Indiana RadioWatch: November 29, 2003

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A new question before we begin:

A reader is looking for Arbitron ratings for Evansville between December 1981 and February 1983. He's looking to find information on WYER-FM when they were rated in the top ten (He doesn't mention if that's 12+ or in a certain demographic.)

Now, onto the latest news:


This is reprinted to add information: Last Wednesday (19 November), afternoon man Mark Evans was named OM/PD of Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne). For fifteen years, Evans worked at crosstown competitor AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne). Thirteen of those years, he was "Majic Mark" - the sidekick of their successful morning show. Before arriving at WMEE, he was a features reporter at then-WKJG (Channel 33, Fort Wayne [NBC]).

Speaking of WMEE, they flips to all Christmas music.

Where Are They Now? Today, former WFFT (Channel 55, Fort Wayne [FOX]) VP/GM Patricia "Patty" Hamilton was named VP/GM of Tribune's FOX affiliate WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Longtime Oldies/WASK and Country/WKOA (1450am, Lafayette; 98.7fm, Battle Ground; 105.3fm, Lafayette) GM Hal Youart retires after four decades in Lafayette radio.

IRW's aircheck friends inform us that Talk/WLTH (1270am, Gary) wasn't broadcasting a legal ID when listened to recently. The only ID heard is for station WAZN in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Why WAZN? (that's a question we wondered) We turned to veteran Northeast RadioWatch editor Scott Fybush for guidance. Fybush explains: "WAZN station owner Alex Langer leases out all the airtime on WLTH after its mornings how and feeds the programming to WLTH by phone line."


Inside Radio reports that Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show have signed a new, long-term contract with Premiere Radio Networks. They're syndicated on 127 stations currently, and have been syndicated since 1995 with first broadcast affiliate being WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne). 2003 marks their twentieth year.


CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute) night slammer Ben Davis exits for nights at WDJX in Louisville, Kentucky. Davis held down nights at "100.7 Mix FM" since March 2000.

Southeast provides an answer to Religious/WXLN (1570am, New Albany): It has flipped formats from black/southern gospel to blues/jazz and changes call letters to WLBJ.

Good Shepherd Radio applies for a translator on 97.5fm, licensed to Batesville. The application is for a signal of 120 watts. The proposed transmitter location appears to be on IN-101 between Sunman and Milan (east-southeast of Batesville.)


Country/WWEG (102.5fm, Mitchell) goes all Christmas under PD Mike Shannon.

Radio Assist Ministries applies for another translator on 94.1fm, licensed to Martinsville. This application is for a signal of 5 watts from a transmitter on Lincoln Hill Road, north of Martinsville.


Radio Assist Ministries applies for a translator on 94.1fm, licensed to Washington. This application is for a signal of 10 watts from a transmitter near the intersection of CR 150 W & Hwy 50, northwest of Washington.

Where Are They Now? Recently, former WUEV (91.5, Evansville) GM Len Clark was named GM at KBBI (890am, Homer, Alaska). According to Carly Bossert's article in The Homer News, he'll begin at "Where The Sound Meets The Sea" by January 1, 2004. Between WUEV and KBBI, Clark has been an AP stringer for Notre Dame football games.

Employment Opportunities

General Sales Manager - WFMS/Indianapolis

Do you have the drive and ambition to leave your good job for a great one?

Do you know what it's going to take for a Radio station's sales department to succeed big-time in the years ahead?

If you do, then let me know about it! One of the nation's top billing Country stations, WFMS/Susquehanna Indianapolis has an immediate opening for a General Sales Manager. You must possess strategic thinking and be able to develop people.

Oh...and we hire talent over experience.

Please contact Tim Burns:

Susquehanna is an ESOP, EOE, and drug free environment.

WTHR, the Indianapolis NBC affiliate and top-rated news department has a rare opening for a weekday evening anchor. We are looking for at least five years as a regular anchor in a major or medium-sized market, with a proven record of recruiting viewers, a strong on-camera presence, superior communication skills and impeccable journalistic credentials. This is a position requiring a long-term commitment with an established team who could anchor anywhere, but choose to make their home in one of America's most livable cities. WTHR is the market leader in community affairs, journalism and in the ratings and expects its anchors to provide consistent effort in supporting those values. Please send your resume and non-returnable tape to Anchor Opening, WTHR-TV, 1000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. No phone calls please. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

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