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Bill Lurwick from KJIL/Meade tells HisAir.Net: "At at about 12:30 CST, on 12/31/06, the top 200 feet of  KJIL's 945ft. tower collapsed due to heavy icing that had occurred over the previous 48 hours, during the devastating storms that have affected the western plains.  Please pray for us as we work on deciding what action to take.  Pray that we will find someone that can come put up a new tower quickly. As most of you know, we have had severe ice and wind over the last couple of days.  Utility companies in the area experienced over 5000 telephone poles snapping. The tower was also home to our Inspirational station KHYM.

The cables loaded with ice seemed to pull the top section apart.  There are portions of the tower on all three
sides.  It is still dangerous to walk near the tower so we refrained from a close inspection of the pieces on the
ground.  It does not seem that there is any damage to the building.  There is $200,000 in equipment in the 
building.  We have insurance, please join us in prayer as we plan for the future, and for our listeners who will be without their Christian radio voice's that are KJIl and KHYM."  (12/31)


WVRY/Dickson-Clarksville-Ashland City, TN (105.1 FM) , fresh off playing continuous Christmas Music, switched to a all Praise and Worship format calling itself  “Life 105.1”. From Hopkinsville, KY to Hohenwald, TN, from Paris, TN to Belle Meade, TN, with 50,000 watts of power, Life 105.1 will target adults 35+. Core artists include Chris Tomlin, Don Moen, Darlene Zschech, Michael W. Smith, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Twila Paris, Selah and Hillsong. WVRY is licensed to Waverly, Tennessee with offices in Dickson, Clarksville and Nashvilleand is owned and operated by Salem Communications.  (12/28)


WYLL/Chicago PM drive personality, Scott Thomas has left the station to become Check Awards' VP of sales and marketing. He was with WYLL for three years.  (12/27)


Chris Bowlby has been named GM for KFIS/Portland  "The Fish 104.1 FM", and Talk Radio Oregon 93.1 FM KTRO/Portland. "As we look strategically at the Portland market, we believe that Chris Bowlby's track record with creative marketing and management will strengthen our impact and service to listeners," said Jon Horton, vice president of operations for Salem. Bowlby brings 20 years' experience in media sales and management to Portland where he spent several years as director of sales at Comcast and AT&T. More recently, he served as advertising sales manager for Charter Communications in Los Angeles and director of sales for Univision Radio Group in San Francisco. (12/20)


Promotions at Word Records! Rod Riley is now senior VP of marketing and Susan Riley will become senior VP of A&R and publishing in their expanded roles. Susan will head A&R and publishing for the entire label group, while Rod will oversee all marketing, key label direction and up-line collaboration with Warner Brothers Records. Derek Jones has been upped to VP of promotional marketing, and will oversee the radio, new media, touring and publicity teams for Word. Tim Marshall will become senior VP of channel marketing, targeting retail channels, special markets and the newly created direct-to-church marketing division. Meanwhile Chad Segura will lead the publishing department with the title VP of publishing and will work directly with the Word Label Group’s artist songwriters.  (12/19)


Salem's 1360 AM WKAT/Miami will be launching a fresh line-up of Christian Talk programs beginning January 1.  Joe D. Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Salem, explained that Salem and its ministry programming partners have long sought a Miami presence to launch its Christian Teaching and Talk programming, the company's foundational format. "Since entering Miami in 2005, we have looked for an opportunity to offer South Florida listeners quality Christian talk programming. The new format will serve the thousands of listeners who have no local radio resource for many of these popular ministry programs."

Tony Calatayud, general manager of WKAT, said, "This is an opportunity to reach the 12th largest market with some of the strongest national and local ministry leaders who provide programming that really impact people's daily lives. Miami and Ft. Lauderdale have vibrant local churches, and 1360 AM WKAT will be working with the churches to inform and engage the entire Christian community."  (12/18)


Two Dayton area Christian radio stations WFCJ and WEEC are joining forces with a shared-services agreement. The agreement allows the stations to share advertising dollars, promotional campaigns, staff members, equipment, vehicles and other assets. They also will jointly host concerts and seminars. According to a local newspaper report the two stations always have acted more like partners than competitors -- one station's workers will cover for the other when the first has a company event, said Clair Miller, vice president and general manager of WFCJ. By cooperating, the stations will end up saving money, Miller said. "We have two stations here that have very good reputations, and we're each going to draw on the good reputation that the other one has," he said.

