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KMBI/Spokane welcomes Kyrsten Lee as the new PD and PM drive personality. Lee was most recently with Spirit 101.9FM in Spokane. (5/27)


WCVK/Bowling Green MD Geoffrey Powviriya will leave the station June 16th. Geoffrey plans to enter graduate school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Whitney will succeed Geoffrey as WCVK MD. (5/26)


Patrick Green is the new PD at Northern Christian Radio in Gaylord, MI. Patrick was most recently with KJIL/Meade, KS. Northern Christian Radio broadcast on WPHN 90.5 FM Gaylord, WOLW 91.1 FM Cadillac, WHST 106.1 FM Tawas City and W204AQ 88.7 FM in Newberry. Patrick first day was May 24th.  (5/24)


As reported earlier Andy Haynes has not left the GM/PD position at WJLF/Gainesville but is seeking other opportunities. (5/24)


GMA’s Music in the Rockies will celebrate its 30th year August 1-7, 2004 at the Estes Park Center YMCA. GMA’s 30th Annual Music in the Rockies, formerly known as Seminar in the Rockies, will feature six days of educational/professional development seminars, talent competitions and music events. “I am confident in saying that this event is unique in the music business. We have gathered in the spectacular Rocky Mountains every year for 30 years with a singular purpose of discovering, developing and mentoring gospel music talent,” said John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA). There are several key deadlines for registering for GMA’s 30th Annual Music in the Rockies and specifically the talent competitions. All the details for registration can be found at http://www.gospelmusic.org/rockies.

GMA Music in the Rockies started in 1974. That summer, in 2000, the GMA acquired Seminar in the Rockies from Christian Artist Corporation. In 2004, GMA changed the name to GMA Music in the Rockies. (5/20)


KCWJ/Kansas City is a finalist for Missouri Broadcasters Association's Promotion of the Year for a morning show stunt that Darren Marlar & Anthony Norman, pulled last winter as a benefit for The Dream Factory. The "12 Days or $12,000" of Christmas promotion raised close to $14,000 for the organization and is now a finalist to win large-market promotion of the year for 2004 from MBA.  Winners will be announced at MBA in St. Louis on June 12th.  To hear the MP3 audio of the contest entry, click below: http://www.marlarhouse.com/demo/12DaysDreamFactory.mp3 (5/18)


Quickies: Susan Choy has resigned her promotions position at Star 99.1/New York. Susan will be relocating to California with her husband and daughter... WJLF/Gainesville GM/PD Andy Haynes has left the station... Greg Fritz is the new VP of Marketing at Big Idea, Inc creators of Veggietales. (5/17)


The Latest From CMCentral.com: Provident Nominated For Platinum Label of the Year... 2nd Annual K-LOVE Cruise Announced... Third Day's Wire Debuts At #12 on Billboard, Selling over 61,000 Units (5/14)


WFZH/Milwaukee makes Peter Horn it's midday personality from doing nights at The Fish. And John Lauritch is now heard in the night slot. (5/13)


Why has Big Ben dropped all Forefront and Gotee artists from the playlist of his "My Generation" program? HisAir hears "Third Days" tour manager giving favor to another station at a recent concert date did not go over very well with Ben. If you have any questions or concerns on this decision you can reach Ben at 602-341-7312. (5/12)


BeBe Winans will host a new weekly two-hour radio show syndicated by Superadio Networks. "I'm thrilled to bring to people of all races a syndicated radio show that showcases urban and gospel music and offers the biggest names in music and entertainment to the fans. It's unlike anything out there and indeed a dream come true for me," said Winans. (512)


Buffi Holland is leaving her Promotions position at Spring Hill Music to concentrate on motherhood. Spring Hill is seeking Buffi's replacement so if you're interested use this email address decrement@springhillmusic.com. (5/12)


Moody Broadcasting Network and Compassion International celebrate their partnership by reaching 173% of their campaign goal with a grand total of 4,415 children sponsored from 10 different radio campaigns. Not only was this the largest CI campaign by a network of stations, it also included the CI campaign with the largest single station response of 1,854 children sponsored by MBN's flagship station in Chicago, WMBI. For more information contact Robin.Jones@moody.edu. (5/12)


WRCM/Charlotte has hired former Mrs.Carolina 2001, Leslie Nease as the stations new Morning Show Co-host. Leslie joins Gary Morland on the Family Friendly Morning Show on New Life 91.9... (5/10)


