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WLAB Update: The sealed bids were opened today which included a bid from current WLAB staff members who have formed a company and have submitted an offer under a separate 501c3 entity. How many bids were submitted is unknown. A committee will review the offers that came in and they will be presented to the BOD of the Indiana District-LCMS next month. (4/28)  



Family Life Network (FLN) has changed the call letters for its station in Du Bois, Pennsylvania from WDBA-FM (107.3) to WCOH-FM (107.3). WCOH is FLN’s most powerful radio station, operating at 50,000 watts of power and reaching a potential listenership of approximately 300,000 people. The station reaches Pennsylvania residents living in Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, and Jefferson counties. No format changes have been made. WCOH also can be heard in portions of Armstrong, Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Centre, and McKean counties.  “We care deeply that those listening to broadcasts on Family Life Network experience a message of hope that impacts their lives,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life. “The new WCOH call-letters, Where Christ Offers Hope, speaks to that very purpose.”  (4/27)


The 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards are history as GMA Music Week wrapped up in Nashville.  Singer/songwriter Brandon Heath and worship band Casting Crowns grabbed the most awards.  Steven Curtis Chapman was honored as Artist of the Year and Tenth Avenue North received the Dove Award for New Artist which for the first time were voted on by both the gospel/Christian music industry and fans.

The Dove's were televised live on the Gospel Music Channel and held at the Grand Ole Opry House. A complete list of all winners is available here.  (4/24)


New Christian station CJTK/Elliot Lake (102.5 FM) officially went on the air in Northern Ontario last week. The station’s programming will include soft contemporary Christian and gospel music as well as talk format programming, says Rob Ambrose, CJTK’s vice-president of broadcasting and development. (4/24)


Former KGBI/Omaha morning personality Roger Manning suffered a heart attack while at a pastors conference in Sioux Falls. Roger was let go last week as was KGBI PD Melody Miller. KFIS/Portland PD Dave Arthur tells HisAir.Net that he spoke with Roger and he told him doctors were to insert a stent on Friday morning and hope to send him back home to rest in Omaha over the weekend.  Please pray for Roger's speedy recovery as he waits to hear where God will direct him next in his career. (4/24)


WFHM/Cleveland (95.5 THE Fish) Music Director/Midday host Gina Hart has been let go by the station due to cutbacks. Gina had been with the station for 6 years in multiple capacities and had consistently the highest rating on the station. You can reach Gina at gina@ginahart.net. (4/23)


BITS: More Salem cuts as WFHM/Cleveland (95.5 The Fish) promotion director Kristine Lane is cut loose after 3 years with the station... WLAB/Ft Wayne (star 88.3) is for sale, watch local TV newstory here... KSLR/San Antonio talk show host Adam McManus delivered a powerful speech and prayer at the city's Tea party last week, view his prayer here... (4/21)


The WAYM/Nashville (88.7 WAY FM)  staff reacted swiftly on the afternoon of tragic storms that damaged over a hundred homes, injured 40 people, and killed a mother and her 9-week-old baby in Murfreesboro.   Murf phoned one another to begin formulating a response plan. By the next morning, the programming team was on the air with a special request to listeners.  For one week, WAY-FM’s studios in Cool Springs and Blackman United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro would serve as drop-off points for new and slightly-used gift cards.  Many listeners still had gift cards from Christmas and were asked to give those to the people in need. WAY-FM’s collected over $2300 in in gift card value at the Skillet concert this past Saturday.

88.7 WAY-FM operations director Jeff Brown says, “I was pleasantly surprised at the response we received.  Sometimes you just never know whether an idea will connect.  This one definitely did.  We easily received more than twice the value in gift cards I thought we would.  Our listeners deserve all the credit for this.  They really came through.” (4/21)



T
he Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has begun running a new daily, 60-minute program featuring world-renowned Bible teachers on FamilyNet Radio, heard on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 161. The new program, “Billy Graham Presents: An Evening at The Cove will run Monday through Friday, 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern. The program features leading Bible teachers from the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C., excerpts from classic Billy Graham or Franklin Graham sermons, and updates on current BGEA ministry outreach. “The Cove has a long-standing reputation for providing some of the most powerful in-depth Bible teaching in the country,” said Jim Kirkland, director of radio for the BGEA. “We are excited to see what God will do through this compelling content as it reaches the listeners of satellite radio.”

The new program is the second BGEA debut this year on satellite radio. In January, the weekly “Billy Graham Classics” program began also on FamilyNet Radio, airing each Sunday, 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern.  (4/21)


The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the recipients of the GMA Special Awards, according to John W. Styll, president and CEO of the GMA. “We congratulate each of the deserving recipients and are grateful for the role they each play in furthering GMA’s mission of exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music,” said Styll.

The Rob Gregory Award is given for major contributions made to the community through the medium of radio. This year the Award is presented to Melissa Montana and WLAB/ Ft. Wayne, Ind.  WLAB/Ft. Wayne, Ind. Star 88.3 has been a part of the Fort Wayne community for 21 years and continues to make a difference by giving listeners a chance to ‘get involved.’ General Manager and mid-day host, Melissa Montana, is celebrating 20 years with the station.

The Scott Campbell Radio Award honors outstanding efforts and contributions in broadcasting. Grant Hubbard VP, National Promotions, EMI Christian Music Group, is honored with this award for 2009. This industry veteran has always had a passion to grow and shape the format, knowing its true value.  The Impact Award is presented to the non-artist individual or organization that has made the most significant impact on the gospel music industry over the last two or three years.  The 2009 Impact Award goes to Premier Productions/Winter Jam. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes major contributions to the gospel music industry through a company’s commitment to the Christian community for 20 or more years. This year the award is presented to Singing News Magazine. The Outstanding Mainstream Contribution to Gospel Music Award is given to the person or entity outside of the Christian music industry that has helped bring gospel music to a wider audience. This year’s honoree is Tom Joyner, host of nationally syndicated radio show “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”  The Grady Nutt Humor Award is presented to a faith-based comedian who uses his or her talents for the cause of Jesus Christ. This year’s Award is given to George W. Bush impersonator John Morgan. The International Award honors a performer or organization from outside of the U.S. that has made an impact not just in his or her own country, but on the world at large. The 2009 award recipient is Integrity Music Latin recording artist Aline Barros.  (4/21)


Exiting Salem stations: KKFS/Sacramento mornings Gina Miles, KGBI/Omaha PD Melody Miller, and KAIM/Honolulu air talent Dave Lancaster.  (4/20)


Great Plains Christian Radio just added their seventh full power radio station, KHEV/Fairview, OK which is just outside of Enid. The station will rebroadcast programming from their inspirational station, KHYM/Mead which is under the direction of Station Manager, Glenn Hascall.  Great Plains Christian Radio also has forty translators. The flagship station is KJIL/Mead.  President, CEO Don Hughes said they are trying to add several new stations to take their programming to more people in order to make it through the recession.  KHEV was the second full-power station they have added since the recession hit full force.  They presently have CPs for four more full powered stations and three translators. (4/20)


WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) PD and morning guy, Kurt Wallace ends his 180 mile daily commute from Indianapolis, to help launch the return of local Christian radio in Indianapolis. On June 15th, WHZN (88.3 The Walk) hits the airwaves in Indy.  Wallace will program the station and host the morning show.  

According to Kurt "I've learned a lot about my 1997 Nissan Maxima over the past year and a half. When you drive 900 miles a week, you get sorta attached! I've also learned that STAR 93.3 has a great group of people who worked very hard over the past year to take the station to the next level. With the rebranding to STAR 93.3 and a intense focus on reaching the target demo, the station has increased listenership and revenue and is poised for someone to take it to higher heights! Someone much more qualified than me!"  Wallace will continue to voice track for WAKW.

According to WHZN GM Bill Goodrich, "88.3 The Walk, will feature sound biblical teaching, and Christ-centered music, with local involvement that ultimately points listeners to Jesus." The station is an outreach of Horizon Christian Fellowship of Indianapolis. Look for the station on the web soon at www.883thewalk.org.  (4/17)


BITS: Bob Souer exits his producer position at Billy Graham Evangelistic Association... Dr Paul Nyquist has been named at Moody Bible Institute... Congrats to INO artists Addison Road members Jenny and Ryan Simmons on the birth of a baby girl... (4/17)


Dial Global has teamed up with Christian FM Networks for the Christian FM 24-hour Contemporary Christian Music format for network radio. Already on board are KKSP/Little Rock and WSCF/Vero Beach. Like Dial Global Local’s other branded formats, Christian FM uses the proprietary STORQ hardware/software platform. STORQ allows affiliates to receive up to five custom local breaks per hour in real time in their network feed, with local content going to network announcers through a web interface. Christian FM Networks President Jon Hamilton commented, “We are delighted to work with the industry leader Dial Global on this new format, which will allow local Christian stations to maintain a strong local identity while providing a top quality sound. This agreement will bring important new technology to Christian broadcasting and allow the CCM format to continue its explosive growth.”

Dial Global President/Programming Kirk Stirland added, "Jon and his team at Christian FM are uniquely qualified to bring this format to life nationally, and our STORQ platform is ideal for this application." The Florida based Christian FM Networks has operated CCM formatted stations for 20 years. The agreement reached today with Dial Global provides Christian FM Networks with exclusive access to Dial Global technology and delivery systems. Dial Global is radio's largest full-service, independent radio network, providing national advertising sales representation to over 200 radio programs and networks in addition to Dial Global's own programming and services. Including the Jones Digital Formats and the Dial Global Digital 24/7 Network, Dial Global Programming now produces and syndicates approximately 100 music programs and prep services in a variety of formats to more than 6,000 radio stations nationwide. The Christian FM format will be made available by Christian FM Networks to commercial and non-commercial stations for fees, barter or both. For more information, contact Jon Hamilton (jhamilton@christianfm.net)  (4/17)


Gabriel Martin one of the founders of Houston's first Hispanic Christian radio station, died Monday. He was 76. Martin also was a prime mover in the creation of radio station KHCB, “Radio Amistad,” and for some years was the station’s program director.  (4/17)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) welcomed record crowds this past Sunday to its 32nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service at SeaWorld, hosted by Z88.3’s morning show hosts Ellis and Tyler.  Over 6500 people attended, filling the Atlantis Bayside Stadium and the stadium’s overflow seating. 

This year’s guest speaker was actress and author Lisa Whelchel.  Best known for her role as Blair Warner on the hit NBC series “The Facts of Life,”  Fervent Recording artist Big Daddy Weave provided worship.