WFCJ, based in Miamisburg, has budgeted $900,000 for 2007 and has 14 employees. It's owned by nonprofit organization Miami Valley Christian Broadcasting and ranked No.15 in the fall ARB. WEEC, based in Springfield, also is a nonprofit and has about 16 employees.  (12/15)


Longtime Dallas on air personality Larry Dixon joins The Salem Radio Network as Affiliate Relations Manager covering the Midwest and Northwest territories. "Larry is the consumate radio pro," says CP of News and Programming Tom Tradup. "We are delighted to have him on the SRN team and I know it will be a joy for our current and future affiliates to work with him."   (12/15)


KSBJ/Houston Promotion Manager Jason Ray will exit the station to start his own business. Ray has been with KSBJ since 1996. Check out the jobs page for info on this opening in Houston.  (12/14)


KCMS/Seattle has named Melene Thompson the new VP/GM for the Crista Broadcasting stations including KCIS-AM and KWPZ.  Melene replaces Tony Bollen who remaines with Crista Ministries in another capacity. Thompson joined Crista in 2001 and was most recently director of sales and operations.  (12/14)


Bits: Make sure you check out Way FM/Kalamazoo PD Mike Couchman's article on Christian CHR in the Christian Radio Feedback Room... Storms destroyed the KLFF/San Luis Obispo, CA transmitter causing the station to operate at reduced power... We sorry to report the passing of International Christian Broadcasters President George Alexander who built stations in Africa, Alaska, Peru, Honduras, among others.   (12/14)


Salem Music Network presented Bill Gaither with a “Special Achievement Award” for the phenomenal success of the two year old “Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio Show”. With more than 500 plus radio stations now airing the show weekly nationwide, including Salem’s Solid Gospel Radio Network, the Armed Forces Radio Network with 177 military bases world wide and 188 “ships at sea”, and the Sirius Satellite Network airing the show twice on Sunday’s, the combined weekly listening audience is now more than one million. This presentation decrees that “Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio Show” is: “Christian Music’s Most Listened to Weekly Radio Show” Jim Black, Director of Affiliate Relations & Syndication for the Solid Gospel Radio Network, said “ in all of our years of syndication, we have never seen such rapid growth on a world wide basis as we have seen with this show. The main reason this show is seeing such a wide acceptance is due mainly to the host and creator, Bill Gaither”. The award was presented in a press conference before the Gaither Homecoming event in Nashville at The Gaylord Entertainment Center as well as on stage in front of thousands before the show. The “Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio Show” is syndicated worldwide by Salem Radio Network. For more information on syndicating this show, contact Jim Black at 615-367-2210 ext 203 or jblack@salemmusicnetwork.com For more information contact: Dick Marsh 367-2210 ext 107 dmarsh@salemmusicnetwork.com   (12/14)


Salem's KKOL/Seattle "News Talk 1300" got a nice bump in wattage as the station boosts it's power to 50kw. The new signal increases KKOL's coverage to more than 3.5 million area listeners.. GM Joe Gonzalez  says "This gives us the much needed boost we've been waiting for as well as the opportunity to dramatically increase our audience, Our loyal listeners have waited patiently with us for this day. From Olympia to Mount Vernon, KOL offers the best news analysis and commentary in the great Northwest."  (12/13)


WONU/Chicago "89.7 Shine Dot FM" has added the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN) program "Total Axxess" to its night lineup.  WONU Program Director Johnathon Eltrevoog said, "Total Axxess fits WONU perfectly.  They play all the hits, and it's just like a reality show on the radio." Total Axxess airs on WONU weeknights from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (CST).  The program is hosted by "Jayar" along with co-host "Shimmy."  Former WONU night personality Erick Karl moves to full time production director/morning show co-host.   (12/12)

WAFG/Ft Lauderdale OM/Morning host Scott Blakely will join CVCO, Inc. as "Pro Talk 1490" /Huntsville, AL Station Manager.  (12/12)


Audience Development Group announces the addition of veteran programmer and founder of Robinson Media Kevin Robinson. Robinson’s programming experience includes WZFS/Chicago "The Fish" in addition to stints in St. Louis, Buffalo, and Lansing and was most recently Vice-President of HOT AC Programming with CBS.

“I am absolutely thrilled and, at the same time humbled that a blue chip firm like Audience Development Group would reach out to me to join their operation”, said Robinson. “Partners Tim Moore and Brian Wright represent a full range of clients, operating with impeccable character and tremendous integrity”, Robinson added. “Audience Development Group has set the industry standard for strategic success and customer service excellence for their clients!”

