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Midas Records artist Rush Of Fools #1 single, “Undo” was lauded as R&R's 2007 'Most Played Song of the Year' for the Adult Contemporary Monitored chart. In addition iTunes announced the smash hit as one of the top downloaded songs within the Christian & Gospel category of 2007, while Rush Of Fools has become the first new artist to land a debut single at #1 since Casting Crowns in 2004. The group’s recent Christmas single, "O Come All Ye Faithful” climbed the charts to the number #9 position on the R&R AC Chart with more than 1.8 million impressions, following an onslaught of over 6,000 free digital downloads of the track that were recorded in the first three weeks when offered on various websites including HisAir.Net.  (12/28)


In sympathetic response to the cries of the Music First Coalition that radio airplay has hurt rather than helped musical performers, Christian Listening Network stations will no longer air music recorded by artists listed on the Coalition's website. Following the December 18 introduction of legislation titled “Performance Rights Act”, the stations' Music Directors have been instructed to cull artists from playlists whose names appear on the Music First Coalition's website as Founding Artists. Christian Listening Network's General Manager Dan DeBruler is among the outspoken critics of the legislation, calling it a “...tax that cannot be fairly distributed” among artists whose music actually receives airplay. “The proponents of the legislation implied it to be a performance royalty during its formation, then added a flat-rate fee for small and noncommercial radio stations when it was introduced to Congress.”

According to DeBruler, “Our Music Directors are diligent in selecting the best songs week after week,” adding “…it is illegal for US radio stations to accept direct compensation in any form in exchange for airplay. We play and promote the best songs and artists, then watch as they climb the charts. The result is increased record sales and improved ticket sales at live performances.”  “If performing artists believe uncompensated airplay is hurting them to the extent they need legislation to stop it, we'll save them the trouble,” DeBruler said of the ban.

From DeBruler’s memo to Music Directors: Please continue to work closely with your recording industry representatives. Selecting and promoting top music is still in the best interest of our listeners and our industry. If the Performance Rights Act becomes law, we will negotiate individual fees with the artists whose music we play to ensure fair compensation.

Dan DeBruler manages three Christian Listening Network stations in North Carolina: WCLN-FM, WGQR-FM, WBLA-AM. (12/28)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) APD/morning co-host Scott Smith has resigned to join K-LOVE. Scott will be heard in the 10a-3p (CT) shift teamed with Kelli Caldwell. "Scott is a great talent with a fantastic heart," stated VP of Programming David Pierce. "His ability to connect as a husband, father, and friend is well-documented by his long-standing popularity in Orlando. We are glad to have him join K-LOVE." 

"The mission of K-LOVE (to distribute the Gospel message through mass media, leading as many people as possible to salvation and Spiritual growth) is my mission as well, so I can’t wait to begin. Missy [my wife] and our kids are as excited about moving to California as I am," said Smith.  Smith has been with WPOZ for 12 years.(12/26)


Clear Channels WBZT/Greenville, S.C. flipped formats Christmas Day from Rock to Contemporary Christian calling itself "Shine 96.7". The station will  target  adults 28-32 and programming handle by CC cluster OM Steve Geofferies. The new stations website is www.shine967.com.   (12/26)


HisAir.Net hears WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) PD Kurt Wallace has resigned. Todd Stach moves to interim PD.  (12/25)


The 2008 finalists (from over 60 entries) for the Stellar Radio Station of the Year Awards Have been announced. The finalists and the winners in each category will be honored during the STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS SALUTE TO RADIO AND ANNOUNCERS, Saturday,  January 12th at the ACUFF THEATRE in NASHVILLE, TN. 

MAJOR MARKETS (2 Million Plus)
WGRB/Chicago, WNAP/Philladelphia, KHVN/Dallas, WLIB/New York, WPZE/Atlanta
 
LARGE MARKETS (1,000,001 - 2 Million)
KPRT/Kansas City, WXEZ/Norfolk, WHAL/Memphis, WTLC/Indianapolis, WBBP/Memphis
 
MEDIUM MARKETS (500,001 - 1Million)
WGOK/Mobile, KHLR/Little Rock, WYLD/New Orleans, WAGG/Birmingham, WREJ/Richmond/VA Beach/Suffolk

SMALL MARKETS (1 - 500,000)
WOAD/Ridgeland/Jackson,MS, WFMV/Columbia, WHLH/Jackson, MS, WFLT/Flint, WGRM/Greenwood, MS  (12/22)


KJRL/Salina, KS station Manager Steve Tuzeneu checks in with HisAir.Net to say power was restored Saturday enabling the station to return to the air after being off for over a week. (12/22)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) teamed up with DeAngelo Hall, cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, to grant the Christmas Wish of one of its listeners.  The station worked with Hall and Carriage Automotive Group in Gainesville to provide a car for a family of five.  The father of this family could be headed overseas for military service after the first of the year, and they will be receiving the car to make their lives a little easier.  The family was nominated by a friend for the Fish Christmas Wish program, and is one of hundreds of families having their Christmas wishes granted through the station. The family was surprised on the air Friday morning (December 21st) during “Kevin & Taylor in the Morning” with DeAngelo Hall on the phone to present the car.  (12/21)


James Sheppard, former afternoon DJ of the recently sold WMCU/Miami, (89.7 SPIRIT FM) is now the new Morning Host/ Operations Manager for 90.3 WAFG/ Ft. Lauderdale. (12/21)


STUFF: Dawson McAllister Live has named Wes McCain executive producer...  A new Spanish-language Christian radio station named Dios (God) has hit the air in Hawthorne, Nev  The station is operated by Alma Vision... (12/20)



Family Life Network has added Sarah Harnisch as Morning Drive News Anchor. Harnisch will write, produce, and report the news and weather during the morning show. Harnisch previously worked as News Director at WSQR/Sycamore, Illinois  Prior to thet she was a reporter for WLS/Chicago.  “We are thrilled to have Sarah join our staff,” said Rick Snavely, president, Family Life Network. “Her experience doing national news is a huge benefit to the ministry.  We can’t wait to share her talents with our listeners.”  (12/19)


If you're in the hunt for some special holiday/year end programming here's some ideas. The Weekend Top 20 Countdown Christmas Special (AC) -  not a countdown show, just 2 hours of great Christmas music, hosted by Weekend Top 20 Countdown host, Scott Smith,  also features artists sharing their favorite Christmas memories and greetings throughout the show.  

The Weekend Top 20 "Countdown Top 20 of 2007" (AC)  -  The Top 20 Songs of the year (as reported by Radio & Record's year end Christian AC Monitored chart). Besides the Top 20 songs the program also features interviews with Jeremy Camp, Rush of Fools, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Mandisa, MercyMe & Aaron Shust.  It's a two hour show available to download via ftp or on their website the first part of next week. 

The Real -  Hosted and produced by Shimmy, (former producer for Total Axxess), these are great behind the scenes vignettes from artists sharing humorous and touching memories about Christmas. Most of the segments are about a minute in length and can easily be inserted in between songs, spot breaks or wherever. Artists include Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Plumb, MercyMe, Tree63, Newsboys, Third Day and more!  

The Weekend 22 Christmas Special (CHR) -  not a countdown, but 2 hours of great Christmas music, hosted by Weekend 22 host, J Gonzo and also features artists sharing their favorite Christmas memories and greetings throughout the show.   

The Weekend 22's Top 22 of 2007 (CHR)  -  The Top 22 Songs of the year (as reported by Radio & Record's year end Christian CHR chart). Besides the Top 22 songs it also features interviews with TobyMac, Relient K, Hawk Nelson, SuperChic[k], Switchfoot, Skillet, Britt Nicole & Sanctus Real.   