Salem Communications announced that it will be acquiring KPOI-FM (97.5 FM) and KHUI-FM (99.5 FM), both licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii, from Visionary Related Entertainment, LLC. The combined purchase price is $3.7 million. Edward G. Atsinger III, President and CEO, commented, "The acquisition of these two full market FM stations will give Salem three FM and five AM stations serving the Honolulu market. This addition will provide attractive economies of scale to our overall Honolulu cluster, and will significantly enhance our FM coverage of this market." (5/7)


KKJM/St Cloud has brought on Pam Brooks as morning show co-host. Pam has been acting co-host since April 24th, joining Spirit 92.9 PD and current morning host Scott Michaels. Pam has been with Classic Rock KQDS/Duluth and Minnesota Public Radio. News & Sports Anchor Mark Lewandoski stays aboard in his current role.  (5/5)


WYLV/Knoxville Promotion Director Marisa Lykins relates her brush with Mercy Me at GMA last week. According to the story here's what happened. Two unsuspecting staff members of WYLV (Love89) Knoxville (namely GM David Wells and Marisa) got on the elevator at floor 23 of the Renassaince. A few floors down a multitude of Mercy Me members and friends got on in quite the jovial mood. Around floor 16 the doors opened once again where Mercy Me convinced two more people who initially had no intent of joining them to do so (mistake #1). After a round of applause they began to descend once more. Somewhere around floor two they stopped but the doors did not open. Not sensing any real panic Mercy Me for some reason found the idea of jumping up and down and that jarring us loose since they weren't up on a higher floor a good idea (mistake #2). This eventually worked BUT they ended up sublevel - below floor one and the doors still would not open. After much sweating (glassed-in elevator, good sized guys) and finding the red "Bat Phone" and calling for help, they were pried loose and stepped up about a foot and a half to safety and the applause of was seemed like hundreds that were waiting on the elevator. Always in "promotion mode" Marisa asked one of the guys with a camera phone to snap a picture and email it to her! (Pictured are the hostages of elevator #2 click here to view) (5/4)



 

KLVV/Ponca City, OK recently received a reader’s choice award for “Best Radio” in Enid, OK as voted on by residents of the Enid community and subscribers of the Enid News & Eagle. KLVV is rebroadcast in Enid on 98.3.  KLVV was chosen number one for “Best Radio” station from the six stations in the Enid market.  (5/3)


Crawford Broadcasting will add WQOP AM, to it's Birmingham cluster of stations. The station will be purchased for 1.15 million from Queen Of Peace Radio. Crawford already owns WDJC and WYDE AM/FM. (4/29)


"The Fundraising School for Listener-Supported Christian Radio" will be presented by ShareMedia Aug. 10-13 in Colorado Springs, CO. Click here! or you call ShareMedia Services at 651-631-5016 for details. (4/29)


The Latest From CMCentral.com: 2004 GMA Music Awards Winners Showcase New Talent... David Crowder Featured Live on CNN... Mercy Me's Undone Debuts At #12; Single Already Charting  (4/29)


GMA's 35th Annual Music Awards are history. Artists MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp were among the big winners when the Doves were handed out. (Click here for a complete list of recipients.) INO Records' MercyMe grabbed the biggest honor of the night, Artist of the Year; their first time earning the Dove in this category. They also took home Group of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Word of God Speak." "Word of God Speak" was also named Song of the Year, giving band leader and songwriter Bart Millard, with his co-writer, Pete Kipley, each a pair of Doves for their songwriting efforts. Female Vocalist of the Year honors went to ForeFront Records/Virgin Records artist Stacie Orrico, who also earned honors for Pop/Contemporary Album for her self-titled sophomore project and Short Form Video of the Year for "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life." BEC Recordings' Jeremy Camp garnered a pair of top Doves, for Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Overall, Switchfoot lead singer and songwriter Jonathan Foreman took home the most Dove trophies.

GMA Music Awards will later be broadcast on UPN on May 28 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.  (4/28)


Dave Fiorazo joins Christian Family Radio WEMI/Appleton/Oshkosh, and WEMY/Green Bay as new Morning Show Host and Promotions Coordinator. Dave comes to Christian Family Radio from KWVE-FM as morning drive host & promotions director and KFSG/Los Angeles. Dave’s professional experience also includes extensive music, film, television, and commercial projects. (4/28)


Todd Christopher has been hired as the host of the new morning show "Rise and Shine" and as corporate music director for Christian Family Radio's WGNV/Central Wisconsin. Wild about music, Todd radio career includes WZER/Milwaukee and 105.5 The Fish-also in Milwaukee as night personality. (4/28)


