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15 March 2021
Didn't mean for things to get so busy lately. More news later this week. I appreciate all of your e-mails.
From the Reading Pile: FCC’s Noncommercial FM Filing Window Opens in Early 2021 - Key Considerations for Applicants.
From the Reading Pile: Why corrections are key to gaining trust (and how to do them better).
The FCC applications which will transfer the Quincy Media TV station licenses to Gray included a few interesting tidbits about their Fort Wayne and South Bend TV stations.
• Gray will seek a failing station waiver in both Fort Wayne and South Bend. In Fort Wayne, that means CW affiliate/WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne) and in South Bend, that means WSJV-TV (Channel 28, Elkhart).
• WISE runs CW on their .1 along with 6 subchannels (True Crime Network, Grit, Court TV, Start TV, Me-TV, and DABL). WSJV runs Heroes & Icons network on their .1 along with 6 subchannels (True Crime Network, Court TV Mystery, Court TV, Quest, Bounce, and DABL).
• If approved, a failing station waiver will mean Gray will keep Quincy's existing Fort Wayne duopoly and it will create a new South Bend duopoly with NBC affiliate/WNDU-TV (Channel 16) and WSJV. If the FCC denies the waiver in either or both markets, then WISE and WSJV would need to be sold to new owners.
Brian Walsh's News/WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne) adds an FM translator: Meet W288EI (105.5fm, Fort Wayne) which signed on late last week. In 2020, Mr. Walsh bought both WGL and the FM translator CP from Adams Radio Group for $50,000.
It was 1978 when Kent Hormann started in Fort Wayne TV at WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) covering the Blizzard of '78. In 1980, he moved to what was then WKJG (Channel 33, Fort Wayne), rising to Sports Director. He left WKJG when the station owner sold Channel 33 in 2005. He returned to Fort Wayne TV part time and then full time in 2014. In 2016, he became the morning news reporter at 'Fort Wayne's NBC'. In all these years, he was also on various radio stations, in a variety of capacities.
Mr. Hormann recently retired from television and returns to radio. He once hosted 'Sports Wise' on Federated Media's Sports/WKJG (1380am, Fort Wayne) and FM translator W265CY (100.9fm, Fort Wayne), and he returned to host that show. The show airs weekdays from 2:00pm until 4:00pm.
Mr. Hormann was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Fort Wayne Komets Hall of Fame in 2018.
Where Are They Now? Former Federated Media Co-COO and Fort Wayne GM Mark DePrez joins the sales team at Brownfield Ag News Sales Team.
In 1967, John ('Jack') Bowe finished serving in the U.S. Army and began working at the South Bend Tribune. He moved to TV in 1969, starting as News Director for South Bend Tribune sister TV station WSBT (Channel 22). After WSBT, he worked in TV stations in Ohio, California, Florida, Nevada, and Nebraska, earning an Emmy along the way. Mr. Bowe retired in 2014. Sad to say that Mr. Bowe died February 11 at age 78. Here's the complete obituary.
Sinclair's CBS and FOX affiliate/WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) reporter Tolly Taylor exits. Mr. Taylor started in February 2019 as a reporter and moved up to Operation Education investigative reporter, a role he had for nearly two years. This month, Mr. Taylor will join WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island as an investigative reporter.
Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend) welcomes meteorologist Matt Engelbrecht. Mr. Engelbrecht last worked in Greenville, North Carolina as Chief Meteorologist for WITN-TV. At WNDU, he will share the Chief Meteorologist title with Mike Hoffman until Mr. Hoffman retires later this year.
A White County radio station co-owner died of COVID-19. Kevin Page was part of the family that owned AC/WMRS-FM (107.7fm, Monticello). Mr. Page had just won a White County Commissioner's seat before he died at age 64. Together with his wife Laura, they worked for over 30 years at WMRS-FM. Here's the complete obituary.
3 Towers Broadcasting's Hot AC WSVX-AM (1520am, Shelbyville) and two FM translators flip format to Country as 'Giant FM Country'. Also, sister WROI (92.1fm, Rochester) flips to Country on their HD2 subchannel. The main WROI channel remains with their Hot AC format.
Here's the on-air lineup for 'Giant FM Country':
Mornings: Johnny McCrory (6am until 10am)
Middays: Kris ('Coyote') Underwood (10am until 4pm)
Afternoons and Nights: Tyson Conrady (4pm until 10pm)
'Coyote' also does mornings for Dream Weaver Marketing's Rock/WARU-FM (101.9fm, Roann).
Update: Last year, Paul Mendenhall announced he would retire from Sarkes Tarzian's AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Trafalgar). He retired earlier this month. Let's detail his career.
Mr. Mendenhall worked for 40 years in Indianapolis radio starting at Carmel High School's WHJE (91.3fm, Carmel), what was WHYT (1110am, Noblesville), WXLW (950am, Indianapolis), and WERK (990am, Muncie). He also worked at WIBC when it was on 1070am and was GM and radio instructor at Ben Davis High School's WBDG (90.9fm, Indianapolis) for well over a decade. In 2001, Mr. Mendenhall joined WTTS. Last year, the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame welcomed him to their ranks.
Dan Daggett earns a promotion to GSM at D.R. Rice Broadcasting's Country/WMPI (105.3fm, Scottsburg).
Former Bloomington radio and TV PD Keith Klein died. He was 79. Mr. Klein once served as PD for Indiana University's Radio and Television Services (Indiana Public Media) PBS affiliate/WTIU-TV (Channel 30, Bloomington) and for Sakes Tarzian's N-T/ WGCL (1370am, Bloomington). He worked at WGCL for 20 years in a variety of capacities. Before moving to southern Indiana, Mr. Klein was a street reporter for NBC News Chicago.
