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4 October 2018
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In the Fort Wayne market, Sarkes Tarzian owns AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne), Classic Hits/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne) and Alternative/WAJI-HD2 (95.1fm-HD2, Fort Wayne), also heard on W258BY (99.5fm, Fort Wayne). When the sale closes, Sarkes' Fort Wayne portfolio will comprise of one of the strongest FM signals in the market (Class B "Majic 95.1"), along with two Class As (101.7fm, 102.3fm) and the FM translator at 99.5fm.
Let's detail some WGBJ history: Three Amigo's purchased what was then WXTW ("Extreme 102.3") from Summit City Radio Group in 2006 for $1.35 million. Since then, WGBJ mostly aired a Spanish format, except for a brief foray into CHR ("B102.3", "Power 102.3") in he late 2000s and early 2010s. WGBJ derived their call letters from the original Three Amigo's owners: George Kotsopoulos, Bob Britt, and John Henry. Hear the WGBJ sign-on in August 2006 (our tape recorder was there!)
Mr. Jackson tells industry trade publication RBR+TVBR that he will move the current Regional Mexican format on 102.3fm to another frequency that he's buying. Broker on this transaction was Beth Griffin (Griffin Media Partners).
Where Are They Now? Former then-Backyard Broadcasting/Muncie GM Bruce Law becomes VP/Market Manager of Cumulus' radio stations in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Charles Haines died last week (September 29). Mr. Haines was 93, and was one of the first (perhaps the first) African-Americans that worked full-time at a U.S. television station. Mr. Haines' broadcasting career began at WTTS radio, and he also later worked for WTTV-TV, and WLWI-TV (today, it's WTHR-TV). Mr. Haines retired in 2001 after a 53 year broadcasting career. Visitation will be Saturday October 6 at G.C. Williams Funeral Home, 1935 W. Broadway Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. Visitation will be from 9am until 11am, with a service at 11am. Visitation and services were held earlier today in Indianapolis. Here's the obituary.
The Lloyd Expressway moves vehicles on an east-west route through Evansville, and it's a 14 mile long route.
On Monday morning at 10am (Central Time), Midwest Communications' WLFW (93.5fm, Chandler) flipped formats from Classic Country ("93.5 Duke FM") to Country, as "93.5 The Lloyd" under GM Tim Huelsing and PD Ron Allen. Mr. Allen serves on the programming staff for Midwest Communications, based at their Nashville, Tennessee cluster. The WLFW call letters (which pertained to a prior country format "The Wolf") also changed to WLYD. "Your Road to Hot Country" plans on adding an airstaff in the future. Finally, here's their new website.
WPTA-TV/Fort Wayne is looking for an energetic sports anchor and multimedia journalist.
This full-time position will take someone who can excel in this digital age of journalism. The successful candidate will report, shoot, write, edit, produce and anchor. Sports is more than just reading scores and screaming highlights. Your compelling coverage must go beyond the game. We want you to create shareable stories for all of our platforms, including our website, mobile platforms and social media.
If you have a strong on-air presence with a credible delivery and personable style and have the ability to execute engaging live shots, we want you on our team. Applicants must have a degree in broadcast journalism or a related multimedia field and prior on-camera professional experience.
If you’re ambitious and are looking for your next career challenge, send your resume, cover letter and work sample or link to: Jonathan Shelley at email@example.com. (Please tell Jonathan that you learned about this job through IRW!)
WPTA is part of Quincy Media, Inc., a family-owned company operating 18 television stations. Throughout QMI, positions are available for candidates with all levels of experience. Visit https://quincymediacareers.com/ for links to all stations and opportunities.
WPTA-TV provides competitive compensation and excellent comprehensive benefits package, including 401k. WPTA-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Music Director/On-Air Host – WTTS/Indianapolis
Tired of corporate radio? Want to join an environment that encourages creativity, musical discovery and the creation of unforgettable listener experiences? Do you love music and the power of local radio? Heritage Adult Alternative WTTS/Indianapolis has a very rare opening for a key position in the programming department: Music Director/On-Air Host. Our next MD will be a positive, forward-thinking pro who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Solid Music Master or Selector skills are critical. Familiarity with Wide Orbit, Adobe Audition and VoxPro is also appreciated. We’re looking for a passionate music lover who can communicate effectively to an equally passionate adult audience, on the air and via social media platforms. Daily duties, amongst others, will include the scheduling of music logs, assessing music for airplay, growing and maintaining productive relationships within the music and concert community and conducting a regular air shift. On-air experience is required, preferably a minimum 3 years at the AAA or Alternative format in a large market setting. If interested, please send a resume and MP3 demo of air work to Laura Duncan, WTTS PD at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please. Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Brothers Broadcasting, a family owned and operated radio group is seeking a Sales Manager for our 25kW station WIBN-FM, which serves Lafayette & West Lafayette Indiana. The right candidate should have a proven history of sales success, an entrepreneurial spirit, along with great communication skills. Interested candidates should email their resumes to JohnB1560wrin@gmail.com for consideration. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Brothers Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
News Director, WFFT-TV, Fort Wayne, IN:
If you are an experienced broadcast journalist with newsroom management and leadership experience, then we are interested in speaking with you.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone to join and lead a highly competitive and accomplished newscast that has earned four Emmy nominations and twice awarded Best Newscast.
