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STUFF: PLG has elevated Laurie Chimento to senior director of marketing from associate director of marketing...  WAYK/Kalamazoo & WAYG/Grand Rapids, reports that the station’s spring pledge drive goal was met, and exceeded with a total of $527,294 ... 12+ Winter 09 ARB numbers rolling out include KLTY/Dallas down 3.3-2.3, WAKW/Cincinnati up 1.5-1.9, WMUZ/Detroit down to 1.1, WRBS/Baltimore even at 1.9, WFHM/Cleveland down 2.6-2.5.  (5/1)


WBCL/Ft Wayne is gearing up for the Indianapolis 500.  WBCL is conducting a promotion that involves an enormous amount of cars—Matchbox Cars, that is.  During the month of May, men will be able to sign up on the WBCL website for a chance to win 4 tickets to the Indianapolis 500. Kelley Automotive Group of Fort Wayne has donated hundreds of  Matchbox Cars for this contest.  To enter, men will need to guess how many cars are actually in the trunk of a car. The winner will receive the tickets, with a personal visit from the WBCL Race Team, Scott Tsuleff, Ken Church and Jill Johnston, on May 20th.  But there’s more to this giveaway.  Once the tickets have been delivered and the winner is off to the races, WBCL and Kelley Automotive Group will donate the cars to Lutheran Hospital Pediatrics of Fort Wayne, IN.  Those Matchbox Cars will brighten little faces that are fighting a race of a different kind. (4/29)


WVFJ/Atlanta (J93.3)/ Production Director/midday talent Michael Stuart exits after nearly four years with the station. The 24-year radio vet was previously APD/Creative Services Director and Afternoons at WMEZ/Pensacola, PD of KKMG/Colorado Springs, and WABB/Mobile. He is also the producer of the nationally syndicated Christian music program, "Sonrise".  Reach him at 678-386-6941 or michael@audiomsp.com. (4/26)


Jon Rivers, host of 20 the Countdown Magazine, joins the daily 1-minute Parenting Todays Teens production team as the feature's announcer. The program is hosted by teen expert Mark Gregston.  Rivers previously voiced his recommendation of the feature, and is now putting his voice to work within it as well.  Due to its unique ministry content, many stations have been successful at finding local churches, youth groups or counseling services to sponsor it. Others are running it as a ministry, non-sponsored filler, or as a public service.  Stations can register to pick it up at www.parentingtodaysteens.org (4/25)


KRNG/Reno (Renegade Radio) William E. Bauer checks in with HisAir.Net and says the station adds JJ Tom to an early morning shift $am-6am). Completing the on air line-up is Robert Alou, Stace Cupples and the Notorious V.I.C in mornings. Dan Graf handles Monday evenings, and Chairlie Firus on Wednesday evenings,  and Ashley Clements handles CDs on Thursday evenings. Bauer says music at night after 9:00 becomes hard with the Nighwatch.  (4/24)


Winners in the GMA Dove Awards included: Male Vocalist of the Year - Chris Tomlin, Female Vocalist of the Year - Natalie Grant, New Artist of the Year - Brandon Heath, Group of the Year - Casting Crowns, Songwriter of the Year - Cindy Morgan. Click here to get complete list of winners.  (4/24)


KSBJ/Houston’s President and General Manager, Tim McDermott, and Vice President of Programming, Jon Hull, have both been elected to serve as chairmen of two leading Christian music broadcasting associations. McDermott was elected as National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Radio Chairman and Jon Hull was elected as Educational Track Chairman to the Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) for a second term.  (4/23)


GMA Week Update: 2008 Radio Echo Awards were presented at GMA this week, The winners were:

Station Of The Year: Small Market KLRC Fayetteville, Medium Market KTSY Boise, Large WPOZ Orlando, Major KSBJ Houston.

PD of the year: Small Tom Greene WMIT Asheville, Med Chris Lemke Grand Rapids, Large Chuck Pryor KSBJ Houston.

Music Director of the year: Small Mike Couchman WAYK Kalamazoo, Med Jeff Cruz WPOZ Orlando, Large Sarah Taylor KCMS Seattle.

Air Personality of the year: Small Mike & Stacy WAYK KALAMAZOO, Med Brant Hansen WAY FM W. Palm Beach, Large Kevin & Taylor WFSH Atlanta.

Promoter Of the Year: Michael Johnson Top 5 Promotions.

Rob Gregory Award: Jeff McFarlane The Joy Network.

Scott Campbell Award: Bob Augsburg WAY FM.

Industry Impact Award: Linda Myers Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB)   

(4/21)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Radio Award at the NAB show going on this week in Las Vegas. In his acceptance speech Station Manager Scott Taylor stated “We’ve got a dedicated team that is passionate about doing great radio and considers it a privilege to serve the New York Metro area audience and are really great at serving their listeners.” PD/Morning Show Host Johnny Stone chimed in “It is a blessing to win the Crystal Radio Award but the real reason the staff at STAR 99.1 super-serves the local New York Metropolitan community is because it is the right thing to do.” Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.  (4/16)


STUFF: The GMA announced that XM Satellite radio will air the Dove Awards Thursday live on "The Message" (XM32)... WNWC/Madison PD Brian Christopher will transfer at the end of May to Northwestern Media's WSMR/Sarasota for same duties...  (4/16)


Linda Myers checks in with HisAir.Net with an alert for those headed to GMA Week... "Due to circumstances beyond CMB’s and Play MPE’s control, the DARTS session will NOT be digital this year!  So, bring your recording equipment and get your liners from your favorite artists. DARTS IS NOT CANCELLED.  It’s simply gone retro.  So, PACK YOUR RECORDING EQUIPMENT and your typed liners." See you in Nashville!  (4/15)


As first reported on HisAir.Net (Newsroom 4/10) KSBJ/Houston PD Chuck Pryor will exit the station at the end of April and today KSBJ has promoted Jon Hull to Vice President of Programming. In this new role, Hull will take on day-to-day decision making in programming, as well as crafting concepts for two additional Christian HD formats to be launched in the next 12 months in KSBJ’s current coverage area. These new duties will be in addition to his current responsibilities including spearheading KSBJ’s worldwide mentoring and outreach efforts to other Christian radio stations and leading the station’s annual fundraising team.  (4/15) 


KXOJ/Tulsa welcomes David Waggoner to the staff starting on May 5th. David takes over as Promotions Director for Cody Joiner, who left the station to pursue a management position in retail promotions. Waggoner served in the KXOJ building once before, as an intern in the summer of 2004 for sister rocker KCXR (The Kross). Waggoner was previously in a similar position at Salem's KGBI/Omaha.  (4/14)


STUFF: Former WFZH/Milwaukee (The Fish) MD Rick Hall lands at secular AC WCFS/Chicago for PM drive... WBCL/Ft Wayne Radio Network has won 2nd place for "Best News Series" in Indiana AP awards... (4/11)


KSBJ/Houston PD Chuck Pryor is stepping down from the position and will exit the station at the end of April. Chuck tells His Air.Net the decision to leave was a personal one made by him and his wife. At this time he has no definite plans but is trusting the Lord to lead and he will follow.  Chuck joined KSBJ in June 2005 coming from WBGL/Champaign. (4/10)


WPRJ/Saginaw (101.7 The Fuse) has elevated PD Aaron Dicer to Operations Manager affective April 15th. also, overnight personality Josh Thompson becomes WPRJ Music Director and IT Manager. In Addition WPRJ owners Come Together Ministries enters an LMA agreement with Passion Communications a company headed by President Rick Welke who has consulted the station for the past three years.  “I’ve been honored to work with the great staff at The Fuse and have watched them transition into a strong team that is passionate about impacting mid-Michigan and beyond for the sake of sharing the Gospel through music,” states Welke. “The way that this has transpired has been no less than a miracle and something that the new management team will not take lightly. Our intentions are not only to make a larger dent in the Midland-Bay City-Saginaw, MI tri-city area, but to develop a new format in the Top 40 mindset that will position us distinctly in the pursuit of touching individual lives.”  (4/10)


KPSM/Brownwood, Texas (The Rock) welcomes back Angie Schum as the GM.  She had taken a two year leave of absence.  Also the station also welcomes morning air duo "John and Don In The Morning".  (4/10)


WAY-FM Media Group COO Lloyd Parker has announced the appointment of Bret Bremberg as GM of the new WPAL/Charleston, SC.  Bremberg comes to WAY-FM after stints at WRFJ/Duluth (The Refuge) as Ministry Development Director and KJIA/Spirit Lake, IA where he was GM.  He also worked at KMBI/Spokane as well as KTSL/Spokane. In bringing Bremberg to WAY-FM, Parker stated, “I am excited that Bret is joining our team. He brings a lot of experience to the table in management, operations, sales and marketing. Bret has a passion to reach youth and young adults with the message of Christ. He is a perfect fit to lead our efforts in Charleston.”  

