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WBCL/Ft Wayne welcomes Jill Johnston as their new Promotions Director. Jill’s radio career began in 2005 as assistant to Carmen Brown, PD of The Joy FM in Sarasota, FL. Relocating to Indiana, she pursued her ministry passion by joining the WBCL team assisting in the formation of a positive teen ministry, Remedy FM. “I want to participate in a job that impacts lives,” Jill said. “WBCL is just what God has orchestrated. I’m glad to be part of the WBCL family.”  (8/31)


HisAir.Net is sad to report the recent death of WSHO/New Orleans announcer David Grant. David served at WSHO "Sonshine 800"  for a number of years and wore numerous hats at the station in addition to his on-air duties. David also ran the very successful website christiancoffeehouse.info. He is survived by his wife Karen.  (8/31)


MARKET JUMP OF THE WEEK: WMSJ/Portland, ME Morning Co-host/Promotion Director Chris Scotland is leaving the station for afternoons at WRBS/Baltimore.... also Erica Marten joins The Bott Radio Network as copy writer/sales coordinator based in Kansas City... Phil Shappard is now Dept Manager of Online Audio Programming for Moody Broadcasting...  (8/31)


CHRSN General Manager Faron Dice announces the addition of radio industry veteran Mike West to the newly created position of CHRSN National Business Development Director.  West joins WAY-FM/CHRSN after a recent stint with Clear Channel in Charleston SC. “I’m excited to have Mike rejoin WAY-FM,” added Dice, “He was formerly our General Manager at WAY-FM in West Palm Beach FL.  He understands how to effectively sell non-commercial radio and will help us to continue to grow in the area of national business and ministry partnerships, offering exposure to over 625,000 weekly listeners.“  (8/30)


WBGL/Champaign raised $10,000 through a concert with former 4Him member and INO recording artist Mark Harris. The money was raised with ticket sales, a love offering, as well as the auction of a signed guitar by Mark Harris.  Proceeds from the concert will fund the tower project in the expansion effort of WBGL into the Charleston-Mattoon, Il area. WBGL plans to complete a tower in Charleston by the end of 2007, which will significantly increase coverage in this area. WBGL can be heard at 91.7 FM in Champaign, Ill., 88.1 FM in Decatur and Mattoon, Ill., 88.5 FM in Terre Haute, Ind., and 104.7 FM in Morris, Ill. (8/30)


KXOJ/Tulsa (100.9 FM) concluded the free Summer Concert Series at the Riverwalk Crossing Amphitheatre in Jenks, Oklahoma Wednesday, August 29. The eight concerts featured ten national Christian recording artists. 15,000 attended, no tickets were required. KXOJ launched the free series of concerts in front of 3,000 listeners on May 11, 2007 with a double feature spotlighting the 2006 Dove Award winning New Artist Of The Year Building 429. Rain forced the May 25, 2007 Brandon Heath concert to be moved to an indoor location.

The high-energy group PureNRG performed on June 19 and Todd Agnew, debuted his new CD July 16.  August saw appearances by the final five artists, including Barlow Girl, Downhere, Jason Gray and Leeland, before the series finale with Shane and Shane.  The series was  hosted by 100.9 KXOJ radio personalities and local sponsors. (8/29)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has been very busy this summer blessing Z listeners with over 600 tickets to the 25th anniversary of Disney's Night of Joy. In the end, Z88.3 will have rewarded over 150 families with four packs of tickets. The tickets were given away on the air through several different contests, including the Z88.3 Song of the Day, Third Day Singing Z and Z listeners who were spotted with a Z88.3 Bumper Sticker on their vehicle. One lucky grand prize winner will have the opportunity to enjoy an entire weekend of Disney's Night of Joy. The grand prize package will include a one night stay at a Disney Resort, a family four pack of tickets to Disney's Night of Joy as well as a family four pack of Park Hopper tickets to enjoy all four parks at Walt Disney World.

"We would like to show our audience of over a quarter of a million listeners just how much we appreciate their support of the radio station, and there is no better way to say thank you than to send a family to Walt Disney World", states Jim Hoge, President and General Manager of Z88.3. Disney's Night of Joy, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, will showcase two great nights of Christian music on September 7 and 8, 2007. The event will feature many Christian artists including Third Day, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Schultz, Brian Littrell, Salvador and many more.  (8/29)


WONU/Chicago (Shine.FM)  partnered with World Vision to raise $20,000 for AIDS relief. For three days Shine.FM broadcast just outside a small African village. Many of those interviewed during the broadcast were choking back tears; others commented that they had never seen such poverty and pain. While the village was a mock-up, the reactions were real for Christian relief organization World Vision’s Experience AIDS exhibit at Faith Church in Dyer, Ind. The 2500-square-foot exhibit was laid out to resemble a village in East Africa and took visitors on a multimedia journey into the life of one of four children, each one living in  an AIDS-affected area. The exhibit drew more than 2000 people; and more than 260 child sponsorships resulted from the event. In addition to the sponsorships, more than $20,000 will be sent directly to Africa because of what happened at Faith Church. World Vision will use the funds to provide food, clean water, medical care and economic development to those living in dangerous poverty.  “What sets Shine.FM apart is that we’re more than just a radio station, because we exist to impact lives” says afternoon drive host Seth “tower” Hurd. “It’s only natural for a radio station that patterns itself after the life of Christ to come alongside to help some of the poorest people in the world.”  (8/29)


PLG welcomes Matt Ingle to their staff as Manager of National Promotions.  (8/28)


KWOF/Cedar Rapids is having a farewell party this Wednesday for outgoing PD/Morning Personality Jack Davis as he heads to WAY FM/Huntsville. His last day at KWOF is this Friday. Don't expect a replacement to be named anytime soon as KWOF President Michael James says the station is running with CHRSN programming indefinitely.  (8/27)  


WAY FM new station hit the air last Friday (8/24). KXWY/Rye, CO (90.9) and it's Colorado Springs translator are currently simulcasting KXWA/Denver. WAY FM Denver PD Scott Veigel is overseeing the programming until a staff is hired in Colorado Springs. Click here for KXWY website.  (8/27)


WGTS/Wash DC PM driver Angela Stevens has created her personal advisory board to help her make decisions with her life. Angela's Adisory Board was created because she no longer wants to take responsibility for her own actions and is asking listeners to give her advice on day-to-day activities. The bit was actually featured on CNN. Watch the video on YouTube. (8/25)


MOVEMENT: WBCL/Ft Wayne Promotion Director Jeremy Lawrence is leaving for morning news at WOWO/Ft Wayne... KFSH/Los Angeles morning co-host Jennifer York is exiting The Fish and relocating to Georgia, her last day will be Aug 27... Nancy King has left the morning show at WSMR/Sarasota... PM drive personality CeCe McGhee is upped to MD at WPPZ/Philadelphia... (8/21)


KWOF/Cedar Rapids (89.1 The Spirit) PD Jack Davis  has accepted the Operations Director position with WAY-FM (WAYH/Huntsville, AL).  Jack will also be on Morning Drive. Jack said, "We love The Spirit & Cedar Rapids.  The Spirit listeners & staff have become part of our family & we'll miss them dearly.  However, I'm very excited to be a part of the WAY-FM Media Group.  They are a class act!" His last day with The Spirit is Friday, August 31st & will hit the ground running at WAY-FM right after Labor Day. (8/20)


