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CVCO, Inc, operators of  WCVO/Columbus, (104.9 the River) WVXG/Mt Gilead (95.1 the River) WCVZ/Zanesville (92.7 JoyFM) has officially become a part of the River Radio Network, as the New 92.7 the River. Along with the name change, 92.7 the River will air the new WCVO morning show  "Todd and Tracy" each morning from 6am to 10am as well as Sherry Able mid-days and Jake Sommers  in afternoon drive. Evenings will be handled by Martha Hadley "Sharing Life Together".  (6/30)


WMHK/Columbia Makes Financial Goal With Miracle Day of Giving! WMHK received support at a record setting pace wiping out a potential budget deficit that threatened to ruin a perfect thirty year record of being listener funded. Nearly $100,000 was raised in a single 12 hour period on Friday, a station record, to bring in the necessary $360,000 before the end of the fiscal year. "We are elated and in awe of the power of prayer," said Jerry Grimes, who is finishing his first year of service as the station's General Manager. "We've always been thankful for how faithful God has been to our station, and for how much our listeners love us, but the outpouring of love and support this week has been nothing short of astounding." Grimes said the station has big plans for the rest of 2006 and first part of 2007, including the launch of an Internet only radio station for teenagers, more concerts and events, and a concentrated effort to mobilize the more than 100,000 people a week who listen to WMHK in service to the community. "We want the Midlands to know that there are really only two types of people here...Those who listen to 89.7 WMHK and those who are blessed by what we are doing to make South Carolina an even better place to live."  (6/30)


Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN) is re-structuring it's staff. Effective July 1st, CHRSN staff will directly report to Nashville based Network PD Dave Senes, while Senes will report CHRSN GM Faron Dice.in Colorado Springs CO.  Previously all CHRSN staff reported to WAY-FM Regional Manager Matt Austin, who will now focus on the mid-south cluster of WAY-FM stations.  (6/30)


Random Notes: Bill Gaither will be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio with a weekly program starting July 9th... John Von joins WBYN/Reading for Production and night jock... WTIF/Tifton, GA (1340AM)  adds "The John Tesh" show in PM drive...  (6/29)



Christian Music Rewind, a weekly syndicated classic Christian hit music show, recently celebrated one year of broadcasting to affiliate stations across North America. The two-hour “retro” show hosted by Shaun Michaels is the first of its kind on Christian radio featuring contemporary Christian hits from the 80’s and 90’s. Each week Christian Music Rewind includes memorable classic hits and nostalgia from events and fads from the time period.  Interviews with top classic artists have already included Toby Mac, Billy Smiley of Whiteheart, Bryan Duncan, Rick Cua, 4Him, and various Petra members on a special Farewell tribute to the band. After one year of existence, Christian Music Rewind has over 40 stations on board as affiliates in the U.S. and Canada. A destination web site is also online at www.cmrewind.com where classic Christian music fans can take part in the show throughout the week. For more information on Christian Music Rewind contact Shaun Michaels at mail@cmrewind.com.  (6/28)



Chicago radio pro John Calhoun has been hired as production director at Salem Communications' news/talk WIND/Chicago (AM 560) and sister station WYLL (AM 1160). He replaces Ryan Murphy, who left to pursue other opportunities. Calhoun most recently worked at Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN/Chicago as a production assistant and voiceover talent.  (6/28)


KTSY/Boise is experiencing some staff transitions. Music Director Liesl “Bozz” Vistaunet will exit the station effective July 1st.  She and her husband, KTSY weekender Brian Vistaunet will be moving to the Pacific Northwest to be close to family. She is looking for opportunities in the Pacific Northwest and for voicetracking.  She can be reached at bozzybearlf@hotmail.com. Also effective July 1st part-time evening show host Travis Culver joins KTSY as assistant program director. KTSY PD Jerry Woods will take over music duties for the moment.  (6/23)


The Malaco Music Group regretfully announces the passing of it's legendary record promoter, marketing expert and truly devoted friend of the Gospel music industry, Roy "Mr. Malaco" Wooten. The man affectionately known as "Uncle Roy" to his many friends, co-workers and business associates lost his final battle with colon cancer on Friday, June 16.  (6/23)


