Indiana RadioWatch: June 30, 1999

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6:05am this morning (June 30) saw the light of a new day...and the transmitter at Religious/WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne) go kaput. Sources tell us a blower motor seized up, causing all the circuit breakers to trip off. In the interim, they've gotten a 100 watt backup transmitter up and running. Coincidentally, the transmitter that was going to replace this old one is already on site, and engineers are now working on final preparations to start broadcasting with the new transmitter, tomorrow morning. Also, due to the limited coverage of this small transmitter, their Real Audio feed is also off the air.

Soft AC/WEXI (102.9fm, Huntington) has its application to move to 103.1fm, and increase power, returned by the FCC.

Condolences to the family of William "Bill" Rogge, sports announcer at Country/WKUZ (95.9fm, Wabash). Rogge died June 22.


AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend) removes the "Interim" from PD Jim Roberts' title. Roberts keeps his mid-day shift. Also at "Sunny 101.5", Tori James shifts from nights to afternoons.


Midday jock at Classic Rock/WNAP (93.1fm, Indianapolis) Laura Steele adds weekend duties at two Chicago, IL stations: WXCD, and WUBT.


Talk/WBTO(AM) & Standards/WQTY-FM (1600am, 93.3fm, both Linton) are sold by Linton Broadcasting to The Original Company. No purchase price disclosed.

Hester Broadcasting sells Country/WTHC (95.9fm, Seelyville) for $665,000 to Bright Tower Communications (their [sarcastic] motto: "We never let a tower light burn out"), owners of CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute).

PBS station WNIN-TV (Channel 9, Evansville) applies to do its DTV transmissions on Channel 12. They'll use the same tower as they're on now (one they share with WNIN-FM).

Congrats to GM Len Clark and all the folks at WUEV (91.5fm, Evansville) for their award as "Best Newscast" in the College Radio Division at the Society of Professional Journalists annual competition. According to The Evansville Courier and Press, this is their fourth win in a row for this award.

Also, the University of Southern Indiana station, WSWI (820am, Evansville) won second place in the best feature category for a piece "Modern Rock Nooner".

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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