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ARB Fall '09 Phase 2 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WFFH/Nashville 2.3... KXOJ/Tulsa 3.4... KGBI/Omaha 2.5... (12/30)


One of the coolest station Christmas productions we've seen on the net.... Check out this video by the staff at KSBJ/Houston. Click here. (12/29)


Midas Records artist Rush Of Fools has been invited to play during the pre-show for the Fourth Annual Papajohns.com Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.  Wes Willis, the lead singer of Rush Of Fools, has also been invited to sing the national anthem before kickoff at the game. Of the invitation to play at the game, Willis said, “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with Papa John’s and ESPN for the Papajohns.com Bowl. Growing up in Alabama, we are huge college football fans and it is an honor and privilege to be able to be a part of this game. We love that it’s in our own backyard and we’re looking forward to a great game!”

"We are happy to have partnered with WDJC and Crawford Broadcasting to put together the first annual Papapalooza as part of our bowl week activities,” said Mark Meadows, Executive Director of the Papajohns.com Bowl. “We are excited that we were able to book Rush of Fools as our headliner in the pre-game Fan Zone."  (12/29)


ARB Fall '09 Phase 2 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WJQK/Grand Rapids 2.2... KBIQ/Colorado Springs 5.1... WDJC/Birmingham 4.8... KAIM/Honolulu 1.6... KPEZ/Austin 1.2... (12/24)


Arbitron Nov 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WORD/Pittsburgh 96,500... WRBS/Baltimore 277,100... KLDV/Denver 271,500... KXWA/Denver 78,500...  (12/24)


The GMA officially announces its initial hosts, appearances and plans for its 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The 2010 Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry House and televised nationwide on Gospel Music Channel Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. Final nominees will be announced on February 18, 2010.

The 41st annual GMA Dove Awards will be hosted by 2009's Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, and multiple Dove Award-winning group MercyMe's frontman Bart Millard. (12/23)


BITS: Salem's WNYM/New York (AM 970 The Apple) signs Curtis Sliwa for mornings starting Monday, January 11th... VSS Catholic Communications signed on new station KBTK/Grand Island, NE (Spirit 91.5) today... WBGL/Champaign has bought a building (4101 Fieldstone Road) and plans to move it's studios there early next year...  (12/23)  


WIBI/Springfield, IL and WCIC/Peoria recently hosted Sara Groves' "O Holy Night" Christmas Tour at Lincoln Women's Correctional Center.  Over 600 women, prison administration and prison guards attended two shows at the medium security facility.  Each woman in attendance received a "ticket for admission" to the concert with a scripture verse or message of encouragement on it (handwritten by attendees from two Remedy Drive concerts earlier in the year) along with incredible encouragement, a clear opportunity to respond to the Gospel and -- of course -- an incredible Christmas concert with Sara and her band.  A local church will continue the discipleship begun that evening with DCFS approved courses on parenting, money management, skill development and Bible studies."  (12/22)


             WIBI, WCIC, Hope Shows and Sara Groves


Air 1 Radio Network Director of National Promotions Paul Goldsmith has been promoted to Assistant Program Director/Music Director. He will continue to oversee Promotions. Beginning January 1, 2010, Goldsmith will also take all music tracking calls for Air 1. Goldsmith was originally hired by Air 1’s sister network, K-LOVE, as the Chicago based Promotions Manager in 2003. He moved to the National Promotions role at Air 1 in 2007. Goldsmith stated, “I grew up on great radio in Chicago and now get a chance to work with some radio greats. THIS is a dream job. I am so honored to work for a ministry that is so devoted to excellence.” Chuck Pryor, VP of Programming, for Air 1 stated, “Paul’s passion for radio is unmatched. He brings a lot of energy and vision to Air 1. We just keep adding responsibilities to his plate because he won’t turn down a challenge. He has more jobs now than Ryan Seacrest. Air 1 is heard on over 200 radio signals in 40 states. (12/21)


The Christmas wishes of many Northwest Arkansas families were met thanks to listeners of local radio station 101.1 FM KLRC/Fayetteville.  For the third year, KLRC initiated its “Christmas Wish” campaign in hopes of touching the lives of listeners who are facing various challenges and need a helping hand this season. After Thanksgiving, KLRC began asking listeners to make a Christmas wish online at www.KLRC.com for themselves or someone they knew. To date, 57 wishes have been posted online and 18 wishes have been granted. In addition, a wish will be granted on air every weekday morning through Christmas Eve.  (12/17)


