Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
2 October 2023
Where Are They Now? Former WANE-TV meteorologist Joe Strus joins the National Weather Service Twin Cities office.
This morning, Federated Media's Country/WBYT (100.7fm, Elkhart) welcomed Dave Cruise as morning co-host, alongside Brittney Baily. Mr. Cruise was born and raised in Chicago, but has worked in Philadelphia radio for several years.
Sinclair's CBS and FOX affiliate/WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) weekend morning anchor Paige Barnes exits and joins as a reporter for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Over at Weigel Broadcasting's ABC affiliate/WBND (Channel 57, South Bend), Gordy Young returns to South Bend area TV screens as news anchor for ‘ABC57’ Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts. In 1994, Mr. Young debuted as the morning meteorologist on WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend) alongside anchor Tricia Sloma.
Speaking of Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend), they add several news folks, one of which returned to WNDU-TV.
Joshua Short returned to WNDU and now co-anchors the weekday Noon, 4:00pm and 6:00pm newscasts with Lauren Moss. Melissa Stephens moves from morning reporter to co-anchor the 5:00pm and 11:00pm newscasts with Terry McFadden.
In addition, Carli Luca earned a promotion over the summer to news operations manager and EP of investigative content. Finally, Felicia Michelle joins WNDU as a reporter and weekend morning anchor. George Mallet joins as a reporter and weekend evening anchor.
The Power Foundation sells their Construction Permit for Class A WSSZ (101.7fm, Kokomo) to Educational Media Foundation for $30,000. The Construction permit expires in late 2024.
Where Are They Now? Former WNDU-TV reporter Ibrahim Samra (‘Sammy’) joined WWJ-TV (CBS News Detroit) as a reporter.
Where Are They Now? Former WTTV-TV/WXIN-TV meteorologist Alyssa Andrews is now a meteorologist for WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts.
Allen Media Broadcasting's CBS affiliate/WTHI-TV (Channel 10, Terre Haute) adds Madison Zaleski as reporter and producer. Ms. Zaleski graduated from Carthage College and was most recently a reporter intern at WGNO-TV in New Orleans.
Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WFIE-TV (Channel 14) welcomes Emily Erikson as their new News Director. Ms. Erikson last worked for Gray sister station WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi as both an anchor and News Director. Ms. Erikson succeeds the late Joe Schlaerth who died in June.
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.
October 1: In 1954, 90.1fm in Indianapolis signs on as WIAN. Today, it's WFYI. In 1962, 98.9fm in Van Wert, Ohio signs on as WERT-FM. Today, it's WBYR. In 1967, Palladium Printing Co. president Stanley Banyon died. Age 81. Palladium owned WHFB(AM) and WHFB-FM in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In 1971, Fort Wayne's 1380am WKJG and 97.3fm WKJG-FM became Rock/WMEE(AM) and Easy Listening/WMEF-FM. In 1973, Royden Parke died. Age 81. Mr. Parke programmed WKBV (1490am, Richmond). In 1975, 105.5fm in Bedford signs on as WBIF-FM. Today, it's WQRK. In 1994, 100.5fm in Princeton signs on as WSJD, and remains so today. In 1996, Samuel Smulyan died. Age 76. Mr. Smulyan owned WNTS (1590am, Beech Grove) and KCRO(AM) in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2003, WAMW(AM) (1580am, Washington) changed formats from Salem Radio Network's 'Solid Gospel' to their 'Today's Christian Music' format. In 2012, Thy Word Network/Evansville president Don Chagle died. Age 81. In 2013, AC/WAXL (103.3fm, Santa Claus) flips format to Hot AC ('103.3 The Fix')
October 2: In 1937, WHIP (1480am, Hammond) signs on this date. It signs off in 1943. In 1958, 91.1fm in Goshen signs on as WGCS, and remains so today. In 1989, 105.9fm in Marshall, Illinois signs on as WMMC, and remains so today.
October 3: In 2016, 98.3fm in Plainfield flips format from country (WUBG/Big 98.3) to urban (WZRL/Real 98.3).
October 4: In 1970, Channel 20 in Indianapolis signs on as WFYI-TV, and remains so today. In 2001, all Contemporary Media/Terre Haute stations sign off.
October 5: In 1900, Sarkes Tarzian was born. In 1998, WSYW (810am, Indianapolis) flips format from Classical and Talk to Spanish.
October 6: In 1967, 105.5fm in Valparaiso signs on as WAKE-FM. Today, it's WLJE.
October 7: In 1963, 1550am in Sullivan signs on as WKQV. Today, it's WNDI. In 2000, former then-WLCL (107.1fm, Lowell) Owner and GM William Joseph Dunn died. Age 75.
Midwest Powerhouse CHR looking for new PD
We’re almost there! Casting the call one more time for that creative - fun - outgoing - social - leader - passionate - strategic person to lead the mission of a regional CHR in the midwest. In addition to the large FM signal, Star 106.9 (WXXC) needs to win on all platforms both digitally and face-to-face. This program director will need to passionately lead the brand internally and externally. The number one job of this position is to constantly enhance, nurture, and grow “the listener experience.” A live daily airshift with audience engagement goals comes with this gig. If you have programming experience in either CHR or HAC, understand the importance of every segue, see value in all content platforms, have strong talent coaching skills, and are ready to leave the old school bag of tricks at the door, let’s chat! Please send a resume, samples of on-air work, and highlights of social media success. Send your best stuff to me, email@example.com Hoosier AM/FM is an EOE.
Hoosier AM/FM currently has an opening for Sales Manager at our Marion, Indiana, cluster of radio stations! This rare opportunity doesn’t come along often and if you have a media sales background we would love to hear from you!
If you have a proven track record of delivering client solutions, meeting and exceeding personal and cluster sales goals, this could be your perfect opportunity! You will focus on increasing radio and digital advertising revenues by actively engaging with reps on calls as well as managing your own list of clients.
There is a strong, local team of engaged and tenured staff ready to embrace their next dynamic leader! If you are up to the challenge of taking this team and products to the next level, we want to talk to you.
You’ll need the following:
Proven leadership background in growing teams and exceeding goals
Track record of “Community Engagement” through membership/service in and to local community organizations
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required
Minimum of five (5) years experience as GM/Market Manager preferred
Strong computer and software experience with MS Office programs
Possess a valid driver’s license
Meet company insurability standards
Have reliable transportation
Successfully pass a drug screen and background check
Workdays are Monday through Friday with some attendance at company and / or community organizations / trade associations meetings / events outside normal business hours.
We offer a competitive salary based on experience; a collaborative and creative work environment; and a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, 401K, and paid vacation and holidays. If interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter and resume. Hoosier AM/FM is an EOE.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Reising Radio Partners Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer located at 825 Washington Street Columbus Indiana.
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