Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
15 May 2018
Emma (the system I use to send out IRW) did some maintenance last night, hence the delay.
From the Reading Pile: Still a powerhouse, ‘Bob & Tom’ changes with times while trying to keep loyal listeners.
From the Reading Pile: In Oregon, Portland Community Radio station KBOO had its computer servers hacked by cryptocurrency miners.
Quincy Media's ABC and NBC affiliates/WPTA-TV (Channel 21.1 and 21.2, Fort Wayne) welcomes Kaitlyn Kendall as a new reporter. Ms. Kendall recently graduated from the University of Indianapolis with highest honors.
Talking Stick Communications sells their Warsaw portfolio of radio stations to Kensington Digital Media of Indiana. Tony Richards and Jack Didier lead Kensington. No purchase price yet announced, as we haven't seen the FCC filing. The Warsaw radio stations include:
News/WRSW(AM) and translator W259BJ (1480am, 99.7fm, both Warsaw)
Classic Hits/WRSW-FM (107.3fm, Warsaw)
Country/WAWC (103.5fm, Syracuse)
Let's look at how they assembled this cluster:
In 2003, GBC Media, LLC sold WRSW(AM) and FM for $1.2 million.
In 2006, Bill Dixon sold WAWC for $430,000, plus a $170,000 consulting agreement.
In 2015, Progressive Broadcasting System sold the W259BJ translator for $60,000.
In a story you'll first read here, Marion Williams’ Silent/WAKE (1500am, Valparaiso) applies to the FCC to relocate to a new three tower site, and change WAKE's city of license to Hobart. WAKE would operate with 250 watts during the day, 190 watts at critical hours, and eight watts at night. The new proposed tower site will be southeast of the I-65 and Ridge Road exit (at the former WLTH(AM) tower site). Marion Williams also owns Urban Talk/WLTH (1370am, Gary). Finally, Adams Radio Group sold WAKE last year to Mr. Williams for $26,000.
Star City Broadcasting installs a new GatesAir Flexiva transmitter at their Adult Hits/WBPE (95.3fm, Brookston).
We missed it at the time, but Star City Broadcasting adds "North at Night" on their Adult Hits/WBPE (95.3fm, Brookston). Dave North hosts "North at Night", along with programming and doing middays on sister Country/WYCM (95.7fm, Attica).
Where Are They Now? Yesterday, former then-WNOU-FM (100.9fm, Speedway) morning host Scotty Davis began in afternoons at WFUS-FM in Tampa, Florida.
Where Are They Now? Former 1970s WTTS(AM)/WGTC-FM/WWWY-FM news reporter (and sometimes DJ) Brian Trauring becomes the will become VP/News, Marketing and Content Development for Lilly Broadcasting. Mr. Trauring also worked as an assignment editor and weekend reporter at WRTV-TV in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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.
May 13: In 1987, 750am in Portage signs on as WNDZ, and remains so today.
May 14: In 1977, 103.9fm in Batesville signs on as WRBI, and remains so today.
May 15: In 1960, 98.1fm in Princeton signs on as WRAY-FM, and remains so today. In 1963, 810am in Indianapolis signs on as WIGO. Today, it's WSYW. In 1964, 103.3fm in Indianapolis signs on as WGEE-FM (sister station to WGEE(AM) 1590am). Today, it's WOLT.
May 16: In 1965, 96.7fm in Vincennes signs on as WAOV-FM. Today, it's WFML-FM. In 1966, 94.3fm in Greencastle signs on as WXTA-FM. Today, it's WREB.
May 17: In 2005, WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne) flipped formats from Sports to Standards ("The River").
May 18: In 2006, former WOWO PD Chris Rathaus passed away at age 63. Rathaus was PD starting in 1974. He later moved on to Tampa (WDAE), Miami (WQAM), West Palm Beach (WRMF/WJNO) and onto Sirius Satellite Radio.
May 19: In 1975, 100.9fm in Portland signs on as WPGW-FM, and remains so today. In 1995, WTLC(AM)/WTLC-FM air personality Collette M. Bates-Elkins ("Collette Vaughn") dies at age 44.
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.
Brewer Broadcasting has a rare opportunity for a Country Radio morning show host or team. If you have an outgoing personality and enjoy entertaining, we want to speak with you!
Successful candidates must be social media savvy, regularly contribute content to the station's website, and be able to connect and engage with the station's target audience by keeping up with relevant trends and pop culture.
This person wants to be in Richmond, Indiana, and is eager to jump head first into community events, build relationships and value in our community. This person also wants to be a part of a successful team who highly values our brands, our talent and our family of employees.
We take great pride in winning with radio, digital and live events.
If you do too, please send your cover letter, resume, references and MP3 demo to Steve Baker at email@example.com
* Must have superior knowledge of current events and ability to create radio topics based on local happenings, news & information.
* Must be an excellent communicator, very creative and very funny.
Great phone skills, great on-air voice, excellent organization and positive track record are a must.
* Write assigned Facebook posts along with other social media outlets
Produce commercials on a daily basis.
* Conducts Live Remotes and appearances and assist in special promotions and programming activities.
* Secondary delegations could include some of the following: promotions, managing the digital platform, station imaging and/or video editing.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
* At least 2 years on-air experience.
* Computer literacy in applicable programs
* Public speaking skill and ability to interact with listeners and clients in a public setting
* Problem-solving ability and skill in prioritizing
* Ability to interact with management and staff at all levels and to multi-task and handle pressures and deadlines
* Skill in operation of control board, remote broadcasting, and other related production equipment
Brewer Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer.
WIMC + WCDQ + WCVL (Crawfordsville) are looking to hire an APD. Responsibilities will include:
• Writing, editing and producing commercials, promos, and on-air announcements.
• Computer work on radio stations
• Some on-air work
• Personal appearances at remotes and community events.
Must be able to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. E-mail your resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Dave Peach, GM, PO Box 603, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Forcht Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
WIMC + WCDQ + WCVL are looking to hire a Director of Sports Sales. We require prior experience or a marketing/broadcasting education. This position will entail overseeing the sports department, and taking over an existing account list, plus prospecting new businesses in our county and surrounding counties. You must be able to meet deadlines and monthly sales goals, along with handling multiple projects. You also must have reliable transportation. E-mail your resume and references to email@example.com or mail to Dave Peach, GM, PO Box 603, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Forcht Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support.
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