Indiana RadioWatch: October 24, 2016
After four years, Quincy Broadcasting's ABC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21, Fort Wayne) and NBC affiliate WPTA-TV (Channel 21.2, Fort Wayne) ("Fort Wayne's NBC") anchor/reporter Eric DeFreeuw exits.
Purdue University's NPR-News-Jazz/WBAA (920am, West Lafayette) adds an FM translator: Meet W290CM (105.9fm, Lafayette). Earlier this year, Purdue University paid $45,000 for this translator CP to Kaspar Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Friends of Christian Radio sells its CP for W224CZ (92.7fm, Merrillville) for $38,000 to Zamora Broadcast Systems of Michigan. Zamora will pair that translator up with a Detroit, Michigan AM station.
Rodgers Broadcasting's Sports/WKBV (1490am, Richmond) celebrated their 90th anniversary with a luncheon and a display at the Wayne County Historical Museum. Also, Senator Jeff Raatz penned a state resolution, Governor Mike Pence penned a letter, and Mayor Dave Snow penned a proclamation. Both Governor Pence and Mayor Snow were broadcasters. In 2014, WKBV added translator W266CE (101.1fm, New Paris, Ohio).
Friends of Christian Radio sells its CP for W241BW (96.1fm, Lebanon) for $25,000 to DLC Media. DLC Media will use the translator for its recently purchased WAKO (910am, Lawrenceville, Illinois).
Kurt Darling joins the Emmis Communications' N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) and Network Indiana newsroom from WHAS(AM) in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Darling will serve as a multi-media journalist and anchor.
The Gabriel Project's Religious/WGPI (93.5fm, Columbus) turns in their FCC license for cancellation. In 2015, WGPI went silent on August 15 at 3:00pm.
This Week in Indiana Radio History
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October 23: In 1924, 1260am in Indianapolis signed on as WFBM. In 2014, Former WPTA-TV Fort Wayne VP/GM Ed Metcalfe died at age 96.
October 24: In 2002, WXKE (103.9fm, Fort Wayne) flips format from Rock ("Rock 104") to AC as WYLT. In 2003, WENS (97.1fm, Shelbyville) became a Hot AC as "Real 97.1"
October 27: In 1977, Longtime Wabash Valley Broadcasting/Terre Haute GM (WTHI(AM), WTHI-FM, WWVR-FM) Tony Hulman, Jr. dies at age 76.
October 28: In 1991, 96.3fm in Indianapolis signs on at 6:00am as WHHH, and still is.
October 29: In 1970, 99.3fm in Aurora signs on as WSCH, and still is.
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