Indiana RadioWatch: October 10, 2016

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In a story you'll first read about here, on Friday at Noon, Sound Management broke up their simulcast AC/WSSM (97.7fm, Goshen) and WSMM (102.3fm, New Carlisle) by flipping the format of WSSM to Classic Rock. New call letters will be WYXX.

When Mid-West Family Broadcasting's Country/WHFB-FM (99.9fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan) signs on their new CHR format tomorrow at Noon, the new call letters will be WQLQ.

At the beginning of October, Brian Walsh's Oldies/WIOE (101.1fm, South Whitley) added a new Nautel NV 5 LT transmitter at their tower site.

Talking Stick Communications' Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse) PD/Mornings Kris "Coyote" Underwood exits "Willie 103.5" to pursue athletic coaching opportunities. Kris Lake becomes OM of all Lake City Media/Warsaw radio stations: WAWC, N-T/WRSW(AM) (1480am, Warsaw) and translator W259BJ (99.7fm, Warsaw) and Classic Rock/WRSW-FM (107.3fm, Warsaw). Finally, Chris Cage succeeds "Coyote" in mornings (alongside Teri Armstrong) at "Willie 103.5."


After many years with Brothers Broadcasting, Jerry Stifle exits as APD of Oldies/WIBN (98.1fm, Earl Park).


At Emmis Communications' ESPN affiliate Sports/WFNI (1070am, Indianapolis) also heard on translator W228CX (93.5fm, Indianapolis), former digital content manager Kristine Esser Slentz files suit against Emmis Communications, alleging sexual harassment. Read the lawsuit. Emmis Communications denies the allegations in the lawsuit.


Ryan Crash will soon exit as PD of Vincennes University's Hot AC-CHR/WVUB (91.1fm, Vincennes), and will head to Gulfport, Mississippi. There, Mr. Crash will join WZNF ("95.3 The Gorilla") for PD/Mornings. Mr. Crash also appeared behind other Indiana microphones, including Radio One's CHR/WNOW-FM (100.9fm, Speedway) and Midwest Communications' CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute).


Mother of the Redeemer Radio's Religious/WIAH-LP (103.5fm, Evansville) signs on for the first time at 4:00PM on October 4, 2016, with Catholic programming, in part from Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Relevant Radio. This LPFM broadcasts 95 watts from an antenna near Igleheart Park on Evansville's northwest side.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

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October 9: In 2011, Former WNDU-TV News Director, WSBT-TV journalist and WISH-TV journalist Harry Kevorkian dies (Age 82).

October 10: In 1947, 99.9fm in Benton Harbor, Michigan signs on as WHFB-FM. In 1953, 1600am in Linton signs on as WBTO(AM). In 2007, 100.9fm in Speedway flipped formats from smooth jazz (WYJZ) to CHR ("Radio Now 100.9") WNOU.

October 11: In 2001, 89.9fm in Hanna signs on as WHLP.

October 13: In 1968, 106.3fm in Columbia City signs on as WFDT.

October 15: In 1942, WOWO-FM signed on at 44.9 megacycles with 1000 watts. WOWO-FM broadcast with a limited schedule, not 24 hours a day/7 days a week. In 1960, both 89.5fm in Franklin (WFCI) and 96.1fm in Richmond sign on (WGLM). In 1962, 106.1fm in North Vernon signs on as WOCH-FM. In 1968, 102.3fm in Martinsville signs on as WCBK-FM. In 1983, both 98.3fm in Earl Park (WIBN) (and later moves to 98.3), and Channel 19 in Madisonville, Kentucky sign on (WLCN). In 1984, both 102.3fm in New Carlisle (WLPZ) and 107.9fm in Indianapolis sign on (WTPI).

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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