Indiana RadioWatch: April 17, 2013

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Heather Cruise moves from nights to middays at Federated Media's Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Huntertown). Replacing Ms. Cruise at night (via the magic of voice track) is sister Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse) PD/morning host Jay Michaels.

There are new leaders at two Hoosier state NPR affiliates. First up is Peter Dominowski as the new President and GM at Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classical/WBNI (94.1fm, Roanoke). Before Fort Wayne, Mr. Dominowski programmed radio stations in Chicago, Illinois and Orlando, Florida, and he's also run several broadcast related companies.

At Granite Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne), their new president/GM there is Don Osika. Mr. Osika was Director of Sales at KSEE-TV in Fresno, California, which Granite recently sold to Nexstar. Hoosier born, Mr. Osika once worked at Terre Haute's WTWO-TV.


James Muhammad will join Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting's NPR-Variety/WLPR (89.1fm, Lowell) and WYIN-TV (Channel 56, Gary) on 20 May as President/CEO. Mr. Muhammad last worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as Director of Radio Services.


Meteorologist Chikage Windler exits Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis) and relocates to Austin, Texas and the Chief Meteorologist role at KEYE-TV there.

Where Are They Now? Former "Retro 93.9" morning man Jeffrey T. Mason now hosts nights at WJMK in Chicago, Illinois.


Monday, DLC Media had an open house to mark the return home of their Oldies/WAXI (104.9fm, Rockville). Under prior ownership, WAXI broadcast from Terre Haute. If you couldn't attend, here's a 'sneak peak' inside the renovated building here, here, and here. DLC Media owner Dave Crooks says, "We are proud to be Parke and Vermillion counties local radio station."


Sad news from Owensboro, as Edith Bennett passed away. In 1950, Ms. Bennett earned her first job at WOMI (1490am) and worked her way up; secretary, business manager, office manager, commercial writer, Sunday morning announcer. It was that Sunday morning shift (where she hosted "Radio Church Chapel" and "Down Memory Lane") where Ms. Bennett bonded with her loyal audience. Ms. Bennett passed away on Friday at age 81. WOMI remembered Ms. Bennett on Sunday by airing encores of both shows and a biography of her life and radio career. A memorial service will be April 27 at 4:00PM at Third Baptist Church, 527 Allen St., Owensboro. You may add condolences via

Henson Media redesigns its websites for 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). Check them out and

This Week in Indiana Radio History

Sunday 14 April: In 2003, WGLL (1570am, Auburn) signs back on, after going silent.

Tuesday 16 April: In 1967, 95.3fm/Monticello (now Brookston) signs on.

Thursday 18 April: In 1967, 1540am/Martinsville signs on. In 2005, 1460am WKAM (Goshen) changes format from Soft AC to Mexican.

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.

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