Let's start this issue with an advertorial.
The pandemichas created many changes and disruptions. We have been told that SAFE AT HOMEis one of the best ways to ensure social distancing, even as the state tries toreopen. Yet with fewer people in their cars, radio listening has INCREASED inmany markets.
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Whyshould I outsource my station's news?
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In late 2009, Swick Broadcasting's AC/WLKI (100.3fm, Angola) added HD radio and two subchannels, which each fed FM translators. One of those translators flipped formats earlier today. WLKI-HD3, simulcast on W224BY (92.7fm, Angola) previously aired FOX Sports and began stunting with Christmas music at the beginning of November. The new format is CHR ('Hot FM 92.7'). Swick's LRN broadcasters will be heard on the new format: Todd Chambless in mornings, Amanda Logan does middays, Jeremy Robinson in afternoons, and Amber Kuhl at night. 'Hot FM 92.7' will also carry Throwback 2K on Friday night and Throwback Nation Radio on Saturday night. (hat tip to radioinsight.com for the additional details.)
A former WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) engineer (and later station owner) recently died. Bob Brandon was 74 when he died last week in Pennsylvania. In the 1970s, Mr. Brandon worked in the WOWO engineering department, and later owned WPGW Radio in Portland. Here's the complete obituary.
Meteorologist Matt Rudkin exits Sinclair's CBS/FOX affiliates/WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend). Also, WSBT welcomes meteorologist James Parish. Mr. Paris graduated from Purdue University, and last worked in Madison, Wisconsin at WMTV-TV ('NBC15'). Also, WSBT sports reporter Miles Garrett and reporter Lauren Becker both exit 'WSBT 22'. Mr. Garrett is now an Atlanta Falcons producer and sports anchor at WGXA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Becker worked at 'WSBT 22' for over 3 years after graduating from Indiana University.
Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend) sports reporter Megan Smedley exits after over 3 years. Her next career stop will be a sports producer in Atlanta, Georgia for WXIA-TV ('11 Alive').
Where Are They Now? Former WNDV MD/night host "Otis" returns to MD/Afternoons at WUBL in Atlanta, Georgia. In Indianapolis, Otis worked at WNOW (100.9fm, Speedway).
Crawford Broadcasting's Urban Contemporary/WPWX (92.3fm, Hammond) will add the syndicated 'DeDe in the Morning' (DeDe McGuire, JJ Williamson, and Lady Jade). The 5am until 9am (Central) show will debut on 'Power 92' on Monday January 3, 2022. DeDe succeeds 'The Morning Hustle Show' (Headkrack, Angie Ange, and Lore'l).
In 1975, WJEL (89.3fm, Indianapolis) signed on the air (with a partial schedule) from the J. Everett Light Career Center at North Central High School. For the past 36 school years, Rob Hendrix has taught broadcasting, mentoring countless radio and TV broadcasters. We missed it at the time, but he retired from WJEL after the last school year.
Nexstar's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CBS affiliate WTTV-TV (Channel 4, Bloomington)/WTTK-TV (Channel 29, Kokomo) state capital bureau reporter Kayla Sullivan exits, and now serves as the Digital Media Coordinator for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Also, former WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) reporter Max Lewis joins WXIN/WTTV as a reporter.
Former WTLC-FM PD and broadcaster Vicki Buchanon died. Ms. Buchanon graduated from Eastern Kentucky State University and was the first female broadcaster on WTLC-FM when it started on 105.7fm. In 2001, WTLC-FM moved to 106.7fm. Click for how WTLC-FM memorialized her.
Midwest Communications had a tree crew at their transmitter site for CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute). That tree crew had a tree fall the wrong way, and it landed on one of the lower guy wires of the WMGI tower. An ERI tower crew later safely dropped the tower. WMGI is now operating from sister Country/WTHI-FM's tower (99.9fm, Terre Haute), while Midwest makes plans for a new tower.
Earlier this year, DLC Media announced a $335,000 sale of their Classic Country/WVIG (95.9fm, Seelyville) to Educational Media Foundation. That means DLC owner Dave Crooks moved a few formats around. Let's break the details:
Adult Standards/WAMB (1130am, Brazil) changed format to Soft AC. WAMB also has two FM Translators: W258BA at 99.5fm, licensed to Terre Haute, and W295CQ at 106.9fm licensed to Brazil.
Classic Country/WVIG is now on 105.5fm, West Terre Haute. This replaces the former AC/Jack FM format and WZJK call letters. 105.5 WVIG features Country Music Hall of Fame member Barry Kent in mornings.
Rock/WFNB (92.7fm, Brazil) now has The Bob and Tom Show weekday mornings, with a 'Best of' On Saturday morning.
Classic Hits/WAXI (104.9fm, Rockville) emphasizes 1960s and 1970s hits, with a bit of the late 1950s and early 1990s.
Vincennes broadcaster Dave B. Young died; age 68. Mr. Young graduated from Indianapolis' Broad Ripple High School and started broadcasting at Vincennes University Broadcasting. Then it was off to Martinsville, where he worked for WCBK. He returned to Vincennes in 1988 and helped start WZDM (92.1fm) and did mornings. Here's the complete obituary.
Family Friendly WFRN is looking for a fun, interesting, and kind soul to add to our expanding and developing on-air team!