Robinson’s addition to Audience Development Group is immediate and he will be based out of St. Louis.  (12/12)



The Weekend Top 20 Countdown (AC) & The Weekend 22 (CHR ) will be airing Christmas Specials for the weekend of Dec. 23rd. Each program will be two hours, featuring a great mix of contemporary, traditional, and original Christmas favorites (and new songs) from a variety of Christian music artists including many Christmas memories as well. Also, The Top 20 Songs of 2006 and The Top 22 Songs of 2006 will be available for the weekends of Dec. 30th & January 6th. These shows will look back at the year through the artists comments and their music. The programs will be available to download free of charge from AmpedCreative's website. 
The Weekend Top 20 Countdown is hosted by WPOZ/Orlando morning man Scott Smith, who recently won R&R's Show of The Year award. All stations, evn if not a regular affiliate of the two program is welcome to air these specials. For more info on airing the shows email Ken Farley  at radiohits1@aol.com.   (12/11)
 

Bits: EMF is buying KDMN/Gillette, WY from Montana State University for 55k... Congratulations to WYLV/Knoxville air personality Danielle Hedges on the birth of a baby girl... Please pray fro WVFJ/Atlanta marketing director Steve Williams who will have heart surgery next week...    (12/8)


Green Eye Creative welcomes new imaging clients WIBI/Carlinville and WCIC/Peoria - both of the New Life Radio Group.  New Life stations WBGL/Champaign and WCFL/Chicagoland are already on board.  Green Eye has also recently renewed imaging contracts with WCVO/Columbus, KLRC/Siloam Springs, and KVMV/McAllen, TX.  For more information, visit www.greeneyecreative.com.   (12/8)


KTSY/Boise surpassed it's goal during a recent sharathon. The goal for the three day event was $575-thousand dollars. After the goal was reached the station raised another $25-thousand to buy back-up power equipment for the studios. This year’s total surpassed last year’s by over $160-thousand dollars. The final total was over $602-thousand dollars. Congrtulations to PD Jerry Woods and staff.  (12/7)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has purchased WWIA/Palm Bay, Florida. The new call letters will be WHYZ. WHYZ will be Z88.3’s fourth full power station, and will increase its coverage area to south Brevard County which includes Melbourne and Palm Bay, Florida. Palm Bay is currently the largest city in Brevard County with over 100,000 people residing. “For years we have heard from residents in Palm Bay wanting a better Z signal for their area, and for the first time, we are able to give them a strong, clear Z signal,” says Z88.3’s Program Director, Dean O’Neal. This is a great opportunity for Z88.3 to reach out to even more of Central Florida.  (12/6)


Shocker: Word is Cumulus has decided to pull the plug on it's successful WISG/Indianapolis! On December 26th "93.9 The Song" will flip to FM Talk airing the likes of Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram, and Michael Savage among others.

As for the staff cuts include Kurt Wallace, morning show host and Doug McKenzie Community Service Coordinator. Fritz Moser, morning co-host, has been retained to assist PD David Wood in operations of the new station. Steve O'Brien, The Song afternoon guy, takes over afternoon duties at sister station JACK FM. Wallace's last morning show will be December 22nd.

Cumulus purchased WISG from Susquehanna in 2005. Susquehanna changed the station call letters to WISG from WGRL and the format to CCM from Oldies in July 2004.   (12/4)


Stuff: Tampa will have a new Christian CHR station "104.7 HD2 The Faith, Today's Christian Hits." after Christmas when CBS Oldies station WRBQ adds the format to it's HD line up... Clear Channels WENN/Birmingham (Hallelujah 105.5) has flipped to mainstream rock...  Salem Says they will sell WKNR/Cleveland to Good Karma for 7mil...   (12/4)


Bits: WVFJ/Atlanta morning co-host Susan Richards returns to work for Arbitron... WMKL/Miami adds Quenton Rockwell's syndicated "Rockwell Nation" to the schedule four nights a week... Moody has added 30 minutes to the length of it's program "Prime Time America" making it 2hrs   (12/1) 


Salem has promoted Chuck DeFeo to vice president and general manager of www.Townhall.com and News Talk Online effective immediately. In his new role, DeFeo will manage Salem's news talk radio station websites and SRNNews.com while maintaining responsibility for Townhall.com. Commenting on the promotion, Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO, said, "Chuck DeFeo has played a significant role in making Townhall.com one of the leading brands in the conservative opinion space. In his new role, he will improve and expand our news talk radio station websites as well as launch SRNNews.com, a news site for conservatives. With his unique background in public policy and online activism, Chuck will lead the effort to implement Salem's strategy of becoming one of the leading multi-media providers of conservative opinion content." DeFeo joined Salem in March 2005 as director of online strategy leading the development of Salem's News Talk Internet strategy. Prior to joining Salem, DeFeo served as eCampaign Manager for Bush-Cheney '04, where he developed the online strategy and managed Internet operations for President Bush's re-election campaign.  (11/30)


Updates: WZFI/Bridgeton, NJ PD Joe Burke says his station (Lift 98.5) can now be heard in Cape May/Wildwood, NJ on 97.9... KLJC/Kansas City has decided not to fill it's Station Manager position and handle business as is for now...   (11/28)


