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21 March 2023
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Gray Television has both the ABC and NBC affiliations (among others) in Fort Wayne, with ABC on WPTA-TV (Channel 21.1, Fort Wayne) and NBC on WPTA-TV (Channel 21.2).
Lots going on here, so let’s break it down.
INsight local weekday talk and lifestyle show host Rachel Berry will soon exit. Ms. Berry joined WPTA in 2020 and has held various roles on both the ABC and NBC local newscasts. Weekday morning news co-host Tony Betton, Jr. will succeed Ms. Berry at INsight. He also joined WPTA in 2020. Finally, weekend anchor and reporter Tylor Brummett moves to 21 Alive morning news co-host, succeeding Mr. Betton, Jr. Mr. Brummett joined WPTA in May 2021.
Where Are They Now? Former Federated Media/Fort Wayne broadcaster Chris Tyler now programs and does afternoons for Midwest Communications' WWDK and he also programs their WQTX, both in Lansing, Michigan.
Community Service Broadcasters, Inc. will sell their Full Service/Classic Hits WTCA (1050am, Plymouth) and FM translator W291BQ (106.1fm, Plymouth) to 3 Towers Broadcasting for $335,000. On Saturday April 1, 3 Towers will begin their AC ‘Giant FM’ format on WTCA, under a Time Brokerage Agreement with Community Service Broadcasters, Inc.
Kenneth E. Kunze started WTCA(AM) in 1963. Mr. Kunze died in December 2020 at age 97. Community Broadcasters is lead by Kenneth’s daughter Kathy Bottorff and her husband Jim Bottorff.
Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s CHR/WQLQ (99.9fm, Benton Harbor, Michigan) adds the syndicated Bootleg Kev Show to nights.
CSN International sells their W232DV (94.3fm, Lafayette) translator to Inter Mirifica for $50,000. Inter Mirfica runs their ‘Catholic Radio Indy’ format on WSPM (89.1fm, Cloverdale), WSOM (89.5fm, Franklin) and WSQM (90.9 WSQM, Noblesville), and that format already is on the W232DV translator when IRW recently visited Lafayette.
Where Are They Now? Former WLFI-TV meteorologist Cameron Hardin joins WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio as meteorologist and traffic reporter.
Rodgers Broadcasting adds Dave Donaldson for afternoons on Hot AC/WFMG (101.3fm, Richmond), middays on AC/WZZY (98.3fm, Winchester), and handle social media. Mr. Donaldson last worked for 98.7 The Shark (WPBB) in Tampa, Florida.
Paisley Dunn exits Hoosier AM/FM's Country/WCJC (99.3fm, Van Buren) the APD and afternoon role. Ms. Dunn started yesterday in mornings at WVKY / WFKY (‘Froggy Country 101.7 / 104.9’) in Frankfort, Kentucky as Paisley Banks.
Update: Kaspar Broadcasting will sell their WSHW-FM (99.7fm, Frankfort) to the Olivet Media Group from Olivet Nazarene University for $1.452 million. Olivet has 7 radio stations throughout the tri-state area, and they run the contemporary Christian ‘Shine FM’ brand and Spanish network ‘Brilla.FM’.
Two new pieces: First, Kaspar will keep and reinvest in their other media platforms: Classic Hits/WILO (1570am, Frankfort) and their two FM translators, Boone County Daily News, Clinton County Daily News, and Hoosierland TV.
Second, Shine 99 posted on social media that they will end their programming at 10:00am on Friday April 28.
We remember Jim Johnson, who taught at Franklin Central High School for 32 years, and lead their English Department for 12 of those years. He also started a high school radio station that went on the air on June 6, 1978: WRFT (91.5fm, Indianapolis). Mr. Johnson served as WRFT faculty advisor until 1993 and retired from teaching in 2003. Mr. Johnson died last month at age 78. Here’s the complete obituary.
Circle City Broadcasting's CW affiliate/WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) welcomes Cody Adams as a reporter and All-Indiana co-host. Mr. Adams last worked as a morning news anchor at WTVQ-TV in Lexington, Kentucky.
