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Please pray for those on the Louisiana Gulf Coast currently in the direct path of Hurricane Gustav. HisAir.Net offices are located in southern Louisiana near Baton Rouge and we are currently preparing for the storm to hit. We apologize for sending all this weeks emails in advance. (8/31)


Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 1 ARB 12+ numbers: KPEZ/Austin down 1.9-1.7... WJQK/Grand Rapids up 1.7-2.3... KBIQ/Colorado Springs up 4.8-5.1... (8/30)


Family Life Network (FLN) has promoted MD Cecil Van Houten to Program Director. Cecil replaces John Owens who resigned last month and is now OM at WMHK/Columbia.  (8/29)


WAKW/Cincinnati (STAR 93.3) will launch a new morning show, "Kurt & Friends", featuring WAKW Program Director and current PM Drive guy, Kurt Wallace. The new wake up show replaces the syndicated "Scott & Sam" starting Tuesday Sept 2. When asked his feelings of getting up early again, Wallace responded with a blank look on his face, "Time to make the donuts."  Wallace says the station will announce it's plans for afternoon drive at a later date.  (8/29)


HisAir.Net hears that INO Director Of National Promotions Tate Luck has resigned his position to join WAY FM Media as Network PD, replacing Dave Senes who departed in July. Tate returns to radio after 14 months at INO and previously programmed WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River).  Tate starts at WAY FM September 15th.  (8/28)


KWND Springfield, MO (88.3 The Wind) announces the addition of WCQR/Gray, TN PD Chalmer Harper as Program Director. Chalmer will be taking over the position left open by the departure of Jeremy Morris, who has taken a position as Operations Manager at KVMV/McAllen. KWND Station Manager, Ben Birdsong, says, “We are certainly sad to see Jeremy go, he has made a great contribution to the success of this ministry.  At the same time we are thrilled to have someone of Chalmers experience and ability to join our team.  We’re excited about the future.”  Chalmer Harper will start at KWND September 22. The station also recently welcomed KC Wright, formerly of Spirit FM, Camdenton, MO as the new morning show host. (8/27)


Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 1 ARB 12+ numbers: WFFH/Nashville down 3.1-2.9... WDJC/Birmingham up 3.5-3.7... (8/26)


WFHM/Cleveland (95.5 The FISH) has promoted midday host Gina Hart Music Director. Gina joined The Fish over four years ago and will continue her air shift weekdays from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. You can reach out to Gina at gina@955thefish.com(8/25)


Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 1 ARB 12+ numbers: KAIM/Honolulu down 3.3-3.2... KGBI/Omaha up 2.8-3.0...  (8/25)


Internet and event entertainment media group FrontGate Media has inked an exclusive agreement to create and coordinate digital promotions, sponsorships and online advertising for the Gospel Music Channel web site in the faith-based market. Jack Myers’ Emotional Connections Study ranks Gospel Music Channel as the #1 Network in overall Emotional Connection ahead of key competitive networks including Lifetime Movie Network. Building on the strength of GMC’s emotional connection, FrontGate Media has debuted exclusive TV & Web “E-motion” promotions limited to a maximum of one or two artists, authors or organizations per month. Philip Manwaring, GMC’s VP digital media, commented, "FrontGate Media’s creativity, connections, and credibility make them the ideal partner for us in this space.  (8/25)


KTIS/Minneapolis has hired Jake Sommers as their new 7-mid air personality starting Sept 29. Jake was most recently heard in afternoons WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) where he spent the last six years. “I am thrilled for Jake to be a part of the KTIS family,” said Jason Sharp, KTIS Program Director. “Jake is no doubt one of the most authentic and compelling Air Talent in our format and I cannot wait for the KTIS listeners to meet him.”  (8/23)


Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 1 ARB 12+ numbers: KCMS/Seattle up 3.1-3.4... WCVO/Columbus down 3.8-3.0... WFSH/Atlanta down 2.2-2.1...  (8/22)


SAU Radio's WJKN/Spring Arbor, MI (89.3 The Vibe) will be stunting next Monday and Tuesday with birds chirping and then flip on Wednesday with a new station called 89.3 “The Message” that will be a soft AC/talk and teaching format.  “It’s our goal to fill a void for many potential listeners in the area,” said Malachi Crane, general manager of SAU Radio. “The change will be pretty dramatic with a complete overhaul of programming and branding of the station—everything from the name to the on-air content of the station will change.” The Message will feature music in the morning with talk and teaching programming throughout the afternoon. A morning show with host Rachel Ryder, a veteran radio personality at SAU Radio, will kick off mornings on The Message.  (8/22)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) further illustrated its commitment to serve the Central Florida area as Tropical Storm Fay moved through recently. For the first time, Z88.3 used the Clear Channel electronic billboard system throughout Central Florida to broadcast timely information, such as, school closings and weather warnings. Jump to the HisAir.Net promotion page for a picture of billboard. (8/22)


Family Life Network (FLN) has hired George Sweatt to host Family Night Favorites, a call-in radio program from 9:00 pm to Midnight.  Sweatt also will help write, produce, and voice radio programming and promotional spots for Family Life Network. Sweatt most recently served as operations manager and radio personality for KGNZ/Abilene. “George brings fresh energy and unique perspectives to his work,” said Rick Snavely, President, Family Life Network.  “Those qualities, combined with his business sense and background in audio production, make George a great addition to the Family Life team.”  (8/22)  


Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 1 ARB 12+ numbers: WORD/Pittsburgh up 1.2-1.3... KLTY/Dallas down 3.1-3.0... WAKW/Cincinnati up 1.4-1.6... WFHM/Cleveland 2.0-2.0... WRBS/Baltimore down 1.8-1.6...  (8/21)


BITS: KXOJ/Tulsa is bringing in Chris Tomlin August 28th to introduce his new CD "Hello Love" in a private station event... 17,000 attended WAKW/Cincinnati's (Star 93.3) Faith Day Sunday after recent Reds/Cardinals game... Louise Patterson has been named GM at WBBP/Memphis... Chuck Matthews Productions is named producer for Seventh Day Slumber tour spots... Greg Bays has been chosen as new chairman of the board of directors for the CMTA (Christian Music Trade Association)... Kingdom Agents United, a youth and young adult Christian leadership consortium will launch a new internet station "KAU Radio" beginning September 1... WFTH/Richmond( Faith 1590) names Jamila Joy as General Manager... Eric Steiner joins KXOJ/Tulsa as APD/Afternoons... 8/21)


Christian Radio Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KTSY/Boise 3.5... WAFJ/Augusta 2.7... KFNW/Fargo 3.8... KLRC/Fayetteville 6.6... KOBC/Joplin 4.7...  (8/18)


Former Family Life Network PD John Owens has been hired as Operations Manager at WMHK/Columbia, SC. . WMHK eliminated the GM position with the departure of Jerry Grimes in May and created the position of Operations Manager. John starts in October. Meanwhile sister station WRCM/Charlotte adds former WPER/Wash DC air personality Eric Summers to mornings. (8/18)


Christian Radio Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KDNW/Duluth 2.9... KWND/Springfield 5.2... (8/15)


More Christian Radio Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KNWS/Waterloo 7.1... KBNJ/Corpus Christi 2.0...  (8/14)


WLCQ/Springfield, MA (The Q 99.7) has re-launched the station and made some changes. OM/PD Nate Thomas is now heard live in mornings. Brad England is tracking afternoons. And the station voice is Bill Carl (WTBN/Tampa Production Director). Nate says of the changes "Both Brad and Bill are the cream of the crop of this industry and we are blessed to have them part of our team!". Nate could use some more record service so labels please contact him here (nate@wlcq.com).  (8/14)


Veteran broadcaster, author, and speaker Rich Buhler is returning to the microphone to host his pioneering radio program Talk From the Heart on KBRT/Los Angeles. “I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Buhler says. “Talk From the Heart was a treasure and to be returning to KBRT and the Crawford Broadcasting Company feels like coming back home.”  The program airs daily 3:00 to 5:00 pm PT on KBRT and is also syndicated in several other major cities on the Crawford Broadcasting Network including San Francisco, Denver, St. Louis, and Birmingham. Talk From the Heart first aired on KBRT in 1981.  (8/14)


More Christian Radio Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KNWI/Des Moines 2.5... WBCL/Ft Wayne 4.3... KSWP/Lufkin 4.0... WNWC/Madison 3.2... KVMV/McAllen 3.5...  (8/13)


MOVEMENT: Salem is selling WRVI/Louisville to WAY FM Media for $3 mil... WRXT/Roanoke morning guy Brian Sumner jumps to sister station WCQR/Johnson City, TN as APD/Mornings...   Katie Burke joins TranWorld Radio as Magazine and Internet Content Editor... Positive Radio News adds Highway Radio...Barstow (KRXV), Essex (KHWY), Baker (KHYZ),California.  (8/13)


More Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: WMHK/Columbia 3.9... WLFJ/Greenville 4.2... WAYH/Huntsville 3.0... WAYK/Kalamazoo 2.6... (8/12)


Family Life Network (FLN) has hired Jamie Heale as studio engineer. Heale will help install, operate, and maintain audio and satellite equipment for the ministry’s 64-outlet radio operation. Previously Heale was with Cox Radio, Inc. (8/12)


BITS: WLAB/Ft Wayne morning personality Ace McKay has been tapped to host the new daily radio feature The Marriage Scrimmage launching Nov 1st... KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3) announces SPIRIT Fest ’08 featuring Jars of Clay and Leeland Sunday, August 24... FrontGate Media announced an exclusive agreement to create and coordinate promotions and sponsorships as well as to debut email and online advertising for online Christian music community HearitFirst.com... Longtime WPOS/Holland, MI office manager Bonnie Jean Turkington passed away yesterday...  (8/11)


More Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: WCSG/Grand Rapids 6.1... KHOY/Laredo 6.2... WBHY/Mobile 3.0... WPDT/Florence, SC 4.5... WSTS/Florence, SC 1.4... KALS/Kalispell, MT ... WJXN/Jackson, MS 1.9... WRVI/Louisiville 1.3... (8/11)


WAYK/Kalamazoo PD Mike Couchman checks in with HisAir.Net with some ratings info on his station. Mike says "Just wanted to share some good news in hopes that it encourages those in CHR to keep plugging away at their calling. In the recently released Kalamazoo Spring 2008 ratings, WAYK was... #2 Women 18-34, #2 Women 18-24, #2 Women 12-17, #2 Women 12-24, #2 Women 12-34, and #3 Women 25-34, #3, Persons 18-34, #3 Persons 12-24, #4 Women 12-44, #4 Women 18-44. Among all age groups, WAYK landed at #8 in the market. BIG PROPS go to WAYK's night show, "Prime Time with George Moss". He was #1 with Women 18-24 and 18-34." Congratulations to Mike and staff at WAYK!  (8/11)


Trans World Radio (TWR) is building a new radio station in San Julian, Bolivia. Larry Souder, GM of Montrose Broadcasting in Pennsylvania raised the funding for the project and has also sent engineers to install the transmitter and equipment. Now Montrose Broadcasting has taken an even bigger leap of faith as they commit to raise $32,500 to build a new station in Trinidad, Bolivia. TWR's John Summerville said, “This is exciting. God’s Word is being aired for the first time in San Julian, and Lord willing, the people of Trinidad will hear it very soon.  I love working with stations like Montrose Broadcasting who have such a big heart for impacting places where most of us have never even heard of before.”  (8/8)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KGBI/Omaha 2.6... KNRB/Texarkana 1.4... KKSP/Little Rock .8   (8/8)


WFRF/Tallahassee (Faith Radio) owner Scott Beigle recently delivered 300 solar-powered radios to the ladies at Gadsden Correctional Institution. He hopes to do the same for the male population there soon, as well as inmates at the Gadsden County Jail. The radios are made possible through donations from listeners and supporters of the station. He’s amazed how ministry has grown and expanded into areas he would have never foreseen.  Beigle said. “after visiting with inmates at the prison, one of the guys told me that they pray for me and my family. I near-bout broke down.” That blessing, however, didn’t surprise Beigle. “When you help other people, God blesses you,” he said. “He will supply our needs. It’s happened (to me and my family, along with Faith Radio) for almost 11 years.”  (8/8)


WAY-FM Media Group President and CEO Bob Augsburg checks in with HisAir.Net commenting on the results of the ARB Spring 2008 ratings for WAY-FM West Palm Beach, FL. The report shows that 88.1 WAYF upped it’s CUME to 125,800 weekly listeners besting the previous high of 114,700 reached in Fall 2007. In addition the station is now # 1 Women 18 – 34, # 1 Women 25 – 44, # 2 Teens 12 – 17 and # 3 in Adults 18 – 34 with a 12+ share of 3.0 in the market. Augsburg commented, “A huge pat on the back goes to GM Jim Marshall and the team in West Palm along with CHRSN GM Faron Dice, Network PD Dave Senes and the air talents Brant Hanson, Donna Cruz, Wally and so many others. Consultant John Frost has also been a key part of this story. How exciting to see how all of this hard work is paying off. Think of the lives that are being impacted in South Florida.”  (8/7)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: WAYJ/Ft Myers 1.5... WCRJ/Jacksonville 2.2... WJIE/Louisville 1.1...  (8/7)


Renaissance Communications, in cooperation with Saddleback Church and Faith in Public Life, will be producing the live, national broadcast of the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion featuring Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, August 16 from 5-7pm PDT. Rick Warren will moderate the event. The event will be hosted by Wayne Shepherd and distributed to radio via Ambassador Satellite (AMBOS).  For specific instructions and questions on receiving the signal, inquire at programs@amb-os.com Additionally, effective Monday, August 18th audio clips and short features will be edited from the event and available to stations on the Renaissance ftp site ftp://ftp.srnprograms.com/ministries/Renaissance. For more information, contact Joe Battaglia at joeb@renn.com or Joe Silvey at jsilvey@renn.com  or call 201-847-1292.  (8/7)


Mike Tirone has been named general manager of KCBI/Dallas. Tirone replaces Jerry Johnson who resigned. Tirone came to DallasI in the summer of 2006 as the Vice President of KCBI and the Criswell Radio Network. Tirone says "KCBI strives to follow the words of Philippians 2:15, 'We need to become blameless and pure, children of God, without fault, in a crooked and depraved generation, in which we shine out like stars in the universe and hold out the Word of life." (8/6)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: WFFH/Nashville 3.1... WJQK/Grand Rapids 1.7... WAYR/Brunswick, GA 6.2... (8/6)


Moody Radio in Chicago makes changes to it's programming dept. as the station shifts it's on air content to a more talk/teaching format. Sales Manager Bruce Everhart is now Manager of Development and Marketing. WMBI PD Collin Lambert is now Chicago Programming Team Manager and OM John Hayden takes the title Manager of Chicago Broadcast Operations. Meanwhile National PD Denny Nugent remains the same by coordinating national programming, ratings, research, branding and formatics. Mike Bingham will continue as Moody Radio Manager.  (8/6)


Salem Media of New York gets its newest radio station as the former WWDJ become WNYM/New York (970 AM The Apple, The Talk of New York). The Apple features Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and around the clock national news from Fox News and local news. Sean O'Neill, General Manager, commented, "With our recent upgrade to 50,000 Watts, we now have the capability to reach 16 million New York and Tri-State listeners at their office, homes and cars with intelligent, compelling talk. Now our advertisers will have a better way to reach more consumers than ever before."  (8/6)


Dale Best joins KJTH/KLVV/Ponca City (The House FM) and KLVV/Ponca City (Praise 88.7) as Assistant Promotions Director and Host of the All-Request House Party. Dale previously worked for KKCM/Tulsa (Spirit 102.3) Assistant Program Director and Promotions Director and as the producer for Sunday Morning Worship featuring Andy Chrisman. “The atmosphere at the House FM is one of family and with a baby boy on the way in October, my wife and I are excited to begin a new journey in Ponca City,” Dale says.  (8/5)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: WRCM/Charlotte 2.4... WPOZ/Orlando 4.3... KVNE/Tyler 3.4... WAYF/W. Palm Beach 3.0... KPEZ/Austin 1.9... KKCM/Tulsa 3.6... KXOJ/Tulsa 1.7... WDJC/Birmingham 2.8 (Tuscaloosa)... KMOC/Wichita Falls, TX 1.8... (8/4)


Salem's WWDJ/New York (970AM) is no more. At 12 midnight, the station began stunting with Frank Sinatra. "AM 970 is now broadcasting at 50,000 daytime watts and Team 970 is ready to compete in the greatest city in the world," announced AM 970's General Manager Sean O'Neill. "Now more listeners in New York City and the tri-state area will be able to hear compelling programming that only AM 970 offers." Peter Thiele, Program Director, commented, "Broadcasting at the daytime power limit of 50 thousand watts and reaching nearly 16 million people, we plan to invade the New York marketplace with a new alternative for listeners and advertisers. Wednesday morning the final countdown will commence to introduce ourselves to New York. This event will change Big Apple radio the way we know it."  (8/4)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KTIS/Minneapolis 4.1... WDJC/Birmingham 3.5... KAIM Honolulu 2.5... KGCB/Flagstaff, AZ 3.8...  (8/1)


