Jada Burtin now co-anchors the 11:00pm weekday evening news with Dirk Rowley for Nexstar CBS affiliate/WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne). Ms. Burtin continues as a reporter as well for WANE-TV.
TJ Bonahon joins as Director of Marketing and Events for Star Educational Media Network's Contemporary Christian/WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne). Star Educational Media owns these stations and FM translators:
WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne)
WJYW (88.9fm, Union City)
WCKZ (91.3fm, Orland)
WEAX (88.3fm, Angola)
W204BF (88.7fm, Fort Wayne)
W209BA (89.7fm, Kendallville)
W215BB (90.9fm, Warsaw)
W260BR (99.9fm, Auburn)
W233AN (94.5fm, Richmond)
W247DN (97.3fm, Richmond)
Federated Media/Fort Wayne Chief Engineer Mogan David exits. Mr. David joined Federated in 1996 and is now on one of the Tiger Teams with iHeartMedia.
Gray Television has several changes at both their ABC and NBC affiliates in Fort Wayne. WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) has the ABC affiliation on their .1 channel and the NBC affiliation on their .2 subchannel.
Meteorologists Liz Braden and Caleb Saylor swap shifts. Mr. Saylor moves to ‘Fort Wayne’s NBC’ weekend evenings (alongside anchor Karli VanCleave), while Ms. Braden moves to ‘ABC21’ weekend mornings (alongside anchor Tylor Brummett). Mr. Saylor joined the stations in May 2022. Finally, Vince Lovergine exits.
Finally, Fort Wayne’s NBC early morning news anchor Jack Keenan will exit on October 14. And meteorologist Gabe Prough will exit on October 16.
Where Are They Now? Former Federated/Fort Wayne GM Jim Allgeier now serves as GM for Leighton Broadcasting’s Winona, Minnesota and St. Cloud, Minnesota clusters.
Federated Media/South Bend Chief Engineer Tony Beers exits. Mr. Beers is now on one of the Tiger Teams with iHeartMedia. Also, Hot AC/WAOR (102.7fm, Ligonier) names Steve Buda as morning host. Mr. Buda last did the same role across town at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s Hot AC/WNSN (101.5fm, South Bend).
Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate/WBND (Channel 57, South Bend) reporter Allison Zeithammer exits after just over two years and joins the City of South Bend as their Director of Communications.
In Lafayette, they remember Kurt Lahrman, who was Promotions and Marketing Manager for the past 15 years at Allen Media Broadcasting's CBS affiliate/WLFI-TV (Channel 18, Lafayette). Mr. Lahrman battled cancer and died at age 46 on August 23. Here’s the complete obituary.
Where Are They Now? Former Cumulus/WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle) morning co-host Anna Marie now co-hosts afternoons at WUBE in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cumulus’ Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Fishers) recently had an on-air studio built for them, after an automobile accident back in July caused damage to their on-air studio. That prior studio will become home to sister Rock/WNDX (93.9fm, Lawrence).
Also, at WFMS, Matt Malone becomes Music Director and Afternoon drive host. Known on-air as ‘Matt Malone,’ he last worked as PD/Mornings for Mid-West Family’s Country/WYTZ (97.5fm, Bridgman, Michigan).
Finally at Cumulus, Rik Pike becomes Director of IT and Engineering. Mr. Pike last worked for Emmis Communications as their IT Manager and Director of Integrated Technologies.
Sarkes Tarzian's AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Trafalgar) welcomes Crystal McKenzie to afternoons and programming assistant. Ms. McKenzie has tenure in the Indianapolis market at WFBQ, WZPL, and WKLU (under prior ownership).
Lots of changes at TEGNA's NBC affiliate/WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis); Let’s break them down.
First, TEGNA promotes Scott Hums from Interim News Director to Director of Content.
Second, Nicole Block becomes News Director, joining from CBS O&O KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was Assistant News Director under former News Director Kathy Hostetter (herself a former WTHR News Director). Ms. Block begins with WTHR-TV this month.
