Indiana RadioWatch: January 12, 2017
After just over four years, Ryan Wrecker exits as PD of Federated Media's News-Talk/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne), also heard on translator W298BB (107.5fm, Fort Wayne). Mr. Wrecker's broadcasting history also includes WOOD in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the legendary WRVA in Richmond, Virginia.
Dream Weaver Marketing's WARU (1600am, Peru) ends their all holiday music format, and flips to a locally programmed Oldies format.
Now that Lafayette TV, LLC owns both Lafayette radio and TV stations, they introduced Tom Comerford as GM of Sports/WSHY (1410am, Lafayette), CHR/WAZY (96.5fm, Lafayette), Adult Hits/WBPE (95.3fm, Brookston) and Country/WYCM (95.7fm, Attica), along with FOX and NBC affiliates WPBI-LD (Channel 16.1 for FOX, Channel 16.2 for NBC, both Lafayette). Mr. Comerford last worked in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as LSM for KOKH-TV and KOCB-TV. In the 1990s, Mr. Comerford was GSM at WXIN-TV (Channel 59, Indianapolis). Finally, this station group has a new name: Star City Media.
Bruce Kopp joined WTHR in 1983 and had many roles with the NBC affiliate: reporter, weekday morning anchor and weekend morning anchor. Now, Mr. Kopp exits Dispatch Broadcasting's NBC affiliate WTHR-TV (Channel 13, Indianapolis). Last March, WTHR moved Mr. Kopp from the weekday "Eyewitness News Sunrise" to the weekend morning news shows and reporting during the week.
Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting's N-T/WFYI-FM (90.1fm, Indianapolis) rolls out a new Sunday late morning/afternoon schedule: 10am until Noon: A Prairie Home Companion, with Chris Thile. Noon: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. 1pm: Live Wire Radio with Luke Burbank. 2pm: The Moth. 3pm: Snap Judgment. 4pm: The Splendid Table.
Cumulus' Classic Hip Hop/WRWM (93.9fm, Lawrence) adds Justin Luvv as afternoons/imaging director. Mr. Luvv last worked behind the microphone, imaging and mix DJ for WBMO and WCKX (Radio One) in Columbus, Ohio.
Let's try this again: Covenant Network religious translator W267BO (101.3fm, Vincennes) makes several changes: First, it moves to 90.5fm and becomes W213CD. Second, it drops power from 250 watts to 55 watts. Finally, it moves tower sites from The Original Company's STL tower in downtown Vincennes to the north side of Vincennes, where it's now on the WAOV tower.
David Shepherd joins as News Director at Jasper on the Air's Regional Mexican/WITZ(AM) (990am, Jasper) and translator W256DA (99.1fm, Jasper), AC/WITZ-FM (104.7fm, Jasper), and Country/WQKZ (98.5fm, Ferdinand). Mr. Shepherd has radio experience, including Henson Media/Morganfield, Kentucky and TV experience, including Nexstar/Evansville and Terre Haute.
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