Changes have gone down at Midas Records Nashville promo department. The Christian division was not affected.  (8/1)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: KCMS/Seattle 3.1... WQFL/Rockford 1.8... KFIS/Portland 2.1... WCVO/Columbus 3.8... KBIQ/Colorado Springs 4.8... KDUV/Visalia, CA 1.4... (7/31)


KXOJ/Tulsa APD/afternoon personality Dave Gordon will exit the station this week and head to WPFF/WNLI Sturgeon Bay, WI as GM. Gordon will report to his new position on Aug 4th. (7/31)


KSBJ/Houston recently hosted its annual Sharathon fundraiser where more than 900 volunteers and 15,000 individual donors turned out to help KSBJ reach its goal of raising $3,720,000 toward Monthly Operations and $1,700,000 toward Special Projects that sustain KSBJ’s mission of ministry throughout the year. KSBJ had visitors like Amy Grant and Houston’s own Israel Houghton and simulcast live with London’s Premier Christian Radio, a station KSBJ mentors. (7/31)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) has hired David Emerson for afternoon drive.  Program Director, Todd Stach says, “David will fit into our culture because he's passionate, talented, a servant, a team player, eager to learn and grow, and ready for the next challenge in his life.”   David comes from mornings at WJYW/Union City, IN. and previously was with WSNY/Columbus and WNZR/Mt Vernon, OH. (7/31)


Latest Spring 2008 ARB 12+ numbers: WFSH/Atlanta 2.2... WBGL/Champaign 4.2... WFHM/Cleveland 2.0... WRBS/Baltimore 1.8... WAKW/Cincinnati 1.4... WFZH/Milwaukee 1.5... WORD/Pittsburgh 1.2... KKFS/Sacramento 1.3... more later on HisAir.Net.  (7/30)


After 2 years WMSJ/Freeport, ME (Positive 89.3) Director of Expansion and Promotions Jeff Wall has exited the station. Jeff is a 20 year Christian radio vet that has done signal expansion for the largest networks in the country, as well as promotions, concerts promoter, underwriting, donor development, philanthropy and even HR. He is willing to re-locate and is available for his next opportunity. Reach him at email at wallfamily@suscom-maine.net or you may call me at 207-232-0966. (7/30)


Latest ARB Spring 2008 12+: KLTY/Dallas 3.1... KSGN/Riverside 2.0... KAXL/Bakersfield 1.8... WCIC/Peoria 6.6...  (7/29)


KGCO/Loveland, CO signed on this week as an affiliate of God’s Country Radio Network. The station will feature music from mainstream Country artists, mixed with a variety of Southern Gospel and acoustic CCM artists.  Vic Michael of KGCO says, “Why did we choose to affiliate with God's Country?  This was an easy decision for us.  Contemporary Christian music, over the last decade, has seen explosive growth and popularity. With Contemporary Country music being the top format in America, it was long overdue to have a Country format that was programmed for a Christian audience. KGCO is owned by Cedar Cove Broadcasting who plans to carry the format on six additional translators, and two full power stations later this year.  EMF Broadcasting also affiliated with God’s Country last month in 9 different markets.  (7/29)


Crawford Broadcasting has launched WRCI-AM/Rochester (990 AM) with an Inspirational Christian music and spiritual talk format. “For a while there wasn’t any Christian broadcasting produced in Rochester, for Rochester,” said WRCI General Manager, Robert Hammond. “We wanted to fill that void and help local ministries spread the Good News to their neighbors.” (7/29)


Jeremy Morris has resigned his position at KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind). He will relocate with his family to his wife's home state of Texas. His last day at KWND is Aug 22nd so if interested in his position contact Station Manager Ben Birdsong ASAP. Jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the listing.  (7/28)


Congratulations to Curb artist Plumb who gave birth to a healthy baby girl today! Mother and daughter are both doing well…her brothers, Oliver and Solomon have already got to see her and think she's really cool! Husband Jeremy says, "She's so cute, she looks just like her Mom…dark hair and beautiful eyes, it never crossed our minds that we'd have a little girl…she's precious!"  The baby's name Clementine Fire Lee. (7/28)


Dick Bott, Sr. founder and president of Bott Radio Network has some advice for Christian radio stations that may be asked to run advertisements supporting a pro-abortion political candidate. Bott says according to FCC rules and regulations, if a radio stations sells advertising to one political candidate for federal office, it must sell advertising to the candidate of the opposing party. "The campaign for Bill Clinton, while he was running for president, bought advertising on our radio stations, Bott Radio Network stations. However, we did two things," Bott explains. "We used our right of editorial commentary to inform our audience exactly why we were carrying spot announcements for somebody who was clearly pro-abortion without a doubt, and in our opinion had many policies they supported that were anti-family." Liberal political action committee "Matthew 25" is running pro-Barack Obama ads on Christian radio stations across the U.S.  (7/25)


KCVO/Camdenton, MO (Spirit FM radio network) morning personality KC Wright has accepted Promotion Director/Morning show duties at KWND/Springfield, MO (88.3 The Wind). KC has spent the last five years at KCVO and will start his new position on Aug 4th. (7/25)


Tom Mapes returns to Christian radio hosting the "Morning Praise" on WTNE/Jackson, TN. Mapes helped start the first Christian radio station in Jackson, WJAK, in 1985.  (7/25)


A man was shot and killed by law enforcement officers outside WTLR/State College, PA this morning. Police contacted the radio station and informed the people there that there was a "credible threat" to their safety, and urged them to move away from the windows to the interior of the building. Three people were inside the building. Police said the man might be heading to the station. Mark VanOuse, station manager, said he received a warning from someone at 10:05 a.m. “The person called and said there was someone they knew and he was upset and he was headed our way with intent to do harm,”  About 25 minutes after the initial call, Van Ouse said he heard the sound of an engine gunning. He saw an older model white SUV driving erratically around the station building on the grass. “There were numerous gunshots that rang out,” VanOuse said. VanOuse said he didn’t know who was firing. One witness said it appeared police were trying to shoot the Bronco's tires. It was not known if the suspect fired any of the shots. Police surrounded the truck, and witnesses said it appears police shot the driver through the windows. (7/25)


Polaris Fundraising Worldwide launched its new web portal (www.polarisfundraising.com) expanding its service to listener-supported Christian radio stations in the U.S. and countries around the world. Polaris assists General Managers, Executive Directors, and Board Members obtain funds necessary to advance their mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jerry Grimes, Polaris’ co-founder commented “Significant gifts are given by people who possess a willing heart. There will always be generous people who will amply support a radio station’s great dream backed by a sound plan,”  Partner, Jimmy LaRose shared, “We’re humbled by the opportunities God has provided us to serve Christian Radio. It is no small honor to stand with the ministries God is using to meet the needs of a people He loves so much.”

Comprised of veteran broadcasters and major gifts development officers the Polaris Fundraising Worldwide team works with stations to properly identify, engage, and invite new and existing donors to give 5, 6, and 7 figure gifts. Visitors to www.polarisfundraising.com will receive complimentary fundraising tools and important information about this company’s offering. For more information about Polaris Fundraising Worldwide call (866)360-3858.  (7/24)


Play MPE® digital delivery system recently topped over 22,000 users and has serviced over 90,000 tracks. "The business is changing every day and digital music ingestion is made simple with Play MPE...much easier than opening packages, ingesting music and typing in all the required metadata. Play MPE has the quality and info XM needs with a turnkey process...truly a win/win for labels, artists and radio" says Jon Zellner, Senior Vice President/Music Programming, XM Satellite Radio

Dean Ernst, Play MPE VP of Operations says "Play MPE® is thrilled to have the support and endorsement of these top broadcasters. This further solidifies Play MPE® as the #1 choice for broadcasters and the industry standard for pre-release media delivery."  (7/24)


KWRD/Dallas (The Word 100.7FM) has added The Janet Parshall Show and expanded The Scott Wilder Show effective Monday, July 28, 2008. Janet Parshall will be heard weekdays at 2:00 PM. The Scott Wilder Show will expand by 1 hour to be 3-6:30 PM weekdays. "With the addition of Janet Parshall to The Word and an extra hour of The Scott Wilder Show, KWRD is now offering over 6 straight hours of interactive talk to listeners in Dallas/Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview," said KWRD Vice President/General Manager Pete Thomson. (7/24)


John Owens has resigned the PD position at Family Life Network where he's been the past 11 years.  God is leading him on to another position that will allow him to fulfill his passion of leading more mission trips while continuing his education and still be in radio.  FLN President Rick Snavely is looking to to fill those shoes so if interested jump over to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the listing. (7/23)


