Indiana RadioWatch: September 20, 2005
Religious/WLYV (1450am, Fort Wayne) is sold by Jon Yinger's Christian
Broadcasting System to Chris Langford's Fort Wayne Catholic Radio Group.
John Pierce brokered the $700,000 deal and for those historians, also
owned WLYV before he sold it to Yinger's Christian Broadcasting System.
Artistic Media Partners' CHR/WDDB (106.3fm, Columbia City) flips format by
dropping CHR on Friday 9/9 for stunting involving repeating one song per
day over the following six days - Artists included Patsy Cline, Burl Ives,
and D.H.T., amongst others. On Thursday (9/15), the station changed
formats to Soft AC. The new call letters are WSHY - "Fort Wayne's
Favorites of the 60's and 70's." A sample hour:
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Neil Sedaka - Laughter In The Rain
Paul McCartney - Listen To What The Man Said
Neil Diamond - Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
America - Sister Golden Hair
Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Little River Band - Reminiscing
The Association - Windy
Jim Croce - I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
Badfinger - Day After Day
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Reflections
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken
Finally, WSHY has a new website at http://www.sunny1063fm.com
A promotions shift at Federated Media as Jodi Hamilton segues to oversee
promotions at N-T/WOWO (1190am, Fort Wayne), Country/WQHK (105.1fm,
Decatur), Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne), and Sports/WKJG (1380am, Fort
Wayne) while Stephanie Todich replaces Hamilton at Rock/WBYR (98.9fm, Van
Wert, Ohio) and Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne).
With Rob Kelly now programming both Federated Media Country/WQHK (105.1fm,
Decatur) and sister Hot AC/WMEE (97.3fm, Fort Wayne), he leaves his
afternoon spot on "K-105." Dave Michaels takes the afternoon spot, having
recently exited the Group PD post for Artistic Media Partners' stations in
Fort Wayne and Lafayette.
The new Artistic Media Group PD is J.J. Davis. In Fort Wayne, Davis will
program Country/WBTU (93.3fm, Kendallville) and in Lafayette, he'll
program Country/WLFF (95.3fm, Attica).
Federated Media's Classic Rock/WFWI (92.3fm, Fort Wayne) promotes Steve
Michaels ("Tiny") to MD and Bob + Tom local producer under PD Billy Elvis.
Also, Crystal segues to nights.
Congratulations to Dan Austin, BJ Stone, and Dude Walker - the morning
show at Federated Media's Country/WQHK (105.1fm, Decatur) on being
nominated for a CMA award in the "Small Market Personality of the Year"
category. The awards will be handed out in November.
Oldies/WGTO (910am, Cassopolis, Michigan) is the number one Internet
stream in Michiana. Station officials cite many online listeners from the
Chicago area tuning into WGTO after the demise of local oldies station
WJMK in June.
American Family Association's Religious/WRXH (89.3fm, Plymouth) is now on
Congratulations to PD Dave Broman and the staff of Citadel's Country/WWKI
(100.5fm, Kokomo) on being nominated for a CMA award in the "Small Market
Station of the Year" category. The awards will be handed out in November.
Artistic Media's Country/WLFF and Classic Rock/WSHP exchange frequencies.
The August 6 flip now finds WLFF/"The Wolf" on 95.3fm (Attica) while
WSHP/"The Rocket" is now hard on 95.7fm (Brookston). Purdue University
sports are split on WSHP and WLFF.
Dana Marshall is now PD at Artistic Media Partners' CHR/WAZY (96.5fm,
Pilgrim Communications' Contemporary Christian/WIJY (95.9fm, Franklin)
changed formats on Sunday morning to - you guessed it - polka music. A
press release sent to IRW proclaimed that polka is the "fastest growing
music genre in the industry" and iterated that the Indianapolis area has
over 7,000 people of Polish descent. IRW wonders how long this format
will really last.
Indianapolis has lost a popular former morning man. Charles William
"Bouncin' Bill" Baker, legendary WIBC morning man, passed away on August
12. Born Charles William Baker, he handled mornings on the then-Top 40
powerhouse from the late 1950's through the mid 1960's. Baker also
handled voicework for the Indiana State Fair. Last year, he was inducted
into the Indiana Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. He was 77 years old.
Indianapolis also lost a veteran voice talent. Billy Moore passed away on
4 August at the age of 62. Moore was once Production Director at WIBC
(1070am, Indianapolis) as well as station imaging voice for WZPL (99.5fm,
Greenfield). His career also included stops in New Orleans, Jacksonville,
Florida, Omaha, Los Angeles, and Monterey, California. His voicework
included stations such as KUBL in Salt Lake City, and WSIX in Nashville.
Entercom AC/WTPI (107.9fm, Indianapolis) PD Gary Havens exits. Scott
Sands is interim PD while continuing his responsibilities as OM/PD of
sister Hot AC/WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield).