AllWorship.com (http://www.AllWorship.com),  has introduced a special Christmas stream for the month of December. AllWorship.com, a not-for-profit ministry, was launched in March of 2004.  "In many parts of the world, Christian music is just not available," said Therese Romano, the station's Program Director. "There are no Christian radio stations, Christian CDs, or, in some parts of the world, the freedom to worship Jesus Christ. AllWorship.com was started with those people in mind. AllWorship is purely a ministry--no one working with AllWorship.com is receiving a salary. All who are involved are doing so as volunteers or are receiving a modest fee for sharing their expertise in helping provide the best possible service. For more information, please contact Therese Romano at 800-272-2511.  (11/28)


The Pillar of Fire Radio Network has named Art Garza Station Manager of WAKW/Cincinnati. A veteran of Christian broadcasting in the areas of management, strategic planning, development and programming, Art most recently served as Director of Business Development for KSGN in Riverside, CA. In addition to WAKW Pillar of Fire also owns and operates WAWZ/ New York and KPOF/Denver.  (11/27)


Salem's News Talk 870AM KRLA/Los Angeles has increased its coverage area, boosting its day time signal from 20,000 to 50,000 watts. The potential audience rises 1.3 million listeners. "At 50,000 watts, we are excited that KRLA is now among the most powerful AM stations in Los Angeles. This signal improvement enables us to reach a broader audience well-suited to our programming strengths," says Salem Los Angeles Vice President and General Manager Terry Fahy. "For people in the Greater Los Angeles area who want hard-hitting truth-telling news and commentary, we deliver."  (11/27)


Bits: After going off the air 12 years ago, WLIX/Long Island plans to return to the air under new owners as a Christian station in Spring 2007...  KOAY/Wasatch, UT adds the "Scott & Sam" morning show originating at KCMS/Seattle... WPOZ/Orlando grabbed 4 achievement awards at the R&R summit... WNZR/Mt Vernon, OH celebrates 20 years in radio ministry...  (11/22)


Salem has named Corry Reynolds as PD for KAIM/Honolulu (95.5 The Fish). Reynolds most recently worked as on-air talent and production director at  KBSG/Seattle (Oldies 97.3) and at one time was also APD/mid-days at Salem's KFIS/Portland. Commenting on her new position, Reynolds said, "I'm thrilled to be with Salem once again and back in the 'fish pond.' Salem has done great things with their FISH brand and I look forward to working with this great team to take the FISH Hawaii to the next level."  (11/20)


Deadlines and guidelines for the GMA/CMB Radio Station of the Year Awards have been set. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. CT, January 26, 2007. Eligible stations must play Christian music for at least 50 percent of their broadcast day. They will be judged in four areas - community involvement, ratings, aircheck and industry leadership. The Guidelines and Entry Form for this year's contest follow and also can be downloaded using the links below. One radio station from each of the market segments – major, large, medium and small – are honored with this award. Go here for complete details.  (11/20)


Salem announced two appointments today at their Louisville cluster of radio stations. Mark Thomas, station manager of News Talk 970AM WGTK in Louisville, has been named general manager of the Louisville cluster. Salem also announced it has named Steve Green as station manager of the Salem Radio Group, which includes Louisville Christian stations WFIA 94.7FM/AM 900 and The River WRVI 105.9FM. Green joins Salem most recently from editor of Coastal Christian Family Magazine in Destin, Fla. Before that, Green was general manager of a four-station radio group in Panama City, Fla. Previously, Green was in sales management for radio stations in Birmingham, Ala., and served as general manager of cable ad sales with Time Warner. Green has extensive experience in sales and in staff management and is recognized for his ability to manage diverse teams.  (11/17)


Bits: Big Idea, Inc will start a 14 part radio show called "Veggietales Radio Show" Nov 20, go to www.bigidea.com/radioshow for demo... Phil Conner has announced he will exit promotions at Gotee Records on Dec 14th... The Salem Web Network has launched www.lightsource.com featuring ministry on demand video...  (11/15)


Bits: The HisAir.Net Christian Radio Feedback Room is back. New moderator Bill Lurwick invites you to check out all the great articles on Christian Radio by going here...  WNEB/Worcester station manager Steve Tuzeneu has been accepted as a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and has also been granted certification by the organization as a Certified Broadcast Technologist... Former WBGB/Jacksonville PD Tom Fridley has accepted a job with Seven Bridges Radio helping them launch a new sports station there...  (11/13)


KGBI/Omaha PD Mark Michaels is leaving the station to join KLRC/Fayetteville, AR as new PD and Morning Host effective December 4. Michaels replaces Melody Miller who resigned last month. Michaels has been with KGBI since May, 1997. Under Michaels' leadership, KGBI has been nominated multiple times as a finalist for the NAB Crystal and Marconi Awards and was awarded the Nebraska Broadcaster's Community Service Award. "Mark is a great programmer and a leader of integrity," said KLRC General Manager Sean Sawatzky. "He has an obvious passion for using the tool of radio to make a Positive Difference in the lives of listeners. I'm confident that he will help KLRC reach new levels of success - both in audience growth and in ministry."  (11/13)


