Indiana RadioWatch: December 18, 2004

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APD/MD/Morning Co-Host Lisa Kosty exits Country/WBYT (100.7fm, Elkhart) this Friday (17 December). PD Clint Marsh will take Kosty's MD duties. She's been with Federated Media's "B-100" for ten years.


Backyard Broadcasting stations (WLBC WERK WURK WHTI WHTY WHBU WXFN) with studios in Muncie and Daleville now have an additional studio in the Mounds Mall. IRW reader Sean Mattingly, Backyard Broadcasting Director of Technical Operations, has the details:

The new "Special Events Studio" is constructed in a storefront at the Anderson Mounds Mall. It is used on a regular basis by NewsTalk 1240 WHBU, Anderson. The morning show is there every weekday. Starting at 6pm, live evening shows are performed from the mall as well. Passers-by have an open view of the 5-microphone setup. Mall shoppers can stop and comment during a live show via a specially mounted microphone in the hallway on a studio window frame.

The "Special Events Studio" is shared amongst the seven commonly-owned stations. The Oldies format (WERK 101.7 & 104.9) and the Classic Rock format (MAX 93.5 & 96.7) will be using the studio for live remotes on a heavy shopping day: the day before Christmas.

The graphics along the 60-foot wide storefront are impressive. People stop by to watch a live radio show and say "Wow!, this is cool." Sometimes, shoppers will pause, whip out their cell phones and dial into the talk shows.

Religious/W299AJ (107.7fm, Marion), the translator for Progressive Broadcasting System's WFRN (104.7fm, Elkhart) modifies its CP to use WFRI (100.1fm, Winimac) as its primary station. Also, they want to move their transmitter one mile, from the southwest corner of E. Charles Rd. and N. King Rd. (north of Marion) to WMRI's tower, just west of IN-9 and E. Indian Hills Rd.

That's it for this issue!

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