United Christian Broadcasters of the UK has launched UCB Gospel, a 24/7 gospel radio station. UCB Gospel is available on digital satellite at channel 0135, as well as online and features Gospel music from around the world, as well as providing support and airplay for established and up and coming UK artists. “These are exciting times” said Gary Hoogvliet, UCB’s Director of Broadcasting. “We know there is a demand for a dedicated Gospel radio station in the UK. UCB Gospel is a fresh approach and is a station that supports UK talent, as well as the best of Gospel music from the US, Africa, the Caribbean and also offers plenty of airtime to the all-time favorites”.  (7/23)


BITS: The Focus on the Family radio program has been elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame, joining such historic programs as Your Hit Parade, The Shadow, Little Orphan Annie and Orson Welles' famous Mercury Theater, the formal induction ceremony takes place in November... Trans World Radio (TWR) has a newly redesigned web site, check it out here... The GMA has launched GMA Sound Healthcare for its domestic members, For more information, visit www.gmasoundhealthcare.org... Former KOKF/Oklahoma City GM Greg Griffin passed away late last week at the age of 58...  (7/21)


WDJC/Birmingham welcomes their new morning show "The Junction: connecting real life and real faith". The show is hosted by long-time Birmingham TV news anchor David Lamb previously with the CBS affiliate, and Russell P. Wall who was last with WGMG/Athens. They replace "TNT Morning Express" (Tanner & Taylor), who left in April. Also WDJC promotion director/afternoon co-host Cari Cates last day at the station will be July 23rd as she heads to KDUV/Visalia, CA. starting Aug 4th.  (7/18)


The group "Save Christian Radio" ( savechristianradio.com ) is asking supporters to "Tell the FCC to keep free speech free" and encourages people to write to the FCC or their Congressman to defeat the FCC's localism proposals. The groups web site argues that the FCC proposals could silence Christian radio stations by involving other members of the community who do not share their views. The site also state, "The FCC is considering a proposal that would force every radio station to take programming advice from community advisory boards broadly representative of an area’s population. That means that Christian broadcast stations could be forced to take programming advice from people whose values are at odds with the Gospel... Although not directed specifically at those using the airwaves to disseminate the Good News of the Gospel, potential rule changes could put Christian Broadcasters in an untenable position. If enacted, the proposals could force Christian radio programmers to either compromise their messages by including input from those who don’t share the same values, or to run the risk of costly, long and potentially ruinous government inquiries."  (7/18)


KLRC/Fayetteville has partnered with the Samaritan Community Center to provide school supply-filled backpacks to needy Northwest Arkansas children. The “KLRC Cares: Back 2 School” project is a collection drive for school supplies that will be used to fill over 1,500 backpacks. It is estimated that 1 out of every 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty. "Times are tough,” said Jen Ryan, KLRC Promotions Director and Morning Show Co-Host.  “Families are having to make hard choices, and the price of a backpack and all of the things children need to start school is sometimes more than the budget can handle. Our goal is to help students be able to start school with the supplies they need to have a good year."   (7/18)


WAY FM Network PD Dave Senes has resigned to take a position at his church, his last day will be Aug 6th. if interested in taking Dave's place jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the listing.  (7/17)


WAY-FM/Huntsville Promotion Director and Morning Co-host, Tina DiMarco has announced that she will be auditioning for American Idol. She will attend the audition in Louisville, KY on Monday, July 21, 2008. WAY-FM will be covering the events of DiMarco’s audition in Louisville, KY on Monday, July 21, 2008.  They are also updating their Morning Show Blog at www.wayfm.com (7/17)


Izzy Knight joins WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) as Production Engineer and On-Air Personality. Knight's radio experience includes stops in Washington, DC, Virginia and Upstate New York.  On joining Star 99.1 Knight said “It’s cool to finally be in the New York market.  Not everyone gets this kind of opportunity.  It’s a broadcaster’s dream. The fact that I can also serve the Lord as well is just awesome.” (7/16)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) PD Todd stach checks in with HisAir.Net with some staff changes. Ed Caple is now the Teaching/Talk Production Director and will assist with The Promise and Pro Talk radio formats. Mary O’Brien assumes the role of The River Brand Production Director. Stach says that, “Mary’s complete focus on The River Brand will continue to help The River accomplish our goals.”  Effective immediately, Mike Russell has been promoted to Assistant Program Director of The River Brand.  “Mike’s knowledge of iMedia Touch, music, and research are assets to our future success,” according to Stach.  (7/16)


WLAB/Ft Wayne (Star 88.1) was honored this month among the best of the best of Fort Wayne Radio, by being nominated by listeners as best Radio Station in Fort Wayne. Also, Morning show host Ace McKay and John O’Rourke picked up a nod for best morning show. Mid-day host and General Manager Melissa Montana was also nominated for Best Air Personality.  (7/16)


The most popular reason for tuning in to Christian radio is to listen to Christian music (56 percent), 40 percent of Christians say they tune in to listen to sermons and teaching, according to a survey by Wilson Research Strategies. "There is a much higher demand for teaching programs than what the conventional wisdom might expect," commented Rick Dunham, president and CEO of Dunham+Company, which commissioned the survey. Furthermore, those who are primarily driven to listen to Christian music are predominantly women aged 18-44 and are more likely to attend church less frequently, while those who tune in to Christian radio to listen to teaching/sermons tend to be older men and women and attend church more frequently.

"There is a distinct difference between those who tune into Christian radio to listen to music compared to those who want teaching,” Dunham noted in a news release. “I think it is safe to say that those who desire teaching content are in fact the more serious Christians who are definitely connected with their local church.”  Across the nation, an estimated 46 percent of Christian adults – representing more than 69 million people – tune in to Christian radio compared to the 91 percent of Christian adults who tune in to general radio. According to the latest survey, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of those who listen to Christian radio do so at least several times per week, with nearly one-third (29 percent) saying they tune in every day. That represents approximately 20 million people who listen to Christian radio each day.

Regarding the findings on those who tune into Christian radio for teaching/sermons, Dunham said it is “good news for Christian programmers.”  “This is … an important challenge to Christian radio station owners to understand the importance of the teaching program to Christian adults across America,” he added.

Other notable findings from the survey include the demographics of those who tune into Christian programming. Listeners were found to be predominantly women 45-54 years of age, frequent churchgoers, Pentecostal/Charismatic, residents of the South, politically conservative, and self-described activists.

For more on the survey click here (7/15)


BITS: WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light) has been named a finalist for the NAB Marconi Award for religious station of the year... CHRSN and WAY FM add Jeff Connell in middays and Donna Cruz to afternoons, in addition to Brant Hansen (HisAir.Net Newsroom 7/8) in mornings... Family Life Radio presented Steven Curtis Chapman with a $2,000 check for Shaohannah's Hope from their listeners at his concert.”  (7/15)


ChristianNetcast.com, has announced a partnership with Strang Communications of Lake Mary Florida. David Palmer VP of Sales and Marketing made the announcement that ChristianNetcast had entered into an agreement with Strang Communications to provide advertising revenue for the dot com and ChristianNetcast to provide technical services to Strang. “Strang has built a reputation for finding advertisers in the Christian space, we needed advertisers and they needed technical support for streaming.” States Palmer. “It was a perfect partnership. “  Over the last six months Strang has publicized its newest website connect2leaders.com. The site focuses on people posing questions to Church leaders. ChristianNetcast is the exclusive provider of streaming the content of these calls.  (7/15)


Latest ARB Spring 2008 Phase 2 12+: KPEZ/Austin even 1.8... WFFH/Nashville even 2.4... WJQK/Grand Rapids down 2.3-2.0... KGBI/Omaha up 2.5-2.7... KKSP/Little Rock down 1.1-1.0...  (7/14)


WJQK/Grand Rapids held it’s annual “Celebration Freedom” fest July 4th with over 40 thousand in attendance! Program Director Gary Thompson stated, "This celebration with music, food, rides and fireworks is an outreach to our community and it’s absolutely free. Thousands of families who aren’t regular Christian music listeners attend annually BECAUSE it’s free. In the process, they are introduced to the station and it’s positive message".  (7/14)  


WCIC/Peoria announces some air staff changes as the station takes a team approach for afternoons. Beginning August 11, WCIC's mid-day talent, Jill Tracey will be moving to afternoons to join PD and husband, Jeremy Tracey on the air weekdays from 3-7. Station manager, Dave Brooks sees this as a strategic step in building for community impact. "We've seen how a team dynamic in the morning helps to build connection with our listening family. We expect this move will result in growing market penetration for the station and our message." Veteran Peoria air talent Debi McMorrow, (morning co-host) will be getting married in September. She will move from mornings to fill the mid-day position after the wedding. And in case you're wondering about the WCIC morning show, Dave is currently looking so if interested jump to the jobs page for the listing.  (7/11)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) afternoon personality Jake Sommers has exited the station after 6 years. Jake, who has major market experience in New Orleans, Dallas, Cleveland, and Minneapolis, is available and wants to talk to you about his next on-air/programming opportunity at 614.348.6270 or jsommers@basementproduction.com   (7/10)


