Sarkes Tarzian Inc AAA 92.3 WTTS Bloomington/Indianapolis IN has announced a series on management changes. Geoff Vargo will retire at the end of 2018 following a 37 years run in the position of President/General Manager. He will be replaced as GM by current Program Director Brad Holtz. Holtz has programmed WTTS since 2002 and later added those duties at News/Talk 1370 WGCL/W241CD Bloomington and Alternative “Alt 99.5” W258BY/WAJI-HD2 Fort Wayne. Giving Holtz time to move into his new position in January, current WTTS APD/MD/afternoon host Laura Duncan will immediately move into the PD role for WTTS/WGCL now and W258BY by the end of the year. Duncan has been with WTTS since 2002 and also voicetracked middays at defunct AAA 102.1 KPRI San Diego. She also serves as the imaging voi...[Read More]
Federated Media Country “K105” 105.1 WQHK Huntertown/Fort Wayne IN has appointed Josh Michaels and Kaysie Chase as its new morning hosts. Michaels and Chase join WQHK from the same role at Brewer Broadcasting Country “Kicks 96” 96.1 WQLK Richmond IN. Michaels had been with WQLK since 2014 and also served as Assistant Program Director. Chase joined him in 2016 and also served as Promotions Director for Brewer Broadcasting Richmond IN and midday host at AC “101.7 The Point” 930 WHON/101.7 W297CB. The duo fill the opening created by the exit of morning co-host Dude Walker and afternoon host Aricka McCauley in February. At that time the remaining morning co-hosts Kylie Havens and Dan Austin moved to middays and afternoons respectively.
After almost a week of stunting, Swick Broadcasting launched Classic Country “Real Country 106.7” WFGA Hicksville OH/Fort Wayne IN at 6am today. The station is using an on-air lineup consisting of talent from co-owned Local Radio Networks including Jeff DeWeese and sister 100.3 WLKI Angola News Director Sheila McRea in mornings, Jonathon Steele middays, Rick Burton afternoons, John Gleason nights, and Paul Walker overnights. Original Report 5/22: Swick Broadcasting has closed on its $300,000 purchase of Sports “ESPN 106.7” WFGA Hicksville OH/Fort Wayne IN from Federated Media and is now stunting. WFGA is running a mix of snippets of Classic Country songs, barnyard sounds, and in-stadium music as it prepares to launch its new permanent identity. ESPN Radio programmin...[Read More]
Federated Media is making adjustments to Country “K105” 105.1 WQHK-FM Huntertown/Fort Wayne IN as half of its airstaff departs and its General Sales Manager demoted. As first reported by Indiana Radio Watch, morning co-host Dude Walker and afternoon host Aricka McCauley have exited WQHK-FM. Walker joined the station as night host in 1994 and moved to mornings in 1998. McCauley has hosted afternoons since 2014 after joining WQHK from CHR “U93” WNDV-FM South Bend. Morning co-hosts Dan Austin and Kylie Havens remain in place. Off the air, Suzee Leavell is demoted from General Sales Manager to account executive with General Manager Jim Allgeier taking her GSM duties on an interim basis. Leavell has served as GSM in two terms since 2007 with the exception of a nine month...[Read More]
Adams Radio Group has launched Active Rock “103.3 The Fort” W277AK Fort Wayne/WJFX-HD2. Formerly Conservative Talk “103.3 The Patriot“, the new format flanks Classic Rock “96.3 XKE” WXKE against Federated Media Rock “98.9 The Bear” WBYR. The Fort will carry the syndicated Billy Madison Show in mornings and The Mens Room in nights. Adams Radio launches “103.3 The Fort” on FM translator W277AK-FM Fort Wayne, IN. The Active Rock outlet launched at midnight on September 6. VP/Market Manager Kevin Musselman said, “Our lineup, including ‘The Billy Madison Show’ in AM Drive and ‘The Mens Room’ in evenings will be unique and different and we believe will be quickly identified by the 18-34 male as the ‘m...[Read More]
Cumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles is applying to modify its facilities at its future tower sites as its current one is soon to be demolished.