ZRock Radio Revolution  -  Normally a one hour rock show hosted by Josh Ashton, (former morning show host at The Kross/Tulsa) for the weekend of 12/22/07 we'll have a one hour show featuring Christmas music.   

The Hype Radio Network Normally a one or two hour Hip-Hop & R&B show, for the weekend of 12/22/07 it will be a Christmas show.  Hosted by the world famous Chris Chicago.  Will be available to download from their website next week.  (12/17)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish ) listeners donated over $176,000 to benefit Food for the Poor. This money will go to build houses for residents in the Third World country of Jamaica.  Thanks to listener donations, 67 families in Jamaica will receive the Christmas present of knowing they will be moving into sturdy houses that provide safe shelter. The station had a goal of $165,000 for the day-long fundraiser.  (12/14)


Due to a recent ice storm that knocked power out in much of central Kansas KJRL/Salina (Herington) is currently off the air. The station has been down since early Tuesday when the storm hit. Updates are being given on the station website http://www.kjil.com/1057/    (12/12)


Reba Toney has been named morning show co-host at KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish). Reba's been filling in for about 3 months now (since Jennifer York relocated to Georgia in August), and word is she has done a fantastic job earning her the position permanently teaming with Bobby Shaw. She will also continue to do her midday shift at sister station KKLA, (12/5)


The Family Life Network (FLN) announced today that the radio ministry will program commercial-free Christmas music on 64 radio outlets across New York and Pennsylvania. On December 7, FLN will begin programming 100 percent Christmas music through Christmas Day.  Weeknights from 9:00 pm until Midnight, FLN’s Christmas Treasures, hosted by Tom Taylor, will feature listener requests.  Each evening, Family Life Network will broadcast special Christmas programs, including radio dramas, short story narrations, and children’s musicals.  For a synopsis of each program, visit www.fln.org. At Midnight on December 22, Family Life Network will suspend all programs to offer “72 hours of Christmas”—an all-music format playing Christmas music for three consecutive days. "We’re more than happy to help our listeners enjoy Christmas all through December,” said Rick Snavely, president, Family Life Network.  “Christmas music is uplifting and stirs good cheer, but our special programming highlights the reason we celebrate the season in the first place.  And that brings joy to the hearts of many.”  (12/5)


Congratulations to KJIL/Meade celebrated it's 15thh year of on-air ministry in 2007! The year was filled with concert, ministry events and lots of giveaways! KJIL partnered with a local auto dealer to secure a new vehicle giving listeners six months to register to win a 12 passenger van awarded to the winner's church. The drawing was held in November at the TobyMac concert in Dodge City. (12/5)


“O Come All Ye Faithful,” the newly-recorded holiday favorite from Midas Records Rush Of Fools, is being offered as a free download at www.rushoffools.com, has seen over 1300 downloads in the first 10 days.

Rush of Fools and EMI CMG Distribution are partnering with Family, LifeWay, Parable, Mardell, Berean, Munce, and Covenant Christian retail stores as well as HisAir.Net and MusicChristian.com to spread the holiday joy with free music. Midas Records and the band are also partnering with radio station websites around the country to share the free download to listeners. Some partnering stations include WJIE/Louisville, KY; WCSG/Grand Rapids, MI; WGTS/Washington, D.C.; WBDX/Chattanooga, TN; WONU/Chicago, IL; WYLV/Knoxville, TN; WYSZ/Toledo, OH; and KJTH/Ponca City, OK.

The band’s version of “O Come All Ye Faithful” was arranged by Rush of Fools and produced by Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp. The single also hit the R&R Christian AC Monitored chart this week with a Debut at #20.

New artist, Rush of Fools has already been named the second best-selling new artist of 2007. The Alabama-based band went from winning a national talent contest to landing a record deal – emerging almost overnight. The 700 Club featured the band on December 3, recounting the band’s successful climb and pointing out how Rush of Fools has made an “unprecedented mark on Christian music history this year.”

Additionally, Rush Of Fools has been chosen as the featured artist on the upcoming Newsboys “Go” Tour that will visit 30-40 cities nationwide in the Spring of 2008.   (12/5)


MOVEMENT: Steve Rice joins Integrity Music Group as VP/Creative Development...  Tom Taylor joins the Family Life Network as an announcer... WCSG/Grand Rapids Tommy Dylan & Brook Taylor take their morning show crosstown to mainstream AC WOOD... KCXM/Kansas City is now airing K-LOVE... (12/4)


For the first time WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has made the decision to play all Christmas music until the end of Christmas Day. Z88.3 made this change after seeing the outreach opportunity that Christian radio stations around the country have had by switching to all Christmas music during the Christmas season. “We are excited to announce that we will be switching to all Christmas music for the first time this year. It is in an effort to reach the lost at a time when people are most receptive to the Gospel message,” said Jim Hoge, Z88.3 President/General Manager. Z88.3 also decided to fly a creative billboard campaign involving a universally recognizable man in a red and white suit to get the word out about playing only Christmas music and encourage sampling by new potential listeners. Once listeners tune in to the station, they do not hear songs about Santa. Instead, they hear about the true meaning of Christmas. (12/4)


MOVEMENT: KCMS/Seattle midday jock Lynette Morgan has announced she will leave the station next month... EMF is buying WWTB/Swansboro, NC for 900k...  Family Life Radio’s co-founder, Charlotte Anne Bolthouse went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day after struggling with Alzheimer’s for many years.   (11/30)


SAU Radio welcomes Malachi Crane as the new general manager. Crane, former director of business and ministry development for The Joy FM in Sarasota will start on Nov. 29. “I am very pleased to welcome Malachi to lead SAU Radio. His expertise and experience will provide the platform necessary to further advance the radio ministry of SAU to extraordinary heights,” says Jay Mansur, vice president for advancement at SAU. Crane will oversee three station including be responsible for the overall management of SAU Radio, which includes three stations: WSAE/Spring Arbor (Home FM), WJKN/Spring Arbor (The Vibe), KTGG/Spring Arbor.

“I am excited about becoming a member of the SAU family. I believe God has been preparing me for this opportunity and I intend to seize the moment by helping take SAU radio to the next level,” says Crane. (11/29)



EMF is picking up a couple stations including WMEJ/Proctorville and WZWA/Clarksburg for $900,000 from Maranatha Radio. Meanwhile Maranatha will keep WXAF/Charleston. (11/28)


Last night the FCC approved expanding the seven-year-old LPFM service to additional applicants across the country. LPFM's were limited to certain areas of the dial to ensure that the new service would not interfere with established and more powerful commercial signals that were already serving their communities. Now 100-watt stations will also have a shot at getting spectrum where higher powered commercial and noncommercial stations’ repeater signals might have been placed.

“Low power FM is a breath of fresh air,” said FCC commissioner Michael Copps, a well-known anti-consolidator and long-time supporter of LPFM in announcing his support for expanding the service. “LPFM is a solution to what ails us.”   (11/28)


KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) annual Hunger to Hope campaign was a huge success as listeners pledged to contribute over 48,000 meals to homeless men, women and children this Christmas season. SPIRIT Listeners continued to keep the phones ringing all day. One woman in particular called and said that their family was really struggling financially, so they were cutting back this year and not having their Thanksgiving feast...but she wanted to at least do one month of donations to feed the homeless.  When On Air Personality, Sarah Taylor talked about this wonderful woman, the phone immediately rang from a listener who wanted to donate a complete turkey dinner to make sure that this lady's family did indeed have a Thanksgiving feast. 