“We had ideal weather, a spectacular sunrise, powerful worship and an inspiring message,” said Z88.3 President Jim Hoge.  “It really was just the perfect way to honor our Savior and reach out in ministry at the same time.” (4/14)


Arbitron Winter 2009 phase 2 AQH 12+: KBIQ/Colorado Springs 5.1... (4/14)


Genevieve Nelson, who spent a half-century cultivating Christian broadcasting in the Alaska Interior, died on Easter Sunday following a stroke. She was 85. Nelson and her late husband, Don, founded KJNP/North Pole, the call letters stood for King Jesus North Pole, in 1967. With a tract of donated land in North Pole and a 10,000-watt AM radio station, they began a four-decade journey to spread Jesus’ word to local listeners.

“I’ve never seen anyone more dedicated to that purpose than her,” said Julie Beaver, a KJNP employee since 1981. “That was her life.” (4/14)


2009 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Radio Station of the Year awards go to:

Major Market
WPOZ – Orlando, Fla. – Dean O’Neal, Station Manager

Large Market
WMHK – Columbia, S.C. – John Owens, Station Manager

Medium Market
WRCM – Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill, N.C./S.C. – Joe Paulo, Station Manager

Small Market
WLAB – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Melissa Montana, Station Manager

All four winning stations this year are Goodratings client stations, this is a first as far as we know. Congratulations to John Frost and Alan Mason as well as the staffs of all these stations.

The winners will be acknowledged during the GMA Dove Awards’ broadcast. (4/13)


BITS: Jon Rivers tells HisAir.Net he will soon be returning to mornings at KLOVE... WLAB/Ft Wayne (Star 88.3) named GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters small market of the year, and WLAB GM Melissa Montana honored with the '09 Rob Gregory Award... EMF President Mike Novak has been elected to the NAB Board of Directors... "CoCo Brother Live" from Syndication One debuts April 10 and will be heard weeknights at 10pm ET... (4/10)


WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light) has hired former Survivor: China contestant Leslie Nease as host of mid-afternoon program Real Life with Leslie Nease. As host, Leslie plays encouraging Christian music and discusses “real life” issues with listeners. “Leslie has the sort of elevating personality that’s just golden for radio,” said Jim Kirkland, executive director of 106.9 The Light. “More importantly, Leslie is a true ambassador of Jesus Christ, which she showed powerfully while on Survivor and which she continues to live out daily. We’re blessed to have Leslie on our team and I believe our listeners will be as well.”

As a contestant on CBS’ reality show Survivor: China in 2007, Nease in one episode walked out of a ceremony in a Buddhist temple because it felt like worship to her. “You know, I’m not a religious person, but I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. And the only time I’m going to put my face on the floor is for Him,” she said, in front of the primetime show’s millions of viewers. Nease was eliminated from the contest after nine days, but said the experience changed her for the better.   Nease’s previous radio experience included WRCM/Charlotte from 2004 to 2008.  (4/9)


WBSN/New Orleans (LifeSongs 89.1) wrapped up their Spring 2009 Share-a-thon on Thursday, April 9th before 4PM, with 2 hours to spare! Over 1200 WBSN listeners exceeded the goal of $247,000 to fund the ministry for another six months. Thanks to the American Bible Society, a bible will be distributed in the New Orleans community in the name of each person who pledged during WBSN's Spring 2009 Share-a-thon. (4/9)


Veteran Christian records promotion rep Brian Thiele is joining Word Entertainment as Senior Director of National Promotion. “We are incredibly excited to have Brian Thiele join our team at Word,” says Andrea Kleid, VP of National Promotion at Word Entertainment. “I am extremely proud of the team we have in place and am confident that the experience Brian will bring to our team will play a vital role in growing our relationships with radio.  There is an exciting momentum happening inside our company that is spilling out into our industry, and we’re thrilled to have Brian on board for the ride.”

"It is an honor to be joining this great team,” says Brian Thiele.  “I am excited about the roster of artists at Word and the recent success stories at radio." Brian’s first day at Word will be Monday, April 13.  The Word National Promotion Team now consists of: Andrea Kleid, Brian Thiele, Kenny Rodgers and Ruthanne White. (4/7)


Goodratings Strategic Services has announced that former WAY-FM national program director Dave Senes and former KSJB/Houston Program Director Chuck Pryor are joining their programming team.  John Frost says, “Dave Senes is one of the brightest and most strategic minds in the industry.  Alan and I are thrilled to have him join our team to spearhead several important projects.  To be able to team Dave up with Chuck as new members of the team is a dream.”   Alan Mason says, "Both Chuck and Dave are the world-class type of broadcaster we've become known for.  Their skills and ability to look forward to the future of radio are invaluable in a time of turmoil such as this."  

One of Dave’s initial projects for Goodratings will be to oversee and consult the production of “Don Moen and Friends”, a soon to be launched weekend Praise and Worship music show hosted by Don Moen, the world’s most renowned American worship leader.  Dave and Chuck were recently the recipients of program director of the year honors by Christian Music Broadcasters and the GMA.   (4/6)


 Arbitron Winter 2009 phase 2 AQH 12+:  KAIM/Honolulu 3.2... WDJC/Birmingham 3.2... WFFH/Nashville 3.6...  (4/3)


WGCQ/Hayti, MO (94.9FM) completed it's move from Ripley, TN with a flip in format to God's Country. The station, owned by EMF, commenced programming Wednesday in the new market.  (4/3)


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) midday personality Beth Bacall will receive the Go Red For Women “Woman of Distinction” Award in the category of education, non-profit or community/civic. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with the American Heart Association to educate women and their families about heart disease” said Bacall. “It is very humbling to be a part of such an outstanding organization.” The Go Red For Women “Woman of Distinction” Award celebrates the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement while recognizing New Jersey women making sustained, unique or extraordinary efforts to improve the community, that nurture, support and advance women’s issues, serve as a role model to women, and promote a healthy lifestyle for or among women.  (4/1)


James Riley announces he will launch an independent radio and marketing promotions company called "Riley Promotions" based in Nashville this month. James is a 16-year industry vet and is currently Word Label Group Sr. Dir./National Promotions. "I'm excited to serve artists by utilizing radio airplay to promote them on the local retail and touring levels," according to James. "I will pursue all opportunities of exposure at radio and not only focus on the broad national airplay." (4/1)


Family Life Network (FLN) will broadcast its semi-annual Sharathon, a three-day fundraiser hosted on Family Life radio stations, on April 2, 3, and 4 airing each day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on it's 68 radio stations. On Saturday, April 3, Family Life will welcome one of the best-known radio voices in Southern Gospel music, Paul Heil, to the fundraising event.  Beginning at 9:00 am, Paul Heil of The Gospel Greats will interview with FLN radio crew and be available throughout the morning to meet with public visitors.  (4/1)


Arbitron Winter 2009 phase 2 AQH 12+: WAKW/Cincinnati 2.5... WORD/Pittsburgh 1.3... KCMS/Seattle 3.0... WFHM/Cleveland 2.1...WRBS/Baltimore 1.8...  (3/31)


EMF president/CEO Mike Novak released this statement today regarding the departure of Jon and Sherry Rivers from the K-LOVE morning show. He says the decision was made so the couple could "attend to family issues." Novak made a Monday morning on air announcement, "K-LOVE announced today, that sadly a decision has been made to discontinue the Morning Show featuring Jon and Sherry Rivers. Jon and Sherry need this time to attend to family issues. It is our privilege and honor to have shared the past seven plus years with Jon and Sherry anchoring the morning show on K-LOVE. They mean so much to not only our immediate K-LOVE family, but to the millions of listeners like you that tune in each and every week. Our prayers are with Jon, Sherry and Lexi as they attend to family issues; we ask that you would respect their privacy during this time.  (3/30)


Central Ohio responded to keep WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) fully funded for the next six months during the radio station’s Spring 2009 Fundraiser.  Over 2,400 donations were made during the week of March 23 causing the on-air fundraiser to end six and a half hours early.  104.9 the River’s Program Director, Todd Stach says, “We really tried to be less planned and more focused on God being in control.  It was a refreshing surprise that God chose to provide like He did in the midst of this economy.” (3/30)


Salem has had to make some tough decisions recently to control costs during this economic downturn. Read the story from Pacific Coast Business Times. Click here.  (3/30)


KTIB/Thibodaux (outside New Orleans) has been sold by Gap Broadcasting to Faith Broadcasting Corp. of Louisiana for $700,000. No word on any format changes. (3/30)


SHOCKER: Jon and Sherry Rivers have departed mornings at K-LOVE. No other details are available at this time. (3/28)


Mark Orlando joins WHPZ/South Bend (The Pulse) for afternoon drive starting March 30. He replaces Cody Collier. (3/27)


HisAir.Net is sad to report the passing of WNNL/Richmond (103.9 The Light) on air personality Sonya Hamm at the young age of 49. Sonya Hamm had a long career in Christian radio broadcasting spanning more than twenty years including experience in Atlanta. Additionally she was a the owner of SH Multimedia a provider of nationwide broadcasting and media services. (3/27)


Arbitron Feb 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WFSH/Atlanta 543,000... WVFJ/Atlanta 196,300... WMUZ/detroit 202,3000... WAVA/Wash DC 147,700... WGTS/Wash DC 435,300... (3/26)


KLRC/Fayetteville has been selected as a finalist for the National Association of Broadcaster’s Crystal Award for Community Service. "This nomination is a reflection of the heart of our listeners and the soul of this radio station,” said Mark Michaels, KLRC program director.  “Pouring ourselves into loving our neighbors is what we do!  And while it's really encouraging to be recognized at this level, the greatest reward comes in knowing we have done what we were created to do.  If one person realizes that God loves them through our efforts, it's all worth it!" (3/26)


WHJT/Jackson, MS (Star 93.5) celebrates it's 20th year on the air this week.  The station is owned by Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. "The very fact that WHJT is still around and stronger than ever is a testament to God's faithfulness and MC's heart," said Traci Maughon, director of radio operations.  Russ Robinson was the first disc jockey on the station two decades ago and is still waking up Central Mississippi on "Russ and Traci" in the morning. "But it was because of his vision that we are a Christian station now," Maughon said. "MC offers us stability that some of our colleagues don't have."  The station is thanking listeners all week by giving away numerous prizes. (3/26)


Arbitron Feb 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WONU/Chicago 55,900, WMBI/Chicago 364,100, KLTY/Dallas 900,700, KCBI/Dallas 182.900, KVTT/Dallas 98,600, KWRD/Dallas 73,900, KSBJ/Houston 662,200, KFSH/Los Angeles 434,800, KKLA/Los Angeles 253,400, KWVE/Santa Ana 225,700, KSGN/Riverside 128,300, KLRD/San Bernardino 79,000,  WAWZ/New York 366,100, WMCA/New York 196,500... (3/25)


KXOJ/Tulsa morning show host Craig West has launched his own show prep serviced designed specifically for formats trying to "keep it clean" for listeners. The service, called Clean Start Radio is open for a one-week free-trial beginning Wednesday, March 25th through Tuesday March 31st. "Over the years I've become increasingly tired of throwing out 75% or more of the show prep I would get from other services " says Craig, "So I'm putting one together that I myself would want to use, and hopefully you as well!"

