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24 September 2018
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Northeast Indiana Broadcasting's Classic Hits/WAWK (1140am, Kendallville) and FM translator W238BH (95.5fm, Kendallville) expands their FM footprint by adding another FM translator: W232DK (94.3fm, Auburn). The 94.3fm translator signed on at Noon on Thursday September 20. The 250 watt translator has its antenna on a tower near DeKalb High School and Middle School, in between Auburn and Waterloo. Finally, here's The Hawk" website.
Spoon River Media, LLC closes on their $237,000 purchase of Oldies/WLOI (1540am, La Porte) and Country/WCOE-FM (96.7fm, La Porte) from La Porte County Broadcasting. That sale price includes the tower site (The antenna for "Eagle 96.7" is on WLOI's tower). Of note, there's also an application for a 106.5fm translator for WLOI. WLOI runs 250 watts (daytime only), while WCOE is a Class A (3000 watts at 262.5 feet, horizontal polarization only). Finally, Brent Lee and Matt Moore co-own Spoon River Media, which also owns an FM in Cuba, Illinois (40 miles southwest of Peoria).
Dept. of Corrections: In last Thursdays IRW, I mentioned that Sarkes Tarzian has two TV stations, but I had one of them in the wrong city and state. Sure enough, Sarkes Tarzian owns a TV station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in Reno, Nevada.
Today, Jim Parker becomes the Director of Digital Media at Tribune Broadcasting's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo). Mr. Parker last worked in Sioux City, Iowa as News Director for KCAU-TV. Before Iowa, Mr. Parker managed digital operations for WJLA-TV in Washington, DC. Other stops in his broadcasting career include News Director in Des Moines, Iowa (WOI-TV), Rock Island, Illinois (WHBF-TV), and Binghamton, New York (WICZ-TV), among other broadcasting experience.
Justin Luvv exits as Imaging Director and PM drive host at Cumulus' CHR/WYRG (93.9fm, Lawrence). "Energy 93.9" PD Sid Kelly takes PM drive. Mr. Luvv also handled afternoons for Westwood One Storq Network Hot AC/Rhythmic formats. In January 2017 ,Mr. Luvv began working at "Energy 93.9" after working in Columbus, Ohio for Radio One.
Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate/WTHR-TV (Channel 13) lays off sports reporter and online columnist Bob Kravitz. Mr. Kravitz will remain with WTHR until mid-November. After working for 14 years as a sports columnist for The Indianapolis Star, Mr. Kravitz joined WTHR in 2014. Mr. Kravitz often earns credit for breaking the 'Deflategate' story, hours after the AFC Championship Game played on January 18, 2015 between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Original Company radio stations Oldies/WROY (1460am, Carmi, Illinois), FM translator W229AU (93.7fm, Fairfield, Illinois) and Country/WRUL (97.3, Carmi, Illinois) welcome Ray Mitchell as their News Director. Mr. Mitchell worked at WROY/WRUL after serving in the armed forces in the 1970s. He also has experience as a reporter and photographer for the Carmi Times.
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 23: In 1967, Channel 35 in Madisonville, Kentucky signs on as WKMA-TV, and remains so today.
September 24: In 1950, 91.3fm in Indianapolis signs on as WAJC in the evening. In 1956, WAJC moved from 91.3fm to 104.5fm. Butler University sold WAJC in 1993, and it's now commercially-owned WJJK. In 2001, Verna Whitworth passed away. Age 91. Verna hosted "Visit with Verna," a music show for kids on WHBU(AM) (1240am, Anderson).
September 25: In 1966, 89.5fm, Valparaiso signs on as WVUR. It later moved to 95.1fm, but remains WVUR. In 1996, WDJB (106.3fm, Columbia City) flipped formats from Rhythmic CHR to Modern AC, as "Storm 106.3."
September 26: In 1954, Channel 15 in Waterloo signs on as WINT-TV. It later moved to Fort Wayne, and became WANE-TV in 1958. In 1990, the 106.3fm, Columbia City allocation returns from going silent. The new owners signed 106.3fm on with a CHR format and WBBE call letters, as "B-106." And, here's how it sounded.
September 27: In 1926, 1270am in Richmond signs on as WKBV ("William Knox BrookVille") for founder William Knox. WKBV moved frequencies several times and eventually landed on 1490am, where today it remains WKBV. In 1953, Channel 50 in Evansville signs on at 3:00pm as WEHT-TV ("Watch Evansville-Henderson Television.") It moved to Channel 25 in 1964, but remains WEHT-TV today.
September 28: In 1957, Channel 21 in Roanoke signs on at 3:00pm as WPTA-TV (for founder Sarkes Tarzian's daughter and son Patricia and Thomas). The WPTA-TV city of license later became Fort Wayne, and Channel 21 remains WPTA-TV today. In 1964, 105.3fm in Lafayette signs on as WASK-FM. Today, it's WKOA. In 1967, 107.5fm in Terre Haute signs on as WBOW-FM ("Banks of the Wabash River"). After going dark for over a decade, 107.5fm has new owners, and is WYLJ ("Will You Love Jesus?")
September 29: In 1998, former Indianapolis broadcaster Lou Sherman dies. Age 63. Mr. Sherman worked at WNTS, WBRI, WTUX, WFBM, and worked with David Letterman.
WPTA TV in 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, IN:
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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