WPAL 100.9 FM in Charleston, SC, (soon to be WAYX, pending FCC approval), will launch with the WAY-FM format in June 2008. This marks the second new station for WAY-FM in 2008 following the launch of WAYI/Louisville. (4/9)


KJIL/Abilene, KS announcer and indie artist, Gabriel Peter and his band, will be featured doing two songs as well as sharing a testimony on the Christian Television Network on the program Bridges this Friday (4/11) at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm.  The flagship station for the Christian Television Network is WHTN in Nashville.  Bridges is hosted by Monica Schmelter who is the WHTN station manager.  Gabriel Peter has three albums to his credit as well as the book "East from West."  Gabriel has also been name Air Personality of the Year twice by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. (4/9)


Jan Markowitz from Moody Radio's WCRF/Cleveland checks in with HisAir.Net to say the station had a record breaking SHARE 2008 that wrapped up last week. Listeners contributed 100.7% of their goal which was $ 1,550,000.00.  (4/8)


David Bolthouse, producer of Parenting Today's Teens, announces two production improvements to its daily 1-minute feature.  First, beginning April 11 the program will be offered with 3 background music options, to better fit with all station formats. The three versions will be voice only (no music bed), Inspirational music bed, and Contemporary music bed. All 3 versions are available by monthly CD or via FTP, but only the inspirational music version is available via the SRN satellite feeds. Secondly, the feature's closing few seconds will now be voiced by veteran voice talent, Bob Allen. To hear the new demos, or to add your station to the over 1,500 radio outlets that now air the 1-minute feature, visit www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.  (4/7)


Amid changes at EMI CMG Manager National Promotion Josh Lauritch checks in with HisAir.Net to say "Grant Hubbard, Betsy Jones, Brian Thiele and myself are still in place, and radio needs to add our records"  (4/4)


STUFF: Three staffers at WJTL/Lancaster have received awards from the Pennsylvania Association Of Broadcasters... Congratulations to WRCM/Charlotte PD Dwight Harrison on the birth of his new baby daughter... (4/4)


Kris Love has been promoted to Music Director at WYLV/Knoxville (Love 89). Kris has also joined the morning show team "The Breakfast Bunch" with Marisa Lykins, and will also continue to host Love 89's regional artist showcase program on Sunday nights called The Detour. Former MD Jonathon Unthank remains with the station as afternoon personality. As first reported by HisAir.Net on March 4 Marshall Stewart has been hired as WYLV PD.  (4/1)


GMA/CMB 2008 Radio Station of the Year winners have been announced. Small Market: KLRC/Fayetteville, Medium Market: KTSY/Boise, Large Market: WPOZ/Orlando, Major Market:
KSBJ/Houston.  (4/1)


SONICFLOOd headlined WIBI/Springield's Opening Act Finale/Concert on Sunday, March 30th. This American Idol-like competition saw winning contestant Andy Whitten (a youth pastor from nearby Vandalia, IL) win the right to open the evening with Myrrh recording artist Mark Roach. "This promotion was both a huge undertaking and a huge success." said WIBI PD Rob Regal.  "The idea came from Alan Mason's suggestion that we hold a church praise band competition.  However, the idea morphed into what has now become a WIBI franchise, and would never have been possible without the tireless efforts of our good friend Mark Roach".  (4/1)


Mike Scott joins WMSJ/Freeport, ME (Positive 89.3) as morning show co-host from WRFJ/Duluth...  (3/31)


STUFF: Jennifer James moves from morning to afternoon news at AIR1... SOS Radio listeners sponsored 609 children through Compassion International during a 2 day SOS Radio's Days of Compassion... WQFL/Rockford PD Johnny V now taking music calls Wednesday 10:30am-noon CT... (3/31)


WIBI/Springfield-St. Louis just completed it's spring sharathon with a goal to raise $57,000 in ongoing monthly support.  "This was a huge and aggressive goal that didn't seem attainable in human terms." said Program Director Rob Regal, "but leadership- specifically Station Manager Jeremiah Beck- felt this was God's direction, and WOW did God provide!".  The goal was met and exceeded Friday (3/28) morning when a listener called with a "$5,000 in 5 minutes" matching-funds challenge. (3/31)

 


Prayer Request: On Tuesday March 25th, Dorothy DeBruler, the office manager for WCLN/Fayetteville was struck by a delivery truck while riding her bicycle to work. Her injuries are serious but not life-threatening. Dorothy also is the wife of WCLN GM Dan DeBruler. Pray for the entire DeBruler family as they travel down the long road to recovery. (3/27)


radio2dot0 has launched a mobile phone news and weather service called OnMyCell.info. radio2dot0 has partnered with GotVoice, the voice messaging company, to provide news and weather information updates directly into the voice mailbox of subscribers. "As local radio seeks ways to expand into the mobile and online content markets, we're making this move to give affiliates a clear way to monetize their efforts," said Scott Roberts, President, radio2dot0. "Creating this new service enables our affiliates to fully connect with their audience at home, at work, or anywhere in the world, day or night." 

Radio stations can find out more about the services offered and receive a free demo alert by visiting http://onmycell.info, (3/27)


KSBJ/Houston has been recognized as the 2008 GMA/CMB’s Major Market Radio Station of the Year for the sixth time in the station’s history. Recipients are selected based on the criteria of industry leadership, community involvement and ratings.  Adding to their accomplishments, KSBJ has been nominated for three CMB Echo Awards, including Program Director of the Year, Music Director of the Year and Air Personality of the Year. Congratulations to the staff at KSBJ!  (3/26)


Chuck Bentley, Crown Financial Ministry CEO and host of the new "MoneyLife" (formerly "Money Matters"), announces the launch of the first program April 1, 2008. To quote Greg Fast, President of GSF Media, who is assisting in the launch, "I have known Chuck and Ann Bentley for the last seven years. We could not be more excited about this new era of broadcast ministry from Crown. Chuck's innovative spirit birthed "The Money Map." His ability to connect to the hearts of listeners will bring a fresh voice to the airwaves! It's been our privilege to represent Crown for the past twelve years...we are excited about the future!"  (3/26)


Sara Rohm has joined WCVO/Columbus104.9 the River as full-time Promotions Coordinator.  Sara started her radio career in 2005 as Promotions Coordinator at WFHM/Cleveland (95.5 the Fish). (3/25)


BITS: SOS Radio hosted the largest Easter Egg hunt in Las Vegas covering an entire football field in Easter eggs. Over 10,000 people attended!.. WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) Promotions Assistant Shara Dyer has left the station... KZZQ/Des Moines (call letters now KPUL Pulse 99.5) PD Mike Schlotte checks in to say  “Mike at the Mic in the Morning” is back on the air... "Positive Radio News" has re-launched offering fully produced local market newscasts for Christian radio find out more at www.positiveradionews.com   (3/25)


Great Plains Christian Radio CEO Don Hughes wants to make fellow Kansas Christian radio broadcasters aware of the following. In the past the Kansas Department of Revenue has exempted NCE radio stations from state sales tax. However, just recently the Kansas Department of Revenue has ruled that this applies only to state funded public broadcasting stations even though this is not what the law says.  I consulted our attorney and he said according the the way the statute is written we should be exempt. However the Kansas Department of Revenue has been revoking this tax exemption.  I contacted State Senator Tim Huelskamp who has now entered an amendment to HB 2641 which would clarify the issue and halt the actions of the Kansas Department of Revenue.  The provision has passed the Senate, but needs to be approved by the House and the Governor.  This amendment is part of a fifty-eight page document so hopefully legislators and the governor will just let it pass. NCE Christian stations in Kansas should contact their elected representative. (3/25)