"In short, it will feature clean, topical, humorous show prep pulled from daily life and current events.  CSR will also have produced bits for you and listener calls to accent particular discussions and get your own phones blinkin'." The service provides an easy-to-read blog like interface to allow quick searches of previous material as well as the day's new material along with pre-viewable audio and fast downloads of high quality mp3 files for integration into your own show.

The market-exclusive service is on a first-come, first serve basis and is not available for networks or Satellite formats. The service is available at www.cleanstartradio.com. After the free trial subscriptions begin April 1st for $29.95 per month. (3/24)


BITS: EMF Broadcasting and Family Life Broadcasting do a station swap with KFRI/Stanton, TX (AIR1) and $175,000 and KFLB/Odessa... Jason Hurst joins KDUV/Visalia as air personality...  (3/24)


Chambers Flat, Australia, has a new Christian radio station. Vision Chambers Flat 87.6 FM went on the air March 19, and is the 350th relay station for the Vision Radio Network, the national broadcasting arm of United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) Australia. ‘’We’re excited to be able to extend our coverage into Chambers Flat and give everyone the opportunity to experience a really different radio choice,’’ says Vision’s chief executive officer Ian Worby. ‘’Our aim is to bring hope and encouragement to our listeners though a mix of contemporary music and positive talk programs. Vision offers the best Christian music from Australia and overseas in an adult contemporary format as well as bringing practical talk on real life issues from our team and respected international speakers. Vision is about ‘Connecting Faith to Life’.

For a full list of the stations, visit http://www.ucb.com.au  (3/20)


The FCC has issued a $20,000 notice of apparent liability to Power Radio Corp., licensee of  KXPW-LP/Georgetown, TX, (Power FM 106.7) saying the station "willfully and repeatedly broadcast prohibited advertisements."  The FCC received a complaint in 2003 that KXPW was broadcasting prohibited underwriting announcements, and sent an inquiry to Power Radio. It then received further allegations that the station had aired underwriting announcements in 2004.

PRC admitted that it aired the announcements in question many times in 2003 and 2004, and said it tried to revise them to meet FCC guidelines. Now the FCC says it has reviewed the record and that the announcements, made on behalf of for-profit entities "apparently exceed what is permissible" under the law. Power Radio has 30 days to pay the fine or appeal. (3/20)


WLFS/Savannah (His Radio 91.9)  part of the His Radio Network, recently upgraded its signal to reach Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Bluffton and Ridgeland, SC. They also began broadcasting in HD and added His Radio Z HD-2 and His Radio Praise HD-3. Power has been increased from 6kw to 23.5kw.  (3/19)


“Inspired”, a new syndicated radio program hosted by 25-year industry veteran “Smilin’ Tom” Fridley gives Christian radio listeners and artists the opportunity to share their stories on the air. “Inspired showcases the best CCM songs and the stories that mean so much to our listeners, as told by the artists and the listeners,” said Fridley.  “It’s two hours of compelling, engaging, heart-warming radio.”

According to Chris Wayne, president of Station Aid Radio Solutions, the program is designed to be a benefit for affiliates.  “We built the show to be user-friendly and flexible for affiliates, and we take extra care in providing multiple localization and sponsorship opportunities,” said Wayne.  “We believe Inspired is a high-quality product built from a great concept with incredible talent behind the mic and behind the scenes.  The show would be a great addition for any Christian radio station.”

Smilin’ Tom” Fridley has been a top-rated air talent, music director, and program director in Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Buffalo, and more.  The Station Aid Radio Solutions team has over 20 years of radio production experience. If interested in hearing an “Inspired” demo go to www.inspiredradioshow.com . (3/18)


The NAB announced the 50 finalists for the 2009 Crystal Radio Awards and WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) was among those chosen for the prestigious award.  The NAB Crystal Radio Awards recognize radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.
 
The entry highlighted Z88.3’s service to Central Florida through events like free flu shot clinics, Girls’ Nights Out for Health, Z Cares Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, and the Z88.3 Little Ears Baby Expo.  The entry also highlighted Z88.3’s commitment to severe weather coverage, live traffic updates and on air visits from specialists in many fields to help answer listeners’ questions.
 
This is the third time that Z88.3 registered for the competition.  “Z88.3 has always maintained a high commitment to community service”, says Z88.3 President Jim Hoge, “To be named one of the 50 finalists gives us reassurance that we are achieving that commitment.”  (3/18)


KKCM/Tulsa Update: KKCM PD Chris Kelly checks in with HisAir.Net, "Regretfully, Josh Bentley and Rebecca Bennett (our morning show) are looking for their next opportunity. They are two very talented people. I'm staying as PD of the web stream and getting back the PD chair of our Classic Rock station, KJSR. Dave Weston has always done double duty as the morning guy at our Hot AC, KRAV and then afternoons at Spirit. So he still is with the cluster and will be the voice of the station on the web."  Rebecca can reached at reba.bennett@gmail.com
and Josh at
Josh.bentley@yahoo.com (3/17)


Global Food Crisis Awareness Day raised $3.1 million from donations of 27,000 listeners from over 1000 Christian radio stations that participated. Some highlights of the day include the following:

  • KLOVE and Air 1 networks devoted their entire broadcast days to address the global food crisis and their listeners responded in huge numbers with an average one-time donation of over $100 per giver.
  • An Air 1 listener going through tough times called his local Christian station and shared that he is on food stamps and through tears talked about how hearing what millions of hungry people are going through has opened his eyes to how much he has. He said he just got a twenty-five dollar raise at his job and pledged to donate thirteen dollars of that to help feed a child.
  • A KLOVE listener from Missouri called to say she wanted to share a portion of a settlement she received and believed God would have her give $60,000 to help the kids affected by the Global Food Crisis.
  • A deli owner called his local station and said that he would donate 100% of all cash profits on this day.
  • People stuck in NYC traffic with Blackberrys® called Star 99.1 (WAWZ) and logged on to the station's website to find out information about how they could help.
  • A listener took up a collection in her department at work and raised seventy dollars for the Global Food Crisis fund.

"The way in which these Christian radio stations and their supporters have answered the call to care for the poor is overwhelming," said Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International. "They have demonstrated the true meaning of the word ‘compassion.’"

"All of us at STAR 99.1 are exhilarated at the results of the Global Food Crisis campaign," said Johnny Stone, program director and morning show host at WAWZ Star 99.1, which covers New York City and New Jersey markets. "This proves if we pray hard and work hard, we can make a difference."

"The Global Food Crisis Day was a huge success! It was a gift to hear about the amazing reach and impact that Compassion International is having," said Frank Pastore, host of The Frank Pastore Show on 99.5 KKLA FM in Los Angeles. "We are blessed to partner with them in sharing the love of Christ."   (3/17)


KKCM/Tulsa (Spirit 102.3) flipped formats today as Cox Radio pulled the plug on CCM. They have decided on a 24 hour simulcast of sister station KRMG/Tulsa, a talk station. 

Cox Radio, Tulsa VP/Market Manager Dan Lawrie released this statement, "First, I want to thank our loyal listeners for their support of the station over the past three years. We have enjoyed serving the Tulsa community with Spirit 102.3 FM. In just three years, Spirit 102.3 attracted a sizable listening audience. The popularity of Spirit 102.3 even surprised many executives in the radio industry, as this was the first contemporary Christian radio station operated by Cox Radio.

As we've evaluated the challenges of the current economy, we've made some difficult choices with regard to finding the best way to run our business operations while still meeting the needs of our listening audience. While the format was popular on the radio, the changes in the economy are forcing us, like so many other companies, to explore new ways of meeting the needs of this community while maintaining a focus on solid business operations. The decision to simulcast our 24-hour news/talk format will offer valuable news and talk radio content to a wider listening audience, while affording us the opportunity to continue our role as a local employer and a strong community leader.

KKCM will continue as an online station only at www.spirit1023.com. No word on the fate of the KKCM staff. (3/16)


Salem Communications Corporation announced results for 4th Quarter 2008 results

For the quarter ended December 31, 2008 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2007:

--  Total revenue decreased 6.3% to $54.8 million from $58.5 million;
--  Operating expenses, including impairment of goodwill and indefinite-
    lived assets, increased 93.4% to $95.9 million from $49.6 million;
--  Operating loss from continued operations was $41.1 million for the
    quarter as compared to operating income of $8.8 million in the prior year;
--  Net loss was $30.6 million, or $1.29 net loss per share, compared to
    net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 net income per diluted share;
--  EBITDA was a loss of $32.6 million for the quarter as compared to
    earnings of $11.6 million in the prior year;
--  Adjusted EBITDA increased 16.2% to $15.8 million from $13.6 million;


Broadcast 
--  Net broadcast revenue decreased 8.6% to $47.1 million from $51.6
    million;
--  Station operating income ("SOI") increased 1.3% to $18.2 million from
    $18.0 million;
--  Same station net broadcast revenue decreased 8.7% to $44.9 million
    from $49.2 million;
--  Same station SOI increased 3.4% to $17.9 million from $17.3 million;
--  Same station SOI margin increased to 39.9% from 35.3%;
(3/13)

WFHM/Cleveland (95.5 The Fish) will launched AlternaFISH on Saturday, March 21st. AlternaFISH is Cleveland's answer to a positive rock show for the younger generation and can be heard Saturday and Sunday night's from 9pm-midnight. Music requests can be sent to: alternafish@955thefish.com. (3/12)


Nearly 1,000 Christian radio stations across the United States joined Compassion International to raise awareness about the global food crisis today (3/11).  As part of Global Food Crisis Awareness Day, child sponsorship ministry Compassion International and radio partners want people to know that the economic crisis has not only devastated the stock and job market, but also the ability for the world’s poor to obtain food.

