Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
8 October 2018
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In 1984, A.H. Belo spun off CBS affiliate/WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne) (along with WISH-TV in Indianapolis), after purchasing six TV stations in a $606 million deal from Dun and Bradstreet Corp. In October 1992, LIN changed WANE-TVs moniker to "NewsChannel 15."
Fast forward to today, where Nexstar now owns WANE-TV, and last Wednesday, "NewsChannel 15" became "WANE 15." In the past year, WANE-TV changed up their local news anchor lineup, with veteran broadcasters Dirk Rowley and Terra Brantley co-anchoring the weekday evening news.
Tower work continues at Television Park, the broadcasting home of Quincy Media/Fort Wayne:
ABC affiliate/WPTA (Channel 21, Fort Wayne)
NBC affiliate/WPTA (Channel 21.2, Fort Wayne)
MyNetwork affiliate/WPTA (Channel 21.3, Fort Wayne)
CW affiliate/WISE-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne)
Last week, tower crews removed the old top-mount antenna. Once they paint that antenna to FAA standards, crews will install it on the new tower. There was a two month delay because of custom cut parts. This project should be complete by the end of October.
Where Are They Now? Former WFMS PD Scott Lindy joins the Partner Success Team at Futuri Media.
Where Are They Now? Former WMGI PD Natalie Randall ("Natalie Rush") becomes PD of KCKC ("KC 102.1") in the Kansas City market.
Indiana University Student Broadcasting's Variety/WIUX-LP (99.1fm, Bloomington) will have their alumni weekend this coming weekend. The celebration will begin on Friday with a reception. Saturday and Sunday will feature alumni shows from both WIUX alum and WIUS alum. WIUS was a former student radio station that was on the air for roughly 40 years. The alumni shows will also be simulcast on Kids First's Variety/WITT (91.9fm, Zionsville). Here's more from the WIUX website.
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's something we need to add to the "calendar," please let us know. Please e-mail us if you have updated information.
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 dies. Age 75.
October 8: In 1984, 102.3fm in Petersburg signs on as WFPC. Today, it's WBTO-FM. Also in 1984, Ken Owen joins Liz Berry at the WANE-TV (Channel 15, Fort Wayne) news desk (YouTube has the whole newscast). In 1995, Jay Walker becomes morning host ("Jay Walker and The Good Morning Team") at WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne).
October 9: In 2011, Former WNDU-TV (Channel 16, South Bend) News Director, WSBT-TV (Channel 22, South Bend) journalist and WISH-TV (Channel 8, Indianapolis) journalist Harry Kevorkian dies (Age 82).
October 10: In 1947, 99.9fm in Benton Harbor, Michigan signs on as WHFB-FM. Today, it's WQLQ. In 1953, 1600am in Linton signs on as WBTO(AM). 1600am later signed off. In 2007, 100.9fm in Speedway flipped formats from Smooth Jazz/WYZJ ("Smooth Jazz 100.9") to CHR/WNOU ("Radio Now 100.9").
October 11: In 2001, 89.9fm in Hanna signs on as WHLP, and remains so today. In 2015, veteran (35 years) Evansville broadcaster Dave Lyons dies. Age 59. Mr. Lyons programmed WGBF(AM) from 1980 until 1984 and joined WIKY-FM in 1985. In 2016, Country/WHFB-FM (99.9fm, Benton Harbor) flips format from Country to CHR, as "Live 99.9". 99.9fm also changed call letters to WQLQ.
October 12: In 2011, 90.9fm in Noblesville signs on as WSQM and remains so today.
October 13: In 1968, 106.3fm in Columbia City signs on as WFDT. Today, it's WRDF.
WPTA-TV/Fort Wayne is looking for an energetic sports anchor and multimedia journalist.
This full-time position will take someone who can excel in this digital age of journalism. The successful candidate will report, shoot, write, edit, produce and anchor. Sports is more than just reading scores and screaming highlights. Your compelling coverage must go beyond the game. We want you to create shareable stories for all of our platforms, including our website, mobile platforms and social media.
If you have a strong on-air presence with a credible delivery and personable style and have the ability to execute engaging live shots, we want you on our team. Applicants must have a degree in broadcast journalism or a related multimedia field and prior on-camera professional experience.
If you’re ambitious and are looking for your next career challenge, send your resume, cover letter and work sample or link to: Jonathan Shelley at email@example.com. (Please tell Jonathan that you learned about this job through IRW!)
WPTA is part of Quincy Media, Inc., a family-owned company operating 18 television stations. Throughout QMI, positions are available for candidates with all levels of experience. Visit https://quincymediacareers.com/ for links to all stations and opportunities.