Michael Lanser joins KNWS/Waterloo in PM Drive and Promotions Director. Michael was formerly with KTIS/Minneapolis.  (6/23)


Changes: ... Pencil Boone is upped to GM at WHMX/Bangor... After nearly 12 years behind the mic at WEZE/Boston creative and public service director Matt Hillas has decided to call it quits. Matt will relocate to Louisiana... KWRD/Dallas adds Dr Laura weekdays 2-4PM... Bott Broadcasting buys KJRG/Wichita (950AM) from Community Broadcasting for undisclosed amount... (6/20)


As first reported on HisAir.Net WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1), officially announces the appointment of Kipp Kelly to the position of Creative Services Manager. Kelly's radio experience includes such places as Infinity New York and Clear Channel Denver. For the past several years, he has been the president of Kipp Kelly Imaging, based out of Manhattan, specializing in voice over and production. WAWZ PD Johnny Stone said “Kipp is a great leadership addition to the fabulous production team we already have at STAR 99.1. He understands the needs of our clients while respecting our position as ‘Safe For Your Whole Family.’” Kipp replied, "I am very excited to be apart of a GREAT team of Broadcasters.  Star 99.1 FM's commitment to its vision makes this a GREAT opportunity. I am very thankful!"   (6/19)


KXOJ/Tulsa APD/PM drive guy (and HisAir.Net Christian Radio Feedback Room moderator) Gary Thompson has accepted mid-days at Country station WHKO/Dayton. Gary will be at KXOJ thru the end of June. The CCM format will miss Gary. This creates a prime opening at KXOJ. Get a hold of PD Bob Thornton and check the jobs page for details.  (6/14)


WMIT/Black Mountain PD Carol Davis has decided to step down from programming to concentrate on her air shift and their internet radio station. WMIT is currently seeking Carol's replacement at the award winning radio station. Check the jobs page for details. (6/13)


BITS: WAWZ/New York hires Kipp Kelly as station's Creative Services Director... KHYM/Meade, KS hires Glen Hascall as Station Manager... KLTY/Dallas has announced the line-up for it's 16th annual Freedom Fest concert, click here... Morning show co-host Jodi Oehlke from KADI/Springfield, MO was on national TV recently (CBS Early Show) as she won a trip to Egypt.....watch video here  (6/12)


As reported earlier on HisAir.Net, Terry Dismore has been named the Interim Station Manager of 93.3 WAKW/Cincinnati. Regarding his appointment Terry tells us  “I am excited about the great opportunity presented in this market. Cincinnati is the country’s 28th largest market, and WAKW has a signal that stretches into three states. We are Cincinnati’s only local Contemporary Christian music station, and we look forward to improving a great station at WAKW.” Dismore is head of Lazarus Communications Group in Columbus, Ohio. WAKW is a 50,000-watt FM and is owned by Pillar of Fire in Zarephath, NJ. This is the same group that owns Star 99.1 in the New York market.  (6/9)


Congratulations to WAYFM/CHRSN "Total Axxess Live" host Jayar on the birth of his daughter Ysabella Londyn Reed (Ysa is pronounced “E-suh”) born on June 7th in Nashville at 5pm… (6.7lbs 19in) … Jayar says "Mom and baby are perfect!" Picture on pics page. (6/8)


The GMA and the Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA) have made several changes in staffing responsibilities, including a merger of the marketing departments of the two organizations, announced John W. Styll, president of the GMA and CMTA.

The restructure results in a merger of the staffs and marketing responsibilities of the GMA and CMTA to create a unified marketing department under the leadership of Gabriel Aviles. Aviles, who joined the organization in 2002, adds a new role to his current title of CMTA Director, becoming CMTA Director and GMA Director of Marketing. Amy James, who has been CMTA Assistant since November 2005, also receives a title change in the department restructure to become CMTA and GMA Marketing Assistant.