BITS: WAY FM is now airing the Brant Hansen morning show (originating from West Palm Beach) on other WAY FM stations...   The praise and worship program "AllWorship" will be heard live via satellite on Sunday mornings, starting July 13... WAVO/Charlotte flips from Christian to Secular "adult Standards"... Christian Radio vet Tim Marx is on the hunt for his next gig as his afternoon on-air shift is eliminated at KTXG/Dallas. Reach out to Tim at 806.640.4606 or at westtexharley@yahoo.com (7/10)


Salem has appointed Tim Harper General Manager of its five Seattle stations including KGNW (820AM), KKOL (1300AM), KKMO (1360AM), KLFE (1590AM) and KNTS (1680AM). Prior to joining Salem Harper was GM for the Campesina Network in Bakersfield. Prior to Campesina, he spent the last ten years in Spanish Language Media in Austin, Texas as General Manager of Azteca America TV, Vice-President and General Manager of Amigo Broadcasting, and General Sales Manager for Shamrock Communications. In his new assignment for Salem in Seattle, he will lead all areas of operations including sales, programming, engineering, and online. Harper says, "I'm excited to be a part of one of America's leading broadcast groups and their five Seattle stations. The diverse formats offer new and exciting opportunities. I'm honored to be leading the team that will take these stations to the next level." (7/8)


WAY-FM Media Group and World Vision announce a new strategic media partnership between them for 2008-2009. The multi-faceted initiative includes broadcast, online and touring components. The initial phase of the new partnership promotion commences in August and will include a seasonal promotional approach that includes a comprehensive concert tour in WAY-FM markets.

"WAY FM is committed to global causes and we are excited to partner with World Vision, who not only meet tremendous humanitarian needs like they are doing in Myanmar and China, but the spiritual needs as well. They live out "Preach the Word always, if necessary, use words!" We are committed to changing the world with World Vision, one child at a time."  said Bob Augsburg, President, WAY-FM Media Group. (7/8)


The Refuge Media Group (WJRF/Duluth) has hired Paulette Kutzler as it's General Manager. Long-time GM Brett Gibson will remain at the station as CEO of Refuge Media Group. Paulette was most recently with KTIS/Minneapolis where she spent 12 years in various roles, including on-air host, Operations Director, and most recently as host of an evening call-in program. The Refuge Media Group and Refuge Radio Network is a 25 year old radio network based in Duluth serving Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Michigan. (7/8)


Latest ARB Spring 2008 Phase 2 12+: KBIQ/Colorado Springs down 4.4-4.1... KCMS/Seattle down 3.3-3.0... WCVO/Columbus up 3.6-4.3... KAIM/Honolulu down 2.5-2.3... WDJC/Birmingham down 3.5-3.4... (7/7)


BITS: TM Prep has started a new prep service for Christian Radio, for info contact Adrienne Munos at AMunos@JonesTM.com  or Steve Knoll SKnoll@JonesTM.com... Look for Steven Curtis Chapman and wife Mary Beth to make an appearance on Good Morning America Aug 4th... Ready for the BIG time? Chuck Finney is looking for possible air talent at Salem Fish stations... (7/7)


WRBS/Baltimore MD Chris Scotland and wife Melinda welcomed their 5th child yesterday morning.  Chris says "she was born healthy and happy weighing in at 9 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 ¾ inches long"... (7/3)


Afternoon local talk host Thor Tolo has left KGNW/Seattle. KGNW OM Tom Clendening says the Salem station has decided to go in a "different direction" as is seeking "someone who fits the station." Tolo joined KGNW in 2004 after working as a sports-talk host at KDKA/Pittsburgh. Tolo said he leaves "with no regrets and with head held high. ... I would love to stay in broadcasting (he has worked in both radio and TV), and I would love to pursue that in the Puget Sound region."  (7/2)


Latest ARB Spring 2008 Phase 2 12+: WFHM/Cleveland down 2.4-1.9... WRBS/Baltimore down 2.0-1.9... WAKW/Cincinnati down 1.7-1.4... WFCJ/Dayton even 1.0... KLTY/Dallas up 2.3-2.8... WFSH/Atlanta down 2.6-2.3...  (7/2)


A group called the Matthew 25 Network, which aims to corral Christian voters for Barack Obama, will run its first radio spot on Christian stations in Colorado Springs, where Obama heads to Wednesday (7/2) and where James Dobson's Focus on the Family is headquartered. Here's the copy: Narrator: "You know it's an election year when certain people start grabbing headlines by attacking the faith of Presidential candidates. With all these stones being cast at Senator Obama, it can be hard to know what to believe. But in Luke, Jesus taught us that we must listen to what a man says because "out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks." So here are words from Senator Obama's heart: Obama: "I think we make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the power of faith in people's lives" "kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth."  You can listen to the radio ad here. (7/1)


After more than 19 years of broadcasting the Gospel, Little Samaritan Mission will no longer be on the air in Romania. That's the word from the ministry's founder and president Florin Pindicblaj who says, "The American dollar is so low compared to the Euro dollar. We were not able to pay the bills month by month. We decided to relinquish all 26 radio stations. On the 1st of October, Little Samaritan will cease to broadcast its programs in Romania."  According to Pindicblaj, last November was the determining factor in their decision. "In the last two years, we were affected financially. It was harder and harder every month. Last year during the Sharathon (in November), we said this Sharathon will decide if we will continue our ministry through the radio in Romania."

Funding was ultimately the issue. "We needed $40,000 per month to maintain the operations of 26 radio stations, the satellite, the internet and the personnel. We just did not have the funds."  The purchase price was not disclosed, but the money will be used to support their radio network in nearby Moldova. Pindicblaj says the station was sold to another Christian organization called Voice of Hope. He's not sure how the broadcasts will change with the new ownership. (7/1)


Blue Ridge Broadcasting, the ministry that runs Christian WMIT/Black Mountain, NC (106.9 The Light) has moved to the Billy Graham Training Center. The move allows their three broadcast and two Internet stations to operate more efficiently on property owned by its affiliated ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Blue Ridge Broadcasting was founded in 1959 to pursue Billy and Ruth Graham’s vision to bring a Christian radio voice to Asheville and Western North Carolina. BRB’s mailing address will remain the same. (6/30)


Sparrow artist Matthew West traveled roughly a third of the state of Florida with The Joy FM/Sarasota during a one-week morning show tour called The Summer Cruise 3, June 23-27.  Each day, the artist rose early to hide The Joy FM PD Carmen’s Pink Flamingo somewhere in the vicinity of the tour stop – a diner or café in a different city every morning and afternoon.  West then joined The Morning Cruise for their LIVE morning show, where the listener who found and returned the Pink Flamingo won two tickets to Disney’s Night of Joy, where West will perform in September. The tour attracted over 4000 at nine separate stops, where each listener had the opportunity to register for a Night of Joy vacation package, win prizes, meet the artist and morning show hosts and hear West perform acoustic sets. “This week has been about building community, and I can’t think of a better way to do it than this,” said West. The week was punctuated by stories of encouragement both for West and The Joy FM.  (6/30)


VSR Music Group announces it's new Radio Tracking Team. Joining VSR Music Group is 33 year industry vet Brad Leggett who is also acting Sr. Vice President for VSR. And new to radio promotion is Juliane Collins who says "It's my first time in radio promotion so I'm really excited to get on the phones and just start connecting with everyone!" "VSR is a great company that strives on building God's Kingdom through the ministry of positive and encouraging music". Reach out to Brad at brad@vsrmusic.com  Phone: 480.889.1989 and to contact Juliane it's juliane@living-word.com  Phone: 480.889.1989. Click here for VSR Music info page. (6/26)


FrontGate Media announces the appointment of Scott Brinson as Vice President. Brinson comes to FrontGate Media most recently from Halite Entertainment Inc. & Bandwagon Merchandise where he served as VP of Business Development for the entertainment, retail and merchandise development company. Brinson started his career in sales and sales management with the ground-breaking Christian music labels at Frontline Music Group. "The addition of Scott to our team brings our clients the high level, executive, strategic thinking and service that will continue to expand the leadership of the FrontGate Media advertising and promotions brand," said Scott A. Shuford, Founder and CEO at FrontGate Media. "Scott will expand our key leadership team with the type of insights and performance that our current clients enjoy and future partnerships will value."  (6/26)


