Indiana RadioWatch: August 18, 2016

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Last week Quincy Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) Rex Smith debuted on air as a reporter. Mr. Smith last interned at WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. In May, Mr. Smith graduated from Kent State University.

Where Are They Now? Former WISE-TV reporter Kristen Pflum earns a promotion to weekday morning news anchor at WFLD-TV in Chicago, where she goes by "Kristen Nicole."


In a story you'll first read here, after about a decade on the air in mornings, Federated Media's Country/WBYT (100.7fm, Elkhart) Cody Austin exits. Mr. Austin joined "B100" in 2006 from weekends at KSCS in Dallas, Texas.


Let's try this again: With the promotion of Neuhoff Media/Lafayette OM and Country/WKOA (105.3fm, Lafayette) morning co-host Mike Shamus to VP/Programming and Content with Neuhoff, Shamus will remain OM and on-air.

Where Are They Now? Former WZVN morning host Wes Adams joins KUSJ in Temple, Texas as PD/Afternoons.


E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) welcomes Amanda Starrantino as weekend morning anchor and reporter. Ms. Starrantino arrives from KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, California (reporter and fill-in anchor). Earlier in her career, Ms. Starrantino worked at Weigel Broadcasting ABC affiliate WBND (Channel 57, South Bend).

Mid-America Radio Group's Country/WCBK (102.3fm, Martinsville) promotes Catherine McKowen from Assistant News Director to News Director. Ms. McKowen joined WCBK in June 2015.

Creative Data Management's Talk simulcast WXLW (950am, Indianapolis) and Pilgrim Communications' WFDM-FM (95.9fm, Franklin) airs The Jerry Doyle Show. With last month's passing of Mr. Doyle, TRN names Robert Davi to succeed Mr. Doyle.

Where Are They Now? Former WRWM PD Jeff Andrews now programs KOSP-FM in Springfield, Missouri.


Raycom Media's NBC affiliate WFIE-TV (Channel 14, Evansville) anchor Jessica Schmidt exits for Cincinnati, Ohio. There, Ms. Schmidt will join WXIX-TV as an anchor and reporter.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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