As 2009 nears a close, INO Records is celebrating its being named the #1 Hot Christian AC Label Imprint on Billboard’s year-end charts. In addition to MercyMe taking the Christian Songs Artist of the Decade slot, INO had three singles in the top 10 of the year end AC airplay chart.  Those three were the 17-week #1 hit from Phillips, Craig & Dean (“Revelation song”) and the #1 debut track from Jonny Diaz (“More Beautiful You”), and the #1 song from MercyMe, “Finally Home.”  INO was also named both the #2 Hot Christian CHR imprint.
 
“This has been a very successful year for us at radio,” remarks INO Record’s President Jeff Moseley. “ We credit the great songs, great artists, and a promotions team that works hard partnering with our friends at radio.”   (12/17)


Salem today announced changes that the company says are designed to make it more responsive to the rapidly changing media environment. As part of this strategic restructuring, Joe Davis will begin a new role at Salem as the Senior Advisor to the CEO, Special Projects and Strategic Development. In announcing this transition Edward G. Atsinger III, CEO, said, "In his new role, Joe will be responsible for developing new national content for Salem's Christian Teaching and Talk stations, for assisting Salem's existing ministry clients to improve the yield from their media ministries, and for taking on strategic projects as directed by me. Joe joined Salem in 1989 and has served as Salem's COO and then as President of the Radio Division since 2007.

Additionally, David Santrella is promoted to President, Radio Division. David started with Salem in 2001, in October 2008, he was given responsibility over Minneapolis, Denver and Colorado Springs.

Additional management changes will also take place effective January 1, 2010. Allen Power will be promoted to Senior Vice President overseeing Salem's largest markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Finally, three of the company's current radio station General Managers will be promoted to Operational Vice Presidents as follows: Mike Moran in Atlanta, Russ Whitnah in Philadelphia and Brian Taylor in Denver. (12/15)


Off the air for the past couple of days because of technical difficulties WVNE/Worcester is expected to resume broadcasting tomorrow.  WVNE owner Blount Communications Group said the station relies on two transmitters: one that is 25,000 watts and another that is 10,000 watts. The station ordered a brand new 25,000-watt transmitter from Nova Scotia last week, and in preparation for its arrival, disassembled the transmitter it was replacing. During this process, the backup transmitter broke down, he said. (12/15)


Compassion International, the world’s largest one-to-one child sponsorship organization encourages all of Christian media to dedicate one day of broadcast on February 10, 2010, to help children and families 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. February 10, 2010 is Global Food Crisis Day, a day where hundreds of Christian broadcasters can join together with one voice to wake the nation to this worldwide hunger emergency.”   According to the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), food aid is at a 20-year low despite the number of critically hungry people soaring this year to its highest level ever and the number of hungry people will pass 1 billion this year for the first time.

“Millions have been buffeted by the global financial down turn. Their ability to buy food is limited by stubbornly high prices. In addition, unpredictable weather patterns are causing more weather-related hunger," the WFP said. On March 11, 2009, over 1,000 radio stations and other media helped raise over $3 million through the generous donations of over 28,000 listeners. Global Food Crisis Day 2010 hopes to match or exceed that amount.

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 and others interested in participating in Global Food Crisis Day on February 10, 2010 can go to: www.compassion.com/gfc to get more information. “My hope is that every domestic Christian radio station will participate with us,” says Wess Stafford. “We as the body of Christ have an obligation to ‘…help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest, as He has done for you.’” (Joshua 1: 14-15)  (12/14)


KCBI/Dallas will be the new home of FamilyNet Radio. ComStar Media recently purchased FamilyNet Television and FamilyNet Radio from In Touch Ministries. A new radio home broadcast base was needed and KCBI was asked to allow expansion of its studios to include FamilyNet Radio. KCBI General Manager and Senior Vice President Mike Tirone said, “The Lord is up to something here, we are excited to see how the Lord will utilize these ministries for His glory.”  Dr. Charles Stanley launched FamilyNet in Atlanta in October of 2007 and recently sold the network to ComStar Media in Dallas, Texas. FamilyNet Radio on Sirius XM Radio has 11 million subscribers. (12/14)


