Indiana RadioWatch: October 20, 1998

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This late word into our small and cluttered desk: Urban/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven) has been sold to Russ Oasis for $1.3 million. Oasis once was in the ownership group that owned Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne).

Brian Michael segues from Hot AC/WPTE in Norfolk, Virginia to the Kovas Communications stations in Fort Wayne, where he'll be production director.

Congrats to the student staff at high school station WCYT (91.1fm, Lafayette Township). They recently traveled to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. There, they toured the museums' exhibits and each student DJ got to do a half-hour airshift, using the museum's state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities.


WWCA (1270am, East Chicago) is sold to Alliance Broadcasting for $2.1 million. The once silent station returned to the airwaves recently, just escaping an FCC deadline that would have seen its calls deleted, and license revoked, due to inactivity. The station now airs a satellite delivered black gospel format.

The M-Street Journal tells us that MOR/WKAM & AOR/WZOW (1460am, 97.7fm, both Goshen) were sold for $850,000, plus $52,000 for a non-compete.

Dan Markus, PD at AOR/WAOR (95.3fm, Niles, Michigan) exits for the PD slot at WRKZ in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. APD Shelly Morgan will be the interim PD.

Hot AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend) sees Bob Maxwell slide into the overnight slot.

American Family Association applies for a new translator on 89.3fm in Plymouth. AFA stations all translate WAFR in Tupelo, Mississippi.


Dan McClintock is the new OM/PD of WAZY(AM) & FM, and WGBD and OM at WLFF in Lafayette.

CSN International applies for a translator on 91.1fm, in Valparaiso.


As a result of an FCC Interference Reduction Agreement, WBNN(AM) (1030am, Union City) falls silent, turns its FCC license in, and has their calls deleted. The agreement was with WNVR in Vernon Hills, Illinois, not WBZ in Boston, Massachusetts. WNVR was awarded a CP in 1997 for 4000 watts.


Classical and Talk/WSYW (810am, Indianapolis) changed format to brokered Spanish on October 5. Jazz/WSYW-FM (107.1fm, Danville) has NOT changed formats.

Hot AC/WENS (97.1fm, Shelbyville) offers famed White House Intern Monica Lewinsky their morning host gig. No word from the Lewinsky camp yet.

CHR/WHHH (96.3fm, Indianapolis) adds Hollywood Hamilton's Top 30 Rhythmic Countdown to its weekend lineup.

New to voiceovers at Alternative/WRZX (103.3fm, Indianapolis) is WXDX (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) production director Steve Stone.

Congrats to legendary Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) on picking up an NAB Marconi Award for 1998. They won in the "Rock" category, which encompasses all rock stations, regardless of market size.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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