Indiana RadioWatch: March 18, 2003
Before we start, a question:
Has your country station reacted to the Dixie Chick's anti-George Bush
comments? If so, e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll print a list of
stories, if there is a sufficient response.
The fine folks at 100000 Watts tell us that Oldies/WZOM (105.7fm,
Defiance, Ohio) flipped formats on Christmas Day from Oldies ("Majic
105.7") to Country, as "105.7 The Bull."
Standards/WSHI (106.3fm, Columbia City) is sold by local businessman Steve
Shine to Art Angotti's Artistic Media Partners. No purchase price
Jon Zimney, OM/PD at N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne) adds similar duties at
sister Sports/WONO (1380am, Fort Wayne). Former WONO OM/PD Dean McNeil
continues to program sister Country/WQHK-FM (105.1fm, Decatur). Historians
will note that WONO was once WQHK (AM). WQHK (AM) changed its calls in
1996 to WHWD, after a format change from C&W to Standards.
Farm Director Kevin Morse replaces the recently-departed Michael O'Shea as
News Director at N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne). Newsman Kurt Deffenbaugh
assumes Morse's Farm Director duties.
Charly Butcher moves down the hall from afternoons at sister Hot AC/WMEE
(97.3fm, Fort Wayne) to host "Fort Wayne's Morning News" at N-T/WOWO
(1190am, Fort Wayne). Butcher replaces Dave Macy who recently left the
station. Replacing Charly Butcher in afternoons at Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm,
Fort Wayne) is Mark Evans. Evans returns to radio from TV, where he was a
features reporter for NBC affiliate WKJG-TV (Channel 33, Fort Wayne).
Evans also worked for 15 years at AC/WAJI (95.1fm, Fort Wayne).
Classic Rock/WZUW (102.3fm, New Carlisle) flips calls to WWLV. It remains
a simlucast with WZOW (97.7fm, Goshen) as "Double Rock ZOW."
According to DX-midAMerica, Religious/WFRN(AM) (1270am, Elkhart) flips
format to southern gospel and talk as "Smart Talk 1270."
Urban AC/WUBU (106.3fm, South Bend) flips formats to Smooth Jazz as of
12:01am on Saturday 1 March. They also dropped the nationally syndicated
Tom Joyner in the Morning Show.
As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times' Robert Feder, Pat Clark is now doing
nights at CHR/WNDV (92.9fm, South Bend). Clark replaces Marko who now
handles middays at sister simulcast Classic Rock/WWLV & WZOW (102.3fm, New
Carlisle; 97.7fm, Goshen). Clark arrives from weekends at the recently
defunct Chicagoland station WKIE (92.7fm).
AC/WLEG (102.7fm, Ligonier) debuts a website at
Radio 1500 sells both WBRI(AM) (1500am, Indianapolis) and WXIR-FM (98.3fm,
Plainfield). Religious/WBRI(AM) is sold for $1.5 million to Wilkins
Communications Network, a network of Christian radio stations.
Religious/WXIR-FM is sold for $5.6 million to ABC and will become a Radio
Disney affiliate. The Indianapolis Star reports that both sales are set to
close on June 1.
Robert Feder, the Chicago Sun-Times media guru reports that John
Vitanovec, VP/GM at Tribune Broadcasting's WGN-TV adds duties as regional
VP of Tribune Broadcasting. This means he will now oversee WTTV/WTTK
(Channel 4, Bloomington; Channel 29, Kokomo [WB]), WXIN (Channel 59,
Indianapolis [FOX]), and WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dave Sabaini, GM at Indiana State University's WISU (89.7fm, Terre Haute)
tells IRW that they have flipped formats from Jazz/Blues to Modern Rock
(with Urban on weekends).
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's station - Alternative/WMHD
(90.5fm, Terre Haute) shifts frequency to 90.7fm and increases power to
Federated Media has an immediate opening for a full-time Broadcast
Engineer. We are a growing company that currently owns 6 radio stations in
Fort Wayne, consisting of 2 studio locations, with 9 studios total, and 6
transmitter locations. We are looking for a highly motivated
self-disciplined, work well others individual with an electronics
background. This person must be able to work unsupervised and eager to
learn and advance within the company. If you are this person please send
resume to: Federated Media, 2915 Maples Road, Fort Wayne IN 46816 ATTN:
Market Chief Engineer. Applicants may stop by 2915 Maples Road and fill
out an application. E-mail resumes to email@example.com. Fax
resumes to (260) 447-7546. Federated Media is an Equal Opportunity
Indiana Country - WKKG is looking for an experienced morning show host.
We're looking for a personable individual who understands the lifestyle of
the Country audience and can relate to them on-air in a fun and
conversational manner. The selected individual should also possess skills
to actively seek opportunities for community involvement to promote the
morning show and radio station. Send tape and resume to Scott Michaels,
P.O. Box 1789, Columbus, IN 47203. White River Broadcasting is proud to be
an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Indiana Country - WKKG is looking for an evening host with an upbeat and
adult delivery. We're looking for an individual who understands the
lifestyle of the Country audience and can relate to them on-air in a fun
and conversational manner. Phone skills are a plus and the ability to
handle other duties for stations in the cluster. Send tape and resume to
Scott Michaels, P.O. Box 1789, Columbus, IN, 47203. White River
Broadcasting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
That's it for this issue. See you soon!
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