Brad Fisk of Fisk Media Services passed along some info on a free program available to Christian radio produced by Faith Comes By Hearing.  The Christmas Story  is a dramatized, word-for-word Audio Bible presentation from the New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The program uses multiple character voices, musical backgrounds and sound effects. This classic, biblical narrative is available, at no-cost, for your station or network.  For more information contact Jon Wilke at 505-881-3321 or jwilke@fcbhmail.org.  (12/8)


INO Recording Artist Sara Groves joined WAWZ/New York's (Star 99.1) Johnny Stone in the Morning December 3rd, 2009 to talk Christmas shopping, the challenges of being a traveling mom/artist and to perform live her new song, “Joy Is In Our Hearts”.

Sara also told the story behind that song. She and her husband Troy attended the Global Prayer Gathering of the International Justice League where a woman named Angel spoke of her life and being rescued from a brothel. Angel is now a social worker who counsels other woman.  Sara said, “We came with heavy hearts, obviously this is a serious and heavy topic.  But we reminded each other, this is why we hope.”  (12/7)

 

 


ChristianNetcast.com has announced that customer streams can now be heard on the iPod touch. With the advance of mobile technology all of ChristianNetcast customers can now have their stations signal enjoyed on the iPod touch as well as other mobile devices, such as iPhones Widows Mobile and Blackberry . While streaming to mobile devices has been available for some time with ChristianNetcast, many stations are just now moving in the mobile direction.

"We designate December as our customer appreciation month and in that we try to make our customers aware of all the services that ChristianNetcast provides." Stated ChristianNetcast VP of Sales David Palmer. " ChristianNetcast has grown with technology over the last ten years and some of our customers are not aware of all the services available to them". ChristianNetcast boasts that with its custom player you can add your station logo, rotating banners, pre-rolls ads, and more, creating a revenue tool that provides value-added benefits to your local and national advertisers. Custom player buttons and links for live, on-demand and mobile listeners are provided and can be easily placed on any website, blog, social site.

"With the addition of our WOWZA service we have the ability to support all formats of streaming including Windows Media, Shoutcast, Icecast, ACC, ACC+, MP3 and Flash. We really cover it all for mobile and internet streaming. "states Todd VanTasel VP of Technology

David Palmer VP of Sales and marketing concluded "over the last couple of years we added video streaming and provided our customers with a new web based reporting tools. This allows our customers to log in at any time and run reports to see who is listening and from where. It has also assisted stations better understand their reporting requirements for Sound Exchange. With all of these advances in technology ChristianNetcast is positioned to lead the streaming industry."

For more information on ChristianNetcast and its services, visit www.christiannetcast.com, or call 866-NETCAST.  (12/7)


Mandy Young joins Sean Copeland for “Sean and Mandy” in the morning on Air 1 Radio, 3-9am PST (6a-12p EST). Mandy comes from WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) where she also worked mornings. Also, new to Air 1 is Josh Ashton. “Ashton” will be on-air afternoons 1-7pm PST (4-10pm EST) and comes to Air 1 from mainstream KHTT/Tulsa (106.9 K-HITS). He previously did mornings at KCXR/Tulsa (The Kross) and WNAZ/Nashville. Air 1 is now heard on over 200 radio signals in 40 states. Chuck Pryor, VP of Programming for Air 1 stated, “I am very excited about the additions of Mandy and Ashton to our line-up. They both bring a ton of creativity, talent, and enthusiasm to Air 1… look-out!”.  (12/4)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) has made some changes to their airstaff line-up. Sherry Abel has moved to nights replacing The John Tesh Radio Show, and APD Mike Russell is now LIVE during middays.  WCVO Program Director, Todd Stach says, “I’m excited to have someone with Sherry’s experience and ability at night to connect with our audience.  Moving Mike to middays LIVE only offers us the opportunity to connect at a deeper level during the work day.  I’m grateful to Alan Mason from Goodratings who has encouraged us during this transition.”  Sherry joined WCVO in 1999 and Mike in 1998. (12/4)


