Indiana RadioWatch: July 1, 2000

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The FCC has released the list of LPFM applications for Indiana. You'll find the entire list at the end of this issue. Now onto the news of late...


CHR/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) makes some changes: morning co-host Lana Conroy exits. Also, The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 moves to Sunday mornings (6am - 10am) while Casey Kasem's American Top 40 moves to Sunday mornings (10am - 1pm).

Last issue, we reported the arrival of "Captain" Chris Didier at Oldies/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne). IRW has learned he'll be APD there under OM/PD Lee Tobin. With his arrival, there's a new lineup:

5:30am - 9am - Jim Reed & Carrie Wellman
9am - 10am - Jim Reed
10am - Noon - Carrie Wellman
Noon - 6pm - "Captain" Chris
6pm - Midnight - Dr. Dave

This lineup is the result of two departures: Afternoon guy Zack Skylar exits, as well as night lady Miranda Rae. Dr. Dave comes over from morning show producer duties of "Majic in the Morning" at sister AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne).

Public radio station WBNI gains FCC approval for a second station, along with a translator. Here's how it all falls out:

The new station, preliminarily known as WBOI (91.3fm, Orland), will have a translator in Fort Wayne, W204BF (88.7fm, Fort Wayne). Both frequencies should be on the air within 18 months, according to an article in The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. Formats of both stations, along with any changes to WBNI's format, will be announced at a later date.

Jim Zix, GM and Chief Engineer at Religious/WLAB (90.3fm, Fort Wayne) exits for the engineering department at Cumulus Media. Melissa Montana is now the Interim GM at "The Source."

At Urban/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven), PD Weasel hands out some titles: Night guy Randy Alomar is now APD. Afternoon man Julian Allison is now Music Coordinator, while midday lady Jordan Kline is now Events Coordinator.

Former then-CHR/WDJB (106.3fm, Columbia City) night (and morning) guy Phlash Phelps returns to Fort Wayne as morning man at Rhythmic/WCKZ (102.3fm, Auburn). He's not on the air yet, but we anticipate him starting soon. Also at "Z-102", "Freight Train" Shane exits.

Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio) has some additions: B.K. is now doing nights. B.K. arrives from Memphis, Tennessee, where he did afternoons at PD Jim Fox's former station: WMFS. Also, Jodi Hamilton is the new promotions director. Hamilton will also do promotions for sister Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne)

At Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville), local sales manager Bob Swinehart exits, along with several salespeople.

The application by Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for a station on 88.7fm in Kinderhook Township, Michigan (just over the IN/MI border, near Interstate 69) is returned by the FCC.


Robert Feder's column in The Chicago Sun-Times alerted us to WNDZ (750am, Portage) adding "Diamond Gems", a local weekly baseball show hosted by George Castle.


Radio One has closed on its $40 million deal with Shirk, Inc. and IBL, L.L.C. for Rhythmic/WHHH (96.3fm, Indianapolis), Rhythmic Oldies/WBKS (106.7fm, Greenwood) and Jazz/WYJZ (100.9fm, Lebanon). Bill Shirk, president of Shirk, Inc. will stay on as head of Radio One's Indianapolis Operations.

Former Country/WKKG (101.5fm, Columbus) night guy Joe Thunder is now doing weekends at Country/WGRL (93.9fm, Noblesville).

Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) welcomes Mike Thomas as PD. Thomas arrives from Dayton, Ohio where he was PD at WTUE and WXEG.

Bob & Tom add KKGL in Boise, Idaho and WZAZ in Columbus, Ohio to their list of affiliates.


In 1998, Contemporary Media owner Michael Rice was jailed, and stripped of FCC radio licenses, for sexually abusing children. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismisses Rice's legal challenges to the FCC to regain his licenses. In Indiana, Contemporary Media owns WBOW (640am, Terre Haute), along with WZZQ(AM) & FM (1230am, 107.5fm; both Terre Haute). If interested, you can read the Court's decision.

Talk/WBOW's (640am, Terre Haute) tower was severely damaged during recent thunderstorms. Consequently, the tower has been dismantled and they're on the air using a backup antenna.

Family Worship Center gains FCC approval on translator stations W219CQ-CP (91.7fm, Linton), and W212BN-CP (90.3fm, Huntingburg). They will translate WJFM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Just up the road from Huntingburg, Family Worship's application for 90.3fm in Jasper is dismissed.

Rock/WZZQ (107.5fm, Terre Haute) morning co-host Debbie Hunter exits, as well as air talent Danny Wayne. The two moves are un-related. Wayne is now at Country/WWSY (95.9fm, Seelyville).


After having a translator application dismissed on 88.7fm in Madison, the Family Worship Center (aka Jimmy Swaggart) has their translator application on 91.1fm, also in Madison, dismissed by the FCC.

Family Worship Center does gain approval on W217BE (91.3fm, Batesville). It'll translate WJFM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


WYGB-CP (102.3fm, Edinburgh) is a step closer to hitting the air. The Columbus City Council approved Keith Reising's building permit to construct a new tower.

