107.5 The Fan" air both morning drive (ESPN's Mike and Mike) and afternoon drive (local host JMV). The translator airs ESPN's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" during middays. When play by play conflicts arise (Emmis airs Indiana Pacers basketball and Butler Bulldogs basketball, among other teams and sports), those conflicts will resolve themselves by splitting the broadcasts among WFNI and "107.5 The Fan."


First Venture Capital Partners sells its translator W257CR (99.3fm, Marshall, Illinois) to Emmis Communications for $36,000. There's a CP already granted to move W257CR to 99.5fm, from a different tower (south of Marshall, Illinois, on Illinois Route 1), or 12 miles south of its current site (north of Marshall).


Repeat Time: Leeson Media, LLC completes its $350,000 purchase of Country/WRBI (103.9fm, Batesville) from White River Broadcasting Company. Ed Roehling's Roehling Broadcast Services brokered the deal.


A tip of the IRW cap (now that it's baseball season, that's a Pawtucket Red Sox cap) to Henson Media owner Ed Henson, as the NAB elected Mr. Henson to their Radio Board. Henson Media owns Sports/WMSK(AM) (1550am, Morganfield, Kentucky), Country/WMSK-FM (101.3fm, Sturgis, Kentucky), and the AM/FM combo Standards/WSON(AM) (860am) and translator W243CU (96.5fm, both Henderson, Kentucky)

Cross Roads Family Broadcasting never filed an FCC renewal form for its low power WJHP-LP (103.3fm, Carmi, Illinois), so the FCC deleted the radio station.

Mission Broadcasting takes the CW affiliation for Evansville and places it on its WTVW (Channel 7, Evansville). This marks the third affiliation since 1956 when the station signed on. WTVW meant "ABC" for nearly forty years, followed by about fifteen years waving the FOX banner. The CW lineup airs weekly (7pm until 9pm), followed by an hour of news. The CW banner last flew at Roberts Broadcasting's now silent WAZE-LP (Channel 19, Evansville). Also we have word of two departures: Zakk Gammon exits as the Western Kentucky bureau chief for WTVW and Nexstar's ABC affiliate WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville), and David Shepherd, weekend anchor and political director exits.

Princeton Broadcasting Company's Talk/WRAY(AM) (1250am, Princeton) adds the Herman Cain show, replacing Neal Boortz from 9am until 12pm. Way Media sells its W218CR (91.5fm, Central City, Kentucky) for $10,000 to Bud Walters' Hancock Communications. There's already a FCC application to move the translator to 103.7fm, and relicense it to Tell City, Indiana, which would put it in the same town as Mr. Walters' WTCJ(AM) (1230am). The application also proposes a power increase from 27 watts to 250 watts with a tower site move from Central City, Kentucky to the WLME-FM/WTCJ-FM tower (both owned by Hancock) southwest of Tell City

Employment Opportunities

True Oldies 104.9 WAXI in Rockville is hiring! We have up to three jobs available immediately; Operations Manager (Applicants need on-air and production experience). We have up to two openings for Advertising Sales. You need dependable transportation. Territory is; Parke, Vermillion, Vigo and Clay Counties. Sales and/or Retail experience preferred. DLC Media offers an attractive salary and benefit package which includes Health Insurance and paid vacation. If you want to join a growing Media Company, send a resume today to dlcmediainc at gmail dot com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

South Central Indiana's Country leader, WKKG, is searching for its next morning co-host. If you can relate to the 30-something female, are a whiz with social media, love country music and getting involved in the community then send us your stuff. You will also do production and voicetrack another station within the cluster and possibly assist the Brand Manager with day-to-day responsibilities depending on experience. White River Broadcasting offers a competitive salary, health benefits and 401k. Send your resume along with an audio demo and any other pertinent materials to jobs at wkkg dot com. White River Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Privately Owned Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana is in need of a GREAT GSM who has a track record of actual selling and knows how to get deals done. Training will be important as we have a mixed team of vets and new AE's. This is NOT a desk sitting job. If you like corporate paperwork, long conference calls, and out of market inventory management...this is NOT for you. We need a ride along GSM who knows how to craft a deal, know s the national game and has a track record of proof to hit the numbers and manage budgets. You will be surrounded by resources and a team that operates outside the confines of radio with true innovation...and we have a lot of FUN. Please only apply if you can produce and enjoy making money. Send materials here (to myfuture at oasisradiogroup dot com. ) or fax to (260) 482-8655 Attention: Susan Mullen.

