Indiana RadioWatch: June 27, 1998

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Three major stories start this issue off. Then we'll move to the regional news.

The licenses of WBOW(AM) and WZZQ(AM) & FM were recently revoked by the FCC. Owner Michael Rice was convicted in 1994 of sexual assault. The FCC deemed the stations had misrepresented Rice's involvement with the stations, finding that Rice was involved with consulting, programming, and hiring, after his conviction. Rice's company Contemporary Media also had all of its Missouri construction permits denied, as well as his two broadcast station licenses in Missouri revoked. (KFMZ in Columbia and KBMX in Eldon)

On June 15, Country/WIRE (100.9fm, Lebanon) split off from its simulcast of WWRE (91.1fm, Lebanon) and changed format to Jazz. The calls will change to WYJZ. WWRE, still in hot water with the FCC over alleged interference, remains with its country gold format. The new WYJZ (Y-100.9) is running automated. It makes for the second smooth jazz outlet to enter Indianapolis in as many months. WSYW-FM recently moved their classical format to the (AM) side and started the JSN "Smooth Jazz" format on the -FM.

Bob & Tom add their largest affiliate to date: WRCX in Chicago, Illinois, effective June 29. Former morning man Mancow Muller moves to Emmis' Q-101 (WKQX).


News-Talk/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) welcomes Dave Macy as morning host. Macy comes to the Summit City from PD/mornings at WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee. With Macy's arrival, the morning show takes a new direction, heading to a more interactive talk format. Previously, it was more of a news/features show.

IRW welcomes Don Gore to AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne). He'll be producer of the "Majic in the Morning" show. Also, morning side-kick Mark Evans departs for an entertainment reporter job at local NBC affiliate WKJG (Channel 33).

Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Decatur) & Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) promotions director Tony Malone departs for mornings at crosstown Modern AC/WYSR (94.1fm, Roanoke).


The American Family Association applies for a translator at 88.5fm in Rochester.


Fountain Warren Community Radio Corp. applies for a station on 91.5fm in Attica, near Lafayette.


Indianapolis based Emmis Broadcasting Corporation changes its name to Emmis Communications Corporation.


WCDV (103.1fm, Covington) changes calls to WKZS.


Rock/WQMF (95.7fm, Jeffersonville) air personalities Duke and Mel flip shifts. Duke is now on in middays, while Mel takes afternoons.

Religious/WARL (88.9fm, Marengo) gets an extension of its CP.


American Family Association applies for a translator on 90.3fm in Nashville.


Kudos to WUEV (91.5fm, Evansville). WUEV received a Gabriel Award from UNDA-USA, the National Association of Catholic Communicators, for their children's show "Rated G". WUEV also received a Certificate of Merit for overall station programming. In addition, station manager Len Clark has been named a National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation Professional Fellow.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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