Indiana RadioWatch: January 7, 2009
As we start writing this issue, we have been pondering the fates of two
distinct groups of radio stations: Those that run the Bill O'Reilly talk
show (WXNT, WSBT, WGBF, WNUY, WNDA, etc.) and NPR's Day to Day (WFYI,
WBOI, WVPE, WBAA, etc.) Also, NPR will end its "News and Notes" program
next year. However, NPR's website indicates no Indiana affiliates for
that show. As we find out replacement programming for each station, we
will tell you. In the case of O'Reilly affiliates, Fred Thompson is what
Westwood One is replacing him with (12:00PM - 2:00PM) starting Monday 2
March 2009. We will see how many O'Reilly affiliates take the new
Also, many stations have been off the air over the past few weeks, due to
different adventures that Mother Nature has thrown at Indiana. Among the
stations off the air (in alphabetical order): WAJI, WBCL, WJFX, WOWO,
WQHK, and WTMK.
The weather took both Sarkes Tarzian's Hot AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne)
and Federated Media's Country/WQHK-FM (105.1fm, Decatur) off the air for
most of the December 19-20 weekend. Also, the ice storm knocked Federated
Media's N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) off the air Sunday evening (20
December), during its Fort Wayne Komet hockey broadcast. The station was
not back on the air before the game ended (the K's lost 2-1).
Independence Media's Talk/WNUY (100.1fm, Bluffton) has filed an
application with the FCC for a power increase from 6000 watts/299 feet to
16,000 watts/299 feet, thereby moving them from a Class A station to a
Class B1 station. WNUY would remain at its present transmitter site, just
off IN-1, south of Ossian. If approved, this application would move
Progressive Broadcasting System's Religious/WFRI (100.1fm, Winamac) to
In other news, there is another schedule remodeling at Independence
Media's Talk/WNUY (100.1fm, Bluffton). The new schedule adds an hour to
Imus (now 6:00AM - 10:00AM) and moves Dennis Miller to 10:00AM - 12:00PM.
Jim Rome and Dave Ramsey keep their slots. However, in anticipation of
Bill O'Reilly's show ending, WNUY chops an hour off (now 6:00PM - 7:00PM),
and moves Laura Ingraham to 7:00PM - 10:00PM, when FOX Sports Radio takes
over through the overnight.
GSM Jim Tighe exits Federated Media's N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne).
Greg Barkley (aka "Harry Truman") is new to overnights (12:00AM - 5:00AM)
at Russ Oasis' Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville).
If we were that other Fort Wayne media publication, we would write lots
about the former northeast Indiana GM who a smear campaign on their former
station, by writing local advertisers and encouraging them not to
advertise on the radio station. What a shame.
Where Are They Now? Former WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) PD Mitch Mahan
left CBS Radio's WIRK in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he handled PD and
Elkhart Community School's NPR affiliate - WVPE (88.1fm, Elkhart) - is in
the middle of a significant signal upgrade. First, WVPE moved transmitter
sites on 30 December from the PBS/WNIT analog transmitter site to the
WNIT-DT (Channel 34, South Bend) transmitter site, across the street, just
southwest of US-20 and IN-331. Second, WVPE moved its antenna up from 420
feet to 920 feet. Last, WVPE went from omnidirectional (10,500 watts) to
directional to the southeast (11,500 watts). The directional array is
new, as the antenna was reoriented from north-northwest to southeast.
Soon, WVPE will have its HD signal up.
Goshen College's WGCS (91.1fm, Goshen) celebrated its 50th anniversary in
October with an open house that had over 150 former staffers, including
staffers from their 2 October 1958 sign on.
WGCS GM Jason Samuel also passes on a trio of "Where Are They Now"
updates. First, former WGCS morning man/student station manager Nick
Gingerich ("Nick James") is now doing nights at WFPK in Louisville,
Kentucky. Second, student station manager Kimberlee Rohrer is now morning
producer for CW affiliate KWGN-TV in Denver, CO. Finally, former morning
man/student station manager Zach Miller is now handling weekends for
Federated Media's Talk/WTRC (1340am, Elkhart) and AC/WLEG (102.7fm,
Emmis Communications EVP/CFO Patrick Walsh is now COO and will oversee the
company's stations nationwide, including its properties in Indianapolis
(WFNI/WIBC-FM/WLHK-FM/WYXB) and Terre Haute (WTHI-FM/WWVR-FM).
At DLC Media's Standards/WAMW (1580am, Washington) and Classic
Hits/WAMW-FM (107.9fm, Washington), "The Dave Crooks Show" is now two
hours, effective last Saturday (3 January). The show (Saturday 10:00AM -
12:00PM) is a mix of interviews and call-ins, and has been on the air
since September, 2007.
Horizon Christian Fellowship is selling its Vincennes translator (W238BQ)
on 95.5fm to DLC Media for $22,000. The FCC filing lists Vincennes
University's WVUB (91.1fm, Vincennes) as the parent station for this
translator, but perhaps one of DLC's other stations will be the benefactor
in this case.
WXIN-TV Fox 59, seeks News Director to develop and execute strategies
designed to make the station's six hours of newscasts per day the audience
leaders in the market. Position oversees day-to-day newsroom operations,
staffing and supervision of the department. Degree in broadcast
journalism or equivalent related experience and a minimum of 5 years TV
news management experience required. Successful candidate will have
experience managing a complex news operation, as well as knowledge of
research and promotional tools, human resources policies and FCC
guidelines as they relate to news, and a firm grasp of strategic planning
and positioning. Requires the ability to effectively manage a large staff
in a deadline-oriented environment while providing staff consistent,
constructive performance feedback. Send resume with cover letter stating
referral source and salary history to Human Resources, WXIN/WTTV, 6910
Network Place, Indianapolis, IN 46278. EOE.
That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support.
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