Indiana RadioWatch: October 16, 2004

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AllAccess reports that Fort Wayne-based Summit City Radio adds Deb Washler as Promotions Director for the cluster. Also, Alternative/WXTW (102.3fm, Auburn) morning co-host Jack Hammer adds Promotion Consultant duties.

Perhaps not entirely new, but CHR/WDDB (106.3fm, Columbia City) adds All Nite Cafe (weekday overnights) and Open House Party (Saturday and Sunday nights) - All syndicated by SupeRadio.


AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend) Sales Manager Sally Brown is running for a seat on the Arbitron Radio Advisory Council. According to the Arbitron website, "The Arbitron Radio Advisory Council was founded in 1978 to provide a forum between Arbitron and its subscribers. The Council consists of 14 elected radio broadcasters, two Council-appointed research representatives, one Council-appointed group radio programmer, one Council-appointed at-large member as well as the Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman. Stations can visit for more information on the Radio Advisory Council and for direct e-mail access to current Council representatives. "

A settlement in the open 89.9fm, Wakarusa allocation: Charlotte, North Carolina based Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc. gains the CP while American Family Association's application was dismissed. BBN proposed running 1750 watts at 328 feet from a tower just northeast of US-6 and IN-15, southeast of Wakarusa. As always, petitions to deny must be filed within thirty days from the date of the filing (10/12).


A minor shakeup at Clear Channel heritage Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis), so get out your scorecards: Jimmy "Maddog" Matis moves from afternoons to middays, bumping Laura Steele who takes nights, bumping Q-95 MD Ace Cosby to overnights. Also, former Q-95 night guy Dave Gunn moves down the hall to sister Alternative/WRZX (103.3fm, Indianapolis) for afternoons.

Congratulations to Emmis Communications Chairman Jeff Smulyan on his induction into Broadcasting and Cable Magazine's Hall of Fame.


This note from Jeffrey McCall, Faculty Supervisor at WGRE (91.5fm, Greencastle): WGRE-FM at DePauw University was the recipient of a national Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The award was in the category of Radio Sports Reporting. The award was announced last month at the SPJ national convention in New York City. The contributors to the report were Brian Gustin, Brian Kern, Wes Anderson, and Teddy Tutson. Also, WGRE was one of three finalists for the Best Newscast competition in the Mark of Excellence competition, with Nicole Pence and Brian Kern announcing.


Both Country/WMSK(AM) & FM (1550am, 95.3fm, both Morganfield, Kentucky) were knocked off the air late Thursday night (10/7). A local utility company boom truck came rolling downhill from a nearby repair shop and the boom became entangled in the towers' guy wires, taking the tower down. A board operator inside who was running the St. Louis Cardinals game didn't hear the crash and only knew something was wrong once callers complained that both radio stations were silent. IRW spoke today with WMSK GM John Robinson, who stated that both stations are now on lower power: The AM is running about fifty watts. The FM runs 125 watts from a one bay antenna 35 foot high on a TV tower at the studios. Robinson also said costs to repair the facility are $50,000 - $75,000, not including a four bay antenna and coax cable. No word on when the Union Broadcasting Company stations will return to full power.

Employment Opportunities

Senior Meteorologist WTHR-TV13 Indianapolis

Are you a meteorologist looking for a new challenge? The Indianapolis NBC station and its 24/7 weather sister station have a position that needs a leader. This position affords you the opportunity to showcase your technological and forecasting proficiency, manage other meteorologists, and still be on-air every day. This unique blend of on-air and off-air responsibilities is designed for a meteorologist with demonstrated forecasting and graphic producing abilities. State-of-the-art technology is available to you, including Weather Central Liveline Genesis graphics systems, a 9000 watt Doppler radar, two weather studios with continuous live capabilities, a storm-chasing vehicle, and an exclusive network of traffic cameras. Candidates should have a minimum of five years weather anchoring/producing experience and be a certified AMS meteorologist. Recent Weather Central experience highly preferred. Qualified candidates, please submit your resume and tape to: WTHR-TV, Human Resources Job # 24-609, 1000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. WTHR/WALV are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Wanted: Afternoon Drive disc jockey

WAWC is opening a brand-new window studio location in Warsaw, Indiana and is seeking a high-energy, family-friendly disc jockey to work from that studio during Afternoon Drive. The right candidate will be warm and accessible on the air, and be able to work phones. Ability to write and produce commercials and other production a must. Should be self-motivated and able to create a quality product without supervision. Candidate will also have board operator duties for other broadcasts, and be responsible for managing other board ops. Live remote work expected as well. Air shift 3p to 7p, work shift 2p to 10p, Monday through Friday. WAWC is an EOE. Tape and resume to:

Air shift opening
10129 N. 800 E.
Syracuse, IN 46567

or e-mail to web at hoosier1035 dot com

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