Indiana RadioWatch: June 12, 2013

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Roger Diehm retires as partner from Oasis Radio Group, concluding over forty years in broadcasting, which brought him from the microphone (Ball State University and 1470am WHUT) to the sales floor (Federated Media) to the executive suite.

Sarah Delia exits as reporter and "All Things Considered" local host at Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne). Ms. Delia moves to Birmingham, Alabama and becomes an announcer and producer at NPR affiliate WBHM.

Chuck Rowe exits as reporter at N-T/WOWO(AM) and WOWO-FM (1190am, 92.3fm, both Fort Wayne).


This morning at 10:30AM (Eastern; since not every IRW reader lives in Indiana), six people will discuss satellite TV legislation (STELA) with the United States House Communications Subcommittee. "The Satellite Television Law: Repeal, Reauthorize, or Revise?" will include Schurz Senior VP/Broadcasting Marci Budick, along with people from TechFreedom, DIRECTV, Disney Media Networks, Navigant Economics and Bend Broadband.

Let's rewind and try this again: 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.

Douglas Road Radio's Country/WHFB-FM (99.9fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan) and Oldies/WZOC (94.3fm, Plymouth) along with Schurz's AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend), all add Daniel Anstandig's Listener Driven Radio. Several times a day, listeners vote for the next song. WSBT Radio Group President/General Manager Jim Roberts tells IRW, "I'm surprised at how well LDR integrated in to our automation system."

Speaking of WZOC, Mark Orlando now hosts mornings there. No stranger to Michiana, Mr. Orlando also does afternoon drive at WNSN.

Weigel Broadcasting ABC affiliate WBND (Channel 57, South Bend) hires three recent college graduates as reporters: Alexandra Koehn (University of Georgia, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism), Emily Evans (University of Ohio) and Amanda Starrantino (Chapman University).

After just under a year, Partnership Radio, LLC's Urban AC/WUBU (106.3fm, South Bend) PD Gary Hegland exits.

Calvary Radio Network's W255BH (98.9fm, Bremen) moves City of License from Bremen to LaPaz, giving coverage to Plymouth, LaPaz and Bremen.


Vazquez Development's News-Talk-Sports/WJOB (1230am, Hammond) afternoon host Ashley Calarie will leave WJOB for WLS-TC in Chicago, where she joins the production team of their "Windy City Live" show. Ms. Calarie joined "The Afternoon Fix" in March 2012, but has been with WJOB since 2010. WJOB GM Debbie Wargo says, "Listeners in the Region connect with Ashley as a personality, but she also produced 'The Afternoon Fix' and did traffic and weather. It's no surprise to us that a show in Chicago recognized her abilities as a producer and hired her. Also, she's quite beautiful. Our numbers on the streaming webcam go way up when she's on the air."

On Monday, Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting's NPR-Variety/WLPR (89.1fm, Lowell) began expanding programming on "89.1 The Lakeshore." NPR's "Morning Edition" previously aired weekday mornings from 4am until 6am now continues until 9am, with local hosts Sharon Jackson and Chris Nolte. NPR's "All Things Considered" now airs from 3pm until 5pm, with local hosts Tavis Buchan and Amanda Gass. Since NPR's "Talk of the Nation" will soon end, Steve Walsh's daily talk show, "Regionally Speaking," moves to 1pm. Two new shows on the schedule are Tell Me More," weekdays at 11am and "Here and Now," replacing "Talk of the Nation" from 2pm until 3pm.

Calvary Radio Network's W265CP (100.9fm, Monticello) is built after they moved city of license from Buffalo to Monticello and went from 101.1fm to 100.9fm. Calvary purchased W240BJ (95.9fm, Crown Point) back in January and received a construction permit to move the translator back on the tower in St John. That move should be complete in the next month or so.


Moody Radio/Indiana hires Darcey Christianson as Chief Engineer. Before moving to Indiana, Mr. Christianson worked as Chief Engineer at The Love Station radio network in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Jen Steele takes mornings at Brewer Broadcasting's AC/WHON (930am, Centerville) and FM translator W269BP (101.7fm, Richmond). Ms. Steele's broadcast career includes stops in Savannah, Georgia (WGCO and WIXV), Birmingham, Alabama (WERC), Charleston, South Carolina (WSC), Memphis, Tennessee (WREG) and Raleigh, North Carolina (WRAL). Her husband Ray is a newsperson for Emmis' WIBC. Also, Taylor Scott becomes the middays on "101.7 The Point," replacing the syndicated Donnie Osmond show. Mr. Scott also works part time in Indianapolis at WZPL and spent two years producing Abdul's morning show, when WXNT had a talk format.


IRW tips its cap to "Naptown Rock Radio Wars" producer/director Dave Fulton on winning an Emmy in the Nostalgia Program - Program/Special/Series category during the 2013 Emmy Awards.

