Indiana RadioWatch: September 30, 2013

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Broadcaster Scott Fybush is based in Rochester, New York, but with in-laws in Fort Wayne, he's a frequent visitor to Indiana. Hoosier stations frequently appear in his "Tower Site of the Week" column, and they're once again being featured for the next few weeks as Scott recaps a 2011 trip through Bloomington, Evansville and Terre Haute in the company of IRW editor Blaine Thompson. See the first Bloomington installment, and follow subsequent installments each Friday morning at

Fybush also writes "NorthEast Radio Watch," the weekly column that was the inspiration for IRW many years ago. He's the publisher of the annual Tower Site Calendar, just out in its 2014 edition and once again chock-full of colorful pictures and stories about broadcasting's technical history. Find more about the calendar and order yours.


Where Are They Now? Dana Hahn began her career at WSJV-TV and she will soon become the VP and News Director at WTTG-TV and WDCA-TV in Washington, DC.


In a story you'll first read about here, LaPorte County Broadcasting's Standards/WLOI (1540am, La Porte) and Country/WCOE (96.7fm, La Porte) Production Director and WCOE afternoon show host Ardy Creed will soon exit WLOI/WCOE and move to Texas. Mr. Creed will be replaced by Jim O'Day on Tuesday. Also, to update the WCOE Roof Sit, GM Dennis Siddall raised over $40,000 to help the LaPorte Jaycees and their Deserving Children Christmas Shopping tour. With the money, over 400 children of LaPorte County will soon shop for new clothes, boots, hats, scarfs and yes, even a couple of toys.

The FCC grants the $12,000 sale by Waldorf, Maryland-based Alma Corp. of three LPTV construction permits: W30DI-D, W33DE-D, W39DM-D and W49DS-D (Channels 30, 33, 39 and 49, all Wolcott) to Sunrise, Florida-based King Forward, Inc. (that's $3,000 per construction permit).


Inter Mirfica, Inc. completes its LMA for Religious/WSPM (89.1fm, Cloverdale) with Bill Shirk and Bill Mays (Hoosier Broadcasting Corp.). That deal began in 2004 when Inter Mirfica began its "Catholic Radio Indy" broadcasting. The purchase option price was $2.25 million. Non-profit Inter Mirifica also owns WSQM (90.9fm, Noblesville) which simulcasts WSPM. Finally, Ed Roehling of Roehling Broadcast Services, Ltd. was the broker on this deal.


In a story you'll first read here, Forcht Broadcasting's Oldies/WCVL, Classic Rock/WIMC and Country/WCDQ (1550am, 103.9fm, 106.3fm; all Crawfordsville) hires Samantha Stratton as APD. Ms. Stratton graduated cum laude in May from The University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Ms. Stratton will handle morning news and weather among other on air duties when she begins on October 7.


Today, Dubois County Broadcasting's AC/WAXL (103.3fm, Santa Claus) stunted with a loop of Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby and will flip to Hot AC "103.3 The Fix" at midnight. Check out the new WAXL website.

In a story you'll first read here, Vincennes University's Hot AC-CHR/WVUB (91.1fm, Vincennes) PD Mike Woods exits after ten years but remains at Vincennes as their new Assistant Director of Admissions.

Employment Opportunities

Virtual News Center, America's largest independent provider of local news for radio stations seeks qualified people for our growing affiliate relations department. This is a telecommuting opportunity, so you must be disciplined to work with minimal supervision to achieve our generous commission rate. Previous sales experience required, with Affiliate Relations experience a plus. Please send your letter of introduction and resume to jdearing at virtualnewscenter dot com.