STUFF: WRCM/Charlotte midday personality Leslie Nease has been selected as a member of the Fei Long tribe for the CBS reality show "Survivor: China."... WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) will host a free one-day outdoor concert Celebrate Freedom(TM) Labor Day weekend, featuring Steven Curtis Chapman, Avalon, Mandisa (from American Idol), Mark Schultz, Aaron Schust, Need to Breathe and many more...  Crista Broadcasting Seattle, including stations KCMS (SPIRIT 105.3), ( AM 630 KCIS), and (KWPZ/PRAISE 106.5)  welcomes Ann Marie Mulholland as the new Director of Sales...  (8/20)


ShareMedia Services has relocated. New address and phone numbers are: ShareMedia Services, PO Box 46695, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-0695, Office Number: 952-303-4490, Fax Number: 952-303-4436. Please make a note of it.  (8/20)


Point of Grace members Shelley Breen, Heather Payne, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino, will take daily turns co-hosting "The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Kim" syndicated through Salem's "Today's Christian Music" Network.  Point of Grace members will be in studio with Doug and Kim from 7 to 9 AM (CDT) this Monday (8/20) thru Thursday (8/23). Salem Music Network general manager Michael Miller commented, “Today's Christian Music has a history of getting its listeners up close with their favorite artists.  It's an absolute treat for both the network and its listeners to present Point of Grace as weeklong co-hosts on this very popular morning show."  (8/17)


The Curb Records promotion team of John Butler, Charles Van Dyke, and Sean Hannon have started a weekly podcast. The Curb records podcast is available Friday mornings via PLAY MPE. The podcast promises to be a short and fun few minutes to update you in audio fashion as to what's up at Curb Records. Check it out, download it onto your iPod and hang out with Curb every Friday morning for news about Curb artists, songs from the Curb music vault and pranks on friends at radio! For more information email Cvandyke@curb.com  (8/17)


WGTS/Wash DC  UPDATE: The Columbia Union College board (owners of WGTS) will vote September 20th to decide who they will sell the station to. At this time American Public Media is the lead bidder, EMF  (owners of K-LOVE & AIR 1) is also a possibility. HisAir.Net will keep you posted. (8/16)


Studio construction is almost complete and Ireland's first Christian Radio Station (LIFE FM) will begin broadcasting in the coming months. Due to a change in circumstances the station needs to first employ a Station Manager (GM) before moving forward.  If interested jump over to the HisAir.Net jobs page for details. (8/15)


WAY-FM/West Palm Beach welcomes Paul Adams aboard as its new Operations Manager.  Adams was previously at mainstream CHR KZZU-FM/Spokane, WA, where he served as APD and AM show producer.  (8/13)


MOVEMENT: Midday jock Rick Hall is upped to MD at WZFH/Milwaukee... Emily Nso is now Development Assistant at WAWZ/New York... Monica Drayton joins WXAG/Athens, GA as MD... (8/13)


Whitney Harrison joins KSBJ/Houston as Promotions Manager. Previously, she was the Manager of National Promotions for the Provident Label Group based in Franklin, Tennessee. "We are thrilled to welcome Whitney to the KSBJ team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and industry relationships to the table,” said Chuck Pryor, KSBJ PD. “She is a great fit for the mission and vision of KSBJ and we look forward to the new opportunities she will open up for the station.”  (8/10)


CHRISTMAS COOLDOWN! Everybody talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it!  Sister stations  WMHK/Columbia, SC (89.7) and WRCM/Charlotte (New Life 91.9) provided relief from record breaking heat by playing all Christmas Music all day long today (8/10).  They also hit the streets, giving away Sno Cones and Ice Cream in their local markets.  WMHK PD Steve Sunshine says the phone response is overwhelming!  (8/10)


WIBI/Springfield/St. Louis Production Director Joey Krol has been upped to Afternoon drive.  WIBI PD Rob Regal comes off the air to focus totally on programming. Joey says "One of things I've learned is always always always be a sponge, no matter who you are or what position you hold, continue to ask questions, and always be up to learn something new."  Joey will continue as the station's Production Director. 
Plus, he's started doing voice work for NEED HIM.ORG.  (8/8) 


The SOS Radio Network has hired Scott Herrold as Program Director & Morning Host. Scott was previously PD of KCXR/Tulsa (100.3 The Kross)  and was recently named one of “Radio’s 30 Under 30” by Edison Media Research. Prior to KCXR he spent five years at WDVD/Detroit.  Herrold says: “I’m very excited to join the SOS staff! KILA/KSOS is one of the longest running Christian radio stations in America. There are so many opportunities to impact culture in Las Vegas, not to mention Salt Lake City, Southern California, and the rest of the cities where SOS is on the air.” SOS Radio is a Las Vegas based Contemporary Christian network serving nine states. SOS recently celebrated its 35th anniversary on air and streams online at www.SOSRadio.net.

In case you're wondering what happened to longtime SOS PD Chris Staley, she is now Vice President of Programming and Administration for the network. She says, “We think Scott’s going to play a major role in SOS moving forward in making a difference in the communities where we’re heard. His creative approach is just what we’re looking for.” Herrold will start the new gig in September.  (8/8)


WHCF/Bangor announces the hiring of broadcasting veteran, Joe Polek, as their new Program Director and Morning Show host.  Joe recently has served at WMSJ/Freeport as APD/Morning Show co-host.  Joe’s targeted start date is mid-August. (8/7)


WBSN/New Orleans (LifeSongs 89.1 FM)  recently hosted a Strike Out Hunger event with Tooth & Nail recording artists Ruth at Rock N Bowl, a historic New Orleans venue. Over 1,000 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items were donated by listeners at the free bowling event to benefit the local New Orleans chapter of Second Harvest Food Bank Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans has distributed over 52 million pounds of food and supplies to people in need in the hurricane-affected areas. This rate of distribution since August 29, 2005 is almost four times greater than the entire distribution in the previous year (14.2 million pounds). This distribution represents a value of approximately $77.48 million in resources sent into the communities affected by these storms. In the coming months, Second Harvest Food Bank will continue this elevated level of distribution to people returning to the New Orleans area and to outlying communities servicing New Orleans evacuees.  (8/7)


Salem Communications today announced results for the three month period ended June 30, 2007. Commenting on the company's results, Edward G. Atsinger III, Chief Executive Officer of Salem, said, "Our results for the quarter underscore the stability and resiliency of our business model. While local spot advertising experienced some challenges this quarter and declined 5.1% on a same station basis, we achieved total revenue growth of 3.4% in the second quarter of 2007. Our programming revenue increased 4.8% and our Internet and publishing businesses grew revenue 36.4% to $6.4 million. We continue to see solid growth in our non-broadcast media as we invest in new media businesses that take advantage of the content and promotional abilities of our radio stations."  (8/7)


WAYJ/Ft Myers PD/mornings Bill Carl has accepted a position with Salem/Tampa as production Director. He'll start the new job on Aug. 15th.  (8/6)


Christian Radio Transactions: WAY FM Media buys WJNF/Marianna, FL for 210,000...  Clear Channel sells FM translator W241AT/Kokomo, IN to Friends Of Christian Radio, INC.
for $4,000...


