Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
6 April 2021
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Let's start this issue with an advertorial.
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A former Indiana TV meteorologist has died. Paul Emmick died April 1 of natural causes at only age 55. Mr. Emmick was Chief Meteorologist at WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend). Before that, he worked two tours at WDRB-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville), weekends at WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis), and The Weather Channel. Here's the complete obituary.
Nexstar's CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington) and FOX affiliate/WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) welcomes Lindsay Stone as a reporter. Ms. Stone last worked north on US-31 for Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend), where she anchored '16 News Now at Noon' for just over two years.
Circle City Broadcasting's CW affiliate/WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) will launch a sports betting show ('All Indiana Bets'). Debuting later this year, All Indiana Bets will be co-hosted by Jason Hammer (who also co-hosts afternoons on Emmis' N-T/WIBC (93.1, Indianapolis) and comedian Scott Long. WISH-TV entertainment reporter McKinzie Roth (herself a former radio DJ) will also be featured.
Heartland Media's CBS affiliate/WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute) weekday morning co-anchor Alia Blackburn exits after over 7 years with WTHI-TV. Ms. Blackburn began as a producer, moved through the ranks to weekend evening anchor, and then to her current role in October 2018. Ms. Blackburn will soon join Nexstar's CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington) and FOX affiliate/WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis).
Weigel Broadcasting announced they will pay $145,333 for 6 LPTV stations around the country. They're buying them from HC2's DTV America Corp. In Indiana, the purchase includes the CP for WZDS-LD (Channel 18, Evansville).
Where Are They Now? Former South Central Media GSM Jaleigh Long earns a promotion to VP/Market Manager of Cox Media's Atlanta and Athens, Georgia radio stations.
This Week in Indiana Radio History
Sign-on dates seem to be a prickly matter, subject to great debate, and mostly impossible to confirm. If there is something we need to add to the calendar, please let us know. Please also e-mail us if you have updated information.
April 4: In 1922, 920am in West Lafayette signs on as WBAA, and still is. WBAA is Indiana's oldest continually operated radio station. In 2005, WOWO(AM) (1190am, Fort Wayne) adds HD Radio.
April 5: In 1948, 1580am in Connersville signs on as WCNB. Today, it's WLPK. In 1965, 98.3fm in Peru signs on as WARU-FM. It later moved to 98.5fm, and today, it's WMYK. In 2004, Fort Wayne's WNHT-FM (96.3fm, Churubusco) flipped formats from CHR ('Hits 96.3') to Rhythmic CHR ('Wild 96.3').
April 6: In 2009, WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) launched a 10PM newscast, anchored by Jim Blue.
April 7: In 1998, 104.3fm in Charlestown signs on as WBLO. Today, it's WAYI.
April 9: In 2004, what was then WYLT (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) flipped formats from Hot AC to Pop CHR, but remained 'My 103.9.' In 2006, WKBV/Richmond broadcaster Phil Stigleman died. Age 79. In 2018, Joe McConnell died. Age 79. Mr. McConnell worked at WBAA/Lafayette, then-WFAM-TV/Lafayette, and WTHI(AM), WTHI-FM, and WTHI-TV/all Terre Haute.
April 10: In 2012, Ken Trimble ('J. Paul Roberts') died. Age 69. He was GM and did morning drive at WKID in Vevay, Indiana. In 1967, 105.5fm in Auburn signs on as WIFF-FM. Later on, the 102.3fm, LaGrange allocation swapped with the 105.5fm, Auburn allocation. Today, it's WGBJ (102.3fm, Auburn). In 2010, WAWK (1140am, Kendallville) signs on FM translator W238BH (95.5fm).
Majic 95.1, Fort Wayne is searching for a Morning Show Sidekick with a feisty, energetic, fun, likable personality who’s not afraid to be vulnerable on-air to compliment the morning show host. This person must be comfortable with regular show critiques, loves editing, is hungry to win, and is willing to build and maintain relationships with listeners, advertisers, and promotional partners; serve as the liaison representing the station as a member of the morning show. If you want to have fun and be paid for doing it, apply now.
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Federated Media South Bend - Account Executive - New Business Development
This is an outside Sales position that will focus on building new business partnerships for the radio stations. It requires creativity and marketing savvy to discover and satisfy the needs of potential new clients with Integrating Marketing campaigns that include radio, content marketing, digital and event marketing. If you have been described as a self-starter, confident, driven, persistent, competitive, always closing, organized, problem solver, than you may love this opportunity!
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Are you a salesperson with a positive attitude who hates to lose? Our Kokomo and Marion radio groups both have immediate openings for our next multi-media sales superstars! We're looking for team players who are a whiz with technology, and previous sales experience, a knack for developing new business and creativity are all a plus. If a competitive salary plus commission, benefits, and extras get your attention, contact us today! Hoosier AM/FM, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug-free workplace. Please send resume to Joel Pyle at email@example.com.
Locally owned and operated WGCL (98.7 and AM 1370) and Rock 96-1 The Quarry are looking for both full-time and part-time account executives to help develop commercial, non-traditional, and digital revenue. Successful candidates:
• Have had success in selling their particular industry
• Possess a solid work ethic and are self-motivated
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In this non-corporate, Bloomington-based position, you'll help local businesses grow through the power of advertising on WGCL, Rock 96-1 The Quarry, and WTTS (92.3). You'll also have the opportunity to sell a vast array of digital products through our new ST Digital arm. Whether you're looking for a full-time career or a part-time opportunity, we will craft and customize the right scenario for the right candidate.
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