MOVEMENT: KSBJ/Houston Production Director Jim Pivero has resigned. His last day will be Friday 3/28. If interested in filling this opening to over to the HisAir.Net jobs page for details.  (3/24)


WAYI/Louisville (104.3 WAY FM) is on the air. GM Matt Hahn says the station is the first commercial property for WAY FM Media. Hahn has hired Bryan Johns from KLRC/Fayetteville as OM.  (3/24) 


Family Life Network (FLN) is the first radio broadcaster (according to a press release) in the country to localize its radio programming with a new IP over satellite delivery system. The network localized weather reports and sponsor messages and is currently in the process of localizing newscasts and traffic updates as well. The new system was installed at all 12 of FLN’s radio towers, and divides the network’s listenership into seven regions across New York and Pennsylvania.  “As a radio broadcaster covering a large geographical area, we want to be as effective as possible,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life Network.  “This means addressing more things locally.  We now deliver more unique and meaningful information to the areas we reach, ultimately making better use of our listeners’ time.” Satellite-delivered content from a central studio expands Family Life’s programming reach, and saves real estate costs and operational expenses such as insurance and utilities, plus other expenses associated with maintaining separate studios. 

“There are a couple major broadcasters in the country using satellite Internet for split programming, but we’ve worked with tech providers to create a system that’s much more affordable, added Snavely.” Similar to satellite TV, satellite-powered Internet is a relatively new way to transmit audio data between satellite towers.  The system is known for delivering fast and reliable high-speed Internet to satellites in isolated areas—a unique selling point for Family Life Network.  But up until now, the technology was never affordable. Family Life Network can now be heard on 65 outlets. (3/24) 


Pillar of Fire's WAKW/Cincinnati has rebranded itself as "STAR 93.3". "The Star brand gives us a wonderful opportunity to reach even more people in Cincinnati," according to station manager, Art Garza.  "WAKW has reached thousands over the past 47 years and we look forward to serving thousands more in the next 47, as Cincinnati's New STAR 93.3!"  The on-air line-up stays the same with morning team Scott & Sam, 9a-noon Julie Pierce, APD Rob Lewis noon-3p, PD Kurt Wallace in afternoon drive 3-6pm, and sister station WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) mid day personality Beth Bacall heard in evenings. The new WAKW website is online at  www.mystar933.com    (3/23)


Christian Family Radio’s (WEMI/Appleton) 16th Annual “Help for the Homeless” campaign received more than $70,000 worth of new personal hygiene and cleaning products, restocking the shelves of 33 area homeless programs – and in some cases with a years worth of supplies. Working directly with the area homeless coalitions Help for the Homeless encouraged area residents to help their neighbors in need. Participation records were shattered this year with more than 250 area businesses, schools and churches joining in to contribute $73,600 worth of product – more than tripling last years total of $22,000!  (3/20)


Sounds like something's up at WAKW/Cincinnati. Their legal ID is telling listeners to listen Easter Sunday for the same music, the same message, and something new for Cincinnati. Hmmm. HisAir.Net will keep you posted.  (3/19)


KDUV/Visalia, CA and The Gospel Station from Ada OK are the winners in the ChristianNetcast "Peoples Choice Award” presented at the NRB convention last week. The streaming company allows listeners to vote for their favorite station. “We provide streaming for more Christian radio stations than any other streaming company out there, over 500 of them, states David Palmer, VP of Sales and Marketing for ChristianNetcast.com. “These awards will recognize the leaders in the Christian Broadcast Industry and their forward thinking. What I like best about the Peoples Choice Awards is that they are chosen by the on line listeners from around the globe”

Rick Cody of The Gospel Stations stated, “Its humbling to know that we are trying to do what the Lord wants us to do and to have the on line community select us as a ministry that is touching lives”.  KDUV GM Bob Croft was excited to hear that his station had won saying, “I appreciate the fact that our listeners are passionate enough about what we are doing to rally others to listen and vote for us”.  (3/19)


EMF has entered into an agreement to purchase WCYI/Lewistin, ME (Portland 93.9) from Last Bastion Station Trust LLC and plans to program the station with Air1.  (3/19)


Advocace Media has hired Zayne Rose as it's new Director/Sales. He was previously Interep. "I am excited about joining Advocace," according to Rose. "It is the only organization I can think of where I can combine my talents, past experiences, long-time passions, and faith to serve Christian Radio stations around the country. With Advocace, I anticipate serving our stations in new and unique ways, while helping them set new income records for their ministries. Advocace Media represents hundreds of non-profit radio stations and organizations in their efforts to find underwriting dollars. (3/19)


STUFF: EMF is buying the construction permit for WKEN/Fredonia, Ky... Glory Communications VP of Programming Tony Gee to do "Word of the Day" vignettes on Life Radio Network... Daniel Britt & Friends program, heard on XM Satellite Radio's enLighten 34, will feature audio from Gospel Groups in very first National Quartet Convention held in Oct 1957... (3/18)


JP Morgan has exited the PD/Morning position at WJLZ/Virginia Beach (The Current FM). Look for an announcement on his replacement soon. (3/17)


K L V V/Ponca City (Praise 88.7) will air music remembering the passion of Christ and the celebration of the resurrection Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.  All music during Passion Week will focus on the events of Christ, with an emphasis on the sacrifice made on the cross and the victory over death on Resurrection morning.  (3/17)


WHIF/Palatka, Fl (Hope FM) held their annual Sharathon last week and raised 102% of their goal.  The week included lots of craziness when they hit short-term goals, including hula-hooping on top of the city’s bridge (which made the front page of the local paper), staff members going down an 18-foot inflatable slide in the rain, and station staff and local pastors taking pies in the face. (3/17)


2008 Radio Echo Awards finalists have been announced. The Echo Awards recognize leaders in the Christian Music Broadcasting industry who have displayed professionalism, demonstrated excellence in helping their station "raise the bar," and have made an exceptional contribution to their field. Click here to see the complete list of finalists.

Founded in 2005, the Echo Awards include eleven awards that are voted on by CMB Membership and Gospel Music Week Radio Community. New this year will be the inclusion of the Rob Gregory and Scott Campbell Awards during the Echo Awards Ceremony. "We are excited to have the opportunity to present these awards during the Echo Awards Ceremony," says Linda Meyers, Executive Director of CMB. "This allows us to celebrate the accomplishments made by our stations and personnel at a single industry event."

Final voting for the awards begins on March 17. The 2008 Radio Echo Awards will be presented on Sunday, April 20 at 11:30 am in the Renaissance Nashville Hotel Ballroom as part of GMA Music Week 2008. (3/14)


Congratulations to CHRSN PM drive talent/WAY FM Nashville production director Nate Thomas, on the birth of a baby girl named Janete born this past Sunday. Although a little sleep deprived, mom, dad, and baby are doing great.... (3/14)


Nominations are due March 21st for the Scott Campbell and Rob Gregory Awards to be given out at GMA Music Week next month. The Scott Campbell Award is given to a Christian broadcaster or associated professional for outstanding contributions to the growth of Christian music radio. Lat years recipient was Goodratings Alan Mason.

The Rob Gregory Award is presented to a Christian broadcaster, radio station or associated professional who through their work have positively impacted their community. The 2007 award was given to Allen Henderson of His Radio. Written nominations should include no more than 300 words as to why that person should be considered and can be emailed to kfp@comcast.net. (3/13)


The 65th annual NRB Convention has come to an end in Nashville where over 6,000 attendees listened to the NRB President call all Christian broadcasters to protect their freedom to present God's message. There is a cultural hostility against preaching the word of God that is overflowing to legislation, said Frank Wright, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters. "We must be one in Christ to face the days ahead," he told a crowd. Wright explained that under hate crimes legislation, which was successfully blocked from the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill last year, religious broadcasters would be liable for criminal acts even though they are the indirect cause of someone's mental or emotional anguish. Programming that discusses someone's sexuality would be one of many targets, he noted. Nevertheless, Wright called upon religious broadcasters to continue to boldly preach "Christ and him crucified" to the world. On Tuesday morning, President George W. Bush made an in-person appearance at the convention to address the global war on terror.  This year, the event is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center – the site for the convention for the next two years.

