Indiana RadioWatch

Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998

28 May 2013



Fifty Seven Media, LLC's AC/WBZQ (1300am, Huntington) flips format to Regional Mexican Intrigued, IRW listened for a few hours and only heard music with no other programming elements.


The West Noble School Corp. donates its WNRL-LP (105.9fm, Ligonier) to the Centro Evangelistico Ebenezer Church in Ligonier.


Where Are They Now?  Former WBYR and then-WFWI OM Jim Fox gains a promotion to OM of the six radio station Entercom cluster in Sacramento, California.


Jerry Curtis is the new GM and midday host at Kankakee Valley Broadcasting's Country/WKVI and Hot AC/WKVI-FM (1520am, 99.3fm, both Knox).  Mr. Curtis' career includes work at radio stations in northwest Indiana (Valparaiso and Lowell), Frankfort (WSHW) and Indianapolis (WENS, WTPI).


The South Bend Tribune recently wrote a small profile of South Bend Community Schools radio station WETL (91.7fm, South Bend). 




Gerard Media LLC's Talk WIMS (1420am, Michigan City) adds Radio America Network's Dr. Joy Browne's show.  The show airs nightly from 9:00PM until 12:00AM.




Backyard Broadcasting sells its Muncie/Anderson cluster to a newly formed company: Woof Boom Radio for $4.45 million.  Woof Boom will begin operating the stations via LMA on June 1.  The cluster includes Hot AC/WLBC (104.1fm, Muncie), Sports/WXFN(AM) (1340am, Muncie) and translator W275AJ (102.9fm, Muncie), Oldies/WERK (104.9fm, Muncie), Talk/WHBU (1240am, Anderson) and the Classic Rock duo of WMQX/WMXQ (96.7fm, Alexandria; 93.5fm, Hartford City).  Former Emmis/Indianapolis Director of Sales J Chapman heads Woof Boom Radio.  The new company name is derived from former Indianapolis radio and TV station WFBM, where Mr. Chapman's father (Jerry Chapman) was GM for many years.


Race and Vanessa Ashlyn both exit Vox/Marion.  Mr. Ashlyn was GM there, while Mrs. Ashlyn did middays for Vox's Country/WCJC (99.3fm, Van Buren).  Bryan Spies replaces Mr. Ashlyn in the GM chair.  Sam Adams replaces Mrs. Ashlyn in middays.


Greenfield Police arrested veteran religious broadcaster Marty Hensley, after noticing his shoulder handgun holster while Mr. Hensley visited Harris Elementary School to join his children for lunch.  When police checked Mr. Hensley's vehicle in the school parking lot, they allegedly found a semi-automatic hand gun in plain view.  Greenfield detective J.D. Fortner told Indianapolis' WTHR-TV:


"The law allows a person to have a gun in their vehicle if they're on school property if they're dropping off or picking up their child. If they're gonna be spending any amount of time at the school longer than that drop-off period or pick-up period, that's when it becomes a violation of the law."


During a court appearance, a judge told Mr. Hensley to give all of his weapons to police, and not to visit any schools within the Greenfield-Central School Corp.




Emmis N-T/WIBC (93.1fm, Indianapolis) moves David Wood from PD of Sports/WFNI (1070am, Indianapolis) to WIBC PD.  Also at Monument Circle, Greg Rakestraw now programs WFNI (1070am, Indianapolis) and partially simulcast translator W298BB (107.5fm, Indianapolis).  This is Mr. Rakestraw's second sports radio station; he once worked for WXLW (950am, Indianapolis) and WFDM (95.9fm, Franklin).  Back at WIBC, they promote Mike Wilson from news anchor to the News Director chair.  Mr. Wilson's responsibilities also include the News Director of Network Indiana.




Covenant Network receives a CP for a translator W281BG (104.1fm, Knightsville).


Nexstar NBC affiliate WTWO-TV (Channel 2, Terre Haute) recently took a lightning strike and went offline for 17 hours.




Lee Kelly retires as the faculty advisor, teacher and mentor at New Albany High School's WNAS (88.1fm, New Albany).  Today in 1949, WNAS signed on, the very first high school based student-run FM radio station in the entire United States.  Mr. Kelly began at WNAS in 1973. 


Indiana University receives a CP for translator W251BS (98.1fm, Greensburg).




Indiana University receives two CPs for a pair of translators near their main Bloomington campus: W225BQ (92.9fm, French Lick) and W233BU (94.5fm, Seymour).




Beth Davis exits the Sales Manager chair at DLC Media/Washington, Indiana, and joins Vincennes University as its Director of Underwriting and Development for Hot AC-CHR/WVUB (91.1fm, Vincennes) and HD subchannels.


Today in Indiana Radio History


In 1967, 100.9fm, Lebanon (then-WNON) signed on the air.  Today, it's WNOU, and licensed to Speedway.


Employment Opportunities


Emmis Communications' WIBC/Indianapolis is reloading with more live and local talk programming. Our next afternoon host will talk about things that make others talk about them... someone that understands the difference between displaying/relating conservative sensibilities vs. ideology alone. If you want the job, you'll need to be as comfortable talking about Mark Zuckerberg as Marco Rubio and Ryan Lochte as Paul Ryan. If you can connect the dots on what commonalities make both "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Chelsea Lately" work you could be ready to pull off the kind of show we are looking for. Insatiable curiosity required. Amaze us with your demo, writing examples, and anything else that conveys why your skills and talents will keep us relevant through the next decade. Send to dwood at indy dot emmis dot com.