Nexstar's CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington) and FOX affiliate/WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) welcomes reporter Hannah Follman. Ms. Follman last worked as a reporter, producer, and anchor at Allen Media Broadcasting's CBS affiliate/WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute). Also, reporter Lindsay Stone exits and will join WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio as a weekend anchor and reporter.
Dan Dakich exits his Noon until 3pm show at Urban One’s Sports/WIBC-HD2 and WIBC-HD3 (93.1fm, Indianapolis) and two FM translators.
Urban One’s N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) News Director Chris Davis exits after six years with the legendary station. Mr. Davis will become a digital host and online reporting for Jackson, Mississippi TV station WLBT-TV (Channel 3). At WIBC, John Herrick becomes interim News Director for both WIBC and Network Indiana.
Doug Housemeyer died from injuries after a 2017 automobile accident. He was 66. Mr. Housemeyer worked at several Indianapolis radio and TV stations, including sales manager at what was then WMCC-TV (Channel 23) and a 20-year-tenure at The University of Indianapolis' WICR (88.7fm, Indianapolis) where he was Director of Underwriting, and he hosted a radio show ‘Smooth Jazz with Doug Housemeyer.’ Here’s the complete obituary.
Where Are They Now? Former WNOU MD/nights "Riggs" joins for mornings at KKBQ in Houston, Texas.
D.R. Rice Broadcasting's Country/WMPI (105.3fm, Scottsburg) names a new GM and GSM: Dan Daggett. Mr. Daggett returns to WMPI from being the Sales Manager for the Studstill Media radio stations in Peru, Illinois.
Midwest Communications' AC/WIKY (104.1fm, Evansville) APD and midday host Debra Miller exits and will move to England. Ms. Miller was also APD for sister Classic Rock/WABX (107.5fm, Evansville). She’s been in Evansville since 2005 and did airshifts on sister Midwest/Evansville stations, including WABX and CHR/WSTO (96.1fm, Owensboro, Kentucky). Finally, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials, Deb!
Nexstar ABC affiliate WEHT-TV (Channel 25, Evansville) and Mission Broadcasting's CW affiliate WTVW (Channel 7, Evansville) promotes Assignment Manager Warren Korff to News Director and Executive Producer Brett Allega to Assistant News Director. Warren Korff succeeds the retired Bob Freeman.
Veteran Bedford broadcaster Myron Rainey died. Mr. Rainey spent 40 years with WBIW (1340am), doing high school basketball and football play by play. He was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He was 69 years old. Here’s the complete obituary.
Federated Media, a family-owned radio group in Northern Indiana, is looking for an I.T. Broadcast Engineer for the South Bend - Mishawaka radio market. At Federated Media, we rely on our I.T. & broadcast systems to help our business succeed with our clients as well as reach our listeners. We’re seeking an I.T. Broadcast Engineer who’s eager to use and grow his or her technical skills in an ever-changing landscape. In this role, the successful individual will protect our critical information, systems, and assets as well as build solutions for our radio engineering department. From early on, you’ll help push our breakthrough innovations, be given challenging assignments, implement new software and hardware, and assist in the development of an overall company technology strategy. You’ll also receive specialized training to help you become a leader in both the I.T. and radio broadcast fields. Our ideal candidate will be passionate about applying their skills to technology-based business model that creates solutions for the real world.
We are looking for someone that is proficient in maintaining computer hardware and software in a Microsoft network environment. That same person needs to be able to handle some basic electronic troubleshooting to fix other radio broadcast problems. The radio industry today is all computer driven but we still have radio personalities that we need to communicate and work with daily. The ideal candidate not only can ‘speak geek’ they must work well with others. The South Bend - Mishawaka market consists of a large studio facility and 6 transmitter sites with 6 towers.
Because it is a large operation, all candidates must be highly motivated, responsible, organized, able to work unsupervised, and detail oriented. Candidates must also have dependable transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of auto insurance.
