Indiana RadioWatch: July 2, 2014

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Just a reminder: The NAB 2014 Radio Show will be September 10 through September 12 in Indianapolis.


As we reported in the last IRW, 103.9fm in Fort Wayne went briefly off the air while tower crews moved the 103.9fm antenna to a new tower site. Adams Radio Group Chief Engineer Phil Jennings removed the old Energy-Onix Eco4 transmitter and replaced it with a BE FMI 402 HD transmitter. 103.9fm came back on the air with a recorded loop. The loop sounded like an on-hold message (e.g. "Your music is important to us. 103.9 will be right with you.") On Friday 20 June at 10:39PM (Seems apropos...), Adams Radio Group flipped its WWFW (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) to Soft AC, as "Soft Rock 103.9" under GM Shel Leshner and new PD Robbie Mack. Here's the first hour:

"Celebration" (Kool and the Gang)
"It Must Have Been Love" (Roxette)
"Just the Way You Are" (Bruno Mars)
"One of These Nights" (The Eagles)
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" (Hall and Oates)
"Just Give Me a Reason" (Pink)
"What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye)
"If This Is It" (Huey Lewis and the News)
"1, 2, 3, 4" (Plain White T's)
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" (Whitney Houston)
"Ho Hey" (The Lumineers)
"Tiny Dancer" (Elton John)
"Borderline" (Madonna)
"When It's Over" (Sugar Ray)
"You Are Not Alone" (Michael Jackson)

Where Are They Now? Former "Rewind 106.3" and "Hot 107.9" Fort Wayne DJ "Nugget" makes the leap to San Antonio, Texas and the morning co-host chair at KTFM. L&L Broadcasting owns KTFM, and former "Rewind" and "Hot" GM Phil Becker recently became L&L Broadcasting VP/Programming.


The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend earns a CP for WREF-LP (104.3fm, Elkhart). The 16 watt at 242 feet LPFM will broadcast from a tower on County Road 20, east of IN-17 in Goshen.

Schurz Communications' CBS-affiliate WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) adds meteorologist Ed Russo. Mr. Russo last worked in Erie, Pennsylvania, as morning meteorologist at WICU-TV/WSEE-TV.


Family Stations, Inc. receives a Construction Permit for translator W294BX (106.7fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan). As proposed, the translator will broadcast from a tower near Lake Michigan, east of MI-63, north of Benton Harbor.


Woof Boom Radio's Country/WMQX (96.7fm, Alexandria) flips call letters to WBKQ, thus better matching its new "Blake FM" moniker.

A correction: Before we leave East 29th Street, we'll tip our cap to Woof Boom Chief Engineer Sean Mattingly, who recently celebrated his thirtieth year in radio. Mr. Mattingly began working at what's now WMXQ (93.5fm, Hartford City) in 1984 (originally WWHC, Mr. Mattingly reminds us).

Since then, WMXQ became part of a six radio station cluster. Mr. Mattingly says he's worked for seven different owners ("Each better than the previous one"), and estimates he's met roughly three hundred employees in those thirty years.


A correction: The new Emmis' N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) morning host is Tony Katz, not Jeff Katz.

Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) airs over sixty hours of local news each week. Yesterday, WXIN announced they will share news content and promote news coverage with The Indianapolis Star. The partnership begins on August 1. Both the TV station and newspaper will keep separate newsrooms. While the details still haven't been fully worked out, the two media organizations will offer joint coverage of breaking news stories, election coverage and weather coverage. In the future, Investigative pieces might have reporter bylines from both FOX59 and the Star.

Also, WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CW affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo) welcome Sarah Jacobs as GSM. Ms. Jacobs last worked for Sinclair in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, she was Local Sales Manager at WKRC-TV.

A former Indianapolis radio news director passed away. Norm Lumpkin was 75 and worked for WTLC radio in the late 1960s.

Kaspar Broadcasting modified the CP for its translator at 105.1fm, licensed to Noblesville. The new CP calls for a move to 94.3fm and a power increase from 40 watts to 170 watts from the same tower as Inter Mirifica's Catholic Religious/WSQM (90.9fm, Noblesville), which is the former WHMB-TV transmitter site along IN-238. What was W286CM is now W232CP.


After nearly 45 years in broadcasting, Barry Kent will soon retire from Emmis Communications' Country/WTHI-FM (99.9fm, Terre Haute). And, he blogs about it. Also, midday host Diane House exits.


Townsquare Media's Classic Hits/WJLT (105.3fm, Evansville) will flip format next week to sports, using ESPN Radio. All of WJLT's airstaff exit: Dave Westrich, Julie Michaels, Johnny Kincaid, and Gavin Eddings.

WJLT flipping format means The Original Company's Sports/WYFX (106.7fm, Mount Vernon) (already) flipped format from Sports to Talk. The new weekday lineup:

The Wall Street Journal This Morning (5am until 8am)
Brian Kilmeade ("Kilmead and Friends") (8am until 11am)
John Gibson Show (11am until 2pm)
Tom Sullivan ("Tom Sullivan Radio Show") (2pm until 5pm)
All About Sports with Dan Egerski (5pm until 6pm)
Andy Dean ("America Now with Andy Dean") (6pm until 9pm)
Michael Savage (9pm until 12am)
Jon Grayson ("Overnight America with Jon Grayson") (12am until 5am)

Raycom Media's NBC affiliate WFIE-TV (Channel 14, Evansville) promotes Brandon Bartlett to weekday 4pm anchor. Mr. Bartlett shared that he will also eventually anchor the Sunday evening newscast along with the Monday through Thursday 4pm newscast.

