Indiana RadioWatch: July 16, 2016

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Manchester University's WBKE (89.5fm, North Manchester) signs off June 22, and returns their license to the FCC. Our notes say WBKE signed on in May 1967.

Quincy Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) has a new Chief Meteorologist. Carlo Falco arrives in Fort Wayne from being a weekend meteorologist at KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, weekend meteorologist John Burchfield arrives. Mr. Burchfield last filled in as a meteorologist at WENY-TV in Elmira, New York.

Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Talk-Jazz/WBOI (89.1fm, Fort Wayne) drops A Prairie Home Companion. WBOI added Invisibilia (6pm until 7pm) and The Moth Radio Hour (7pm until 8pm).

Where Are They Now (Part 1)? Former Sarkes Tarzian/Fort Wayne Chief Engineer Geary Morrill joins Alpha Media as their Regional Director of Engineering (Midwest), based in Saginaw, Michigan.

Where Are They Now (Part 2)? Former WDJB DJ Craig Russell now programs and does mornings at WUPS-FM, along with programming WTWS-FM in Houghton Lake, Michigan.


Progressive Broadcasting System sells its W270BL (101.9fm, Elkhart) for $30,000 to Richard Ford's First Family Broadcasting. Of note: First Family Broadcasting owns Standard/WERT (1220am, Van Wert).

W23EA-D (Channel 23, South Bend) changes call letters to WUEA-LD.

Where Are They Now? Former Federated Media/South Bend GM Clint Marsh will soon join Futuri Media in Cleveland, Ohio as their Clint Integration Specialist.


Adams/Valparaiso PD Scott Smith becomes VP/Country Programming for Adams Radio Group. Mr. Smith will oversee Adams' Country stations, including WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville). Earlier in his radio career, Mr. Smith hosted mornings and was APD/MD at CHR/WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend).

C.V.L. Broadcasting signs on its FM translator W221CS (92.1fm, Crawfordsville) as a simulcast of Oldies/WCVL (1550am, Crawfordsville). C.V.L. Broadcasting bought the W221CS CP for $25,000 from Hoosier Broadcasting Corp. This deal had two brokers: Roehling Broadcast Services for Hoosier Broadcasting, and Henson Media for C.V.L. Broadcasting.

New call letters for LPFM Construction Permits: Mark down WCLJ-LP (107.3fm, Lafayette).

Where Are They Now? Former WYCM morning host Larry "Big Red" Stevens exits as PD/morning host at KGRT in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Mike Christopher exits as GSM for the Hoosier AM/FM station group in Marion. Joel Pyle succeeds Mr. Christopher. In broadcasting, Mr. Pyle last served as GSM for Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Huntertown). Their portfolio includes: Talk/WBAT (1400am, Marion), Sports/WMRI (860am, Marion), Hot AC/WXXC (106.9fm, Marion), and Country/WCJC (99.3fm, Van Buren).


After four years programming Cumulus' Classic Hip Hop/WRWM (93.9fm, Lawrence) and later adding the PD role of Classic Hits/WJJK (104.5fm, Noblesville), Jay Michaels will exit on Friday July 29. His programming successes at WRWM lead to this 2015 feature story in The New York Times.

Bob Wilkins' Wilkins Communications closes on its $25,000 purchase of translator W248BR (97.5fm, Crawfordsville) from Friends of Christian Radio. Broker on the deal: Jon Yinger of Broadcast Properties Inc. Of note, in Indianapolis, Wilkins owns Religious/WBRI (1500am, Indianapolis).

The Radio One/Indianapolis studios are at 21 E. St. Joseph Street. Indianapolis renamed that block "Amos Brown Way" to honor the late Indianapolis broadcaster, who suddenly passed away last November.

Last Monday, Kristi Lee rejoined The Bob and Tom Show after exiting late last year. Ms. Lee joined the show nearly 29 years ago.

Media General's CW affiliate WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) welcomes Al Carl as News Director. Mr. Carl moves to Indianapolis from Media General sister station KSNT-TV in Topeka, Kansas (where he also served as News Director).

After just under three years at the helm, Paul Rennie exits as VP/GM of Tribune Broadcasting's CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo) and FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis). Mr. Rennie remains in the Tribune family, and will join Tribune flagship WGN-TV in Chicago as President/GM.

Radio One's CHR/WNOW-FM (100.9fm, Speedway) morning duo Kyle Smelser and Rachel Bogle both exit. Kyle and Rachel began at "Radio Now 100.9" in 2010.

Where Are They Now?: Former WISH-TV and WANE-TV (Fort Wayne) reporter Anthony Ponce exits as reporter and weekend morning news anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Mr. Ponce's last day will be July 24.


