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30 July 2018
From the Podcast Playlist: Top of the Tower Podcast #20 features a conversation with Gates Air about new transmitter technology, along with other broadcasting news.
From the Reading Pile: Mark your calendars: Next nationwide EAS Test: September 20, 2018.
iHeart donates their WDFM-LP (Channel 26, Defiance, Ohio) to American Christian Television Services. Channel 26 signed on in 1992, and "TV26" features local programming and infomercials. American Christian Television Services owns WTLW-TV (Channel 44, Lima), and the agreement says the WDFM call letters have to be changed to mutually agreeable call letters. That's because iHeart still owns AC/WDFM (98.1fm, Defiance, Ohio).
Over the summer, Lafayette Schools’ WJEF (91.9fm, Lafayette) went off the air, as part of building renovations. Students return to the air in about two weeks, and WJEF returned to the air. WJEF has new faculty leadership, under new general manager Jamie Long. Mr. Long succeeds Randy Brist, who retired after 34 years with WJEF.
This note from Jeffrey McCall, Faculty Supervisor at WGRE (91.5fm, Greencastle): WGRE-FM has a milestone year coming up, as they will celebrate their 70th anniversary of broadcasting in April 2019. WGRE was the first radio station licensed by the FCC specifically for educational purposes when it signed on at DePauw University in 1949. Today, WGRE is the largest student organization at DePauw, with some 200 students engaged each year. In August, WGRE will sign on for its next broadcast academic year, with its college alternative music format, public affairs and full coverage of DePauw and Putnam County sports.
Tom and Diana Taylor 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.
The Indianapolis Colts will be heard on Midwest Communications' Classic Rock/WABX (107.5fm, Evansville),
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's something we need to add to the "calendar," please let us know. Please e-mail us if you have updated information.
July 29: In 2008, former Schurz Communications' SVP/Broadcasting E. Berry Smith dies. Age 82.
July 30: In 1991, Malcolm Greep, former GM at Owensboro On The Air (WVJS and WVJS-FM (later WSTO)) dies. Age 79. In 1996, 103.3fm in Santa Claus signs on as WAXL, with a week of Christmas music. 103.3fm remains WAXL ("103.3 The Fix").
July 31: In 2011, WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) lost their FOX affiliation, which moved to WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) on their 33.2 subchannel. WFFT-TV regained the FOX affiliation on March 1, 2013.
August 1: In 1962, 101.5fm in South Bend signs on as WSBT-FM, and today it's WNSN.
August 2: In 2010, Cumulus silenced both ESPN affiliate WQKC (1450am, Jeffersonville) and sister Classic Hits/WLCL (93.9fm, Sellersburg). Both radio stations returned to the air (now owned by different companies): 1450am is WXVW, while 93.9fm is WLCL.
August 3: In 2007, WKUZ (95.9fm, Wabash) flipped formats from Country to Adult Contemporary. In 2015, WEVV-TV (Channel 44, Evansville) relaunches local news ("44News"). In July 2001, WEVV-TV shut down their local news department.
August 4: In 2014, Sarkes Tarzian translator W240AT (95.9fm, Bloomington) moved to 96.1fm and became W241CD. W241CD simulcasts N/T WGCL (1370am, Bloomington).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Jasper On The Air is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Emmis Communications/Indianapolis has multiple openings, including B105.7 Music Director/On Air and Network Indiana Affiliate Manager. The entire list is here. Emmis Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications, a privately owned company is hiring for the position of Operations Manager for our Evansville, IN cluster. After 13 years, our Operations Manager is moving to another location.
You will be responsible for the continued success of award-winning and market leader heritage AC WIKY-FM, CHR Hot 96 WSTO-FM, Classic Rock WABX, and Classic County WLFW-FM. Midwest Communications is the dominant operator in Evansville boasting a collective share of 40+.
Evansville offers a low cost of living, a growing economy and a great place to raise a family! Evansville is the commercial, medical, and cultural hub of Southwestern Indiana and the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area.
We’re looking for a focused, experienced leader to grow talent, be a talent, brilliant at music scheduling, collaborate to maximize sales opportunities and successfully grow all digital platforms. This job offers the freedom to create and the opportunity to flourish in a fun environment.
To join our superb team and seize this rare opportunity, please submit your air check and resume to Vice President/Market Manager Tim Huelsing at email@example.com or mail to Tim’s attention at 1162 Mt. Auburn Road, Evansville, IN 47720.
Midwest Communications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.
Locally-owned and operated Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. is accepting applications for the next Director of Sales (DOS) of adult alternative WTTS/Indianapolis and news-talk WGCL/Bloomington. The Indianapolis-based DOS will be responsible for the development, maintenance and growth of all revenue streams: national, agency, local/direct, digital and non-spot/NTR. The DOS will be charged with identifying, hiring and nurturing new account executives while serving as a motivating coach to senior AEs, driving their performance to peak potential. The ideal DOS must possess a proven track record in the ability to identify and develop non-spot revenue opportunities, including event and digital. WTTS is a heritage adult alternative station serving the Indianapolis metro and south-central Indiana for more than 25 years, while WGCL broadcasts a news/talk/sports format to Bloomington and Monroe County. Interested candidates should email a performance history and overview to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please. Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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