Senior Account Executive John Cheshier was blown away by the generosity from the SPIRIT listeners. “There was not one moment throughout the 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hunger to Hope campaign that listeners did not respond. Every time a DJ asked listeners to call and contribute the phone rang.”  (11/28)


WBGL/Champaign celebrated the largest fundraiser in the station's history this fall, with over 1,500 new givers or those increasing their current monthly gift during the station's fall fundraiser, Vision. After the monthly needs were met he final day and a half was spent kicking off the building campaign. At the close of the fundraiser, listeners had donated an amazing $200,000 toward an estimated $1.5 million building campaign. Since its inception, 25 years ago, WBGL has leased an office suite in Champaign, and now looks towards building a new home for the ministry.  (11/27)



Birthday wishes to WGRC/Lancaster Founder/GM/Music Director/AM Drive Host, Larry Weidman who turned 60 on 11/23/07. Larry's been on the air at WGRC since it signed on in April 1988!  (11/26)


WCQR/Johnson City has announced the promotion of Chalmer Harper to the position of Program Director. "It is an honor and a privilege to be named WCQR's Program Director. I am looking forward to the opportunities that are before us to encourage, entertain, and serve the Tri-Cities with great radio." Harper started at WCQR in 2001 on a part-time basis while finishing his degree in Mass Communications and Religion. Upon Graduating from Emory and Henry College he began full-time employment with the station.  In May of 2005 Harper was promoted to the position of Assistant Program Director and he continued to host the afternoon show on WCQR. 

General Manager Mike Perry said “I am really excited to welcome Chalmer on-board as PD of WCQR. He has some rather large shoes to fill but I am fully confident that he will take his love for the Lord and the passion that he has for radio and make this a better radio station.”  Harper takes over for former PD Jason Sharp who accepted a position with KTIS/Minneapolis in October.  (11/20)


KCMS/Seattle swept the Christian Industry Achievement Awards at the Radio & Records Christian Summit held this past weekend in Nashville. KCMS took four awards for Station (markets 1-25), Program Director (Scott Valentine), Music Director (Sarah Taylor) and Personality of the Year (Scott & Sam). Sam Kelly from the Morning Show was really excited about being named Personality of the Year along with her co-host Scott Valentine.  “We realized the mission field is right here. Every day is an adventure. We call it four-wheel drive faith.” Valentine proudly accepted the recognition for PD of the Year.  When addressing the crowd, he said, “It’s not one man or one person that makes a radio station, it takes a team pulling together.”

Other winners included for Station (markets 26-100) WCSG/Grand Rapids, (markets 100+) WMIT/Ashville and WCQR/Johnson City (tied).

EMI CMG took platinum label of the year, and INO was named gold label of the year. INO senior VP Dan Michaels won senior promotion executive of the year. EMI CMG's Andrea Kleid was named director of promotion executive of the year and Chris Hauser was named independent promotion executive of the year.  (11/20)


The Federal Communications Commission opened what ended up being a ten day filing window for new non-commercial educational stations October 12-22.  It was originally scheduled for October 12-19, but the FCC extended the filing window to the following Monday.  There had been a freeze in place on new applications since 2000. The FCC had a one week filing window for translators in the commercial band four years ago and received 14,000 applications.  Following that experience the FCC limited this filing to ten applications per organization.

The FCC began releasing the list of over 3600 applications on November 9. It seems that with the four year freeze there were many organizations that had been waiting for the opportunity to file for a radio station.  There were also a generous compliment of state educational stations that applied, but it appears the over whelming majority of applications belong to Christian organizations.
However, with the large number of applications most of them are in competition with one another.  The FCC is allowing a sixty day opportunity for the organizations to reach an agreement on who would receive a frequency.  However, with the overwhelming number of frequencies having three and more applicants it appears that it will take the FCC years to work through their system of handling competing applications. 

Many radio stations have built a network of translator stations.  Translators are not protected radio stations.  Many of these organizations filed for full power stations to protect their translators.  However, since the FCC allowed only ten applications per organization there were an insufficient number of applications to protect all translator areas.  Therefore this NCE filing window has created a situation where Christian organizations will be taking over the frequencies once operated by another Christian organization.

Throughout the applications there are clues that a number of organizations worked in conjunction with various other ministries to be able to file for more than ten stations.  The list of applications is 266 pages long and is a tangled web of competing applications.  It appears that very few will benefit significantly in the near future. To view broadcast applications go here. (11/19)


KLTY/Dallas Director of Programming Chuck Finney checks in with HisAir.Net to say he's hired Chris Click as the new National Director of Imaging for the Salem Fish stations. Chris was previously with Entercom Norfolk as Imaging director.  (11/19)


KCFY/Yuma, AZ PD Sheldon Vicks makes some changes to the line-up starting Monday. The afternoon show is switching with the morning show. "Vicks in the Afternoon" will now be Vicks in the Morning. General Manager Greg Myers will head back to the afternoon show. Vicks says "it will be tough having air check meetings with Greg but"......"just kidding we have a vision and we are definitely on the same page."  Here's the new line up:

Vicks in the Morning - 6AM to 9AM
Mid Day Cafe with Mike Bondora - 10:30AM to 1:30PM
Afternoons with Greg - 3PM to 6PM
The Light @ Night with J Dub - 7PM to Midnight
(11/15)


Two more stations have made the switch to all Christmas music. WRBS/Baltimore and WRCM/Charlotte both started programming continuous Christmas music this morning.  (11/15)


KXOJ/Tulsa Morning Show host Craig West is spending two full days and nights living on the streets of downtown Tulsa. In an effort to fully understand “homelessness,” West chose to leave the comforts of his family, home, job and financial security. "I heard the story of a Canadian DJ who just decided to live as a homeless person and I immediately thought 'I have to do that!’  West continued, “To me, I just felt I that I had never really understood what homelessness was, even though I had given to the homeless, supported the mission and so forth. I just knew to really understand, I would need to experience it, even just for a little bit."

On Monday, November 12, 2007 at 9:40am, West was dropped off with only the clothes on his back, a jacket and a cell phone. He is phoning reports to the radio station during two long days and two cold nights as he discovers the feeling of having nowhere to go, nothing to eat and nowhere warm to sleep. Through his reports, station listeners learn the importance of the work of John 3:16 Mission.

Craig will share the stories of his experience with listeners, including the comfort of John 3:16 Mission offering him food and care at the end of his journey.  As a result of West’s efforts listeners are encouraged to help the mission provide food and care to the homeless community this Holiday season. Click here to see picture.  (11/13)


KSJY/Lafayette, LA was the target of thieves who carted away the station's air conditioning unit sometime between last Friday night and Saturday morning. Danny Dardeau, station manager found out about the theft after he returned to the station Saturday afternoon following an outreach event. Out back of the building Monday morning, there was nothing more than an empty slab where the unit once stood. Dardeau said he would have done anything possible to help those who needed it if they would have just asked.  "If I had an extra AC unit, I'd give you one," Dardeau said. The incident is a setback to the station, which operates on a small budget with local support and underwriting from local businesses. It comes at a time when the station is planning an outreach music festival in early December at Parc International. Now, in addition to having to pool resources to make that happen, the station has to come up with additional funds to replace the AC unit.  (11/13)


CHRSN General Manager Faron Dice has announced that “Jeff and Stace in the Morning” have been named winners at the 2007 A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) award in Nashville for Best Locally Produced, Nationally Syndicated Show, defeating both Christian and mainstream radio competition, including personalities Dawson McAllister, Bill Cody (WSM) and Phil Valentine (WTN). According to CHRSN Program Director Dave Senes, “Jeff and Stace are an excellent team.  Each morning their show demonstrates how the merging of faith and culture in a relevant and entertaining way can transcend a format that was once perceived to be just for Christians.  I’m thrilled to see them earn this award for the second year in a row.”  (11/9)


KDUV/Visalia/Fresno announces that Shannon Steele moves to Assistant Program Director, effective immediately. Steele will continue her Music Director duties as well as programming new online rock station TheRemnantMusic.com.  (11/9)