CHANGES: WONU/Chicago MD/PM drive Mallory Dewees has exited for promotion at 7Spin Records... Is EMF about to enter the New Orleans market?...  Corey Franklin joins WOLC/Salisbury as Production Coordinator...  (8/3)


KGCB/Phoenix has made some adjustments to it's programming and is now calling the station—Radio Shine. The new format took effect on Monday, July 9th and highlights Christian music favorites from the 80’s, 90’s, and today, and shifts long-form programming to the evenings. General Manager Stephen R. White, and Production Director Dave Schreiber, take over morning responsibilities, with middays split between 2006 Miss Arizona Hilary Griffith, and Theresa Ross.  Program Director Mike Medlin moves to afternoons.  You can sample the new format on the The New Radio Shine 90.9 FM.  In conjunction with the re-launch, KGCB has also begun a brand-new sister web-cast station featuring the very best Christian teaching and talk 24/7 at ShineTalk.org.  (8/1)


Salem Omaha announces the appointment of Greg Vogt as acting general manager for the Omaha cluster replacing retiring radio veteran and Salem General Manager Johnny Andrews. Effective Aug. 24, Vogt will assume responsibility for management of News Talk 1420 AM KOTK, 660 AM KCRO Omaha's Christian Talk, and KGBI 100.7 FM Safe for the Whole Family(TM). "Johnny Andrews is a real broadcast professional cut from a cloth we don't see often these days," said Allen Power, vice president of operations for Salem Communications. "It has been my honor to work with him during the 'crescendo' of his storied fifty-year career. I am regularly amazed at the people I meet who worked with or for Johnny at one of his posts along the way. I have yet to find one who had anything other than accolades to share."  (8/1)


Former WISG/Indianapolis morning man Kurt Wallace joins WCVO/Columbus as PD effective today. Kurt replaces Tate who left for Promotion at INO Records a few weeks ago. Wallace will continue his 7-mid airshift on WCVO. (7/30)


Click here to read Sunday's Washington Post story on the fate of WGTS/Wash DC.  (7/30)


KFFR/Pullman, WA (97 7 The Fire) will cease to exist as a Christian station Tuesday July 31, following the sale of the station to new owners. Chris and Debra Gilbreth, owners of KFFR are now at KTSY/Boise, ID. Chris is Operations Manager and PM Drive, while Debra is heading up the Impact Partner program.  "We are sad to shut down The Fire, but a multitude of reasons pointed to it being time for us to be done. I'd still love to start another Fire someday if the opportunity is there," says Chris. KFFR signed on September 20, 2004 with a Christian CHR format targeted to youth and young adults and the two state universities in its coverage area.  (7/30)


Stel Pontikes checks in with HisAir.Net to let us know KEZK-HD2/St Louis is on the air with a CCM format. KEZK-HD2 features faith-based mainstream artists with some classics mixed and will feature P&W on Sunday mornings in the future. Stel says music is still being added at this time and CBS hasn't decided on a name yet but the signal is crystal clear and can heard up to 70 miles from downtown St. Louis. Stel will continue to host "The Answer Radio Show" Sunday nights on sister station KYKY/St Louis. (7/26) 


Jan Markowitz from the morning show at Moody station WCRF/Cleveland says they have joined The American Red Cross for a blood drive at the Cuyahoga Valley Church and collected 366 pints of usable blood. WCRF has also teamed up all summer long with a local charity collecting new shoes and new socks for the orphan children of Latvia. So far over a thousand pair of shoes and socks has been collected.  (7/26)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) held their 5th annual “Medical Supplies for Haiti” fundraiser Tuesday. Over the course of 16 hours, Cross International ministries worked with JQ99 and it’s listeners to raise nearly 40 Thousand dollars. The one time gifts helped to pay shipment costs to send 9.8 Million dollars in much needed basic medical supplies to the poor in Haiti. (7/26)


KTSY/Boise hosted an event for pastors and youth leaders around the community to listen to New Reunion Records artist Brandon Heath. The night began with dinner as Brandon talked about how he leads worship at his local church and gave different ideas and perspectives on how to reach more people for Christ through worship. Later that night, KTSY listeners gathered together to hear a free concert. Local artist, Jesse Shuster opened up, and Brandon followed, both captivating their audience while leading them in classic worship songs. The night was capped with Brandon Heath signing autographs and getting to know everyone in the audience. (7/26)


According to a letter from WGTS/Washington DC GM John Konrad to station supporters, station owner Columbia Union Colllege "Board Of Trustees" is seriously looking at offers to sell the station.  Konrad writes "It's a pivotal time for the WGTS family - your prayer of support is welcomed as are your comments. All comments to the Columbia Union College Board of Trustees are asked to be sent to comments@cuc.edu. If you would like to you could also send a copy to wgts@wgts919.com to help encourage the staff. Based on the college's financial situation, they voted on July 8th to seriously look at one of these offers. The College Board of Trustees plans to decide on the issue at its next scheduled board meeting in September." HisAir.Net will keep you posted. (7/25)


After just a few weeks Kurt Wallace has announced his resignation at KTIS/Minneapolis.  According to GM David Fitts  “We are saddened that Kurt Wallace resigned on Friday due to reasons that Wallace explained as: ‘I think I missed the Lord’s call.  I felt I was supposed to be part of the team at KTIS, but after arriving in the Twin Cities, I never had peace about being there.’” 

And where is Kurt headed?  We can't tell you quite yet but will sooooon!  (7/24)


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) presented the first annual STARstock 2007 on Saturday, July 21st. The fields of Zarephath, NJ, were turned into an all-day festival site that included a concert with EMI CMG artists Sanctus Real, American Idol finalist Mandisa and Britt Nicole. Plus local artists Just Passin Thru and Article A. “With weather in the 70’s and sunshine, it was a perfect day for families to come out and share in all the fun,” states PD Johnny Stone. “The music was impactful, the crowd was moved, and you can’t beat the empanadas!”  “Every day we ask our listeners to bring us along as they take care of their families,” Station Manager Scott Taylor mused. “On this day, we wanted to take care of them for awhile and provide a safe, fun environment for everyone to hear about Christ.”  (7/23)


Matt Gentry has resigned from KLYT/Albuquerque (M88) as PD to pursue other ministry opportunities.  Johann "Yo" Snyder has been promoted to Operations Manager, Joey Belville is still MD and will share PD duties with Yo in the interim.  (7/20)


Mark Jaycox has been promoted to station manager for the Salem Milwaukee cluster including WRRD/Milwaukee (AM 540 The Word) and WFZH/Milwaukee (105.3 FM The Fish). "Mark Jaycox has provided tremendous leadership for our sales team in Milwaukee," said Chicago and Milwaukee Vice President and General Manager Dave Santrella. "Over the last 18 months, he's honed his considerable skills and experience in our Milwaukee stations and is well equipped for the responsibilities incumbent on the position." Jaycox joined Salem Milwaukee in January 2004 as general sales manager.  (7/18)