Bits: WFHM/Cleveland PD Sue Wilson has announced she will be leaving the station Nov. 24 (and CCM format) to join Country station WQMX/Akron. Wilson was also overseeing other Salem Cleveland station WHKW as well as WHKZ/Youngstown ...  WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) reached its all-time highest 12+ Metro cume with 171,600 listeners and 12+ AQH share of 5.1 in the summer 2006 survey... Ed Long has left the morning show at WPPZ/Philadelphia (Praise 103.9)...    (11/9)


WRBS/Baltimore announced today that the team of Tracey Tiernan, Mike Alley, and David Paul will replace long-time morning host Dick Ireland who retired after suffering a stroke on May 11, 2006. Tiernan moves from afternoon drive at WRBS. Mike Alley anchored traffic and co-hosted with Ireland on the morning show, and David Paul is WRBS PD. The three have worked together as a team off and on for months and gelled. “Three different people, totally different personalities, but they work together well,” says Steve Lawhon, WRBS General Manager. Steve Swanson will replace Tiernan in afternoon drive. On September 18, 2006, it was announced that Ireland would not return to WRBS, after suffering a stroke in May. Ireland first joined WRBS in 1997. Steve Lawhon commented, “He continues to improve and is thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”   (11/7)


Shaun Holly has been named OM/PD for the two Salem Phoenix radio stations (KKNT-AM 960 and KPXQ-AM 1360).  Holly succeeds Laurie Larson, relocated to PD for the four Salem Sacramento radio stations. "Shaun Holly brings tremendous experience in a variety of formats to his new position at Salem Phoenix," said GM John Timm. "His market familiarity will be a strong asset towards taking KKNT and KPXQ to the next level." Holly has a 22-year career in the Phoenix radio market and most recently served as director of operations for Clear Channel Phoenix. He has held programming positions at KESZ, KNIX, KYOT, KOOL, KGLQ and KMLE all in Phoenix.  (11/7)


Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN) General Manager Faron Dice has announced that Jeff and Stace in the Morning recently received the Nashville A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) award for “Best Locally Produced Nationally Syndicated Show,” (defeating the perennial winners in this category - “Crook and Chase”)  Additionally, Stace won the Best New Talent Award.  The Nashville A.I.R. awards are presented annually, and represent all Christian and mainstream radio stations. Stace also serves as Music Director for the network. Jeff and Stace in the Morning airs daily on CHRSN, and is available to stations nationwide. Network Program Director Dave Senes stated, “I couldn’t be more proud of the job Jeff and Stace are doing in the mornings. It is great to see them being recognized for all their hard work.”  (11/7)


Dave Palmer has been named GM at Gotee Records. Palmer was most recently with Rocketown and BHT Records as well as positions with Reunion, Squint, and Rode Dog Records.  (11/7)


Movement: KCMS/Seattle morning show with "Scott & Sam" is now airing on KKJM/St Cloud, MN... Wayne Geiger joins KLJC/Kansas City as morning host... Former KKFS/Sacramento PD Chris Squires joins KERI/Bakersfield as station sales/programming specialist... (11/6)


Salem Communications Corporation says it had a 9.3% increase in total revenue for the three month period ending September 30, 2006. Commenting on the company's results, Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO said, "The major contributors to our 9.3% increase in third quarter 2006 total revenue were our Internet and publishing businesses, whose revenue more than doubled to $5.4 million. Despite continuing weakness in the radio advertising market, we achieved net broadcasting revenue growth of 4.3%. Our News Talk stations grew net revenue by 20.1% and our Christian Teaching and Talk block programming business grew net revenue by 11.9%. We continue to focus on integrating our proven radio platform with our newer Internet and publishing businesses, a strategy that we believe offers substantial growth opportunities."   (11/6)


Bits: WGVC/Greenville has dropped it's CCM/Country format for all talk... EMF has closed on it's purchase of WIKL/Indianapolis... WAJF/Decatur, AL has been sold to Christian Vioce of Central Ohio... (11/3)


Arbitron announced that it will delay the reporting of public and non-commercial radio stations in the company’s local market ratings reports. Arbitron had announced on September 25, 2006 that public and non-commercial radio stations would have been eligible for reporting in the company’s local market ratings reports effective with the release of the Fall 2006 survey reports. Read more here.  (11/3)


HisAir.Net hears EMF has purchased WJYF/Valdosta and WWWD/Macon  (The Hook FM)  from Three Trees Communications. The entire staff including GM Matt "PK" Baldridge has been let go. Friends can contact PK at his MySpace page pkonair. Three Trees still owns WTIF AM-FM/Tifton, GA.  (11/2)


"Total Axxess Live" with Jayar began airing on WAY FM Denver Nov 1st and is expected to be picked up by WONU/Chicago very soon.  (11/2)


Salem Communications announced that Michael Reichert, who has been serving as regional manager over the San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle markets, has been promoted to vice president of Operations effective November 1. In his new role Reichert will add New York and Boston to his current management responsibilities.