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) has elevated Keith Stevens to Assistant Program Director while he also continues as the Music Director which he has been for the last five years. Along with the new APD stripes, Keith will also be the Program Director for the new STAR 99.1 HD3 channel, The Energy. STAR 99.1’s Director of Programming and Morning Show Host Johnny Stone says “According to our research, STAR 99.1/WAWZ is the first Contemporary Christian station in America to facilitate the use of it’s HD-2 channel for talk and teaching and our HD-3 channel for Christian Rock.” Further explaining, “Keith has been imperative to the growth of STAR 99.1 and now will apply his music knowledge to STAR 99.1 HD-3 The Energy.”  Keith states “It’s a tremendous privilege to work at STAR 99.1, in the largest radio market in the country. I’m excited to help bring STAR 99.1 to the next level as we continue to lead the way and impact thousands of lives.”   (11/8)


David G. Tucker has announced his intention to step down from his role as chief executive officer of international Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio. TWR’s Board of Directors has appointed a Search Committee to oversee the board’s search for the ministry’s next leader. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to David for his 11 years of dedicated service to TWR, first as chief operating officer and then in the combined role of CEO and president for the last five years,” noted Board Chairman Thomas J. Lowell.  “As we look to the future, TWR will be seeking an individual who can continue to build on our organization’s strong foundation of ministry while crafting a path that will ensure sustained growth and impact around the world for many years to come.”

Tucker is only the third person to hold TWR’s top leadership post in the organization’s 53-year history. “I have very much appreciated working with our board, especially as our new members have brought great energy, vibrancy and passion to the governance of our ministry,” Tucker commented.  “And one of my great joys and privileges has been to work with our staff and partners in our regions throughout the world and to sense their profound heartbeat for ministry. TWR is the world’s most far-reaching Christian radio network. Programs in over 200 languages and dialects are aired from more than 2,800 outlets around the world, including 14 international broadcasting locations, as well as local medium wave (AM), shortwave, long wave and FM radio stations, direct-to-listener satellite broadcasts, cable audio systems and the Internet. Every day, TWR’s broadcasts reach millions in over 160 countries. TWR has offices, studios, broadcasting facilities or partner organizations in more than 70 countries. The ministry’s U.S. base of operations is located in Cary, North Carolina.  (11/8)


Mike Schaeffer has left AIR1 after a 7 year run on the Morning Show. In his "goodbye" letter posted on the Air1 website Mike says "After much prayer and council from people closest in my life, I have come to reconcile that God that has placed it on my heart to take this period of time to invest my undivided attention into passionately pursuing Him without any distractions. So, (as you've probably figured out by now) I have expressed this with the leadership of Air 1 and resigned my position as host of the Air1 Morning Show." Schaeffer co host Jeannie Green will go solo for now.  (11/7)


Salem Communications Corporation today announced results for the three month period ended September 30, 2007. Commenting on the company's results, Edward G. Atsinger III, Chief Executive Officer of Salem, said, "The radio market continues to prove challenging for all broadcasters. While our net broadcasting revenue was down 1.2%, we did have some positive indications during the quarter. On a same station basis, advertising revenue on our Contemporary Christian music stations grew 3.1%, our block programming revenue increased 3.6% and our non-broadcast businesses grew revenue 14.9% to $6.2 million. We remain confident about the stability of our business model as we continue to invest in new media businesses that give us the ability to repurpose content and leverage the promotional abilities of our radio stations." (11/7)


Registration for GMA Music Week 2008 is now open! There is an exclusive rate being offered to GMA Members through November 19. Things in the works for 2008, include: Sunday Night Worship with Michael W. Smith at the historic Ryman auditorium, Daily speakers and panelists including Beth Moore, Brian Avnet, John Moore, Ken Blanchard, Louie Giglio, Valerie Burton, Weekend Boot Camps, including an all-new MAPS Boot Camp exclusively for road managers.

Click here to register now, or call 800-GMA-3211 (800-462-3211)   (11/7)


MOVEMENT: WYLV/Knoxville PD Jonathon Unthank steps down from PD but remains with station as MD... The syndicated rhythmic alternative music program Ujamz has ceased production... Rex McNeill joins KKFS/Sacramento for weekend air shifts...  (11/6)


Larry Bower, WBCL/Ft Wayne News Director, has been recognized for his outstanding work by winning the Indiana ‘Broadcasters Association Spectrum Award for the best mini-documentary or series.  His series was about the Lincoln Museum. Larry was also a finalist for ‘Best Newscast’.  This competition was open to all FCC licensed radio and television stations in Indiana.  (11/5) 


WAY-FM Media Group Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Parker has announced the appointment of Matt Hahn as GM of the new WAY-FM station in Louisville, KY. In bringing Hahn to WAY-FM, Parker stated, “I am excited that Matt is joining our team. He brings a lot of experience to the table in programming, operations and fund-raising. Matt has a passion to reach youth and young adults with the message of Christ. That along with his prior service at WAY-FM makes him a great fit.”  

Since 2004, Hahn had been the VP/Operations of WCVO/Columbus (CVCO, Inc.) which operates The River Radio Network based in Columbus, OH. In addition Hahn supervised the Pro Talk Network, based in Huntsville, AL. Prior to his tenure at CVCO, Matt was station manager of the WAY-FM station in Clarksville, TN. and general manager of WVMC in Mansfield, OH.

WLRX 104.3 FM in Louisville, KY, (soon to be WAYI, pending FCC approval), will launch with the WAY-FM format in early 2008. (11/1)


Great Plains Christian Radio has acquired KNGM in Emporia, Kansas from Christian Action Team. KNGM is a 3,000 watt station broadcasting on 91.9 FM. This is Great Plains Christian Radio's fifth full power station in addition to thirty-five translators. Stations include KJIL/Meade, KJOV/Woodward, OK, KJRL/Herington, KS, and KHYM/Copeland, KS. KNGM will broadcast the morning show with "Michael and Delvin" which originates at KJIL and is also broadcast on all four stations. KNGM will then rebroadcast KJRL the remainder of the day. The group has studios in Eastern and Western Kansas. (10/31)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) is “treating” central Ohio to all Christmas music today!  The holiday favorites kicked off at 7:15 when Scott & Sam announced that The River and American Airlines are flying 5 individuals HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Listeners will qualify when they call to share their story of who they want home. Then, everyday the week of November 12th, someone will win a roundtrip airfare to bring that person HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. You can listen online today at www.1049theriver.com

In addition, KFIS/Portland “104.1 The Fish” flipped to 100% Christmas music this morning at 7am. Fish Operations Director Dave Arthur said, “We just wanted to remind our listeners we’re their home for Christmas music again this year and to do something completely opposite of Halloween.”  But tonight at midnight, it’s back to normal. To say that our phones have been busy and the email server has been working hard today would be an understatement!

And, WGTS/Wash DC is also playing all Christmas music today. according to MD Rob Conway "We figured it would be a fun way to take on the day by focusing the music on God. It’s getting people talking though!"  (10/31)


KVNE/KGLY/Tyler, TX President Dan Bolin has left the station after 9 years to be President of Christian Camping International. A search is currently underway to fill the position. If interested jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page. (10/30)


The 2008 GMA/CMB Radio Station of the Year contest acknowledges those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. One radio station from each of the market segments – major, large, medium and small – are honored with this award.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. CT, January 25, 2008. 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 is available by clicking here. (10/30)


WJQK/Grand Rapids APD/MD Gary Thompson is behind the former Iron Curtain in Albania this week broadcasting his afternoon show live. The missions trip is aimed at raising funds for the ONLY CCM station in Albania, Radio 7. Albania is 70 percent Muslim now and Christians are physically attacked at times for believing the gospel. Thompson is under the care of Word Of Hope Ministries as he raises money to keep the message of the Gospel going out over Radio 7. For more, see Thompson's blog.  (10/30)


As reported earlier on HisAir.Net (9/26) the sale of WMCU/Miami has resulted in a format flip to classical music under new owners American Public Media Group. The format change took place on Oct 24 and the new calls are now WKCP. Now supporters of the Christian Family Coalition group have filed a lawsuit against the station's former owner, Trinity International University and its officers, and American Public Media Group, which purchased the station from Trinity for $20 million in a deal still awaiting approval by the FCC.