Radio experience is preferred but not absolutely necessary. If you catch on quickly, are interested in learning technical procedures, and enjoy being part of an amazing faith community, we’d love to hear from you!
Must be available weekends and ideally have the flexibility for filling-in through the week on occasion.
Please send a resume and demo, or at least a recording of your voice to firstname.lastname@example.org
Progressive Broadcasting System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
WITZ FM, WQKZ FM and WITZ AM 990 & 99.1 FM Radio Juan in Jasper, Indiana has an opening for a full-time account executive. You will be taking over an established client list. Sales and marketing will be the main focus of this position but if you have other related broadcast experience, it would be helpful. Copy writing and production skills are important. You must be a motivated self-starter and understand the importance of building and maintaining client relationships. Social media and website sales will also be part of this position. We will train the right person. Our stations are members of the Indiana Broadcasters Association with full access to Local Broadcast Sales P1 Training. If you’re looking for a great opportunity 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 email@example.com. Jasper On The Air is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Hoosier Ag Today is currently looking for an Indiana-based, farm broadcaster and multimedia content producer. Content would be created for the network’s 70 Indiana radio stations, website, and e-newsletter products and for the company’s Michigan Ag Today radio network and multimedia outlets. The ideal candidate would have experience in radio/TV on-air content, audio and video editing, social media skills, and analytics knowledge. Experience in the agriculture industry is a plus, but not required.
We are looking for an individual who can stay on top of the ever-evolving agriculture and media world. This candidate must be able to thrive in a work-at-home environment as well as out in the field gathering content. We need someone who can work as part of an award winning and experienced team. Good communication and organizational skills are a must.
Benefits include paid membership in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and a company match IRA retirement program.
Hoosier Ag Today LLC was founded in 2006 for the specific purpose of serving the informational needs of the Hoosier agricultural community. HAT currently has 70 radio stations broadcasting its programs. In addition, HAT operates a multi-media website and publishes a daily e-mail newsletter. In 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2018, Hoosier Ag Today was rated the most listened to farm radio network in Indiana by Ag Media Research. In 2019, Hoosier Ag Today purchased Michigan Ag Today, a 16-station farm network serving the Michigan farm community. HAT is also part owner of the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, held each December in Westfield, Indiana.
Send Inquiries/materials to:
Andy Eubank - President
Hoosier Ag Today - Michigan Ag Today
70 Huntington Way
Lafayette, IN 47905
765-588-4105 - studio/office direct
765-404-4159 - mobile
WNAP, The Buzzard, seeks the right person or people for our stations as we develop Underwriting Sales. Our format is a fun Oldies presentation with sarcasm and tongue in cheek delivery. Our stations include: 56-year-old 990 WNAP Muncie and translator 101.5 W268BJ; WNAP-FM 88.1 Morristown, Indiana; 91.7 W219DO Edinburgh, Indiana, and WNPP Cole Indiana.
This is an outside position. Cities to be served include Muncie, Indianapolis, Greenfield, Shelbyville, Rushville, Anderson, Noblesville, and many others. If you have a history in customer service and want to help us grow, contact Martin Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Beginnings Movement, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A locally owned, multi-station cluster in a historic community is seeking a News/Sports Director interested in informing listeners in multiple counties who depend on the stations to be their primary news source. Additionally, the candidate will have a passion to do high school sports play-by-play. You'll even work with the Miami (OH) Sports Network providing scoreboard updates on G101-3.
If you are looking for a community to call home, send your materials demonstrating your talent in news writing and delivery as well as your play-by-play skills to email@example.com. Hurry…football season is coming soon!
Whitewater Broadcasting is an EOE and encourages the hiring of females and minorities.
Cumulus-Indianapolis is looking for an experienced Program Director to lead rock station WNDX-FM. Ideal candidate should have a proven successful track record in the Rock and/or Classic Rock formats with a minimum of three years PD experience in a medium or large market preferred. Must be able to maximize productivity, be a multi-tasking and time management master and implement a strategic programming plan unique for the station in service to the Indianapolis market. This is a full-time position inclusive of a weekday and weekend on-air shift. Salary will be commensurate with experience and ratings history. Resume, references, ratings history and on-air demo should be included in confidence with your application. Click here to learn more and apply. CUMULUS MEDIA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Federated Media South Bend - Account Executive - New Business Development
This is an outside Sales position that will focus on building new business partnerships for the radio stations. It requires creativity and marketing savvy to discover and satisfy the needs of potential new clients with Integrating Marketing campaigns that include radio, content marketing, digital and event marketing. If you have been described as a self-starter, confident, driven, persistent, competitive, always closing, organized, problem solver, then you may love this opportunity!
• College degree or 2 years sales experience, marketing preferred
• Can clearly communicate ideas through verbal and written presentations
• Operates by the Core Values of Integrity, Passion, and Innovation
• Inbound Marketing Program to provide Qualified Leads
• CRM that helps you to work Smarter and Faster
• A comprehensive Sales Play Book to help you move the process along
• Healthcare (Health, Dental, Vision) and 401k
• A culture that’s driven by purpose. Creating big events. Helping local businesses. Raising money and giving back to non-profits.
• Send resume & cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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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