KAFC/Anchorage makes some changes to it's on air line-up. Desi moves up from middays to PM drive, Joe King moves from PM Drive up to Morning Drive and starts up the Stinky Joe & The Morning Show, Former Morning show hosts Tom Steigleman and Pam Cole move to mid-days.  (4/27)


WMKL/Miami (91.7 The Call) has received FCC approval for a power increase to 50kw and a new tower site location. The upgrade will increase its potential listening audience from approximately 220,000 people to over 1.5 Million. Target date for the completion of the signal upgrade is June 1, 2004. (4/26)


WDLM/East Moline (AM960), owned by Moody Broadcasting, has teamed up with local Evangelical Free Churches, and HCJB World Radio to provide 12 hours (6AM-6PM) of daily Christian radio programming for the Hispanic community living in the Quad Cities along the Illinois-Iowa border.  For more information contact Lane.Morgan@moody.edu. (4/26)


Salem Communications net broadcasting revenues rose 11.5% to $43.2 million, with operating income up from $3.2 (including a $3.2 million charge for loss of a tower relocation and license upgrade) to $8 million in the first quarter 2004. Salem is projecting second quarter net broadcasting revenue of over $47 million. Commenting on these results, Edward G. Atsinger III, President and CEO said, "Our better than expected first quarter results were driven by improvements in our developing radio properties and reflect the high growth nature of our station group in an improving advertising environment. We are especially pleased with our ability to leverage our 10.0% same station revenue performance into an impressive 27.3% same station operating income growth. We also expanded our station operating income margin to 36.2% from 32.0% in the same quarter last year." (4/26)


"Bill Bennett's Morning in America," syndicated national morning talk show, will host its program live from the studios of WNTP/Philadelphia (AM 990) on Wednesday, April 28. "Morning in America" currently is heard on 70 stations. The show website is at www.bennettmornings.com. (4/23)


Listeners to WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) raised $156,000 during the "Day of Hope," fundraiser on April 21st. This money was raised in 12 hours and all proceeds will go to benefit a local charity to help build a new fishing village in Anato Bay, Jamaica, which will be the 7th fishing village in Jamaica that WFSH and its listeners have helped to build. Pictures from the fishing villages helped in the past can be seen at www.thefishatlanta.com. (4/23)


The Latest From CMCentral.com: Third Day's Album Release Comes Down To the Wire... Casting Crowns Garners Second #1 Song... E.R.A.C.E. All-Star Night Set For Tuesday of GMA Week  (4/22)


Quick Bits: WJIS/Sarasota Promotions Director Andrea Kleid joins EMI CMG starting April 26th... Jeremy Tracey is leaving his post as imaging director/afternoons at WRCM/Charlotte to be production director at WCIC/Peoria... Joel Schrap exits the Provident Label Group.  (4/22)


The Southwest NRB convention has confirmed its line up of speakers, including Frank Wright, Erwin Lutzer, Wess Stafford, Phil Cooke, Chuck Bolte, and Bob Lepine, for their July 22-24 Convention in Dallas, Texas.  For more information www.swnrb.org. (4/20)


Jenna James joins WHMX/Bangor as the stations new midday personality and host of two youth oriented weekend shows. And congratulations to the WHMX staff on the success of their recent Spring Share-a-thon.  (4/19)


Quenton Rockwell has been elevated to PD at KAXF/Houston effective immediately. Rockwell replaces Brian Graham who exits the station. (4/19)


Mike Bingham has been named Moody Broadcasting Network Department Manager for Broadcast Stations. Bingham has most recently been National Program Director and has been with Moody for over 25 years. Mike will oversee the MBN owned and operated stations and be located in the MBN offices in South Florida. (4/19)


The Provident Label Group has realigned their promotions department. Andrew Patton remains as VP/Nat'l Promotions and oversee the promotions department. Jason Miller has been named manager of national promotions and will focus on major market Adult Contemporary stations. Melanie Dixon, formerly national promotions assistant, has been promoted to national promotions coordinator and will focus on Adult Contemporary and Inspirational radio formats. Karrie Hardwick will serve as national promotions coordinator for the label group, focusing on Christian Hit Radio (CHR) formats. Christina Ryan has been hired as national promotions assistant. (4/16)


WCLQ/Wausau has received the FCC ok to up it's power to 90kw thus increasing coverage to over 1mil population... WAWZ/New York PD Johnny Stone says to be on the lookout for the collector Star 99.1 "hoodies" at GMA this year. Stone will be broadcasting live backstage at the Dove Awards. (4/16)


All Access has named former Country music record rep Mike Severson as it's new Contemporary Christian format editor. Mike replaces Jason Miller who left to become Manager of National Promotions at the Provident Label Group. (4/13)