South-Central Indiana's number one country radio station, Indiana Country WKKG, is on the hunt for a marketing consultant to develop strong, lasting  business partnerships and build successful marketing programs for radio and the web. You'll be working from an established client list as well as creating new business relationships. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, professional character and the ability to work in a competitive and diverse market. The selected individual will receive a competitive compensation package including salary, plus commission, health and life insurance benefits and 401(k) pension plan.  Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter including salary history by May 31st, to Personnel, White River Broadcasting Company; P.O. Box 1789; Columbus, IN 47202, or email jobs at wkkg dot com.  The White River Broadcasting Company is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Vincennes University is seeking applicants for Engineer - WVUT-TV. This is a full time support staff position with benefits.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


* Maintains quality and consistency of Vincennes University Broadcasting on-air signals and operational equipment


* Provides quality service to all internal broadcasting departments


* Have extensive knowledge of digital and high definition studio and transmitter equipment, ENG, EFP, major remote production units and general maintenance


* Assures technical facilities are operational and maintained to standard engineering practices under FCC regulations


* Provides emergency service as required to restore broadcast operations


* Monitor changing technical needs of stations


* Familiarity with public broadcasting and university environment


* Must be able to be "on-call," as needed


* Reports to Director of Engineering and performs duties as directed


* Other duties as assigned, valid driver's license, ability to lift 50 lbs (reaching overhead, bending and twisting)


* Standard work week M-F, 3:30pm - 12 midnight (hours can change)

VU is committed to diversity in the college community.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Vincennes University, Human Resources, 1002 North First Street, Vincennes, IN 47591 or email to jobs at vinu dot edu.  Interviews may be held concurrently with advertising period. AA/EOE


Eagle Tower Services, Inc., committed to continuing improvement and to being the lowest cost provider of tower services consistent with a high degree of quality, professionalism, and safety, is seeking a BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE to engage in outside sales leading to growth of our business. Our primary market is Indiana and surrounding states, specializing in AM/FM and television, but also serving customers in paging, wireless Internet and 2-way radio including commercial, utilities and government. We are a full service tower company engaged in routine maintenance, component installation and new tower construction. This is a contract commission position with generous commission and superb customer service support. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of the broadcast industry throughout Indiana with excellent people skills in working with and providing excellent service to broadcast engineers and, often, station general managers. We proudly serve some of the finest names in Indiana broadcasting and wireless communications. If this is of interest, please send your resume to Terry Garrity, Eagle Tower Services, Inc., P.O. Box 387, Arcadia, IN 46030; E-MAIL: terry.garrity at eagletowerindiana dot com and feel welcome to visit our website at to learn more about what we do. Eagle Tower Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F.


A quality multi-station cluster in a beautiful, historic small community is seeking a radio news anchor/reporter interested in informing listeners in multiple counties who depend on the stations to be their primary news source. Additionally, the candidate will have a passion to do high school sports play-by-play.  Here is a chance to become an integral part of the lives of listeners by demonstrating skill and insight into their issues and interests.  If you are looking for a community to call "home" while doing important work as part of a talented team of radio pros, send a package demonstrating your experience and talent in news writing, reporting, and newscast delivery as well as your play-by-play to: Rick Duncan, Director of Programming, Whitewater Broadcasting, 2301 W. Main, Richmond, IN 47374.  Whitewater Broadcasting is an EOE and encourages the hiring of females and minorities.


FOX 59 WXIN, a Tribune Broadcasting station, seeks an experienced Anchor/Reporter who thrives on breaking news, enterprising stories and working under tight deadlines. The successful candidate will also regularly post content to the station's website and social media outlets. Degree in broadcast journalism or related field and at least 3 years anchoring and/or reporting experience in a television newsroom required.  Job Description: Presents news and information on news and other station programs and covers news stories when not anchoring. Represents WXIN/WTTV-TV to the public viewing audience. Reads stories on regular scheduled newscasts and other programs produced by the station. Writes and/or proofreads stories on assigned broadcasts. Acts as general assignment reporter when not performing anchor duties. Consistently contributes story ideas for newscasts. Develops and maintains productive relationship with news contacts and sources. Works with producers, reporters and associate producers on assigned news broadcast. Regularly posts content to the station's website and updates social media sites. Monitors news feeds when necessary. Answers viewer phone calls and mail. Performs public speaking engagements and makes other appearance deemed important to the station image by management. Develops community contacts. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.  Qualifications Necessary: College degree in broadcast journalism or a related area of study. At least 3 years experience anchoring regularly scheduled news broadcasts on a commercial or public television station and/or reporting for a broadcast news organization. Effective writing skills. Good organizational skills. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and criticism designed to enhance individual's performance. Ability to appear live in a broadcast to deliver reports in a professional and effective manner. Ability to perform duties and make decisions under deadline pressure. Must have a clear understanding of web and social media outlets.  Send resume, cover letter stating position desired, and referral source plus a non-returnable DVD with your latest newscast to Human Resources, WXIN-TV, 6910 Network Place, Indianapolis, IN 46278. EOE.


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