Call Communications Group has put a brand new radio station on the air in Fort Myers, Florida the morning of June 24th. WMYE/Ft Myers (91.9 FM "The CALL),"  will also serve the areas of Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Lee County south to Estero, Charlotte County as far north as Punta Gorda. The station's programming specifically targets teens and young adults ages 13 to 25 with Christian music and programming with a heavy emphasis on reaching the unchurched.  Call Communications Group has operated WMKL in the Miami-Florida Keys area since 2000. (6/25)


KVNE/Tyler, TX has made some adjustments to it's staff. Carrie Parsons resets her alarm clock starting July 14 for Morning Show duties as Co-Host joining Mike Harper. Carries has been with KVNE nearly 10 years most recently in afternoons. KVNE evening personality Jennifer Winborn moves to Afternoon Host/Music Director. KVNE MD Leah Coombs moves to a new role as Director of Community Outreach & Donor Relations.  (6/24)


Correction: EMF Broadcasting has started airing "God's Country" which is a Christian Country/Southern Gospel format. EMF has flipped a few of it's K-LOVE and Air1 stations in areas with overlapping signals to the new format. (6/23)


Family Life Radio moves Joel Davis from evenings on their radio network to co-host and producer of FLR's Arizona Morning Show. (6/23)


Destiny Media Technologies Announces record numbers in system activity for its Play MPE® digital delivery system compared to the same period last year. Play MPE® further cements itself as the industry standard for digital delivery and proving to be the only system of choice for broadcasters and record labels. Play MPE® posted dramatic growth over 2007 and continues to lead the industry with the adoption of digital delivery. Record numbers across the board includes a 135% increase in downloads, streams, burns and exports totaling almost 6 million in activity. Users jumped over 52% to 21,476 installed and tracks in the system exploded to almost 87,000 representing an increase of 80% compared to June 2007. Signed agreements with both Universal Music Group and EMI Music Group and every other major label including Warner Music Group and SONY BMG using the Play MPE® System, solidify Play MPE® as the only digital delivery system that can provide one central service for all major labels and all releases.

"Play MPE® continues to widen the gap over any other digital delivery system and sets the benchmark in the industry. It is the only system to have releases for all music formats from all the major labels. It has the highest adoptions, installations and activity therefore making it the music industry standard. This incredible growth proves that we are fast approaching critical mass and widespread industry usage towards digital delivery. What a ride it has been for only the first 6 months of this year. Certainly the remaining part of 2008 is expected to hail more successes for Play MPE®," stated Dean Ernst, VP of MPE Operations. " (6/23)


HisAir.Net hears GM Eric Boatwright is out at KPUL/Des Moines (Pulse 99.5). The station reportedly will continue in the current direction of targeting young adults... (6/20)


Spoken Word Images, Inc. has signed KUTR/Provo-Ogden-Salt Lake City (a 50kw at 820 am) for station imaging and VO work. "We are very pleased to be adding another Truth Broadcasting Network station, and working closely with Stu Epperson, Jr. in proclaiming His Truth to the Wasatch Range" says Pete Bunch of Spoken Word Images.   (6/20)


Chris Chicago is now the host for the radio show "Sound Of Light" airing Saturday nights 9-mid ET. Bill Scott continues to program the show as well as host "Xtreme Talk Live" on Sunday nights. (6/20)


WAY FM/Nashville Production Director Nate Thomas has resigned his position at the station to become Operations Manager for new Christian CHR WLCQ/Springfield, MA (Q 99.7). Nate will be at WLCQ starting July 1st and will continue voice tracking for CHRSN. Check out the WLCQ website at www.theq997.com.  Feel free to contact Nate at: natethomas@comcast.net.  (6/19)


BITS: Carlos Campos has resigned the Promotion Director position at Salem/Sacramento... Point Of Grace founding member Heather Payne is leaving the group after 17 years... Moody Bible Institute President Dr Michael J. Easley has resigned for medical reasons... (6/18)


Destiny Media Technologies is pleased to announce expansion into Europe with new agreements signed with Universal Music Sweden, SONY BMG Sweden and Warner Music Sweden. These major labels will utilize the Play MPE® digital delivery system to send their releases to European radio broadcasters as well as press, media and other music industry recipients.

"We have been actively testing the Play MPE® System and it has proven itself as the best digital delivery tool to meet our needs," stated Niklas Rune, Radio Marketing Manager, Universal Music Sweden. "Our clients are embracing digital delivery and they love the Play MPE® System. It is the answer for us to digitally delivery our releases to people that need it now."

"Play MPE® is excited to be working with these labels in Europe. Having three of the four majors collectively using the Play MPE® System is a testament to the success of our product. Play MPE® is the standard for digital delivery in North America and with recent expansions into Australia, New Zealand and now Europe, we are confident we will become the global standard as well," added Dean Ernst, VP of MPE Operations. (6/16)


Tim McKeever joins Denny Brownlee as co-host of the morning show at Family Life Network. McKeever has been with FLN as a producer and on-air personality for over two years. “Tim has done plenty of on-air work for us since he came on board two years ago,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life.  “Our listeners know him well, and are looking forward to hearing the same great morning show that now benefits from Tim’s unique passions, and creative, lively sense of humor.”   Prior to joining FLN McKeever served as OM of WDOE/Dunkirk, NY and WBKX/Dunkirk, NY.  (6/12)


Salem Communications has hired Jeff J. Coelho as General Manager of Salem's Hawaii stations all in Honolulu including KAIM (95.5FM), KGMZ (107.9FM), KGU (760AM), KHCM (880AM), KHCM (97.5FM), KHNR (690AM), and KHUI (99.5FM). effective June 18. Coelho spent more than 40 years in broadcasting before joining Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann's cabinet in 2005 as managing director. Coelho was General Manager of KOFY/San Francisco from 1986-1987, and in 1987, he returned to Honolulu and was manager and owner operator of stations KUMU and KAHA. Joe D. Davis, President of Salem's Radio Division, commented, "We are glad that we were able to coax Jeff back to Hawaii's radio industry. He is a thoroughly experienced broadcaster with a knowledge of the market and a depth of history in the industry that is exceptional."  (6/10)


BITS: WCHB/Detroit is now fulltime gospel (Mildred in the Morning and Inspiration All Day)...  WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) hosted The Russian Academy of Ballet’s performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella. The night began with a special Tea Party with Cinderella and wrapped up with an autograph signing session after the performance. Attendees brought shoes to support Children of the Nations effort to help orphans in Malawi. Nearly 1,000 pairs of new shoes were collected to be sent to Africa... The Family Friendly WBGL Morning Show with Jeff & Pam at WBGL/Champaign will be on the road making 5 stops throughout the summer at different cities throughout the listening area. Each event is free to listeners...  (6/10)


Universal Music Group and Destiny Media Technologies announced that they have expanded their digital media distribution services agreement to include UMG's affiliates in Canada and Mexico. Under this multi-year agreement, Destiny Media remains the primary and only company wide platform for the global distribution of UMG's pre-release digital media in North America.

"This agreement further expands UMG's ability to utilize Play MPE's® digital distribution platform which replaces the costly traditional system of delivering promotional CDs using couriers and express mail," stated Vincent Freda, UMG's Executive Vice President, Digital Logistics and Business Services. "Beyond its significant cost benefits, this system enhances our control over unauthorized copying, shortens distribution lead times, and provides superior data tracking."