The suit charges breach of contract and deceptive business practices for soliciting audience contributions for WMCU under its Christian format, which was then dropped when the station was sold. The plaintiffs are seeking $15,000 in damages and an injunction to block the sale and format change.

"We commend these individuals for standing in the gap for our community in filing this lawsuit, we believe numerous violations have been committed in the transaction of this sale and we intend to prove it both in a court of law and in the court of public opinion" stated Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition. A Trinity International University official released a statement that the school believes it acted ''in an appropriate and legal manner'' and there are no grounds for a legal complaint.

Attorney Alexander J. Alfano, filed suit in Miami-Dade court, says ''We're concerned that donations have been diverted,'' he said. ``If the station is sold for $20 million, it's being done at the cost of donors who have built up the station over 30 years.'' read more here. (10/29)


George Flores has joined the staff at WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) as On Air Personality and Ministry Relations Manager. George, was previously with WWDJ/New York and WFMU/New York where he hosted the “David and Goliath” show which was perhaps the first FM station to play Contemporary Christian Music in the New York area at that time. Program Director and Morning Show Host Johnny Stone says.  “George brings a wealth of talent to STAR 99.1 and is a great addition to a wonderful line-up of air personalities.”  (10/26)


Word Records Manager of national promotions Jill Tomalty has been promoted to director of marketing for the label. She will oversee marketing for all artists on the label, heading up the team that markets these artists and developing strategies to further expand their brands. (10/26)


KJIL/Meade, KS mid-day personality Gabriel Peter is now a published author. His book titled "East from West" is now available on Amazon.com. The novel is about the Christian music industry. Industry people from radio to records should find this very interesting reading. Gabe has had an amazing two months as he was named Kansas Association of Broadcasters Air Personality of the Year, and he also was a finalist at the GMA Academy Song Writing Competition.  (10/26)


A new HD radio station targeting the 18-34 demo in Asheville, NC has been launched by Blue Ridge Broadcasting. The station named "The Edge"  is on the air at 106.9 HD2  and online at www.edge1069.com. the station is airing CHRSN including air talent Jeff & Stace, Donna Cruz, Jayar, Wally on Total Axxess, and Tommy Dylan.  (10/26)


WGTS/Wash DC PD Ty McFarland is leaving the station to be Station Manager at KTFY/Twin Falls, ID. KTFY will launch soon and is sister station to KTSY/Boise where Ty was previously. Ty tells HisAir.Net "I’m grateful that the Lord allowed me to be a part of WGTS for a season. After our fight this last year to keep the station from being sold to a non-Christian broadcaster, I feel like God had me there at just the right time, for that reason. I love my good friends at WGTS." Currently KTFY is simulcasting KTSY and will go with separate programming early next year.

Returning to the PD chair at WGTS is morning co-host Becky Wilson Alignay. (10/25)


KJIL/KHYM/Meade, KS have been busy conducting school assembly programs in Public Schools for Red Ribbon week. The schools over the years have come to depend on KJIL / KHYM for assembly programs to respond to issues that teens struggle with.  The stations have received awards in 2001, 2004 and 2006 for Best Supporting Media for Red Ribbon Week.  In 2007 KJIL and KHYM expanded the school assembly programs to other weeks in the year using former NFL Athletes from Sports World Ministries. Midday personality Gabriel Peter and GM Don Hughes travel around with the guest speakers and do an introduction talking about the stations as well.  Altogether KJIL and KHYM have done 35 school assembly programs in Public Schools in 2007. The assemblies included Jamie Jorge, violinist, who has done fourteen school assembly programs and four concerts at area churches talking about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. (10/24)


Program Director Patrick Green of Northern Christian Radio, based in Gaylord Michigan, has hired Mandy Prusha from WJQK/Grand Rapids to voice track their 3 to 8 PM air shift.  Mandy will be filling the position left open by director of Development, Kevin Davis, as he takes a job outside of the radio industry. (10/23)


ACTION: RadioElizabeth renews with client KVMV/McAllen, TX and has added WJIE/Louisville for VT middays... Abel Sanchez is exiting weekends/swing at WAWZ/New York... Tracy Butler has joined KLOVE/Air1 as continuity director, she was formerly with Salem... KPYN/Atlanta, TX shifts to a "Christian Talk" format including Salem Radio Network programming  (10/19)


Family Life Network (FLN) today announced that John Carter has been appointed Public Relations Manager. Carter will lead development and execution of public relations activities for Family Life Network in the Binghamton area. “It’s wonderful knowing how many talented, versatile people we have on staff here,” said Rick Snavely, president, Family Life Network. “John has experience working in diverse environments—corporate, community, nonprofit—which contributes to his solid skill set. And with a strong character to match, John really brings so much positive energy to the ministry. ”   (10/18)


Tara Stepp has joined PLG as National Promotions marketing. She was formerly with previously with Hit Radio Promo. (10/18)


WGNR/Anderson/Indianapolis (Moody Radio 97.9 FM-1470 AM) is pleased to announce that Linda Yeager will join the team November 5th as News Director and Morning News Anchor.  She brings over 16 years of news gathering and reporting experience in both radio and television. Station Manager Ray Hashley adds "Linda lives in the Indianapolis area and has been a listener for many years." (10/17)


Vandalism is suspected on the WAYJ/Ft Myers (WAY FM) transmitter late last week forcing the station to operate at a reduced power of 50 watts. Click here to read story from WINK TV in Ft Myers.  (10/17)


WCVO/Columbus PD Kurt Wallace checks in with HisAir.Net with news that Seattle’s “Scott & Sam” are the River’s new morning team. Wallace now anchors local information breaks in the AM. Former morning co-host Sherry Abel moves to middays, Jake Sommers remains in the afternoons and Todd Stach moves to evenings and is the station’s new Promotions Director. 

WCVO will also be moving into new studios in Gahanna, OH, by mid-November.  (10/17)


Salem San Francisco OM Peter Thiele is named OM of the Salem New York cluster including WMCA and WWDJ. (10/17)


End of year budget cuts came early at Cox Radio Tulsa KKCM/Tulsa (Spirit 102.3) as APD Dale Christopher's position has been eliminated. Dale will continue to produce Sunday Morning Worship with Andy Chrisman. Dale joined KKCM in April 2003. Reach out to Dale as he searches for a full time position at  at 918-289-8043 or email him dcdjmagic@aol.com  (10/15)



SHOCKER: Vice President of Operations WCVO/Columbus (The River), The River Radio Network, ProTalk Radio and The Promise Radio Network, Matt Hahn has resigned. Matt has been with WCVO for the last 3 years and is exploring new opportunities. Contact Matt at mj4hahn@aol.com  (10/14)


ACTION: WRXT/Lynchburg PM drive jock Isaiah Knight is moving to sister station WPER/Wash DC for afternoons effective 10/29.. Alan Scott joins Family Life Radio for afternoons... WMIT/Black Mountain NC, set a record by raising  $2,004,993 during its annual 2 day Sharathon...  The owners of KXOJ/Tulsa (Stephens Limited Family Partnership) have purchased four stations in Watertown, NY. for 6.25 mil  (10/12)


