Indiana RadioWatch: June 4, 2013

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Before we begin, here's two items from the cluttered IRW desk:

On Friday, the FCC granted a waiver specifically for the new FEMA public service announcements that use an EAS tone.

Second, The Kneeland Project is currently accepting applications for their September 11-14 session in Austin, Texas. Applications will be due Friday, June 14 and applications are available at

Thanks to Kneeland's generous funders, this opportunity is nearly free for 18 selected television news directors. The Kneeland Project pays for all tuition costs as well as hotel and several meals. Participants cover only their transportation and a few meals -- Kneeland takes care of the rest.

In a recent survey of Kneeland Fellows, 100% reported they still regularly use lessons learned at Kneeland, believe that time spent at Kneeland improved their career, and said they have recommended Kneeland to a friend or colleague.

This fall's participants will be joined by some of the best and brightest leaders in the industry, but they won't provide didactic, one-way lectures. On the contrary. Kneeland is seeking applications from television news directors with high-level expertise, insight, and experience to make this a truly unique opportunity. Most importantly, journalists will leave the program with a solid plan to guide their leadership decisions starting the day they return to their newsroom. This isn't theoretical information that news managers will put on a shelf and neglect. Every participant will walk away with concrete action items to implement immediately that will make a difference in their station...and their life.

It's an intensive program unlike any other. It's practical. It's highly interactive. It produces long-lasting results. Journalists return to their stations refreshed and ready to tackle the sometimes overwhelming challenges newsrooms now face.

Only 18 television news directors will be selected for this program. Apply today!


Yesterday, Summit City Radio Group flipped their Standards WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne) and Soft AC/WGL-FM (102.9fm, Huntington) both to Oldies. Rick Hughes returned behind the microphone in mornings, after a long tenure at crosstown Federated Media. Also, Pat White's show moves back an hour (now 2pm until 5pm).

A former WPTA-TV GSM will retire at the end of this month. Bill Ransom worked through the ranks of Granite Broadcasting: After leaving Butler Road in Fort Wayne, he moved to Syracuse, New York and the president/GM role at Granite's WTVH-TV. In 1995, Mr. Ransom moved west down I-90, to Buffalo, New York and the president/GM role at Granite's WKBW-TV.

Luckland's LPTV CP W49DP-D (Channel 49, Fort Wayne) becomes WODP-LD.


Malu Santos exits the midday shift at Talking Stick Communications' Rock/WRSW-FM (107.3fm, Warsaw). AC McCray replaces Ms. Santos and GM Woody Zimmerman takes nights.

Sports Director Benjamin Kelly exits Goshen College's WGCS (91.1fm, Goshen) and becomes one of two voices handling play by play for the Schaumburg (Illinois) Boomers baseball team (Frontier League).

Federated Media's Sports/WLEG (102.7fm, Ligonier) adds Coyote and Roger Grossman ("Coyote and Grossman) mornings, 7am until 9am.

Partnership Radio, LLC's Urban AC/WUBU (106.3fm, South Bend) adds the Darryl Buchanan "Get Down with the Music Hour" on Friday evenings, from 7pm until 8pm. Mr. Buchanan is a musician living in South Bend and tours the nation. The show includes music, interviews, and both local and national music scene news. WUBU PD Gary Hegland produces the show.


Kaspar Broadcasting Co., Inc. receives a CP for translator W235BV (94.9fm, Logansport) and W269CP (101.7fm, Lafayette).


An update: Radio 74 Internationale receives a CP for a translator W287BC (105.3fm, Cambridge City).


Tribune Broadcasting adds Susan Buterbaugh as Director of Sales for their Indianapolis TV duo: FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CW affiliate WTTV (Channel 4, Bloomington). Ms. Buterbaugh arrives in Indiana's capital city from the GSM chair at Tribune sister FOX affiliate WPMT-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

After leaving Entercom's WXNT (1430am, Indianapolis) in August 2011, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz returns to Indianapolis talk radio, hosting a Saturday afternoon show on Emmis' N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis). Counselor Shabazz (He earned his J.D. from St. Louis University) hosts "Abdul at Large" from 2pm until 4pm on WIBC.

Where Are They Now? Former WNOU MD/nights "Riggs" moves to afternoons at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's WRNW.


DLC Media's Oldies/WAXI (104.9fm, Rockville) OM Doc Long exits and Renee Lyle replaces Mr. Long. On the sports side, WAXI drops Chicago Cubs baseball play by play and adds Chicago Bears football, The Indianapolis 500 and The Brickyard 400.

Midwest Communications' N-T/WIBQ (98.5fm, Paris, Illinois) adds Mark Walters' "Armed American Radio" to its Sunday night (10pm until 1am) lineup.


Yesterday, White River Broadcasting's WCSI (1010am, Columbus) added online streaming.

Reising Radio Partners makes several changes. First, Country/WYGB (100.3fm, Edinburgh) opens a new studio on Jackson Street in Franklin. Second, Brent Lee moves from the "Korn Country 100.3" PD chair to Production Director of all Reising radio stations. Chris Wooldridge replaces Mr. Lee in the "Korn Country 100.3" PD chair and in morning drive. Mr. Wooldridge moves over from morning co-host at sister Hot AC/WRZQ (107.3fm, Greensburg). Replacing Mr. Wooldridge at "Q-MIX" is Tim Green, who joins Brittany Gray on the "Q Wake Up Crew."