"We are pleased that Universal Music Group has chosen to expand its relationship with us. We've been working with their staff since our first pilot in 2004 and we look forward to continuing to grow their usage both in and outside of the United States," added Steve Vestergaard, CEO of Destiny.  (6/9)


Family Life Ministries has promoted John Owens to the position of operations manager.  Owens joined the organization eleven years ago as PD/morning show host will continue his role at FLN as network program director in conjunction with his new responsibilities. Since joining FLN, Owens has served as co-host of “The Morning Show with John and Denny.”  In his new position, Owens will oversee program operations for Family Life Network, and also help handle publicity and promotions for other service departments affiliated with Family Life, including youth and adult ministries, community outreach, concerts, and the performing arts. “This announcement is an important part of our plan for growth and continuity,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life.  “It frees John to focus his energy and leadership skills on the day-to-day details of running a radio operation with many outlets.  Family Life is going through an exciting growth spurt, and our need for a strong management team is more important than ever before.”  Before joining Family Life, Owens was PD at WGNE/Daytona. (6/5)


Salem has promoted KLTY/Dallas GM John Peroyea to the Salem corporate position of Vice President of Operations. John will continue as GM at KLTY. John has been with Salem eight years. Senior Vice President of Operations Rob Adair commented, "John has been a comrade in battle whose radio expertise and leadership has blessed both my region and Salem beyond words. To have one of your GMs become an operational vice president is one of the most gratifying things I've ever experienced. John's a leader and a warrior. No one deserves this promotion more!" (6/5)


Once again this year HisAir.Net joins ChristianNetcast in presenting “The ChristianNetcast Peoples Choice Award”. This award is determined by station online listeners voting for their favorite station. Listeners can vote at www.christianNetcast.com or stations can put a this link (mailto:award@christiannetcast.com?subject=2008 Peoples Choice Award Vote) on their website to place their votes. (6/3)


BITS: Tennessee has a new CCM as WOEZ/Knoxville flips from easy listening calling itself "Life 88.3"... Congratulations to KJIL-KHYM/Meade, KS News Director Delvin Kinser, who was honored for excellence in news coverage and presented The First Place Enterprize Award by AP...  "Daniel Britt & Friends" features former "Florida Boys Gene McDonald on the next program which airs on XM's Enlighten Channel 34 on Monday night. (5/30)


KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) mid-day air-personality Lara Scott was honored recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award. The award was presented by Salem Media of Los Angeles Vice President/General Manager Terry Fahy, and artist Michael W. Smith, on behalf of President George Bush. Lara's nomination and selection came as a result of her tireless volunteer work with charities such Hope Gardens and Cans for Causes. Lara also initiated a radio feature and blog, titled "From the Heart," which highlights regular citizens performing extraordinary service to those in need.

Terry Fahy, Vice President/General Manager commented, "When we heard of this award, it took only moments to realize who was most deserving. Lara Scott has an amazing testimony and really lives her life to help others every day...on and off the air. I was thrilled to participate in her selection and present her with this once-in-a-lifetime honor."  (5/30)


Dan Raines and Jim Houser, managers of Steven Curtis Chapman released this statement today regarding the horrible accident killing Maria Chapman. "These have been dark and trying days of deep sadness. The Chapman family is struggling with grief and wrestling to come to terms with the new normal.  It will be a long road.  And yet, we want you to know that we see them holding on to the truth of Gospel, just as we hope we would, just as you expect they might. It is not a false strength, nor a false hope. It is authentic sorrow and true belief simultaneously.  Steven, Mary Beth and the entire Chapman extended family has asked that we thank each of you who have prayed for this family. They are overwhelmed with your good care and an unearthly strength to carry on that they believe is from your prayers sustaining them."  Your condolences do comfort and if you’ve not yet had the opportunity to drop a note and “meet Maria” through a short video clip posted, you're encouraged you to visit the In Memory of Maria at StevenCurtisChapman.com.  (5/30)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) announces it has chosen ChristianNetcast as the exclusive provider of streaming for Pillar of Fire Ministries. ChristianNetcast VP David Palmer says "WAWZ chose ChristianNetcast for its reliability and dependable network. This upcoming year ChristianNetcast will celebrate its 10th anniversary in business and serving ministries. We now provide streaming for over 500 Christian radio stations and ministries world wide and is excited about the partnership with Star 99.1” For more info on ChristianNetcast go here (5/29)


Major Christian Record Labels including Curb, EMI, CMG, INO, Integrity, Provident, and Word have signed agreements or renewals with Destiny Media Technologies to use Play MPE® to digitally deliver pre-release music to radio. "Play MPE® is the sole standard of digital delivery for the Christian format," said Dean Ernst, VP of MPE Operations. "This format is a great example of how an industry can move from physical CD to digital when it is done in an organized and collective manner. We are grateful for the continued support and thank both labels and radio for making us the clear and only choice for digital delivery." 

Brian Dishon, VP National Promotions, Provident Label Group, remarks "Sometimes it's scary how technology can change our behavior in such a large-scale way without us even being aware that it is happening so efficiently or so quickly.  This is the case with Play MPE®, and it is a good thing!” According to Dishon, Play MPE® has changed the way they do business. “We used to have to manufacture a CD and wait 30 days to ship a single out to radio. Just last week we were delivered a mastered single around 2 pm and it was in the system and sent to radio by 4 pm and we had an ‘add’ on the song the following morning!"

Derek Jones, VP Promotional Marketing, Word Label Group also gives kudos to the system. "We love PLAY MPE®! It has revolutionized the way we deliver music to radio...quick and quality downloads that are safe and secure!"

Play MPE® is the only system to deliver HD audio from source to destination at high download speeds without conversion to a lower quality format such as WMA. Radio stations receive the latest music instantly without sacrificing audio quality. Play MPE® has become the delivery standard for Christian radio with 100% of Christian reporting radio stations installed with the system. (5/28)


Salem announces that Danny Bortnick has been appointed Director of Sales of WMCA/New York and WWDJ/New York. Prior to joining Salem Communications, Bortnick served as interactive Sales Manager for CBS Radio-owned All News 1010 WINS/New York. Prior to joining CBS, he was an Account Manager with Christal Radio in New York and Atlanta.  (5/28)


MOVEMENT: KTSL/Spokane PD Beau Tyler exits... ShareMedia Services has established an affiliation with Polaris Fundraising Worldwide to meet donor development needs of non-commercial religious broadcasters, domestically and abroad... Zomba Gospel Sr. Director National Sales Mark Michel promoted to VP/National sales and Damon Williams is now Sr. Director Marketing... (5/27)


Spoken Word Images, Inc. has once again signed on provide the VO for radio spots and the national television special for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "It is humbling and such an honor to serve our Lord through BGEA's amazing ministries, says Pete Bunch."  The broadcast will in June. To view the promo click here www.billygraham.org/tv .  (5/27)


HisAir.Net is very sad to report  Maria Chapman, the five-year-old daughter of Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday when she was struck by a car on the singer's property outside of Nashville.  According to Tennessean.com, the SUV was driven by Chapman's teenage son, who did not see his sister as he pulled into the driveway.  The girl was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital where her death was confirmed.  Maria was one of three girls that Steven and his wife Mary Beth adopted from China.  No charges are expected to be filed. Chapman was recently in China with his band, where he continues to champion international efforts for orphans. Please keep the Chapman family in prayer during this difficult time. (5/22)


Catholic network Relevant Radio has named Tom Vorpahl as CEO. Vorpahl takes over June 2 replacing Trish Leurck, who recently decided to relocate to meet personal commitments. She'll remain in a consulting role. The nonprofit Relevant Radio owns and operates 16 stations, most in the Midwest, and has 23 network affiliates for its lineup of Catholic-oriented news and talk programming. (5/22)


Scott Veigel has resigned his position as PD/mornings at KXWA/Denver (WAY FM). His last day will be May 23rd.  Scott tells HisAir.Net "I will have the privilege of taking it easy for awhile, spend time with my boys and prepare for what God has next." He can be reached at veigonair@gmail.com. If interested in filling this position jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page. (5/20)


WAY-FM Senior Vice President Dusty Rhodes has announced that marketing and broadcasting veteran Jerry Grimes is joining WAY-FM Media Group as their Donor Marketing Director.  After serving as GM of WMHK/Columbia for the past 3 years Grimes will move to WAY-FM's corporate office in Colorado Springs and help lead the strategy and tactics of their donor initiatives group wide.  He begins with WAY-FM in early July. In announcing his selection of Grimes, Rhodes said, "Jerry has a long and successful track record in marketing and donor development. Combine that with his leadership in radio and his solid understanding of biblical stewardship, and I am very excited about his contribution to WAY-FM's future growth." (5/16)


PLG Senior Director Promotions Brian Dishon has been promoted to VP National Promotions at the label. According to PLG Senior. VP Marketing Ben Howard "He structured a department amid a rapidly changing business environment and successfully built a professional promotions team. He has also contributed greatly at the strategic level of the label. Brian has exceeded my expectations in his first year with us." Brian joined PLG in March 2007 and previously worked for Sparrow Records as well as EMI CMG. He started his career in radio at WONU/Chicago.  (5/15)


CHANGES: James & John in the morning expand their show to three hours on Moody Radio South/Tuscaloosa... WBDX/Chattanooga night jock Kendall Payne is no longer Production Director but still doing night show... (5/15)


Brickhouse Direct is offering a free report on succeeding in the new digital space of music marketing to GMA attendees.  The special report, Eight Strategies for Digital Marketing Success contains case studies and examples from many in the gospel and contemporary Christian music industry. Just click www.brickhouseweb.com to download your free copy. (5/13)


