Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
1 October 2018
Good Evening, and Welcome to October:
From the Reading Pile: The IPAWS National Test (Wednesday October 3. The link is to the FEMA website.)
Where Are They Now? Former NBC affiliate/WPTA-TV (Channel 21.2, Fort Wayne) morning co-anchor Pauleen Le joins WDJT-TV ("CBS 58") in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin market. At "CBS58," Ms. Lee will be their new weekend anchor, beginning Saturday October 13.
This weekend, Goshen College's AAA/WGCS (91.1fm, Goshen) will celebrate their sixtieth anniversary on Saturday October 6. "91.1 The Globe" will have studio tours from 1pm until 3pm, with the anniversary celebration at 3pm. WGCS advertises that the celebration will include "BIG news about the years to come."
Tonight, Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting's PBS affiliate WYIN-TV (Channel 56, Gary) announced on Twitter: "The low power transmitter is up and running. DirecTV, Dish, and AT&T customers should be able to see us, along with some over the air customers. Please rescan to see if you can receive us. Thanks for all of your understanding during this outage."
After five years, Kerri Cavanaugh, News Director for Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo) will exit on October 12. Ms. Cavanaugh recently accepted a Senior Consultant role with Magid. Ms. Cavanaugh's many accomplishments include higher ratings for "FOX 59" and both creating and staffing a local news operation from scratch on "CBS4" after WTTV gained the CBS affiliation on January 1, 2015.
Today, Nexstar's CW affiliate/WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) began a news partnership with Emmis' N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis). This includes WIBC simulcasting "WISH Daybreak" for an hour each weekday morning at 5am. The partnership will include Emmis' Network Indiana. Formerly, WIBC had a partnership with E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis).
Elizabeth Susan Bartlett passed away last month; age 91. Ms. Bartlett worked at what was then WTOM (1490am; now defunct) and WTTS (1370am; today it's WGCL). After that, Ms. Bartlett worked at WTTV-TV, working her way up to Program Director. Ms. Bartlett founded the Hoosier chapter American Women in Radio anad Television (now known as The Alliance For Women in Media). Ms. Bartlett was AWRT chapter president for four years. She later worked at several Indianapolis advertising agencies. The Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame inducted her in 2007. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 3, 1pm until 3pm at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory 4155 South Old State Road 37, Bloomington, IN 47401. Here's the complete obituary.
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.
September 30: In 1950, 90.9fm in Bloomington signs on as WFIU. In 1951, WFIU moved to 103.7fm, and remains so today. In 1971, 1380am WKJG and 97.3fm WKJG-FM (both Fort Wayne) each broke off from co-ownership with WKJG-TV and both sign off.
October 1: In 1954, 90.1fm in Indianapolis signs on as WIAN. Today, it's WFYI. In 1962, 98.9fm in Van Wert, Ohio signs on as WERT-FM. Today, it's WBYR. In 1967, Palladium Printing Co. president Stanley Banyon dies. Age 81. Palladium owned WHFB(AM) and WHFB-FM in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In 1971, Fort Wayne's 1380am WKJG and 97.3fm WKJG-FM became Rock/WMEE(AM) and Easy Listening/WMEF-FM. In 1973, Royden Parke dies. Age 81. Mr. Parke programmed WKBV (1490am, Richmond). In 1975, 105.5fm in Bedford signs on as WBIF-FM. Today, it's WQRK. In 1994, 100.5fm in Princeton signs on as WSJD, and remains so today. In 1996, Samuel Smulyan dies. Age 76. Mr. Smulyan owned WNTS (1590am, Beech Grove) and KCRO(AM) in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2003, WAMW(AM) (1580am, Washington) changed formats from Salem Radio Network's "Solid Gospel" to their "Today's Christian Music" format. In 2012, Thy Word Network/Evansville president Don Chagle dies. Age 81. In 2013, AC/WAXL (103.3fm, Santa Claus) flips format to Hot AC ("103.3 The Fix")
October 2: In 1937, WHIP (1480am, Hammond) signs on this date. It signs off in 1943. In 1958, 91.1fm in Goshen signs on as WGCS, and remains so today. In 1989, 105.9fm in Marshall, Illinois signs on as WMMC, and remains so today.
October 3: In 2016, 98.3fm in Plainfield flips format from country (WUBG/Big 98.3) to urban (WZRL/Real 98.3).
October 4: In 1970, Channel 20 in Indianapolis signs on as WFYI-TV, and remains so today. In 2001, all Contemporary Media/Terre Haute stations sign off.
October 5: In 1900, Sarkes Tarzian was born.
October 6: In 1967, 105.5fm in Valparaiso signs on as WAKE-FM. Today, it's WLJE.
WPTA-TV/Fort Wayne is looking for an energetic sports anchor and multimedia journalist.
This full-time position will take someone who can excel in this digital age of journalism. The successful candidate will report, shoot, write, edit, produce and anchor. Sports is more than just reading scores and screaming highlights. Your compelling coverage must go beyond the game. We want you to create shareable stories for all of our platforms, including our website, mobile platforms and social media.
If you have a strong on-air presence with a credible delivery and personable style and have the ability to execute engaging live shots, we want you on our team. Applicants must have a degree in broadcast journalism or a related multimedia field and prior on-camera professional experience.
If you’re ambitious and are looking for your next career challenge, send your resume, cover letter and work sample or link to: Jonathan Shelley at email@example.com. (Please tell Jonathan that you learned about this job through IRW!)
WPTA is part of Quincy Media, Inc., a family-owned company operating 18 television stations. Throughout QMI, positions are available for candidates with all levels of experience. Visit https://quincymediacareers.com/ for links to all stations and opportunities.
WPTA-TV provides competitive compensation and excellent comprehensive benefits package, including 401k. WPTA-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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 25kW 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 it all over to me. I’m Robbie Mack, the Brand Manager here. Use this e-mail address: email@example.com
HOT 1079 and Adams Radio Group are EOE.
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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