Indiana RadioWatch: June 3, 2000

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After only a month as PD, Phil Grosch exits Alternative/WEJE (96.3fm, Churubusco). J.J. Fabini gains additional responsibilities as PD (he'll stay on as Music Director, too). Buster Meyer, morning show producer, will voice-track middays, since Matt Goshert is moving to nights. Michael Dean, former night guy, takes Grosch's afternoon airshift.

Tim Gilbert, erstwhile GM of WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne [ABC]) heads to Lexington, Kentucky where he'll be Director of Marketing at NBC affiliate WLEX-TV. Gilbert's replacement at WPTA is Jerry Giesler. Giesler has worked at many stations including Granite's KNTV in San Jose, California and WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mark Allen, afternoons at Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Decatur) earns Music Director duties.

Public Broadcasting of Northeast Indiana is given a CP for 91.3fm in Orland.

From just over the border: The FCC has approved a CP for the 93.9fm in Van Wert, Ohio. Dick McBroom's Maumee Valley Broadcasting will broadcast 4400 watts from a location on U.S. 30 near Middle Point, Ohio. Maumee Valley had owned WONW, WZOM and WNDH in northwest Ohio until last year, when he sold them to Clear Channel.

Where are they now? Former WOWO VP/GM Jane Bartsch is now VP/GM at Tribune Radio in Denver, Colorado. She recently left Long Island where she was President & GM at 3 of Barnstable Broadcasting's stations.


A Petition to Deny has been filed with the FCC over Pensacola Christian College's translator application on 88.5fm in South Bend.

We just saw one of the first articles in a national publication that covers a DTV station in Indiana. Interested? Broadcasting & Cable profiles WNDU-DT in its 22 May 2000 issue, Page 54.


The FCC approved changes to WZRK-CP (101.7fm, Kentland), but we haven't seen the changes, since the FCC databases aren't being updated while they change computer systems.


Oldies/WGLD (104.5fm, Indianapolis) GM Charlie Morgan is now VP/Market Manager for all of Susquehanna's Indianapolis properties: WFMS, WGRL, and WGLD.

Jazz/WYJZ (100.9fm, Lebanon) is now broadcasting from their new transmitter site near Brownsburg, Indiana. WYJZ is abiding by an FCC requirement that directional stations operate at 50% power pending approval for full-power operation.

Indiana Community Radio Corp. receives a CP for 88.1fm in Morristown. They'll be broadcasting 2700 watts at 190 feet, using the calls "WJCF-CP" ("Where Jesus Comes First"). They still have applications pending in Wadesville, Morganfield, Kentucky, and Madisonville, Kentucky.


Country/WWBL (106.5fm, Washington) and AC/WZDM (92.1fm, Vincennes) both join The Weather Channel Radio Network.


Pensacola Christian College has filed an opposition to a Petition to Deny concerning their translator application on 89.7fm in Oak Park (a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky)

The Educational Media Foundation receives a CP for 88.9fm in New Albany. Calls are to be W205BT. The FCC denied the Petition to Deny to this application. W205BT will translate KLOV (89.3fm, Winchester, Oregon)


Longtime AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Bloomington) PD Rich Anton will depart on July 14. In addition to being PD, Anton also does mornings at "Indiana's 92.3".


New to mornings at Oldies/WJPS (93.5fm, Chandler) is Gary McIntyre. McIntyre arrives from Jamestown, New York, where he was Operations Manager at Oldies/WKSN and Country/WHUG.

We saw that Randy Bell's Southern Wabash Communications has acquired WMSK(AM) & FM in Morganfield, Kentucky. Here in Indiana, he owns Evansville station WSJD (100.5fm, Princeton) along with partial ownerships in several other stations.


The Indiana Broadcasters Association will be conducting a one day sports workshop at the NCAA Conference Center in Indianapolis on Friday July 14. If you're interested in attending, contact either the Indiana Broadcasters Association or Len Clark ( Cost is $50.00 for professionals and $25.00 for student professionals. The conference includes professionals from sports networks, universities, and radio stations throughout Indiana and the nation.

Finally, we seem to have lost a chunk of our audience when we moved e-mail addresses. If you have a colleague that used to receive IRW but doesn't anymore, or a colleague who's never received IRW, encourage them to e-mail us and we'll add them to the list. IRW wouldn't be a great publication without your support and we do appreciate it.

That's it for this issue! See you in two weeks...

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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