Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
22 December 2020
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Sarkes Tarzian’s AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) and Adams Radio Group's AC/WWFW (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) both go all Christmas.
Meteorologist Joe Strus exits Nexstar CBS affiliate/WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne) and joins Quincy Media's WHOI-TV ("Heart of Illinois") as weekday morning meteorologist.
Federated Media's Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Huntertown) morning host Josh Michaels exits after 2 and a half years with K-105 (IRW 07/02/2018). His former co-host Kaysie Chase exited K-105 earlier this year (IRW 08/20/2020).
Where Are They Now? Former WANE-TV news director Rick Moll will retire in February 2021 as News Director for WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia.
Sinclair's CBS and FOX affiliate/WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) welcomes Samantha Waddell as weekend sports anchor and reporter. Ms. Waddell graduated from the University of Oklahoma and last worked at WFXR-TV in Roanoke, Virginia.
Ignacio Zepeda’s I.B. Communications closes on their deal to buy Regional Mexican/WHLY (1580am, South Bend) from Times Communications. A filed addendum to the asset purchase agreement modified the purpose price paid at closing to $101,750.00. In 2013, I.B. Communications began a TBA (Time Brokerage Agreement) for WHLY (IRW 12/10/2012).
Where Are They Now? Former South Bend and Indianapolis broadcaster Casey Daniels now does mornings (with JoJo Girard) at WFGR in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Cort in the Morning (Cort Chilian and Dick Donovan) are based at Allen County Public Library's Variety/WELT-LP (95.7fm, Fort Wayne), and they added Neighbors Corp's Variety/WVLP-FM (103.1fm, Valparaiso). On WVLP-LP, Court in the Morning airs Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:00am Central Time. We will have news of another affiliate soon.
Hoover exits afternoons at Rodgers Broadcasting's Hot AC/WFMG (101.3fm, Richmond). Succeeding him is Chloe Tyson, who will also do middays on sister AC/WZZY (98.3fm, Winchester). Ms. Tyson last worked for Radio One/Indianapolis as both a producer and weekend on-air.
Steve Cooper worked over 30 years in Indianapolis radio, starting at WNDE (1260am, Indianapolis), then moving to what was then WIFE (1310am, Indianapolis). After WIFE flipped formats to all news, Mr. Cooper moved to WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) and teamed up with Carey Carlson in mornings. After "Coop" left WFBQ, the Bob and Tom Show began. "Coop" moved to a new AC formatted station: WTPI-FM (107.9fm, Indianapolis) where he worked for over 20 years, nearly all of it alongside Kelly Vaughn in morning drive. Sad to report that Mr. Cooper (born James Carr) died at age 72. Radio's Best Friend Art Vuolo (and Cooper's roommate at Eastern Michigan University) put together this tribute video.
Circle City Broadcasting's MyNetworkTV affiliate/WNDY-TV (Channel 23, Marion) adds The Bob and Tom Show, each weeknight. It is a special 30-minute broadcast (starting at 11:30pm) of the morning syndicated radio show, based at iHeart's Classic Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis). The Bob and Tom Show began on Q95 in 1983.
Nexstar's CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington) and FOX affiliate/WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) reporter Aaron Cantrell exits. Mr. Cantrell now works in Nashville, Tennessee for a station he once interned at: WTVF-TV (Channel 5). Also, Eric Pointer becomes a reporter at CBS4 and FOX59. Mr. Pointer last worked in Roanoke, Virginia as a reporter for WFXR-TV.
Mid-America Radio Group Chief Engineer Stephen Ross died earlier this year. He was 71 years old. He worked as a producer for WTTV-TV (Channel 4), and then worked for WGRT (810am); today it is WSYW. He then built 101.9fm in Brownsburg, where he did mornings and managed the station. Here's the complete obituary.
Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media's NPR affiliate/WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis) updates their schedule with several new shows, including some locally produced shows.
World Café airs at 9:00pm.
Monday through Thursday:
The Daily (New York Times podcast) airs at 6:00pm.
The New Yorker Radio Hour airs at 10:00am.
Reveal (investigative journalism) airs at 1:00pm.
As for the local shows, Kyle Long and Herman "Butch" Slaugher now host an audio documentary focused on cultural achievements of Black artists and musicians from central Indiana. "Echoes of Indiana Avenue" airs both Thursday evening at 8:00pm and Sunday evening at 7:00pm. Finally, Melissa Davis hosts Small Studio Signal Boost, which features new music from Indiana artists, interviews, and conversations. Small Studio Signal Boost airs Saturday evening at 9:00pm.
Where Are They Now? Former then-WNOU (93.1fm) PD Chris Edge joins Capitol Broadcasting Raleigh and now programs "That Station 95.7".
Heartland Media's CBS affiliate/WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute) morning reporter and producer Jordan Kudisch exits. Ms. Kudisch moves to the east coast and will anchor for WMDT-TV in Salisbury, Maryland.
Where Are They Now? Former WTHI-TV weekday morning reporter and producer Abby Kirk now produces in Salt Lake City, Utah for KTVX-TV.
White River Broadcasting's Classic Hits/WWWY (106.1fm, North Vernon) adds Scott Michaels to afternoons (3pm until 8pm).
