Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
10 March 2022
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Let's start today with two stories with a statewide focus:
Indiana Public Broadcasting will end the 'All IN' show on April 1. The show airs from 1:00pm until 2:00pm Monday through Friday. IPB says they ended the show for financial reasons. 'All IN' was partially funded by Indiana Public Broadcasting grants and donations and it airs on most Indiana public radio stations. Mariam Sobh hosted the show since last March, and producer Drew Daudelin has been with the show since it launched in September 2019 from the studios of Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media's NPR affiliate/WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis).
Hoosier Ag Today and Michigan Ag Today welcome C.J. Miller to their broadcasting team. Mr. Miller previously worked at several Indiana radio stations, and was both born on a farm, and grew up in rural Indiana.
Where Are They Now? Former WANE-TV reporter Briana Brownlee recently joined Scripps' WFTX-TV ('FOX 4') in Fort Myers, Florida as a reporter.
Mike Reed and Bill Christian complete a $36.9 million deal to sell several of their television stations, their Lafayette radio stations, a centralized NewsHub, and Nulogic, a digital marketing advertising agency.
In Indiana, this deal includes FOX and NBC affiliates/WPBI-LD (Channel 16, Lafayette), and ABC, MyNetwork, and MeTV affiliates/WPBY-LD (Channel 35, Lafayette), along with radio stations CHR/WAZY (96.5fm, Lafayette), Adult Hits/WBPE (95.3fm, Brookston), Country/WYCM (95.7fm, Attica), Talk/WSHY (1410am, Lafayette) and two FM translators.
Kalil & Co., Inc. was the exclusive broker on the deal.
As first reported by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, there's a new PD and morning host at Milner Media's Country/WIVR (101.7fm, Kentland). Roy Gregory worked for Joliet, Illinois-area WCCQ (98.3fm, Crest Hill, Illinois) for nearly thirty years. He's now working at 'Kankakee Valley's River Country' each weekday (5am until 10am) and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
This week, Don Hibschweiler will retire as local host of Morning Edition on Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media's NPR affiliate/WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis). Known to many as 'Don Riley' on air, he started his radio career at WCVL in Crawfordsville. He worked at several Lafayette and Indianapolis area radio stations before joining WFYI about a decade ago.
Scripps' ABC affiliate/WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) welcomes Kayla Molander as a reporter, covering city council and downtown stories. Ms. Molander last worked for just over two years at WTVG-TV in Toledo, Ohio as a reporter. Ms. Molander graduated from Humboldt State University, with post graduate work at Rhodes University, and then she earned a master's degree from DePaul University.
Where Are They Now? Former WISH-TV Assistant News Director (and former WTWO-TV/Terre Haute producer) Jeff Mulligan becomes News Director at WSIL-TV in the Paducah, Kentucky market.
Evansville and tri-state area broadcasters are remembering Brod Seymour as both a television and radio broadcaster. Mr. Seymour died on Friday at age 99.
Born Seymour Brodsky, he graduated from DePaul University and Northwestern University. In the mid01950s, he was working in Chicago radio when a college friend reached out and asked him to help start a Henderson, Kentucky TV station on Channel 50. Mr. Brodsky went down to Henderson and did that, helping start WEHT on September 27, 1953. Through his career there, he did news, then moved to weather, and eventually did public affairs commentary. Off-air, he worked in master control, and served as station program director.
He also worked in Evansville radio, teaching at University of Southern Indiana, and co-founding WSWI radio (820am) where he hosted a classical music show.
Here's the complete obituary.
Where Are They Now? Former then-WLFW (93.5fm, Chandler) night host Jake Litwin now programs and does afternoons at KVOX in Fargo, North Dakota.
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.
March 6: In 1997, 107.5fm in Evansville signed on as WABX, and remains so today. In 2015, the WIOE-LP call letters moved to 101.1fm, South Whitley allocation, which became WIOE-FM.
March 7: In 1938, 1500am in Owensboro signed on as WOMI (and moved to 1490am with the NARBA shift.) 1490am remains WOMI. In 1983, Bob and Tom debut in mornings at WFBQ in Indianapolis. In 2002, Ralph Miller, who helped start Crawfordsville's WCVL(AM) died. Age 80. In 2015, William Greene (Greene Electronics), WAMW(AM) owner and WAMW-FM founder died. Age 85.
March 8: In 2005, Fort Wayne's WPTA-TV (Channel 21) and WISE-TV (Channel 33) merge operations and become 'Indiana's NewsCenter.' In 2002, 'Elvis and Hammer' (Billy Elvis and Jack Hammer) end their successful morning show at Fort Wayne's WBYR '98.9 The Bear.' In 2010, WETL (91.7fm, South Bend) flips format to 1970's, 1980's and 1990's music.
March 9: In 1949, WCTW-FM in New Castle was granted a CP for 102.5fm, running 4000 watts at 250 feet.
March 11: In 1949, 1370am in Bloomington signs on as WTTS (The 'TT' stands for owner Sarkes Tarzian's son Tom Tarzian). Today it's WGCL. In 1971, Philo T. Farsnworth died. Age 64. In 1993, 98.7fm in Battle Ground signs on as WIIZ. Today it is WASK-FM. In 2008, 88.3fm in Muncie signs on as WKMV, and still is.
March 12: In 1964, 1500am in Indianapolis signs on signs on as WBRI ('Wonderful Bible Radio for Indiana'), and still is. In 2001, a three-way format swap occurred in Fort Wayne. First, WCKZ (102.3fm) ended their simulcast a day earlier with WYSR (94.1fm). The WCKZ call letters moved to 94.1fm and began an Urban AC format as 'The Wiz.' The 96.3fm WEJE call letters and alternative format moved to 102.3fm. 96.3fm flipped to a country music format, as WWWD. Today, the WCKZ calls are on 91.3fm in Orland under new owners with a Contemporary Christian format, 102.3fm airs alternative music as WGBJ, and 96.3fm airs Classic Rock as WXKE.
