Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
20 September 2018
In August 2016, Quincy Broadcasting moved Fort Wayne's NBC affiliation onto their WPTA .2 subchannel (Channel 21.2, Fort Wayne), with "Fort Wayne's NBC" branding. Quincy recently promoted two on-air employees:
Fort Wayne's NBC Sports Director Adam Shear will move to "Fort Wayne's NBC Today" (weekday early mornings) co-anchoring that 5am until 7am news block with Julian Teekaram.
Fort Wayne's NBC Sportscaster Chris Ryan will become "Fort Wayne's NBC" Sports Director.
Heartland Media's FOX affiliate WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) welcomes Alida Donnelly as Chief Meteorologist. Ms. Donnelly last worked for Nexstar at WVNS-TV in Lewisburg, West Virginia (Bluefield/Beckley, West Virginia TV market).
Sarkes Tarzian's AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Classic Hits/WLDE (101.7fm, Fort Wayne) roll out new airstaff lineups:
"Majic 95.1" moves Sean Copeland from afternoons to mornings. Zack Skyler takes afternoons (3pm until 7pm).
"Fun 101.7" continues with Jim Reed and Carrie "Bud" Wellman in mornings, Angie Nash in afternoons (Noon until 4pm), OM Captain Chris (4pm until 7pm), and Mark Evans in nights.
Where Are They Now? Former WANE-TV anchor and reporter Rod Hissong joins Spectrum News Ohio as a reporter.
Sarkes Tarzian Radio President Geoff Vargo will retire at the end of 2018, after 37 years with the family owned radio and TV broadcaster. Around the state, Sarkes Tarzian owns radio stations in Bloomington and Fort Wayne, along with TV stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Fresno, California.
At present, Brad Holtz serves as Station Manager and PD for AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Bloomington) and N-T/WGCL (1370am, Bloomington) and FM translator W241CD (96.1fm, Bloomington), while Mr. Vargo serves as GM.
On January 1, 2019, Mr. Holtz will become Bloomington GM.
WTTS APD/MD/Afternoon host Laura Duncon recently became PD of both WTTS and WGCL, along with programming Alternative/WAJI-HD2 (95.1-HD2, Fort Wayne) also heard on translator W258BY (99.5fm, Fort Wayne) ("Alt 99.5").
Finally, you can see the WTTS Music Director employment opportunity a bit further down in this issue of IRW.
iHeartMedia transfers Vladimir Scott ("DJ Loui Vee") to Indianapolis, as PD of their Urban/WZRL (98.3fm, Plainfield) in Indy, and Urban/WTFX (93.fm, Clarksville) in the Louisville, Kentucky market. Mr. Scott worked for iHeart in Columbia, South Carolina, rising to APD/MD/Nights at their WXBT ("100.1 The Beat").
Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate/WTHR-TV (Channel 13) welcomes Taylor Tannenbaum as a weekend sports anchor and reporter. Ms. Tannenbaum last worked in Huntsville, Alabama as a sports anchor and reporter at Tribune's CBS affiliate/WHNT-TV.
After 5 years with E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis), reporter Jordan Fischer exits. Next month, Mr. Fischer will join Tegna's CBS affiliate/WUSA-TV in Washington, DC as part of their Special Assignment Unit.
In September 2014, Jillian Deam joined Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) as a reporter. Before moving to Indianapolis, Ms. Deam last worked in Champaign, Illinois at WCIA-TV. Ms. Deem recently exited and joined Dittoe PR, a local PR firm.
About two months ago, Tom and Diana Taylor announced that they would sell their Classic Hits/WJCP (1460am, North Vernon) and W249DG (97.7fm, North Vernon) to Keith Reising, Jr.'s Jennings County Promotion Partners for $115,000, in addition to an LMA.
Earlier this year, Marty Hensley’s New Beginnings Movement sold W249DG (97.7fm, North Vernon) to the Taylors for $35,000.
When this Taylor sale to Reising, Jr. was filed with the FCC, Mr. Hensley filed a Petition to Deny with the FCC. Earlier this week, the Taylors filed their response to Mr. Hensley's Petition to Deny with the FCC.
In Mr. Hensley's petition to deny the sale, he states that the translator sale agreement discusses a lien on the WJCP transmitter site. Hensley's New Beginnings holds that lien until the $35,000 purchase price was paid by the Taylor's. Furthermore, Mr. Hensley states that the Taylor's have only made one payment from their monthly payment schedule. Mr. Hensley also notes that no proper notice of the Taylor/Reising, Jr. sale was given to Hensley/New Beginnings Movement. Next, Mr. Hensley notes that the translator sale agreement states no third parties will operate the translator. Finally, New Beginnings Movement says that Keith Reising, Reising Radio Partners, and Good Shepherd Radio have an "excessive market concentration" in the Columbus market.
The Taylors filed a 20 page opposition to the above Petition to Deny with the FCC. The Taylor's describe New Beginnings Movement's Petition to Deny as procedurally defective for multiple reasons: The Taylor's filed a 20 page opposition to the above Petition to Deny. In a seven page letter, the Taylor's describe New Beginnings Movement's Petition to Deny as procedurally defective for three reasons: The "NBM" petition wasn't filed in a timely manner (the deadline to file was August 27, Mr. Hensley/NBM filed on September 4), the petition didn't reveal NBM's standing in filing the petition, and that NBM didn't serve a copy of the petition "on counsel" for either the Taylors as seller, or Jennings County Promotion Partners, as buyer.
A former WSCH (99.3fm, Aurora) broadcaster died over the weekend. Nelson Elliott was 80 years old. Mr. Elliott was an educator, and also worked for WSCH (on-air and sales). Mr. Elliot leaves behind a loving wife of 58 years (Marcia) along with a son, daughter, and many other family members. The funeral was this morning in Aurora.
Reising Radio in Columbus consists of three radio stations:
Hot AC/WRZQ (107.3fm, Greensburg) ("QMix 107.3")
Classic Hits/WXCH (102.9fm, Columbus) ("Mojo 102.9")
Country/WYGB (100.3fm, Edinburgh) ("Korn Country")
Reising OM Scott Michaels exited. On Monday, Mark Allen will succeed Mr. Michaels as cluster OM, along with PD duties for both Korn Country and QMix 107.3, and mornings at QMix 107.3.
Mr. Allen has programmed and/or been on air in radio markets including Fort Wayne, Lafayette, South Bend, Lexington, Kentucky, Dothan, Alabama, and Mason City, Iowa.
Former Evansville TV News Director Lee Denney died August 22. Age 77. In a 45 year broadcasting career, Mr. Denney worked in Evansville radio (WOMI, WBKR-FM), and TV (WFIE-TV, WTVW-TV), along with stops around the country in Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, and California. Here's the obituary.
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 25,000 kw station WIBN-FM, that 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
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 competive 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: Britchhart@wfft.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 your materials to Robbie Mack, the HOT 1079 Brand Manager. Use this e-mail address: email@example.com
HOT 1079 and Adams Radio Group are Equal Opportunity Employers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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