“Word and Worship Weekly,” hosted by veteran Christian radio personality and Bible League’s media specialist, Scott Thunder, is now in 250 markets. Launched in 2007, in an effort to fill a void in nationally-syndicated praise and worship radio programs, the program was specifically designed to edify, empower, and encourage listeners with God’s Word and modern worship songs.
“We praise God for the growth of the radio ministry, but more importantly we praise God for purpose of the show,” says Thunder. “It is intentionally designed not to entertain, but to minister to listeners with God’s Word and song.”  For more information about Bible League’s radio ministry go to www.w3show.org  or call toll-free at 866-825-4636.  (5/13)


Changes at EMF Broadcasting as K-LOVE's early afternoon team "Scott & Kelli" shifts to mornings on AIR1 effective May 12 replacing Eric & Coppelia. Eric Allen comes off the air and becomes EMF Assistant Director of Programming and Coppelia will now be heard in the 9a-2p shift. Sterling moves to afternoons as JD Chandler moves to a shift on K-LOVE.  (5/12)


The Real: Inside the Music, Outside the Norm, a new program for Christian radio will lainch later this month. Hosted by Shimmy, The Real is a program that seeks to discover the real person behind the imaging of an artist and their music, going deeper to make a lasting connection with listeners. Show host Shimmy says “It’s easy for fans to feel as if the Christian artists they love are in a different league than themselves.  But artists are really just everyday people that hope, fear, and dream about the same things we do. Faith-filled vulnerability and humor is the bridge that I want to offer people with this show.  It is a place for fans to get to know artists in a whole new way.” AmpedCreative, is partnering with Shimmy to help syndicate The Real on a national level.  Says Ken Farley, President, “When Shimmy shared his vision for The Real  with me,  I knew right away that it was something that AmpedCreative would want to get behind and support.  I thoroughly believe that if radio is going to continue to be relevant, we have got to provide compelling content that captures listeners’ attention, engages them in the conversation, and has them coming back for more. 

The Real will launch the end of May in the form of five two-minute segments that can be aired as daily vignettes or as an hour-long weekly show. Check out www.experiencethereal.com and contact Ken Farley at (615) 331-0736 to add The Real to your programming lineup.  (5/12)


Sad to report that Gospel singer-songwriter legend "Dottie" Rambo died early Sunday when the tour bus she was in ran off a road in southwest Missouri and struck an embankment. Rambo has had more than 2,500 published songs, including gospel classics such as "He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need" and the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, "We Shall Behold Him."

"Dottie was one of the most prolific songwriters the gospel music community has ever seen," said John Styll, president and CEO of the Gospel Music Association. "She was a friendly, fun person who I think people are really going to miss on a human level." Rambo's new album Sheltered is still scheduled to be released this summer, according to her management. "She was what I call an original," said gospel singer Bill Gaither. "She was unlike anyone else I knew. She was truly a poet and a dear friend. This will be a big loss."  (5/12)


Christian VO talent Justin Taylor checks in with HisAir.Net to say a group he's involved with is hitting the highways in the United States over the next 26 days in continuous prayer on their motorcycles. With the pending November 2008 Presidential elections and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the bikers will pray for the country and its military. During their travels, they will pray for the country at every mile-marker, at each corner of the USA, and on the steps of the US Capitol. This is a strictly non-partisan and non-denominational endeavor. The approximately 11,000-mile route takes the riders to the 4 Corners of the USA. The trip originates in Orlando. For more info visit http://www.4corners4prayer.com/  (5/12)


STUFF: PLG has named Alisha McArthur to the labels Director Publicity. She has been with PLG for six years as a publicist. In addition PLG has promoted Jody Gray to Retail & International marketing Coordinator...   Pete Schiecke is now AOL Radio Programming Director including their three Christian formats...  (5/12)


ARB Winter '08 12+ released today include: KPEZ/Austin down 2.2-1.8, WJQK/Grand Rapids down 3.0-2.4, KKSP/Little Rock down 1.3-1.1, KBIQ/Colorado Springs up 4.2-4.9.   (5/8)


Salem Communications announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2008. First quarter 2008 results compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2007:  Total revenue decreased 1.3% to $54.5 million from $55.2 million; Operating income increased 9.9% to $12.9 million from $11.8 million, Net income increased to $5.0 million, or $0.21 net income diluted share, from $3.0 million, or $0.12 net income per diluted share; Broadcasting: Net broadcasting revenue decreased 3.2% to $48.4 million from $49.9 million; Station operating income ("SOI") decreased 9.1% to $16.2 million from $17.9 million.  (5/8)


Dan Brantley has joined WMBU/Lake, MS (89.1 Moody Radio South) in a public relations position. Dan is an ordained minister having served primarily in bi-vocational music ministry with his wife Linda who is also an accomplished musician. Together they have extensive experience in leading music in church services, revivals, civic clubs, holiday musicals, and many special town events. (5/7)


ARB Winter '08 12+ released today include: KKFS/Sacramento down 1.5-1.3, WFFH/Nashville up 1.9-2.0, WDJC/Birmingham down 5.3-3.6, KAIM/Honolulu down 2.7-2.2, KGBI/Omaha up 2.3-2.6, KFIS/Portland down 3.2-3.1.   (5/6)


WJIS/Sarasota (The Joy FM) afternoon personality Jayar says the "Cellphone Superstar" promotion is down to the final five contestants/singers. Qualifying was done online and registrants had to pick up their phone when Jayar called. So far listeners have sang while at Seaworld, while driving, while in a bowling alley and a woman sang in the freezer isle at Winn Dixie!  Winner gets a trip to Spirit West Coast in San Diego, and then in July they will sing a song before Matthew West hits the stage at Freedom Fest in Tampa. The Joy FM listeners will vote for the winner. Go here to keep up to date with the promotion. (5/6)


KFSH/Los Angeles PD Chuck Tyler checks in with some of the strongest numbers in station history! Winter '08 ARB numbers for 95.9 The Fish in Orange County. Women 25-54 AQH three book trend shows KFSH moving 3.2/3.4/3.9 That's a #5 ranking for English language stations! Adults 25-54 Mon-Sun, 6a-mid-AQH Share three book trend for 2.0/2.6/2.9 That's good for #8 English language stations! Out of over 50 stations!

Also in mornings the new "Family Friendly Morning Show with Bobby Shaw and Reba Toney" just launched in late Summer 07 Women 25-54 Mon-Friday, 5a-9a-AQH Share three book trend 2.9/2.8/4.2. Number 6 ranking English language stations! Adults 25-54 Mon-Friday, 5a-9a-AQH Share three book trend 1.5/2.7/3.1. Midday/office listening with Lara Scott has increased as well women 25-54 Mon-Friday, 10a-3p-AQH Share the three book trend shows 3.3/2.7/3.7. Adults 25-54 Mon-Friday, 10a-3p-AQH Share three book trend 1.9/2.0/2.4 That's a #9 ranking for English language stations! Congratulations to Chuck and his staff at KFSH!  (5/5)


WCQR/Gray, TN. and King College, Bristol, TN, are partnering together for the College Hero Promotion. One local civil servant will have the opportunity to finish their education, and receive a Bachelor's degree from King College's Adult Degree Completion Program, tuition-free.  "The men and women of our Armed Forces, Police, Fire, EMS, and other service organizations are always on the front lines, giving their all. Many have put their education on hold to answer the call of duty," said, Chalmer Harper, WCQR PD. "We wanted to offer this life-changing opportunity as a way to say, 'thank you' for their service and sacrifice." (5/5)


Green Eye Creative’s Tim Sinclair has been chosen to host an upcoming travel series being produced for Discovery HD Theater.  The program, called “Takin’ the Back Roads”, is being produced by Pittsburgh-based Full Circle Entertainment Group, Sinclair was chosen from hundreds of candidates after a nationwide search. “Takin’ the Back Roads” is slated for thirteen 30-minute episodes which will chronicle a six week, 4,000 mile cross-country journey beginning in St. Augustine, Florida and ending near San Diego, California. Sinclair has also begun negotiations with Full Circle Entertainment Group to co-write, co-produce and host another travel series for the company tentatively called “From Mars to Earth by Way of Jupiter”.  (5/5)


More 12+ Winter 09 ARB numbers released including WFSH/Atlanta up 2.6-2.8, KCMS/Seattle down 3.8-3.4, WCVO/Columbus down 3.4-2.9, .  (5/5)


WHCF/Bangor PD Joe Polek checks in with HisAir.Net to say he welcomes radio veteran Marc Tischart to their team as the Information Systems/ Production Director for WHCF and WHMX. And after raising $500,000 during their Fall Sharathon (Nov 2007), WHCF raised another $60,000 in one-time gifts this past week during their Transmitter Reduction Debt Drive. (5/2)

 

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