WAY-FM Regional Manager Jim Marshall has been cited as a “Best Manager” in the November 23 issue of Radio Ink Magazine.  He was noted under the Regional Managers category on their annual “The Best Managers in Radio” list. Based at WAY-FM in West Palm Beach, FL, Marshall has been with WAY-FM since 2005. In addition to managing the day to day operations of the West Palm Beach/Ft Lauderdale station, he also oversees WAY-FM stations in Ft Myers, FL and North Florida (Tallahassee and Panama City). “Jim brings many years of experience to WAY-FM and he’s such a valuable part of our team. I am glad to see him get some recognition for the great job he does.” noted Lloyd Parker, WAY-FM Chief Operating Officer. (12/4)


Arbitron Nov 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WGTS/Wash DC 361,600... WAVA/Wash DC 160,400... WMUZ/Detroit 180,300... KLVA/Phoenix 174,300... KGCB/Phoenix 50,000... WFSH/Atlanta 634,000... WVFJ/Atlanta 184,000... KTIS/Minneapolis 433,900... KCMS/Seattle 460,800... KWPZ/Seattle 43,300... (12/3)


With WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99)  PD Gary Thompson's departure for SOS Radio, the station has assigned MD duties to assistant MD Jeremy Henry. Troy West will slide into afternoons and the station will be announcing a new morning show soon.  (12/2)


Arbitron Nov 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KSBJ/Houston 641,700... KROI/Houston 396,600... WMBI/Chicago 271,000... WJKL/Chicago 252,500... WONU/Chicago 76,800... KFSH/Los Angeles 362,300... KWVE/Los Angeles 169,700... KLTY/Dallas 933,200... KCBI/Dallas 237,900... KSGN/Riverside 150,000... WAWZ/New York 297,800... WPPZ/Philadelphia 351,500

ARB Fall '09 Phase 1 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+:KCBI/Omaha 2.9... WHJT/Jackson, MS 1.0... (12/2)


ChristianNetcast.com is celebrating ten years of service to the Christian community. At the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville this month ChristianNetcast celebrated its ten year anniversary by giving away laptops, Wii gaming system, jackets, hats and T-shirts. The company also unveiled its new tradeshow display that took up a twenty by thirty foot space on the show floor.

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.”  

Considered by many to be an authority in the area of internet broadcasting and ministry, ChristianNetcast.com leads the nation by providing streaming services for over 500 radio stations and ministries world wide. 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”. VanTasel, a graduate of Liberty University, provided the technical expertise to develop the services provided by ChristianNetcast as well and the network design to best serve ChristianNetcast customers. “We provide good service and support that is what has made us who we are” states VanTasel. Through out the years the company has been featured in news paper, magazines and TV networks such as TBN, CBN, Fox News and NBC Nightly News. When asked what the next 10 years holds Palmer concluded, “We have seen the internet change our lives and in the next 10 years it will change faster than ever before.”

For more information on ChristianNetcast and its services, visit www.ChristianNetcast.com, or call toll-free (866) NET-CAST. (12/1)


Family Life Network has expanded its web presence with two new Internet radio stations, Gentle Praise and Thrive.  Both stations launched in November and are now streaming on www.fln.org.

Gentle Praise is a mix of light jazz, classical and modern worship music. The format is about 75% instrumental and 25% soft vocals. Thrive is a combination of Rock, Emo, and Alternative music that creates a fresh, indie-sounding music channel. Thrive also works like an information hotline, giving listeners the latest Christian music news and buzz topics.  (12/1)


The SOS Radio Network has hired WJQK/Grand Rapids PD Gary Thompson as Production Director/afternoon host. SOS PD Scott Herrold says: “Gary has a real gift for connecting with listeners. He’s one of the best writers and producers in radio. We’re looking forward to his creative leadership on our team!” Gary Thompson has been the Program Director for JQ 99 in Grand Rapids for the past three years.  In addition, he’s worked at KXOJ/Tulsa and WCVO/Columbus.

Gary says: "I'm amazed at the quiet, humble faithfulness with which the team at SOS radio has ministered with huge impact for the last 40 years. Brad and Chris Staley are not in this for accolades, but to reach Las Vegas and every other market they reach for Jesus. Scott Herrold is a razor sharp programmer with a passion for his people and listeners. It'll be great to work with him again. He's a gifted leader."

