Indiana RadioWatch: April 17, 2017

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Earlier this morning, former Federated Media N-T WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) also heard on translator W298BJ (107.5fm, Fort Wayne) PD Ryan Wrecker became the new host of "Overnight America," based at the legendary KMOX(AM) in St. Louis, Missouri. "Overnight America" airs from 11:00PM until 4:00AM, Eastern Time.

Where Are They Now? Former northeast Indiana PD/DJ Chuck Rowe joins KNX(AM) in Los Angeles, California as an evening traffic reporter (Traffic every ten minutes, on the fives!)


Where Are They Now? Former WBND/WCWW/WMYS GM Jeffrey Guy joins as GM of WHLT/WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi and Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi.


The FCC recently announced the auction winners from their spectrum auction.

Nexstar Broadcasting will earn $17.8 million from vacating the spectrum of MyTV affiliate WNDY-TV (Channel 23, Marion). The MyTV affiliation will move to a digital subchannel of sister CW affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis).

Trinity Broadcasting will earn $18.8 million from vacating the spectrum of TBN-TV affiliate WCLJ-TV (Channel 42, Bloomington). Trinity says the TBN format will remain on the air for central Indiana viewers, but hasn't elaborated on any details.

Finally, LeSea Broadcasting will earn $18.3 million to move their WHMB-TV (Channel 40, Indianapolis) from UHF channel 40 to VHF channel 7.

Other TV stations that will move: WDNI-CD Channel 19 to Channel 16. Dispatch Broadcast's WALV-CD from Channel 46 to Channel 17. Tribune Broadcasting's WXIN-TV will move from Channel 45 to Channel 22. Word of God Fellowship's WDTI will move from Channel 44 to Channel 23. Tribune Broadcasting's WTTV-TV will move from Channel 48 to Channel 27. CBS' WBXI-CA will move from Channel 47 to Channel 36.

After over three decades, Tina Cosby, public affairs director at Nexstar's CBS affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) exits, in what Anthony Schoettle at the Indianapolis Business Journal describes as a cost cutting move. In 1993, Ms. Cosby became the first African-American weekday evening news anchor in Indianapolis. Also at WISH-TV, meteorologist Stephanie Mead joins Storm Track 8 for Daybreak morning newscasts. Ms. Mead last forecasted at WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Finally, Ken Brewer moves to the evening shift.


Where Are They Now? Former WUEV GM Len Clark will soon join Classic Hits 4FM in Ireland as a consultant. Classic Hits 4FM has stations in Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Dr. Clark will be working with the station's on-air and sales staffs, in addition to implementing new media and digital strategies.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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