“There are great synergy and efficiencies to be gained by merging the marketing teams for both GMA and CMTA. I believe that the creative energy and enthusiasm of this newly combined team will boost our promotional efforts for both organizations. I am thankful that Gabriel has agreed to add GMA marketing to his job description in addition to his operational responsibilities for CMTA,” said Styll.

This new GMA/CMTA marketing department will be responsible for promoting all GMA events such as the GMA Music Awards, GMA Music in the Rockies and GMA Academy and others. The GMA/CMTA marketing department also produces GMA communications, including GMAil, the weekly membership e-newsletter. For CMTA, this team continues to operate Christian Nielsen SoundScan, BDS, Insight, and other industry-wide initiatives.

Jennifer Womble, marketing manager; Mark Ross, editor of communications and Ben Cooper, CMTA systems manager, round out the staff of the restructured GMA/CMTA department.

In addition to the marketing restructure, Styll also announced that Erin Estepp has been named events assistant for GMA. Estepp, an East Tennessee native, is a new graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, earning a degree in Public Relations and Oral Communications. Prior to joining the staff of GMA, Estepp held a volunteer internship position with GMA, serving as volunteer coordinator for this year’s GMA Music Week.  (6/8)


Former KFIS/Portland morning guy Roger Manning has landed at KGBI/Omaha. Roger is teamed up with PD Mark Michaels for the "Mark and Manning" morning show weekdays 5:30 to 10am. (6/7)


Adam Biddell, KYCC/Stockton Station Operations Manager/Music Director/Morning Host has resigned his position to make a move to Family Life Radio in Tuscon. His last day at KYCC will be June 16.  Adam said “This was a difficult decision to make. It’s not easy for me to leave a place that I have given so much of myself to but I feel like it’s time to move on to something new.”  He starts his new role as Station Manager at Family Life Radio July 3. Taking over programming duties at KYCC is Scott Mearns. The new Music Director will be Marina Tahod.  (6/7)  


Terry Dismore of Lazarus Communications Group is now interim Station Manager at WAKW/Cincinnati. Click here to read Terry's recent article on the HisAir.Net Christian Radio Feedback Room. (6/5)


WAY-FM/West Palm Beach welcomes Cami Presley as their new morning co-host. She most recently did overnights at WFSH/Atlanta. Presley joins Brant Hansen on Monday, June 5 for the all new WAY-FM Morning Show: “Cami & Brant in the Morning”.   (6/2)


Scott Wheeler will be the new Operations Manager/Morning Personality at WCIC/Peoria effective June 14th. Scott takes the place of Grayson Long he departed a few months ago for a position at integrity. Wheeler was previously with Triad Broadcasting in Peoria.

Wheeler says he’s ready for the move to Christian radio.  “God is writing a new chapter in my life, and I'm confident He is the author of this opportunity,” Wheeler said.  “I have always admired 91.5 WCIC's standard of programming excellence and their commitment to reaching people for Christ through radio. I am completely humbled to have been asked to be a part of their efforts.” Wheeler was named Operations Manager for JMP Radio Group in 2005 and one of Radio Ink Magazine’s “Top 10 Small Market Program Directors in America” from 1999-2003.

In addition, WCIC Production Director Jeremy Tracey has been named the stations Program Director. (6/2)


KBIQ/Colorado Springs PD Uncle Steve writes to HisAir.Net...  "After reviewing multiple opinions, diagnosis, etc., my family and I came to the conclusion that a move to lower altitude was unnecessary in resolving our daughter's health issues. It appears her breathing condition can be monitored and treated safely here in Colorado Springs. Thanks to the power of prayer from our many good friends in the radio industry, and the patience and understanding of my GM as well as that of Salem management, I'm happy to announce that I will continue in my role as Program Director and Morning Co-Host with Q102.7 KBIQ.  (6/1)


K-LOVE has agreed to a LMA with William Jewell College on it's station KWJC/Liberty, MO, and began airing  the K-LOVE format on 91.9 FM as of midnight last night. The signal serves the Central to North Eastern part of the Kansas City metro, and will compliment K-LOVE's 100,000 watt 96.1 FM KLRQ signal that is licensed in Clinton, MO., which serves a large area in Missouri and including a portion of metro Kansas City. (6/1)


Bill Bennett, host of the nationally syndicated "MORNING IN AMERICA" radio program, will deliver a nationwide "Commencement Address" on his program Friday, June 2nd. The first commencement address to be delivered nationwide, Bennett will offer his unique perspective on life to the largest potential audience of high school and college graduates -- as well as the general public -- ever reached through a single commencement address.