On the other hand, WTCJ-FM (105.7fm, Tell City) debuts with a CHR format, as "The Party."


Jeannie Holiday is promoted from weekends to middays at AC/WIKY (104.1fm, Evansville).

Indiana LPFM Applications

This list was issued by the FCC on 21 June 2000
Bloomington     97.5fm Monroe County Public Library
Bloomington     98.7fm Center for Sustainable Living
Bloomington     98.7fm Church of the Good Shepherd of Bloomington, Inc.
Bloomington    100.3fm Bloomington Cultural and Community Radio Corp.
Bloomington    100.3fm Indiana University Student Broadcasting
Blountsville   107.3fm C.A. Fields Enterprises
Blountsville   107.3fm Chris Fields
Charlestown     98.3fm Lincoln Heritage Council B S A
Cicero         106.3fm Cicero Broadcasting Service, Inc.
Columbus        98.3fm Linda Jerome Foundation
Columbus        98.5fm Columbus Community Radio Corp.
Crawfordsville  93.9fm Calvary Chapel of Crawfordsville, Inc.
Danville        98.9fm Hendricks County Amateur Radio Community
Elkhart         96.3fm Elkhart Adventist Broadcasting Service Corp.
Elkhart         96.3fm Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries, Inc.
Evansville      98.7fm Youth Incorporated of Southern Indiana
Evansville      98.9fm Boeke Road Baptist Church
Evansville     102.5fm Electric Applications Radio Service, Inc.
Evansville     102.7fm Christian Fellowship Church, Inc.
Fortville      106.3fm Inter Mirifica, Inc.
Fort Wayne      95.7fm Fort Wayne Adventist Broadcasting Network, Inc.
Fort Wayne      95.7fm Quasi, Inc.
Fort Wayne      95.7fm Unity World Production, Inc.
Fort Wayne      95.7fm Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Inc.
Fort Wayne      98.3fm Blessed Beginnings
Goshen         106.7fm Iglesia Sinai Pentecostes, Inc.
Greenwood       98.9fm Greenwood Bible Baptist Church
Huntingburg     93.1fm Huntingburg Adventist Network, Inc.
Huntington     105.5fm Huntington College
Indianapolis    88.3fm Derrence Lamart Foster
Indianapolis   100.1fm Liberty Creek Homeowners Association
Indianapolis   105.1fm East Indianapolis Community Radio Corp.
Indianapolis   105.1fm Indiana Bible College
Indianapolis   105.1fm Public Access of Indianapolis, Inc.
Indianapolis   105.1fm Sabbath, Inc.
Indianapolis   105.1fm Wallace Street Presbyterian Church, Inc.
Indianapolis   106.3fm Horizon Christian Fellowship of Indianapolis, Inc.
Kokomo          94.3fm Kokomo Seventh-Day Adventist Broadcasting Co.
Lafayette       97.3fm Trinity Horizons, Inc.
Lafayette      104.7fm Thomas Alan Bauerle
Lafayette      107.3fm Harvest Chapel, Inc.
Lawrence       105.1fm Lawrence Central High School
Lawrence       105.1fm Right to Life of Indianapolis Educational Trust Fund, Inc.
Leo             94.5fm Harvest Christian Fellowship
Ligonier        93.9fm Indiana Historic Radio Museum
Marion          94.3fm College Wesleyan Church
Milan          106.7fm Milan Community School Corp.
Mishawaka       98.3fm Jeffrey A. Hewitt
Mishawaka      105.3fm Bethel College, Inc.
Monroe City    107.3fm Blue Jeans Community Center, Inc.
Muncie         107.5fm Jackson Park Baptist Church, Inc.
Muncie         107.5fm Siebert Broadcasting
New Castle     107.5fm New Castle Broadcasting Service, Inc.
Noblesville    106.3fm Hamilton County Radio Corp.
Noblesville    107.3fm Maranatha Broadcasting, Inc.
North Vernon   102.5fm Midwest Ministries, Inc.
Notre Dame     105.5fm Voice of the Fighting Irish, Inc.
Oakland         95.5fm Oakland City University
Pittsboro       98.9fm Calvary Chapel Fellowship of Pittsboro, Inc.
Plymouth       105.7fm Menominee
Richmond       107.1fm Endtime, Inc.
Richmond       107.1fm New Creations Chapel, Inc. DBA New Creations Boarding School
Shelbyville    102.1fm Shelbyville S.D.A. Broadcasting Services, Inc.
South Bend      98.1fm League of United Latin American Citizens, Counsil # 5001
South Bend     105.3fm Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc.
Terre Haute    106.9fm The Selah Word Network, Inc.
Tipton         100.1fm Tipton Broadcasting Service, Inc.
Valparaiso      93.5fm Book of Life Bible Institute, Inc.
Valparaiso      98.3fm Neighbors, Corp.
Vevay          104.5fm Switzerland Couty Community Church
Warsaw         105.3fm Warsaw Community School Corp.
West Lafayette  97.3fm White Horse Christian Center, Inc.
West Lafayette 103.5fm Michael K. Kindling
That's it for this issue! See you in two weeks...

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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