Indiana RadioWatch: August 18, 2014

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Just a reminder: The NAB 2014 Radio Show will be September 10 through September 12. IRW will be there. Will you?

Breaking, this evening: Boonville Broadcasting sells its Adult Hits/WEJK (107.1fm, Boonville) to The Original Company for $350,000.

Two articles from the Reading Pile:

Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback.

Virtual unknowns are making noise on Top 40 radio.

Now, onto the news...


After two months, Adams Radio Group GM Shel Leshner exits for family reasons. Also, their Soft AC/WWFW (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) adds the syndicated "Delilah" in nights.

Also, Adams Radio shifts its HD radio subchannels from Soft AC/WWFW (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) to Rhythmic CHR/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven). WJFX-HD2 now simulcasts a Classic Country format on W277AK (103.3fm, Fort Wayne). WJFX-HD3 now simulcasts an Urban AC format on W245CA (96.9fm, Fort Wayne). On "B96.9," the airstaff lineup is the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, followed by PD Big Kees, followed by the syndicated Doug Banks show, followed by Keith Sweat ("The Sweat Hotel") in nights.

Federated Media's N-T/WOWO and WOWO-FM (1190am, 92.3fm; both Fort Wayne) morning newsperson Krista Miller exits and becomes a news anchor at Granite Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne).

Before we put the TV remote down (and subsequently misplace or lose it), Nexstar FOX affiliate WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) reporter Charnae Davenport exits for Shreveport, Louisiana and KTBS-TV where she becomes a news producer.

Adams Radio Group's Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) adds Ericka Bostwick ("Deana Ryan") in middays. Ms. Bostwick once hosted afternoons at Hoosier AM/FM's Country/WCJC (99.3fm, Van Buren). Prior to that, Ms. Bostwick co-hosted mornings at WBTU competitor Federated Media's Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Huntertown).


Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WBND-LD (Channel 57, South Bend) welcomes Kelley Dickens back, now as Assistant News Director. The "welcomes back" pertains to 2011, when WBND began airing news. That's when Ms. Dickens joined WBND as a producer.


Woof Boom Radio closes on its $22,172 purchase of W279CL (103.7fm, Anderson) from Hoosier Broadcasting Corp. Will the translator rebroadcast News-Talk/WHBU (1240am, Anderson)?


In Indianapolis, you'd have to rewind back to 1979 when WTHR and WRTV swapped TV network affiliations. CBS recently announced that it will move its Indianapolis network affiliation from LIN Media's WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) to Tribune Broadcasting's CW affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo).

What will the WISH-TV award winning news department do without a network affiliation starting in 2015? That's yet to be determined.

In 2015, WTTV will shift their CW programming to a digital subchannel.


Emmis Communications' Adult Hits/WFNB (92.7fm, Brazil) flips format to Hot AC as "B92.7" with a new website.

Forcht Broadcasting's Oldies/WCVL, Classic Rock/WIMC and Country/WCDQ (1550am, 103.9fm, 106.3fm; all Crawfordsville) welcomes Nina Monroe as News Director.


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

Vincennes University's WFML (96.7fm, Vincennes; operated by DLC Media, Inc.) flips format from Classic Rock to Adult Hits, as "Jack FM" and here's their redesigned website.

Employment Opportunities

WAMW-WFML-WAXI Radio is hiring! We need creative and self-motivated individuals to join our team at our Washington and Rockville offices. We offer a base salary plus commission opportunities, health and life Insurance, travel expenses, paid vacation and holidays along with daily support and guidance. Sales experience preferred. Send resume and cover letter to Dave Crooks at dlcmediainc at gmail dot com, or deliver in-person. DLC Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Join the sales staff at WIMC Thunder 103.9, WCDQ True Country 106.3 and WCVL AM 1550! Forcht Broadcasting is looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic sales person who enjoys working with others and the community. If you want to break from the normal routine, send your resume to dapeach at forchtbroadcasting dot com, or mail it to PO Box 603, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933. Forcht Broadcasting, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HOT 1079's last afternoon jock is going to a top 30 market. Former talent is in even larger markets. Big shoes to fill. Are you the next star? Don't call; just email your stuff to this address only: jobathot at gmail dot com. Adams Radio Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have to ask what 'stuff' to send, your feet are too small.

Fort Wayne's newest radio station, The New Soft Rock looking for a few creative, conversational, warm personalities to complement our great music! We're not your typical AC. Check the station out at, listen for an hour or two... if you like what you hear and think you'd be a great fit, tell us why and show us your best! In addition to shining in the studio, you will shine in the community with lots of remotes and appearances. Adams Radio Group embraces the core values of radio. We are live, we are local, and we are dedicated to the communities in which we serve. At least 2 years full-time experience required, Adult Contemporary experience a plus, familiarity with the Fort Wayne area also a plus! Resume, 3 minute mp3 aircheck, and anything else that'll help you stand out, in confidence to PD Robbie Mack: softrock1039jobs at gmail dot com. No calls please, and Adams Radio Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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.

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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