Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
3 September 2018
Announcement: Dave Dworkin from the Radio Mall has been in the hospital since the end of July, so the company's website is down along with his email. If you have been trying to reach him, could you please call Scott Gilbert at 888-757-2688? Thank you.
Let's start with a story that impacts multiple parts of the Hoosier state. In February 2017, IRW wrote about 13 FCR translators that went silent, in search of a new programming source. The FCC recently deleted several of FCR Broadcasting's FM translators. That's after the FCC sent a letter to FCR, inquiring about their "operational status", and the FCC received no response. Which translators did the FCC delete? W242BM (96.3fm, Kokomo), W299AJ (107.7fm, Marion), W294BA (106.7fm, Valparaiso), and W266AE (101.1fm, Coldwater, Michigan).
From the Reading Pile: Anticipating the daily traumas of local reporting.
With the antenna repack moves and related tower work at "Television Park," Quincy Media's CW affiliate WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) will temporarily be on low-power. Yesterday, they made this announcement on their Facebook page:
"Due to the FCC Mandated Channel Repack we are in the process of building a new broadcast tower and transmission system for the WISE-TV over the air broadcast signal. The WISE-TV signal is currently transmitting at a lower signal strength from an interim transmission system during tower construction. We anticipate that this process may take several more weeks to complete. We appreciate you as a viewer and thank you for your patience during this process."
Over at Fort Wayne Public Television's PBS affiliate WFWA-TV (Channel 39, Fort Wayne), they moved to from RF Channel 40 to RF Channel 18, which meant their over the air viewers had to rescan their DTV receivers over the holiday weekend. "PBS 39" posted more information on their website, and they have a toll-free help line (866) 969-2721 for impacted viewers.
Adams Radio Group's AC/WWFW (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) flips format to gold-intensive AC under GM Kevin Musselman and PD Robbie Mack. Mr. Mack explains, "The [music] difference will be noticeable. On Friday, only about 25% of the music in an hour came from the 80s and 90s. Now, over 60% of it will. That’s the main course. The side dish will be hits of the 2000s. We toss in the best songs of the 70s and Today for the appetizer." Here's the website for "Sunny FM."
Want a new 4:00pm local newscast option? Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend) will introduce that hour-long newscast tomorrow. "NewsCenter 16 at 4:00" will compete against another full-hour newscast from Sinclair's CBS affiliate WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend). Finally, the newscast will be anchored by Maureen McFadden and Lindsay Stone along with Chief Meteorologist Mike Hoffman.
iHeartMedia names a new GSM for two of their stations: Urban/WZRL (98.3fm, Plainfield) and Sports/WNDE (1260am, Indianapolis), and FM translator W248AW (97.5fm, Indianapolis). Brian Harrington joins "Real 98.3" and "FOX Sports 97.5fm/1260am) after (most recently) working for Woof Boom Radio as an Account Executive, with prior tours at Radio One, Emmis Communications, McGraw-Hill TV, and Panache Broadcasting, among others.
Charese Fruge joins Radio One as CHR format captain and PD of their CHR/WNOW-FM (100.9fm, Speedway) and KROI in Houston, Texas. Mr. Fruge will be based in Indianapolis, although she last programmed in Houston for CBS Radio at what was then KKHH.
Horizon Christian Fellowship of Indianapolis sells their Religious/WWQI (91.3fm, Morristown) for $15,000 to The Power Foundation. As a Class B1 station, WWQI broadcasts at 5,000 watts, horizontal and 14,500 watts vertical, from an antenna height of about 184 feet on a tower on County Road East 200 North, northeast of Shelbyville.
DLC Media's Country/WAMW (1580am, Washington), and FM translator W240CE (95.9fm, Washington) adds another translator, licensed to Montgomery. Meet W267CP (101.3fm, Montgomery), a 250 watt translator that signed on last Friday afternoon. This translator will increase coverage of "The General" over neighboring Daviess County. The W267CP antenna is 140 feet high on the Helena Chemical tower, just south of Barr Reeve High School in Montgomery.
Henson Media's Sports/WREF (97.7fm, Sebree, Kentucky) will carry Indiana University football and basketball, University of Southern Indiana baseball and basketball, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, nearly one hundred high school sporting events, along with other sporting events and programming.
This Week (and last Saturday) in Indiana Radio History
Sign-on dates seem to be a prickly matter, subject to great debate, and mostly impossible to confirm. If there's something we need to add to the "calendar," please let us know. Please e-mail us if you have updated information.
September 1: In 1965, Channel 2 in Terre Haute signs on as WTWO-TV (and still is). Also on the same day and year, 103.1fm in Huntington signs on as WHLT-FM. Today, it's on 102.9fm as WJCI. In 1998, Fort Wayne's then-WHWD (1380am) flipped format from Adult Standards ("Radio Hollywood") to Sports ("The Game"). In 2006, there was a double Fort Wayne format change: WXTW (102.3fm, Auburn) flipped from Alternative to Spanish, under a new owner. Also, WYLT (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) returned to their WXKE call letters, flipping from pop CHR back to Rock as "Rock 104."
September 2: In 1994, 105.5fm in LaGrange signs on as WTHD, and remains so today. On the same day, WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) flipped formats from CHR to Hot AC, as "Mix 97.3."
September 3: In 1968, 1570am in Auburn signs on as WIFF(AM). Today, it's WGLL(AM). In 1975, 89.1fm in Indianapolis signs on as WJEL (J. Everett Light Career Center). Later, it moved to 89.3fm, but remains WJEL. In 1980, 96.7fm in Alexandria signs on as WAXT. Today, it's WBKQ. Also in 1980, John Carl Jeffrey dies. Mr. Jeffrey was Sales Manager at the former WKMO (AM) (Kokomo). In 1948, he organized WIOU (1350am, Kokomo), and served as WIOU's VP/GM until retiring in 1972. In 2007, WOWO broadcasting legend Bob Sievers died. Age 90.