"Bill Bennett is offering this address as a gift to graduates as well as those who never may have benefited from an actual commencement ceremony," stated Tom Tradup, vice president of News & Talk Programming for Salem Radio Network(R), which syndicates Bill Bennett's MORNING IN AMERICA nationally. "Bill will focus on what matters most in life, the real purpose of education, a distillation on optimism vs. pessimism, and the merits of hard work," Tradup added.

Bill Bennett's MORNING IN AMERICA is heard weekdays 6:00AM - 9:00AM (ET); this first-ever radio "commencement address" will be delivered at 8:30AM (ET) Friday.  (5/31)


WBGB/Jacksonville realigns it's airstaff as PD Smilin' Tom Fridley moves from PM Drive to Mornings taking the spot vacated when Gary Walsh headed for KPEZ/Austin. Meanwhile John Michael slides into afternoon drive. And former WPOZ/Orlando air talent Theresa Ross joins the station as morning co-host replacing Heather White who also departed for KPEZ.  (5/29)


Is WCIC/Peoria about to make an announcement regarding the station's new PD/Morning Personality? Look Station Manager Dave Brooks to make the announcement soon.  (5/26)



The "Sound of Life" Radio Network, heard throughout the Northeast in PA, NJ, MA, CT, VT and New York signs on with Ken Bishop voice over services as imaging voice. (5/29)



WORD/Pittsburgh PD/morning host John Hall will add Director of Church Relations to his responsibilities at the radio station. John will serve as the station’s liaison to area churches and pastors. He will also produce a weekly segment for the afternoon talk show (3-6 p.m.) called “Church of the Week.”  (5/26)


Former KOKF/OKC employee Joel Reagan and as stated previously on HisAir.Net. after over 20 years as a local Christian CHR/Rock station, KOKF/Oklahoma City (Hit Music Radio 91 FM) flipped to the Air 1 Christian Rock network at 5 p.m. on Thursday (05/25) . The transfer from R.D.M. Broadcasting to Air 1 parent company Educational Media Foundation was completed. The station became a Christian CHR/Rock station on October 31, 1985. There is a tribute site set up at http://www.okc91fm.com. Thanks to Joel Reagan (AKA Joel Roberts) now Creative Services Director / Citadel Oklahoma City KYIS-FM (98-9 KISS FM) WWLS-AM/WWLS-FM (WWLS The Sports Animal).  (5/25)


Updates: WAY FM West Palm Beach PD Donna Cruz says she has filled the morning co-host position and an official announcement is coming soon... KOKF/OKC has begun airing EMF's "AIR 1" format as of noon today (5/25)... According to a story in the Longview News Journal a local group will oppose the sale of KTPB/Longview to EMF... Jim Miller's Positive Family News signs KGCB/Phoenix... Former KFSH/Los Angeles Mid day talent Ted Ziegenbusch lands weekends at KOST/Los Angeles.  (5/25) 


Tim Sinclair's Green Eye Creative welcomes HIS Radio, WTLN/Orlando and WHIM/Orlando to it’s client list. For more information, demos and contact details visit www.greeneyecreative.com.  (5/24)


Bryan O'Neal will join KSGN/Riverside as APD/MD and afternoon drive in June. Bryan was previously in mornings at KTSL/Spokane.  (5/23)


Brian Mayes of The Nashville Publicity Group reports his offices have moved. The new contact info is Nashville Publicity Group, 5016 Spedale Ct., Suite 394, Spring Hill, TN 37174, (615) 417-8149 p, (615) 523-1831 f, www.nashvillepublicity.com.  (5/22)