Where Are They Now? Former WMGI night jock Brion O'Brion exits as APD/MD/PM Drive at KFXZ in Lafayette, Louisiana.


Where Are They Now? Former WTVW-TV Managing Editor/Anchor Polly Van Doren will exit the ABC/FOX duopoly of WKEF-TV and WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Van Doren will pursue opportunities closer to her home state of Missouri.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

July 10: In 1983, Farm Director Jay Gould left WOWO Radio. Mr. Gould passed away in 1984.

July 15: In 1974, Angola's WLKI signs on at 100.1fm. It's now on 100.3fm. In 1999, WSKL (92.9fm, Veedersburg) signs on. In 2008, WYBA (90.1fm, Coldwater, Michigan) signs on at 6:00pm.

July 16: In 1948, WIOU (1350am, Kokomo) signs on. In 2001, WVUB (91.1fm, Vincennes) flips format from Soft AC to Hot AC.

Employment Opportunities


Multimedia News Director


A full-time support staff position with benefits. Typical schedule is Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, subject to change.

The News Director (ND) leads and manages the planning, production and presentation of news. The ND supervises the news department staff. The ND reports to the General Manager/Director of Operations and works in cooperation with station leadership and staff to support the stations’ missions.

The ND has responsibility and understanding of news planning, reporting, editing and production. The ND helps define and maintain ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards for broadcast news programs. The ND assists with news programming decisions and news operations. The ND, as the station’s top news authority, is responsible for the journalistic integrity of all station platforms, including social media.


Editorial Planning, Scheduling, Editing (50%)

The ND directs the activities of the news staff to develop story ideas, track issues and events, select reporters for coverage, schedule stories for air, and schedule time for interviewing, writing and editing.

The ND serves as a primary editor to insure news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner.

The ND acts as a proactive liaison to various internal and external constituencies to advance the stations’ news programming. These may include the station programming and operations staffs.

The ND will represent the stations in regard to the Regional Journalism Center with Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, of which WVUT and WVUB are active members. The ND will make sure that news is being both utilized from the RJC and contributed to by our news staff.

In an effort to remain ahead of the curve with the changing media landscape, the ND will be charged in adapting the practices of the newsroom to take on updated technology and reporting methods.

Reporting and Anchoring (30%)

The ND is part of the news team and contributes content on a regular basis. The ND may need to anchor radio and TV newscasts, cover meetings and events, host talk/public affairs programs, appear as a program guest, and produce various spots, features or special programs.

Community Relations and Support (20%)

The ND seeks opportunities to promote public contact to help ascertain public needs and bolster station success. The ND participates in station events and fundraising activities as appropriate.


The ND adheres to deadlines and makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The ND is the primary content manager during times of breaking news or local crisis.


· A four-year degree in broadcast journalism — or equivalent — preferred
· Minimum three years full-time professional experience in broadcast journalism — preferably in a multi-platform (TV + Radio + Web) news environment
· Familiarity with public media news programming standards and values
· Successful candidate will possess broad knowledge of local and regional issues
· Must have ability to work within a live program environment
· Must have experience in broadcast production, news writing and editing
· Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills
· Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines under stressful conditions and deal effectively multiple tasks simultaneously
· Preferred technical skills include: television news producing and reporting, shooting video, nonlinear editing, proficient in advanced news writing software (which includes creating graphics), posting to (WordPress) website, anchoring radio newscasts, proficient knowledge of social media posting and best practices.

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


Do you love waking up crazy early to have crazy fun on the radio? East Central Indiana’s top cluster is looking for an up and coming superstar to add to our current Morning Show duo. You’ll be expected to seek out ways to get involved in the community.

You should have at least two years radio experience, understand every aspect of social media and be able to hit the ground running on the air and online.

Send your best airchecks, resume and cover letter explaining your on air, promotional and social media background to steveb at kicks96 dot com, or Brewer Broadcasting, c/o Steve Baker, PO Box 1647, Richmond, IN 47375.


89.1 WBOI (NPR News and Diverse Music), and Classical 94.1 WBNI seek a Chief Engineer for the two public radio stations serving Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. We are a growing organization in the process of relocating to a new facility in two-to-three years, which will include substantial investments in new equipment, new studios and production facilities. You will be an important part of our team while enjoying considerable autonomy and responsibility as our Chief Engineer.

The Chief Engineer is responsible for all technical and building operations and maintenance. Position reports directly to General Manager, and works closely with the Program Director and other staff. Occasional night and weekend work is necessary, with availability to respond 24/7 as needed. You must have the technical knowledge to operate and maintain two radio stations and all associated operations, be able to climb ladders, work in small spaces and have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical personnel are important. The ability to solve problems, think creatively, work independently, and troubleshoot is highly valued.