While in southern Indiana, he also taught at Ivy Tech/Bloomington, was on the Monroe County school board, and was involved in the DeMolay International fraternal organization. Here's the complete obituary.
Reising Radio Partners’ Country/WYGB (100.3fm, Edinburgh) adds the syndicated Bobby Bones Show in mornings. Also, Chris Wooldridge returns to 'KORN Country 100.3' to executive produce that show and do middays (as 'CW'). Mr. Wooldridge also does afternoons on sister Hot AC/WRZQ (107.3fm, Greensburg) ('QMix 107.3'). Mr. Wooldridge programmed 'KORN Country 100.3' for about three years in the early 2010s.
Before re-joining RRP, Mr. Wooldridge worked at Emmis/Indianapolis, doing overnights for their Country/WLHK (97.1fm, Shelbyville), and various weekend shifts.
Raycom NBC affiliate/WFIE-TV (Channel 14, Evansville) adds a new half-hour weekday newscast at Noon ('14 News at Noon'), which follows their hour-long newscast at 11:00am ('14 News at 11AM'). The Noon 'cast moves 'Middays with Mike' (a half-hour lifestyle and talk show hosted by anchor Mike Blake) to the 12:30pm timeslot.
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 14: In 1974, WLYV (1450am, Fort Wayne) flipped formats from Top 40 to Country, with new owners. Until 1980, Jack Nicklaus owned the station under the corporate name 'Golden Bear Broadcasting'. Also on this date in 1974, WPTH(FM) (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) flipped formats from Peters Productions' 'Music Just for the Two of Us' to TM's 'Stereo Rock'. After experimental FM in the 1940s, WPTH was Fort Wayne's first FM station. In 2007, Backyard Broadcasting (Anderson/Muncie) News Director Tom Hammond died. Age 40. In 2011, former WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne) morning man Steve Kerrigan died. Age 52.
March 15: In 1954, Channel 52 in Elkhart signs on as WSJV ('St. Joseph river Valley'). In 1958, WSJV moved to Channel 28 and remains there today.
March 16: In 1956, 1270am in Elkhart signs on as WCMR for owner Clarence Moore. After changing call letters to WFRN in 1993, the WCMR call letters returned in 2008. In 2001, WEDJ (107.1fm, Danville) changed formats from Alternative ('Rock 107') to Regional Mexican ('La Ley').
March 17: In 1957, 95.5fm in Indianapolis signs on as WFMS ('Williams FM Service,' for owner Martin Risser Williams), and remains so today.
March 19: In 1997, 94.1fm in Roanoke flipped formats to Modern AC, as 'Star 94.1' and changed call letters from WGL-FM to WYSR.
Majic 95.1, Fort Wayne, IN is searching for a Morning Show Sidekick with a feisty, energetic, fun, likable personality who’s not afraid to be vulnerable on-air to compliment the morning show host. This person must be comfortable with regular show critiques, loves editing, is hungry to win, and is willing to build and maintain relationships with listeners, advertisers, and promotional partners; serve as the liaison representing the station as a member of the morning show. If you want to have fun and be paid for doing it, apply now.
Send package to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Midwest Communications, Inc. is searching for a creative individual for our Evansville based radio stations, WIKY, WSTO, WABX and WLYD-FM Radio. This individual will write scripts, work with the sales and air staff to create ads that help maximize sales, produce high quality commercials/demos and also work with clients.
Must be proficient in writing radio copy, understand digital production and network/internet interface, be able to work well under pressure, be organized and meet deadlines. Must be able to perform independently and in a team environment.
Proven problem solving and time management skills are required as well as strong oral and written communication skills. This person must be able to learn and work with various software programs. Responsibilities may include on-air shift and voice-tracking as determined by the Operations Manager.
We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package.
If this sounds like you, send your cover letter, resume and three examples of work written and produced by you to VP/Market Manager Tim Huelsing at email@example.com or mail to Tim's attention at Midwest Communications, Inc., 1162 Mt. Auburn Road, Evansville, IN 47720.
Midwest Communications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.
Are you direct and convincing when you know it's right for the client? Do you naturally earn trust with the people you meet? Do you always live up to your commitments, even if it requires going the extra mile? Do you consistently out produce others with whom you work?
Federated Media is looking for bright, resourceful, highly motivated and committed individuals who will generate business by creating customized marketing solutions through Radio and Digital campaigns. This position requires the ability to set appointments, find key marketing challenges, and present solutions that get results to all types of local businesses.
To qualify, candidates must exhibit strong interpersonal skills, problem solving ability, attention to detail, creative thinking skills and credibility. Candidate must also be computer literate and have excellent prospecting and organization abilities.
Federated Media provides extensive marketing and sales training through The Radio Advertising Bureau and The Center for Sales Strategy. Digital Training and Digital Services are provided through Federated Digital Solutions.
*Marketing degree or a minimum of 3 years selling experience
*Dependable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurance required.
*Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point.
*Ability to learn various software systems quickly.
*Knowledge of Digital Marketing preferred.
Send resume & cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to the General Sales Manager listed below. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Tim Skibbe, GSM, WTRC-FM, WAOR-FM, WTRC(AM) email@example.com
Emily Wideman, GSM, WRBR-FM firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Uebler, GSM, WBYT-FM email@example.com
Stephanie Michel, GSM, WUBU-FM firstname.lastname@example.org
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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