CHANGES: Belinda Parker has been promoted to PD while Anthony Baxter takes the MD chair at WJNI/Charleston, SC. Together they are hosts of the 'Good News Morning Show" from 6-10am. Exiting WJNI is PD/MD Bryant Seabrooks... Doug Rice is named Sales Manager at Salem's cluster KGNW, KKOL, KIKN, KLFE,  Rice was most recently DOS at Cumulus in Macon.GA. (5/15)


INO Records/SRE Recordings has announced key promotions and additions to its staff, effective immediately. Derek West, who has been with INO since 2002 in the radio promotions department, has been promoted to Manager of A&R. Along with James Reuger, West will oversee aspects of artist development. “I am excited to have Derek step into this role,” states INO’s President Jeff Moseley. “Derek understands the heart and ethos of the company, and I believe the artists and company will benefit from his experience.” Joining the robust Promotions Department, Nicki Silverman has been named Manager of Promotions for INO Records/SRE Recordings. Silverman has been with the team since early 2005 participating with the promotions, sales and marketing departments coordinating efforts for INO/SRE. “Nicki Silverman is a welcome addition to the INO/SRE promotions team,” comments VP of Promotions Dan Michaels.  “Nicki is a bright and talented soul with a heart for serving - all great qualities that our friends at radio will appreciate and experience from her in the days to come.”  (5/11)



HisAir.Net congratulates Steve Tuzeneu who this month celebrates 15 years in management at WVNE in Worcester, Massachusetts.  In addition to managing WVNE, Steve also manages WNEB/Worcester, does engineering for Blount Communications and  web work."  (5/11)


WBGB/Jacksonville morning guy Gary Walsh is headed to Austin to take mornings at Clear Channel's CCM KPEZ "102.3 The River".  (5/11)


Kenny Rodgers joins WORD Label Group as Coordinator/National Promotions replacing Jeremy Holley... EMF will sell KLVP/Portland (KLOVE) to to Churchill Communications for 1.8 mil... Sirius Satellite Radio adds The Catholic Channel to it's line-up starting this fall... AND Retired nationally syndicated radio host, Bill Pearce, celebrates his 80th birthday on May 20th. Pearce is well known as the voice of "Night Sounds." Many in Christian radio will be sending birthday greeting cards in appreciation of his faithful service. Cards may be sent to: Nightsounds, 6110 Broadcast Parkway, Rockford IL 61111  (5/11)


Spoken Word Images has signed on with the Salem Music Network, Solid Gospel Network and Today's Christian Music Network for imaging voiceover including 94 FM the Fish and Solid Gospel 105 in Nashville.  (5/9)


Lara Scott joins KFSH/Los Angeles in Middays replacing Ted Ziegenbusch. Scott comes from KYSR/Los Angeles (Star 98.7)  where she spent the last 6 years on the air in Middays.  Prior to that she was st KZQZ and KIOI both in San Francisco. Scott can also be heard on in flight programming for Delta Airlines.

"I have always been a huge fan of Lara's on air work, and when I discovered that she's also a big Fish fan, we knew we had the perfect match," said Chuck Tyler, director of programming for 95.9 KFSH-FM. "We all look forward to her connecting every day with our growing workday audience."

According to Scott, "I love the music and The Fish lifestyle, and am excited to join the team. The station reflects my faith and values and I look forward to being able to combine my passion for radio with the positive music and message of The Fish. It's been a great six years at Star, but I'm looking forward to this new season in my life."  (5/8)


Salem Communications announced a 3% increase in 1st quarter 2006 broadcast revenue for the three month period.  Commenting on the company's results, Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO said, "Radio broadcasters, including Salem, faced a challenging advertising environment in the first quarter with industry revenue flat compared to the comparable period last year. Positives for Salem for the quarter included our News Talk stations, which posted 7% same station revenue growth, our consistent local and national block programming business, which grew revenue by 7% over last year on a same station basis, and our Internet business which achieved 30% revenue growth over last year."  (5/8)


