Indiana RadioWatch: April 21, 2001
Dave Riley, Production Director at Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) exits for Metro Networks' West Palm Beach, Florida office where he'll be a newsperson.
The Book of Life Bible Institute, Inc. has its LPFM CP granted on 93.5fm, licensed to Valparaiso.
A new lineup at Country/WMDH (102.5fm, New Castle) as "C.P. & Kelli" take mornings (Clint Marsh (OM/PD) and Kelli Thompson, who both previously split middays), middays is now Mike Lees, while afternoons and nights stay the same. Also,
former "Hit Country 102.5" morning co-host Bryan Pitts exits for News-Talk/WVNN in Huntsville, Alabama.
CSN International has its application for a station on 89.1fm in Danville dismissed by the FCC.
A Big Bob & Tom Affiliate Update: The Bob & Tom Show add WEND in Charlotte, North Carolina, WYNF in Sarasota Florida, and KBYZ in Bismarck, North Dakota, and WZZP in Clarksville, Tennessee. They're now on KURQ (from KXFM) in Santa
Maria. The other switch is from WWKJ (now WTWV) to WDVT in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Finally, they're no longer heard on KAVL in Lancaster, California, KRQS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, WXRA in Greensboro, North Carolina, WRZK in
Johnson City, Tennessee, and WKBH in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Where are they now? Former CHR/WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield) APD John Trout is now APD at 96.1 Kiss FM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In the 1990's, Contemporary Media owner Michael Rice was jailed, and stripped of FCC radio licenses, for sexually abusing children. Rice has retained the licenses, but not control of the stations, while he appealed the case. IRW has
learned that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Rice's appeal of the FCC's character policy. In Indiana, Contemporary Media owns WBOW (640am, Terre Haute), WBUZ(AM) (1230am, Terre Haute), and WZZQ-FM (107.5fm, Terre Haute).
Several national publications report that Rice will be formally stripped of the licenses this June.
Some changes at Country/WYGB (102.9fm, Edinburgh). Jim Burgan is the new PD - he'll also do afternoons, as well as nights at sister Hot AC/WRZQ (107.3fm, Greensburg). Also at Keith Reising's stations, Karen Steele-Avery departs as
News Director of WRZQ/WYGB for Emmis Communications' Network Indiana where she will anchor newscasts for the statewide network, as well as some work for their News-Talk/WIBC (1070, Indianapolis). Replacing Steele-Avery at WRZQ/WYGB is
Dana Murphy. Her previous radio gigs include WQKC/WZZB in Seymour.
Rob Burton, GM at WABX/WIKY/WJPS is elevated to VP/Market Manager for the three South Central Communications' Evansville stations.
That's it for this issue. See you in a week!
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