Indiana RadioWatch: November 6, 1999

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Sports/WHWD (1380am, Fort Wayne) flips calls to WONO, reflecting their affiliation with One-on-One Sports.

Jeanette Rinard, co-host of "Majic in the Morning" (AC/WAJI 95.1fm, Fort Wayne) is departing.

Oldies/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne) overnight gal Maria Rocco exits. Replacing Rocco is Charlie Franklin, bumped up from part-time work.

Where are they now? Former Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio) and Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne) OM Darrin Arriens heads to Rock/WXQR (105.5fm, Jacksonville, North Carolina). Arriens was most recently OM at WIOT in Toledo, Ohio.

Where are they now? (part 2): Phlash Phelps has already left Centralia, Washington. Phelps can now be heard doing nights at CHR/KRXY in south suburban Seattle.

Where are they now? (part 3): Matt Bruce, former PD at then-ModernAC/WYSR (94.1fm, Roanoke) is now Imaging Director and night guy at Kalamazoo's WRKR.

Where are they now? (part 4): Sean Smyth, former PD at Alternative/WEJE (96.3fm, Churubusco) recently exited Kansas City's Rhythmic Oldies/KNRX for an undisclosed opportunity outside of radio.


Randy Young is the new PD at Religious/WFRN(AM) & FM (1270am, 104.7fm, both Elkhart).

Mornings at CHR/WAZY (96.5fm, Lafayette) are open. Dave North exits to pursue other interests. He'll stay on part-time at the station, for awhile, tho.

W291AM (106.1fm, Kokomo), translator station for Indiana University's WFIU, receives a CP to increase power from 50 watts to 170 watts.

Religious/WQKO (91.9fm, Howe) has its CP application returned by the FCC.


MOR/WJOB (1230am, Hammond) gets a CP to erect a new tower at their present site.


Jazz/WSYW (107.1fm, Danville) flips format to alternative, as WEDJ. We've heard them using "The Edge" as moniker, without the consent of Jacobs Media, who has the service mark (SM) on the term. After hearing this, we found out they changed monikers to "Extreme Rock for Indianapolis". Recently, they are using "Rock 107, Indy's Real Alternative." OM/PD Tom Posz remains on board. Music Director is Scott Sanford. Here's the new airstaff:

Mornings: Billy Gibson
Middays: Tom Posz
PM Drive: Trent Michaels
Nights: Scott Sanford
Overnights: Jason Bottom

Gibson arrives from crosstown Alternative/WRZX (103.3fm, Indianapolis), where he did part-time work. Michaels arrives from Roanoke, Virginia, where he was morning man at Alternative/WZZI. Bottom most recently did overnights at AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Bloomington).


CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute) PD Steve Smith names morning co-host Kolene Kaye as MD. Smith moves from middays to join Kaye as morning show co-host.

Oldies/WSDM (97.7fm, Brazil) is now broadcasting on the Internet via their website at Note: You'll need Windows Media Player.

Jazz/WISU (89.7fm, Terre Haute) has a new website up at (note: no 'www'). There, you can listen to a live audio stream, using RealPlayer.

Zona Communications' newest station, WSKL (92.9fm, Veedersburg) obtains their license to cover from the FCC. Haven't heard if the station is on the air yet.


Duke Meyer, mid-day guy at Rock/WQMF (95.7fm, Jeffersonville) exits. Also at WQMF, Dwight Whitten moves from morning co-host duties to the sales department.

Urban/WGZB (96.5fm, Corydon) receives a CP to raise power from 3,000 watts to 6,000 watts.


WBNL AM & FM (1540am, 107.1fm, both Boonville) are being sold by Boonville Broadcasting to John Patrick Engelbrecht, son of John David Engelbrecht. The elder Engelbrecht owns four stations in Evansville. Engelbrecht purchased the stations for $400,000, according to Radio & Records. Additionally, R&R reports that the FCC is taking a close look at the acquisition. Sources say the FCC is concerned about the concentration of stations that Engelbrecht will own, even though the elder Engelbrecht won't have any stations added to his share, in this case.

Country/WYNG (105.3fm, Evansville) adds J.J. McKay as its imaging voice.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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