Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
2 August 2021
Sometimes, things just get busy around here. In June, my full time job changed, so I've been learning something new. I'll send another IRW this week. If you have something that I didn't write about here, and you want to ensure I have it, please send me an e-mail.
In August 1994, we wrote the first 'Fort Wayne RadioWatch', which detailed changes at WADM (1540am, Decatur). Several ownership changes happened in the past 25+ years. Lewis Broadcasting, LLC purchased the station in 2007 for $110,000. In 2011, WADM became jazz formatted WJZI.
In April 2015, the tower with WJZIs antenna fell over in a windstorm, and WJZI has been off the air ever since. Lewis Broadcasting, LLC surrendered the licenses to both WJZI and the CP for an FM translator W291DF (106.1fm, Decatur).
Greg Phipps' Metro Video Productions out of Lima, Ohio, signs on low-power TV station WLMO (Channel 2, Fort Wayne). Here's their channel lineup:
.1: This TV
.2: Comet TV
.3: NBC LX
.4: The Country Network
.7: Shop LC
In early 2018, N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) and W298BB (107.5fm, Fort Wayne) replaced Mark Levin with Buck Sexton in late evenings. Now with Mr. Sexton moving to a different time slot, WOWO puts Mark Levin back to the same 9pm until Midnight timeslot.
Where Are They Now? Former WBYR/WFWI OM Jim Fox becomes OM for Cumulus' Kansas City cluster, and PD of their KCMO-FM. Also, former then-CHR/WCKZ (then 102.3fm, Auburn) APD/MD/Night guy Mike Thomas joins Cumulus to program KCJK-FM 'The X' and KCHZ-FM 'The Vibe.' Mr. Thomas
('Jagger' as he's now known) also does afternoons on 'The Vibe.'
Hoosier AM/FM's AC/WZWZ (92.5fm, Kokomo) welcomes David Horner ('David') in middays. Mr. Horner last worked for KATJ in Victor Valley, Caliornia.
Sound Management's CHR/WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend) night host Kadie Daye exits, and joins the morning show at WYRK in Buffalo, New York ('Clay and Company'). Ms. Daye also graduated from Goshen College, where she worked at their AAA/WGCS (91.1fm, Goshen).
Where Are They Now? Former WLFI-TV Producer Tracy Davis earns a promotion to VP/News at WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.
Joel Pyle becomes VP/Market Manager for the Hoosier AM/FM radio stations in both Marion and Kokomo. Mr. Pyle joined Hoosier AM/FM about five years ago, after a lengthy career with Federated Media.
Also at Hoosier AM/FM, their Talk/Oldies format on WBAT (1400am, Marion) gains an FM translator: W288DN (105.5fm, Marion). The FM translator signed on last month.
For $80,000, 5GTV, LLC purchased WIWU-CD (Channel 51, Marion) from Indiana Wesleyan University. The new call letters for Channel 51 are WJSJ-CD.
Today, Emmis Communications will turn off the Sports format heard on WFNI (1070am, Indianapolis). The format continues on WIBC-HD2 & HD3 (93.1fm, Indianapolis), W228CX (93.5fm, Indianapolis), and W298BB (107.5fm, Indianapolis). The 6 towers (4 towers, daytime, 6 at night) will come down at their Whitestown transmitter site. 1070am signed on as WIBC on October 31, 1938, and became WFNI in late 2007.
Continental Broadcast Group's Classic Mexican Hits/WNTS (1590am, Indianapolis) adds their FM translator: W280FR (103.9fm, Beech Grove). It's a 99 watt translator, on one of the WNTS towers along East Raymond Street.
Where Are They Now? Former WTTV-TV meteorologist Star Derry now serves as Chief Meteorologist at WITN-TV in the Greenville, North Carolina market.
Landover 2, LLC sells 45 unbuilt LPTV station CPs to J&J Winemuller's Lowcountry 34 Media LLC for $1.3 million. These CPs include W30DO-D (RF Channel 30, Brazil) and W34ET-D (RF Channel 34, Brazil).
Steve Fehder becomes president of the SummitMedia Louisville, Kentucky cluster. He'll lead a 4-station cluster: Classic Rock/WSFR (107.7, Corydon), Country/WQNU (103.1fm, Lyndon, Kentucky), Hot AC/WVEZ (106.9fm, St. Matthews, Kentucky), and Urban AC/WRKA (103.9fm, Louisville, Kentucky). Mr. Fehder last worked in Nashville, Tennessee as Market Manager for Tony Richards' Kensington Digital Media.
Wagon Wheel Broadcasting adds Jeremy Robinson in middays on Country/WSCH (99.3fm, Aurora) and Todd Chambliss in middays on Country/WIKI (95.3fm, Carrollton, Kentucky).
Educational Media Foundation will pay $250,000 to buy Religious/WCJL (90.9fm, Morgantown) from Calvary Radio Network. Broker is Griffin Media Brokers.
Townsquare's Country/WKDQ (99.5fm, Henderson, Kentucky) veteran broadcaster 'Big Bill' Love exits and joins Midwest Communications' Country/WLYD (93.5fm, Chandler) for mornings. '93.5 The Lloyd' launched in October 2018 (IRW 10/04/2018) as a jockless format, and that makes Mr. Love their first on-air personality. At WKDQ, Mr. Love spent nearly three decades there, mostly in mornings.
Gray Television's NBC affiliate/WFIE-TV (Channel 14, Evansville) welcomes sports and news anchor/reporter Tamar Sher. Ms. Sher graduated from Indiana University. Also, WFIE has several departures: Sports Director Bethany Miller exits and joins the sports team at Hearst's KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also, reporters Joseph Payton and Katie Tercek both exit. Mr. Payton becomes a reporter for sister station WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. Mr. Payton joined '14 WFIE' in June 2018. Ms. Tercek became a reporter for sister station WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. Finally, at WFIE, Jess Denton (morning news producer) also exits, and joins WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina as a news producer.
Where Are They Now? Former WEHT-TV News Director and WISH-TV/Indianapolis producer Mark Glover just became News Director at WDKY in Lexington, Kentucky. There, he will build a local news team.
News Director: 103.9 WRBI in Batesville is looking for someone to build our local news brand and become a valued member of the local area we serve. We are a locally owned standalone station, where the owner is your GM. Responsibilities include gathering local news (including pictures and sound), writing stories and posting them to the web, composing/anchoring newscasts, attending local governmental meetings, and serving as assignment editor and copy editor for part-time contributors. Opportunities for live sports broadcasting available for interested candidates, but not requisite. MUST BE all-in on local news coverage. You will need to learn the contacts and generate your own stories. Those only interested in regurgitating press releases need not apply. Some experience preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Our market is all Southeastern Indiana. Batesville is a beautiful, safe, small-town, 40 minutes west of Cincinnati, with incredible public schools and amenities not often found in towns this size. Email all inquiries to Brent Lee at email@example.com. No calls. Leeson Media LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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.
Send package to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarkes Tarzian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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
• Operates by the Core Values of Integrity, Passion, and Innovation
• Inbound Marketing Program to provide Qualified Leads
• CRM that helps you to work Smarter and Faster
• A comprehensive Sales Play Book to help you move the process along
• Healthcare (Health, Dental, Vision) and 401k
• A culture that’s driven by purpose. Creating big events. Helping local businesses. Raising money and giving back to non-profits.
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Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity 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 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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