Click here to watch video of President Bush speaking at NRB. The video concludes with attendee reaction to the speech and includes Advocace' Media's Mark Kordic. (3/12)


GMA/CMB finalists for the 2008 Radio Station of the Year contest announced today.

Small Market
KSWP/Lufkin
KJIL/Meade, KS
KLRC/Fayetteville

Medium Market
KTSY/Boise
-Only 1 station entered this category

(3/11)
 

Major Market
KSBJ/Houston
KCMS/Seattle
KLTY/Dallas

Large Market
KXOJ/Tulsa
WPOZ/Orlando
KDUV/Fresno

 


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) has been nominated by the NAB for a Crystal Radio Award. The NAB Crystal Radio Awards recognize radio stations for their community service. The awards will be presented at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. “Local community service is at the heart of everything we do at STAR 99.1” answered STAR 99.1’s PD and Morning Show Host Johnny Stone. And Station Manager Scott Taylor says, “We realize the responsibility we have to serve others and consider it an honor when our efforts are recognized.”  (3/11)


KSBJ/Houston is celebrating its 25th year as a CCM station serving the nations 6th largest market. The station is celebrating it's highest ratings it's history as the morning show with Mike Kankelfritz and Susan O’Donnell was number one women 25-54 in the month of January. KSBJ now broadcasts in HD and added signals in Brenham and College Station. (3/11)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) welcomes Sharon Davis to the airstaff for weekends. Davis previously did work with WQCD/New York, WWDJ/New York, and Sirius Radio. Star 99.1 PD Johnny Stone says “With Sharon’s credentials we are definitely raising the bar for this station and our listeners deserve nothing less.”  (3/10)


The buzz continues to build at KZZQ/Des Moines as the station plans to relaunch as "Pulse 99.5" soon. Local TV station WHO/Des Moines picked up on the story. Read here (3/10)


SOS Radio Network MD Mike Mead is leaving to take a position at his church. Mike's been at SOS Radio for 9 1/2 years! VP Programming Chris Staley needs to fill the position so if you're interested jump to the jobs page for details.  (3/5)


What's happening at KZZQ/Des Moines? PD Mike Schlote checks in and says "Q99.5 KZZQ went dark on Friday, February 29th, 2008, by 8:00 A.M. during a Mike at the Mic Morning Show.  Was it a Leap Year stunt?  Is there a format change in the future?" The station website shows a new Pulse 99.5 logo!  Hmmm.  (3/5)


WYLV/Knoxville (Love 98) has hired Marshall Stewart as it's new PD. He replaces Jonathon Unthank who stepped down last November but remains with the station as MD/Afternoons. Stewart was previously PD at mainstream country WLXX/Lexington. (3/4)


Salem Communications announced fourth quarter 2007 results: Compared to 4th Qt 2006: Total revenue decreased 0.2% to $59.1 million from $59.2 million; -- Operating income decreased 28.8% to $7.1 million from $10.0 million; -- Net income decreased to $0.2 million, or $0.01 net income per diluted share, from $3.3 million, or $0.14 net income per diluted share; -- EBITDA decreased 29.3% to $10.9 million from $15.4 million; -- Adjusted EBITDA decreased 8.7% to $13.8 million from $15.1 million; Broadcasting -- Net broadcasting revenue decreased 1.8% to $52.2 million from $53.2 million; -- Station operating income ("SOI") decreased 7.7% to $18.0 million from $19.5 million; -- Same station net broadcasting revenue decreased 2.1% to $50.8 million from $51.9 million; --Same station SOI decreased 7.2% to $18.2 million from $19.6 million; -- Same station SOI margin decreased to 35.7% from 37.7%; Non-broadcast Media -- Non-broadcast revenue increased 14.1% to $6.9 million from $6.0 million; and -- Non-broadcast operating income increased 23.5% to $0.5 million from $0.4 million.  (3/4)


KHZR/St. Louis (JOY-FM) Project Joy for February dedicated 12 hours to raising funds to benefit special need orphans through Shoahana's Hope. Steven Curtis Chapman, his wife Mary Beth and their daughter Emily joined PD Greg Cassidy & Sandi Brown, and the on air staff in raising over $53,000.  (3/4)


In a recent one-day fundraiser, K-LOVE listeners donated over $300,000 to International Cooperating Ministries, to build 24 new churches in mainland China. “Our listeners respond so well to requests to help ministries like ICM. Their organization is structured in such a way that their operating expenses are covered by an endowment. This allows 100% the funds raised to go directly to the field project. That’s incredible,” said David Pierce, VP of Programming. “And, on top of that, their pay-it-forward practices with the churches they build, allow for even more development in the area, as completed church members provide labor and materials for the next new church. ICM is an awesome ministry, and K-LOVE and our listeners love to partner with them.” (3/3)


STUFF: EMI CMG announces the hiring of Betsy Jones as it's new Manager National Promotions... WBGL/Champaign extends it's reach with the purchase of WZGL/Charleston, Il on 88.1... EMF adds KQBE/Yakima, WA for $825k...  (3/3)


Next month, Bible League will begin its four-month long radio campaign entitled Don’t Make Them Wait— in an effort to provide Bibles to those who so desperately need and desire them. With this year’s radio campaign, the ministry will encourage donors to provide more than 87,000 Bibles to Christians in China. “There is a tremendous, on-going need for Bible’s in China. As the body of Christ continues to grow significantly, God’s Word is needed to empower, encourage, and help believers to develop spiritually,” says Mike Southworth, Bible League’s executive vice president of ministry. It’s estimated that in most rural areas in China there is only one Bible for every 100 Christians. Christian radio stations and networks across the country will once again partner with Bible League in the campaign, including: American Family Radio (AFR), WAWZ/New York, WRBS/Baltimore, WCSG/Grand Rapids, KWVE/Los Angeles, and KGNW/Seattle. The radio campaign will begin March 1, 2008 and run through June 30, 2008. For more information about the Don’t Make Them Wait radio campaign or Bible League’s ministry, call toll-free at 866-825-4636, or go online to www.BibleLeague.org or www.SendBiblesNow.com.  (2/28)


The Sound Of Light Radio Show announces its merger with Xtreme Talk Live (the nationally syndicated show hosted by Bill Scott). The Sound of Light Radio Show launched nationwide March 1997. The Sound Of Light Radio Show will move its broadcast from Spartanburg, SC to Nashville, TN and share broadcast studios with Xtreme Talk Live, The Sound of Light's Executive Director Jack Eason says, "This marks the continuation of a major God thing when it comes to the growth of The Sound of Light. We have seen God move in some significant ways in the last eleven years and this new partnership with Xtreme Talk Live will help The Sound of Light to continue to make an impact on the youth culture. As our industry continues to change, it's important to form strong relationships with others that have a similar vision. Bill Scott and Xtreme Talk Live have a like mind and heart when it comes to being there for the students of today. It's going to be a joy to work together."