CHANGES: Former K-LOVE morning show producer Zach Boehm replaces Shimmy as CHRSN's Total Axxess as Producer beginning July 23... At Curb Charles Van Dyke is promoted to INSPO/light AC expert... Green Eye Creative's Tim Sinclair and his wife Heather welcomed their first child, Jeremiah Joel Sinclair, Monday, July 16th...  (7/17)


Finalists for the NAB 2007 Marconi Award Religious Station of the year have been announced. KFSH/Los Angeles, KLTY/Dallas, WFMV/Columbia, SC, WTLC-AM/Indianapolis, and WVEL-AM/Peoria. The winner will be announced at the NAB Radio Show on Sept. 2 in Charlotte. (7/16)


Industry vet Tom Lewis announces the launch of Clean Air Media, a division of his ad agency Lewis & Associates. Offices will be based in Wichita. "This is the right time for me to expand the vision I have to support Christian media outlets in a way to help them take their message to the next level," Lewis said. "Clean Air Media will serve as the parent company for other future organizations that will each have their own unique purpose in supporting that vision."  (7/10)


KCMS/Seattle (Spirit105.3 FM) invited 20 listeners aboard “Amazing Grace” an 83 foot schooner, for an incredible sunset cruise in Gig Harbor. Listeners enjoyed an amazing dinner and a beautiful evening sail. After dinner Brandon Heath, treated everyone to an acoustic musical performance as the sun set over Mt. Rainer. Brandon Heath holds the current number one AC Christian Song on the Billboard charts for his song, “I’m Not Who I Was.” It was a huge treat to have him perform that song—and my others from his new CD—live, in such a gorgeous and intimate setting! Check out the video and additional photos at Spirit1053.com. (7/9)


Steve Strout will return to PLG as Associate Director National Promotions. Strout left PLG in 2005 for Rocketown. He was also PD at WHMX/Bangor. (7/6)


WAYJ/Ft. Myers (WAY FM) is proud to announce the promotion of Steve Shore, former APD, to Operations Director.  Steve has been with the station for nearly five years and oversees all phases of operations.  Bill Carl moves to full-time mornings.  (7/5)

WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) held their annual Celebration Freedom Fest yesterday (July 4th) at an area park off of Lake Michigan. The event was free and featured local bands, inflatables, carnival games and food. A 2007 Harley Davidson and a brand new hot tub were given away as well. Crowd attendance estimates range from between 40 and 50 thousand. The event featured a huge fireworks display at the end of the night as well. (7/5)


Salem New York just promoted Peter Fiveland from operations manager to business manager for the New York radio cluster including WMCA 570 AM and WWDJ 970 AM. "Joe Davis and Carl Miller saw raw talent in this fine young man and made the decision to hire him full time back in 1996," says General Manager Susan Lucchesi. "Peter Fiveland has held many positions in Salem New York and truly is a 'go to' guy when anything is needed. His dedication and meticulous attention to detail made the decision to promote him an easy one."

Fiveland came to Salem New York as an intern for the company while attending Cedarville University. He began working full time as a control room operator in 1996 before becoming a technical assistant. In 1999, Fiveland was promoted to operations manager, a post which he has held since that time. (7/3)


Michael Hamer has been named Sales Manager for WAVA/Washington, D.C. (Life Changing Talk Radio 780 AM and 105.1 FM). "Michael Hamer is well known and respected in the Washington area radio market," according to Tom Moyer, WAVA station manager. "His stellar reputation with the hundreds of local business clients he's served over the past two decades and his keen business acumen make him a real asset to WAVA."

Hamer brings more than 25 years of local media sales expertise to the Salem stations, including sales management experience with news/talk WTOP/Wash DC.  (7/2)


Beth Bacall (WAWZ/New York) joins the on-air staff of KSGN/Riverside-San Bernardino VT 7pm to Midnight...  (6/29)


On Friday, July 6, 2007 Mark Schultz is scheduled to complete his bike ride across America in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Schultz began his ride in early May in Los Angeles with his bike tire in the Pacific Ocean. He will complete his ride in Portsmouth with his bike tire in the Atlantic Ocean. WMSJ/Freeport, ME (Positive 89.3fm) is promoting his ride in New England, and are planning a Finish Line Celebration. Everybody's peddling something…but Schultz says, "My wheels are turning to actually get somewhere." And that destination is Schultz’s cause, helping orphans and widows.  "With your help we can do more than make the wheels of my bike turn; together, we can make every turn a momentum-building revolution - motivating others to join us and push this cause further down the road." (6/29)


Ten-thousand people from across southern Idaho came together to celebrate the Fourth of July early is year. KTSY/Boise and the God and Country Festival, hosted the 40th annual event. The celebration features music, food, and the largest firework show in Idaho. Artist Jamie Thietten started the show off with the national anthem as C130 flew over the crowd. New Reunion Records artist Brandon Heath followed. Then former 4-Him member Mark Harris led the crowd in some old favorites and new hits like “Find Your Wings.” “I absolutely love the venue, Boise is so beautiful!  It’s great to be apart of such an event.” commented Artist and song writer, Mark Harris.  Phillips, Craig and Dean highlighted the event.  As the crowd waved there cell phones to the beat, at one point it sounded like a choir that was ten-thousand voices strong.  The night was capped with the largest fireworks show in Idaho this year, all set to Christian and patriotic songs that were broadcast live on KTSY.  (6/29)


BREAKING NEWS: WAYH/Huntsville PD Morning Personality Ace McKay and morning show co host Kelsey Thomas have exited the station. (6/28)


Former Air 1 Personality Jess Wess has been hired as APD at KJTH/KLVV Ponca City, OK starting in mid July. (6/27)


Imaging, voiceover and production company Green Eye Creative welcomes new imaging clients WJIS/Sarasota/Tampa, KSLT/Rapid City, KNWS/Waterloo, KTXG/Dallas.  Other Green Eye clients include KSBJ/Houston, KPEZ/Austin, KSGN/Riverside, WBGL/Champaign, WCQR/Tri-Cities, HIS Radio, WAFJ/Augusta, KWND/Springfield, CHRSN, Family Life Radio and many more.  For more information, visit www.greeneyecreative.com(6/27)


KTSY/Boise teamed up with a couple of local businesses to raise money to grant wishes this summer. The station placed a call to Santa and invited him to come to Roaring Springs, a local water park. Staff members dressed in holiday attire; anything from reindeer ears to Santa helper outfits. Santa, aka KTSY General Manager Mike Agee, dressed in Santa swimwear, and stood at top of the slide for an hour. The goal was to raise $500. When it was all over the station ended up raising over $1300. That money will be used to grant wishes that are submitted through the  KTSY Christmas in July program which helps families in need. “Anytime we can get out to touch our community, especially to grant wish of people who really need, it is a good day”, said Agee.  (6/26)


