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NewsChannel Feb '03

 

 

If you have station / label news including but not limited to personnel changes, station events, label events, etc...report it to news@hisair.net



True Vibe has officially broken up. The groups label released this statement today:

Essential Records has chosen not to renew True Vibe's option. Founder Jonathan Lippmann has remained with the group, but the three other members have left to pursue other interests.

There is a possibility the group could re-form with new members but with on a different record label. (2/27)


Michael Card's bus was in an accident in the mountains outside of Vail, Colorado last night (2/25). Michael suffered a separated shoulder and the bus is heavily damaged. The rest of the guys walked away with just a few scratches. Praise God! Please keep the Cards and the entire "Card Group" family in your prayers. Thanks to Paul Martin of WMBW Chattanooga for the tip. (2/26)


Music News from CMCentral.com: Derek Webb says departure from Caedmon's Call was devoid of 'drama or controversy'...Mark Schultz signs with Proper Management, begins recording 3rd album...Grammy winners - updated...Steven Curtis Chapman achieves 40th career #1 radio hit  (2/26)


The Butterfly Group announces it's relocation of its Diamante-Butterfly Distribution from Newport Beach, CA, to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin, TN. The corporate headquarters are located at 230 Franklin Road, Suite 2B, Frankli, TN 37064. Their new phone number is 615 468-2060. (2/24)


Congratulations to the CCM Grammy winners including Third Day winning the Best Rock Gospel Album honor for  "Come Together" and Jars Of Clay winning the Pop Contemporary Gospel Album award for "The Eleventh Hour". (2/24)


Salem Communications Corporation announced the results of its 2003 block programming renewals, which are carried out annually at the start of each year. For 2003, Salem expects same station block programming revenues to increase approximately 5% over 2002. In addition, in excess of 95% of Salem's block programming contracts were successfully renewed. Salem's block programming revenues are projected to represent approximately 35% of the company's total broadcasting revenues in 2003. Click here for more. (2/21) here


Gospel programming ends Feb. 28th on KFSG/KFSB Los Angeles. The stations were sold by Foursquare Gospel will be taken over by new owner Spanish Broadcasting System at that time. (2/21)


Ken Miller is the new GM at the San Francisco Salem stations replacing Ron Walters who is now Salems VP/Church Relations. (2/20)


 Crawford Broadcasting changes it's Urban Oldies 102 The Groove WYBA to gospel as "Rejoice 102". The station covers the side of Chicago. (2/19)


Tim Sinclair has been named the PD/Mornings for WAY FM for North Alabama. Tim joins WAY FM from the afternoon slot at WMBI Chicago where he was also Senior Creative Services Director. Tim will report to his new assignment in Huntsville March 17th and the new WAY FM for North Alabama will go on the air April 14th.

“Tim Sinclair brings a passion for building relationships, creativity and quality in radio,” said Thom Ewing, Station Manager for WAY-FM for North Alabama. “Our listeners are in for a real treat.”

"I've been a huge fan of WAY-FM for years, and it's an amazing honor to become part of the team,” Sinclair said. “Huntsville seems to be the perfect market for a WAY-FM station, and I can't wait to see how God uses the station to change lives." (2/19)


Fourth Quarter 2002 StockWatch results...Third Day, tobyMac, and Jars of Clay celebrate Grammy nominations...Jars of Clay heads back to the studio for album #5...BuzzWord- Nicole & baby, Souljahz, Sixpence sightings everywhere, & more...Caedmon's Call's Back Home debuts near top of multiple sales charts (2/14)


New affiliates at The Way FM Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network include WMMZ Meridian, MS and KJUK Mt Pleasant, TX. CHRSN now is broadcast on 41 frequencies nationwide. (2/14)


On air imaging changes at WAWZ Zeraphath, NJ and covering metro New York City, as it is now calling itself Star 99.1. The on air line-up includes PD Scott Taylor and Lisa Williams in mornings, Beth Becall in Mid-days, Keith Stevens in PM Drive, and ministry programs at 8pm. Check out the new look website here.  (2/13)


Ben Yehuda exits the APD/MD spot at WNCB Duluth at the end of the month to join Sprit FM Minneapolis as their PD Morning Personality. (2/13)


Station Notes...WNAZ and sister station WNRZ in Nashville will increase their power and add antenna height to increase coverage of the metro region.

WCTL Erie makes Adam Frase PD, he will remain in his afternoon drive shift. WCTL also ups Ron Raymond from PD to Dir./Operations while Lori Clapper adds Events Director duties; both Raymond and Clapper stay in morning drive.

WAY-FM's The X Station teams with ZJAM to begin airing weekly news features hosted by Bill Scott ...

And finally.... WLGH/Lansing, MI is looking for a weekend air personality. Send your demo and resume to Mike Couchman, WLGH, P.O. Box 388, Williamston, MI 48895. (2/12)


Salem buys WGBG 106.5 The Promise from Concord media. The cluster which includes 3 am's and an FM sold for 9.2 million. (2/12)


 KSBJ Houston has won another industry award. This time the station has been named Radio Station Of The Year by the National Religious Broadcasters at their annual convention. (2/11)


Christian Future Hits (CFH) , the hour long syndicated radio show featuring the latest Christian AC and CHR releases, is available for broadcast and has finished their second show. To listen and download the show go to www.christianfuturehits.com/show2/  to check it out. For more information on how you can get this program, contact Ted Kelly at (225) 262-7563. (2/10)


Music News from CMCentral.com: Derek Webb parts ways with Caedmon's Call...Alathea does the promo tour thing...Avalon releases greatest hits March 25; heads back to studio for 6th album...Steven Curtis Chapman's AllAbout Love debuts as #12 album in the country...Jaci Velasquez visits 23 cities on radio promo tour...Stacie Orrico makes history (2/10)


Movement: Ed Arnold will be the new PM drive personality at WMIT Blue Mt. N.C. starting 2/17. Ed was last at WCRK Morristown, TN where he was PD. EMF ups Bryan O'neal to APD/MD reporting to Mike Novak.

Changes:  At Essential Records Michael Johnson resigns effective 2/17. Michael says he will and will start his own company called Top5Promotions. Brent Milligan is the new VP/A&R at Forefront effective 2/17. (2/6)


Salem Communications has named KLTY PD Chuck Finney to the newly created position of National Program Director for Music, and Brand Manager for The Fish format. According to Joe D. Davis, Executive Vice President of Radio for Salem Communications, "Chuck brings experience and vitality to a format that is a key component of Salem's strategic future. He has a feel for the listener, and a great ability to read the research, select the talent, program the music, and build the kind of on-air sound that will attract an even larger following to the format. We are pleased to assign him this broader task, and we know he will approach it with the same vigor, and achieve the same wins that have characterized his work up to now."

Upon accepting his new position, Finney commented, "Salem has done a spectacular job of launching the Fish format nationwide and furthering the growth of Contemporary Christian music.  My experiences while at KLTY in Dallas have shown me the strength of Salem in the radio industry.  We have an incredibly talented group of managers and programmers throughout the Fish family, and I look forward to working with them on a day-to-day basis." Finney will provide support and direction to Salem's 14 CCM stations. (2/4)


 

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