The Washington Post ran a front page article about Trans World Radio (TWR) in this past Sunday’s edition. Check out the video footage here  and a hard copy link to the five page article by clicking hereIt is a very well written story bye author Kevin Sullivan who is a Pulitzer Prize winner for an article he wrote several years back on the Mexican prison system. Check it out.  (10/12)


WJQK/Grand Rapids Held a one time “Married for Life Commitment Rally during the “JQ Morning Blast” yesterday. Hundreds of couples called in and logged on to the web to pledge or re-commit to stay “Married for Life.” The drive was the brainchild of nationally syndicated “Family Moments” host Dan Seaborn. Dan was in studio and on the air with special guests Doug Swink, Mark Harris (4Him), Geoff Moore, Congressman Pete Hoekstra and local celebrities to promote the sanctity of holy matrimony. (10/12)


WSMR/Sarasota PD/mornings Dave Ryerson has been promoted to Regional Program Director at NWC. He'll be relocating to Sioux Falls to Program KNWC there, but also oversee some of the other stations in the network including KFNW/Fargo. Dave joined WSMR in Aug 2005. He''ll be in Sarasota until a new PD for WSMR is hired. A search has begun to find Dave's replacement at WSMR. Check the HisAir.Net jobs page for details.  (10/12)


In a last-day outpouring of listener support that amazed even veteran fundraisers WJIS/Sarasota (The Joy FM)  annual fall Share-a-thon set a station record for single-day fundraising. The on-air appeal, which lasted 16 hours (6:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M.) produced some 1500 calls and a total of $453,600 in gifts and commitments. That one (1) day amount represents just over 45% of the overall goal set for the entire 5 day event. Not only was it the largest fundraising day ever for The Joy FM, “It also may be a one-day record for non-commercial Christian radio support drives nationwide,” said air personality Bill Martin, a 21 year employee of The Joy FM.

“There’s never been a day like it here” added GM Jeff MacFarlane. “Almost half a million dollars in a day! We were overwhelmed.”  Radio Training Network (RTN) Director of Support Johanna Antes noted the range of giving, “from $1.00 a month to three $12,000 gifts. It really was about everyone feeling they could do something to help. That’s what made this a miracle day, from 51% to 96%, it was almost as much as the previous four days combined.”  Antes, who directed Share-a-thon, added: “Only God could have done this!”

Program Director Carmen Brown admitted that she, along with the other staff began the day with a sense of defeat. “I admit that I was disappointed with God but accepted that this year wasn’t going to be what we were accustomed to with our Share-a-thons. As a family, we personally have had a tough financial year of our own in real estate, it was then that God convicted me to give a faith promise increase,” Brown confessed. “When I realized it was this attitude that contributed to where we were in our goals, I prayed for forgiveness and gave my gift.” That frank confession on air set the pace for many to call and respond, particularly listeners in the real estate and construction industries which suffered a financial downturn in 2007.  (10/11)


Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrayed Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and the voice of Jesus in the new Thomas Nelson project The Word of Promise™ New Testament Audio Bible, will be co-hosting "The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Kim" syndicated through Salem's "Today's Christian Music" Network.  Jim will be on-air live from 7 to 9 AM (CDT) on Monday, October 15th.
"The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Kim" is heard in over 70 markets, including Nashville's 94FM the Fish. Salem Music Network general manager Michael Miller commented, “Today's Christian Music has a history of getting its listeners up close with their favorite entertainers.  It's an absolute treat for both the network and its listeners to have Jim guest-host this very popular morning show."  (10/11)


KJIL/Meade, KS midday personality Gabriel Peter will perform Friday (10-12) in the finals of the song writing competition at the GMA Academy in Nashville . Recently Gabriel was named Air Personality of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters! (10/10)


WJYW in Union City, Ohio morning jock Bruce Matthews joins WGRC/Lewisburg, PA for afternoons. Bruce’s has also been with KTWY in Eastern Washington State in addition to  For a short while starting in the summer of 2000, he was employed at Family Life Communications in Tucson doing Afternoon Drive in 2000. “I am now excited about the brand new door God has opened up for me to serve Him in Central PA at WGRC.  I am ‘thrilled’ to become a part of the community and all the new relationships God will send my way,” he says.  (10/10)


ACTION: WMUZ/Detroit has hired Shannyn Caldwell as morning co-host teaming with Jon Culbert... WJLZ/Virginia Beach is being sued by Minnesota Public Radio for using the phrase "The Current" which it says has filed a trademark for, but it was denied... WRCM/Charlotte midday personality Leslie Nease (pictured at right) was the third person voted off CBS's "Survivor: China"...    (10/9)

MOVEMENT: Gabriel Ponce joins Moody Broadcasting as National Programming Assistant replacing Kai Elmer who joined INO Records... Jennifer Allen exits her Manager National Promotions position at INO for Director National Promotion at Centricity Records... (10/5)


Former KLRC/Fayetteville air personality Josh Bentley joins KKCM/Tulsa (Spirit 102.3) for mornings teaming with Rebecca Bennett. KKCM PD Chris Kelly shifts to middays.  (10/3)


WMSJ/Freeport-Portland, ME has named Kenny Robinson as the PD/morning co-host of “Your Friends In The Morning”. Kenny was Morning Show Host and Production Director at WMCU/Miami (89.7 Spirit FM). After several years in Miami and over twenty years in radio Kenny will be co-hosting the morning show as well as taking on the PD duties.  (10/2)


A select group of Christian radio program directors, air personalities and other key influencers met last weekend at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC to address how Christian music broadcasters can best communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ on-air in an authentic, life-changing way. This unique assembly of broadcasters, sponsored and hosted by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Renaissance Communications and Goodratings Strategic Services participated in a collaborative process and discussed various styles of effectively expressing the Gospel while maintaining programming excellence and remaining formatically correct.

The two day event was highlighted by veteran broadcaster and evangelism expert Ron Hutchcraft, who challenged the group to use their incredible media platforms to turn their radio stations into “live-saving stations”, modeled after the actual rescue stations created along the Eastern seaboard that developed into the Coast Guard.  The parallel challenge for broadcasters was to become a station that intentionally looks for ways to reach the lost for Christ in a non-religious way. 

“The Gospel is the most powerful message on earth - it changes eternities.  Radio is one of the most powerful delivery systems on earth.  “Rescue by Radio” was about how we can turn all that power loose to spiritually rescue many more lost lives.  We are committed together to use the influence that God’s giving us to help as many listeners as possible be in heaven with us someday.” said Hutchcraft.

Leadership input from Joe Battaglia of Renaissance Communications and John Frost and Alan Mason of Goodratings Strategic Services deliberated the fundamental questions of mission effectiveness for the future of Christian music radio. Joe Battaglia stated “Reaching people for Christ shouldn’t be an optional goal for a radio station.  The truth is that we need a strategy for best doing it in the context of great radio. This summit sought to make that a greater priority in the minds and lives of our managers and broadcasters.”

Frost urged the broadcasters to move out of the box, design tools that create effective bridges of communication to listeners, and translate Christian “rescue language” into radio reality.  Alan Mason moderated the group in several discussions and addressed their questions and concerns.  Frost and Mason instructed the broadcasters how to equip their air talent with the freedom and skills to effectively convey the gospel without sacrificing quality or their format.  Mason added “I’m honored and humbled to be serving in this way, and to be a part of something so important with such a high caliber level of talent. This was an exercise in collaborative design, with everyone sharing ideas and concepts that will advance our ability to share our faith on the radio.”

“How to communicate faith on the air effectively hits a response chord with a wide range of programming philosophies.  Some stations limit faith-centered content because of their concern over whether the air talent can deliver it effectively.  On the other hand, stations that desire more overt faith content want to know how their talent can to do it better” stated Frost.

In their last session Frost and Mason gave the broadcasters steps for implementing the Rescue Radio strategy.  Frost reminded the group that “as we grow in our impact we grow in our responsibility.”