Eagle Tower Services, Inc., committed to continuing improvement and to being the lowest cost provider of tower services consistent with a high degree of quality, professionalism, and safety, is seeking a BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE to engage in outside sales leading to growth of our business. Our primary market is Indiana and surrounding states, specializing in AM/FM and television, but also serving customers in paging, wireless Internet and 2-way radio including commercial, utilities and government. We are a full service tower company engaged in routine maintenance, component installation and new tower construction. This is a contract commission position with generous commission and superb customer service support. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of the broadcast industry throughout Indiana with excellent people skills in working with and providing excellent service to broadcast engineers and, often, station general managers. We proudly serve some of the finest names in Indiana broadcasting and wireless communications. If this is of interest, please send your resume to Terry Garrity, Eagle Tower Services, Inc., P.O. Box 387, Arcadia, IN 46030; E-MAIL: terry.garrity at eagletowerindiana dot com and feel welcome to visit our website at to learn more about what we do. Eagle Tower Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F.

A quality multi-station cluster in a beautiful, historic small community is seeking a radio news anchor/reporter interested in informing listeners in multiple counties who depend on the stations to be their primary news source. Additionally, the candidate will have a passion to do high school sports play-by-play. Here is a chance to become an integral part of the lives of listeners by demonstrating skill and insight into their issues and interests. If you are looking for a community to call "home" while doing important work as part of a talented team of radio pros, send a package demonstrating your experience and talent in news writing, reporting, and newscast delivery as well as your play-by-play to: Rick Duncan, Director of Programming, Whitewater Broadcasting, 2301 W. Main, Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is an EOE and encourages the hiring of females and minorities.

FOX 59 WXIN, a Tribune Broadcasting station, seeks an experienced Anchor/Reporter who thrives on breaking news, enterprising stories and working under tight deadlines. The successful candidate will also regularly post content to the station's website and social media outlets. Degree in broadcast journalism or related field and at least 3 years anchoring and/or reporting experience in a television newsroom required. Job Description: Presents news and information on news and other station programs and covers news stories when not anchoring. Represents WXIN/WTTV-TV to the public viewing audience. Reads stories on regular scheduled newscasts and other programs produced by the station. Writes and/or proofreads stories on assigned broadcasts. Acts as general assignment reporter when not performing anchor duties. Consistently contributes story ideas for newscasts. Develops and maintains productive relationship with news contacts and sources. Works with producers, reporters and associate producers on assigned news broadcast. Regularly posts content to the station's website and updates social media sites. Monitors news feeds when necessary. Answers viewer phone calls and mail. Performs public speaking engagements and makes other appearance deemed important to the station image by management. Develops community contacts. Other duties as assigned by supervisor. Qualifications Necessary: College degree in broadcast journalism or a related area of study. At least 3 years experience anchoring regularly scheduled news broadcasts on a commercial or public television station and/or reporting for a broadcast news organization. Effective writing skills. Good organizational skills. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and criticism designed to enhance individual's performance. Ability to appear live in a broadcast to deliver reports in a professional and effective manner. Ability to perform duties and make decisions under deadline pressure. Must have a clear understanding of web and social media outlets. Send resume, cover letter stating position desired, and referral source plus a non-returnable DVD with your latest newscast to Human Resources, WXIN-TV, 6910 Network Place, Indianapolis, IN 46278. EOE.

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

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