CVCO, Inc, operators of 104.9 the River Columbus, 95.1 the River Mid-Ohio and 92.7 JOYFM Zanesville, announced that Mike Russell has been named Promotions Director for their three central Ohio radio stations. Russell has served as CVCO, Inc.’s, Music Director for nearly seven years. He will continue to serve in this position. “Mike Russell’s experience and knowledge of Christian music will bring new relevance and insight to the Promotions Department,” said Matt Hahn, CVCO, VP of Operations. “It’s great to have a strategic thinker in this leadership position.”  (5/8)


Christian Family Radio WEMI 91.9 Appleton/Oshkosh & WEMY 91.5 Green Bay received more than $282,000 in pledges from listeners during their annual Sharathon fund-raiser May 2-4.  The 2006 Sharathon goal was $275,000, representing necessary minimum operating expenses for one year. The radio ministry will celebrate 30 years of broadcasting in September!  (5/8) 


MOVEMENT: Brian Dishon moves to Artist Developement from radio promotion at EMI CMG... As Cumulus takes over Susquehanna owned WISG/Indianapolis (93.9 The Song), Eileen Wooster has left the "Kurt & Eileen" morning show...    (5/4)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River)  launched a new morning show this week. The "Todd and Tracy Morning Show" features Todd Stach and Tracy Leek and is heard Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 9am. Todd joined CVCO, Inc., in January as the Promotions Director. Tracy has served as the River’s Morning Show host for more than three years. “We are very excited about the opportunity to take a good Morning Show and grow it into something even greater,” said CVCO, Inc., VP of Operations Matt Hahn. “Todd Stach’s talent and Tracy Leek’s experience will truly carry this show to the next level.”  CVCO, Inc., General Manager Dan Baughman agrees, “It’s exciting to have a Morning Show that can keep it real – relevant and current - with their audience. Through this continued growth we are truly changing lives together.”  (5/2)


STUFF: AFA has sold 4 CP's To Jimmy Swaggart's "Sonlife Radio Network for $1 mil. They are located in Panama City, Fl, Beatrice, NE, Grand Island, NE, and Hastings, NE... Sean Copeland has exited the "Craig & Company" morning show at KXOJ/Tulsa... WCCD/Cleveland brings in Marlo Martin-Jackson as MD... His Radio Network PD Rob Dempsey finished 550 out of 4000 runners in the Country Music Marathon in Nashville... Uncle Steve has decided to exit the PD/morning slot at Salem's KBIQ/Colorado Springs due to health issues... (5/2)


The Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association honored WGRC/Lewisburg's News and Public Affairs Department with the Joe Snyder Award for Outstanding News Service.  WGRC General Manager Larry Weidman along with News Anchor, Jim Diehl accepted AP’s top award  “The award reflects the team effort of the staff of WGRC and ironically, as we are a station that proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ, we are grateful that our peers have also recognized quality news programming on Christian radio,” says Weidman.  WGRC walked away with four, first place awards for News Documentary, Continuing Coverage, Radio Sound, and News or Sports Program categories. (5/2)


WAY-FM/West Palm Beach welcomes Paul Goldsmith as their new Marketing and Promotions Director.  He most recently served as Chicago regional rep for the K-Love Network.  (4/28)


BITS: Wendy Wiese joins Relevant Radio as afternoon news anchor... EMF picks up KTPB/Longview, Tx from Kilgore College for 2.46mil...  Maverick will exit mornings at WAY FM/Denver April 28th... Make sure you check the JOY FM Network PD Steve Swanson's article "The Main Thing" in the HisAir.Net Christian Radio Feedback Room... (4/25)


HisAir.Net is sad to report that Robert (Bob) C Neff, former Vice President of Broadcasting for Moody Broadcasting Network (MBN) passed away Friday after a courageous battle with ALS. In September 2005, Neff celebrated his 40th year with MBN as Vice President of Broadcasting for the Moody Bible Institute (MBI). When he took the helm in 1974, MBN consisted of three owned and operated stations, and under Neff’s leadership it expanded to include 35 owned and operated stations. In 1982, Neff helped pioneer the nationwide satellite delivery of MBN programming, currently serving more than 400 affiliate stations and outlets. In the last 10 years of his leadership, Neff advanced the globalization of Christian radio through strategic partnerships with HCJB World Radio, the Buckner Foundation, Romania’s Radio Voice of the Gospel and many other organizations.