Finally, Meteorologist Chelsea Stevens joins WTHR. The Ball State University graduate and Center Grove native last worked at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky.
Circle City Broadcasting's CW affiliate/WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) welcomes Lena Pringle to co-anchor their weekday ‘Daybreak’ morning news. Ms. Pringle last anchored and reported for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida. Also, investigative reporter Jasmine Minor adds weekend evening anchor responsibilities, succeeding Nina Criscuolo. Finally, WISH-TV hires Kayla Sullivan to report on family and parenting. Ms. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis.
iHeart/Indianapolis names Leon Williamson as VP/Sales. Mr. Williamson last worked for iHeart/Miami, as a Senior Account Executive. Prior to iHeart, he worked for Cox/Miami and Urban One/St. Louis (LSM and Digital Sales Manager). Also, at their Alternative/WOLT (103.3fm, Indianapolis), the station rebrands as ‘Indy 103.3’, playing 1990s and 2000s alternative music. The programming lineup includes The Woody Show in morning drive, Theresa in middays, Marcotte handling afternoons, and Mike Jones doing nights.
Country/WLHK (97.1fm, Shelbyville) APD/morning co-host Joey Tack exits and joined Cumulus’ WIVK in Nashville, Tennessee for mornings, and afternoons (as ‘Jesse’) at WUBE in Cincinnati. Now in mornings at 97.1 Hank FM are the duo of Annie Fox and Cole Dunbar, as Annie & Cole. Ms. Fox last hosted co-hosted mornings for Cumulus’ WMDH-FM (102.5fm, New Castle), while Mr. Dunbar last did afternoons for Cumulus’ AC/WNTR (107.9fm, Indianapolis) and produced the Smiley in the Morning show for Cumulus sister CHR/WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield).
Mindy Winkler previously hosted mornings on 97.1 Hank FM solo, since Mr. Tack exited; Ms. Winkler now does nights.
Over at Nexstar FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis), the Saturday morning local news now starts at 7:00am instead of 6:00am.
Where Are They Now? Former WRTV-TV Senior News Producer Kelly Hicks is now the Director of News Training for Nexstar.
Nexstar ABC affiliate WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville) and Mission Broadcasting's CW affiliate WTVW (Channel 7, Evansville) News Director Bob Freeman will retire at the end of November. In his 45-year career, he’s spent 21 years as a TV News Director at either Evansville’s WFIE-TV (Channel 14), or at WEHT-TV/WTWV-TV.
King Spectrum, LLC sells the Low Power TV Construction Permit for W06DG-D (Channel 6, Evansville) to Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC for $11,000. Bob Heymann of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker for King Spectrum, LLC.
DTV America 1, LLC sells the Low Power TV station Construction Permit for W10DG-D (Channel 10, Evansville), W19EW-D (Channel 19, Evansville), and a Santa Barbara, California Low Power TV station Construction Permit to Castelli Media, LLC. The purchase price for all three is $35,000. Bob Heymann of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker for DTV America 1, LLC.
Federated Media is a family-owned media group in northern Indiana. We are currently seeking an Engineer for our 6 radio stations in the South Bend / Mishawaka area. If you are happy, positive, organized, and self-motivated – we are looking for you! You must live close or be willing to relocate. Oh… and it would be great if you had broadcast engineering experience and a bonus if you are a radio geek like the rest of us!
We are looking for passion and someone who has an interest in geeky technical stuff and who likes to work with people, yet someone who can work unsupervised and help solve problems. If you can live out our three core company values – Integrity, Passion and Innovation, then you are one of us!
We will provide you with the tools, training (there’s always more to learn!), a competitive salary with nice benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401k with match, plenty of paid time off and so much more! Are you curious? Do you want to learn more? Come talk with us! We have an engineering team to help you along in your journey. We are a high-energy, fast-paced company that’s always growing and we look forward to helping you thrive.
Nerds are totally ok, but know-it-alls are not. We prefer someone with a strong computer background and knowledge of IT and networking.
If this sounds like you, let’s talk. SOON!