Ron’s parting message to the broadcasters was delivered with power and conviction as he encouraged them to leave with a renewed focus and passion for their audience, to create excellent radio and to “remember who you are and remember why you’re here.”

Broadcasters in attendance included Rob Dempsey, PD of WLFJ-His Radio, Kristen Roberts, morning show host from His Radio Network; Dave Senes, PD of WAY-FM Network; Wally, Host of the syndicated national program Total Axxess; John Owens, PD of Family Life Network; Denny Nugent, PD of the Moody Broadcasting Network; Dean O’Neal, PD of Z88.3 in Orlando; Chuck Pryor, PD of KSBJ, Houston; Carmen Brown, PD of The Joy FM Network; Reid Holsen, Assistant VP of stations at Northwestern College Radio; Kevin Peterson, editor of the Christian music column of R&R; Rick Robertson, PD of American Family Radio Network; Tom Greene, PD of WMIT, Asheville, NC; Scott Valentine, PD of KCMS, Seattle; and Gary Moreland, Network PD WRCM/WMHK and morning show host of WRCM, Charlotte.

Plans are underway for a second annual Rescue by Radio Summit for next year.(10/1)


K-LOVE network director of programming David Pierce has been promoted to VP of programming for EMF Broadcasting replacing Mike Novak who was upped to EMF president.  Pierce joined EMF in 1991 and will continue an airshift on KLOVE.

According to Novak "David has been instrumental in developing the sound of both K-LOVE and Air 1 for many, many years, and this promotion is long overdue," Novak said. "In his new role, David will not only be making sure the networks continue delivering the best sound possible, but he will be developing strategies to shape the networks' future programming in anticipation of the inevitable changes in radio broadcasting." (10/1)


KCMS/Seattle (Spirit 105.3) brought princesses from all over the Puget Sound aboard Argosy Cruise lines Spirit of Seattle to join SPIRIT 105.3’s Afternoon Drive Personality, Sarah Taylor—a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty—for a princess cruise!  The two hour sold out cruise included lots of glitter, make-up stations, tiaras, wands, feathery boas, crafts, ice cream Sundaes and a Princess Parade!  Prince Charming even made an appearance. “Nothing else generates this kind of excitement amongst our listeners,” said SPIRIT 105.3 Senior Account Executive Laurel Mackintosh.  (10/1)


Congratulation to PD Chuck Finney and staff at Salem's KLTY/Dallas as they receive the NAB Marconi Radio Award for "Religious Station of The Year".   (9/27)


CHRSN General Manager Faron Dice announces the addition of radio industry veteran Donna Cruz as the new midday host for the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network. Cruz joins CHRSN while continuing with WAY-FM in West Palm Beach FL. Dice adds, “Donna is one of the best in radio.  She knows how to connect.  I’m excited to have her join the team for “The Midday Cruz.”  Now, radio stations can have a superstar female talent on the air at a fraction of the normal cost.”  Started in 1986, CHRSN offers live music 24/7 and DJs to radio stations nationwide.  CHRSN is part of the WAY-FM Media Group. (9/26)


WMCU/Miami (Spirit 89.7) has been sold by station owner Trinity International Foundation for $20 million. The buyer is Minnesota's American Public Media who unsuccessfully tendered a purchase of the same amount for WGTS/Wash DC. WMCU's last day will be Sept. 30 and the format is expected to change to classical music. In a letter addressing listeners on the WMCU website management states "As you have probably already heard, our season in South Florida has come to an end. The Board of Directors of the Trinity International Foundation has agreed to sell WMCU to a nonprofit public radio organization, signaling the end of 89.7 Spirit FM. Our last day of broadcasting will be Sunday, September 30, 2007. We didn’t want to end without thanking you for allowing us to be a part of your life. You’ve blessed and encouraged us with your prayers and gifts. You will never know what a difference you made in our lives. Please join us in giving our heavenly Father thanks in ALL things. We pray that God will continue to grow you for His glory!   "In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read that "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (9/26)


Former WONU/Chicago GM, now voice talent, Bill DeWees, has been selected as a featured vocalist on a new “battle of the bands” video game.  The game is published by THQ, Inc. and will be available for the Nintendo Wii platform in the first quarter of 2008. DeWees is also the voice of the new MegaBrands toy “Brian the Brain.”  Other projects that DeWees’ voice can currently be heard on include work for Mitt Romney, Carrot Top, Comcast, the Big Ten Network, the Hyatt, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. (9/26)


WCQR/Johnson City, TN PD Jason Sharp has been named to fill the open PD chair at KTIS/Minneapolis. Jason replaces Kurt Wallaces who left for the PD position at WCVO/Columbus in July. Jason joined WCQR 8 1/2 years ago and the last two years he's handled Corporate PD duties for Positive Alternative Radio, Inc.  Prior to that he was also at WPAR/Blacksburg/Roanoke, VA, and  WXPZ/Milford/Delaware.  (9/25)


Family Life Ministries, owner and operator of Family Life Network, will mark its 50th anniversary this week with a six-day spread of live concerts and special performances. “We are thrilled to be celebrating five decades of encouraging our communities with Christian programming,” said Rick Snavely, president, Family Life Network.  “Family Life has been incredibly blessed since its inception 50 years ago.  And each year we are amazed at the amount of generosity and support shown by our listeners, partners, and community members.”  (9/24)


WBVM/Tampa PD/morning personality Johnny V has left the building. GM John Morris has started a search for a replacement. If interested go to the HisAir.Net jobs page for details.  (9/24)


UPDATE: HisAir.Net confirms that former WPOZ/Orlando afternoon personality Lisa Williams is leaving the station to join EMF Broadcasting for a 6-10PM CT shift on KLOVE. Lisa joined WPOZ in March of 1998 as part of the morning show and moved to afternoons in 2003. She has also been with WAWZ/New York and KCVO/Camdenton, MO as PD.

"I moved to California a year ago because of a job promotion for my husband.  In order to stay on the air in Orlando through the birth of my baby boy, EMF let me use one of their studios for a few weeks.  I finished out my pregnancy as big as a house, broadcasting to Orlando from one of my spare bedrooms.  For the last seven months, I've been off the air and have been focusing on the life of my beautiful son, JD.  I am now very, very honored to be joining the KLOVE team.  Their outreach and impact is mind-blowing."

Starts on the air this Monday Sept 24..  (9/20)


The Columbia Union College board has voted to rescind the action to sell WGTS/Wash DC. In a memo on the station website GM Jon Conrad wrote "You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again; WGTS is God’s radio station, and always has been. His ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts. That’s why we have nothing to worry about. The Lord performed a miracle today and we give him all the praise and thanks for what happened. This year marks the 50th anniversary of WGTS. What an amazing gift from God that this radio ministry can continue".