“I have been fighting poverty for more than 30 years," said Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International. "Throughout that time I have never seen the potential for devastation that I see in the current Global Food Crisis."  WAWZ/New York  (Star 99.1) PD and morning show host Johnny Stone said, "I am so excited that STAR 99.1 is part of eliminating the face of hunger in the world. Nothing of this magnitude has ever been done before.” 

Compassion is the world’s largest one-to-one child sponsorship organization. It works in 25 of the world’s poorest countries through 4,800 local churches to address global poverty while also providing spiritual support. Since 1952, Compassion has served more than 1 million children. (3/11)


WAY-FM Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Parker has announced the promotion of BJ O’Neal to Regional Business Development Director. O’Neal will coordinate underwriting efforts for all WAY-FM properties in the state of Florida. O’Neal was previously Senior Business Development Director for WAY-FM in West Palm Beach. Parker stated, “BJ is such a professional and he has a wonderful gift of sharing his methods and ideas with others. I look forward to seeing what he can do to help all our Florida stations grow their business income.” (3/11)


Vision Narangba (87.8 FM) went on the air March 4 and is the 347th relay station in Australia’s fast-growing national Christian radio network.  ‘’We’re excited to be able to extend our coverage into Narangba and give everyone the opportunity to experience a really different radio choice,’’ says Vision’s chief executive officer Ian Worby. ‘‘Our aim is to bring hope and encouragement to our listeners though a mix of contemporary music and positive talk programs. ‘’Vision offers the best Christian music from Australia and overseas in an adult contemporary format as well as bringing practical talk on real life issues from our team and respected international speakers. Vision is about ‘Connecting Faith to Life’.’  (3/11)


The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards recently gave Honorable Mention in the Best Newscast category to Sharon Geiger, KCBI/Dallas Senior News Director and Chris Howell, KCBI Reporter and Midday News Anchor.  Ms. Geiger, along with Bernie McPartland, KCBI Production Director, also won First Place in the Best Actuality/Production category for “Uniting with Union University”.  KCBI has a full service news department and is the flagship station of the Criswell News Network. According to Sharon Geiger, Senior News Director,  “Our goal as a department is to do work that serves our listeners and honors and glorifies our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We’re thankful for the recognition, and I’m proud of Chris Howell, Bernie McPartland and the entire KCBI News Department for the hard work they do each day.” (3/9)


Former KLTY/Dallas PD Chuck Finney checks in with HisAir.Net. "I wish every PD had the chance sometime in his life to work with a team like the one at KLTY. John P, Big Mike, Frank, Starlene, Perri, Bonnie, Tony, Andi, John H, John B, Click, Ron, Shawn, Laurie, Marc and Dave - y'all are the BEST! Chuck T, Mike G, Max, Dave, Bret, Melody, Len, Vance and Mike B - I couldn't be prouder of the work you're doing at the Fishes. Thank you! Joe, thank you for your awesome leadership of the Salem Radio stations. What an amazing seven years! I'll cherish the experiences and will miss the Salem family. We're looking forward to what God has for us next."  Due to Salem Communications downsizing Finney's position as National PD for the "Fish" stations was eliminated. Mike Pendergast is now PD at KLTY. (3/5)


Changes coming down at WBSN/New Orleans (Lifesongs 89.1) as MD/morning personality Libby Krimsier announces she is getting married,  and relocating to Seattle. She will be voice-tracking a shift for WBSN from Seattle and can still be reached at libby@lifesongs.com. Her last day is March 20th. PD Tom Krimsier will handle the music. (3/5)


Christian radio industry veterans Joe Battaglia, President of Renaissance  Communications, and John Frost, a partner in Goodratings Strategic Services, announce the formation of a new, jointly owned company Battaglia-Frost Creative Productions, Inc.  According to a joint statement by Battaglia and Frost, the new entity exists to introduce a new wave of great communicators to Christian radio, and create compelling programming elements and shows that are a level above what individual stations could do on their own. 

On the reason for starting a new company, Battaglia stated, “I have been concerned for some time now about how few great communicators are intentionally seeking out a presence on Christian radio. John and I believe we can provide the right context and information to interest these individuals in that platform, and thereby reach the greatest radio audience in the world!  But, we have to do that by stripping away misinformation, and educate them about the new Christian radio listener and our great stations, many of which are now market share leaders. So, we want to reach out and address these concerns via our new company.”

“I believe John Frost is the best programming strategist around today, and his track record over the past few years bears that out unequivocally. I'm delighted to partner with John officially in this effort.”

“It is a privilege for me to partner with Joe Battaglia, one of the pioneers of Christian music radio, in creating this new company. Joe has a unique ability to connect people and build ministry partnerships in ways that can transform their effectiveness.”  

Both Battaglia and Frost will continue with their respective companies, Battaglia with Renaissance and Frost with Alan Mason of Goodratings in working with dozens of the nation’s leading Christian music stations. (3/5)


NewReleaseTuesday.com (NRT) announces the first Christian music application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Dubbed “NRT Mobile,” the application is available now as a free download through Apple’s iTunes Store. It brings the largest and most up-to-date Christian music and entertainment database directly to the iPhone and iPod Touch. “This is a huge jump forward for Christian music,” states NRT founder, Kevin McNeese. “We’ve created a free mobile resource that takes advantage of the advanced and interactive capabilities of the user interface for the iPhone and iPod Touch. NRT Mobile provides access to a database that is actively managed by over 14,000 Christian music fans, containing thousands of artists, albums and tens of thousands of song lyrics.”

In addition to Christian artist and album information, NRT Mobile also indexes over 10,000 album reviews written by NRT staff and members of NRT. Users will also have mobile access to the site’s robust new release schedule promoting new releases each week, upcoming releases and archived releases dating back to the early 1970’s. (3/5)


In the face of a struggling economy, KVTT/Dallas (91.7 The Truth), a 33-year 100,000 watt Dallas based non-profit Christian radio station ministry serving the Metroplex, recently appealed to its listening audience with its’ own financial emergency. The staff at 91.7 suspended its’ normal programming for a full day on February 19 and hit the air waves to seek donations to reach a $200,000 mortgage payment that was due by the end of the month!  Over $100,000 was raised in just 13 hours.  And in the eleventh hour, on February 27, after several hundred credit card donations, checks and cash contributions were tallied, the station reached its goal and met the $200,000 shortfall.  “We know that God’s economy supersedes that of the nation’s economic perspective.  God showed Himself to be faithful to this station as we broadcast the Gospel message.” said Doug Price, General Manager of 91.7 The Truth. (3/5)


KDUV-FM Visalia/Fresno’s Shannon Steele has kicked off a weeklong challenge to raise awareness for Compassion International’s Global Food Crisis Day on March 11th.  She’ll be living on $2 a day for food…and the kindness of strangers.  Listeners are being asked to get involved in the challenge by praying for the Global Food Crisis Day and taking action to give.  Steele says this week is meant to remind us how blessed we are and how easy it is to give:  “ I’ve come to terms with how hard I had to work to ONLY spend $14 on food for this next week, while millions around this world have less than that to survive on for a month! And it’s amazing to realize that the same $14 I’ve spent on food for the week can feed one child in a poverty stricken area for a month!  You can follow Shannon’s blog for updates each day:  http://kduvlive.com/shannon/   (3/4)


Bruce Barrows is in place at WNWC/Madison (Life 102.5), WI as Program Director and morning show co-host with Ann Manion. (3/4)


Compassion International and nearly 1,000 Christian radio stations will dedicate one day of broadcast on March 11, 2009, to help children around the world who have been affected by The Global Food Crisis. “I have been fighting poverty for more than 30 years,” said Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International.  “Throughout that time I have never seen the potential for devastation that I see in the current Global Food Crisis.”   While the United States continues to reel from the stock market’s plunge and the credit crisis, there are severe worldwide consequences to America’s economic woes that have been almost entirely ignored by the media. Compassion International is calling on Christian radio and ministry broadcasters to join in a global effort to set aside one broadcast day in 2009, March 11th, Global Food Crisis Day, to bring awareness to this urgent need. 

“I am so excited that STAR 99.1 is part of eliminating the face of hunger in the world,” said Johnny Stone, program director and morning show host at WAWZ Star 99.1 which covers the New York City and New Jersey markets. “Nothing of this magnitude has ever been done before.”

“Average food prices around the world between 2006 and 2008 have risen at staggering levels” said Mark Hanlon, Sr. Vice President for Compassion International’s USA Group. “Rice during this time rose by 217%, wheat by 136%, maize by 125% and soybeans by 107%. While most of us here in America will commit to cutting coupons to offset costs, the poor will cut meals. These increases mean more than a tightening of the belt. It can literally affect their very survival.”

Compassion is uniquely positioned to provide immediate relief by transferring funds through their existing infrastructure and ensuring that those that need help most are helped first.  Radio stations interested in participating on March 11th can go to: http://www.compassion.com/global-food-crisis/forradio.html  (3/4)


KLTY/Dallas PD Chuck Finney has exited the station. Finney has been replaced by KLTY APD/MD Mike Pendergast has been promoted to PD effective immediately. (3/3)


KCFY/Yuma PD/Morning guy Sheldon Vicks is hanging up his head phones and taking on a new adventure as the Marketing & Entertainment Director for the Yuma Fun Factory, a miniature golf and water park which will house a 5,000 seat concert arena. "After many prayers and long talks with my family, it was the best decision for me to make. Vicks' last day at KCFY will be this Friday March 6th. Vicks won't be completely hanging up his head phones though, he will be making his services available for radio/TV voice/voice tracking and imaging out of his home state of the art home studio. If you would like a demo reach out to him at SheldonVicksProductions@yahoo.com or.....  www.sheldonvicksproductions.com which  he will launch April 1st. (3/2)


BITS: Congrats to WDBX/Chattanooga (J103) PD Jason McKay on the birth of a baby boy (Cooper) Thursday 2/26...  On March 2, KCBI/Dallas will launch an on-air project to bring Christian radio to Sweden... James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to host Focus on the Family's flagship radio program, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues...  (2/27)


The Lutheran Radio Church Service, one of the nation's longest-running religious programs, is moving from it's long time home at WTMJ/Milwaukee to WJYI/Milwaukee starting this weekend. The service's board of directors decided it couldn't afford to lock into a two-year contract at $1,000 a week and stay with WTMJ. WTMJ management decided to stop donating the half-hour hour of weekly airtime as it has done for decades. The airtime will cost a quarter of that on WJYI, the station confirms. The Lutheran Radio Church Service that began airing Sunday mornings on Feb. 19, 1928 on WTMJ.  (2/26)


MOVEMENT: Don Moen launches a new radio division as a partnership with Battiglia-Frost Creative Productions... Denise Hill joins WKMB/Plainfield, NJ... GM Dan Craig exits WRFD/Columbus...  (2/25)


The CMB has started accepting nominations for the Scott Campbell and Rob Gregory Awards. The Scott Campbell Award is presented to a Christian Broadcaster or associated professional for outstanding and long-term contributions to the growth of Christian music radio. The Rob Gregory Award goes to a Christian broadcaster, radio station or associated professional who, during the past year, has shown outstanding effort in community service. Nominations for both awards can be submitted by Christian broadcasters or associated professionals and must include supporting criteria (no more than 200 words) as to why that nominee should be considered. The top five nominations for each award will be submitted to the CMB educational track steering committee for voting. Winners will be selected by voting members of that steering committee.