Interested? Contact Jack Didier at JobPosting@federatedmedia.com
Confidentiality assured. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Sarkes Tarzian’s WAJI, WLDE, and WGBJ are looking for some part-time help having fun 25-30 hours a week assisting in programming, promotions, and production. Some on-air fill-in possible. Should have Adobe Audition experience. Reach out to Capt. Chris: email@example.com. No calls please. Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Would you like to be able to combine your passion for sports with your full-time job? Would you like to be paid for talking about sports on the radio or broadcasting ball games?
WREF (“The REF”), the exclusive ESPN affiliate in the Evansville, Indiana area is looking for a team member who would spend about half their time doing a daily sports talk show, play by play or analysis of sporting events, and other local programming. The other half of your time would be helping local companies grow their business through advertising on the station’s over the air and digital products. “The REF” features ESPN programming, and play by play coverage of University of Southern Indiana, St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University and approximately 75 local high school events and more. Knowledge of digital media and radio production would be helpful.
If interested, please send resume and salary requirements to Ed Henson at firstname.lastname@example.org. WREF/Henson Media of Henderson County, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Lakeshore Public Radio – 89.1 FM (WLPR-FM) is seeking a talented part-time on-air announcer for Morning Edition, for local news, traffic, and weather.
Live on-air board operation for morning network news magazine. Switch programming functions from network to local programming; accurately and seamlessly segue from content shared by all stations to content specific to individual stations. Read and write weather, traffic, and other announcements. Troubleshoot technical difficulties.
Generate journalism content (both interviews and other reporting) in concert with the news team. Meet regularly with news and contribute to editorial plans.
Value, contribute to and sustain Lakeshore Public Radio’s commitment to a culture of belonging that sees our culture’s history of power and privilege and seeks to balance that with inclusion of many diverse experiences and perspectives.
Preparation for daily show—familiarity with local markets served. Review top stories, prepare rundowns and digest of national and local program elements. Record any elements needed for individual stations. Revise and update weather forecasts, traffic, and any shared continuity. Work with news team to accommodate daily news features, daily changes in program schedules including breaking news, addition of new elements, etc.
Flexibility to cover and assist with other shifts, radio operations, and breaking news/events including evening and weekends.
Participate in stations’ fundraising endeavors as needed, especially semi-annual public radio fund drives. Serve as ATC representative at stations’ events.
Other duties as assigned.
At least two years of professional on-air experience in a similar drive time host or reporter position.
Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting or journalism or related field.
Public Radio experience preferred.
A working understanding of public radio content and style, including strong writing skills.
Strong radio board operation skills.
Strong audio production, and digital editing skills with audio editing software, Adobe Audition preferred.
Proficiency in using Windows computer software, internet skills, Audiovault broadcast automation system, NewsBoss writing software, and high level of technical competency.
Sophisticated knowledge of national, regional, and local current events and politics, in keeping with National Public Radio standards, is expected by the audience.
Ability to follow the broadcast clock.
Lakeshore Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Market Chief Engineer
After 25 years of broadcasting excellence, Fort Wayne’s Market Chief Engineer accepted a great opportunity at the largest audio company in the country. We are sad to see him depart.
We are now accepting applicants for a new Market Chief Engineer in charge of our six-station broadcast setup in Fort Wayne.
The MCE manages the installation, maintenance, and repair of studio, transmitting and ancillary equipment to maintain competitive signals in the market while complying with all FCC technical requirements. This includes responsibility for telecommunications, computer, and networking systems.
Who We Are: Federated Media is a family-owned media group in northern Indiana.
Our Fort Wayne operation features six radio stations:
• 98.9 The Bear WBYR Active Rock
• Classic Hits BIG 92.3 WFWI
• 97.3 WMEE Hot A/C
• WOWO News Talk 1190am/107.5fm
• K105 Country WQHK
• The FAN 1380am/100.5fm – Sports Talk WKJG
As Market Chief Engineer, you will be responsible for:
• Overseeing all station operations through preventative and corrective maintenance.
