Indiana RadioWatch: July 31, 2004

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Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) adds Dave Sharp in afternoons. Sharp arrives from Cleveland where he was News Assignment Editor/Investigative Producer at WKYC-TV. Prior to WKYC, his radio career included stops at WNCI (Columbus, Ohio), WGCL (Cleveland, Ohio), KVIL (Dallas, Texas) and more than five years as a production editor at the legendary JAM Creative Productions. Sharp's arrival at WMEE means the on-air lineup looks like this:

Mornings: Mark Evans and Erika Taylor (5am - 10am)
Middays: Chris Cage (10am - 3pm)
Afternoons: Dave Sharp (3pm - 8pm)
Nights: Regan Thomas (8pm- 12am)
Overnights: Steve Starbrelz (12am - 5am)
Weekends: Brock Andrews

J.J. Davis arrives for afternoons at Artistic Media Hot AC/WSHI (106.3fm, Columbia City).


After sixteen months in their new "Love Songs" format, there's a change in the Michiana area. Artistic Media's Soft AC /WWLV (102.3fm, New Carlisle) reunites with co-owned Rock/WZOW (97.7fm, Goshen). On Tuesday afternoon, WWLV started a 28 hour marathon playing nothing but the J. Geils Band's "Love Stinks." (That's from 1980, if you're keeping score!) Yesterday (7/27) afternoon at 5:10pm, the 102.3 began simulcasting with WZOW. WZOW/WWLV GM Dave Wisniewski tells IRW that the stations will be identical, but since they're located in different areas of Michiana, each frequency will play its own block of commercials, thereby more effectively targeting their particular area.

On 21 June 2004, WGCS (91.1fm, Goshen) dropped its classical music programming in favor of Americana, renaming itself "91.1 The Globe." New programming on "The Globe" includes PRI's World Cafe (4pm - 6pm, weekdays), and Acoustic Cafe (9pm - 11pm, Sunday). Fans of classical music in Michiana remain satiated with WSND (88.9fm, Notre Dame) and WAUS (90.7fm, Berrien Springs, Michigan).


A popular Indianapolis morning radio show known for excessive pranks has been pranked itself. An Indianapolis man, forty year old Richard Brown, claiming to work for Emmis' CHR/WNOU (93.1fm, Indianapolis) "Billy and Marco" morning show. Brown called area restaurants, soliciting male employees about a contest where victims would go to his house and undress, for a chance to win $50,000 cash or a new car, as a part of a contest. Fortunately, when calls began arriving at the radio station about this "contest," State Police Sergeant Dave Bursten was at the radio station. Billy and Marco called him in to help them out with this situation, and along with Indianapolis Police Department officers, they went to the address given (Brown's house) and arrested him. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered that Brown was already on home detention and wore an ankle bracelet for a previous criminal confinement charge. As a result of this horrible incident, WNOU's Billy and Marco have established a victims relief fund. Tomorrow (29 July), from 5:30am-5:30pm, the duo will be live taking donations to benefit the Indiana State Police Youth Services. Not to make light of this situation, but as best IRW can tell, we're the first to say Richard Brown has a face for radio :-)

A promotion at Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) as Drew Carey, Network Coordinator for the Bob & Tom Show now becomes WFBQ Programming Coordinator. In his new role, Carey will assist OM Marty Bender and Director of FM Programming Scott Jameson ("Edsel") in the programming of Q-95. Carey was also PD of Clear Channel sister station Sports/WNDE (1260am, Indianapolis) and gives that role up. Just named: Chris Geisen is now the new PD at WNDE - He's also Creative Services Director for the entire Clear Channel-Indianapolis cluster.


Religious/WAPC (91.9fm, Terre Haute) is sold by IHR Educational Broadcasting (Immaculate Heart Radio) to the St. Louis Missouri-based Covenant Network. WAPC's calls change to WHOJ ("Heart Of Jesus").

Employment Opportunities

Position: Country / Mornings

Description: WCJC is looking for it's next great radio personality. Must be creative, fun and energetic. Are you the person who wants to be an active part of our company and community? Looking to fill this position ASAP.

Application deadline: August 9, 2004.

Experience needed: Solid on-air and production experience, strong communication and delivery, great phone skills, SAW, Cool Edit, Goldwave, PSA's, and remote broadcasts. AudioVault experience is a plus.

Send air check and resume to:
Operations Manager
WCJC Radio
Box 839
Marion, Indiana 46952

Or, email short mp3 and resume to wcjc at comteck dot com No phone calls, please. WCJC / Mid America Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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