Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
11 November 2020
From the Reading Pile: More on the FCC Rule Changes on Public Notice of Broadcast Applications and Required New Link on Station Homepages
Let's start this issue with an advertorial
The pandemic has created many changes and disruptions. We have been told that SAFE AT HOME is one of the best ways to ensure social distancing, even as the state tries to reopen. Yet with fewer people in their cars, radio listening has INCREASED in many markets.
Between on-air ratings and online streaming metrics, the proof is undeniable: people are yearning for local information, delivered by people they know, like and trust. Another lesson from safe distancing: whether radio or TV, consumers empathize with anchors, reporters and entertainers working from locations other than their studios.
That is where VIRTUAL NEWS CENTER™ can help. Current economic interruptions make it difficult for local stations to provide the kind of quality information and talent that consumers and advertisers' demand. And now, your biggest competition is most likely their cell phone!
Why does my station even need local news?
Research shows that the not-so-secret ingredient to radio success is content that is "local, local, local". However, economic pressures have forced many stations to rely on only a national news network, eliminate a news presence all together ceding local information to other technologies. Whether you have a Music Station focusing primarily on drive-time updates, or a News/Talk format demanding round-the-clock updates, relevant local information is a critical key to keeping your audience. Markets with electronic ratings measurement have found that their news and information segments are among the highest-rated minutes of the hour. This, in turn, adds value to news sponsorships.
Why should I outsource my station's news?
For too many radio operations, recent events have made it more challenging to justify the cost of even one full-time news staffer. But when you share the cost with other stations, everybody has better quality at far less expense. Each VIRTUAL NEWS CENTER™ anchor has years of industry experience and your anchor (or anchors if you like) will be exclusive to your stations. Plus, they sound like they are part of your staff.
How can you know what's going on in my market?
Of course, VIRTUAL NEWS CENTER™ can do the normal beat calls and web site checks. We also get on relevant email and fax distribution lists for your station. In a Corona world, we've seen that technology makes it simple for virtually every staffer to work from outside the building. In many situations, traffic and billing is handled somewhere else, and now you can have a larger sounding newsroom and not worry about all the issues that go along with a local hire.
Want to learn more?
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Nexstar CBS affiliate/WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne) welcomes Breann Boswell and Natalie Clydesdale as reporters. Ms. Boswell graduated from Liberty University and had two internships (WSET in Lynchburg, Virginia, and WISH-TV in Indianapolis), while Ms. Clydesdale is both a digital content producer and reporter at WANE-TV. Ms. Clydesdale graduated from Emerson College, where she interned at WHDH-TV in Boston.
Brian Walsh's Oldies/WIOE (1450am, Fort Wayne) turns off the experimental "all digital" MA3 mode of HD Radio. WIOE tried all digital periodically over the past few months and received listener complaints. WIOE returned to analog broadcasting with AM Stereo.
Heartland Media's FOX affiliate/WFFT-TV (Channel 55, Fort Wayne) welcomes Nico Pennisi as a reporter. Mr. Pennisi graduated from Stony Brook University (Salutatorian, School of Journalism) and this is his first job after graduation.
"Mason" takes nights at Adams' CHR/WJFX (107.9fm, New Haven). She also does some on-air work for Adams' Las Cruces, New Mexico cluster.
Where Are They Now? Former Fort Wayne DJ "Ice" earns a promotion to PD at KBFF in Portland, Oregon."Ice" (Amanda Habrowski) once worked at WJFX and then-WVBB, under prior ownership.
Sound Management's CHR/WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend) morning host Goose exits. Earlier this year, he joined "U93." Jodee now does mornings with Bayless.
Gary Hegland returns to Sound Management's Rock/WYXX (97.7fm, Goshen) in middays.
TEGNA's NBC affiliate/WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis) "13Sunrise" anchor Ben Hill exits and joins WTVF (Channel 5) in Nashville. At "NewsChannel 5," Mr. Hill anchors NewsChannel 5 This Morning.
"13WTHR" promotes Carlos Diaz to succeed Mr. Hill.
Also, weekend anchor ("13Sunrise Weekend") Alyssa Raymond exits and joins WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. There, she anchors their weekend morning show and does fill-in work during the week.
Former WNAP broadcaster Al Stone died. He worked at WIFE (for Fairbanks)before WNAP lured him away to help start WNAP. He was 75. More recently, he owned an advertising agency and production house (King Media) in Indianapolis. He also served as writer and producer of the 2012 documentary "Naptown Rock Radio Wars." Here's the complete obituary.
Cumulus Media adds Steve Dent as morning host at their Active Rock/WNDX (93.9fm, Lawrence) ("93.9X"). Mr. Dent last worked for iHeart Media as PD and on air in Dayton, Ohio (WZDA/WTUE).
Educational Media Foundation owns and iHeart Media operates the Indianapolis FM translator W248AW (97.5fm, Indianapolis) (IRW 08/09/2019). W248AW flipped format from CHR ("Kiss") to all business, simulcasting the Bloomberg Radio network.