• Establish routine maintenance procedures and schedules for all broadcast equipment.
• Overseeing and assisting with the installation and maintenance of control consoles, audio routers, recording equipment, microphones, digital audio systems, transmitters, antennas, control systems, and remote equipment.
• Working with local management to coordinate remote broadcasts as needed.
• Compliance with FCC rules and regulations and department budgeting.
• 24/7 on call.
SKILLSET FOR SUCCESS (PREFERRED):
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Able to interact with management and staff at all levels and ability to multi-task, delegate and handle pressures and deadlines.
• Knowledge of all applicable FCC rules and regulations.
• Advanced experience with cluster-wide audio routing, digital audio delivery, EAS, Studio Telephone and engineering IT systems
• Computer literacy in applicable software packages.
• Ability to troubleshoot broadcast equipment to the component level.
• Ability to work independently to troubleshoot/repair high-power AM and FM transmitting facilities.
• I.T. skills including local area and wide area networking.
• Knowledge of electrical systems, UPS, and standby generators and record keeping.
• Knowledge of telephone systems and protocols including POTS, ISDN, T1, DSL and PRI circuits.
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds and the ability to climb stairs and ladders is required.
• Associates or technical degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or related field or equivalent level of experience
• Must possess valid state driver’s license and provide required proof of personal vehicle insurance.
As a Company/Employer, Federated Media will be responsible for:
• Hiring and retaining co-workers who live out our three core company values – Integrity, Passion, and Innovation.
• Provide an environment that sets you up for success (our culture).
• Growth opportunities. We’re a small business group of teammates and we tend to wear a lot of hats. Our company is extremely fast-paced and heaps significant responsibility on staff members quickly. And at the same time, self-starters and problem solvers tend to have thriving and growing careers here.
• Focused, responsible and collaborative work environment with the ability, to ask ‘what if’ and try innovative solutions
• Benefits that include competitive pay, 401k and match, health insurance, vacation, holiday, paid volunteer time.
• Fulfilling our commitment to the company mission –
TO DISCOVER AND SATISFY THE NEEDS OF OUR THREE PRIMARY CUSTOMER GROUPS:
• OUR CONSUMERS
• OUR CLIENTS &
• OUR CO-WORKERS
IN A WAY THAT IS PROFITABLE FOR ALL.
Interested? Contact VP/GM Ben Saurer at email@example.com
Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Michigan Ag Today, the fastest growing agricultural radio network in the state is seeking a sales professional to expand its growing coverage area. This position represents the chance to work in the Michigan agricultural sector assisting companies large and small to improve their marketing with the use of the many Michigan Ag today products. Responsibilities would include selling radio and digital advertising and sponsorships for Michigan Ag Today radio network, web, and social media channels. In addition, this position would help in creating marketing materials and advertising packages.
The ideal candidate must be comfortable working in a home-based environment and be willing to travel statewide. Flexibility, honesty, good communication skills and the ability to work independently are also required. Benefits include paid vacations, and sick days, paid membership in professional organizations, and company paid IRA contribution match. Compensation consists of a base salary and sales commissions.
Michigan Ag Today LLC was founded in 2018 for the specific purpose of serving the informational needs of the Michigan agricultural community. MAT currently broadcasts on 30 radio stations across the state and is owned by Hoosier Ag Today LLC, with 16 years of experience operating state agricultural networks. Michigan Ag Today LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Inquiries can be made to:
Hoosier Ag Today - Michigan Ag Today
Send Resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Ag Today is currently looking for a Michigan-based broadcaster to cover agriculture events and produce news content for the network’s 30 Michigan radio stations and digital products. The ideal candidate would have experience in radio/TV news reporting in audio, video, and social media formats. Experience in the agriculture industry is a plus, but not required.
We are looking for an individual who can stay on top of the ever-evolving agriculture and media world. This candidate must be able to thrive in a work-at-home environment as well as out in the field gathering content. We need someone who can work as part of an award winning and experienced team. Good communication and organizational skills are a must.