More news at Reising: Mike Nolting is now News Director of all Reising radio stations. At Oldies/WXCH (102.9fm, Columbus), they add the 6pm hour of Tom Kent's satellite show. Tom Kent now airs on "Mojo 102.9" weekday evenings from 6pm until Midnight and weekends from 7pm until Midnight.


Read on for a special "Happy Birthday," in our "Today in Indiana Radio History" section.

On Sunday, DLC Media's Variety Hits/WFML (96.7fm, Vincennes) flipped formats to Classic Rock, using Cumulus' satellite format, however, Brad Deetz and Dave Foster remain in mornings. Also at DLC Media, Shelley Crooks is the General Sales Manager (and she's married to DLC owner Dave Crooks). David Dial will retire at the end of June as president of WNIN-FM (88.3fm, Evansville) and WNIN-TV (Channel 9, Evansville). Replacing Mr. Dial will be Brad Kimmel (former president of My Classic Car Productions) who started work at WNIN yesterday.

Music Ministries, Inc. receives a CP for a new radio station: WBFW (94.5fm, Smith Mills, Kentucky). Once complete, the station will be a southern extension of Evansville's "Thy Word Network." WBFW will broadcast at 5400 watts from a 180 foot tower in Morganfield, Kentucky, and extend the network's reach from Henderson (where its WBGW signal ends) south towards Sturgis and Madisonville, Kentucky.

B.L.S. Entertainment's Urban AC/WEOA (1400am, Evansville) and translator W253BF (98.5fm, Evansville) redesign their website at a new URL:

Today in Indiana Radio History

In 1991, WUZR (105.7FM, Bicknell) signs on.

Employment Opportunities

WBOI-FM, an NPR station in Fort Wayne, seeks a creative, enterprising reporter and anchor to join our award-winning team. Now under the leadership of GM Peter Dominowski, co-founder of the Public Radio Program Directors Association and the MEGS for Journalists workshops, Northeast Indiana Public Radio is looking for a journalist who is eager to tell the stories of real people. We want a reporter who's creative, engaging on social media and the web, and driven to tell stories that impact the community.

Job Duties:

* Report on issues of local and regional importance. Pitch ideas for spots, NPR-style features and compelling two-way interviews.
* Host local breaks during Morning Edition or All Things Considered.
* Participate in on-air fund drives.

Minimum qualifications:

* Bachelor's degree and two years of journalism experience. Public radio experience strongly preferred.
* Strong writing skills.
* Proficient with audio editing software.
* Experience with web publishing platforms and social media.
* Knowledge of public radio core values and style.
* Reliable transportation and a valid driver's license.
* Knowledge of local and regional issues a plus.

Send cover letter, resume and audio of your best hosting/reporting work (either .mp3 files or links) to sbueter at nipr dot fm. Northeast Indiana Public Radio and WBOI are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Do you like bats, bourbon and basketball?? If so, keep reading. Newly formed Summit Media Group's Louisville cluster is on the hunt for the nation's best talent. Currently seeking a morning personality/imaging director for top rated 107-7 The Eagle, Louisville's Classic Hits (WSFR). Prepare to be all live, all local and ready to work - show prep, creative content, production, appearances, social media, concerts and more expected. Main focus on live mornings and imaging. Must be willing to accept coaching. 3 to 5 years on-air experience preferred. Experience imaging Classic Hits, Classic Rock, Hot AC a plus. Excellent pay, benefits and resources. Summit Media Group is an equal opportunity employer. Send packages to loujobs at summitmediacorp dot com. Summit Media Corp. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Emmis Communications' WIBC/Indianapolis is reloading with more live and local talk programming. Our next afternoon host will talk about things that make others talk about them... someone that understands the difference between displaying/relating conservative sensibilities vs. ideology alone. If you want the job, you'll need to be as comfortable talking about Mark Zuckerberg as Marco Rubio and Ryan Lochte as Paul Ryan. If you can connect the dots on what commonalities make both "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Chelsea Lately" work you could be ready to pull off the kind of show we are looking for. Insatiable curiosity required. Amaze us with your demo, writing examples, and anything else that conveys why your skills and talents will keep us relevant through the next decade. Send to dwood at indy dot emmis dot com. Emmis Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

South-Central Indiana's number one country radio station, Indiana Country WKKG, is on the hunt for a marketing consultant to develop strong, lasting business partnerships and build successful marketing programs for radio and the web. You'll be working from an established client list as well as creating new business relationships. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, professional character and the ability to work in a competitive and diverse market. The selected individual will receive a competitive compensation package including salary, plus commission, health and life insurance benefits and 401(k) pension plan. Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter including salary history by May 31st, to Personnel, White River Broadcasting Company; P.O. Box 1789; Columbus, IN 47202, or email jobs at wkkg dot com. The White River Broadcasting Company is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Hoosier AM/FM is seeking an experienced media Account Executive to join the sales team of our four-station cluster in Muncie-Marion, IN. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent verbal and written communications skills are a must. This is a full time position. Hoosier AM/FM offers a competitive compensation package including Medical, Dental, Paid Vacations. Minimum education level is High School diploma or equivalent. Resume and letter of introduction are to be sent to indianaradiojobs at yahoo dot com. Hoosier AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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

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