Federated Media, a family-owned radio group in Northern Indiana, is looking for an entry level Broadcast Engineer for the Fort Wayne radio market. 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 Fort Wayne market consists of a large studio facility and 7 transmitter sites with 12 towers. Because it is a large operation, all candidates must be highly motivated, responsible, able to work unsupervised, and can pay attention to details. 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:
2915 Maples Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46816
Atten: Market Chief Engineer
Email resumes to: email@example.com
Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Legendary Midwest News/Talk station, WOWO 1190 AM & 107-5 FM is searching for its next great News Director.
Preferred candidates should have a strong understanding of local news reporting, a background in news programming and experience as a news anchor; the capability of great news writing, presentation, and on-air execution; an ability to work well with others and lead a news team with ethics and integrity, while holding others accountable as we strive to bring local news issues, current events, and politics to the WOWO Land. Digital integration is a must!
WOWO is a top-rated station in Fort Wayne with a storied heritage as one of America’s last bastions of independent ownership. You will have all the tools you need to achieve anticipated growth.
The candidate we chose will be joining the Fort Wayne Morning News Team as News Anchor from 5am-9am, so you will need the ability to work those hours. We welcome all applicants, regardless of experience but WOWO is a Legacy Radio station, previous Marconi Winner and 2021 Winner of The IBA Spectrum Award for Station Of The Year, so our standards are high.
If you feel you have the talent and can prove it to us, we want to hear from you. Confidentiality assured. E-mail resume and all relevant materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Radio Forecast Network, a nationwide network that provides weather forecasts for stations in the United States, Canada and the British Virgin Islands is currently looking for announcers to read forecasts and sponsor information. Most lists are between 11 and 18 stations and will fit your availability. You will need a computer, microphone, and audio editing software. Working for RFN, you earn trade dollars to buy the things you need personally, or for business purposes if you own a business. Choose from the member lists and marketplace ads found in the trade exchanges we deal with. This list of businesses (some of which may be in your area) who are members, are paid in trade exchange dollars through organized barter exchanges. It's a great way to stay connected with the radio industry, and to earn some extra money in your free time. For more information, click this link.
Kensington Digital Media is seeking an experienced professional to join our team as a News and Content Director.
Our stations include 107.3 WRSW, Willie 103.5, News Now Warsaw 1480-AM & 99.7 FM (all in Indiana), and Hippie Radio 94.5 and 100.7 WHIN 1010 AM (in Tennessee); in addition to a highly visited news website. The position is based in Warsaw, IN.
Duties include gathering and preparing daily news, anchoring live newscasts on air, producing locally based public affairs programming and other news related vignettes throughout the day. Applicants should also be interested in attending local news worthy events. A strong understanding of social media and online presence is also requested.
Equal Opportunity Employer. Send resume, writing samples and audio mp3 of newscasts/news reporting (if available) to Operations Manager Kris Lake at email@example.com.
If you enjoy making someone’s day and spreading positive vibes first thing in the morning, this position has your name on it! Hot AC Z92.5 in Kokomo, IN has an immediate opening for a morning show co-host and Director of Digital Content for the cluster. You’ll become part of 'Z-Breakfast' on one of the top stations in the market. Each morning you’ll be responsible for producing compelling and engaging content for both on-air and online platforms. You’ll share positivity with our listeners each day and just have fun! We take our mission of 'Turn Up The Feel Good' very seriously. Life’s too short not to laugh and just feel awesome! In addition to being part of a dynamic morning duo, you’ll also take lead on our digital platforms for all three stations in the cluster, which includes an Active Rock and Sports station. Skills? Time behind the microphone preferably as part of an on-air team, production, creative writing, website maintenance, creating social media content (beyond just posting or reposting), blogging, podcasting, and working with graphics. We’re looking for someone to lead us into the future. If this gets you excited, please email MP3 samples (no cloud links please) of on-air work along with any podcasting or production audio. Included in your package should be a cover letter and samples of social media engagement that you’ve custom generated. Send material to our Operations Manager, Stevie Riggs: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hoosier AM/FM is an EOE.
WITZ FM, WQKZ FM and WITZ AM 990 & 99.1 FM Radio Juan in Jasper, Indiana has an opening for a full-time account executive. You will be taking over an established client list. Sales and marketing will be the main focus of this position but if you have other related broadcast experience, it would be helpful. Copy writing and production skills are important. You must be a motivated self-starter and understand the importance of building and maintaining client relationships. Social media and website sales will also be part of this position. We will train the right person. Our stations are members of the Indiana Broadcasters Association with full access to Local Broadcast Sales P1 Training. If you’re looking for a great opportunity 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 email@example.com. Jasper On The Air is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
WNAP, The Buzzard, seeks the right person or people for our stations as we develop Underwriting Sales. Our format is a fun Oldies presentation with sarcasm and tongue in cheek delivery. Our stations include: 56-year-old 990 WNAP Muncie and translator 101.5 W268BJ; WNAP-FM 88.1 Morristown, Indiana; 91.7 W219DO Edinburgh, Indiana, and WNPP Cole Indiana.
This is an outside position. Cities to be served include Muncie, Indianapolis, Greenfield, Shelbyville, Rushville, Anderson, Noblesville, and many others. If you have a history in customer service and want to help us grow, contact Martin Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Beginnings Movement, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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
• Understand what it takes to develop and nurture mutually beneficial business relationships
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.
Send an introductory email along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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