Clear Channel Alternative/WRZX (103.3fm, Indianapolis) morning host Gonzo
Greg exits after five years in mornings. Why? Dave Lindquist's article
in The Indianapolis Star reveals the oft-cited "irreconcilable
Entercom Imaging Director A.J. exits for similar duties at KDWB in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. A.J. was responsible for imaging Entercom
stations Hot AC/WZPL (99.5fm, Greenfield) and AC/WTPI (107.9fm,
Clear Channel Rock/WFBQ (94.7fm, Indianapolis) begins a news partnership
with LIN-TV's WISH-TV (Channel 8). WFBQ "Q-95" will air hourly updates,
weather, breaking news, and severe weather information from WISH-TV-8.
It's a trifecta - Congratulations to Susquehanna Country/WFMS (95.5fm,
Indianapolis) morning show Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, and Kevin
Freeman, as well as separate nominations for night guy Darren Tandy and
Vicki Murphy. The morning show, Tandy, and Murphy were all nominated for
CMA awards, competing in the "Large Market Personality of the Year"
category. The awards will be handed out in November.
A quick check of the "Radio with Pictures" file reveals that McGraw-Hill
ABC affiliate WRTV (Channel 6, Indianapolis) adds Jason Heath as News
Director. Heath arrives from Assistant News Director of WVIT-TV in
Hartford, Connecticut. We're reminded that Heath is the fifth News
Director of "RTV6" in eight years. But what about WRTV's last News
Director? Jason Heath's predecessor was Tim Larson. Larson was recently
named GM of ABC affiliate KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Emmis Communications recently announced the sale of four television
stations to LIN Broadcasting. In Terre Haute, Emmis sold CBS affiliate
WTHI-TV (Channel 10). The combined deal is for $260 million.
Midwest Communications CHR/WMGI (100.7fm, Terre Haute) PD/MD/Afternoon guy
Matt Luecking exits. Sister Hot AC/WWSY (95.9fm, Seelyville) PD Chad
Edwards (recently named to the PD post!) is now PD of both stations. Now
what about Matt?
Matt Luecking lands (feet first, presumably) across town at Crossroads
Communications station Hot AC/WBOW (102.7fm, Terre Haute). There, he'll
handle afternoons and Promotions Director duties for all the Crossroads'
stations (WBOW, WAXI, and WSDM).
Crossroads Communications lost one of its own recently. Sharla
Cretors-Daniel, 33, and her 13 y ear old daughter Lanie died in an
automobile accident on Monday 22 August. Cretors-Daniel, formerly
afternoons at WBOW was recently promoted to Creative Accounts Director and
handled Promotions for all the Crossroads' stations. On-air, she was well
known for telling "Mom stories" and connecting with listeners. Matt
Luecking (see above) now handles Sharla's afternoon on-air duties.
Lisa Knott arrives as PD for Crossroads Communications' Standards/WAXI
(104.9fm, Rockville) and Oldies/WSDM-FM (97.7fm, Brazil).
Andrew Brown is now APD for Crossroads' Sports/WSDX (1130am, Brazil).
After just over two years as Jazz/WJZL (93.1fm, Clarksville), the Clear
Channel station flips format to Classic Rock and takes the call letters
N-T/WBIW (1340am, Bedford) welcomes Allan Hackney to the morning drive
slot. Hackney once worked weekends at the former WGRL/Indianapolis.
White River Broadcasting, Columbus, Indiana is searching for an afternoon
news anchor/editor/reporter for a four station group. The selected
individual will work in an excellent environment and receive a competitive
compensation package including 401 (k) pension plan. Previous news
experience is preferred, but not required. T & R today to Kevin Keith,
White River Broadcasting Company, P.O. Box 1789, Columbus, Indiana
47202-1789 or via e-mail at kevinkeith at wkkg dot com. White River
Broadcasting is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
101.5 WKKG, South Central Indiana's #1 Country station, is looking for our
next great communicator. The right person will have the desire to do and
say the things on air that are important to our listeners lives, put in
the show prep time required to be successful in this area and have the
initiative and drive to seek out local relatable chatter for the show. Is
this you? You will be multi-tasked with other responsibilities including
voice-tracking a shift for another station in the cluster. You'll also be
expected to get out of the building when the show is over and create
opportunities to be in our listening communities through appearances,
organizations and speaking engagements. Yes, that means weekends, too. Do
we demand a lot from our Morning Host? You bet. But, you'll be the person
setting the table for the rest of the day. You'll work in state-of-the-art
facilities and live in a great community, especially if you have kids. Wow
us with your resume and air-check. White River Broadcasting is proud to be
an equal opportunity employer. Mail your best stuff to: Scott Michaels,
WKKG Program Director, 3212 Washington Street, Columbus, Indiana 47203 or
email it to scottmichaels at wkkg dot com
WHZR/Hoosier Country 103.7 currently has an opening our News Department.
Responsibilities include: Write and deliver clean, concise morning
newscast Monday - Friday, interact with morning person, and light
production duties. Apply in person - 2100 E. Market St., Logansport, IN
46947. Hoosier Country is an EOE.
That's it for this issue. See you in a week!
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