Both awards are presented during GMA Music Week. Deadline for nominations is March 9. Send nominations to cmb@kylefentonpromotions.com(2/25)


WAIT/Chicago has flipped format to bi-lingual Christian Talk as "The Promise" (aka La Promesa) providing Christian music and teaching in both English and Spanish. The Promise will also provide local, regional and national ministries the chance to air in Chicago. GM Mark Pinski commented, "I am excited about this new format which combines Christian music and teaching in both English and Spanish. We will give local, regional and national ministries a wonderful opportunity to spread the Word of God by programming their ministry on WAIT 850-AM. That's a Promise!"   GSM Sally Gaigalas added, "Hispanics are transforming the nation's churches with the good news of Christ. WAIT 850-AM can deliver results through a strong signal that reaches millions of people in Chicago, its suburbs and parts of Wisconsin." (2/24)


Virginia Beach based steaming provider ChristianNetcast.com is celebrating ten years of service to the Christian community. ChristianNetcast.com provides streaming services for over 500 radio stations and ministries world wide. The company was formed in Bangor Maine, “We were once asked how an internet company was started in what was once the lumber capital of the world, not an area known for technology” states David Palmer VP of Sales and Marketing. “It started out as us trying to assist our local church in broadcasting its services and we grew from there.”  Todd VanTasel is the VP of technology met Palmer at church and asked “do you think we could sell this service?” Since then, the two have worked closely building a company that “gives ministries a global impact”.

In late 2005, the business moved to Virginia Beach VA, which Palmer called part of the heartland of evangelical Christianity and broadcasting.” For more information on ChristianNetcast and its services, visit www.ChristianNetcast.com, or call toll-free (866) NET-CAST. (2/24)


WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 the Light) will be hosting an on-air fundraiser Tuesday 2/24 to help reach Russia with Christian programming. They will be seeking to assist Trans World Radio (TWR), a global Christian radio network, in raising funds to upgrade a transmitter that will be able to carry an AM signal from Estonia into neighboring Russia, including the metropolitan areas of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia is no longer permitting TWR to broadcast its program from stations inside the country, the ministry is hoping nonetheless to provide a clear signal there through a Christian station owned by Tartu Family Radio in neighboring Estonia. “This fundraiser represents an urgent need for the Gospel to be proclaimed in countries where it is being suppressed,” said Jim Kirkland, executive director for 106.9 the Light. “We have seen time and again how our listeners have responded in the face of such adversity, and we anticipate God will do powerful things again on Tuesday. Each penny represents a potential soul reached with the good news of God’s love.”

In September 2001, Blue Ridge Broadcasting donated to the same station a 50-kilowatt AM transmitter, which was subsequently upgraded to a 100-kilowatt AM transmitter. This transmitter now needs to be upgraded to a 200-kilowatt transmitter, to cut through the static and “electrical smog” in the major Russian cities.  (2/23)


Keith Leitch, President of KORB/Santa Rosa, CA (Broken FM) checks in with HisAir.Net.  Keith says the new station went on the air January 15 with a CHR/Rock format. "We actually applied for and acquired the five FM translators in advance of acquiring a main station. Our main station in Hopland, California, was acquired from Educational Media Foundation (KLOVE).  We traded three permits in Juneau, Alaska, for the one permit in Hopland."  While waiting for a main station, they were able to rebroadcast other Christian stations on their translators. The FCC granted the move of Hopland 88.7 to the Hopland Baptist Church on December 31st, 2008. This enabled them to sign the station on January 15, 2009.  Keith adds, "immediately afterwards, Santa Rosa Christian School invited us to move the station to their campus at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa.  On February 13, 2009, the FCC granted a main studio waiver to locate the main studio of KORB at SRCS.  The studio for KORB is just a few feet away from where the original KLOVE studio started." Broken FM covers about 300,000 people in the Northern San Francisco Bay area and 100,000 people in the Monterey peninsula area. Audio stream is available on their website: Broken FM (2/23)


After four weeks of submissions and three weeks of semi-finalists being introduced to station listeners, WPRJ/Saginaw-Midland-Bay City, MI (Fuse FM) is about to crown its brand new on-air personality based on votes from the public. The Next Great Fuse FM DJ Contest will award one lucky winner a music prize package, along with their very own radio show on Fuse FM that will start up this spring. Three finalists picked solely by Fuse FM listeners throughout February, plus one wild card selected by Fuse FM staff, will be featured each day of the week from February 23-26, 2009 live on the air. The grand prize winner will be chosen by virtue of public vote on www.MyFuseFM.com and by Fuse FM management. “We have been blown away by the amount of attention this contest has given Fuse FM,” says Aaron Dicer, Fuse FM Operations Manager. “Each week we have received hundreds of votes for each contestant, making it a tight race. Now we’re ready to award the winner their own radio show so they can offer up their exceptional talent for the whole world to hear on a regular basis. The Next Great Fuse FM DJ Contest grand prize winner will be announced on the Get Up & Go Show during the 8 o’clock hour on Friday, February 27, 2009. (2/23)


An unknown person hacked into WHLP/Valparaiso, IN (Calvary Radio Network) Internet-based phone system and used it to make more than 1,900 calls fishing for credit card information.  station Manager James Motshagen learned the business's phone number was being misused when someone called the station around 10 p.m. Tuesday to ask why the number was on his caller ID.  Motshagen immediately knew which phone extension was vulnerable and stopped the leak. With a background in information technology, he was able to determine when the security system likely was compromised and for how long, during the two days the hackers had access. Recipients of the calls heard a recorded message saying their credit card had been compromised and asking them to enter their card number and expiration date, according to the police report. It is unknown how many people provided their credit card information to the culprits. Motshagen explained that anyone who uses an Internet-based phone system -- and most larger businesses do -- can be vulnerable.  (2/20)


BITS: KLVV/Ponca City APD Dale Best exits the station for morning co-host/promotions director at KDUV/Visalia... Salem Radio Network's nationally syndicated talk hosts are going on a nationwide multi-city tour to coincide with the first 100 days of President Obama's administration... American Forces Network (AFN) in Riverside is looking for a director of radio programming apply online at http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov and search "radio. (2/20)


The nominations are in for the 40th Annual Dove Awards, which honor the best in Christian and gospel music. Topping the list of nominees this year is current three-time Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Tomlin, with seven total nominations including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)." Natalie Grant and newcomer Francesca Battistelli each received five nominations, as did Casting Crowns.  For a complete list go here.

And this year, fans can vote for Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The cumulative fan vote will count for 1/3 of the total votes for these two categories, and GMA member voting will count for the other 2/3 of the total vote. Fan voting will be conducted through the Gospel Music Channel website and at the Dove Awards website. Voting begins February 26, the same day online voting opens for GMA members. The Dove Awards will be broadcast nationwide live on the Gospel Music Channel from 8 - 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Thursday, April 23, 2009. (2/20)


The doors for ministry are quietly closing over Russia. Missionary visas for many evangelical ministries working in Russia are not being renewed. Even Trans World Radio's (TWR) licenses to broadcast in Russia are being denied and last year TWR lost over 700 radio stations broadcasting across 13 time zones. But when God closes one door, He opens another. From Tartu Estonia, TWR will be partnering with Tartu Family Radio to upgrade their 100 kw AM transmitter to 200 kw giving TWR the ability to reach Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev with a grade A signal. 

This $409k endeavor will increase TWR’s current potential audience from 50 million to a potential audience of 159 million.  Kicking off the campaign is WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light). On February 24th, WMIT will dedicate an entire day to shout from the mountaintops what God is doing in Estonia and Russia.

If your station would like to join in partnering with TWR so that Russians will have the opportunity to hear about Jesus, contact John Summerville, TWR Director of Radio Station Partnerships at 919-460-3795 or jsummerville@twr.org. Click here to read more about this project.  (2/18)


WBSN/New Orleans (LifeSongs 89.1) celebrated 30 years of Christian broadcasting in the New Orleans area this month. Leading up to the big event, LifeSongs flashed back to each of the 30 years, starting in 1979. They highlighted music and trends from each year. On the actual birthday, (2/5) LifeSongs staff and listeners celebrated with prizes and King Cake. (2/18)


Salem Communications announced today its preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2008 ending December 31.  Total revenue is estimated to decrease 6.3% to $54.8 million.  Operating expenses before gain or loss on disposal of assets and impairments are estimated to decrease 14.7% to $38.9 million. Impairment of long-lived assets is expected to be approximately $53 million; and,  adjusted EBITDA is estimated to increase 16.2% to $15.8 million from $13.6 million. (2/18)


BITS: The Gospel Music Channel senior director of music industry development Alvin Williams becomes senior director of music, talent and acquisitions, he joined the cable music channel in 2004... KPOS/Lubbock flipped formats yesterday (2/16) from Christian Rock to God’s Country. KPOS is owned by EMF... The Streets Of Gold radio program has launched a newly revamped website at:  www.streetsofgoldradio.com . (2/17)


SoundExchange and the NAB reached a comprehensive agreement on Internet streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast programming over the Internet or that create new stand-alone Internet stations. The agreement provides discounts on previously-set rates for 2009 and 2010 and establishes rates for 2011-2015, providing stations with an enhanced ability to serve listeners through online platforms. Additionally, NAB has reached separate agreements with individual record label groups that waive certain statutory format restrictions allowing, for example, certain artists to be played more often during a four hour period.

The agreement was reached under the authority of the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (H.R. 7080) and covers simulcasts over the Internet of all copyrighted commercially-released musical performances.

"Because of the explosive growth of music on the Internet, this is good news for everyone involved in music - from artists to labels to broadcasters and to fans," said John Simson, Executive Director of SoundExchange. "It provides radio stations more opportunity to grow their on-line businesses in a stable business environment. Furthermore, it gives artists and copyright holders the opportunity to have more of their music played, while being fairly compensated, in more places as radio services expand their offerings on the Internet."