Former WRTV-TV News Director Eric Hulnick died. According to his LinkedIn, he served as ND at Channel 6 in 1997 and 1998. He was 69 years old. During his television broadcasting career, he worked at nearly all Las Vegas TV stations, San Francisco (KNTV), San Diego, and Reno, Nevada.
Where Are They Now? Former then-WNAP(93.1fm)/then-WIKS (99.5fm) DJ "Smash" (Asher Benrubi) now does afternoons ("Smash Live") at WBGZ and W296DR in Alton, Illinois from 5:00pm until 7:00pm Eastern.
A former WBIW (1340am, Bedford) radio broadcaster died. Ray Robison was 74. He graduated from Indiana University, and became a lawyer. He also called high school play by play for 20 years on WBIW. Here's the complete obituary.
Former Fairfield, Illinois broadcaster Kirk Wallace died. While he last worked in Flora, Illinois, he also worked for over four decades at WFIW. Mr. Wallace was 62 years old. Former Wayne County Broadcasting President/GM Dave Land praised Mr. Wallace: "Kirk was an outstanding radio personality and provided great morning entertainment for thousands of listeners over the years." On air, Mr. Wallace used several air names ("Kilowatt," "Link Heartthrob", "Woody Long"), and followed his father's path into broadcasting. Gill Wallace was "Fairfield's Morning Mayor" for decades. Here's the complete obituary.
Sound Management is looking for a Program Director and On-Air Personality for two of its three stations located in South Bend, Indiana (The home of the University of Notre Dame). Detail oriented candidates need to be able to develop and execute over-the-air and digital promotions, train and motivate team of experienced broadcast professionals, produce imaging, manage CHR music and work well within a tight knit family owned business.
If you think you have what it takes please send your resume to email@example.com. Sound Management is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
G101-3, the world's most interactive radio station, is seeking its next Afternoon Drive host/Social Media Director. You'll voicetrack middays on our Classic Hits sister station and do live PM Drive on The G. Can you do a great show with phones, remotes, and appearances, plus keep yourself plugged into our historic community? Can you keep all our Socials current and topical? If you think you can handle creative radio in a non-corporate environment and blend in with our talented yet dysfunctional staff, e-mail your info to firstname.lastname@example.org or rush your package to: Rick Duncan, Director of Prog/Ops Whitewater Broadcasting, 2301 W. Main St., Richmond, IN 47374. Whitewater Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F.
Midwest Communications, Inc. is searching for a creative individual for our Evansville based radio stations, WIKY, WSTO, WABX and WLYD-FM Radio. This individual will write scripts, work with the sales and air staff to create ads that help maximize sales, produce high quality commercials/demos, and also work with clients.
Must be proficient in writing radio copy, understand digital production and network/internet interface, be able to work well under pressure, be organized and meet deadlines. Must be able to perform independently and in a team environment.
We require proven problem solving, and time management skills along with strong oral and written communication skills. This person must be able to learn and work with various software programs. Responsibilities may include on-air shift and voice-tracking as determined by the Operations Manager.
We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package.
If this sounds like you, send your cover letter, resume and three examples of work written and produced by you to VP/Market Manager Tim Huelsing at email@example.com or mail to Tim's attention at Midwest Communications, Inc., 1162 Mt. Auburn Road, Evansville, IN 47720.
Midwest Communications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.
Are you direct and convincing when you know it's right for the client? Do you naturally earn trust with the people you meet? Do you always live up to your commitments, even if it requires going the extra mile? Do you consistently out produce others with whom you work?
Federated Media is looking for bright, resourceful, highly motivated and committed individuals who will generate business by creating customized marketing solutions through Radio and Digital campaigns. This position requires the ability to set appointments, find key marketing challenges, and present solutions that get results to all types of local businesses.
To qualify, candidates must exhibit strong interpersonal skills, problem solving ability, attention to detail, creative thinking skills and credibility. Candidate must also be computer literate and have excellent prospecting and organizational abilities.
Federated Media provides extensive marketing and sales training through The Radio Advertising Bureau and The Center for Sales Strategy. Digital Training and Digital Services are provided through Federated Digital Solutions.
* Marketing degree or a minimum of 3 years selling experience
* Dependable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurance required.
* Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point.
* Ability to learn various software systems quickly.
* Knowledge of Digital Marketing preferred.
Send resume & cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the General Sales Manager listed below. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Tim Skibbe, GSM, WTRC-FM,WAOR-FM, WTRC(AM) email@example.com
Emily Wideman, GSM, WRBR-FMewideman@federatedmedia.com
Kathy Uebler, GSM, WBYT-FMkuebler@federatedmedia.com
Stephanie Michel, GSM,WUBU-FM firstname.lastname@example.org
A Full time Advertising Sales position is available for Henson Media, in the Henderson, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana area. Primary job will be helping local companies grow their business through the power of a radio group, primarily WSON AM/FM and ESPN 97.7 The REF. Will possibly include production responsibilities. Knowledge of digital media is helpful. Send resume and salary requirements to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org. Henson Media of Henderson County, LLC is an Equal Employment 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 STDigital 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.
That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support.
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