September 4: In 1995, 89.7fm in Upland signs on as WTUR. It's now WBCW, and part of The WBCL Radio Network.
September 5: In 1957, WKTL (1570am, Kendallville) became WAWK. In 1985, then-WFWQ (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) became "Majic," changing its call letters to WAJI (a most logical date, wouldn't you say?). In 2011, Evansville's "Thy Word Network" co-founder Shirley Chagle dies. Age 81.
September 6: In 1974, 95.9fm in Vevay signs on as WMGH-FM. Today, it's WKID. In 1977, 90.5fm in Rensselaer signs on as WPUM. WPUM signed off in early 2017, when St. Joseph's College suspended academic operations. In 2012, Indiana State Univerity's WISU (89.7fm, Terre Haute) GM and Faculty Advisor Dave Sabaini dies. Age 58.
September 7: In 1987, 91.5fm in McDaniels, Kentucky signs on as WBFI (and still is). In 1993, 90.7fm in Knightstown signs on as WKPW (and still is).
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.
Heritage adult rock WTTS/Indianapolis is searching for our next Promotion Director. A truly unique job where no two days are alike, here’s a snapshot of what the ideal WTTS Promotion Director looks like in 2018.
First, consistent, failsafe organization skills are a must. The proper balance between “cool-under-pressure” and “tenacious-and-unrelenting” is important. We’re looking for a passionate person with the ability to embrace a strategic vision while acting as the tactician who brings the plan to life, identifying and managing the players to make it happen. We’re looking for the right leader to make moments in Sun King Studio 92 unforgettable for listeners and clients alike. We’re looking for a digitally savvy contributor who grasps the ins-and-outs of social media, basic web CMS, database/email management tools and Photoshop. We’re looking for someone who grasps our simple, time-tested programming philosophy: great music and memorable experiences for active, engaged adults. Last but certainly not least, we’re looking for someone who’s as passionate about the music as we are.
WTTS is locally owned and operated. The work is demanding but the results can be truly rewarding. If this interests you, please send a resume, digital/database work samples, and a one-page philosophy on successful radio marketing and promotion to Brad Holtz, WTTS Program Director, email@example.com Please, no calls. EEO.
Columbus, Indiana QMIX Program Director, Morning Show, Live & Local Host needed. This Midwest market is above average in all the good things, family life, schools, parks, the arts and economically is the #1 place to locate a business in the U.S., thus ensuring continued vitality. We have a fun, team-oriented, family environment that is just the opposite of the rat race at the public stock held companies. If you are a genuine person of good character you could retire here. Package includes salary, bonus, healthcare, 401k, vacation, holidays. This is a chance to join a multi FM cluster and relocate your family to a truly great community. If you buy into the vision/mission of being the best in the business, then you should apply. EOE. Express your interest by emailing 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's 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.
WITZ FM, WQKZ FM and WITZ AM 990 & 99.1 FM Radio Juan in Jasper, Indiana has an immediate opening for an entry level sales person who also has sports play by play experience. Our award winning local sports teams are at the heart of what we do and we are in need of an additional person to expand coverage and provide backup for current local news and sports staff. Sales will be the main focus of this position cold calling on new accounts. You won’t have an established list to work from so we need a self-starter who knows how to develop client relationships and write and produce effective radio commercials. Social media and website sales will also be part of this position. We will train the right person. If you’re looking for a great entry level position with an award winning radio station that’s been a major part of the local community since 1948 then send your resume to Gene Kuntz, P.O. Box 167, Jasper, IN 47546 or email to email@example.com. Jasper On The Air is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Emmis Communications/Indianapolis has multiple openings. The entire list is here. https://www.emmis.com/emmis-careers/ Emmis Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Alpha Media – Waynesville-Lebanon, MO is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented Account Executive who has a proven record of building and maintaining ongoing relationships with existing clients through the entire sales cycle. The ideal candidate must possess proven business development and sales experience, be a self-starter that is able to work with clients to meet marketing objectives, and sell the value of Alpha Media local radio and digital brands. Alpha Media is one of the fastest growing companies in media today. We have a passion for great radio and digital content. Our philosophy is to be smaller, faster, bolder, and work as a high functioning, best of class team at all levels. We hire and retain top talent who are unique, innovative and vibrant. We believe in creating progressive products, world class events and building strong relationships in our communities. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Alpha Media operates 228 radio stations within 49 markets across the United States covering all formats.
We are live, local, and can’t wait to talk to you!
Responsibilities for this position may include:
* Sell radio and digital advertising.
* Successfully uncover and close new, non-radio advertisers utilizing plans comprised of local spot and/or digital/non-spot revenue areas.
* Understand digital marketing including mobile and programmatic digital advertising.
* Ensure that company initiatives and tools provided are used and maximized.
* Participate in weekly sales meetings and training sessions.
* Negotiate direct and agency business.
* Input client orders and copy using company provided software.
* Ensure attainment of monthly, quarterly and annual local + NTR + digital budget goals.
Requirements of this position include the following:
* A minimum two years’ sales experience.
* A proven track record delivering strong and consistent sales growth while consistently exceeding revenue targets.
* Strong written and oral communication skills.
* Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth, rapidly changing culture and environment.
The role requires an enthusiastic and hardworking person who exudes passion for Alpha Media’s unique platform and value proposition. This position requires a fully insured personal vehicle and valid driver’s license. Preference may be given to candidates who have the above experience plus the following:
* Experience building strategic presentations and dynamically presenting them to clients.
* Experience and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
* Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
Alpha Media is an equal opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify.
Send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org (417) 532-9111
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