Adams Radio Group has promoted Kevin Musselman from Director of Sales to Vice President/General Manager of its Fort Wayne IN cluster. He succeeds Chris Monk, who exited last month to become Regional Vice President of Cumulus’ Saginaw and Flint MI clusters. Musselman joined Adams in 2014 when it closed on its purchase of its Fort Wayne stations. He worked for Federated Media from 2007-2012 including time as GM of 102.7 WLEG Ligonier. Adams Radio Group has named Kevin Musselman VP & GM for it Fort Wayne, Indiana cluster. Kevin has been with Adams in Fort Wayne since it entered the market via acquisition of Oasis Radio and Summit Media Fort Wayne serving as Director of Sales. Adams owns and operated WBTU, WJFX, WXKE, WWFW, WGL AM, WLYV AM and Metro stations B-96, The Patriot 103.3 ...[Read More]
Adams Radio Group AC “Soft Rock 103.9” WWFW Fort Wayne IN will rebrand as “103.9 Sunny-FM” on Monday, December 26. The station has been branding itself as “Christmas 103.9” since it began its annual shift to holiday music to start phasing out the old brand. The station’s lineup will remain intact with the new name. INSTANT INSIGHT: While WWFW launched in 2014, the now former branding was stuck in 1986. Most AC stations have not been Soft nor Rock based since the days when Phil Collins, Billy Joel and Bread were core artists. A station’s brand needs to describe what a station is, “Soft Rock” or its close cousin “Lite Rock” does not do that anymore. Adult Contemporary radio station WWFW (103.9 FM) has announced a new nam...[Read More]
Adams Radio Group Country “US 93.3” WBTU Kendallville/Fort Wayne IN has announced that Brooke Taylor will return to the station as APD/Midday Host. Taylor worked at WBTU and sister CHR “Hot 107.9” WJFX from 2012 to 2014 under previous ownership prior to joining Radio Disney in Los Angeles. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Brooke Taylor has been named mid-day on-air personality and Assistant Program Director for Northeast Indiana’s heritage Country station, US 93.3 WBTU. Brooke was previously heard on US 93.3 from 2012-2014, before moving to Los Angeles to work for Radio Disney. US 93.3 Brand Manager Randy Alomar says, “Brooke has worked in Fort Wayne in years past and knows the city extremely well. Her coming back and bringing all of her radio and TV experience from Radio Disne...[Read More]
Adams Radio CHR “Hot 107.9” WJFX New Haven/Fort Wayne IN has hired Patrick Grey to host nights starting Wednesday, May 11. Grey joins WJFX from Mainestream Media Rhythmic CHR “Hot 104.7” WHTP Portland ME where he spent three years in nights and then mornings. He began his career at WJFX in 2011 as an intern before moving up to part-time prior to his move to WHTP. The addition of Grey will enable Travis Walker to shift to middays at sister AC “Soft Rock 103.9” WWFW Fort Wayne. Walker replaces WJFX/WWFW Program Director Robbie Mack in that midday slot allowing Mack to focus on those duties and afternoons on WJFX. On-air personality Patrick Grey has been tapped for nights on CHR/Pop (Top 40) station WJFX (HOT 107.9). Patrick began his broadcast career at HO...[Read More]
Adams Radio Group has flipped Conservative Talk 1450 WLYV Fort Wayne to Oldies utilizing Westwood One’s Good Time Oldies network. The station’s previous “The Patriot” brand remains on 103.3 W277AK Fort Wayne/WJFX-HD2, where it began simulcasting earlier this year. The new Oldies station is being branded as “14-5-OH WLYV” and is in honor of the station’s flip to Top 40 in 1966. Original WLYV “LYV GYS” DJ Rick Hughes, who has been hosting a weekend Oldies show on WLYV will add a Friday show to his Saturday and Sunday shifts.
Adams Radio Group pulled the plug on Classic Country “Great Country 103.3” W277AK Fort Wayne IN this morning to simulcast sister Conservative Talk “1450 The Patriot” WLYV. WLYV runs a completely syndicated talk lineup featuring Salem’s Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher and Hugh Hewitt, Dave Ramsey, Michael Savage, John Batchelor and Red Eye Radio. The move follows Federated Media downgrading News/Talk 1190 WOWO’s FM signal from the full powered 92.3 WOWO-FM to a translator that does not reach all of the area. Also in Fort Wayne, the syndicated Bob & Tom Show jumped from Federated Active Rock “98.9 The Bear” WBYR to Adams Classic Rock 96.3 WXKE. Afternoon host John The Mexican moves to mornings at WBYR.