Positive Alternative Radio (PAR), the parent company of JOY FM radio in North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia announced today the addition of Daniel Britt to the JOY FM (WXRI/WTJY/WPIR/WTTX) staff as Operations Manager and Morning Show Host. Daniel’s first day with JOY FM will be July 2. Daniel states, “I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to share my love of Southern Gospel music and my experience in radio broadcasting with the great success story of JOY FM! This growing network of stations is not only a model of quality broadcasting, but proves that the Southern Gospel genre is alive and well. I have always held JOY FM in high esteem and now look forward to what God has in store.” Barry Armstrong, Executive Vice President for Positive Alternative Radio commented, “Daniel Britt knows Southern Gospel. Not only is he passionate about the format, he is an exceptionally talented broadcaster. We are blessed to have him on the team!” Daniel will be making preparations for a new morning show to launch in late summer, complete with an exciting debut featuring top Southern Gospel artists joining in the celebrations.  (6/25)


Salem announced today a strategic restructuring of the company's senior executive officer positions effective July 1,
2007:

    --  President and Chief Executive Officer Edward G. Atsinger III
        to Chief Executive Officer

    --  Eric H. Halvorson, currently a member of Salem's Board of
        Directors and Chairman of its Audit Committee, to President
        and Chief Operating Officer

    --  Executive Vice President and COO Joe D. Davis to Division
        President, Radio

    --  Executive Vice President--New Business Development and Chief
        Financial Officer David A.R. Evans to Division President, New
        Business Development, Interactive and Publishing

    --  Evan D. Masyr, Vice President--Accounting and Finance to
        Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Chief Executive Officer Edward G. Atsinger III said, "Salem finds itself with opportunities and challenges in both our core broadcasting business and our developing new media businesses, and we have determined that each area requires uniquely-focused leadership. Our Board of Directors and I have analyzed a number of options and have agreed on a restructuring plan that will maximize the talents of our executive team and enhance our overall operational efficiency.  (6/25)


On the evening of June 21st, WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) hosted a concert with INO artist Echoing Angels and Curb artist Nate Sallie to support those who lost everything in the recent flooding. On April 15th and 16th, 15 inches of rain devastated several neighborhoods in New Jersey.  “To see everyone coming through the rainstorm to listen to the music and give to those in need was very uplifting,” states Johnny Stone, STAR 99.1’s Morning Show host and Director of Programming. “In this part of the country, we get a bad rap for not taking care of our own. This concert and flood relief drive just goes to show that, when there is a need, people in the Northeast step up and meet it.”

As the time for the concert grew closer, the clouds started to form, the wind picked up and the deluge of rain began to fall. “It was a perfect reminder of why we were there in the first place,” said Stacey Stone, STAR 99.1 Morning Show Co-host and Director of Promotions. “Then, as we were standing on the steps of the church watching the rain end, two rainbows side-by-side took over the sky to remind us again of God’s promise. We can make it through anything with His love."  A total of $18,997.17 was raised.  (6/25)


BITS: KKSP/Little Rock husband and wife morning team "Pat & Casey" have left the station to pursue other interests... WYLV/Knoxville PD Jonathon Unthank and his wife welcome a new baby boy...  Pastor Arthur T. Gregg, the founder of Evangel Ministries Incorporated as well as WEMI/Appleton and WGNV/Milladore, both in Wisconsin passed away this week.    following a brief illness. He was 80 years old. .(6/22)


HisAir.Net confirms Kurt Wallace is joining KTIS/Minneapolis as the stations new PD and Morning Personality. Kurt will start Monday June 25th.  Previously Kurt was mornings at WISG/Indianapolis, WVFJ/Atlanta, and WQCK/Baton Rouge. Kurt also operates his own production/imaging company Kurt Wallace Creative. (6/22)


KFSH/Los Angeles Mid day personality Lara Scott tell HisAir.Net  "I”ve started doing something new for the Fish’s sister station, 99.5 KKLA.  Every few weeks, I do the “From the Heart” segment on Frank Pastore’s show, where we talk about inspiring things that people are doing.  We try to focus on the difference that one person can make, and we’ve talked about everything from a young boy who is collecting handheld gaming systems for cancer patients at CHLA, to a lady who founded a “Make-A-Wish” type foundation for senior citizens in nursing homes, to a teenager who started a free summer camp for children living in homeless shelters.  It’s a real privilege to be able to put the spotlight on people who are making a difference, and I hope that it inspires our listeners to look at what they can do (using their unique talents and resources) to meet the need that might be right in front of them." (6/22)


HisAir.Net hears Kurt Wallace is headed to the open PD chair at KTIS/Minneapolis. (6/21)


Marketing and Promotions Director for WAY-FM/West Palm Beach Paul Goldsmith has accepted the position of National Promotions Director for the K-LOVE and Air 1 radio networks based in Rocklin, CA. Before joining WAY-FM, Paul served as Regional Manager in Chicago for K-LOVE and Air 1. (6/18)


Mike Carter has resigned as the PD at WHCF/Bangor as he has yielded to his calling to become a pastor. General manager Pencil Boone is on the lookout for a replacement ASAP. Contact Pencil at pencil@solutionfm.com or go the jobs page for a full description of the opening.  (6/18)


WAY FM expects to be on the air with KXWY/Colorado Springs (licensed to Rye, 90.9 FM, 11,300watts) sometime in August. WAY FM Denver PD Scott Veigel will oversee the programming.  More info on their website.  (6/18)


The Hype Radio Network, a two hour syndicated hip hop show hosted by Chris Chicago has been picked up by the Effect Radio Network. The Effect broadcasts out of Twin Falls, Idaho, and can be heard in over 50 other cities nationwide. To hear the show or to inquire about airing the program go to www.hyperadionetwork.com or email Ken Farley (radiohits1@aol.com)  (6/18)


INO Records SR. VP of marketing and promotions Dan Michaels tells HisAir.Net he has hired WCVO/Columbus PD Tate Luck to be director of the radio promotion department. No word on when Tate will start at INO.  (6/15)


After nine long years of petition and prayer, the FCC finally granted the construction permit for a WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) power increase on May 30, 2007. The power increase, which was filed in 1998, will allow Z88.3 to raise the power on its main 88.3 signal from 2,300 watts to 15,000 watts.  (6/15)


KLTY/Dallas announced that  "Celebrate Freedom(TM)", the largest free, outdoor concert in America, will be held over a two-day period for the first time in the festival's 17-year history. The event, scheduled for June 29-30, will take place at the historic Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas. Last year, more than 210,000 people attended this event. This year will feature approximately 40 top CCM artists performing during the two day concert including such award-winning acts as Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, Aaron Shust, Skillet, and 33 Miles. Also featured will be artists such as Nichole Nordman, Avalon, Salvador, Thousand Foot Krutch, Shawn McDonald, Rebecca St. James, Natalie Grant, Superchic(k) and new urban artist Anthony Evans.

