News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 1, 2014

RONN MOTT: Media/Ice Tea

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — The radio station that was called “Bob,” a somewhat eclectic collection of songs, and now it is going to be playing the top current hits, hot rock, cool rock, rock-rock, or whatever they call this kind of format these days.

The folks at WAXI got a bit of a shock the other day when they were informed True Oldies would no longer be available to them. Scott Shannon appears to be dropping his involvement or perhaps has given up the rights to the name, or something else.

Anyway, Shannon, who founded the format, will apparently no longer be with them in the near future. WAXI will be doing something else, most likely another oldies format which people have come to expect on 104.9. I have no definitive word on this, but I suspect I’ll learn about it soon.

I was having lunch at Sonka’s with a former associate at WTHI, Susan Thomas, and across the way I saw another old friend of the media, Mike Latta. Mike is Chief Photographer at Channel 10 and a very good one. A few months ago he was finding these out of the way places to eat and would do a bit about them called, “Fork in the Road.” So I went over to say hello to Mike and ask if he was going to impress us on TV with his appetite again. While there, I was introduced to Rick Semmler and Rondrell Moore, sports anchor/reporter and news anchor/reporter respectively.

Mike Latta worked with my wife at Channel 10 and, ironically, I worked with his wife at Crossroads Communications, which included WAXI and three other radio stations. Mike is an excellent photographer and a good guy. It was nice to see him. As I was preparing to leave, I hit his glass of ice tea and knocked it to the floor. Ice tea went everywhere.

I am replacing the tea, but I can’t correct my clumsiness at this late date. Anyway, it was good to see the guys at Channel 10 up close and personal.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.