Radio One Communications, a four station cluster located in Northwest Indiana is looking for a full time Marketing Consultant to join their sales staff. Position requires an ambitious advertising sales person that will build strong professional relationships with area businesses, but our standards are high. You must have a history of competitive victories, and the ability to juggle many projects at once. Must have knowledge of sales practices, be able to handle deadlines and obtain monthly goals and budgets. It is a very demanding career and you will be rewarded for your hard work with a compensation program that gives you instant rewards as you succeed and help your clients succeed. Self-starters could really increase their income fast. Please send resume to jobs at radiooneindiana dot com. Radio One Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media is looking for an Assistant Program Director for Active Rock/WBYR in Fort Wayne, IN. The ideal candidate will be able to come in and hit the ground running. We will provide you with all of the tools to succeed. We are looking for someone who is a great talent coach, not afraid to lead by example, creative yet detail oriented, and understands the importance of multi-platform branding-without losing focus on what's coming out of the speakers. 3 years minimum experience required for consideration. Fort Wayne is a great place to call home and Federated Media is a great company to work for. Potential PD stripes for the right person. If this sounds like you, email: Resume, Air-Check, and Programming Philosophy to: stiller at 989thebear dot com. Check out the station at Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media Fort Wayne is welcoming applications for a GSM opening at WBYR, 98.9 The Bear, Fort Wayne's Rock Station. WBYR consistently ranks among Fort Wayne's ratings and revenue leaders. This is not a fixer upper; we have a great sales team in place! Federated Media Fort Wayne provides a unique growth oriented environment focused on excellence, backing our sales teams with comprehensive resources and capabilities including the Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) Customer Focused Selling and Talent Focused Management. Federated Media is a family owned, Indiana based, privately held company primarily serving the Fort Wayne and South Bend metropolitan areas. Other advantages include: No corporate bureaucracy or hierarchy. Our company culture empowers people. We are a medium market group with large market resources. Our Fort Wayne cluster includes six stations. The market's best radio brands! Send resume to Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Federated Media is currently accepting applications for the position of Promotions Director for our Fort Wayne Cluster. 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. As Promotions Director you will be responsible for, but not limited to: Working hand in hand with Program Directors to plan, schedule and execute contests and promotions. Hiring & scheduling. Maintaining and scheduling all aspects of 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 that no two days are alike and will be a job that is always evolving to meet the demands of each station's needs. Interested? Contact Jim Allgeier at jallgeier at federatedmedia dot com. Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Cromwell Radio Group Inc. of Illinois is looking for an Operations Manager to manage the programming, positioning, local involvement, legal operation, and talent of our three radio stations in Effingham, Illinois. We are waiting on approval of our application for a construction permit for a new station to bring our total to four. The person I'm looking for will have great management and organizational skills, and have a passion for winning radio. Qualified applicants will also have a strong desire and ability to be involved in the local community, motivate staff to be involved, and be able to effectively present that involvement to our listeners. The person I hire will also be able to do a live airshift, production, remotes, and appearances. Previous experience is absolutely essential. Knowledge of Cool Edit and Skylla are all very helpful. We offer health insurance including dental and vision, and a 401k savings plan. If you love the business of radio, and you want to work with a fantastic group of professional broadcasters, please send your Materials to: Marv Phillips, General Manager, WCRC-WCRA-WHQQ, 405 South Banker St., Suite 201, Effingham, IL 62401-2591, or via e-mail: mphillips at cromwellradio dot com. Minorities and Women are encouraged to apply. No Phone Calls, Please. EOE.

WZZY Winchester, Indiana is looking for our next Morning Show host. Not only will you be the morning "voice" of our A/C station but through your work and interaction within the community you'll also be the "face" of the station as well. Plus you'll VT evenings on our winning Adult Top 40 sister FM and do plenty of remotes and appearances on both stations. Even if you've never done Mornings before send along your best. Our former host has been with us for 13 years so we believe in longevity and loyalty. Send along an on-air sample (please keep it short) and resume to rickduncan at g1013 dot com. Or you can mail it to 2301 W. Main St. Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WBCL Radio Network is looking for an energetic, organized and creative person to join the ministry team as Promotions Director. This position will be responsible for supervising and overseeing promotional efforts, contests, interns and volunteers. Person will: work closely with the Development Director to implement strategic promotions that can increase revenue and listenership to WBCL; needs a proven track record in promotions and community involvement; passion for and experience with social media; on-air experience a plus! Details on responsibilities and qualifications listed at Send resume to Personnel Director, WBCL Radio Network, 1115 W. Rudisill Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46807 or email to employment at wbcl dot org No phone calls, please. Taylor University Broadcasting, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WISH-TV is seeking an aggressive investigative reporter to join our growing I-Team.

We are searching for someone who has experience uncovering and telling compelling investigative stories that affect people's lives.

The ideal candidate will: Be smart, have at least three years' experience as an investigative reporter, generate strong story ideas, possess a strong work ethic, be an excellent team player, cultivate great sources, ask tough questions, have a working knowledge of CAR techniques, familiarity with public records laws and requests, and most importantly....tell compelling stories.

You must be able to turn investigative stories on a regular basis and not just during a ratings period. We are looking for someone who works hard to get to the bottom of an issue and tells it in a creative way. We will make sure you have the tools you need to be successful.

Send resume and recent tape to Steve Bray, News Director, WISH TV, 1950 N. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46202. No Phone calls. No phone calls. EEO/M-F

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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