KLTY Vice President and General Manager John L. Peroyea commented, "Our 17th annual event marks a huge milestone as we now host a multi-day event! We are delighted with this expansion of Celebrate Freedom(TM) and pleased to offer many excellent family-friendly additions to the event this year, which everyone is sure to enjoy."   (6/14)

WIBI/Carlinville PD/PM Drive Host Rob Regal has just returned from three days of biking with Mark Schultz.  Rob biked with Mark and Steve Biondo, VP of Family Christian Stores, from Chillicothe, MO to Springfield, IL.  Rob's joining the ride helped bring greater awareness to MarkAcrossAmerica and The James Fund. But, it also gave WIBI listeners a chance to connect with Rob's personal story--  having lost over 100 lbs in the past year.  Upon completing the ride, Rob said "For me, this ride would have been impossible a year ago. That bike seat hurt bad enough this time around!!!".  (6/14)


Engaging Your World, a live call-in talk show heard on WVNE/Worcester, has expanded to include 4 other radio stations in the Life-Changing Radio network of stations in New England.  The program is a live, daily call-in talk program that approaches current events from a Christian perspective.  A weekly best of program is now heard on WARV/Warwick, RI. WBCI/Bath, ME. WDER/Derry, NH. and WFIF/Milford, CT.  (6/14)


Gary Thompson checks in with HisAir.Net says "not to be left in the dust by Rob Dempsey and Mark Schultz, I am riding my bike from Dayton to Grand Rapids this week to start my new job as APD/MD at WJQK/Grand Rapids. I start on the air this Monday. So far in my journey this week, I have had water balloons thrown at me by some kids in south Michigan and two punctured tires outside of Fort Wayne. I'll be hitting Kalamazoo sometime this afternoon (Thurs). "  (6/14)


KLRC/Fayetteville welcomes Jeremy Louis as new Production/Imaging Director.  "Jeremy is a gifted talent who has a great passion for memorable production and helping make a positive difference in a community!" said KLRC Program Director Mark Michaels.  Louis replaces Josh Bentely who recently moved with his wife to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Louis previously worked for KLVV/KJTH in Ponca City, OK as Assistant PD and for KGBI/Omaha as Morning Show Producer.  (6/13)


His Radio PD/Morning Show Co-Host Rob Dempsey will join Mark Schultz from Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22 on Mark’s trek across the country to raise money for a charity called “The James Fund”, which funds and creates awareness for the needs of widows and orphans.  Mark invited Rob to join him for a part of the ride.  Rob can relate to the need because he was a homeless teenager and can somewhat relate to what some of these kids are going through..  He’ll start his journey in Champaign/Urbana, IL, ride through Indiana, and will ride in Ohio.  He’ll cover 427 miles altogether.

You’ll be able to track his progress on His Radio 89.3’s web site:  www.hisradio.com. This time two-and-half years ago, you would have thought there was no way he would do this.  Rob weighed his heaviest at 308 pounds. Through diet, exercise and a lot of motivation to be healthy, he lost weight and in the meantime, became an endurance athlete.  (6/13)


BITS: Word records has relaunched it's Southern Gospel Label Canaan Records with Dave Clark named GM... KSBJ/Houston announces Jon Hull is back on the air doing afternoons with Liz Jordan... Kevin Max and wife Amanda have a new baby boy named Wilder Liam... (6/12)


RADIOELIZABETH studios have relocated to Chicago, IL. Owner Elizabeth Grattan says of the change "I'm thrilled to be back in Chicago again and look forward to the great opportunities this market has to offer both myself personally, and for the company."  contact Elizabeth at radio@radioelizabeth.com    (6/12)

KSBJ/Houston is retiring "The Afternoon Show with Chuck and Amanda". After 7 years of ministry at KSBJ, Amanda Carroll, has been "promoted" to a new ministry position, a full-time mom, to her 15 month old daughter, Emily. Amanda will still be a part of KSBJ, but on a part-time basis. Chuck Pryor is coming off the air to focus more on his Program Director duties. Chuck and Amanda are throwing a "Retirement Party" on their last show; Friday, June 29th and inviting listeners to stop by to celebrate this new season. The new KSBJ Afternoon Show Team is already in place, and will be announced at 5pm, Monday, June 11th.

You can read Amanda's Blog about the decision here  (6/11)


New WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ-99)  APD/MD Gary Thompson checks in with HisAir to let us know that Shaun Michaels, Host of CMR's syndicated CM Rewind show has allowed Thompson to fill in this week. Michaels says "My Voice took a  vacation. So I thought I'd go along with it for a week. Gary has been begging me to let him fill in. So why not? =)" To find out more about this weekly look back to the biggest Christian Music hits of the 80's,  90's and today, log on to www.cmrewind.com (6/7)


CHANGES: Ryan McNeary has been named WOW Brand Manager at EMG, WEA and PMG...The Yolanda Adams Morning Show with Brother Larry Jones has been added at WXEZ/Norfolk (Star 94.1)... Michael Tee is now PD at WXTC/Charleston, SC...  (6/7)


KFSH/Los Angeles  (95.9 FM The Fish)  announced the line-up for it's 6th annual FISHFEST(TM) concert July 28, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif.   FISHFEST(TM) is an all-day event which will feature music on multiple stages, attractions and entertainment for all ages, as well as food concessions, vendor booths and exhibits.

This year's Main Stage music lineup will highlight performances by artists including Third Day, MercyMe, Chris Tomlin, Kutless, Jessie Daniels, and Aaron Shust. The Edge Stage will showcase new Christian bands including Grammy-nominated Red, Falling Up, The Myriad, Needtobreathe and Deas Vail.  (6/6)


WLAB/Ft Wayne  (Star 88.3) has added radio veteran Kip Johns to their "all-star" lineup starting in July. He comes to Fort Wayne from EMF Broadcasting, where he was part of the K-LOVE on-air personality team. Johns will serve as the STAR 88.3 Research and Development Director, in addition to taking over as Afternoon Drive On-Air Talent. "This is a new season for us at Star 88.3! We are just thrilled to have someone of Kip's passion and experience joining us", says General Manager Melissa Montana. "He is such a great fit for what is already an incredible team here. Our listeners will quickly fall in love with his heart and sweet spirit, just as we have already." Johns' 22 year career included stops in Washington and Idaho, plus 10 years as Morning Personality and Program Director at KCMS in Seattle, before joining EMF Broadcasting in 2001, most recently as In-House Research Assistant to Alan Mason of GoodRatings Strategic Services.   (6/6)


HisAir.Net is sad to report the sudden passing of WMUZ/Detroit morning co-host Rhonda Hart.
WMUZ issued this statement on their website "
Rhonda's passing was extremely sudden, and we are all trying to come to terms with this devastating loss. Please keep Rhonda's family, as well as the many people who cherished her, in your prayers at this very difficult time. Rhonda was truly one-of-a-kind, and brought joy to thousands of people every single day. Her compassion, zeal for life, and unabashed love for God and fellow humankind was a constant inspiration to those fortunate enough to get to know her. Funeral arrangements and other information will be made public as it becomes available."  According to reports Hart seemed to be normal even doing the morning show with co-host Jon Culbert on Monday. Hart's radio career spanned over 25 years including stops at numerous Detroit stations joining WMUZ in 2005. She was 46. (6/5)


Moody Broadcasting Network national music assistant Kai Elmer has been named the new manager of national promotions at INO Records.  (6/5)


WLFS/Savannah, GA (His Radio 91.9)  was voted “Best Radio Station For Families” by the readers of Coastal Family Magazine as part of their 2007 Family Choice Awards. His Radio is featured in the June edition of the magazine that has a circulation of over 30,000 homes and businesses in the Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC area.  (6/5)