Gary’s family will relocate to Las Vegas over Christmas break and start at SOS Radio the first week of January. (11/30)


Following the footsteps of the K-LOVE morning show, Air 1 morning show host Sean Copeland will also be moving to Indianapolis to host the Air 1 morning show Jennifer James, who has been on the air with Sean for the last few months will be staying in California and returning to her regular afternoon news spot. Dan Dillard will be making the move to Indy to do news in the morning. The move is expected to be completed by mid December. (11/27)


WBOJ/Columbus, GA (The Truth) moves it's dial position from 103.7 to 88.5.  With the change the station now has non-profit status. The station, as before, will air contemporary Christian music and a couple of teaching sessions throughout the day. (11/27)


KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) decks the halls and the airwaves for the holidays by flipping the station to play all Christmas music from the day after Thanksgiving through the New Year. Scott Valentine, Program Director shares, “In the midst of uncertainty it is our job to shine a light for others to see.  Playing all Christmas music is our way of inviting people to find encouragement and hope.  As a promise to our listeners, SPIRIT 105.3 FM will not over commercialize Christmas and will play Christmas music from Friday, November 27 through the New Year.”  (11/27)


There was a surprise announcement on KCBI/Dallas-Fort Worth this week when Morning Show host Jim Wilson proposed to his sweetheart Betsy Machen on the air.  Jim had convinced Betsy that a local television station was there only to videotape an announcement about KCBI programming and that she should join him to watch the excitement. She soon found that explanation was just part of an elaborate story and that all KCBI employees knew about the real surprise!   (11/27)

 

 


WCQR/Gray challenged their listeners to purchase a food basket for $25 that would go to Second Harvest Food Bank.  The goal was 500 baskets.  Mike Perry, General Manger of WCQR said “this was the first time we ever tried something like this and we thought 500 baskets would be great.  But we were all overwhelmed when our listeners generously gave over 1,112 baskets to feed the hungry in our community. Perry said the idea came from all the media reports of families going without food.  “We couldn’t stand the thought of that happening so we decided to do something about it.”  Not only will these families receive food for their stomachs, they will also receive food for their souls as Life Way Christian Stores has donated a New Testament Bible to put into each box.  (11/25)

 

 

 


BITS: Kris Spain joins WAYH/Huntsville (WAY FM) as promotion director... WQZQ/Clarksville, TN flips to black gospel as "The Light"... WFFH/Nashville (94.1 The Fish) now playing all Christmas music... (11/25) 


ARB Fall '09 Phase 1 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WFFH/NAshville 3.3... KXOJ/Tulsa 3.3... WDJC/Birmingham 3.3... KAIM/Honolulu 1.5... KBIQ/Colorado Springs 4.6... KPEZ/Austin 1.5...  (11/25)


WAYH/Huntsville, AL (88.1 WAY-FM) hosted the “Follow You Tour” on Friday, November 20th, featuring Leeland, Brandon Heath, and special guest Francesca Battistelli.  The concert was held at Decatur Baptist Church in Decatur, AL and was packed with 1,400 people in attendance.  (11/25)


WAY FM Mornings with Brant host, Brant Hansen, traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to visit a Cure
International hospital.  Hansen called into the show all week long sharing his experiences.  As a result, more than 2000 listeners pledged their support so that Cure International could provide blankets for pregnant Afghan moms, along with pre-natal and post-natal care.   “This was not your typical DJ overseas trip” according to WAY-FM/CHRSN General Manager, Faron Dice, “It was very dangerous, because of the continued instability in the country”

Hansen says… "This just seemed like the right time for this.  Afghanistan is on everyone's mind, and our hearts, too," Hansen said.  "CURE is doing something remarkable there.  The founders are Kingdom-minded people, and their work -- healing -- does 'change everything', like their tagline says.  It's amazing." (11/23)

 


KCBI/Dallas and Focus on the Family are teaming together to provide an on-demand viewing of the first-ever video edition of a KCBI Town Hall broadcast!  Family Matters: A Forum on the Family will debut, in its entirety, on Wednesday, November 25th, on the Focus on the Family website, http://www.Listen.Family.org.  Family Matters was broadcast live on KCBI while being taped for a November 29th, 7pm, presentation on FamilyNet television.  (11/23)