Eason will stay on in a new role as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, working with affiliates and helping with their outreach program through live tours with his band to affiliate cities. Former radio host, Bill Moore, opted not to make the move to Nashville to stay close to family. For further information on The Sound of Light, send email to mail@soundoflight.com or call  1-888-SOL-HITS. www.soundoflight.com. www.xtrlive.com(2/28)


HisAir.Net is sad to report that Christian music singer, songwriter, producer Larry Norman passed away Sunday Feb 24 at his home in Salem, Oregon. He was 60. Norman who was often described as the "Father of Christian rock" music started recording in 1966 and was inducted into the GMA "Hall of Fame" in 2001. According to a message posted on his website Larry wrote these words just before his death:

Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye. Larry


(2/25)


KHZR/S Louis (Joy FM) PM drive personality Sean Copeland will be leaving the station for Morning news anchor duties at Air1 effective March 31st. Sean has been with the station for nearly two years and was previously with WHKO/Dayton, KXOJ/Tulsa in addition to part time reporting for Air1 and K-LOVE. If interested in taking Sean's place at KHZR get a hold of PD Greg Cassidy right away. The opening is listed on the HisAir.Net jobs page. (2/21)


The Media Collective announces the hiring of Christina Garvin as Publicist with the firm.  Her PR experience includes firms such as BWR and BluPRint, and most recently at McClure & Associates Public Relations Inc.  “It has always been a priority of this company to obtain multiple levels and styles of coverage for our artists, and introduce them to the widest audience possible,” remarks Velvet Rousseau Kelm. “Christina’s experience in the tv and film PR industry, as well as her enthusiasm for these artists will only compliment and enhance what we do here.  We’re thrilled to welcome her to our staff and look forward to giving her the opportunity to meet and work with many of you.”  The Media Collective’s present client list includes such diverse talent as Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, TobyMac, Skillet, American Idol’s Mandisa and Chris Sligh, P.O.D., The Afters, Derek Webb, Sara Groves, Darlene Zschech and many more.    For more information go to http://www.theMcollective.com.  (2/21)


WAKW/Cincinnati is making some changes to its on air line up. Scott & Sam join for mornings beginning Monday, February 25.  Rob Lewis moves to mid-afternoons. "Scott & Sam bring the most compelling content in family friendly radio today to our listeners in Cincinnati.  They will be a key ingredient in the future growth of WAKW," according to WAKW PD Kurt Wallace. (2/20)


STUFF: WQFL/Rockford has produced a couple songs (Chris Tomlin/In This City and Casting Crowns/Praise You In This Storm) to tribute the tragic shooting at Northern Illinois University last week , if interested in getting a copy of the songs contact PD Johnny V at johnnyv@101qfl.com... Leanne Huey has joined WMSJ/Freeport, ME as underwriting manager... Scholar Brad has exited mornings at KKSP/Little Rock (Spirit 93.3)... Laura Angel exits mornings at WYSZ/Toledo (Yes FM)... Congratulations to WHCF/Bangor PD Joe Polek on the birth of his first child Whitney Nicole Polek who was born at 1:13pm on Tuesday, February 5th!!...  ((2/20)


WHIF/Palatka, FL (Hope FM) will auction off two new guitars that have been autographed by this year’s Winter Jam artists. So far Winter Jam has played for more than 194,000 people and 29,009 people have committed their lives to Christ. These two guitars are great memorabilia items for any fan or collector.  The station will hold an auction for each guitar on Friday, February 29th from 7am to 5pm.  Funds raised from these auctions will help the station purchase a sound system to broadcast at community events. Gi to the station website for more www.whif.org  (2/19)


WLAB/Ft Wayne (STAR 88.3)  welcomes Ace McKay to their the morning show. Ace previously was PD/mornings at WAYT/Tallahassee and WAY FM Media Group Inc. Ace joins John O Star 88.3 on the morning show this week. WLAB Program Director, Don Buettner says, "We are so excited to have Ace on the team. His experience in programming, on-air and promotions will help us to accomplish new goals with more creative ways to impact lives here in Fort Wayne."  (2/18)


WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 the Light) listeners donated $208,962 to train 8,358 Christian leaders in Iran as part of mission organization EQUIP’s “Million Leaders Mandate.” The effort marks the fifth year in a row 106.9 the Light has partnered with EQUIP, which specializes in the development of effective international Christian leaders. “People have a heart for reaching others with the ultimate truth found only in Jesus,” stated 106.9 the Light General Manager Jim Kirkland. ”The listeners caught the vision that it takes more than just theological training in order to lead the new believers that are rising up around the world. It also takes the study of Biblical leadership principles.” (2/15)


39th annual GMA Dove Awards were announced today in Nashville. Casting Crowns, The Clark Sisters, Natalie Grant, Point Of Grace, Skillet, TobyMac and Chris Tomlin are among the diverse and gifted artists nominated for gospel/Christian music’s highest honor – the Dove Award. Click here for full list of nominations. (2/14)


Fundraising and management coaches Jon Fugler, Ron Johnston and Jimmy LaRose have created a fundraising resource service that provides tools and resources in 12 areas, including board relations, pledge programs, direct mail, major donor strategy, capital campaigns, event fundraising and an emerging donor cultivation area called iCommunications. MinistryFundraising.com was created for ministries that are seeking practical help in fundraising but cannot afford the high cost of hiring consultants or a development team or officer. “We have a heart for the small to medium sized ministry that faces challenges to get funds in the door,” said Fugler, who has been raising funds for ministry for 30 years and is currently the Executive Director for Logos Broadcasting.  “We believe that a successful fundraising program is founded on solid biblical principles, and we start here.  That’s what sets Christian organizations apart from secular non-profits.” To be notified of upcoming teleseminar training, subscribe to the fundraising e-Tips and receive the free fundraising tools, or to find out more about MinistryFundraising.com, go to www.MinistryFundraising.com (2/14)


KJRL/Abilene, KS operations manager, Mark Erdman leaves to return to his home state of Wisconsin. "Mark is moving to be near his parents as well as the love of his life. He has been a valuable member of my team and he will be missed, I wish him all the best" says station manager Steve Tuzeneu. Mark's last day will be March 28th. (2/14)


K-LOVE expands again. EMF is purchasing KTSL/Spokane (Spirit 101.9) from Pamplin Broadcasting for 2.15mil. EMF is also buying mainstream AC WGLM/W. Lafayette, IN from KVB Broadcasting for 1.2 mil. (2/13)


STUFF: ... Moody Radio program "Midday Connection" has been awarded NRB Long form Radio Program of the Year... Former Country music DJ David Perkins is celebrating his one year anniversary as a radio evangelist at KKGM/Fort Worth-Dallas.  (2/12)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) sent their midday personality to Africa to broadcast live last week. Ceci LeBarge teamed with Vox ministries to bring awareness of the poor, AIDS victims and orphans to West Michigan. For videos, blogs and pictures, go here.  (2/12)


Changes at WAKW/Cincinnati as afternoon personality Kurt Wallace rises to PD. Kurt joined the station last month. His programming experience includes WCVO/Columbus, KTIS/Minneapolis, and WQCK/Baton Rouge. Rob Lewis remains with the station as APD/morning host. (2/11)


SHOCKER: After 15 years in the format as a local Christian station Crawford Broadcasting has flipped WRCI/Rochester (102.7 The Light) to adult standards/oldies. The sign off happened Saturday 2/9. Good news is the entire WRCI staff has been retained. The Christian format will continue as a HD-2 broadcast and also be streamed online.

WRCI-FM started in 1993 with programming of Bible teachings and some music and went to a more music-dominated format last April. However, GM Robert Hammond said, "it's just not been a format supported by the advertising community or the church community," prompting the decision by Crawford to change the format.  (2/10)


WIBI/Springfield/St Louis has hired GW Van Alstine as their new Promotions Director. GW was previously with Walt Disney Corporation and has extensive experience in marketing. Station Manager Jeremiah Beck said "I am excited about the focused, new direction WIBI can take with GW at the helm of our branding and promotions, and in connecting listeners to the local church while re-connecting the local church to the community through broadcasting and multi-platform internet outlets. We're called to love and serve our listeners as Christ leads - and God has brought us a servant leader to head up our efforts." (2/7)


MOVEMENT: MD Whitney Yule will exit WCVK/Bowling Green next week... Stu Gray exits Creative Services Director for Dawson McAllister Live to start own VO company... PLG ups Kristin Watson to Interactive Marketing Specialist... (2/7)


WSMR/Sarasota "LIFE 89.1" announces some staff changes and additions. APD Dan Young has been promoted to WSMR Program Director and afternoon host. Laura Chase has joined the LIFE 89.1 morning show as their new co-host and also will oversee the promotions aspects of the station. Chase comes to WSMR from "The JOY FM".  In addition, Ann Peabody has joined as Development Director.  (2/7)