Al Hobbs (former WTLC General Manager) returns to the Indianapolis radio dial with gospel music on Kids First, Inc.'s Variety/WITT (91.9fm, Zionsville). Mr. Hobbs does two radio shows on WITT: "Sunday Morning Joy" from 10am until Noon and "Love Express, Sunday evenings from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. "The Love Express" with Al "The Bishop" Hobbs was an integral part of WTLC's Sunday gospel music programming from the 1970s until the mid-1990s.

After 13 years as Chief Engineer, Roger Bishop exits Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis).

Dispatch Broadcast Group names Larry Delia as president and general manager of NBC affiliate WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis) and WALV-CD (Channel 46, Indianapolis). Since 2011, Mr. Delia was the GM at rival Tribune FOX affiliate WXIN (Channel 59, Indianapolis). During a 6PM newscast, WTHR-TV introduced Mr. Delia to its viewers by mistakenly showing Pablo Pereira's picture. Mr. Pereira is a meteorologist at KTTV in Los Angeles, California.

Speaking of WXIN, Walt Maciborski exits as 5pm anchor after about a year, for a similar role at Austin Texas TV station KEYE-TV.

Jana Soete joins E.W. Scripps' Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) as assistant news director. Ms. Soete arrives in Indianapolis from a managing editor role at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio.Also at WRTV, Chief Photographer Dave Franklin chooses to move back to a photographer role, and Jason Ronimous becomes Chief Photographer.

Updating a 2010 story, Horizon Christian Fellowship of Indianapolis now has call letters for their 91.3fm, Morristown CP: WWQI. The CP says WWQI will run 14,250 watts, vertical and 5000 watts horizontal at 184 feet, from a tower site on County Road 200 North, northeast of Shelbyville.

McKinzie Roth returns to the microphone in middays at Cumulus' CHR/WRWM (94.9fm, Lawrence). Ms. Roth last co-hosted mornings, with Scotty Davis at Radio One's CHR/WNOU (100.9fm, Speedway).

Where Are They Now (Part 1)? Former VP/Premiere Radio Networks/The Bob and Tom Show Executive Producer Marty Bender now programs WILV in Chicago, Illinois.

Where Are They Now (Part 2)? Former WTHR-TV Executive Producer Stephanie Croswait resigns from the news director chair at KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) to focus on her battle with multiple sclerosis.


Ed Zepplin exits Emmis' Classic Rock/WWVR (105.5fm, West Terre Haute). Mr. Zepplin was PD and did nights at "105.5 The River" and worked there for fifteen years.

Nexstar NBC affiliate WTWO-TV (Channel 2, Terre Haute) News Director Tom McClanahan steps down and continues his news anchor role. Mr. McClanahan has worked at WTWO-TV for over forty years.


Envision Radio Networks' syndicated Virtual News Center adds B.L.S. Entertainment's Urban AC/WEOA (1400am, Evansville) and translator W253BF (98.5fm, Evansville).

After recently leaving WEHT-TV /WTVW-TV, David Shepherd returns as News Director at Henson Media's Sports/WMSK (AM) and Country/WMSK-FM (1550am, Morganfield, Kentucky; 101.3fm, Sturgis, Kentucky).

Indiana Community Radio Corp. sells its WBOO (90.3fm, Morganfield, Kentucky) to Mount Vernon, Illinois-based Real Life Radio Foundation for $15,000. Ed Roehling's Roehling Broadcast Services brokered the sale.

Edgewater Broadcasting sells its W201BO (88.1fm, Vincennes) to Bethel Baptist Church in Linton for $31,500. Bethel already owns WYTJ (89.3fm, Linton).

Where Are They Now? Former (and we mean 1980s former) WTVW-TV sports anchor and reporter Lon Tegels recently took on an interesting challenge: Start up a news department for WXXV-TV in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi. Mr. Tegels leaves Lima, Ohio and the news director chair for all four network affiliates (NBC on a full-power TV channel, FOX on its .2 subchannel, ABC on a LPTV with CBS on its .2 subchannel.)

Employment Opportunities

WIKY is the leader in news and information radio in Southwest Indiana (Marconi, Crystal and local "Best of" award winning station), and we need a News Director and Morning News Anchor ready to lead our department. The ideal candidate has on air experience as a news anchor and reporter capable of being a key part of the number one morning show in the market. This candidate must also have experience as a manager or leader and be able to design and implement a news strategy that includes on air, online/digital and social media delivery. This is clearly not an entry level position and pay is commensurate with experience (and above market average).

To be considered, please send a complete resume along with a sample of your on air performance to Mark Elliott - WIKY Radio mark at wiky dot com.

Please note, if you know of someone who fits the above criteria or can recommend someone at your competitor you'd like to get out of the market, we will pay a $100 finder's fee, if we hire your recommendation.

WIKY / South Central Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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. We need 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WBOI-FM, an NPR station in Fort Wayne, Ind., 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.

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