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6 September 2023
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Onto the news!
A former Fort Wayne broadcaster was recently killed in a dump truck accident. Bill Collins did mornings (‘Collins in the Morning with Annette Roy’) at what was then WQHK (1380am, Fort Wayne), did mornings at WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville), and at one point managed the then-Kovas Communications radio stations in Fort Wayne. Mr. Collins was 71. A visitation and memorial service will be held this Friday (09/08). Here’s the complete obituary.
Where Are They Now? Former then-WKJG-TV anchor Jim Payne retires from WESH-TV in Orlando, Florida. Here's more from the WESH-TV website.
Sinclair's CBS and FOX affiliate/WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) anchor and reporter Jennifer Copeland exits and announced that she will join crosstown Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate/WBND (Channel 57, South Bend) to co-anchor the early evening (5:00pm, 5:30pm, and 6:00pm) newscasts alongside Brian Conybeare and Chief Meteorologist Tom Coomes. Ms. Copeland begins at ‘ABC57’ next Monday September 11.
Also, at WBND/ABC57, reporter Mary Caltrider exits and joins KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Missouri, where she hosts the lifestyle show ‘Show Me St. Louis.’
Quinn Alexander exits middays at Hoosier AM/FM's Country/WCJC (99.3fm, Van Buren) and joins as morning co-host for WSIG in Harrisonburg, Virginia (‘Real Country Mornings with Quinn and Ivy Lee’).
Nexstar's FOX affiliate WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) meteorologist Tucker Antico exits and joins as a meteorologist for WFXT-TV in Boston, Massachusetts.
Where Are They Now? Former WTHR-TV Senior EP Judy Palermo is now the Chief Communications Officer for American Humane.
Allen Media Broadcasting's CBS affiliate/WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute) reporter Jevan McCoskey adds weekend evening anchor responsibilities. Mr. McCoskey joined ‘News10’ in June 2022 after graduating from Indiana University.
Castelli Media closes on their purchase of Low Power TV construction permits W19EW-D (Channel 19, Evansville), W10DG (Channel 10, Evansville), and a Santa Barbara, California Low Power TV construction permit from DTV America 1.
Bob Heymann of the Chicago office of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker for the sellers.
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 is something we need to add to the calendar, please let us know. Please also e-mail us if you have updated information.
September 3: In 1968, 1570am in Auburn signs on as WIFF(AM). Today, it's WGLL(AM). In 1975, 89.1fm in Indianapolis signs on as WJEL (J. Everett Light Career Center). Later, it moved to 89.3fm, but remains WJEL. In 1980, 96.7fm in Alexandria signs on as WAXT. Today, it's WBKQ. Also in 1980, John Carl Jeffrey died. Mr. Jeffrey was Sales Manager at the former WKMO (AM) (Kokomo). In 1948, he organized WIOU (1350am, Kokomo), and served as WIOU's VP/GM until retiring in 1972. In 2007, WOWO broadcasting legend Bob Sievers died. Age 90.
September 4: In 1995, 89.7fm in Upland signs on as WTUR. It's now WBCW, and part of The WBCL Radio Network based in Fort Wayne.
September 5: In 1957, WKTL (1570am, Kendallville) became WAWK. In 1985, then-WFWQ (95.1fm, Fort Wayne) became 'Majic,' changing its call letters to WAJI. In 2011, Evansville's 'Thy Word Network' co-founder Shirley Chagle died. Age 81.
September 6: In 1974, 95.9fm in Vevay signs on as WMGH-FM. Today, it's WKID. In 1977, 90.5fm in Rensselaer signs on as WPUM. WPUM signed off in early 2017, when St. Joseph's College suspended academic operations. In 2012, Indiana State University's WISU (89.7fm, Terre Haute) GM and Faculty Advisor Dave Sabaini died. Age 58.
September 7: In 1987, 91.5fm in McDaniels, Kentucky signs on as WBFI (and still is). In 1993, 90.7fm in Knightstown signs on as WKPW (and still is).
September 9: In 2013, northeast Indiana radio station founder and pioneer Wayne Paradise died. Age 76. Mr. Paradise started WIFF-FM (105.5fm) in Auburn and worked with several other radio and TV stations.
DLC Media is in search of at least 1 full-time or 2 part-time Account Managers for their 4 Terre Haute area radio stations. Office space can be in Brazil or Rockville. Plus, sellers can offer marketing solutions with their 3 additional stations in the Vincennes Market. This is not a job; this is a career opportunity in a fun work environment.
Radio still reaches the masses and is very cost-effective. Account Manager's must have dependable transportation, good people skills, a desire to help small business owners grow their market share by promoting their products and services via radio and digital solutions you help create. This is a job you will love!
If you are creative and want a rewarding career that can provide you with a path to above average income with benefits, contact us now. To apply, send a cover letter and resume Dave Crooks firstname.lastname@example.org. DLC Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
GIANT FM WREB in Greencastle is looking for a part-time Sales Representative. 20 hours per week some sales knowledge is helpful, will train. Send contact information and resume to email@example.com
3 Towers Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
VP of Sales Columbus Indiana
Our town has a "tailwind" and Reising Radio Partners Incorporated is looking for its next General Sales Manager for our cluster of three FM stations. GSM candidate must exhibit strong ability for client-focused, local direct sales. Coaching, training, and ongoing development of personnel is the primary mission. Local direct sales are the primary emphasis. Must understand all media and be able to produce results-producing plans. We boast a fun family company environment and wonderful quality of life in our City. Our Brands are QMIX, KORN Country, MOJO, and Local News Digital
Forbes magazine selected Columbus as one of the top ten best small cities to raise a family, saying Columbus is one of the cities that “sweep our ranking of quiet, prosperous, and family-friendly places . . . these places boast solid average incomes, good educational prospects, low costs, short commute times, and high rates of home ownership.”
Chicago Tribune, Alfred Borcover says, “In the heart of the so-called RustBelt lies an extraordinary example of what vision and open-mindedness did for a central Indiana industrial town set amid farm fields . . . Columbus, however, is a town that lifts your spirits . . . some 60 architectural gems — schools, a library, churches, banks, a post office, fire stations, a newspaper, and offices — make you ooh and aah.”
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with key clients.
- Recruit and Develop local direct salespeople
- Collaborate with internal teams to ensure customer satisfaction and retention
- Ensure revenue targets are met
- PROVEN EXPERIENCE IN BROADCAST OR DIGITAL MEDIA SALES IS A PRE-REQUISITE (no exceptions).
- Leadership skills guiding and encouraging a group toward common goals and enabling people to work together.
- Ability to coach and train
- Strong business acumen and ability to understand client needs
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills
- Self-motivated with a results-oriented mindset
- Familiar with CRM software
Come prosper with us in Columbus Indiana. The compensation package includes salary, bonus, healthcare, 401k. Send your resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reising Radio Partners Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer located at 825 Washington Street Columbus Indiana.
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