 Click here to read the entire memo from John.   (9/20)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) PD Kevin Avery has resigned the position to concentrate totally on the morning show. Avery has been the only PD since the Fish launched in Sept. 2000. If interested in taking a shot at this prime PD opening contact WFSH GM Mike Moran who has already started his search for Kevin's replacement. Go to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the listing.  (9/19)


As we told you on HisAir.Net Craig Vinson has been hired as Operations Director at WAYT/Tallahassee. Craig joins WAY-FM after an internship with WAYJ/Fort Myers and graduation from Cedarville University in Ohio. At Cedarville University Craig performed the duties of Operations Director and ultimately Station Manager of the student station U99.5FM. While there he also hosted the weekly countdown and request program. “We’re very excited to have Craig join our team here in North Florida,” said Station Manager Steve Young, “I’m very impressed with Craig and I’m sure he will make an immediate impact in our ministry!” WAYT signed on the air at 88.1 FM in 2004 and is part of the WAY-FM Media Group.  (9/18)



MOVEMENT: Matt Merriner has been hired as the new KLOVE Morning Show Producer... Craig Vinson is the new PD/Morning Host at WAYT/Tallahassee (WAY FM)...  (9/17)


Changes at EMF Broadcasting (K-LOVE and Air 1) as founder and president Dick Jenkins is promoted to CEO and senior VP Mike Novak is upped to president. The moves will enable Jenkins to focus on strategy while Novak assumes day-to-day operational control.  (9/17)


WCRF/Cleveland received word from Julia Stark with Buckner Orphan International that  WCRF listeners donated 13,000 pairs of shoes and thousands of socks to this year's Shoes for Orphan Souls Campaign! WCRF is part of Moody Broadcasting. (9/17)


Family Life Network today announced that Elizabeth Weaver has been appointed Morning Drive Time News Anchor.  In this role, Weaver will write, produce, and report the news and weather during the morning drive-time.  “We are thrilled to have Elizabeth join our staff,” said Rick Snavely, President, Family Life Network. “Her unique experiences, energetic personality, and get-it-done attitude will add great value to Family Life’s news operation.  It’s a joy having her here.”  (9/13)


Family Life Network has appointed Darcie L. Schwarz Publicity Director. Schwarz will lead development and execution of media relations activities and various internal communications for the ministry based in Bath, NY.  “We are excited to welcome Darcie to Family Life,” said Rick Snavely, President, Family Life Network.  “The ministry is expanding and needs experienced, talented people to help spread the good news.  It’s wonderful having Darcie on board during this critical time.”  (9/12)


Great Plains Christian Radio announces recent Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards for their staff. GPCR has five full power stations and nearly 40 translators. Stations represented in the awards include KJIL, KHYM & KJRL. Air Personality of the Year
First Place, Gabriel Hughes - KJIL, Third Place, Glenn Hascall - KHYM; Best PSA First Place, Richard Hayes - KJRL Second Place, Bill Lurwick - KJIL; Station Promotional Announcement First Place, Gabriel and Jesse Hughes - KJIL;Complete News Feature Third Place, Delvin Kinser - KJIL; Editorial Commentary Second Place, Glenn Hascall - KHYM  (9/12)


KZZQ/Des Moines Director of Programming and Morning Personality Mike Schlote was profiled by the Des Moines Register last weekend. Click here to read.  (9/12)


MOVEMENT: Jonathon Williams joins KCFY/Yuma to evenings... Maui is now doing weekends at KBIQ/Colorado Springs... Jane Hunt is now hosting "Hope In The Night" overnights on KCBI/Dallas... WJTL/Lancaster has launched it's own "You Tube" webpage featuring stations promotions and interviews... (9/10)


WAY-FM Media Group President/Founder Bob Augsburg has announced the recent addition of an FM signal at 90.9 in Colorado Springs. Broadcasting the Christian Rock format of WAY-FM in Denver from Cheyenne Mountain, the station airs local breaks and is the first phase of a plan which will also bring a WAY-FM full power station to Pueblo.

WAY-FM can now be heard in all the major cities along Colorado’s Front Range, including Denver, Fort Collins and most recently Colorado Springs. The next phase will include Pueblo and Trinidad. Augsburg noted, “We have received a great response to the new expansion into Colorado Springs which began August 24, and we look forward to reaching more youth and young adults in the next phase of our expansion farther south into Pueblo and Trinidad.”  (9/7)


WVNE-WNEB/Worcester station manager Steve Tuzeneu has accepted the same position at KJRL/Salina, Kansas. KJRL is a part of the Great Plains Christian Radio network anchored by Marconi award winning Station the Year for 2006, KJIL/Meade. Of his new position, Tuzeneu said, " I will really miss my Blount Communications family, but I also look forward to my new family at Great Plains Christian Radio." In speaking of the appointment, GPCR President/CEO Don Hughes said, "Steve brings exceptional ability as a station manager and engineer. Above all he has a great heart for Christ and touching lives with the Good News." Tuzeneu spent 16 years at WVNE and will begin his new position in December.  (9/7)


CHANGES: Gary Thompson is no longer voice-tracking KKCM/Tulsa... PD/Mornings Mike Schlote is now Director of Programming/Music at KZZQ/Des Moines (Q99.5)... (9/7)


Jim Barron, Larry Bower and Phil Reaser, the WBCL/Ft Wayne Rise & Shine Morning Team, have been recognized for their outstanding work in the ‘2007 Right Brain Awards’ for the best morning bit.  This national  award was chosen from among materials submitted from small markets, major markets, country stations and urban stations. The Right Brain Awards are a unique and prestigious competition designed to recognize creativity, originality, quality and effectiveness within the radio world. In addition, Phil Reaser was awarded for his interview with Amy Grant for the ‘Best Artist Interview’. (9/7)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has expanded it's reach and is now rebroadcasting on 99.7 FM in Lady Lake and The Villages, FL.  After the recent tornadoes in central Florida the station began to work on obtaining a translator on 99.7 FM that would rebroadcast Z88.3 to the region. “We saw the destruction that the tornadoes caused that night, especially in Lady Lake and The Villages, and we (Z88.3) knew that adding a translator was a necessity in order to keep our Weather Warnings First commitment to Z listeners in that area.” said Dean O’Neal, Z88.3 Program Director/Operations Manager. Z88.3 was designated by the state of Florida in 2001 as the Local Primary One (LP-1) entry point for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for the eight county Central Florida Operational Area 7.  O’Neal and Jim Hoge, Z88.3 President/ General Manager hold the Chairman and Co-chairman position for the Florida EAS Operational Area 7.  (9/6)


WJQK/Grand Rapids overnight guy Jeremy Henry had his handiwork featured on national TV last night. Recently Jeremy created an on air bit and You Tube video featuring Dora the Explorer lampooning the recent Mattel lead paint toy recalls. Jeremy was watching the new television show “I-Caught” and experienced his video and his own voice blaring back at him through his television screen. Congrats, Jeremy! You made the big time. To see the original bit, go here. To see the “I-Caught” news story, go here.  (9/5)


KLOVE is on the air at 91.1 WNKV/Norco, LA covering the New Orleans market... After 20 years at WFIF/Milford, CT morning announcer Willie Barnett has left the station due to down-sizing...  (9/4)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has expanded it's reach and is now re-broadcasting on 99.7 FM in Lady Lake and The Villages, FL.  After the recent tornadoes in central Florida the station began to work on obtaining a translator on 99.7 FM that would rebroadcast Z88.3 to the region. “We saw the destruction that the tornadoes caused that night, especially in Lady Lake and The Villages, and we (Z88.3) knew that adding a translator was a necessity in order to keep our Weather Warnings First commitment to Z listeners in that area.” said Dean O’Neal, Z88.3 Program Director/Operations Manager. Z88.3 was designated by the state of Florida in 2001 as the Local Primary One (LP-1) entry point for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for the eight county Central Florida Operational Area 7.  O’Neal and Jim Hoge, Z88.3 President/ General Manager hold the Chairman and Co-chairman position for the Florida EAS Operational Area 7.  (9/6)


WJQK/Grand Rapids overnight guy Jeremy Henry had his handiwork featured on national TV last night. Recently Jeremy created an on air bit and You Tube video featuring Dora the Explorer lampooning the recent Mattel lead paint toy recalls. Jeremy was watching the new television show “I-Caught” and experienced his video and his own voice blaring back at him through his television screen. Congrats, Jeremy! You made the big time. To see the original bit, go here. To see the “I-Caught” news story, go here.  (9/5)


KLOVE is on the air at 91.1 WNKV/Norco, LA covering the New Orleans market... After 20 years at WFIF/Milford, CT morning announcer Willie Barnett has left the station due to down-sizing...  (9/4)

 

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