If you think you are qualified, please fill out an application or send us your resume to:
237 Edison Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Attn: Stephanie Michel
Email resumes to: email@example.com
Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer
WLFI-TV is looking for an experienced, aggressive and collaborative-style Assistant News Director to join our team. The Assistant News Director must be a proven newsroom leader who knows how to win breaking news and weather coverage on all platforms, maintain a strong sense of urgency with our newscast production and newsroom culture, and knows how to balance serious journalism with lighter moments critical to the success of our newscasts.
The successful candidate must have a drive and passion, with an innovative mind and truly be able to see the big picture. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day news operation and be involved in long-term planning of news content across all platforms.
- Assist News Director with supervisory responsibility for all news broadcasts and online content.
- Involved in hiring and performance management of direct reports.
- Assist News Director in the on-going evaluation of personnel.
- Create tactics and strategies to increase ratings performance in key target areas for multiple platforms.
- Assist in execution of news content strategy.
- Implement and have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations.
- Ability to manage cross platform content creation and distribution.
- Write copy and edit scripts for air and web.
- Knowledge of and proficiency in posting content to station websites.
- Schedule anchors and multi-media journalists.
- Lead coverage planning of major events: elections, other special events.
- Proactively communicate news initiatives & community efforts across departments.
- Evaluate workflow efficiencies.
- Assist News Director in managing the budgetary aspects of newsroom operations
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- College degree in related field or equivalent experience preferred.
- At least 5 years producing or reporting experience preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- Advanced oral and written communication skills.
- Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office.
- Broad understanding of newsroom operations and equipment.
- Proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
- Positive reinforcement style of management with the ability to hold staffers accountable while helping them to grow their skills.
Allen Media Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer. Allen Media Broadcasting recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other legally-protected status.
Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law.)
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Michigan Ag Today, the state’s #1 farm radio network, is seeking a freelance reporter to cover Michigan agriculture. The position will require the production of at least 3 news packages a week that focus on the issues and activities of interest to Michigan farmers and farm families. Each package would consist of a 90sec - 2min radio news report and accompanying text version for web publication. This material will be included in network farm news programs aired on over 33 stations across the state. The position will require the development of news sources and contacts
Candidates should have radio news experience; knowledge of agricultural issues is helpful but not required. Candidate’s work location does not have to be within the state, though that would be preferred. Technical equipment will be provided.
Send resume and audio sample to:
Hoosier Ag Today is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Hoosier Ag Today, Indiana’s #1 farm radio network, is seeking a freelance reporter to cover national agriculture news. The position will require the production of at least 3 news packages per week that focus on the issues and activities of interest to farmers and farm families. Each package would consist of a 90sec - 2min radio news report and accompanying text version for web publication. This material will be included in network farm news programs aired on over 100 stations across the Indiana and Michigan. The position will require the development of news sources and contacts.
Candidates should have radio news experience; knowledge of agricultural issues is helpful but not required. Candidate’s work location is flexible and could be remote. Technical equipment will be provided.
Send resume and audio sample to:
Hoosier Ag Today is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Woof Boom Radio Lima, Ohio, is looking to add a Chief Engineer to our team. This person will be our on-site Radio Engineer to ensure our equipment is fully functional and maintained to a high standard. This person will work with the Market Manager and Program Directors to oversee and support the technical functioning of two studio locations and several AM & FM transmitter sites in west central Ohio.
About Woof Boom
• Our employees work and maintain a performance culture that serves our customers and listeners.
• We work and live the company values.
• Employees provide visible leadership both inside the station and inside the community.
• All Woof Boomers develop strong relationships with key clients and other business partners.
• We work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
• All adhere to Woof Boom policies while observing the highest ethical standards.
• Troubleshoots issues with IT, transmission, studio equipment, and streaming.
• Works cross-functionally with production, sales, and traffic teams to maintain a high-functioning work environment.
• Maintains company equipment to the highest standard.
• Manages file backup operations for office computers and special-purpose radio automation.
• Manages and maintains the business firewall and security of 50+ computers and industry-specific devices.
• Handles building entry security systems and transmitter sites.
• Respond to off-air alarms 24 hours per day.
• Routine inspections of transmitter sites and maintaining grounds at site locations. Monitoring remotes of each transmitter site.