Salem Communications announced that Sean O'Neill has been appointed as General Manager of its two New York City radio stations, WMCA (570AM) and WWDJ (970AM). Joe D. Davis, President of Salem's Radio Division, commented, "The depth and breadth of O'Neill's relationships in sales and advertising on both coasts will serve him well in his new position". Prior to joining Salem Communications, O'Neill served as General Sales Manager for four and a half years at CBS-owned KFWB/Los Angeles and the Dodgers Radio Network. In his new assignment for Salem in New York, he will lead all areas of operations including sales, programming, engineering, and online. (2/6)


International Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) is now airing the good news of Jesus Christ into West Africa. Broadcasts in 14 languages began February 1 from a powerful 100,000-watt AM transmitter located in the country of Benin, the birthplace of voodoo. The new broadcasting outlet marks TWR’s 14th major international transmitting site, The facility has the potential to reach some 63 million people. “We need to pray for those who are going to hear the gospel perhaps for the very first time,” says TWR-Africa Director of Operations Ray Alary. “Pray that they will be receptive, and that their hearts will be changed for the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (2/5)


MOVEMENT: The Mars Hill Network/Syracuse ups pt air talent Mundaka Lee to full time overnights... Ed Caple is now Production Director for WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River)... Patrick Bonner is now Director of Sales for National Accounts at Provident-Integrity... (2/5)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) presents Valentine Vows on Saturday, February 9th as seventy-five (75) couples renew their wedding vows in a special outdoor ceremony.  The event will feature performances by artists Bethany Dillon and Nicol Sponberg.  As the couples arrive for the ceremony, each bride will be given a special flower to carry during the ceremony courtesy of the Duluth Flower Shop.  Each couple will then have a souvenir picture taken by PortraitEFX just before they "walk down the aisle," and following the ceremony, attendees will be treated to mini-concerts by both artists as they take part in a reception. The ceremony and performances are open to all.  (2/5)


Mike Tedesco has been appointed to the newly created position of K-LOVE Brand Manager at EMF. Tedesco was previously with KCMS/Seattle. "Mike brings years of experience and success to K-LOVE and that experience will help us continue to strengthen our brand in the marketplace", says David Pierce VP of Programming. In his new position, Mike will be involved in strategic planning of promotions of our product on air, on the web, and in our local communities. I'm excited that Mike has both a passion for excellence and a passion for Christ! He will do a great job!" K-LOVE has some of the brightest and best people in broadcasting. Add to that the great ministry focus they have and I'm excited to be on the team," stated Tedesco.  (2/4) 


KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) welcomes Matt Case as the midday on-air personality replacing long time veteran, Lynette Morgan.  Case’s show will air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. KCMS PD Scott Valentine shares, “after reviewing some of the best talent in the nation, from a multitude of formats, there was one stand out - Matt Case.  What I heard was a man with energy, sincerity and a sense of fun.”  Seattle native, Case was previously with KLSY/Seattle (MIX 92.5) and most recently Executive Producer for the morning show on KKWF/Seattle (The WOLF). (2/1)


WVCO/Columbus (104.9 The River) moves Mary O’Brien into a full-time position assisting in programming, production and promotions. Mary joined WCVO on a part time basis in December 2006 representing the station at events. (2/1)


Northwestern Media has named Dave St. John and Dave Ryerson as regional program directors for the group.  Both will be working directly with assistant VP Reid Holsen in programming, marketing and special projects for the Northwestern Media radio stations outside of the Twin Cities. “We are excited to have St. John and Ryerson involved in leadership roles at Northwestern” said Reid Holsen.  “They will be instrumental working with our associates in our continued focus of serving our local communities.”

In addition to their new duties, St. John will continue to program and serve as morning host at KNWI/KNWM/Des Moines. Ryerson moves from WSMR/Sarasota to program and host mornings at KNWC/Sioux Falls, SD.  From his base in Sioux Falls, Ryerson will also serve as program director of KFNW/KFNL/Fargo. Northwestern has also named Lori Miller as assistant program director at KFNW/KFNL/Fargo.  (1/31)


Just in time for Spring training, Jayar Reed will be arriving in Florida February 18th to join the lineup at The JOY FM. Reed will bat cleanup in the afternoon slot, 3-7, moving current host Dan Brodie to mid-days and Michelle Tellone to evenings .   Previously Reed was a heavy hitter at WAY FM’s Total Axxess, and is currently with the team at CHRSN/WAY FM in Nashville as afternoon host.

 No stranger to the big-leagues, Jayar Reed holds the award for Air Personality of the Year for 2006 and 2007 for markets 1-25. The Joy FM Program Director, Carmen Brown, said, “We see Jayar as a 5 tool talent who will make a huge impact on our team – he’s just what our roster needs.” While making plans to relocate his family permanently to sunny Florida, Reed said, “After checking out the Free-Agent Market, I was blown away by the locker room chemistry at The JOY FM.  I am eager to throw back some sunflower seeds and get on the air!”  (1/31)


 Centricity Records Director of National Promotion Jennifer Allen has a new address. Reach her at Centricity Records, 135 2nd Ave. North, Franklin, TN 37064.... please make a note of it.  (1/31)


Ellis B. Feaster joins WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) as morning show co-host teamed with Tyler McKenzie beginning Monday, February 11th.  Ellis comes to the Z from crosstown Country station WWKA/Orlando (K92FM) where he did mornings.  Ellis takes the place of Scott Smith who left recently to do middays at K-LOVE. In a fun twist, 3 years ago while at K92FM Ellis was teamed up with Tyler for 10-weeks while his then co-host was out on maternity leave.  (1/30)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) has named Todd Stach Program Director effective February 1st. WCVO president and General Manager, Dan Baughman says, “Todd brings experience and excitement from WAY-FM and The Fish, and most importantly a commitment to quality and excellence.”  Todd has served as Interim PD since Kurt Wallace departed for WAKW/Cincinnati in December. Todd who just celebrated his 2 year anniversary at WCVO on January 21st started at the station in 2006 as Promotions Director and co-host of the Morning Show.  His experience includes WNLT/Cincinnati, WAY-FM/Fort Myers, WVMC/Mansfield, OH and WFHM/Cleveland, OH. He will assume the full responsibilities of Program Director for the three River stations in Ohio.  (1/30)


Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston announces an additional mode of distribution of its 1-minute daily program via Salem Radio Network Satellite.  Satellite feeds are 5 times daily:  AMC-3, SNN (Left)  - MONDAY-FRIDAY (NEXT DAY FEEDS) 5:49-5:50p; 6:49-6:50p; 7:49-7:50p; 8:49-8:50p; 9:49-9:50p ET.  To add the daily feature to your schedule or to hear a demo, visit http://www.parentingtodaysteens.org/radio.html. (1/29)


Stace Cupples has joined KRNG/Fallon (Renegade Radio) as mid-day personality. Stace was previously with WTGN/Lima as well as KHMO-AM and KICK-FM Hannibal, MO. Renegade Radio programs a mix of Rock, Hip Hop and Metal 24/7 and is operated by Sierra Nevada Christian Music Association. The remainder of the on air line-up includes Robert Alou (6-10am), Stace Cupples (10-2pm), Vic Lawrence (2-6pm), with backup support by Jackson Fong, Charlie Firus and Stuart Takehara. (1/28)


As first reported here on HisAir.Net EMF has indeed purchased WFZH/Milwaukee (105.3 The Fish) from Salem Communications. Purchase price is reported at 8.05 mil. The EMF takeover is expected to be by Feb. 15.  (1/28)


David Bolthouse, founder of The Envoy Group and a former Family Life Radio executive, announced the launch of a new program "Parenting Today's Teens".  The 1-minute daily radio feature with host Mark Gregston has won the endorsement of numerous well known names and has found a home on over 1,400 radio outlets, including most of the major Christian radio networks. Bolthouse recently joined the staff of Heartlight Ministries, the program sponsor, to develop radio and internet outreaches with a goal to help the parents of teens and pre-teens. To listen to a demo or to receive Parenting Today's Teens, drop by www.parentingtodaysteens.org. (1/28)


Air1 makes changes to it's on air line-up as morning co-host, Jeannie Green, who has been doing the show solo since Mike Shaeffer left in November, will be moving to mid-days. Starting Feb 11 Eric Allen and evening personality Coppelia will be teamed together on the morning show. Air1 is currently looking for a new night jock. In addition Eric has been promoted from APD for K-LOVE & Air 1, to PD of Air 1.  (1/26)


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Salem is about to sell WFZH/Milwaukee (105.3 The Fish) to EMF Broadcasting. Read the story here. Just last week Salem sold sister station Christian Talk WRRD (AM 540) to Good Karma Broadcasting who changed to the station to all sports.(1/25)


Mike Blakemore has been named PD at WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 the Fish). Mike is former corporate programmer/morning host at WYLV/Knoxville (Love 89) and starts this week at The Fish. Blakemore takes the place of longtime WFSH PD Kevin Avery who stepped down this past September to concentrate on the morning show. 

