Indiana RadioWatch: November 8, 2003

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What's WROC? Well, according to someone who really knows, WROC was one of three or four small FM pirates in Muncie in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The first pirate was WKOS in West Muncie. Another was WROC which was built in someone's basement in the summer of 1969. WROC operated until the end of November, 1969 while WKOS was on longer, perhaps as late as 1971. WKOS and WORC used an EICO Signal generator. In fact, someone "hotwired" the plate circuit on the final tube for more voltage. 94.3fm was chosen because it had been assigned to Rushville, but WRCR had not signed on at that time.

Also, an IRW request: Skip Spence, a volunteer broadcast engineer at Oakland City University is seeking the donation of an old FM audio processor for the station. If you have something to donate, contact him: or telephone: 812.456.4778. IRW thanks you!

Onto the latest news:


Sports/WONO (1380am, Fort Wayne) finally abandons the calls after dropping the One on One Sporting Network in August, 2000. Replacing the calls are the original calls: WKJG (which stand for "William Kunkle, Journal-Gazette.") On the radio, "WKJG" was heard from 1380am's signon on November 15, 1947 through late September, 1971; then the AM became WMEE and the FM became WMEF. The call letters lingered beyond 1971 on the television: NBC affiliate WKJG (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) held onto them until Memorial Day this year when they changed to WISE-TV.

AC/WLZQ (101.1fm, South Whitley) flips format to what station officials describe as a locally grown "Retro Hot AC" format playing hits from the 1970's through 1990's.


While on the way back from Chicago last night, IRW noticed that AC/WLRX (95.7fm, Nappanee) has flipped to All-Christmas music.

Greg Gillispie, former VP/Rock-Alternative for McVay Media, joins Federated Media as Director of Rock Programming. According to FMQB, Gillispie will oversee stations Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne), Rock/WAOR (95.3fm, Niles, Michigan) and will also be PD at Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio).

The National Radio Club's DX News reports that Artistic Media Partners' Sports/WDND (1620am, South Bend) moves towers from the south side of South Bend (near the U.S. 20 bypass) to share space on the tower housing sister CHR/WNDV(AM) (1490am, South Bend).

Employment Opportunity

Newstalk 1190 WOWO is looking for a Full-time news reporter/anchor. The qualified candidate will have a high energy level, a taste for finding the story and the skills to get it on the air fast and accurately. We are a breaking news station so the right candidate will have the flexibility to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Radio news experience is a must! Please forward your tape, resume and samples of your script writing ASAP to:

Kevin Morse, News Director
WOWO Radio
2915 Maples Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46816

Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

That's it for this issue. See you soon!

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