"Today's announcement provides local radio stations with the ability to enhance their local service with an online component, boosting listeners' access to music, local news and information," said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. "By ensuring the continued viability of Internet streaming for America's radio stations, today's agreement further strengthens the relationship between free, local radio and our 235 million weekly listeners."

Under the agreement, rates for simulcasts or web channels operated by local radio stations are reduced in 2009 and 2010 by approximately 16 percent, then gradually increase through 2015 - from $0.0015 per streamed sound recording in 2009 to $0.0025 per stream by 2015.

By entering this agreement, SoundExchange and the NAB provide business certainty for broadcasters, artists and copyright holders as they explore and invest in the new possibilities the Internet provides to bring music to its many fans. (2/16)


"The fairness doctrine has a tremendous potential for constraining free speech, but hate crimes (legislation) has the potential of criminalizing it," said NRB President Frank Wright at the convention that wrapped up last week in Nashville. "In the short run, the fairness doctrine has the immediate threat of being applied to Christian broadcasters and to the church in a very deleterious way. Hate crimes legislation, if that is enacted, will evolve over time and bleed over into speech and have a negative effect, but not right away. The fairness doctrine will have a negative impact the day it is implemented."  He said he expects religious broadcasters, largely Christian, to be particularly hard hit because of the doctrine's requirement for so-called "balance." If an opposing view must be found for every matter of controversy, Christian broadcasters could find themselves in the unenviable and untenable position of seeking out other religious viewpoints – Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist or atheist – to counter what ministers of the Gospel say on the air. 

"And we have a personal concern," according to Wright. "The only radio station that ever lost its license under the fairness doctrine regime was a Christian radio station in Red Lion, Pa. We are only responding now to the statements the Democrats themselves are making."  The NRB represents 1,400 organizations, including large ministries and TV and radio stations, is "girding itself for a major battle over broadcasting freedoms," and is prepared to go to court, lobby Congress, or take its message to the public.  "We have talked before about many of these issues, but now, with the shift in the political landscape, I think these same things have a much higher probability of being enacted or at least having legislation and hearings and debates, and on the regulation side at the FCC," said Wright.  (2/13)


At the National Religious Broadcasters convention last week in Nashville, NRB senior vice president and general counsel, Craig Parshall, said The public is more skeptical of institutions and closely scrutinizes where they're putting their money in these sour economic times.  "When you look at Madoff, the Wall Street situation and even Grassley, we're well aware we have to be called to a higher standard of accountability," Parshall said. "The average family is struggling. They have to choose whether to keep donating or not. They're going to want to see transparency."

Last year, Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, a ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, investigated six Christian broadcast ministries to find out if they were misusing their money or abusing their nonprofit status. The targeted ministries, which are not NRB members, have denied wrongdoing and some have turned over financial information. The investigation hasn't yet been completed. The NRB has 1,400 members and meets every Feb in Nashville.  KSBJ/Houston GM Tim McDermott, said the nonprofit station is audited annually by an outside firm. "Transparency is important because the people that are giving to us, they need to have the access to know their money is being spent wisely," McDermott said.  (2/13)


The president of HCJB Global, Wayne Pederson, says the radio ministry now has an estimated seven million mostly-Muslim listeners in North Africa and the Middle East. Pederson says the Arab world is full of "lost people who need Jesus, and they're getting tired of a message of hate and are looking for a message of love." He says that through HCJB radio broadcasts, the gospel is penetrating Muslim societies -- so much that entire households, and in some cases entire villages, are converting to Christianity. "When Jesus came, He didn't just preach. He healed. And so we want to do both -- preach on the radio and heal through our healthcare. People in that part of the world are coming to Christ as households, as communities. Entire villages are coming to Christ together," he notes.  Pederson joined HJCB  in Nov. 2008 as was previously VP at Moody broadcasting. (2/13)


UPDATE: WBDX/Chattanooga (J103) PD/mornings Jason McKay is back home recovering from surgery last week in Nashville. The good news is Jason’s lymph nodes were not cancerous so he is considered cancer free and will not even have to do chemo. They will monitor him very close for the next few years though. Just before Christmas Jason was diagnosed with testicular cancer and has been blogging the entire experience on the station website. I addition Jason's wife Brittany is expecting a baby by the end of February.  (2/11)


Congratulations to , RTN (Radio Training Network) founder and president Jim Campbell who celebrates 20 years of ministry, music, and missions this year. Jim as nonored at the RTN manager’s meeting.  (2/11)


An emergency generator bound for installation at KWFC/Springfield, MO was stolen Sunday. According to GM Gary Longstaff the $16,000 natural gas-powered generator and a large trailer that also was stolen were paid for with listener donations.  “The theft is an obvious setback, but we’ll move forward with the project,” Longstaff said. “With our current economy, it’s a difficult time to have these additional expenses forced upon this ministry.”  (2/11)


GMA Music Week registration for all GMA members has been cut to $299 and will stay at the amount thru April 6th. This is the lowest GMA Week registration rate in over a decade. “GMA understands the tremendous financial pressures we are all facing during this time of economic difficulties in our industry and our country, and we don’t want that to be an obstacle that will prevent someone from attending GMA Music Week" said GMA CEO John Styll. “We believe it is so important to engage together so that together we might take stock of trends affecting our industry, explore better ways to do our jobs and discover the new and rising artists that will take our music into the future.”  Mark your calendar for April 18-22 Click here to register. (2/11)


WAY-FM Media Group is reaching listeners in a new way with the introduction of Radiolicious®, a free downloadable player for iPhone® or iPod Touch® users. As Radiolicious subscribers, WAY-FM owned and operated stations can stream live audio and Web content while offering a forum for two-way communication – exciting capabilities that will expand the local listener base and opportunities for mobile awareness advertising. “WAY-FM is committed to reaching our listeners where they are,” said Dan Gross, WAY-FM New Media Director. “Mobile technologies like Apple's iPhone represent an innovative direction for broadcast media, and WAY-FM is excited to be partnering with Radiolicious as part of our new media strategy, which includes reaching out to mobile listeners.”  (2/11)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) presents Valentine’s Vows on Saturday, February 14, 2009.  Fifty (50) couples will renew their wedding vows in the snow at the base of Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park in a special ceremony starting at 2:00pm.  The ceremony will feature performances by artists John Waller and Jonny Diaz.  A small reception will follow at the Magnolia Room in the Crossroads area of the park.  During the reception, couples and their guests will be treated to wedding cake and a small concert by John Waller.  All couples attending will receive a copy of the movie Fireproof on DVD.  (2/11)


WTKI/Huntsville (Pro Talk 1450) has gone dark because of current economic conditions. The station's last day on the air was Jan. 30, according to former station manager Scott Blakely. "The company was just trying to figure out a way to save some cash," Blakely said. "It's tough all around in the broadcast industry. SRN (the Salem, N.C., Radio Network) cut employees by 5 percent and Clear Channel is also cutting back. WTKI was purchased by The Christian Voice of Central Ohio Inc., in 2007 from local owners David Barnhart and Daniel Skinner of Mountain Mist Media for a reported $475,000. The format was changed from ESPN and other sports to "Pro Talk" featuring religious and other news talk shows.  (2/5)


Yesterday was Dick Marsh's last day at Salem Music Network and WFFH/Nashville ( 94 FM The FISH) as his position as Director of PR/promotions was eliminated due to budget cuts. Dick was with Salem six and half years and says , " It is a sad truth that to cut cost you have to do some tough moves, but I understand. The folks at Salem have been great to me. The team at 94 FM The FISH & Solid Gospel 105 have been a joy to work with. I only wish the very best for them." Dick will continue his PR/Promotions/Marketing business under The Marsh Group and is open to any consulting, projects, even a real job. reach out to him at dick@themarshgroup.com cell 615-714-3918. (2/3)


Former founder and CEO of EMF Broadcasting, Dick Jenkins checks in with HisAir.Net and reports he is now doing some business and radio consulting for a few clients and continuing to look for a full-time opportunity/challenge. “Radio is in a unique state right now. Stations are being offered for sale at ridiculously low prices, but there are NO buyers, because the venture capital markets and banks are not lending right now. I worry about some of the broadcast networks that are highly leveraged. Nobody’s missed an interest payment yet, but as the economy keeps softening, I predict we’ll see some major networks in default.”  Tim Moore (Audience Development Group) and I are currently looking at some situations to see if there might be some ‘turnaround’ opportunities. I don’t know where my next assignment will be yet - and I continue to pray – but waiting on God is hard for a type “A” personality like me! Dick exited EMF last September and can be reached at dickjenkinsbiz@gmail.com.  (2/3)  


WCQR/Gray, TN has promoted Assistant Program Director Brian Sumner to PD. Brian continues in his role as Co-Host of “Breakfast Radio” along with Mike Perry. Brian joined WCQR as the assistant to the Program Director and Morning Show Co-Host during the summer of 2008.  Since the departure of former Program Director Chalmer Harper, Brian has been serving as the interim PD in his place. WCQR GM Mike Perry said, “I am so excited to announce Brian as our Program Director.  During his time here he has proven to have the skills and knowledge to lead our station and most importantly, shown me that he has a real heart for ministry and serving others.  He will do a great job and the listeners of WCQR will benefit greatly.”  (2/3)


WJCR/Upton, KY remains off the air today after getting hit by the massive ice storm which affected most of the state of Kentucky. WJCR has been down since Tue, Jan. 27 at about 2:30pm and has not had power since.  Station Manager Gary Richardson adds, "WJCR is a 100,000 watt station, but our transmitter and studios are located in the country west of Upton, Ky.  Due to the great distance we are not on the priority list to get our power back on. We won't know the extent of the damage until we get power.  We think our tower is OK. This was the worst ice storm in memory of anyone here. There were almost one-half million without power across the state at one time.'  The state of KY. has been declared a disaster area by Governor Breashear. You can reach out to Gary at garywjcr@yahoo.com.  (2/2)


WBDX/Chattanooga (J103) PD/mornings Jason McKay will undergo surgery this Thursday in Nashville. Just before Christmas Jason was diagnosed with testicular cancer and has been blogging the entire experience on the station website. I addition Jason's wife Brittany is expecting a baby by the end of February. Let's all call on the Lord to bring Jason and his family through this in a miraculous way!  (2/2)


Rev. Tom Gray joins WRNF/Selma as Public Relations Associate. The station is owned by the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  Gray’s new job is a part-time position and he will continue to serve full-time as pastor of Reformed Presbyterian Church. Gray will also cover local news, Public Affairs, and human interest stories for the station. Rob Moore, Station Manager of WRNF, said, “we are excited to have Brother Tom as part of our team” “It has long been our desire to tell the positive news and things that are happening in the Selma area on our stations including WRNF when we were in the planning stages of building this station,” Moore stated. (2/2)


EMF adds to it's station list with the purchase of WNWT/Rossford and WNKL/Wauseon, OH,  from Cornerstone Church for $2.8 million.  With the purchase EMF will own 241 stations nation wide. (2/2)


Salem Communications has announced that all full and part-time employees salaries will be cut by 5% starting next week. In addition some executives pay is being reduced by 10%. According to Salem VP/general counsel Christopher Henderson. "Like all radio groups, we are cutting costs to improve the bottom line," he says.