The successful candidate must have an ability to coach reporters to be enterprising with their story generation, as well as compelling and relevant with their content. This is a unique opportunity to take an award-winning product to the next level. Solid news judgment, great communication skills and exceptional leadership are a requirement.
The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All-American City Award.
Please send resumes and support materials:
via email to: email@example.com
or via mail or overnight delivery to:
3707 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
WFFT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HOT 1079 (WJFX) is looking for our next on-air star in Fort Wayne. We are currently on top in the ratings and are looking for someone who can help us stay there with relevant content and great radio each weekday. Our current mid-day host has spent 3 years with us and has decided it’s time for a change.
You should have 2+ years of commercial radio experience in a rated market. Familiarity with, and passion for Pop music is a must. Fort Wayne is a fantastic mid-sized city with a lot of great things happening here. You should be creative, passionate and professional. You should be able to fully relate to an active, millennial audience. The radio market is good here. It’s competitive. Our hosts know what great radio sounds like and you should as well. Can you entertain the city each day with exciting content, relevant real-life experiences? Can you work the phones (calls/texts), work social media and represent HOT 1079 at appearances and remotes?
Doing a live 10am-3pm show is priority #1. Some basic production chops would be helpful. We have a few sister stations in the building we may be asking you to help out with as well (gold-based AC and Country). Females strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested? Send me a paragraph introducing yourself and telling me why you want this job at HOT 1079. Current/recent aircheck, resume, social links (FB/Twitter/IG), anything else you think helps you stand out…and tell me your 3 favorite songs right now.
Send it all over to me. I’m Robbie Mack, the Brand Manager here. Use this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOT 1079 and Adams Radio Group are EOE.
Full Time Sales Position available for ESPN 97.7 The REF, the exclusive ESPN Affiliate in the Evansville, Indiana area. WREF features ESPN programming, a local afternoon sports show with Dan Egierski, and play by play coverage of St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University, University of Southern Indiana, over 75 local high school events and more. Primary job will be helping local companies grow their business through the power of sports and radio. Will include production and possibly on-air responsibilities. Knowledge of digital media would be very helpful. Send resume and salary requirements to email@example.com. WREF/Henson Media of Henderson County, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Federated Media in Fort Wayne is looking for an experienced, multi-faceted News-Talk host for WOWO 1190AM/107.5FM’s morning show.
You’ll host “Fort Wayne’s Morning News” (FWMN) which airs 5A to 9A. It is a fast-paced presentation of the day’s top news, traffic, weather, sports, business news and farm news. It also airs live on MYTV from 5:30A-7:00A. Our morning host will work with a wide rolodex of local, state and national newsmakers ranging from local mayors, police chiefs, sheriffs and fire officials to Indiana’s Governor, Senators and Congressmen.
The Morning-Drive host is responsible for, but not limited to:
• Hosting FWMN from 5a-9a
• Prepping content for FWMN
• Reporting and following live breaking news events
• Reporting and researching local news events
• Monitoring sources for breaking news on-air and online
• Interacting with the Fort Wayne community both online and in person
• Audio editing and logging
• Appearing at local events and monthly remotes
• Booking and calling guests on occasion
Ideal candidates will have experience working in a daily newsroom environment and hosting experience. They will be able to work well with others and have a good understanding of local issues, politics and economics. They’ll need to be a morning person as our morning host shift can start as early as 4A and they must be comfortable on live television. The ideal candidate must be savvy with social media and able to inform and entertain online and on-air while also being fair and balanced. Most importantly, our ideal candidate will have the desire to learn the heartbeat of WOWOland and share it with our listeners.
If you’re interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter and resume, as well as a link to your digital portfolio/demo, to WOWO News/Program Director Kayla Blakeslee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smiley Morning Show at 99.5 WZPL-FM in Indianapolis is looking for a part-time phone screener and assistant producer! The crazy things you'll have to do, hear, and say will never end. Have you ever wanted to be the toll booth operator / gatekeeper / bridge troll to Indianapolis' biggest morning show according to them? We need someone who can manage all the crazy things our listeners call us about to assure only the best of their weirdness makes it on the air in an efficient and organized manner. You may have to be on the air, help manage our social media, edit some audio, and possibly more. Can you do that and more? Prove it. Apply. E-mail Toni at email@example.com.
Hoosier AM/FM (WXXC-FM/WCJC-FM/WBAT(AM)/WMRI(AM)) in Marion, Indiana is currently looking for their next sales superstar! Previous sales experience and a knack for developing new business preferred. Organizational skills, creativity and a positive attitude are all a plus. We offer a competitive salary plus commission, benefits, and extras. If you are looking for an exciting career in radio, contact them today! Hoosier AM/FM, LLC maintains a drug-free workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume to GM Joel Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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