Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
26 July 2018
In Monday's IRW, we'll have a radio station sale, along with other news. Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.
Dirk Rowley will succeed Brett Thomas as evening co-anchor at Nexstar's CBS affiliate WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne). Mr. Rowley will join co-host Terra Brantley in mid-August. Mr. Rowley's Fort Wayne broadcasting career began in mornings at Sarkes Tarzian's AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) where he co-hosted the Dirk and Jeannette show for 14 years. Mr. Rowley moved to television in 2014, working for ABC affiliate/WPTA-TV (Channel 21) and hosting their INsight local weekday talk and lifestyle show.
Speaking of WPTA, on Fort Wayne's west side, 3401 Butler Road houses the studios of Quincy Media's ABC and NBC affiliates/WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne). Quincy has ABC on 21.1 ("ABC21") while the NBC affiliation is on 21.2 as "Fort Wayne's NBC."
A Thursday evening Fort Wayne television history lesson, if you will:
In 1953, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette publisher William Kunkel began his NBC affiliate/WKJG (Channel 33, Fort Wayne).
Sarkes Tarzian began his ABC affiliate/WPTA (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) in 1957. When Sarkes Tarzian started WPTA, he named it after his daughter Patricia. The Butler Road studios had a tower (also built at that time).
WKJG-TV had its studios and tower over on West State Boulevard. WKJG-TV became WISE-TV on Monday May 26, 2003 (Memorial Day).
In March 2005, New Vision Broadcasting sold WISE-TV. Shortly thereafter, WISE-TV began broadcasting out of WPTA's studio building on Butler Road. The WISE-TV transmitter and antenna also moved to Butler Road.
In August 2016, the NBC affiliation moved from WISE-TV to the .2 subchannel of WPTA-TV. (How's your scorecard look? A bit tattered, you say?)
Recently, tower crews began work on a new 800 foot tower which will have antennas for both Channels 21 and 33 on it. Once that tower is in service, the tower built in 1957 at Butler Road will be dismantled. Here's more from Fort Wayne's NBC. http://www.fortwaynesnbc.com/story/38720499/going-up-new-tower-takes-form-at-television-park
Before we leave "Television Park" on Butler Road, tomorrow will be the last time Fort Wayne viewers will wake up to Pauleen Le, co-anchor of "Fort Wayne's NBC Today". Ms. Le will exit after tomorrow's show, after joining "Fort Wayne's NBC" in the 5am-to-7am timeslot in August 2016. Before her time in Fort Wayne, Ms. Lee worked in Green Bay, Wisconsin as a morning reporter and fill in anchor at WLUK-TV ("Good Day Wisconsin").
(Remember, the FCC recently approved Quincy Media's $952,884 purchase of WISE-TV from SagamoreHill. That sale hasn't yet closed.)
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.
That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support.
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