According to Joe D. Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Salem, "Michael is extremely well qualified for his new responsibilities, and adds tremendous value to the senior management team. I have been impressed with his analytical skills and his bottom line focus will be an asset as we navigate and take advantage of the changes in broadcasting."

Reichert is an experienced broadcaster who put his first station on the air in 1980 as president and managing partner of Great Electric Communications. He managed stations in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles as vice president/general manager for Douglas Broadcasting from 1995-99. From 1999 until 2001, Reichert served as an executive with Associated Press in charge of its western division. He joined Salem in 2003.   (11/1)


Veteran broadcaster and Christian radio host Wayne Shepherd announces the launch of Wayne Shepherd Communications providing expertise in areas of voice talent, audio production, interviewing, and broadcast/communications consulting. 

Shepherd has been with the Moody Broadcasting Network (MBN) since 1974 with his first position as a WMBI/Chicago staff announcer as well as MBN Division Manager of Broadcast Programming.  For the past six years, he has also served as host of the 2005 NRB Talk Show of the Year, Open Line.  Shepherd will leave MBN in January 2007 to totally focus on this new venture. For more information on Wayne Shepherd Communications, contact wshepherd@ameritech.net or call (630) 532-7467.   (11/1)


Registration for GMA Music Week 2007 has opened with early registration discounts offered until November 20. Online registration and convention details are available at GospelMusic.org . To receive a brochure by mail, call 615-242-0303. GMA Music Week 2007 is April 21-25.

GMA Music Week is the only event of its kind that brings together all aspects of the Christian and gospel music industry: agents, signed artists, independent artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters, and other industry visionaries. The week will culminate on April 25 with the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

“GMA Music Week connects our distinctive community, offering a rare opportunity to take time to examine the trends affecting our industry; explore better ways to do our jobs and most of all to enjoy lots and lots of music,” said GMA President John W.Styll. “And, we do all this in a setting that acknowledge and affirms our shared faith and belief in the message of our music.”   (11/1)


WFIL and WNTP/Philadelphia announce the debut of a new, weekly radio program specifically targeted at listeners "50 or better." PrimeLife Radio, developed by station Programming/Marketing Manager Mark Daniels, offers a fast-paced blend of conversation and information for the city's largest--and growing--demographic segment. "Philadelphia is second only to Miami in the number of 65+ residents in a single American city," says Daniels. "That population in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is set to double in the next 10 years alone. When you add the 50 to 64 year old 'junior seniors' seeking information for themselves and their parents, we feel we're simply preparing to better serve an audience that's already listening to our stations." "Advertiser interest in the program has been very high," adds station VP/GM Russ Whitnah. "The appeal and approach of PrimeLife Radio is complementary to the established News Talk and Christian Teaching and Talk formats of our Philadelphia stations."  (11/1)


After 8 years at KTIS/Minneapolis in morning drive Chuck Knapp and Jon Engen have exited the station. According to the KTIS website Knapp took a leave of absence in July to deal with family matters then decided not to return and retire from KTIS . Engen who was also GM as well as a local Pastor then also decided to resign. Afternoon host Dave Christian has taken wake-ups.   (10/31) 


President Bob Augsburg has announced the appointment of industry veteran Joe Battaglia to the WAY-FM Board of Directors. Since 1992, Battaglia has been the president of Renaissance Communications, a full service advertising agency and event production company based in New Jersey. Before launching his agency, Battaglia spent 18 years at WWDJ Radio in Hackensack, NJ, including eight years as VP/General Manager (1982-1990) and Vice President of WWDJ’s parent company Communicom Corp of America from 1990-1992. In addition to his time at WWDJ and at Renaissance Communications, Battaglia served on the board of directors of the Gospel Music Association for 20 years and served at Chairman of the National Christian Radio Seminar (now Christian Music Broadcasters) for 14 years. Augsburg stated, “I have known Joe for over 20 years and our board joins me in looking forward to working with Joe in the years to come. He’ll bring a whole new dimension of industry experience to our team.”    (10/31)


