Indiana RadioWatch: November 14, 2016

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Sarkes Tarzian's AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) flips format to all Christmas music. "Majic 95.1" remains online as a webstream.


Brothers Broadcasting's Country/WRIN (1560am, Rensselaer) adds a 250 watt FM translator: W283CO (104.5fm, Rensselaer). The translator antenna is on the same tower as Brothers Broadcasting's Classic Rock/WLQI (97.7fm, Rensselaer), north of Rensselaer.


Kids First's Variety/WITT (91.9fm, Zionsville) adds a new show: Indianapolis Nocturne. The show airs Wednesday from 6pm until 7pm, and it's hosted by Russ Dodge and Devon Dean (former WIBC and WXNT newsperson Devon Scott). In the 1970s, "Nocturne" was the late night rock show at Notre Dame's WSND-FM that Mr. Dodge hosted. Ms. Dean hosted the same show as a community volunteer in the 1990s while attending an Elkhart high school. The Indianapolis version of the show features rock music from the late 1960s until 2000, including music played in their respective shows, and stories to go along with the music. Here's the WITT website, which has an online stream.


New Albany Broadcasting's Regional Mexican/WLRS (1570am, New Albany) adds a 150 watt FM translator: W270CR (101.9fm, New Albany). The antenna is on a tower, north of New Albany and I-265. A grand total of nine stations have their antennas on that tower:

An Air-1 FM translator (W205BT, 88.9fm, New Albany)
Three Louisville, Kentucky-licensed Kentucky Public Radio FM frequencies
Four Louisville, Kentucky-licensed low power TV stations.


Vincennes University's Hot AC-CHR/WVUB (91.1fm, Vincennes) promotes Promotions Director Rebecca Clark Duckworth to PD. WVUB also has HD subchannels with a Jazz format and a Spanish format.

This Week in Indiana Radio History

November 13: In 1964, 89.7fm in Terre Haute signs on as WISU, and still is. In 1973, 97.7fm in Brazil signs on as WWCM-FM ("Wide World of Country Music"). 97.7fm later moved to 92.7fm in the mid-2000s.

November 14: In 1960, 1550am in New Castle signs on as WCTW. In 2012, former WIKY/Evansville PD Mark Baker dies at age 57.

November 15: In 1984, 103.1fm then licensed to Versailles signs on as WOVR (Osgood Versailles Ripley. Osgood and Versailles both sit in Ripley County.) It's now licensed to Columbus on 102.9fm as WXCH.

November 16: In 1932, WCMA(AM) (1400am, Culver) signed off.

November 17: In 1958, 91.7fm in South Bend signed on as WETL ("We Educate Tomorrow's Leaders.")

November 18: In 1931, 1340am Elkhart signs on as WTRC . In 1956, 1400am in St. Joseph, Michigan signed on as WSJM, and still is. In 2008, Ken Knapp dies at age 47. Mr. Knapp worked in Fort Wayne, Lafayette, and Warsaw.

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

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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