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Woof Boom to acquire 6 area radio stations

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A longtime local radio broadcaster and executive plans to pilot six radio stations in central Indiana in an acquisition expected to close in August.

Jerry “J.” Chapman, a former sales executive with Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., is heading a group of investors who will buy three stations in Muncie and three others nearby. The group is named Woof Boom Radio, in a nod to longtime Indiana radio and TV broadcaster WFBM, which is now defunct.

With 51-year-old Chapman as manager, Woof Boom will take over operations at the stations on June 1, according to a release from the group. The Muncie stations are WLBC-FM 104.1, WERK-FM 104.9 and WXFN-AM 1430. The remaining three are Anderson’s WHBU-AM 1240, WMQX-FM 96.7 in Alexandria, and WMXQ-FM 93.5 in Hartford City.

“The stations we’re acquiring are vital links between listeners and the local community,” Chapman said in a statement. “We intend to utilize those radio resources to help grow our customer’s businesses and to improve the quality of entertainment and information in our new communities.”

The estimated combined reach of the six stations is nearly 90,000 weekly listeners, according to the ownership group.

Woof Boom investors expect the acquisition of the stations from Backyard Broadcasting in Jacksonville, Fla., to close in August, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The ownership team also includes Indianapolis-area executives Ray Kennedy, founder of Conormara Investments; Jason Farmer, managing director of venture capital firm WestBridge Investments; and Aaron Reitz.

Chapman has worked as on-air talent in Indianapolis, South Bend, and Scranton, Pa., and was part of the team that launched Indianapolis Fox TV affiliate WPDS (now WXIN Fox 59) in 1984. Joining Emmis in the late 1980s, Chapman managed various sales teams and eventually led the Indianapolis radio sales organization.
 

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  • Woof Boom
    The only time I can enjoy an Oldies Radio Station is when I'm traveling in Indiana. Is there anyway Woof Boom could extend into the Indianapolis area? I love the station so much when I was a kid and would love to be able to enjoy it again. Remember, there are a lot of older Baby Boomers still longing for those days.
  • Coffee and waffles
    Well, since I work for one of the stations J will own, I will certainly bring up this important point about the waffles and coffee. Thanks for the heads up.
  • To Dave Hood
    Noticed your comment after my own. If this is applicable to current Jerry Chapman, can you call his attention to my comment ...don't want my name used but I am easily trackable because I am sure Jerry's 2 sons would know Jim Gerard, still living in home near Butler...who would know my initials DMS--he dates back to original wfboom days--my email etaoinshrdlu1@yahoo.com
  • Jerry Chapman's son???
    What a shock-name from the past-my long ago best friend 50's WIRE deejay Jerry Chapman, then a handsome 20-ish man about town who moved onward,upward following legend Eldon Campbell as GM of twin WFBMradio-TV...who had two sons, and died much too young, a dear friend and collegue. Can this Jerry Chapman be one of sons? The WoofBoom Mary was a spontaneous promo that became a legend--original Wfboom Mary's obit in Star in recent months. Would love to know as I have photos of friend Jerry would like to pass on to family. If anyone knows, ask Jim Gerard who will know my name--no one else still left at CH 6 from that era. Initials DMS--
  • Wonderful news
    This is great news for Muncie and Anderson. Like Dave Hood says above, he is a great person to work for. He was instrumental in getting Emmis to offer Belgian Waffles and Lattes to employees upon arriving in the morning. You in Muncie should demand nothing less:)
    • Congratulations J!!
      J. Chapman is one of the best five people I have worked with in my 43 years of broadcasting. Congratulations J.

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