Salem has already reduced staff by approximately 10% over the last 18 months. Henderson adds, "These pay reductions were in lieu of additional staff reductions."  (1/30)


BITS: WMIT/Black Mountain GM Jim Kirkland is now Director of Radio for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association while Director of Finance and Administration Alice Knighten is now GM... Phil Stacey has signed with reunion records... Nashville Publicity Group has a new location, 5016 Spedale Court, Suite 394 Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174 (phone & Fax remain same)... (1/30)


The financial crisis is not stopping Christian radio operators from moving forward. Mike Wilson, general manager of WCVK/Bowling Green, plans to build three new radio stations at $50,000 each. The nonprofit station is developing a capital campaign to raise money for the project. “It’s probably a seven-, eight-month process of developing a major gifts campaign,” Wilson said. “That is the longest and most difficult part.” Still, Wilson hopes to start construction at the end of this year.  WCVK operates two stations, one in Bowling Green and one in Owensboro.

Wilson decided to construct three new stations after receiving several requests from listeners who wanted a station in their community. When the FCC opened a 30-day window to apply for broadcast station permits, Wilson jumped at the chance to reach out to those people. “We’re looking to do what we can do and broaden our reach,” he said. “Any organization’s goal is to change lives for the better.”


Wilson hopes to raise $200,000 to cover the stations’ construction and operating expenses. In fact, each station’s expenses depend on listener and business donations, which have poured in despite the economy. This past December was “the best December we ever had,” Wilson said. Before Thanksgiving, the station was $3,000 under budget. After Wilson shared the station’s plight with donors, the money flooded in. The station collected about $24,000 during December.

“One thing I’ve come to realize, even in the downturn of the economy, people who have the capacity still give, and philanthropy has gone up every year,” he said. “Especially people of means, they see it as a responsibility for them because they have been blessed with wealth.” (1/28)

The His Radio Network expanded its coverage effective  January, 26th at 3:30 pm in the Charleston, SC market with the purchase of Clear Channel’s WALC, a full power station at 100.5 FM. The network has been broadcasting through three translators in the Charleston area over the past seven years. According to General Manager, Allen Henderson, “This has been a long journey to take Charleston to full power.  The response since sign on has been tremendous!”   (1/27)


Family Life Network (FLN) expands with the construction of WCIM/ Shenandoah, PA (91.5 FM)... EMF is buying silent KMRL/Buras, LA, including a permit to got from Class A to Class C and closer to New Orleans...  WLFJ /Greenville-Spartanburg (HIS RADIO) can now be heard on 100.5 WALC//Charleston...  (1/26)


Donations are being taken for funeral and other related expenses to help the Rebecca McClelland, the surviving wife of WCRJ/Jacksonville air personality Ron McClelland, who passed away last week. Ron collapsed during a basketball game on a station sponsored cruise and could not be revived.  Ron and Rebecca did not have life insurance. If you would like to help with the funeral and expenses, please visit any Bank Of America and ask for:  Account for Ron and Rebecca McClelland ending in #8678 or  mail a check made out to:  Ron and Rebecca McClelland Fund , P.O. Box 551379 , Jacksonville, FL 32255.  (1/26)


The American Family Radio (AFR) network recently revamped the format on a majority of its stations to focus more on news and informational programming. The switch from a music-driven format to the new "AFR Talk" lineup made its debut earlier this month. Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Radio, says there was a need for more Christian-based news and information. "With our apologies to music fans, you can get music in many different places," he notes. "You can get music on the Internet, you can get music on CDs, but you can't get this kind of news and information that we're going to be offering live daily." Wildmon expects the new format to be a valuable tool for concerned Christians as the new Obama administration takes hold in Washington. We anticipate some major public policy debates with the Obama administration. I'm sure he's going to do a lot of things right," he concludes. "But on matters of family policy, morality, and life issues, [the American Family Association] anticipates some very difficult fights with the Obama administration -- and we need the troops to be educated and informed, and then to act when the time comes."  (1/26)


February 1, 2009 will mark the first anniversary of Trans World Radio's (TWR) broadcasts from their new 100,000-watt transmitter in Benin, West Africa. The Benin station is very busy, with more than 40 programs per week being aired in some 20 languages. (1/26)


Hope For The Heart's late-night live 2-hour call-in counseling program called Hope In The Night has begun airing on AFR Talk, a network of nearly 130 radio outlets.  "Hope In The Night" will be an integral part of the AFR Talk format and will be carried on a network of powerful FM radio facilities in cities and communities representing 30 states," stated Burt Perrault, Hope For nThe Heart's Director of Broadcast Ministry. "The total number of Hope In The Night affiliates will increase from 119 outlets to 250, with minimal impact to the ministry's media budget." (1/26)


Family Life Network (FLN) has appointed Natalie Thomas Host of its Mid-day radio show airing each weekday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Along with her on-air responsibilities, Thomas will create original material for the show by mixing comedy, weekly buzz, and interactive content around syndicated Bible teaching programs. Thomas most recently served as on-air personality for American Family Radio (AFR) in Tupelo, Mississippi.  There she hosted the Mid-day radio show, produced audio for network promos, and wrote sponsorship and promotional material.  Thomas previously worked as production director and morning show host for WGCF/Paducah, KY, WDXR/Paducah, and WWWQ/Glasgow, KY. “Bringing Natalie on board presents exciting opportunities for the ministry,” said Rick Snavely, President of Family Life.  “Her broad background in audio production, copywriting, voice work, and drama will certainly enhance our ability to create fresh and creative radio material.  We’re fortunate to have her at the network.”  (1/22)


United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) has announced it is just weeks away from broadcasting Christian radio on DAB digital radio in Northern Ireland.    Following a successful fundraising campaign, the charity expects to begin broadcasting in Northern Ireland on 30 January.  “This is a pretty incredible time for UCB”, said Gary Hoogvliet, UCB’s Director of Broadcasting.  “On a weekly basis, we receive hundreds of e-mails from people letting us know how much they’re being encouraged and stretched by what they hear on UCB and it’s great that in troubling times, we’re able to point people to a greater hope. “We’re looking forward to broadcasting in Northern Ireland too.  We know many people have waited for this for a long time, so we’re excited that this is finally becoming a reality.”
 
UCB already broadcasts on DAB digital radio to most major cities in England and Wales and after Northern Ireland, hopes to continue to expand coverage across the UK.  (1/20)


WCRM/Charlotte (New Life 91.9) is trying some alternatives to layoffs in order for it's ten employees to keep their jobs. The station depends on donations from listeners. But due to the economy, donations are down 30 percent.  As layoffs looked unavoidable, the staff has agreed to either work one day a month without pay, or donate a day's pay back to the station. They said they agreed in hopes of helping everyone keep their jobs.  WCRM GM Joe Paulo says " We took the approach that rather than one or two people suffering a lot and being laid off, let's share the pain." Paulo said he'll continue this approach until the economy improves and donations pick up again. T o read more and watch the video on Charlotte TV station WSOC click here. (1/19)


Family Life Network (FLN) has added Sonny Delfyette as the new co-host of its morning show joining Denny Brownlee. Mornings with Sonny and Denny, wairs weekdays 6:00 am to 9:00 am.  In addition to his on-air responsibilities, Delfyette will actively create, develop and produce original content for the show.  With nearly 30 years of radio experience, Delfyette joins Family Life from The Mo’Nique Show— a nationally syndicated radio program currently carried on eight stations, three in the top ten markets of Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington, DC.  The Mo’Nique Show also ran in Los Angeles when Delfyette co-hosted the program. Prior to that, Delfyette did airshifts at WJMZ/Greenville, WVKL/Norfolk, KPRS/Kansas City, and WWIN/Baltimore. “We are delighted to have Sonny join the morning show team,” said Rick Snavely, President of Family Life.  “Sonny has impressive experience in hosting successful morning shows in a range of markets and radio formats.  He’s also shown great chemistry with his co-host, Denny Brownlee, since being on the air together.  We’re hopeful and encouraged that Sonny and Denny will take FLN’s morning show to the next level.”  (1/19)


Ron McClelland, part time air personality and a member of the "Family Friendly Morning Show" with Theresa Ross at WCRJ/Jacksonville (88.1 The Promise) passed away suddenly on Sunday. Ron, also a member of the group "Storyside B" started out volunteering his time at the station and had just started working on a part time basis at WCRJ. Ron and his wife, Rebecca, had joined the WCRJ staff and listeners on the "Promise Cruise" when he collapsed playing basketball and went home to be with the Lord. Click here for story and video.  (1/19)


EMF is purchasing WGUY/Dexter (102.1) and WFZX/Searsport (101.7) (both serve the Bangor Market) from Blueberry Broadcasting who has spun off the two stations to comply with market limits. With the additions EMF will is now at a portfolio of 245 O&Os nationwide. (1/19)


MOVEMENT: WIBI/Carlinville, Il recently purchased a translator station at 93.7 in Effingham, IL and is currently conducting an interference study... Tamara Moore named National Promotion Manager at Tooth & Nail Records and BEC Recordings...   Trans World Radio (TWR) officially names Dr. Emmanuel D. Mbennah as its new International Director for Africa... Tom Hosmer is doing underwriting at SAU Radio Spring Arbor, MI  (1/19)


Next week on The ‘Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug & Kim as Kim goes solo with the help of several visiting ‘Guest Hosts’. Monday, January 19^th , is Matt Maher (‘Your Grace Is Enough’). Tuesday, it’s Christian Comedian, Chonda Pierce from 7-9 AM. Thursday, Kim has long-time guest host favorite, Tammy Trent. The ‘Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug & Kim’ are in their sixth year and is heard nationally on over 80 plus radio stations. Fed live on Salem Music Network’s ‘Today’s Christian Music’ and heard in middle Tennessee on WFFH/Nashville (94 FM The FISH). (1/15)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) knows that getting healthy is the number one New Year’s resolution each year, but realistically more will fail than succeed.  This year, Ellis and Tyler from the Z88.3 Morning Show want to change that by providing listeners the tools and encouragement needed to follow through with their goals. Ellis and Tyler’s Dash for Health is an 8 week initiative where listeners are invited to join either Team Ellis or Team Tyler through the station’s website.
 