Chris Lash checks in with HisAir.Net to tell us he's now voice tracking afternoons at the worlds only legendary Christian rock station KWOF/Waterloo (850 The Prodigal). Plus his company has taken over operation of WVEM/Charlotte, and will be keeping the station in its current southern gospel format. The station will be known as Solid Gospel 100.5. (6/4)


WHCF/Bangor has a new website. Check it out here (6/4)


WIBI/Springfield Station Manager/Morning CO-Host Jeremiah Beck  is now voice tracking 7p-Midnight at WQFL/Rockford (101QFL).  (6/4)

At WCVK/Bowling Green (Christian Family Radio) PD Dale McCubbins checks with a few changes. On June 11 he will step down as PD to concentrate solely on Production and his afternoon airshift. Morning co-host Susan Woodard will be the PD. In addition Derek Gregory becomes a full-time Promotion Director.  (5/31)


Matt Hubbell is now voice tracking for WZFI/Bridgeton  (LIFT 98.5).  (5/31)


CHANGES: KTXG/Dallas welcomes Tim Marx as Production Director/PM Drive from KATP/Amarillo... At PLG Nina Williams is now VP/GM and Troy Vest becomes VP Marketing for Essential and Flicker Records...  (5/30)


As he puts the finishing touches on his sixteenth studio album with Sparrow Records, Steven Curtis Chapman is announcing his fall ‘07 and winter ‘08 tour.  The nationwide tour of 50+ dates will be featuring Sparrow labelmates Sanctus Real and Bethany Dillon. Read more from CM Central.com... (5/30)


A new Christian station has gone on the air in Cape Girardeau, MO. Flat Foot Media launched KHIS/Cape Girardeau (His Message In Your Music) with a CCM format. Visit the station website at www.hisradio.org to listen on line.  (5/29)


WAWZ/New York  (STAR 99.1) has hired Dave Moore as it's new 6 to 10PM air personality. STAR 99.1 is changinging its evening format to become more music intensive. STAR 99.1 Program Director, Johnny Stone, says, “Dave is a real pro and a joy to have on the air staff here at STAR 99.1.  He is exactly the right guy for the right position.  He is the next big step to reaching more people in the New York Metro Area with STAR 99.1.”

Dave joins the station after working on The Wall Street Journal Radio Network as a Segment Host for the Music Desk, as well as producer for the nationally syndicated The Wall Street Journal This Morning and The Wall Street Journal This Weekend.  Dave says, “I’m very excited about joining the STAR 99.1 family full time! I'm looking forward to sharing my life every night. But being here is not about me, it's about our listeners. They are encouraged to call in and share how their day went at work, school or home. My time is their time and to just be able to pick up the phone and talk about what's going on with our listeners is a true blessing! The idea is to tie in the appropriate song with whatever the listener calls in about."  (5/25)


BITS: INO has signed Caedmons Call as Derek Webb rejoins the group... Congratulations to Curb VP/Promotion John Butler getting married this weekend.... Integrity Label Group Director National Promotions Grayson Long celebrates the birth of new baby boy...  (5/23)


KJTH-FM-HD/Ponca City (89.7 The House) & K L V V-FM (Praise 88.7) held Share2007 to raise the largest amount in station history, a record $850,000. Pledges from 1,940 listeners came from 47 states in the U.S. and from 19 countries including Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Latvia, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, and British Virgin Islands.  Also during Share2007, hundreds of prizes were given away in the giant giveaway including a guitar signed by Third Day.  (5/23)


KTSY/Boise hosted a free concert with INO Recording Artists Echoing Angels on May 18th.  The band donated their time for the event which helped Jubilee House, a home being built in Twin Falls, Idaho for women who are addicted to drugs.The band asked concert-goers to donate to the cause.  Over $1,500 was given up front with monthly commitments for a lot more. “I feel so blessed that a band would fly all the away across the country to help our ministry get started.  The Jubilee House works because of people like Echoing Angels and other Christians who understand that it takes all of us partnering together to change our corner of the world,” said Jubilee House executive director Vicki Adams.

“Twin Falls is new community for us, and the Jubilee House ministry is going to make a huge impact.  We had no choice, but to be involved.  This is too important,” said KTSY general manager Mike Agee.  (5/23)


Salem has appointedt Scott Cohagan as general manager for Salem Radio Group Boston, effective immediately. Cohagan will oversee operations of the three-station radio cluster which includes Boston's Conservative Talk 1150 WTTT, 590 AM WEZE The Word, and The Spirit of Boston 590 AM WROL.

"Scott Cohagan brings a solid record of achievement in radio management and operations to our Boston stations," said Michael Reichert, vice president of operations for Salem Communications. "His creative approach to leadership, sales and team building enables us to strengthen our relationships with listeners and businesses throughout the Boston community."

Cohagan joins Salem Boston following several years with Forever Broadcasting in Pennsylvania where he served as market manager, station manager and general sales manager in a variety of markets. He also served as an account executive for Entercom Communications' in Scranton, Penn. Cohagan holds a bachelor of business administration from Kent State University. (5/23)


The American Family Association named Advocace Media L.L.C. as its exclusive sales representative for national advertising and underwriting. American Family Association is the parent ministry of American Family Radio, onenewsnow.com, and more than one hundred and eighty seven (187) radio stations (including translators) in the United States. Roy Wikoff, Director of External Operations and Marketing for American Family Radio said in making the assignment, “The principals at Advocace have already helped American Family Radio generate significant funds for our ministry. Advocace’s reputation is unsurpassed and their performance proves their reputation. We have worked with the principals for years and trust their decisions to reach out to new underwriters and advertisers. It is certainly a decision of trust.”    

The President of Advocace, Paul Martin said “We have enjoyed a collaborative work with American Family Radio for years. We now enter a new exciting initiative to grow income more rapidly for American Family Association’s radio stations, networks, websites, e-mail newsletter, and their powerful magazine—the American Family Journal.”     (5/21)


WIBI/Springfield/St. Louis PD/PM Driver Rob Regal will be joining Mark Schultz for "markacrossamerica" from June 11 - 13.  Rob will ride with Mark from Chillicothe, MO to Springfield, IL.  Hisa afternoon drive show on WIBI is called "The Ride Home", so the obvious play-on-words will be "Rob having a very long Ride Home that week".  This past Saturday Rob did his first major test run--  biking over 80 miles in 8 hours (and, yes, he survived to tell about it)!  (5/21)


“I am happy to announce Dan Michaels promotion to SR. VP of marketing and promotions (up from VP of Promotion),” says INO Records President Jeff Moseley. “Dan has proven himself to be an excellent executive and his experience overseeing radio and new media will dovetail nicely with his expanded role as SR. VP.  I am excited that he will be providing leadership in new areas that will benefit the company and our artist partners.
 
Michaels will oversee marketing, radio promotions, digital/new media marketing and publicity for the INO artist roster including MercyMe, P.O.D, The Afters, Chris Rice, PC&D, Skillet, Darlene Zschech and Sandi Patty among others.  
 