Neff is survived by his wife, Miriam (Hinds); his four children, Valerie Hogan, John Neff, Charles Neff, and Rob Neff; his son-in-law, Mark Hogan and daughters-in-law, Lori Neff and Mia Neff; his three grandsons, Albert, Edward, and Edmond Hogan; his mother, Dorothy Neff; and sisters, Rebecca Shelton and Barbara Caban.

A celebration of his life will be held at Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, IL, on Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 pm. (4/21)


WAY-FM/Denver welcomes new morning show host Brian Sims, transitioning from PD/Afternoons at Cumulus station WLTO/Lexington. Sims had spent some time in Christian radio with CRISTA Ministries and most recently with Clear Channel’s ‘101.1 The One’ in Nashville. “Brian is sharp and has a great on air style which will help us considerably as we’re still in the early part of our growth cycle,’ points out PD Scott Veigel.  Aside from his two new favorite words being ‘John Elway’, Sims adds that he’s ‘looking forward to living in Denver and working with the great people of WAY-FM plus it will work out great because I want my 20 month old son Owen to start training to be an Olympic Speed skater – Antarctica 2024!!”   Sims replaces Maverick who has left the station. (4/20)


The Worship Radio Network announces 3 new translators for it’s ROCK station, ZAP 88.9 WMDR/Oakland, ME.  Translator frequencies 98.3 FM in Freeport Center and 92.7 FM in Maine’s largest Arbitron market of Portland, ME.  Both frequencies signed on in March 2006.  Current construction of 100.7 FM in Bangor is in process which is expected to sign on by May 2006.  This will give ZAP FM coverage in Maine’s largest 3 markets of Bangor, Augusta & Portland.  (4/18)


Former KAXF/Houston OM Quenton Rockwell has launched a syndicated program he hosts himself called "The Nation of Rockwell". The program plays Christian rock and features artist interviews and humor. The show is airing on KXPW/Austin, WMKL/Miami, WLRY/Columbus, OH and others. Vist the show's website at www.thenationofrockwell.com to get further info or contact Quenton at qrock@thenationofrockwell.com   (4/17)


BITS: Ace Alexander has been named National Music Director for SGN (Sheridan Gospel Network) based in Atlanta... Look for Curb artist Natalie Grant on Fox News Channels "Dayside" program Tuesday 4/18... 50 Dove Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman is planning a 20 city international tour, click here for details.  (4/17)


David Santrella, GM of Salem's WYLL-WIND/Chicago and WFZH-WRRD/Milwaukee has been appointed vice president and general manager of the Chicago and Milwaukee clusters, according to Joe D. Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Salem Communications. Davis commented, "David Santrella's singular client focus and passion for our business define his commitment to Salem. This promotion reflects his outstanding performance over the years, his added responsibilities and the overall leadership he makes to his community and to his colleagues."

And, Brian Taylor, GM at Salem Media of Colorado, which includes KRKS-FM and KRKS-AM/Denver and News Talk 710 KNUS and 1650 KNUS 2, has been appointed vice president and general manager of the Denver radio cluster, according to Davis. Davis commented, "Brian Taylor has successfully grown the Denver cluster through his attention to detail and commitment to technical and programming excellence. He has helped build Salem's Denver News Talk stations into format leaders. This promotion reflects his superior performance over the years and his overall leadership."   (4/13)


WCLN/Fayetteville makes adjustments to it's on air line-up as PD/mornings Jim Morgan moves to mid-days to accommodate his additional programming duties. In addition PM driver Syndi Long moves to mornings and MD Steve Turley slips into Mid-days from afternoons.  (4/13)


Larry Bower, News Director for The WBCL Radio Network, has been recognized for outstanding work in news by the Indiana Associated Press during their regional awards banquet. Larry received First Place in the Best Feature category for his story “Principal meets President,” as well as Second Place in the same category for his feature called “Marine Flag Raiser.”  He also received Second Place honors in the General News category for “Hurricane Volunteer.” Larry commented, “It was an honor to win against competition from Indiana’s largest markets.  I’m thankful WBCL constantly supports and encourages our local news operation.”  (4/12)