AASEET Degree or similar
5 or more years of radio broadcast engineering experience
Knowledge of FM broadcast and STL transmission systems including combiners
Ability to troubleshoot and repair FM and HD transmitters and associated equipment
Minimum 3 years of experience with Broadcast Electronics AudioVault Delivery Systems for both time-based and control-based satellite automation
New construction involving studio and transmitter sites
Familiarity with FCC rules and regulations
Network administration and IT support for Microsoft Windows Server and Windows 7 & 8 operating systems
PBX management
Drafting budgets for expenses, capital expenditures, and projects
Valid driver’s license and means of transportation

The following experience will be particularly beneficial:
· Work with AudioVault FLeX
· Experience with Axia Livewire or Wheatstone Wheat-Net audio over IP solutions
· Knowledge of IP based phone systems
· Familiarity with Microsoft Exchange
· Traffic and music software automation integration
· Engineering remote broadcasts and live performances
· Experience with FTP delivery systems

Please include resume and narrative/cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job duties and qualifications of this position.

Position is open until filled.

E-mail resume and cover letter to: Peter Dominowski, President and General Manager, at: pdominowski at nipr dot fm.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and do not discriminate with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.


DLC Media's True Oldies 104.9 WAXI--FM needs a Marketing Consultant. Retail Sales and/or Marketing Sales background. Team Player, energetic, Problem solver. Good people skills and an effective multi-tasker. Must have good computer skills and can create customized presentations. We require a high school graduate with some college preferred. Retail background a plus. We provide basic training and daily support. We offer a monthly Salary/Draw of $2,500 with commission opportunities and bonus money. We pay 67% of your personal and family health insurance premiums. We offer a Simples IRA Retirement plan and will match your contribution up to 3% of your annual income. We provide monthly travel allowance as well as 2 weeks paid vacation plus paid holidays and paid sick days. We have a great team environment. DLC Media, Inc. owns and operates Radio Station True Oldies 104.9 WAXI-FM as well as Memories 107.9 WAMW-FM and The General 95.9 & 1580 WAMW. We have a LMA with Vincennes University's 96-7 Jack FM WFML. We are seeking a local direct sales professional. Candidate must display strong communication skills. The winning candidate will focus most of their time selling advertising on WAXI which serves the Terre Haute area market with our exclusive Oldies format, The Bob & Tom Show, Cubs Baseball, IU Sports, High School Sports and other local programming. While we do offer special sponsorship opportunities we are looking for a person who can probe and find ways to help local retailers with their marketing needs with customized solutions. You must understand retail and the challenges business owners face. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume today to; Dave Crooks, President & General Manager at dlcmediainc at gmail dot com. or mail to 800 West National Hwy Washington, IN 47501. DLC Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


WIBC/Network Indiana is looking for a multi-media platform news talent who can gather and interpret content on multiple platforms, including digital (web, social media) and on-air. The position requires the production and gathering of text, images, audio/video, etc. The ideal candidate will have strong delivery, a versatile mindset for varying tasks, and be a natural storyteller.

Please apply online at

Please send your resume' and air check materials to cedavis at indy dot emmis dot com.


Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions and Events Coordinator for our South Bend Radio Group.

The position encompasses all facets of the radio business on-air, on-line and in person. It requires multi-tasking along with managing people and your own personal time. Problem Solving Skills required.

As Promotions and Events coordinator you will be responsible for, but not limited to:

Working hand in hand with Program Directors and General Sales Managers to plan, schedule and execute contests, promotions, and events.

Hiring and scheduling of part time employees for live broadcasts and events

Implementing Interactive elements of marketing campaigns and events. (mobile, email, online, social media)

Making sure the listener experience at live broadcasts & events is a memorable one

This is a very enjoyable job but requires you to bring your best to the office every day. It is a job where no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station’s needs. Requires working on evenings and weekends as needed. Two to three years' experience and/or marketing degree preferred.

Interested? Contact Stephanie Michel at smichel at federatedmedia dot com.

Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Indiana Country – WKKG – South Central Indiana’s #1 country heritage station, is looking for our next morning show superstar. If you can deliver an upbeat, LOCALLY relatable, music-driven show then send me your best stuff. Local is how we win, so you’ll be expected to seek out ways to get involved in the community. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits including 401(k), excellent work environment and an exceptional community. E-mail your resume and demo to John Foster, Station Manager at jfoster at wkkg dot com. White River Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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