Indiana RadioWatch: June 17, 2013

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Monday morning food for thought:

The Washington Post: Are unpaid internships illegal?.

Sidebar: Poorly Paid Interns Sue Condé Nast.


WHFB Broadcast Associates LP sells its silent WHFB (1060am, Benton Harbor, Michigan) to the Federighi family's Gerard Media for $175,000. Gerard Media begins an LMA and will put five thousand watt WHFB back on the air. WHFB's former sister WHFB-FM does a country format, under Douglas Road Radio ownership. Gerard Media also owns hybrid Talk and Classic Hits formatted WIMS (1420am, Michigan City). WHFB(AM) went silent in June 2012, another economic victim.

Talking Stick Communications' Sports/WAOR (95.7fm, Nappanee) adds Dial Global's NBC Sports Radio weekdays afternoons, evenings and weekends, under PD "Ragz."


Back in May, Columbia College Chicago honored Leonard Ellis (B.A., 1952) as one of its Alumni of the Year. "Uncle Len" Ellis founded northwest Indiana's Radio One Communications, which owns four radio stations: Oldies/WAKE (1500am, Valparaiso), Country/WLJE (105.5fm, Valparaiso), Classic Rock/WXRD (103.9fm, Crown Point) and AC/WZVN (107.1fm, Lowell). Mr. Ellis has over sixty five years in radio and forty eight years at WAKE(AM). In 1957, Mr. Ellis also worked with a group that co-founded the Country Music Association (CMA) and he holds card number one as a CMA charter member.


Chase Daniels becomes MD and morning host at Entercom Hot AC/WNTR (107.9fm, Indianapolis) beginning next week Monday. Mr. Daniels recently left WSTR in Atlanta, Georgia, where he hosted afternoons. Mr. Daniels' move to Indianapolis reunites him with WNTR OM J.R. Ammons who once worked as PD at WSTR (The Ammons-and-Daniels duo also worked together at WAPE in Jacksonville, Florida).

Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis) producer Mike Wilhite exits after sixteen years and moves to Albuquerque, New Mexico and KOAT-TV as their new evening Executive Producer.


Lin Media's CBS affiliate WTHI-TV will soon have two new retirees: Jim Swander and Mark Allen. Mr. Swander (Local Sales Manager) and Mr. Allen (Managing Editor and Evening Anchor) will retire next month. Let's start on-screen: In 1967, Mr. Allen began his TV career at WTWO, where he spent twenty three years, eventually becoming Assistant GM. In 1990, Mr. Allen left WTWO and moved to WTHI-TV. After Mr. Allen retires, sister LIN Media anchor Mike Cleff will move from Lafayette (WLFI-TV) to Terre Haute.


Ryan Media's Sports WQKC (1450am, Jeffersonville) returns to its roots by changing its call letters back to the original WXVW, used from their 1961 sign on for the next thirty five years.

Today in Indiana Radio History

On Monday 17 June 1968, 1090am signed on in Fort Wayne. Today, it's WFCV.

In 1984 (but not a Monday!), 90.3fm in Covington signed on. Today, it's WFOF.

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.

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

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