Virtual News Center adds Thy Word Radio Network in Evansville to their affiliate list. Thy Word Radio Network consists of these stations and FM translators (all with a religious format):
WBGW-AM (1330am, Evansville) and W273DY (102.5fm, Evansville)
WBGW-FM (101.5fm, Fort Branch), W229BX (93.7fm, Tell City), and W293AT (106.5fm, Owensboro, Kentucky)
WBHW (88.7fm, Loogootee)
WBJW (91.7fm, Albion, Illinois)
WBFW (94.5fm, Smith Mills, Kentucky)
"We are glad to have Virtual News Center adding a local flavor to our daily broadcasts. As a small network, we have to stretch our budget to get the best on-air sound we can, and Ed Histed does a great job fitting in to our local talent, giving a seamless sound, expanding our presence and giving us a big sound at a small price," said president Floyd Turner.
"We are excited to supply regional news content to the Thy Word Radio Network. Floyd Turner has built a powerful voice for his region, and we are honored to be a part of the message," said Virtual News Center CEO Joel Dearing.
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 also e-mail us if you have updated information.
December 20: In 1955, Clarence Leich died. Age 71. Mr. Leich served as the longtime GM of Evansville on the Air, Inc./WGBF(AM), retiring in 1950.
December 21: In 1952, Channel 34 in South Bend signs on as WSBT-TV (for original owners The South Bend Tribune). WSBT-TV moved to Channel 22 in 1957, but remains WSBT-TV today. In 1977, Channel 55 in Fort Wayne signs on as WFFT-TV ("We're Fifty Five Television"), and still is.
December 22: In 1947, 1580am in South Bend signs on as WJVA (St. Joseph VAlley). Today, it's WHLY. In 1964, 105.3fm in Evansville signs on as WVHI (for owner "Valley HI Broadcasting"). Today, it's WJLT. In 1975, 100.9fm in Huntingburg signs on as WBDC(FM) and still is.
December 23: In 2010, Indianapolis broadcast engineer Murray G. Smith died. Age 88. He worked at WIFE (1310am) and WIFE-FM (107.9fm).
December 24: In 1988, 89.3fm in Richmond signs on as WVXR. Today, it's WKRT.
December 25: In 2002, WZOM (105.7fm, Defiance, Ohio) flipped formats from Oldies to Country.
December 26: In 2000, WZTR (98.9fm, now licensed to Prospect, Kentucky) flipped formats from Modern AC to CHR.
Hoosier AM/FM in Marion, Indiana is looking for its next Creative Services “Superstar” to handle production for two markets! Is it you? This also includes hosting our Hot AC midday show on Star 106.9 (WXXC-FM). This position is fast paced, as you will be overseeing production for seven radio stations between Marion and Kokomo, Indiana. We are looking for someone that can bring a fresh approach to copywriting and the production itself. People skills are must. You’d be joining a really fun dynamic team who are passionate about producing great content everyday both on-air and through our digital platforms. We are looking for someone proficient in audio editing (Adobe Audition, etc), on-air playout systems (we are a WideOrbit facility), social media, podcasting, and blogging. If you’re ready to take the next step, email MP3 on-air and production audio samples (NO CLOUD LINKS) along with resume and a cover letter, telling us why you would be perfect for this position, to John Morgan (OM): firstname.lastname@example.org Hoosier AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Hoosier AM/FM, LLC has an immediate full-time opening for a dynamic multi-media advertising local sales manager to join our award-winning Kokomo (IN) team! You will be responsible for managing and developing a sales team, maintaining a client list and driving company revenue. Are you self-motivated and looking for the perfect opportunity? Hoosier AM/FM, LLC is a small market radio broadcasting company that may provide the perfect fit you’re looking for. This immediately opening provides health insurance, paid holidays and vacation days, guaranteed salary plus individual sales commission and bonus opportunity.
• Oversee sales team and activities
• Achieve sales goals by station and cluster
• Develop quotas for the sales team
• Manage and grow a list of clients
• Lead sales and individual meetings for training and forecasting
• Coach and develop sales team with a customer-focused approach
• Identify areas of growth
• Track results and report team and individual performance
• Develop and execute innovative sales strategies
• Build and form new partnerships with potential clients
• Sales recruitment
• 5 years of broadcast sales experience or equivalent
• Dynamic leadership qualities
• Team-building skills
• Ability to build rapport with employees and clients
• Excellent technical and presentation skills
• Bachelor’s degree
Hoosier AM/FM, LLC operates seven AM and FM stations serving markets in central and northern Indiana, delivering quality programming to listeners and results for our advertisers. Our Kokomo Indiana station formats include Adult Contemporary, Rock and ESPN/Sports Talk. Kokomo’s A/C “feel good station” Z92.5 was awarded 2019 “Station of the Year Market 2” by the Indiana Broadcaster’s Association.
Interested parties should send resume and information to Market Manager Joel Pyle at email@example.com. Hoosier AM/FM, LLC maintains a drug-free workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Sound Management is looking for a Program Director and On-Air Personality for two of its three stations located in South Bend, Indiana (The home of the University of Notre Dame). Detail oriented candidates need to be able to develop and execute over-the-air and digital promotions, train and motivate team of experienced broadcast professionals, produce imaging, manage CHR music and work well within a tight knit family owned business.
If you think you have what it takes please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sound Management 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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