Indiana RadioWatch: April 6, 2002

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This late breaker...Ms. IRW said she heard DJ's on CHR/WHTD (96.3fm, Churubusco) - IRW just found out that PD Dave Eubanks will handle afternoons, with a complete lineup that will be unveiled soon.


Artistic Media's Classic Rock/WZOW & WZUW (97.9fm, Goshen; 102.3fm, New Carlisle) are now simulcasting as "Double Rock - Music So Good Two Stations Play It." The format change occurred last Monday (1 April). Several South Bend area IRW readers say it's a different blend of classic rock than the old WZOW played. According to an article in The South Bend Tribune, Shel Leshner, VP/regional GM of Artistic Media says the simulcast will "give the region an awesome signal."

Longtime Oldies/WTCA (1050am, Plymouth) morning man & PD Andy Banas exits. Replacing Benes in mornings is Tony Ross, who returns to WTCA after a stint in TV at South Bend's WSJV (Channel 28, Elkhart). According to an article in The Plymouth Pilot News, Ross will do mornings on WTCA and afternoons on Oldies/WZOC (94.3fm, Plymouth).


Condolences to the family & friends of Lis Daily, local TV broadcaster with both WISH and WTHR. She passed away last Tuesday at the age of 43. According to Marc Allan's article in The Indianapolis Star, Daily, born Lisbeth Daily Crawford, joined WISH (Channel 8, Indianapolis) in 1986 as a reporter and anchor. After a brief stint as press secretary to Indiana Attorney General Pam Carter, she joined WTHR (Channel 13) as community affairs director, in March 1995.

"Trapper" John Morris exits after two years in mornings at Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Indianapolis).

With a new law going into effect providing audio captioning for the blind, IRW hears that WTHR (Channel 13, Indianapolis) and WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) have added SAP programming to achieve this goal.

CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis) adds Westwood One's TRL Weekend Countdown.

Through his new association with Nick Sommers Productions, WSYW(AM)/WEDJ-FM (810am, Indianapolis; 107.1fm, Danville) OM Ed Weigle is writing, voicing, and producing national radio for the World Wrestling Federation, in addition to freelance commercial work for Indy radio and television.

A Bob & Tom affiliate update as WNJO (Trenton, New Jersey), WSHK (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), and WMEQ (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) are added to the network.


Both PD/MD Jim Ziegler and APD/midday lady Marie McCallister exit AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Bloomington).


Keith Doades' Media Five Partners now has an LMA with Vincennes University and is operating Country/WFML (96.7fm, Vincennes). Doades is the former owner of WUZR (105.7fm) in nearby Bicknell. With this transition, four station employees were released by Vincennes University and all but one was rehired by Media Five.

A TV note: E.J. Junker joins as News Director at ABC affiliate WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville). Junker arrives from Assistant ND duties at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Employment Opportunities

Ball State University's Department of Telecommunications seeks an Anchor/Reporter for its local news project. The successful candidate will be responsible for a new and innovative newscast on WIPB-TV, a PBS affiliate licensed to Ball State University. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience as a local, syndicated, or national anchor and/or reporter; knowledge of newsroom operations; writing and copy editing skills; computer literacy in applicable programs; problem solving ability and skill in prioritizing under deadline pressure. Minimum qualifications: bachelor's degree; at least five years of experience as a local syndicated and/or national reporter and/or anchor. Preferred qualifications: master's degree; ten years of experience as a local, syndicated, and/or national reporter and/or anchor. This contract position is available August 15, 2002. Send letter of application specifying position title; resume; and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least four references to: Nancy B. Carlson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Telecommunications, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.

That's it for this issue. See you in a week!

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