Tim Sinclair reports that hi company Green Eye Creative celebrates it's first full year of business on November 1st, and has recently added new clients for imaging, production and voice over work:  WBCL/Ft. Wayne, KWFH/Lake Havasu City, God's Own Country/Australia and Premier Productions.  Green Eye's work is now heard on more than 1500 radio stations worldwide.  More information is available at www.greeneyecreative.com.  (10/27)


EMF Broadcasting continues to grow and has launched its 200th radio station adding the Scranton, PA market. In addition EMF has announced they will purchase KAGT/Abilene from Gospel Radio Network for 450K.  (10/26)


Pete Bunch of Spoken Word Images, Inc. checks in with HisAIr.Net to tell us the company is debuting a new division to super-serve the Christian concert industry. Pete says "Christian Concert Spots has officially opened our doors and we're producing some of the hottest spots on Christian radio. We invite old friends, and new ones we haven't met yet, to visit the site www.christianconcertspots.com and grab a demo. Chad Michael Snavely is our VP / Production and he can't wait to get his hands on your stuff.  We're rockin' it out for THE Rock ."  (10/25)
 

KWOF/Cedar Rapids  PD Jack Davis has been upped to OM for "89.1 The Spirit" as well as sister station KWOF-AM/Waterloo "The Prodigal". The Prodigal went on the air last Friday (10/20) with a Legendary Christian Rock format.   (10/25)


Bits: James Dancer joins WMFT/Tuscaloosa as Announcer/Public Relations Associate from WFIX/Florence... KNWS/Waterloo morning co-host Brittney Switala changes her mind and has decided not to leave the station... KKLA/Los Angeles has completed its signal improvement project extending coverage to reach a population of more than 13.0 million people.    (10/23)


Hot off the HisAir.Net Christian Radio Presses: KSGN/Riverside has given interim PD Bryan O'Neal the job permanently... KBIQ/Colorado Springs morning co-host Chris Kelly is leaving the station to return to "Focus On The Family"... WKBF/Quad Cities, IA has been sold and will flip to Christian Talk by the end of the year... Christian band Go Fish has launched a weekly half-hour program called “The Go Fish Kids Radio Show” for more info go to www.gofishguys.com.   (10/20)


Relevant Radio lays off 28. Citing a need to balance the budget, Relevant Radio announced a network restructuring plan that resulted in laying off 28 people. The Catholic radio network owns or operates 17 radio stations and has an additional 17 affiliated stations in 14 states. All of the stations will remain on the air. The restructuring plan does not affect the network's listener-interactive radio talk show format. Company officials reported that projected revenue for 2007 would not support the current organizational structure. Relevant Radio is a nonprofit organization operated by Starboard Media Foundation. It began broadcasting in 2000.  (10/19)


Matt Herrick joins CHRSN (The Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network) in the newly created position of Network Operations Coordinator.  Herrick was previously Regional Manager with EMF Broadcasting and Network Manager with the Effect Radio Network. “We’re excited to have Matt join us,” says General Manager, Faron Dice, “His network experience will be a real plus for us as CHRSN continues to grow.”  (10/18)


KTSY/Boise has launched its third translator at 97.5, FM into Sun Valley, Idaho. “In addition to Boise-area people, lots of people from California and around the world vacation in Sun Valley.  We thought this was the next logical extension of our ministry,” said KTSY general manager Mike Agee. KTSY is planning to broadcast live from the area during the winter months to celebrate the new launch.  (10/18)


Movement: Kipp Kelly leaves the Creative Services Director slot at WAWZ/New York as his position has been eliminated... Salem's KKOL/Seattle (1300AM) will boost it's power to 50kw... Rudi Camello has been named general sales manager of the Salem radio cluster overseeing sales of KHUI, KHCM and KGMZ...  (10/18)


Melody Miller has resigned her Program Director / Morning Show Host position at KLRC/Fayetteville-AR effective October 27.  Miller has been with the station since Jan '97 and became PD in June 0f 2000. Under her direction KLRC has received national recognition as Gospel Music Association Radio Station of the Year three times (2001, 2002, 2006) and has become one of the Top 5 most listened-to radio stations in Northwest Arkansas. Miller plans to continue to be involved with Christian radio and will also be working on the completion of her first book.  She can be contacted at 479-/228-3074 or e-mail at radiomelodymiller@gmail.com. KLRC GM Sean Sawatzky is searching for Miller's replacement. Check the HisAir.Net jobs page for details.  (10/16)


Bits: Secular Rock KKZR/Little Rock owned by Archway Broadcasting has flipped to CCM calling itself "Spirit 93.3"... GMA announces the 2007 Dove Awards hosts to be Natalie Grant, Brian Littrell, and Donnie McClurkin... KKFS/Sacramento (103.9 The Fish) APD Jeremy Burgess has left the station for unknown reasons after 5 years. The station has made no replacement at this time. (10/13)


