Indiana RadioWatch: December 29, 2001

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Jim Allgeier is the new GM at Classic Rock/WFWI & Rock/WBYR (92.3fm, Fort Wayne; 98.9fm, Van Wert, Ohio). Allgeier arrives from the Citadel Communications stations in Lansing, Michigan. He starts on Wednesday (2 January).

Changes at N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) as Dr. Laura Schlessinger is replaced by Glenn Beck. Laura's last day is Friday 4 January, and Beck debuts at 9am on Monday 7 January. No time change on WOWO - 9am - Noon. Also, Dean Pantazi departs the nightly "Sports Talk" show. Pantazi, along with former co-host Art Saltsberg, started the show in 1985. Current co-host Dean McNeil continues the show solo.

Leann Brown, GSM at Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) exits. Replacing Brown is Joel Pyle. Pyle was a salesman for sister N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) from 1995-1999. Pyle starts his new duties on Wednesday (2 January).

Alternative/WCYT (91.1fm, Lafayette Township) announces plans to go 24/7, starting in February. Also, expect a Summer 2002 FCC decision on their application to increase power from 125 to 800 watts.


Talk/WTRC (1340am, Elkhart) adds The Greg Garrison show, effective today.


Porter County Broadcasting adds Country/WXRD (103.9fm, Crown Point) and N-T/WZVN (107.1fm, Lowell). WZVN retools as a rock station, while WXRD rolls out as "X-Rock 103.9 The Rock of the Region." The Classic Rock station will air The Bob & Tom Show.


After a stint as "The Christmas Channel", WGRL (93.9fm, Noblesville) flips formats to 1980's music as "Retro 93.9." The format change occurred Christmas night. Tom Willhoite joins "Retro 93.9" for mornings. Willhoite last had the PD slot at Oldies/WERK & WURK (104.9fm, Muncie; 101.7fm, Elwood). Also, Karen James, who was in the Production Department at Susquehanna exits as does Donnie Claw. Claw last did afternoons at WGRL and was assistant production director for all of the Susquehanna/Indy stations.

That's it for this issue. See you in a week!

Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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