Meanwhile the station presents the Fish Education Fair this weekend with over $7,000 in college scholarships to be given away.  The fair will feature over 50 colleges and universities from all over Georgia and the Southeast.  A $1,000 scholarship will be given away each hour over the course of the fair with an additional scholarship given away online at the station's website, www.thefishatlanta.com (1/25)


Doug Hannah has just signed on full-time as middays/imaging at mainstream AC "Mix 92.9" WJXA/ Nashville. He's also continuing on-air work for SIRIUS Spirit 66 as well as voice tracking for WUGN/Midland, and the Family Life Radio Network. In addition Doug's very excited to be serve as an image voice on KTIS/Minneapolis!  (1/25)


Family Life Network has appointed Tom Taylor Host of Family Night Favorites—FLN’s newest call-in radio program from 9:00 pm to Midnight. Taylor’s 30 years of radio experience includes WDCX/Buffalo and other Buffalo-area radio stations including WJYE-FM and WADV-FM. “Tom is a radio veteran who brings a wealth of broadcasting and on-air talent to the ministry,” said Rick Snavely, President, Family Life Network.  “Tim initially worked with Family Life Network in the early 90’s, so we’re delighted to have him back.”  (1/25)


CORRECTION: Paul Perrault won't be the PD of KFNW/Fargo-Moorhead as previously reported on HisAir.Net. He will be Morning Host, part of the on-air & programming team, and continue as Network Music Coordinator for Northwestern Media.  (1/25)


WAY-FM Huntsville, AL welcomes Tina DiMarco to the team as Promotions Director / Morning Show Co-host. She’ll join Jack Davis on-the-air starting Monday, March 3rd. Tina comes from WPER/Wash DC. WAY-FM’s Operations Director, Jack Davis, said, “We’re very excited to welcome Tina to the team. Everyone involved with the hiring process was impressed with her and she has a lot of talent. We’re lucky to have her!” Tina said, “I'm really excited to be moving to Alabama, and working with WAY FM. This is an awesome start to the New Year, and I can't wait to see what is in store for me at WAY FM. I can be a ball of fire sometimes, so I sure hope Jack can keep up with me in the morning! I'm looking forward to having fun, and laughing with the listeners again!”  (1/24)


WPOZ/Orlando President/CEO Jim Hoge checks in with HisAir.Net to say Z88.3 is celebrating a huge Fall ARB by scoring a 12+ metro share of 4.9 placing the station number 3 overall in the market! In addition WPOZ has a weekly cume of 306,100. Congratulations to PD Dean O'Neal and staff. 

Other ARB Fall 12+ (M-S) numbers released: Peoria-WCIC 5.0, Champaign-WBGL 4.1, Charlotte-WRCM 2.1, Cleveland-WCRF 1.8, Lancaster-WJTL 4.5, Minneapolis-KTIS 4.5, Riverside-KSGN 1.5, Sarasota-WJIS 2.5 WSMR 1.7, Visalia-KDUV 2.2, Wash DC-WGTS 1.6, West Palm Beach-WAYF 2.0,    (1/22) 


For the second consecutive year, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) have named WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) Radio Station of the Year.  STAR 99.1 is the only Contemporary Christian music station in the New York Metro area and reaches some 300,000 listeners weekly. The NRB Radio Station of the Year is handed out to a station whose programming provides music that clearly presents the Gospel message and whose station serves the community of license through innovative, locally focused programming and events. PD/Morning Show Host Johnny Stone states “It is our goal to make STAR 99.1 the most listened to Contemporary Christian Music radio station in America.  Once we reach that goal, we will work even harder to keep improving.” The 2008 Annual Media Awards will take place at the NRB convention on March 11, 2008 in Nashville.  (1/22)


Hmmm: What's going on in Milwaukee? HisAir.Net hears some changes may be on the way.... And is some big news coming out of Orlando today?... stay tuned.  (1/22)


20 year radio veteran Karen Dye joins the morning show at KCVO/Camdenton (Spirit FM- an eight station network in Missouri). Dye, teams up with popular morning host PD KC Wright and will also assist in promotions. She most recently at KMFC/Centralia, MO,   (1/21)


WAY FM Huntsville PD Jack Davis tells HisAir.Net that after a lengthy search he has hired a new Promotion Director/Morning co-host. An official announcement is coming soon.  (1/21)


WAKW/Cincinnati has made some changes in it's on air line-up. Kurt Wallace joins the station (News 1/7) in afternoon drive (2-7p). Station Manager Art Garza said, “It took longer than we hoped, but in the end we found the person who would best connect with our listeners.”   Wallace was previously with WCVO/Columbus and KTIS/Minneapolis as program director. He is most known for his work with WISG/Indianapolis (The Song) until the station flipped to talk in 2006. WAKW PD Rob Lewis commented, “Kurt’s abilities, experience and personality are really top notch.  We expect our listeners will come to love him.  We’re very excited to add someone with so much talent and positive experience.  All of that helped us overlook the fact that he’s a Colts fan.”  In addition Julie Pierce moves to 10am to 2pm. “I am really excited about hearing Julie each midday,” says Rob Lewis.  “She is creative, funny and will bring a unique perspective on a lot of issues that affect women.”  Julie had been teamed with her husband Daryl in the afternoons. Daryl Pierce remains music director and adds traffic director duties as well.  (1/19)


Northwestern Media announced Friday (1/18) that Paul Perrault will be joining the staff of KFNW-KFNL/Fargo, ND beginning March 3rd.  Paul will be joining the on air and programming staff of Life 97.9 (KFNW), and will also serve as network music coordinator for the Northwestern Media stations.  As network music coordinator, Paul will coordinate network music systems and delivery methods in conjunction with local Northwestern program directors. Paul has been with Northwestern Media since 2004 beginning as program director of KNWI/KNWM in Des Moines.  In 2006 Paul moved to Northwestern Media headquarters in the Twin Cities where he has served as assistant network music director and as part of the KTIS programming staff.  (1/18)


KSGN/Riverside has named Brandi Lanai as Music Director. In addition she takes middays on air as well.  (1/18)


Former WBVM/Tampa (Sprit 90.5) PD Johnny Vincent has joined WQFL/Rockford as PD/afternoon drive.  (1/17)


In the Thursday (1/17) Headlines newsletter we made an error in reporting certain Fall '07 ARB ratings. The markets and stations affected are: Dallas /KLTY  3.3 - Correct 12+ AQH and Atlanta /WFSH 2.6 - Correct 12+ AQH.