KYWA/Wichita, KS (WAY-FM)  just completed it’s Fall Pledge Drive reaching it’s goal only 2 days into the event. The pledge drive ended at 117% of goal. Launched in the Spring of 2004, WAY-FM in Wichita has made a significant impact over the past year. With an increase of 31% in the Spring 2006 Arbitron ratings, the station has grown into a real force in the community. In addition to providing Christian music 24/7 that’s geared for youth and adults, WAY-FM in Wichita has been involved in the promotion of major concerts for the Fall season bringing such artists as BarlowGirl, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, TobyMac, Hawk Nelson, The Afters and others to Wichita. WAY-FM / Wichita General Manager Paul Anthony stated, “It is really exciting to see God move on the people in Wichita. This is the most successful pledge drive in the station’s history and will help to put us on a firm foundation for growth in the future.”    (10/13)


Laurie Larson has been named PD for the four Salem Sacramento radio stations, KKFS "The Fish", News Talk 1380 KTKZ, News Talk KTKZ 105.5 FM and teaching and talk station 710 KFIA. Larson previously was the operations manager for Salem's Phoenix stations KPXQ and KKNT. She's also held on-air positions at classic rock stations KESP/KAZL/KAJM Phoenix, as well as PD and MD KSLX/Phoenix. "Laurie brings top-tier talent, ability and leadership skills to Salem Sacramento," said Tom Holiday, Salem Sacramento GM,. "Her combination of on-air and management experience is a great asset, and we are so pleased to have her on our team."   (10/11)


Salem Communications has named M. Susan Lucchesi as GM of their New York cluster, WMCA and WWDJ, effective November 1. Meanwhile VP and NY General Manager Dave Armstrong will return to California to manage Salem's San Diego stations KPRZ and KCBQ. Joe D. Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Salem, said, "Susan Lucchesi brings an understanding of radio management and of the New York market that will be of immense benefit to our listeners and our ministry partners. She takes over stations that have experienced significant growth under the leadership of Dave Armstrong. Dave successfully ran Salem's Los Angeles cluster for 10 years, during which time the cluster grew substantially. We expect he will bring that same kind of creativity and drive to San Diego." Lucchesi most recently was GM at the Cumulus cluster in Lake Charles, LA.  (10/10)


New Christian podcasting network Wired Parish  (www.wiredparish.com)  features over 25 national Christian leaders and artists, such as Jami Smith, Brian McLaren, and Leonard Sweet host weekly original content segments for download. Interviews with various artists such as Mercy Me, Sara Grove, and Derek Webb are also regularly featured. Visit www.wiredparish.com for subscription details or contact jay@wiredparish.com for more information.  (10/7)


Morning Changes: KNWS/Waterloo morning co-host Brittney Switala will be exiting the station soon, PD Dan Raymond is looking for a replacement... Billy Burke has exited mornings at KFSH/Los Angeles, Bob Shaw is now doing wake-ups with Jennifer York... and with Cami Presley's departure  PD Donna Cruz is now in afternoons and needs someone to co-host with Brant Hanson on the morning show at WAYF/West Palm Beach... check the HisAir jobs page for details.   (10/5)


Salem's WIND/Chicago "News Talk 560 AM"  will launch a new live and local morning show tomorrow (10/5), Big John & Cisco in the Morning, featuring veteran Chicago broadcasters John Howell and Cisco Cotto. The show will air weekdays, 5:00 - 9:00 a.m. David Santrella, vice president and general manager of Salem Radio Chicago says "For the first time since the station re-launched as News Talk 560 WIND, our listeners will not only receive a national take on the issues, but will have the opportunity to understand how those national issues affect them right here in Chicago," Santrella stated. "John and Cisco have spent nearly their entire radio careers covering, talking about, and living in Chicago. They know the issues that are important and how to talk about those issues from a conservative point of view."  Howell began his radio career in 1984 on WZND-FM in Zeeland, Michigan, moving to WLAV, WJFM, and WGRD in Grand Rapids. In 1988, he relocated to Chicago, joining classic rock station WCKG-FM. Howell moved to country station WUSN-FM in 1989 where he spent the last 17 years, first hosting afternoons then moving to mornings. In 1998 Cotto joined  WMAQ/Chicago, as a reporter. He then moved to WLS-AM in Chicago as a reporter and anchor. For the past few years, Cisco has anchored midday news on WLS.   (10/4)


Movement: Michael Shishido has resigned his position as PD at KAIM/Honolulu  (95.5 The Fish).  Michael joined KAIM in June 0f 1998. His last day will be Oct 27... WHCF/Bangor has named Mike Carter PD/morning starting in November... WQFL/Rockford PD Rick Hall says his station is now streaming so check them out at http://www.101qfl.com/stream/    (10/2)

 

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