Indiana RadioWatch: October 6, 1998

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IRW has learned more on the WBNI/WBKE situation. After talking with GM Bruce Haines, we learned that the translator on 88.7fm in Fort Wayne will be used for a second channel of programming. 88.7fm will relay WBKE (89.5fm, North Manchester). One of the stations will program classical music while the other will handle talk programming from NPR, PRI, and other sources. Expected completion date for this is one year.

Religious/WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne) files it license to cover on W209BA (89.7fm, Kendallville).

Congrats to Oldies/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne) morning co-host Carrie "Bud" Wellman on her marriage to Andy Miller on October 17.


AC/WKAM & AOR/WZOW (1460am, 97.7fm, both Goshen) are sold by Northern Indiana Broadcasters to Van Hawke-Johnson Communication. No word on purchase price.


Alternative/WGBD (95.7fm, Attica) MD Steve Clark earns PD stripes. Clark replaces Michael Stone.

Soft AC/WEZV (95.3fm, Brookston) flips format to Country as "The Wolf." WEZV's calls change to WLFF.


More on the WGGR to WBKS (106.7fm, Greenwood) switch. Gone is ABC's "The Touch" format. WBKS "Kiss 106.7" now uses the moniker "Classic Soul and Jammin' Hits. Syndicated morning personality Tom Joyner remains.


CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute) morning co-host Wendy Allen moves to Madison, Wisconsin as morning lady at WMAD. There, she will be teamed with former WMAD night-guy Hambone.


The sale of WWWY (104.9fm, Columbus) falls through. Sources inform IRW that potential buyer Artistic Media backed out of the sale, citing the high price tag ($1.4 million).


Hot AC/WDKS (106.1fm, Newburgh) adds syndicated morning show Bob & Sheri to their lineup.

Randy Cable, GM of Country/WKDQ (99.5fm, Henderson, Kentucky) departs for Duluth, Minnesota. Brill Communications, owner of WKDQ tapped Cable to run their Duluth properties, including WEBC(AM), KKCB-FM, and KLDJ. A flip-flop occurs, as Jim Donnally leaves Duluth for Evansville.

That's it for this issue! See you in two weeks...

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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