Indiana RadioWatch: April 29, 2009

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An LPFM changes hands, as the Indiana Historic Radio Museum hands off its WNRL-LP (105.9fm, Ligonier) to the West Noble School Corporation. The school system plans on implementing local news, community programming, news about the school district, and will train new people who are curious about broadcasting as a career.

Chevy Smith exits as newsperson at Federated Media's N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne).


Artistic Media's Sports/WDND (1490am, South Bend) takes a brief hiatus, as they went silent earlier today. What now? First, their programming shifts to sister News/WPNT (1620am, South Bend) which drops its CNN Headline News simulcast. Second, the reason why 1490am signed off is because their tower (near Angela Drive on the campus of Notre Dame) needs to come down because ND is building a new hockey arena. The existing tower is rather new, as it was built in January, 2008, after strong winds knocked the original tower down on New Year's Eve (31 December 2007). The original tower had stood since 1970. Artistic Media is on the hunt for a new 1490am tower site. This process that may take "at least three months and perhaps up to a year," according to a published report in the South Bend Tribune.


Calvary Chapel (Costa Mesa) Religious/WCJL (90.9fm, Morgantown) has applied to move city of license from Morgantown to Paragon (on IN-67, west of Martinsville), both within Morgan County. The COL change has no change to the power, transmitter site location, or directional pattern.

LeSea Broadcasting's WHMB-TV (Channel 16, Indianapolis) revises its DTV plans, now proposing a move to DT channel 20 with 530,000 watts ERP on the same stick they use now (West 79th Street in Indianapolis).


A translator trio is being sold. Mike MacIntosh's Horizon Christian Fellowship (San Diego) is selling W241AN (94.1fm, Washington), W234AU (96.5fm, Huntingburg), and W262AZ (100.3fm, Sullivan) to Mark Lange's The Original Company for $18,500. The sale includes translator sites at Huntingburg and Washington, but only the license for Sullivan (W262AZ). The FCC filing indicates that W231AN will rebroadcast Oldies/WQTY (93.3fm, Linton), while W234AU and W262AZ will both rebroadcast C&W/WWBL (106.5fm, Washington).

The CW TV network affiliate in Evansville is being sold. Steven Roberts' Roberts Broadcasting Company is selling WAZE-TV/DT (Channel 19/DT20, Madisonville, Kentucky) along with three LPTV simulcasters: WAZE-LP (Channel 17), WJPS-LP (Channel 4), and WIKY-LP (Channel 5; all Evansville) for $50,000 to Bobby Tate's BGT Communications LLC. An LMA already started near the end of 2008.

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

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