Indiana RadioWatch: August 1, 2016

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We're going take a brief time out from our normal "around the state" structure, as there's a TV story which impacts both Fort Wayne and South Bend viewers.

Fort Wayne: At 10AM this morning, the NBC affiliation will move from WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) to the .2 sub-channel of Quincy Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) as "Fort Wayne's NBC." The CW affiliation currently on WPTA 21.2 will move to WISE 33.1.

South Bend: Overnight, last night, Quincy Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WSJV-TV (Channel 28, Elkhart) dropped local news (after over 40 years) and their FOX affiliation (since 1995). The FOX affiliation moves to the .2 sub-channel of Sinclair's CBS-affiliate WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend). Both WSBT-TV 22.2 and WSJV will simulcast for now. WSBT. 22.2 will become "FOX Michiana," and will take on some former WSJV News personnel. With WSBT adding FOX in HD, they will also shut down their WSBT 22.3 First Alert Weather channel. "Fox Michiana" will also expand their weekday evening newscast to a full hour, and add two additional hours of morning news.

Here's the last two minutes of the Sunday evening WSJV-TV newscast, courtesy IRW reader Tony Miller.

Who stays? Who goes?

We know of three WSJV News folks who now (or will) have new jobs, outside Indiana:

News Director Perry Boxx joins WEEK-TV and WHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois as News Director.

Evening co-anchor Faran Fronczak will join as an anchor at KSTM-TV in El Paso, Texas.

Producer Katie Lathrop joins as a Producer at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Meanwhile, in Fort Wayne

With the sale of WPTA-TV and WISE-TV to Quincy Newspapers and SagamoreHill of Indiana (respectively), each TV station will have different news staffing.

Through various sources, we started to figure out the local news lineup at "Fort Wayne's NBC":

Morning News Anchor: Pauleen Le (from WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin)

Evening News Anchor: Tom Powell (from WSJV)

Weather: Matt Leach (from WPTA/ABC)

Sports: Adam Shear (from WSJV)

IRW knows of one person leaving WPTA-TV and WISE-TV, and that's News Director Alan Wagmeister. Mr. Wagmeister will leave on August 31, 2016, after roughly one year on the job.


Club 1915, Inc. sells their Religious/WRRO (89.9fm, Edon, Ohio) for $5000 to Our Lady of Guadalupe Radio. In March this year, WRRO switched their programming from Indiana-based Redeemer Radio to Toledo, Ohio-based Annunciation Radio.

Adams Radio Group buys the license for translator W300CF (107.9fm, Hillsboro, Ohio) from James Orebaugh for $23,000. Adams plans to move the translator to 104.3fm, and license it to Fort Wayne, but Adams hasn't announced programming.

CSN International sells its CP for translator W260CP (99.9fm, Angola) to WJER Radio, LLC for $40,000. WJER Radio owns WJER on 1450am, licensed to New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio.

Adams Radio Group's Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) welcomes Brooke Taylor as APD/Middays. Ms. Taylor returns to Fort Wayne from Los Angeles, where she did nights at Radio Disney. Ms. Taylor succeeds middayer Deana Ryan who exits. Ms. Taylor worked for WBTU and sister CHR/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven) under prior ownership from 2012 until the springtime of 2014.

Where Are They Now? Former WPTA-TV Executive Producer Nicole Hahn exits from WNWO-TV, where she was News Director for just over two years.

Where Are They Now? At the end of this week, Mark Allen will exit as Production Director and PM Drive at WECB in Dothan, Alabama. Mr. Allen will then head northwest to join Cherry Creek Radio in Helena, Montana, as OM and PD/Mornings of their Country/KBLL.


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). Broker on this deal is Ed Roehling for Progressive.

Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WBND-LD (Channel 57, South Bend) anchor/reporter Rachel Brown exits and joins WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, as their 5:30 p.m. anchor.

Larry Langford's Oldies/WGTO (910am, Cassopolis, Michigan) moves his FM translator W266BS (101.1fm, Cassopolis, Michigan) to 96.3fm, from a new tower site. This eliminates any interference from a nearby religious translator.

96.5fm in Goshen signs on as WLEG-LP ("Latino Education Goshen"). Astute radio historians will note the WLEG call letters once stood for "Ligonier, Elkhart, Goshen," or "Leg" on a radio station once named "Froggy."

Where Are They Now? Former WSBT-TV News Producer Court Passant is a veteran of CBS News. Mr. Passant recently earned a promotion to Vice President of Affiliate Marketing for CBS Affiliate Relations and CBS Television Networks Distribution.

Today in Indiana Radio History

In 1962, 101.5fm, South Bend signed on as WSBT-FM, and today it's WNSN.

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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