“We feel this is an amazing opportunity to join with the community to learn how to make healthier lifestyle changes a priority in 2009,” said Tyler McKenzie of the Z88.3 Morning Show. “I’ve had the desire, but not the tools to do this for a long time,” added Ellis B. Feaster, “And it’s so exciting to see the response we’ve been receiving.”  (1/15)


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) presents an option to all of the bad news you keep hearing on the economy, etc.. When you lose hope in the world, where do you turn? At least 7,000 people will be turning to their faith and their belief in God at the Prudential Center on January 23rd, 2009. Chris Tomlin is bringing his “Hello Love” tour to Newark, NJ to perform songs about that “thing” that so many people are looking for. The concert is taking place in Newark, NJ, the site of racial riots in the 1960’s. Contemporary Christian, Caucasian artist Chris Tomlin will be taking the stage with Gospel, African American artist Israel Houghton that evening celebrating the great strides we can make together in racial relations by coming together to worship. (1/15)


KTSY/Boise listeners rang in the New Year as over 600 people got together to ring in 2009 at KTSY's first ever New Year's Eve Party. Highlights of the night included laser-tag, mini-golf, go-karts, video games and live music. The best part of all, however, was that the party was for a great cause. Those who brought food for the local Boise Rescue Mission received additional tokens good for many of the attractions during the night.  Almost 400 pounds of food was collected, much of it brought children and teenagers. The night ended with a live countdown and celebration complete with party favors and a balloon drop at midnight. (1/15)


Positive Alternative Radio, Inc (Joy FM) morning show, The Morning JoyRide with Daniel, Candi, & Melody conducted a live open forum with Bill Gaither on Thursday’s show. The hosts called a vacationing Gaither to discuss the changes in the Gaither Vocal Band lineup and to hear directly from the source of this week’s major news. You can listen to the audio clip on demand at www.joyfm.org where the mp3 audio is archived. In the interview, Gaither spends time talking about the departure of Guy Penrod and Marsh Hall and the impact they have made on the life of the group; he also speaks to the technical nature of which artist will sing what parts in the new lineup, now consisting of Wes Hampton, Mark Lowry, David Phelps, Michael English, and himself. (1/15)


Christian Talk AM 630 KCIS/Seattle debuted The Huckabee Report Monday, January 12th, 2009.  The four-minute commentary airs twice daily at 7:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.  KCIS Program Director, Mark Holland shares, “This is a major coup for KCIS to land The Huckabee Report.  We are thrilled to offer a segment that is both enlightening and entertaining while adding an occasional smile to our listener’s faces.  Mike Huckabee is not afraid to be bold about sharing practical reasons why his faith is relevant, especially in today’s world.” (1/13)


WPAR-WRXT/Roanoke-Lynchburg (Spirit FM) morning personality Dave Clark has promoted to Program Director. (1/13)


WAY-FM and World Vision announce a national tour featuring Matthew West and Sanctus Real, with special guest Jason Gray. The tour will kick off January 28 in Charleston, SC and will travel to a total of 12 WAY-FM radio markets, finishing up in Denver, CO on February 20. Steve Quant, Director of Media Acquisition for World Vision stated, "I'm always amazed at the generosity of God's people. Audiences in these twelve cities will not only enjoy a night of powerful music, but will also fuel World Vision's efforts by forever changing lives of children all over the globe." The tour is a component of the partnership between the two organizations that began last summer. Lloyd Parker, WAY-FM Chief Operating Officer noted, “The tour was designed to bring the outstanding ministry of World Vision to the local station level. Working with key WAY-FM artists like Sanctus Real and Matthew West will give a great evening of music to our listeners.”  (1/13)


New Christian station KTDV/State Center, IA (91.9 The Dove) went on the Friday 1/9. KTDV is a member of the KDAO family of stations which originates from the KDAO studio in Marshalltown, IA. The station features program Christian AC. Mark Osmundson, general manager of the KDAO stations, noted this is the only full power Christian station in town. Local programming will be phased in as feedback is provided from listeners but there are already a few local shows in place on the station.

Station Manager John Wirkler hosts the morning show weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. which includes local news, information and church event announcements. The Dove is a class C non commercial with about a 50-mile radius coverage area. (1/12)


KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal checks with some great news from the Riverside PPM Fall 2008 quarterly. In Women 35-54, KSGN ranks 3rd with a 5.1 share!  Mornings ranks 3rd (5.7), middays is 3rd (6.4), afternoons is 4th (4.9), and nights ranks 6th (4.0).  If you rank only the Inland Empire stations, KSGN ranks #2 in this demo!   KSGN ranks 3rd in Women 25-54 of all Inland Empire stations!   (1/12)


Listeners across the U.S. gave nearly $370,000 to “WAY-2-Give,” the first-ever national fundraising campaign for WAY-FM Media Group, which included targeted direct mail plus a two day on-air fundraising event on almost all of its stations. “We needed to try something new this year, so we put together a unique and integrated campaign combining direct mail and online giving with a national fundraising opportunity,” explains Senior Vice President Dusty Rhodes.  “Considering how everyone is feeling the affects of this economy, WAY-FM is deeply grateful to its donors for helping us at this time.” On-air messaging for “WAY-2-Give” was unique in that it asked listeners to stand in the gap for other donors who had to curtail donations to the ministry because of the declining economy. Brant Hansen, Donna Cruz, Jeff Connell along with Wally of Total Axxess served as the main air talents for this two day event.  Denver’s WAY-FM conducted its own separate event a week earlier, contributing to the overall total raised. (1/8)


WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light) was recently named small-market “Radio Station of the Year” by Radio and Records Magazine for the second year in a row.  “This acknowledgement from our peers is a high honor. It’s a credit to our team and their dedication to serve with excellence,” said Executive Director Jim Kirkland. “Our number one goal remains the same: may all we do and who we are be used of God to impact lives with the message of Jesus, through both music and The Word. The ability to serve Him is an award with true meaning!”  (1/8)


Former KKSP/Little Rock (Spirit 93.3) PD/Morning Show host Don Burns has accepted the PD position at KXGM/Cedar Rapids (89.1 The Spirit) starting this coming Monday Jan 12. Don will do a live and local morning show with plans to add morning dayparts in the future. (1/7)


New station CKJJ/Bancroft is on the air running final tests at 103.5 and will re-broadcast United Christian Broadcasters (UCB).  UCB is a worldwide network of radio stations that originated in Auckland, New Zealand, and has expanded its broadcast range to 27 nations. It came it Canada in 2003, and Belleville was its first stop, says GM Garry Quinn.  “Technically, we are an adult contemporary station, our target audience, falling between the ages of 24 to 55,” says Quinn.

“In the United States, there are approximately 1,500 Christian-based radio stations. In Canada, there are about 50,” says Quinn. So if we were to take the 10:1 ratio, (the population ration between the two nations) there is a lot of growth potential. But, then again, Christian radio stations have only been allowed in this country since 1994.”  (1/7)


MOVEMENT: Tiffany Rood joins KCFY/Yuma, AZ for nights... Troy Klein returns to KVMV/McAllen as Promotions/Community Relations Director... Geoff Pinkus joins Salem's WIND/Chicago for live overnights... WNCT/Greenville exits the format... KWRD/Dallas GM Peter Thomson exits the station for FamilyNet TV and Radio... Lead guitarist Jody Davis has re-joined Inpop group The Newsboys...  (1/5)


KHZR/KPVR/St. Louis (JOY-FM) announced it's Project: JOY for January, a free trip for a JOY-FM listener to visit a brand new Compassion International project in Guatemala.  This is the same project that JOY-FM listeners fully sponsored in December with it's Christmas With Compassion event.  Although JOY-FM had set aside 12 hours to meet the goal of 150 children sponsored, that goal was met in less than 3 hours.  With such an overwhelming response, the support drive continued and sponsored over 400 children that day.  The stations' annual mission trip will head to the project in August. (1/5)


WORQ/Green Bay (Q90FM) Director of Broadcast Operations Jim Kid Raider tells HisAir.Net, "I am proud to announce that our Listeners have once again come thru for us!  Our Twice a year Q-Drive (Sharathon) goal has been met! Plus additional monies for our Hopenet Ministry have come in! Thanks to ALL!  (1/5)


Pam from the morning show at KTIS/Minneapolis leaves Tuesday Jan 6 for Belize and a visit to several KTIS supported Christian radio stations. Pam says "We’re going to teach radio workshops because many of their mostly volunteer staff have had no formal radio training.  I’m very excited and request your prayer support for safe travel, health and God’s inspiration for all of us."  Learn more about My Refuge Radio at http://www.myrefugebelize.org/radio.htm. (1/5)


KDUV/Visalia APD Shannon Steele has been promoted to the Program Director role, effective January 5th replacing the exiting Joe Croft. Shannon joined KDUV in 2001 coming from WDJC/Birmingham. Croft served as KDUV PD for more than a decade and will remain at the station in a part time role as he pursues a nursing degree.  (1/2)


WCVK/Bowling Green PD Susan Woodard checks in with HisAir.Net. "We are praising God for recent ratings!  With 18 stations making the "local" list in our over-saturated small market, Spring 2008 Arbitron shows WCVK as #1 in TSL and #3 for AQH (4.3), both for Women 25-54!  That TSL for weekdays 6a-Midnight is 8.7 -- God is so good! (1/2)


American Family Radio (AFR) has launched a new AFR Talk format flipping a number of it's current AC and CHR music stations to the new format. According to AFR President Tim Wildmon, “American Family Radio is making a change in format for many of our stations beginning with the New Year. We are introducing AFR Talk. This format will feature a mix of excellent live talk radio programs as well as some of the very best Bible teaching programs available. This change in format is in keeping with our mission of getting truthful information out to the Christian community so we can be the salt and light that Jesus commands his followers to be. We realize some of our listeners are going to miss the music they have become accustomed to hearing. However, we think it is in the overall best interest of our ministry to change to this new news/talk/teaching format." Michael Reagan recently joined the AFR talk line-up. (1/2)


 

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