Indiana RadioWatch: April 1, 1998
Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Decatur) welcomes back former night guy Dude Walker. Walker will now be
the producer of Dan Austin and B.J. Stone's morning show. Walker did nights at "K-105" from
1993 through 1997.
Talk/WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne) has re-added G. Gordon Liddy and Art Bell. Both, along with local
hosts, were removed in late January, when the station changed formats. A long history of format
and personality changes surrounds this station.
Jen X., middays at Alternative/WEJE (96.3fm, Churubusco) departs to join former PD Sean Smyth at
KGDE in Omaha, Nebraska, where she'll have an airsift, along with MD duties. Weekender Chad
Silvieus replaces her at WEJE.
Where are they now? Former WGL (1250am, Fort Wayne) talk host Rusty Humphries is now doing
afternoons at KKOH in Reno, Nevada.
Bill Mitchell, PD/MD at CHR/WNDU (92.9fm, South Bend) departs for ownership and mornings at WHDG
in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Radio & Records reports that Casey Daniels takes MD
responsibilities, while the search for a new PD continues.
WLTH (1370am, Gary) is sold by Pluria Marshall to Marion Williams for $750,000.
Chesterton High School's WDSO (88.3fm, Chesterton) just completed a 72 hour "radio-thon". While
we haven't heard how much they raised, station officials tell us they hope to double last years
Inside Radio reports that Bill Shirk Poorman, owner of Dance/WHHH (96.3fm, Indianapolis)
recently turned down a $15 million offer by Emmis Broadcasting to buy the station. An Emmis
spokesperson says that they've been in discussions with Poorman, but Emmis made no offer, nor
did either party name a price.
Speaking of Emmis, they promote Morry Smulevitz to Senior Marketing Director. Radio & Records
reports that the former Director of Marketing & Promotion will now be responsible for Emmis' 5 radio
stations and two networks.
Monte Maupin Gerard earns a promotion to VP/Market Manager of Susquehanna's Indianapolis
stations. Previously, she was VP/GM at Susquehanna's Country/WFMS (95.5fm, Indianapolis).
News-Talk/WIBC (1070am, Indianapolis) adds Vince Welch as Sports Director, starting April 6.
Welch arrives from Paramount's WNDY-TV (Channel 23) in Indianapolis.
Vanessa Wilde, morning co-host at Alternative/WRZX (103.3fm, Indianapolis) departs for a station
in the Detroit, Michigan area. Ed Wank, her co-host stays on at "X-103", while newsman Dave
O'Brien adds co-host duties.
Standards/WAXI-FM (104.9fm, Rockville) is sold by Covered Bridge Broadcasting to Crossroads
Communications, Inc. for $485,000.
Also sold are Terre Haute stations WTHI(AM) & FM (1480am, 99.9fm, both Terre Haute), WTHI-TV
(Channel 10, Terre Haute [CBS]), and WWVR (105.5fm, West Terre Haute). All three stations
are sold by Wabash Valley Broadcasting to Emmis Broadcsating for $90 million.
WCBH-FM (104.3fm, Casey, Illinois) is sold by Effingham Broadcasting Company along with two
Effingham, Illinois stations to the Discovery Group, for $1.25 million.
Kris Baker is the new night guy at Rock/WZZQ (107.5fm, Terre Haute).
WUZR (105.7fm, Bicknell) is sold by the Media Five Corp. to Mark & Saundra Lange's The Original
Company for $640,000.
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