Also the following markets were reported erroneously. ARB release dates are as follows. Columbus 1/18, Honolulu 1/22 Nashville 1/25, Portland 1/18, Seattle 1/18, Tulsa 1/23. When numbers are released for the markets listed above we will print the corrected results.  We apologize for the error and inconvenience this may have caused.  (1/17)


Brian Mayes "Nashville Publicity Group" has moved and has new contact information. Please make a note of it! The new location is: 106 Mission Court, Suite 304B, Franklin, Tennessee 37067, voice: 615-771-2040 , fax: 615-771-2078. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm cst  (1/17)


STUFF: WSMR/Sarasota PM driver Dan Young is stepping up to the PD slot... Salem Publishing will discontinue the printed version of CCM Magazine to focus on expanding Christian music websites... In a letter to subscribers Darren Marlar says that Marlar Pre Prep will end this Friday, but "The Marlar Sheet" will continue ... (1/17)


After a 10 month search KNWS-FM/Waterloo/Cedar Rapids (Life 101.9) welcomes Julia Taylor to the morning show teamed with longtime morning host Brent Manion. Julia takes the place of Brittney Switala, who is now working for His Radio in Raleigh, NC. Julia had been morning co-host at  KWOF/Cedar Rapids (89.1 The Spirit) Julia says, "I'm really happy to be working with this ministry and all of the wonderful people involved with it."   Life 101.9 PD Dan Raymond added, “Julia rocks!  She’s a great addition to the morning show, and we’re thrilled to have her on board entertaining and serving our listeners in eastern Iowa.”  (1/15)


STUFF: WZNZ/Jacksonville is now talk... Former EMI CMG rep Cheryl Bros is now with CO5 Music Nashville... Frank Turner joins WEXL/Detroit...   (1/15)


WAFJ/Augusta hosted "Faith & Family" night with the Augusta Lynx hockey club at the James Brown Arena. Those who came to the game were asked to help "Put Hunger on Ice" by bringing non-perishable food items for the Golden Harvest Food Bank. Morning show co-host John Bryant gave the invocation for the game. Over 4,100 attended the game (the largest crowd of the season- even bigger than opening night) and INO artist FEE played a post-game station sponsored concert attended by at least 1,000 in the "Lynx Den." (1/14)


UPDATE: As most of you know Great Plains Christian Radio (KJIL/Meade) President Don Hughes lost his home in a fire last week. While Don is most thankful no one was hurt in the fire, most of the families personal items were lost forever. Don's youngest daughter Anna (14) who had her bedroom decorated with autographed pictures of Christian artists lost it all to the fire. These pictures were all smoked damaged, burned or water damaged. She also lost much of her CD collection. If you can help in to replace these items it would be greatly appreciated. You can mail them to directly to her at this address "Anna" (Hughes) at Box 272, Meade, KS 67864. By the way her 15th birthday is February 3. Also to read an account of of the entire ordeal written by Don's son go here  (1/14)


Family Life Ministries announced today that its founder and CFO, Dick Snavely, will receive the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) Milestone Award—an annual service award recognizing dedicated leaders in Christian broadcasting. Nominated by NRB member organizations, Snavely was chosen from a select group of award nominees who have shown exemplary service in the field of Christian broadcasting for more than 50 years.  Snavely will receive the Milestone Award at NRB’s 2008 National Convention—the world’s largest Christian communications exposition—on March 11 in Nashville, TN. “This award is an amazing tribute to our founder and my father, Dick Snavely,” said Rick Snavely, president, Family Life Network.  “It’s also reflective of our ministry staff and their tireless dedication to Christian service.  Family Life recently commemorated 50 years of encouraging our communities with Christian programming.  Receiving this award is a wonderful acknowledgement of that.” To celebrate the inception of Family Life over five decades ago, Snavely recently published his first book, “An Ordinary Guy with the Extraordinary God.”  For more information on the book, visit www.fln.org and click on “50th Anniversary.”  (1/10)


Progress continues on Trans World Radio’s new broadcasting facility in Benin, West Africa. Last week, TWR received the title deed for the land, and a commissioning service of the Nautel transmitter is set for this week. TWR missionaries and other workers have been working to prepare for initial transmissions, which are scheduled to begin early this year. “Praise the Lord for all the many prayers He has answered,” said TWR-Africa missionary James Burnett, “those that we have prayed for long and hard, and those we never even thought to pray about.” Still needed is preparing the system to transfer radio programs, which is being worked on in the coming weeks.  (1-10)


Sorry to hear of the the passing of WVNI/Bloomington, IN (Spirit 95) production director/afternoon personality Kenny Ray. Our condolences to all family and friends. A tribute to Kenny is here (1/10)


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KTIS/Minneapolis has hired Morgan Wood as station Promotions Director starting Monday, January 14. “Morgan will be a great addition to our team,” stated PD Jason Sharp.  “She brings a wealth of marketing and research experience to this position.  Her creative spirit and heart for ministry make her the perfect fit for KTIS. We are fortunate to have her.”

“I’ve been a longtime fan of KTIS, so it’s a blessing to be able to combine my passions and strengths with those of a terrific team to drive the station forward.  I am really excited that God has given me this opportunity,” said Wood. Morgan will work to develop and execute KTIS promotions, community affairs efforts, and assist in the development of station event marketing opportunities.  (1/10)


CHANGES: Simmons Media reports that KOAY/Salt Lake City (The Oasis) has been forced to go off the air due to it's lease with owner Millcreek Broadcasting being terminated... Afternoon driver personality Chris Scotland takes adds MD duties at WRBS/Baltimore... Stacie Vining is back with Vining Media Relations, reach her at ViningMedia@comcast.net or (615) 781-0016... (1/9)


Xtreme Youth Alliance Executive Director Bill Scott checks in with HisAir.Net to say "Xtreme Talk Live" is now being aired on over 200 stations in the US and Canada. Xtreme Talk Live airs 7pm-9pm CT on the Focus on The Family Radio Network. The program is live but can be downloaded off the Internet to fit a different time.  Calls are taken from the 26 and under demo.  Bill says all affiliates are music stations. To listen to a program just go to www.xtrlive.com, click on RADIO and then from the drop down menu click on AFFLIATES. Llog in on the right side. User name: xtreme, Password: music00.  (1/8)


 Another mainstream station has flipped to CCM. This time it's Beasley owned WNCT/Greenville, NC making the change and calling itself "New Christian Radio 1070 WNCT". The station will air Salem's Doug and Kim in morning drive. WNCT is 50kw/day 10kw/night.  (1/8) 


VP Promotion Derek Jones checks in with HisAir.Net with some changes at WORD for the new year. Andrea Kleid joins the team as Director of National Promotion. Rob McCloskey joins as Coordinator of National Promotion. Kenny Rodgers moves up to Manager of National Promotion. James Riley remains in place as Senior Director of National Promotion.  (1/7)


MOVEMENT: EMI CMG Manager National Promo Rep Andrea Kleid has exited the label... Troy Kriechbaum, former Promotion Director at KCBI/Dallas, and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's "Revive Our Hearts" ministry joins KVNE/KGLY/Tyler, TX (Encouragement FM) as President of ENC FM... (1/7)


Great Plains Christian Radio (KJIL/Meade) President Don Hughes lost his home in a fire early this morning. No one was injured but it is believed a great deal of personal belongings were lost. The fire consumed his home and cause is unknown at this time. Please keep Don in your prayers as he and his family sort through what remains, mourn what was lost and determine what they will do in either rebuilding or buying a different property. (1/7)


Former WCVO/Columbus PD Kurt Wallace was heard in afternoon drive at WAKW/Cincinnati. HisAir.Net wonders if this is permanent? (1/7)


STUFF: WNWC/Madison Promotion director Christe McKittrick (Life 102.5) exits to relocate to Cincinnati... AFA buys a new FM CP (50 watts on 88.5) for Waverly, OH from Life Radio Ministries for $10...  Indie Management firm Indie Extreme has moved from Houston to Nashville...  Nashville Publicity Group adds Lesley Moore as full-time publicist. (1/4)


WRBS/Baltimore morning co-host Mike Alley has kicked off the brand new year by becoming healthier in 2008! He has set a goal to lose at least 80 pounds this year. Mike is asking for your prayers (for himself and long-suffering family and co-workers!).  He's decided to join the rest of the online world by blogging the entire adventure in detail.  If you get a chance, surf on over to: www.mikealleys80in08.blogspot.com  (1/4)


EMF Broadcasting President Mike Novak announced the promotion of Sam Wallington to Vice President of Engineering effective immediately. In his new position, Mr. Wallington will be more involved in strategic planning and less in the tactical, day-to-day operations of the engineering department. Novak elaborated, “Sam’s love for God, leadership style and drive has, in many cases, made the impossible, possible. I’m excited to have him in this position as we move into 2008 and beyond.”  (1/4)


This years first promotion goes to.....Gary Thompson. The WJQK/Grand Rapids APD/MD/Air Talent (and HisAir.Net Christian Radio Feedback Room moderator) is now Program Director at JQ99.  (1/2)

 

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