Indiana RadioWatch: April 8, 2015

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Will you be at NAB next week?, Radio Rescue Group, NorthEast Radio Watch/ and IRW will host an NAB Radio Pre-Party. Come say Hi to old friends and meet new ones. This will be on Sunday, April 12 from 8:30 PM onward at the Mirage Lobby Bar on the Strip! Please RSVP, or drop me an e-mail.

Indiana Tower Services, successor to Eagle Tower Services, is proud to be Indiana's tower construction, installation, repair & maintenance company. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Rocco as Sales Representative for Indiana Tower. Maria has a lifelong passion for everything radio. She is a radio veteran from WWKI-FM in Kokomo and has worked for the former WKLR in Indianapolis and WASK in Lafayette. She is familiar with the broadcast industry throughout Indiana. Maria's contact information is below and please do not hesitate to contact Maria for a quotation on your next tower project:

Maria Rocco
201 North Philips Street, #204
Kokomo, IN 46901
Phone: (765) 437-9709

From the reading pile: A Blueprint for How to Make J-School Matter (Again).

From the reading pile: "New No More," from Sarah Bartlett, Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Professor Bartlett reflects on her first year as dean, and the constant demand to keep journalism curricumulum relevant.

Now, onto the news.

Remembering Charlie Sears:

I met Charlie in the summer of 2010, while on a mid-west tower photography tour excursion. Charlie was so gracious to take time out of this (very hot) day to give me, and two other friends a tour that was amongst the tops of that trip. He was very proud of the Trafalgar site and happy to show us around the property. I know he was a very well respected engineer, and will be missed by many in Mid-west for this engineering work. As well as by us, who had the great pleasure of meeting him. RIP Charlie.

Mike Fitzpatrick
WFXT Boston
NECRAT.US Webmaster and Owner
Quincy, MA

I owe much to Charlie Sears. He and Norm Beaty helped me turn WJNZ-FM around in the early 1990s. Charlie was an engineer's who could diagnose and fix discrete electrical circuits. He taught me how to replace a 1954 Gates transmitter output tube socket over the telephone and get it to work the first time. He should have been a rich man, but it was his love of radio, TV, transmitters, electronics and his family that were the center of his life. Charlie was a rich man because of the love he engendered to all whom knew him well.

Jed Duvall

It's tough to succeed a legend like Barry Kent. Kevin Lambert joins in morning drive at Emmis Communications' Country/WTHI-FM (99.9fm, Terre Haute). Mr. Lambert last worked in Champaign, Illinois, doing mornings at their WLRW-FM. Jeff Reynolds most recently did mornings at "Hi-99" and segues to afternoons, replacing PD/MD Eric Michals (who goes off-air).

Larko Communications sells its WMYQ (101.1fm, South Whitley) to Brian Walsh for $225,000. Mr. Walsh recently moved the oldies programming from LPFM WIOE-LP (98.3fm, Warsaw). Also, WIOE-LP moves to 93.9fm and becomes WLQZ-LP. The frequency move accommodates the new Class A 98.3fm in Culver: Kankakee Valley Broadcasting's Soft AC/WYMR (98.3fm, Culver).

Word Power Inc. applies to move its CP for translator W232CJ (94.3fm, Casey, IL) to 94.7fm. There, it will increase power to 250 watts at 164 feet. Of note: Word Power owns Religious/WKZI (800am, Casey, Illinois).

David Ballinger recently passed away. Mr. Ballinger did play by play sports for WLKI in Angola for parts of four decades. When he wasn't at the microphone, he was an accomplished community banker. Mr. Ballinger was 67 years old

Olivet Nazarene University's Religious/WHZN (88.3fm, New Whiteland) welcomes Jeff Cruz as Network PD and station manager, starting Wednesday 1 April, and based at WHZN. Before joining "Shine.FM," Mr. Cruz programmed WMHK in Columbia, South Carolina and was APD at WPOZ in Orlando, Florida.

Calvary Radio Network will sell its translator W251AR (98.1fm, Goshen) to IB Communications for $54,000. IB will use the translator to add an FM presence for their Regional Mexican/WKAM (1460am, Goshen).

Tim Doty joins as weekday morning and noon news anchor at Tribune Broadcasting's CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo). Mr. Doty last anchored at WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Also, Matt Smith joins as weekend anchor and reporter. Mr. Smith last worked at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

After 18 months, Weigel Broadcasting ABC affiliate WBND (Channel 57, South Bend) promotes Emily Evans to morning news anchor.

Where Are They Now? Former WTTS'er Marie McCallister now programs KPND in Spokane, Washington.

Employment Opportunities

Are you driven to be the very best? Are you a passionate natural born leader? Do you enjoy coaching sales people to be successful?

If you answered yes to those three questions, you could be our next General Sales Manager, and you need to contact us NOW!

Federated Media is a true media company comprised of Radio, Newspaper, Outdoor, Entertainment and Digital Solutions in Northern Indiana and Oregon. Federated Media Fort Wayne is now welcoming applications for a GSM opening in their six station cluster.

Federated Media Fort Wayne provides a unique growth oriented environment focused on providing solutions for our Clients, backing our sales teams with comprehensive resources and capabilities including the Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) Customer Focused Selling and Talent Focused Management.

Other advantages include: Our company culture empowers people. We are a medium market group with large market resources. Our Fort Wayne cluster includes Six Radio stations and the market's best radio brands! Radio stations also offer services through Federated Digital Solutions and Federated Entertainment.

Send resume to Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured.

Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Are you looking for a career with one of the fastest growing media companies in the United States? Are you looking for a career with a company that believes local is how you win in today's competitive marketplace?

Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne has an opening for a morning host on Soft Rock 1039. Take a listen to the station, see if you'd be the right fit, and show us your best! At Adams Radio Group, we believe each person makes a big impact. We take the smartest and most passionate team-oriented people we can find and put them in an environment where they can thrive. We value customer service, teamwork, and fun.

The right candidate will have:
* At least 3 years of full-time on-air experience
* A passion for local radio
* The ability to connect with our listeners and community
* The drive to build our brand
* Flexibility (your talents will also be used on our other stations)

Fort Wayne is affordable, a great place to live, and a great place to work in radio. If you can demonstrate you have a successful track record, understand what it takes to win, and have a great attitude...then we should talk! Send your resume, 3 minute mp3 air-check and a sample of your production skills to: Robbie Mack, softrock1039jobs at

Adams Radio Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions Director for our Fort Wayne Cluster. 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.

As Promotions Director you will be responsible for, but not limited to: Working hand in hand with Program Directors to plan, schedule and execute contests and promotions. Hiring & scheduling. Maintaining and scheduling all aspects of 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 that no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station's needs.

Interested? Contact Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured.

Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The White River Broadcasting Company has an outstanding opening in our advertising sales department. This opportunity provides excellent income for the right person. The "right person" will possess incredible sales and marketing skill-sets, having the ability to help clients achieve their business goals. Strong interpersonal skills are preferred. If you can sell, we can teach you Radio.

This position offers a competitive compensation package including salary, plus commission, health and life insurance benefits and 401 (k).

Contact White River Broadcasting Sales Manager, Bob Morrison at bobm at 1061theriver dot com. You may also send your resume and cover letter by March 13 to 106.1 The River; Attention: Sales Manager; P. O. Box 1789; Columbus, IN 47202. White River Broadcasting is proud to be an equal opportunity employer

Account Manager - WJOB radio and - WJOB and are looking for two self-starters to join their marketing team - one full-time and one part-time person. WJOB is a heritage radio station in Hammond, Indiana, 20 miles from downtown Chicago. is the podcast and web site for popular morning host Jim Dedelow. The station and show have great momentum for radio and web-based offerings.

Full-time - Bachelor's degree in marketing or business and 3+ years experience

Part-time - Bachelor's degree in marketing or business or 3+ years experience

Duties/skills: Develop print and internet marketing materials for radio and web offerings, Distribute materials to local businesses and regional buyers, Work with station manager on long-term marketing goals, Attend meetings of local business and marketing groups, Visit existing clients to strengthen relationships, Build on existing popularity and strength to bring in new business, Create proposals, communicate contract arrangements to clients.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Must be an independent worker comfortable with digital media. Send resume to: Debbie Wargo at debbie at wjob1230 dot com

Network Sales Manager, Adams Radio Group, Fort Wayne

Are you looking for an exciting career with one of the fastest growing media companies in the United States? Are you looking for an exciting career in radio with a company that believes having great local products is how you win in today's competitive marketplace? Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne has an opening for a Network Sales Manager. At Adams Radio Group we believe each person makes a big impact. We take the smartest and most passionate team-oriented people we can find and put them in an environment where they can thrive. We value customer service, teamwork, and fun.

The position of Network Sales Manager is responsible for: Developing revenue on our eight Fort Wayne stations by utilizing our news, weather and traffic products, Developing compelling sales presentations for local and regional advertisers, Maximizing revenue opportunities, Network inventory management

If you can demonstrate you have a successful track record beating or exceeding goals, the ability to create new revenue opportunities, and possess leadership skills that set you apart from others...then we should talk!

Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne owns and operates 8 stations in the greater Fort Wayne area. If you think you're qualified, please send your resume and references to: Chris Monk, Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne, 2000 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819. You can also e-mail your material to: chrismonk at argfw dot com.

107.5 WABX is looking for an Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Drive Personality for 20 year Heritage Classic Rock 107.5 WABX. No liner card readers please. You must have the skills to help lead WABX as an Assistant Program Director. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package. A valid driver's license and good driving record are required. Send your air check and resume TODAY to Rusty James at rusty.james at mwcradio dot com or snail mail to Rusty's attention at 1162 Mt. Auburn Road, Evansville, IN 47720. 107.5 WABX and Midwest Communications are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

News Director/Anchor, WFFT-TV, Fort Wayne: If you are an experienced broadcast journalist with on-air and newsroom leadership experience, then we are interested in you. You must be a compelling on air anchor with an added ability to write the competitive and strategic master plan for the newsroom. This is a great opportunity for someone to join and lead a highly competitive and accomplished FOX newscast that has earned four Emmy nominations and twice awarded Best Newscast. The successful candidate must have an understanding of local news, as well as the ability to coach reporters to be enterprising with their story generation, as well as compelling and relevant with their content. Must have the ability to effectively deliver product on multi-media platform and make it relevant to the next generation of news viewers. This is a unique opportunity to take an award winning product to the next level. Solid news judgment, great communication skills and exceptional leadership are a requirement. Fort Wayne is located in northeast Indiana and is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in Country. The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. Please send resumes and support materials to: WFFT Fort Wayne, Attn: Bill Ritchhart, 3707 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne IN 46807, Or via e-mail: britchhart at wfft dot com. Nexstar Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer.

WXKE/Fort Wayne is looking for a new morning show. If you love and understand the Classic Rock lifestyle and can relate in a contemporary fashion, then we want to hear from you. Salary is negotiable. Full benefits are available. Please send air-check and resume to: demersjobs at gmail dot com. "WXKE Mornings" must be your subject line. Adams Radio Group 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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