WPTA-TV provides competitive compensation and excellent comprehensive benefits package, including 401k. WPTA-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Music Director/On-Air Host – WTTS/Indianapolis
Tired of corporate radio? Want to join an environment that encourages creativity, musical discovery and the creation of unforgettable listener experiences? Do you love music and the power of local radio? Heritage Adult Alternative WTTS/Indianapolis has a very rare opening for a key position in the programming department: Music Director/On-Air Host. Our next MD will be a positive, forward-thinking pro who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Solid Music Master or Selector skills are critical. Familiarity with Wide Orbit, Adobe Audition and VoxPro is also appreciated. We’re looking for a passionate music lover who can communicate effectively to an equally passionate adult audience, on the air and via social media platforms. Daily duties, amongst others, will include the scheduling of music logs, assessing music for airplay, growing and maintaining productive relationships within the music and concert community and conducting a regular air shift. On-air experience is required, preferably a minimum 3 years at the AAA or Alternative format in a large market setting. If interested, please send a resume and MP3 demo of air work to Laura Duncan, WTTS PD at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please. Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Brothers Broadcasting, a family owned and operated radio group is seeking a Sales Manager for our 25kW station WIBN-FM, which serves Lafayette & West Lafayette Indiana. The right candidate should have a proven history of sales success, an entrepreneurial spirit, along with great communication skills. Interested candidates should email their resumes to JohnB1560wrin@gmail.com for consideration. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Brothers Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HOT 1079 (WJFX) is looking for our next on-air star in Fort Wayne. We are currently on top in the ratings and are looking for someone who can help us stay there with relevant content and great radio each weekday. Our current mid-day host has spent 3 years with us and has decided it’s time for a change.
You should have 2+ years of commercial radio experience in a rated market. Familiarity with, and passion for Pop music is a must. Fort Wayne is a fantastic mid-sized city with a lot of great things happening here. You should be creative, passionate and professional. You should be able to fully relate to an active, millennial audience. The radio market is good here. It’s competitive. Our hosts know what great radio sounds like and you should as well. Can you entertain the city each day with exciting content, relevant real-life experiences? Can you work the phones (calls/texts), work social media and represent HOT 1079 at appearances and remotes?
Doing a live 10am-3pm show is priority #1. Some basic production chops would be helpful. We have a few sister stations in the building we may be asking you to help out with as well (gold-based AC and Country). Females strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested? Send me a paragraph introducing yourself and telling me why you want this job at HOT 1079. Current/recent aircheck, resume, social links (FB/Twitter/IG), anything else you think helps you stand out…and tell me your 3 favorite songs right now.
Send it all over to me. I’m Robbie Mack, the Brand Manager here. Use this e-mail address: email@example.com
HOT 1079 and Adams Radio Group are EOE.
Full Time Sales Position available for ESPN 97.7 The REF, the exclusive ESPN Affiliate in the Evansville, Indiana area. WREF features ESPN programming, a local afternoon sports show with Dan Egierski, and play by play coverage of St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University, University of Southern Indiana, over 75 local high school events and more. Primary job will be helping local companies grow their business through the power of sports and radio. Will include production and possibly on-air responsibilities. Knowledge of digital media would be very helpful. Send resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. WREF/Henson Media of Henderson County, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Federated Media in Fort Wayne is looking for an experienced, multi-faceted News-Talk host for WOWO 1190AM/107.5FM’s morning show.
You’ll host “Fort Wayne’s Morning News” (FWMN) which airs 5A to 9A. It is a fast-paced presentation of the day’s top news, traffic, weather, sports, business news and farm news. It also airs live on MYTV from 5:30A-7:00A. Our morning host will work with a wide rolodex of local, state and national newsmakers ranging from local mayors, police chiefs, sheriffs and fire officials to Indiana’s Governor, Senators and Congressmen.
The Morning-Drive host is responsible for, but not limited to:
• Hosting FWMN from 5a-9a
• Prepping content for FWMN
• Reporting and following live breaking news events
• Reporting and researching local news events
• Monitoring sources for breaking news on-air and online
• Interacting with the Fort Wayne community both online and in person
• Audio editing and logging
• Appearing at local events and monthly remotes
• Booking and calling guests on occasion
Ideal candidates will have experience working in a daily newsroom environment and hosting experience. They will be able to work well with others and have a good understanding of local issues, politics and economics. They’ll need to be a morning person as our morning host shift can start as early as 4A and they must be comfortable on live television. The ideal candidate must be savvy with social media and able to inform and entertain online and on-air while also being fair and balanced. Most importantly, our ideal candidate will have the desire to learn the heartbeat of WOWOland and share it with our listeners.
If you’re interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter and resume, as well as a link to your digital portfolio/demo, to WOWO News/Program Director Kayla Blakeslee at email@example.com.
The Smiley Morning Show at 99.5 WZPL-FM in Indianapolis is looking for a part-time phone screener and assistant producer! The crazy things you'll have to do, hear, and say will never end. Have you ever wanted to be the toll booth operator / gatekeeper / bridge troll to Indianapolis's biggest morning show according to them? We need someone who can manage all the crazy things our listeners call us about to assure only the best of their weirdness makes it on the air in an efficient and organized manner. You may have to be on the air, help manage our social media, edit some audio, and possibly more. Can you do that and more? Prove it. Apply. E-mail Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoosier AM/FM (WXXC-FM/WCJC-FM/WBAT(AM)/WMRI(AM)) in Marion, Indiana is currently looking for their next sales superstar! Previous sales experience and a knack for developing new business preferred. Organizational skills, creativity and a positive attitude are all a plus. We offer a competitive salary plus commission, benefits, and extras. If you are looking for an exciting career in radio, contact them today! Hoosier AM/FM, LLC maintains a drug-free workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume to GM Joel Pyle at email@example.com.
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