WONU/Chicago afternoon host Seth “Tower” Hurd, was named Olivet Nazarene University’s Student Employee of the Year during an annual awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 12. Hurd, also works as a writer in the Office of Marketing Communications. Hurd was among 10 students nominated out of more than 900 students employed by the University in the last fiscal year. After graduating in May, Hurd will continue employment at Olivet as marketing writer and as production manager/afternoon for Shine.FM.  (4/12)


Salem Communications announced this week that Dennis Ciapura has been named senior vice president for broadcast development. In addition to overseeing broadcast development and property management, Ciapura will oversee the company's engineering and research departments.

Edward G. Atsinger III, president and chief executive officer of Salem, said, "The roles of broadcast development, property management, engineering and research have become increasingly important to Salem. The volume and complexity of these challenges has reached the point where it makes sense to bring them under one management umbrella, especially as we continue to grow and position Salem to take best advantage of facility improvement opportunities and new technologies."

Prior to joining Salem as vice president of broadcast development in 2004, Ciapura was president of Performance Broadcasting, a Sedona, Ariz., based consulting company providing management and acquisition analysis services to the broadcast industry. He also has held senior executive positions at Catholic Radio Network, Triathlon Broadcasting Company, SFX Broadcasting, Noble Broadcast Group and Greater Media.  (4/12)


CHANGES: Former Air 1 night-time personality Matt Hubbell lands mornings at secular AC KBNG/Grand Junction, Co... WAY FM/West Palm Beach PD Donna Cruz gets to sleep in as she moves to PM Drive... CHRSN's Morning team of Jeff & Stace add WAYT/Tallahassee... Gospel Music Channel is now seen on Comcast Digital Cable in Atlanta.  (4/11)



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HECK IT OUT: Kidd Kraddick does! WAY FM/West Palm Beach morning guy Brant Hansen says "Your Listener Is An Idiot". Make sure you read his thoughts and comments this week at the HisAir.Net
Christian Radio Feedback Room.  (4/6)


We had a great time in Nashville attending GMA. Some of the fine radio folk we got to meet include KBGB's Smilin Tom, WMHK's Tom Greene, WISG's Kurt Wallace, WPOZ's Scott Smith, WAY FM's Dave Senes, Salem's Chuck Finney, His Radio's Rob Dempsey, KLTY's Frank Reed, Hit Music Research's Ken Farley, and many more. Also record people including PLG's Mark Giles, INO's Dan Michaels and Jennifer Allen, Sparrow's Brian Dishon, EMI's Brian Thiele, and many more. Click here to see our GMA pics.  (4/6)


The 37th annual GMA awards are history. Artist/songwriter Chris Tomlin became the 2006 Dove Award Artist of the Year, while earning four other Doves, announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and executive producer of the GMA Music Awards.

Tomlin was one of 37 different artists who won Dove Awards, including Steven Curtis Chapman, who received his 50th trophy, an accomplishment unmatched by any other major award show winner. Tomlin’s co-writer and producer Ed Cash was one of the evening’s other big winners, earning four Doves including Producer of the Year. David Crowder Band and lead member David Crowder were three-time winners along with their producer Tedd T.

GMA AWARD WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
      Chris Tomlin

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
      Chris Tomlin

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
      Natalie Grant

GROUP OF THE YEAR
      Casting Crowns

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
      The Afters

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
      Christa Wells

To get a complete list of all the winners go here.  (4/6)


CHANGES: KTSY/Boise PD Ty McFarland is headed to WGTS/DC as PD. He'll replace Becky Wilson Alignay who will concentrate totally on her morning show... After 13 years KCBI/Dallas GM/Morning personality Ron Harris has left the building due to philosophical differences, no word yet on his replacement... GMA director of marketing Jerry Charles has been named executive director of advertising sales at Salem Publishing... EMF is selling KFYE/Kingsburg, CA for 2.75 mil, it still has 2 other stations in the market...  (4/6)

 

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