Christian radio pioneer David L. Hofer passed away Thursday (April 8) at the age of 86. Hofer and his brother Egon put KRDU-AM on the air in Dinuba, California in 1946. The brothers were inspired to launch KRDU by a migrant missionary who was upset at the loss of Christian radio during World War II. KRDU changed owners several times since 1997 and is currently owned by Clear Channel but remains Christian format. Hofer also served as the president of the National Religious Broadcasters. (4/13)


KNLE/Austin was expected to be back on the air today after a fire knocked the station off the air Saturday (4/10). The fire broke out at a company located next to the station tower and melted support cable bringing the 230 ft. tower down. Engineers say the stations signal will be shifted to another tower. (4/12)


Jimmy Swaggart Ministries purchases KBDD/Wichita from American Family Association and will simulcast The Sonlife Radio Network 24/7. (4/12)


RANDOM NOTES: HisAir.Net is sad to report the passing of gospel radio pioneer Tim . Smith who died April 8th. You may remember Smith on the air in Detroit... The CMB (Christian Music Broadcasters Association) will hold a membership meeting on Sunday April 25th at 5pm during GMA week at the Nashville Convention Center & Renaissance Hotel... New contact info for "The Fish" KFIS 104.1/The Fish, 6400 Southeast Lake Road, Suite 350, Portland, OR 97222 Phone: 503-786-0600, Fax 503-786-1551... (4/9)


WMBI/Chicago has appointed Wayne Pederson as the new station manager effective May 17, 2004.  Pederson most recently worked as Special Assistant to the President at Bethel College and Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  Prior to that he served as president/COO of Mission America Coalition and spent the largest part of his career at Northwestern Radio in Minneapolis from 1967-2002 concluding his career with them as executive vice president for radio. (4/8)


Salem promotes three GM's to VP/GM in their respective markets. They are Russ Whitnah WFIL/WNTP Philadelphia,  Pete Thomson KSKY/KWRD Dallas, and John Peroyea KLTY Dallas. (4/7)


GMA/NCRS Station Of The Year winners are as follows: Small Mkt WBGL/Champaign, Medium Mkt WCQR/Johnson City, Large Mkt KXOJ/Tulsa, Major Mkt KLTY/Dallas. (4/6)


WZFS/Chicago "The Fish" PD Kevin Robinson has left the station. Also exiting Salem Chicago is WYLL Operations Coordinator Brian Jones. Stepping into the PD chair is Fish MD/PM drive personality Tom Fridley. Also grabbing new assignments at The Fish are Creative Director Eric Thomas who becomes APD, Diane Sosa moves from nights to middays, and Production Director Brian Kovacs is now on the air at night. WYLL morning guy Roger Plummer is now the station PD. (4/5)


Salem Communications launched former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett national talk radio show "Morning in America" on 66 radio stations across the country today (mon 4/5). The guest list for the first show includes: Rush Limbaugh, Donald Rumsfeld, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher, Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Pat Sajak, former Clinton attorney and D.C. lawyer Bob Bennett, Tim Russert, Naomi Judd and author/commentator George Will. The show will be broadcast nationally on XM Satellite Radio at Channel 166, on the web at www.bennettmornings.com, and on several Salem Communications stations including KRLA-AM (870 AM) Los Angeles, KSKY-AM (660 AM) Dallas-Ft. Worth, and WNPT-AM (990 AM), Philadelphia, plus Entercom's KTTH/Seattle and Citadel-owned WETR/Knoxville, plus dozens of other news/talk outlets across the nation. (4/5)


HisAir.Net is once again happy to offer free daily show prep courtesy of Darren Marlar and "The Rude Awakening" heard mornings on AM 1030 The Light in Kansas City. Click here for show prep. Contact Darren at Darren@1030theLight.com.  (4/5)


The Latest From CMCentral.com: Congress Cracks Down on Filesharing With Two New Bills... Knapp, Webb, St. James, Max, and Perry Quit Solo Careers To Form CCM Super-group... EMI Announces Cuts of 1500 Jobs  (4/4)


CHANGES: Amy Davis has left her mid-day slot at "The Fish" WZFS/Chicago due to cutbacks... Star 99.1 WAWZ/New York Morning co-host Stacy Austin is upped to Promotion Director. Scott Taylor, Station Manager, explains it well, “Stacey came in and created new ideas and events that have increased the visibility and revenue of the station, all the while, raising the level of entertainment for our morning show, Johnny Stone in the Morning. She is a perfect fit for this position and brings 11 years of experience to the table.” (4/2)


 

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