• Weekly station log reporting.
• Ensuring FCC and FAA compliance. This includes the required logging and filing.
• EAS rules and record keeping.
• Management of equipment inventory for in-house equipment, remote broadcast gear, and users with laptops offsite.
• Oversee building maintenance as needed.
• Live Broadcast and Engineering vehicle maintenance logging and directing repairs by others.
• Satellite dish installation, alignment, and upkeep
• Work with the Traffic department to troubleshoot missing satellite closures and missing spots/recon files.
• Surveillance camera monitoring/archiving of event footage.
• Intermediate IT knowledge AND administration in local and remote IT environments.
• Advanced knowledge of business firewall management.
• Experience in project management.
• IT certification or equivalent work experience.
• A good driving record and reliable transportation.
• The ability to lift 50 pounds.
• Bachelor's degree in electronics or computer field.
• Advanced radio frequency broadcasting.
• Management of Watchguard Firebox and the Fireware OS.
• Experience with managing audio streams and PC encoding hardware.
• Proficient with audio and networking wiring methods
• RF point-to-point data equipment (Ubiquiti).
• Experience with RF cable types, connectors, jumpers, and grounding methods
• Experience with the repair of both tube-type and Solid-State AM & FM transmitters
• FCC and FAA rules familiarity.
• XDS satellite receiver experience.
• Experience repairing multiple brands of audio consoles and their custom auxiliary equipment hookups is a plus.
• Experience with various automation environments. Nextgen and RCS Selector are a plus.
Woof Boom Radio is a midsized broadcasting company with stations in Ohio and Indiana. Our culture is central to how we operate in the communities where we live and work. Please apply via e-mail to Camille McCreery: firstname.lastname@example.org
Woof Boom Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A full time Advertising Sales Position is available for Henson Media, in the Henderson, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana area. The primary job will be helping local companies grow their business through the power of a radio group, primarily WSON AM/FM and ESPN 97.7 The REF. The position will possibly include production responsibilities. Knowledge of digital media is helpful. Send resume and salary requirements to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org. Henson Media of Henderson County, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Forcht Broadcasting Crawfordsville – Assistant Program Director
Stations: WIMC FM, WCDQ FM, WCVL
Forcht Broadcasting Radio and Digital is a community-focused, progressive small market radio and digital group of 25 radio stations in 9 markets in 3 states.
Forcht Broadcasting Crawfordsville, IN (WIMC 103.9 FM, WCDQ 106.3 FM, and WCVL 92.1 FM/1550 AM) is accepting applications for a Full-Time Assistant Program Director for their group of radio stations. WIMC, WCDQ, and WCVL serve the communities of West Central Indiana. All candidates must have excellent verbal and written skills and must be able to use social media. Knowledge of using the Zetta automation system is preferred, as is having a working knowledge of a WordPress based content management system. Forcht Broadcasting Crawfordsville is a radio and digital company, so the Assistant Program Director must be comfortable using digital media to promote the radio stations.
Career duties may include but are not limited to:
•interviewing officials and station clients for on-air radio and social media segments
•hosting station programs as needed
•setting up and hosting live remote broadcasts in the Crawfordsville area
•writing and producing radio commercials
•creating and facilitating station promotions
•assisting the multi-media account executives as needed
•assisting with digital and social media projects and campaigns
•representing the radio stations at community events as needed
•other duties as assigned by the WIMC, WCDQ, and WCVL General Manager
A one-year experience minimum working in live radio is preferred. A post-secondary degree in communications or broadcasting is preferred, but not required.
Compensation will reflect on-air and work experience. A competitive package, that includes health benefits, will be offered to qualified candidates. Forcht Broadcasting Crawfordsville is looking for team players, who share the mission of Forcht Broadcasting and who assist all members of the team as needed.
If you are ready to begin a career with a radio and digital group named one of The Best Places to Work in Kentucky in 2021, email Forcht Broadcasting General Manager Dave Peach at email@example.com.
Forcht Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer who seeks to recruit qualified and diverse candidates for career openings.
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-ins possible. Should have Adobe Audition experience. Reach out to Capt. Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please. Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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