Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
28 March 2021
Let's start this issue with an advertorial.
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Why does my station even need local news?
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How can you know what's going on in my market?
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Dujuan McCoy's Circle City Broadcasting plans on purchasing five LPTVs around Indiana. Mr. McCoy will pay $60,000 for the construction permits (CPs) of W31ET-D (Channel 31, Fort Wayne), W28EY-D (Channel 28, Fort Wayne), WEDX-LD (Channel 29, Fort Wayne), along with two Terre Haute LPTV CPs: W16CZ-D (Channel 16, Terre Haute), and W29FI-D (Channel 29, Terre Haute). The seller for all of these is HC2's DTV America Corp. Will he expand his local news network into these cities? What challenges will he encounter with non-OTA viewers finding his content? Stay tuned!
Just over the Ohio state line, the FCC sends a Notice of Apparent Liability to Lighthouse Ministries of Northwest Ohio, which owns WKJH-LP (103.5fm, Bryan, Ohio). That's because WKJH-LP didn't file their station renewal by the June 1, 2020 deadline. Instead, they filed the station renewal in late October 2020, as station direct James Hollin explained that he thought the license renewal was due in 2021 and had several family issues at that time. The NAL comes with a $3,500.00 fine.
Star Educational Media Network's Contemporary Christian/WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne) welcomes Jared Nathaniel as Marketing and Events Director for their radio station network. The "Star" network is on:
WLAB (88.3fm, Fort Wayne)
WJYW (88.9fm, Union City)
WCKZ (91.3fm, Orland)
WEAX (88.3fm, Angola)
W204BF (88.7fm, Fort Wayne)
W209BA (89.7fm, Kendallville)
W215BB (90.9fm, Warsaw)
W260BR (99.9fm, Auburn)
W233AN (94.5fm, Richmond)
W247DN (97.3fm, Richmond)
Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate/WBND (Channel 57, South Bend) anchor Vahid Sadrzadeh exits after five years with the TV station. Tiffany Salameh moves up from weekend anchor to weekday evenings anchor (5pm, 6pm, 10pm, 11pm).
Ed Ernstes retires as a reporter for Sinclair's CBS and FOX affiliate/WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend). Mr. Ernstes joined WSBT-TV over 40 years ago. Before joining WSBT, he worked for two years at WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute).
Brad King gains a promotion to PD/middays at Sound Management's CHR/WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend). Mr. King joined the cluster earlier this year.
Where Are They Now? Former Sound Management/South Bend OM and WNDV-FM morning host Aaron ‘Goose’ Seller becomes OM for the Adams Radio cluster in Salisbury/Ocean City, MD and PD of their WOCQ-FM ('OC 104').
Circle City Broadcasting's CW affiliate/WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) adds Diya TV as digital subchannel 8.4.
Janine Garner joins as Promotions Manager for Nexstar's FOX affiliate/WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis) and CBS affiliate/WTTV-TV (Channel 4). Ms. Garner last worked across town for WISH-TV (Channel 8) as Indy Style executive producer.
Family Broadcasting's WHMB-TV (Channel 40, Indianapolis) no longer broadcasts a .4 subchannel, which previously carried This TV.
Vic Ryckaert joins Scripps' ABC affiliate/WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) as a digital desk reporter. Mr. Ryckaert was a reporter for over 20 years at the Indianapolis Star, covering courts, crime, business, and breaking news.
Chicagoland's Robert Feder reports that Mariam Sobh will host 'All IN', a daily talk show heard on many of Indiana's public radio stations. Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media's NPR affiliate/WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis) produces the show, and Ms. Sobh succeeds Matt Pelsor, who recently joined in mornings at Sarkes Tarzian's AAA/WTTS (92.3fm, Trafalgar). In Chicago, Ms. Sobh last anchored the news for WBBM Newsradio 780am and 105.9fm (WCFS).
Where Are They Now? Former then-WNOU (now WNOW-FM) PD Mike Klein now hosts afternoons for WZFT-FM in Baltimore ('Z104.3').
Midwest Communications' Classic Rock/WABX (107.5fm, Evansville) adds Jason Austin ('Jason A.') to afternoons and he's also cluster Production Director. Weekender Brian Medcalf earns a promotion to middays on WABX and cluster Assistant Production Director.
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.
March 28: In 1948, 1450am in Fort Wayne signs on as WANE. Today, it's WIOE. In 2000, Indianapolis' Classic Rock/WNAP (93.1fm) flipped formats to CHR ('Radio Now 93.1'), and here's how it sounded. Today, it's WIBC.
March 29: In 1922, WOH radio signs on in Indianapolis, sharing time with WLK. Both stations signed off in 1923. In 2010, veteran WHBU (1240am, Anderson) broadcaster Bill Hecht died. Age 93.
March 30: In 1987, IU beat Syracuse 74-73, on Keith Smart's winning shot (and you might have heard it on the radio). In 2012, WSBT (960am, South Bend) adds an FM translator on 96.1fm (W241AD).
March 31: In 1925, 1320am in Fort Wayne signs on as WOWO with 500 watts. In 1941, WOWO moves to 1190am, but remains WOWO today.
April 1: In 1947, 100.7fm in Elkhart signs on as WTRC-FM. Today, it's WBYT. In 1951, 91.5fm in Evansville signs on as WEVC ('EVansville College'). Today, it's WJWA. In 1965, 95.9fm in Wabash signs on as WKUZ, and still is. In 1980, former WTRC(AM) (1340am, Elkhart) Chief Engineer Lester Zellmer died. Age 75. In 1990, 89.5fm in Henderson, Kentucky signs on as WKPB-FM and still is. In 2004, WWEG (102.5fm, Orleans) became WNUF. Today, it's WPHZ.
April 2: In 1994, 93.5fm in Chandler signs on as WNTC. Today, it's WLYD.
April 3: In 1973, Channel 38 in Terre Haute signs on as WIIL-TV. Today, it's WAWV-TV. In 2003, then-WHPP (106.3fm, Columbia City) flips formats from Rhythmic ('ClickHop.com') to throwback ('Rewind 106.3').
Majic 95.1, Fort Wayne is searching for a Morning Show Sidekick with a feisty, energetic, fun, likable personality who’s not afraid to be vulnerable on-air to compliment the morning show host. This person must be comfortable with regular show critiques, loves editing, is hungry to win, and is willing to build and maintain relationships with listeners, advertisers, and promotional partners; serve as the liaison representing the station as a member of the morning show. If you want to have fun and be paid for doing it, apply now.
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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, than you may love this opportunity!
• College degree or 2 years sales experience, marketing preferred
• Can clearly communicate ideas through verbal and written presentations
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• CRM that helps you to work Smarter and Faster
• A comprehensive Sales Play Book to help you move the process along
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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