Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
16 November 2020
Adams Radio Group's Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) PD/afternoon host Randy Alomar moves to middays. Night host Taylor Morgan moves to afternoons.
DTV America Corp. adds a pair of local LPTV stations: W25FH-D (Channel 43, Fort Wayne) and WODP-LD (Channel 49, Fort Wayne). Of note, W25FH-D is on RF channel 25, but displays channel 43 on your TV. These channels are over the air only, so they won't be on your cable or satellite provider if you're in the Fort Wayne area.
On W25FH-D, here is the lineup:
.1: Azteca America
.2: Azteca Clic
.3: Azteca Corazón
On WODP-LD, here is the lineup:
.1: The same Infomercials as above on the .4.
.4: Color bars.
Heartland Media's FOX affiliate/WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) anchor Hunter Petroviak exits FOX 55 and becomes the spokesperson for the Fort Wayne district of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Mr. Petroviak joined FOX 55 in 2018 (IRW 06/04/2018)
Federated Media's Sports/WKJG (1380am, Fort Wayne) and translator W265CY (100.9fm, Fort Wayne) drop ESPN Radio and add FOX Sports. They keep their 1380 The Fan branding, and their local sports talk (The Sports Rush with Brett Rump) continues weekdays from 4pm until 6pm. 1380 The Fan airs local sports, including high school sports. The switch happened after former FOX Sports affiliate WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne) dropped the format earlier this year, and then was sold.
Where Are They Now? Former Fort Wayne broadcaster (WJFX, WBTU) Brooke Taylor joins WSIX in Nashville, Tennessee for middays.
3 Towers Broadcasting's Hot AC/WROI (92.1fm, Rochester) adds HD radio, a new GatesAir Flexiva transmitter, and a brand new HD2 channel with a country format.
Allen Media Broadcasting's CBS affiliate/WLFI-TV (Channel 18) has several changes. First off, Lon Lucas becomes News Director, after working in the same role at Quincy Media's WEEK-TV/WHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois.
Second, anchor and reporter Jordan Burrows exits after just over two years. Mr. Burrows anchored the late evening newscasts and did reporting. Mr. Burrows joins as a reporter with KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.
IRW tips our hat to Stan Sollars, who celebrated his 51st anniversary in broadcasting. Mr. Sollars started his broadcasting career by signing on the former WDHS (91.1fm, Gaston) on November 12, 1969. Mr. Sollars was 13 years old. The first official, non-test broadcast was of a Wes-Del freshman basketball game, with the play-by-play team of Paul Parker (Superintendent) and Richard Johnson (Principal). WDHS signed off in 1987. For the past 25 years, Mr. Sollars has been a news anchor and Morning Edition local host for Indiana Public Radio, based at Ball State University.
UPDATE: Former WNAP broadcaster Al Stone died. He worked at WIFE (for Star Stations) before Fairbanks Broadcasting lured him away to help start WNAP. He was 75. More recently, he owned an advertising agency and production house (King Media) in Indianapolis. He also served as writer and producer of the 2012 documentary Naptown Rock Radio Wars. Here is the complete obituary.
TEGNA's NBC affiliate/WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis) Executive Producer Taylor Beck exits and joins sister WHAS-TV in Louisville. There, she starts today as Assistant News Director, under News Director Julie Wolfe.
Several exit at iHeart, as part of companywide layoffs. This impacts their Indianapolis cluser, which consists of:
Classic Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis)
Alternative/WOLT (103.3fm, Indianapolis)
FOX Sports/WNDE (1260am, Indianapolis)
Urban/WZRL (98.3fm, Plainfield)
Bloomberg Business/W248AW (97.5fm, Indianapolis) (Owned by Educational Media Foundation, and operated by iHeart).
Here are the five impacted folks we know about:
Mike Killabrew, iHeart SVP/Programming
Kristi Adams, iHeart/Indianapolis Marketing/Promotions Director
Todd Violette, WOLT PD and afternoon host
Crystal McKenzie, WFBQ midday host Crystal McKenzie
Ben Dietzel, WFBQ/WOLT GSM
After 23 years at E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate/WRTV-TV (Channel 6, Indianapolis), Sports Director Dave Furst exits RTV6 and joins IndyCar as VP/Communications. Mr. Furst joined WRTV in 1997 and earned the promotion to Sports Director five years later.
Cumulus' WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield) drops classic hits on their HD2 and now simulcasts their sister Sports/WXNT (1430am, Indianapolis). Also, WNTR (107.9fm, Indianapolis) ends the smooth jazz format on their HD2.
Where Are They Now? Former WISH-TV EP/Special Projects Dawn Clapperton becomes VP/News for WTVJ-TV (NBC 6) in Miami, Florida. Before joining WISH-TV, she also worked in South Bend (WSBT-TV) and Bloomington (WTIU-TV).
Where Are They Now? Former then-Crossroads (Terre Haute) radio GM and former Nexstar/Terre Haute DOS Doug Edge earns a promotion from SVP/Business Solutions to SVP/Revenue Development at Farm Journal.
On November 30, Brad Kimmel will become the new Executive Director of Indiana University's Radio and Television Services (Indiana Public Media), overseeing PBS affiliate/WTIU-TV (Channel 30, Bloomington) and WFIU radio (103.7fm, Bloomington) and their multiple translator network. Kimmel moves to Bloomington from Evansville, where he led (president/CEO) of their WNIN Public Media, again overseeing both PBS affiliate WNIN-TV (Channel 9, Evansville) and NPR affiliate WNIN-FM (88.3fm, Evansville). Mr. Kimmel has been at WNIN since June 2013 (IRW 06/04/2013). Mr. Kimmel graduated from Murray State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Management/Production with a minor in Journalism. Rob Anderson, assistant GM of Radio and Television Services served as interim director over the past year.
With everything going on earlier this year, I did not have a moment to write an obituary for a former Evansville radio owner, and I wanted to document it here.
John David Engelbrecht died in April from a massive heart attack at 68 years old. The Engelbrecht family owned WIKY (104.1fm, Evansville) through three generations. John A. Englebrecht owned WIKY (820am, Evansville) and signed it on in 1948. In 1953, he added the FM on 104.1. John A. Englebrecht died of a heart attack in 1974.
When his father died, John D. Englebrecht was running their Knoxville, Tennessee radio stations, and then ascended to the leadership while only in his mid-20s. John D. Englebrecht is part of the Evansville Business Hall of Fame and served on several corporate and non-profit boards of directors.
JP Englebrecht is John D'.s son, and he remains CEO of South Central, Inc. South Central sold their Evansville radio stations and several radio stations in Tennessee all to Midwest Communications several years ago.
WIKY memorialized their former owner, and here's the audio.
Raycom NBC affiliate/WFIE-TV (Channel 14, Evansville) reporter Aria Janel exits and joins Gray's CBS affiliate/WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio in the same role.
Townsquare's AC/WJLT (105.3fm, Evansville) goes all Christmas music.
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): email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Sound Management is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
G101-3, the world's most interactive radio station, is seeking its next Afternoon Drive host/Social Media Director. You'll voicetrack middays on our Classic Hits sister station and do live PM Drive on The G. Can you do a great show with phones, remotes, and appearances, plus keep yourself plugged into our historic community? Can you keep all our Socials current and topical? If you think you can handle creative radio in a non-corporate environment and blend in with our talented yet dysfunctional staff, e-mail your info to firstname.lastname@example.org or rush your package to: Rick Duncan, Director of Prog/Ops Whitewater Broadcasting 2301 W. Main Richmond, IN. 47374 Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F.
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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