"It is so important to build great relationships with people you work with and to have someone like Dan Michaels on your team is definitely a plus," says Zach Kelm, President of Q Management Group (Skillet, Decyfer Down, and Nevertheless).   Michaels has not only been an important asset to my team, but has also been a wonderful friend to us.  I am thrilled about his promotion, it could not have happen to a nicer person."  

Michaels is a 20-year veteran of the Christian music industry and has been with INO since 2000. (5/18)


KJTH/Ponca City (89.7 The House) and K L V V/Ponca City (Praise 88.7) joined with the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce to help people adjust to the recent May 14th postage increase by handing out 10,000 free 2-cent stamps. (5/16)


KTSY/Boise lent a helping hand to the Meridian, Idaho Police Department for the 3rd Annual Cop on Top of the Donut Shop fundraiser for Special Olympics Idaho.  During the event two police officers and a firefighter camped on top of a Krispy Kreme Donut Shop for three days. At the same time other police officers delivered donuts to area businesses for $50-dollars a dozen.  Another group of officers waited tables at the Red Robin restaurant.  At the end of the event over $11,000 was raised for Special Olympics of Idaho.  (5/16)


Sad to report the passing of Reverend Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University, longtime owners of WWMC/Lynchburg and WRVL/Lynchburg today. He was 73.  (5/15)


His Radio/Greenville (89.3) and INO Records partnered together to give one youth group a free end-of-the-school-year pizza party and concert with Echoing Angels. For one week at His Radio’s website, churches voted for their youth group. Since people could only vote once they contacted family, co-workers, and friends. Emails, text messages, Myspace bulletins, flyers, and word-of-mouth spread and nearly 10,000 votes in one week’s time flooded His Radio’s Inbox. Amazingly, a small church’s 12-member youth group managed to bring in 1,167 votes. They were only 115 votes behind the winning youth group. In an act of unity the winning church invited the second place winners to the end-of-school bash. (5/15)


WBGL/Champaign welcomed new band, Rush Of Fools for two brown bag concerts and to celebrate the release of their debut CD on May 8, 2007. Rush Of Fools performed a free lunch concert at Westfield Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet, IL, to a crowd of close to 500 people. They played their #1 song, “Undo”, along with other songs from their self titled debut album, which was also released May 8, 2007. That evening, the band played to another crowd of around 500 people, for a free dinner concert at Market Place Mall in Champaign, IL. The band played 2 sets, signed autographs and took pictures with fans. They shared their heart and passion for the music and more importantly, the message behind it, which they are finally getting the platform to share. (5/15)


Derek Bruner has announced he will be exiting Spring Hill Music and Slanted Records to form his own independent radio promo and artist management company...   Salem Communications names Kevin Jaibur Sales Manager for it's News Talk 990 WNTP/Philadelphia...    (5/15)


WMBI/Chicago recently partnered with Phil’s Friends and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America for the 2nd Annual Phil’s Friends Walk-A-Thon.  Held at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, IL, the event featured local musicians, testimonials from cancer survivors, children’s games, and opportunities to put together care packages for cancer patients.  Moody Broadcasting’s Kai Elmer emceed the event, which closed with a concert from Dove award winning group Avalon. Walk-A-Thon participants raised nearly $34,000 to support cancer patients.  (5/14)


BITS: Former Provident Promo guy Jason Miller opens shop with his own independent promo and management company called Lion Chaser Entertainment and can be reached at 615-438-3672 or jason@lionchaserentertainment.com... Nikki Lane Joins the morning show at WAVF/West Palm Beach from WNVZ/Norfolk...  (5/11)


UPDATE: KJIL/Meade in Southwest Kansas has recieved a $150,000  matching grant from the Lattner Family Foundation to help in the rebuilding efforts of their tower that was heavily damaged at the end of last year by an ice storm. With this grant, and an insurance settlement, KJIL may be able to erect their new tower debt free.

In addition KJIL personality Bill Lurwick tells HisAir.Net the station continues to minister in the wake of the Greensburg Kansas F5 Tornado that struck last week. KJIL's studios are just 60 miles west of Greensburg, and the town was part of the heart of the stations coverage area. KJIL is acting as a central clearing house for information, and also ministering with coordinating donations to the affected areas. KJIL is also planning 2 benefit concerts for the community featuring Mark Schultz, a Kansas native, and another featuring Jeremy Camp, with all proceeds going to the tornado relief fund. Want to help? Visit www.kjil.com for info, or if your station and listeners want to partner in relief email bill@kjil.com  (5/9)


Salem Communications Corporation announced results for the three month period ended March 31, 2007. Commenting on the company's results, Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO, said, "We achieved total revenue growth of 7.8% in the first quarter of 2007 with net broadcasting revenue growing 3.4% to $50.4 million and the Internet and publishing businesses growing revenue 73.9% to $5.7 million. Within the radio business, block programming revenue increased 8.8% and advertising revenue decreased 1.6%. This advertising decline is principally attributable to high sales staff vacancies, which we are working to fill, and the continued softness of the radio advertising market. The solid growth in non-broadcast media is a direct result of our strategic emphasis on developing new media businesses that exploit the promotional capability and content resources of our radio assets."  (5/9)


A KFIS/Portland Dave Arthur adds Operations Director stripes… Dave continues to oversee the daily operations and programming duties for Salem Communication’s KFIS (104.1 The Fish), but now also oversees the daily operation of Salem’s new regional Mexican station in KRYP/Portland  (93.1 “El Rey).  (5/8)


CHANGES: Eric Boatright joins KZZQ/Des Moines as GM... Nancy Duncan is named Director of Sales at WRBS/Baltimore...  Sorry to report the passing of WPZEAtlanta PD Connie Flint after an extended illness..  (5/7)


KSBJ/Houston (The 2007 Major Market GMA Station of the Year) has just launched a brand new website!  Check it out at www.ksbj.org.  (5/2)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (Positive Hits JQ99) has named Gary Thompson as Music Director and Afternoon Drive Announcer effective July 1st. "To be able to land a talent like Gary and hire him away from secular radio makes us very excited about the future. Gary will have an impact on the station from the moment he walks in the door." said Troy West, JQ99's Station Manager. "Gary has a great mind and feel for radio, and I'm looking forward to handing over Programming duties to him in the future."

Thompson's Christian radio experience started at KXOJ/Tulsa doing overnights. He's also been with Tulsa stations KCFO, KRAV, KWEN and KKCM. as well as PD at WCVO/Columbus. More recently, Thompson was Associate Program Director for KXOJ from 2002-2006. Thompson has spent the last year on air and in programming at Cox's WHKO/Dayton.

Gary says "Lanser Broadcasting has a 30 year tradition of excellence in Christian Music radio. Les Lanser was one of the first owners in the format to believe in the power of and all music format in CCM. Troy West has been with the company 14 years. He and I have talked off and on for the last 7 years about how great it would be to work together. Troy and I are from the same small town in Kansas. I grew up listening to Troy in the 1980's when he was a nutty morning DJ on KIKS in Iola, Ks. To work with him now is an immense honor and pleasure. The fact that two Iola boys have ended up together in the frozen north is further proof that God has a sense of humor."

Thompson replaces Brian Nelson who leaves the station for a position with Nascar radio network.  (5/2)

 

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