Employment Opportunities

Vincennes University is seeking an energetic visionary to manage and lead our respected, award-winning radio station, WVUB-FM. The Station Manager directs general operations of the station, leads strategic planning, oversees the budget and engages in community activities and events. Additional responsibilities include overseeing a Time Brokerage Agreement for the commercial radio station WFML-FM, timely preparation of the station's Public File, preparing the station's annual budget and grant applications, and preparation of FCC and CPB applications and filings. This person may also be asked to teach one broadcasting-related course per semester in the E-Media programs.

The successful applicant should have strong decision-making skills, be able to positively interact with students, staff and the general listening public, as well as the ability to handle responsibilities in key broadcasting associations related to the public broadcasting business. The applicant should have current experience in marketing/promotions (including digital media), sales/underwriting, broadcast automation systems, audio production software, and must have on-air and radio production skills. Strong writing and speaking skills are essential to the position.

Successful applicant should have a Baccalaureate degree and a minimum of five years in Broadcast Operations, and teaching experience at the college level is preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Vincennes University, Human Resources, 1002 North First Street, Vincennes, IN 47591 or email to jobs at vinu dot edu. Vincennes University is committed to diversity in the college community. AA/EOE.

G101-3 (WFMG, Richmond, IN), the world's most interactive radio station, is looking for the right person for Afternoon Drive on our Adult Top 40 station. You'll also work on imaging and VT for a sister station. If you're wondering if you're the right person, let's first clear up who ISN'T.

* You've moved around from station to station like a nomad. The right person wants to stay a while.
* You plan on commuting if you get the job. The key to interactive radio is being local. If you don't invest in the community they won't invest in you.
* You have the sense of humor of a folding chair. Not. Interested.
* You expect to get rich. Why are you in radio??

Richmond is an All-American city and is booming! The right person has a love for radio, a desire to be the best and a passion for giving back to the community. These are things that we believe in and expect from our staff. What about you? Are you the right person? If so rush your materials to rickduncan at g1013 dot com, or via snail mail: Rick Duncan, Director of Programming/Operations, Whitewater Broadcasting, Richmond, IN 47374. Be the right person or you'll be left. Whitewater Broadcasting is an EOE.

Adams Radio Group needs a new midday host and evening host for their Country WBTU. OM Mark Allen wants your resume and audio (three minutes, maximum) via e-mail: mallen at argfw dot com. Adams Radio Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Cumulus Media- Nash FM 1025, serving East Central Indiana, is growing and currently looking for one professional sales representative to help local businesses grow their market share. Media sales with a college degree preferred. However, we will extensively train the right candidate to be wildly successful. There is unlimited income potential with a pay structure to help you hit the ground running. Includes a nice benefits package. If you have a minimum of 1-2 yrs. business to business sales experience and are looking for a long term career working for the finest radio media company in the industry then contact me for a confidential interview. Valerie.Abram at Cumulus dot com. Cumulus Media-Nash FM 1025 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full Time PM-Drive/Social Media Director opportunity available in Muncie-Marion, IN. We're a fully-staffed, multi-station small market cluster, with a strong "team" approach to all we do. This is your opportunity to really make a connection with listeners and have a direct, positive impact in the community. This is not a "starter job" - we're looking for experience and creativity, positive attitude, the ability to pull off awesome appearances and remote broadcasts, and be the brand of the station. This position also includes maintaining and growing all social media channels of WXXC, WCJC, WMRI, and WBAT. Pay is competitive. Benefits offered. How soon can you start? Email resume, cover letter, and on-air demo to vanessa at wmri dot com. We're an Equal Opportunity Employer and ready to hire!

Radio One Top 40 WNOU (RadioNow 100.9)/Indianapolis hunts for a gifted evening entertainer, a.k.a. nighttime superstar! Qualified candidates for this big-time position must be social media monsters, have great phone skills and be ready to take over the city of Indianapolis. Liner jocks need not apply, and please, spare us from applicants who read "horror-scopes" as entertainment or think that reading the weather forecast counts as a content break. If this interests you, please send your resume aircheck to lbaldwin at radio-one dot com. Radio One is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WZZY Winchester, Indiana is looking for our next Morning Show host. Not only will you be the morning "voice" of our A/C station but through your work and interaction within the community you'll also be the "face" of the station as well. Plus you'll VT evenings on our winning Adult Top 40 sister FM and do plenty of remotes and appearances on both stations. Even if you've never done Mornings before send along your best. Our former host has been with us for 13 years so we believe in longevity and loyalty. Send along an on-air sample (please keep it short) and resume to rickduncan at g1013 dot com. Or you can mail it to Rick Duncan, Director of Programming/Operations, Whitewater Broadcasting, Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WGTO AM-FM is looking for a salesperson to handle local and regional sports and general market sales. Position pays high commission rate but requires a self-starter who can operate without direct supervision. List is unrestricted and the right candidate can name his or her territory. This person will be responsible for prospecting and developing new business as well as growing and maintaining existing accounts. A positive attitude and excellent communications skills are a must. WGTO is the local voice of Cass County Michigan and the home of local high school sports. The music format is Classic hits with a live local swap shop program, Dowagiac High School Football and University of Michigan football and afternoon talk with Ed Shultz. WGTO is 3000 watts at 910AM and FM at 101.1 WGTO covers Cass County as well as Niles, And St Joe Benton Harbor in Berrien County and South Bend Indiana. Send letter of introduction and or resume to WGTO at larrylangford at aol dot com. WGTO welcomes applications from ALL interested persons as an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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