Benefits include paid membership in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and a company match IRA retirement program.
Michigan Ag Today LLC was founded in 2018 for the specific purpose of serving the informational needs of the Michigan agricultural community. MAT is owned by Hoosier Ag Today LLC, with 16 years of experience operating state agricultural networks. Michigan Ag Today LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Inquiries can be made to:
Hoosier Ag Today - Michigan Ag Today
Send Resumes to: email@example.com
B100 has a morning show opening. South Bend is home to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the South Bend Cubs, and Norman the Bee! We’re a hop skip and a jump away from Lake Michigan, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Founders Brewing Company! Plus, you can enjoy all four seasons in Michiana!
This person needs to be Enthusiastic, Creative, Prepared, Fun, Entertaining, Engaging, Relevant, Involved, Collaborator, and Country! Ability to create content for on-air, online, video, and social is a must.
B100 is a very successful, heritage station with great management and ownership. Federated Media’s core values are Integrity, Passion, and Innovation and we are looking for our next superstar to contribute to the fun culture.
Active Driver’s license
Operates by the Core Values of Integrity, Passion, and Innovation
Flexible and Family oriented culture
Healthcare (Health, Dental, Vision) and 401k
Get paid to volunteer your time in the community
A culture that’s driven by purpose. Creating big events. Helping local businesses. Supporting nonprofits.
If this screams your name, then stake your claim and show us the goods!
Don’t hesitate to email your resume and demo now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Reising Radio Partners – Multimedia Journalist
If you thrive in a hands-on multi-media environment and have a knack for connecting with your local community to gather and share news on-air and online, we want to hear from you! The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of reporting experience. To be considered, email your resume, examples of online and written stories plus an MP3 of your best work to email@example.com
- Responsible for gathering, writing, and voicing daily Newscasts on QMIX/KORN/MOJO/WJCP
- Write, produce, maintain, and upload LocalNewsDigital.com daily
- Gather and produce soundbites for all newscasts.
- Update Local News Digital social media pages daily.
- On-call for Breaking News situations 24/7 and responsible for coordinating that information to air and be published online
- Staff all necessary weekly and monthly Government and Education meetings
- Maintain relationships with local Law Enforcement agencies and other key contacts in the community
- Manage and coach the News staff by performing air-check sessions with all on-air News staff at least once per month
- Share new stories from Local News Digital on appropriate station social media pages as needed
- Work with Operations Manager to keep the Public File updated
- Maintain Community Calendar
- Maintain PSA’s on all stations
- Attend all station events including, but not limited to QMIX Musical Fireworks, KORN Musical Fireworks, QMIX Girly Golf, and Women’s Expo
- Carry out assignments given by Operations Manager, and Program Directors as needed
Reising Radio Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Radio Forecast Network, a nationwide network that provides weather forecasts for stations in the United States, Canada and the British Virgin Islands is currently looking for announcers to read forecasts and sponsor information. Most lists are between 11 and 18 stations and will fit your availability. You will need a computer, microphone, and audio editing software. Working for RFN, you earn trade dollars to buy the things you need personally, or for business purposes if you own a business. Choose from the member lists and marketplace ads found in the trade exchanges we deal with. This list of businesses (some of which may be in your area) who are members, are paid in trade exchange dollars through organized barter exchanges. It's a great way to stay connected with the radio industry, and to earn some extra money in your free time. For more information, click this link.
WNAP, The Buzzard, seeks the right person or people for our stations as we develop Underwriting Sales. Our format is a fun Oldies presentation with sarcasm and tongue in cheek delivery. Our stations include: 56-year-old 990 WNAP Muncie and translator 101.5 W268BJ; WNAP-FM 88.1 Morristown, Indiana; 91.7 W219DO Edinburgh, Indiana, and WNPP Cole Indiana.
This is an outside position. Cities to be served include Muncie, Indianapolis, Greenfield, Shelbyville, Rushville, Anderson, Noblesville, and many others. If you have a history in customer service and want to help us grow, contact Martin Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Beginnings Movement, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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