BITS: After five years of planning and fundraising, WBVM/Tampa Bay (Spirit FM 90.5) has moved into its brand new facility... Congratulations to KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) personality Lara Scott on the birth of a new baby boy, Dallas born Nov. 17th (Lara will be back on the air in Jan broadcasting from her home studio)... PLG National Promotions Manager Matt Ingle has been hired on at Patton House Entertainment to be head of the new Radio Promotions and Marketing division...  (11/20)


 Baby Dallas born 11/17/09


KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind)  Morning Show Host KC Wright exits to join EMF as KLOVE Morning Show Producer. Lisa Williams, KLOVE Morning Show Host says  "We’re so excited about all that KC is bringing to EMF and the show!  He and I have known each other for years;  he shares my heart and passion for radio and Jesus.  Eric and I are very happy to have him producing the show, starting November 30th."   Lisa recently announced they will be moving the home for the KLOVE morning show to WKLU/Indianapolis, the EMF station there. Broadcasting the morning show from Indy will allow them (Williams and Allen) to have more "family" time since the show starts at 3am PT now. It will also put them closer to network events around the country. If interested in filling KC's spot at KWND contact PD Chalmer Harper. Also see the opening posted on our jobs page.  (11/20)


His Radio Network PD Rob Dempsey and his family are happy to announce a new addition to their family.  Elijah Michael Dempsey was adopted into the family 11.16.09.  The Dempseys have been caring for Elijah as foster parents for over a year, but were blessed to give him a “forever home”.

Pictured l-r Amy Dempsey (Rob’s Wife), Rob Dempsey, Elijah Dempsey, Amanda Dempsey, and Spencer Dempsey (the one eating the ice cream)  (11/19)


Former XM The Message programmer Jim Epperlein's wife Connie checks in with HisAir.Net today with great news regarding her husbands 10 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  "I wanted you to know that Jim is FULLY recovered!!! .  He's been strength building, eating everything he wants and he's walking 6 miles every other day!   This last weekend (11/7) marked 5 months that he's been home from the hospital. Connie goes on to say, "Jim recently had a follow-up visit with his Family Practice doctor, Dr. Swink, who told Jim that in his 35 years of medical practice he's "never had or heard of a more remarkable story"!  This wonderful outcome is truly a MIRACLE!  Thanks so much for all your love and support over these last several months!!  All of this wonderful news comes during the season of thankfulness!  We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and all of its special meanings . . . especially in light of our wonderful news!  God Bless!

Jim has been keeping busy with the start-up of his own broadcast and consulting firm called JDE - Artist & Broadcast Consulting.  In addition, in August, he started working on his Masters Degree in Communications Management at Towson University. XM laid off Jim last year he now works part time on the air at WRBS/Baltimore (95.1 SHINE FM).

Here is a photo from the Pancreatic Cancer walk in early October in Baltimore. It was a two mile walk with almost 2,000 walkers.  Jim is wearing shorts.  (11/17)


Charles Van Dyke is leaving his promotions position at Curb Records to become Manager of National Promotions at Provident Label Group. Charles last day at Curb will be tomorrow 11/18 and he'll be at PLG Thursday..  (11/17)


Scott Michaels has been hired by Northwestern Media as KDNW /Duluth (FM 97.3) and KDNI/Duluth (FM 90.5) Station Manager. Scott returns to Minnesota having programmed KKJM/St. Cloud.  In addition Scott's resume' includes WQCK/Baton Rouge, KSGN/Riverside and KWPZ/Bellingham & Vancouver BC.  He also spent time as the Director of Operations & Research for CRISTA Broadcasting (including KCMS/Seattle).  (11/16)


Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) has announced the eligibility period for the 2010 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards. Eligibility dates for the 2010 awards will be May 1, 2009 thru April 30, 2010. Stations wishing to enter the 2010 competition will only be allowed to submit airchecks and station activities which took place between those dates. The 2010 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards will be presented during the annual Echo Awards, which will be held September 11, 2010 during Momentum 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Details regarding eligibility requirements for entering the 2010 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards, including changes being made for the this year’s awards, will be available soon on the CMB website – www.cmbonline.org. (11/16)


International Christian ministry Trans World Radio will change its name to TWR on November 18, 2009. At the same time, the organization also will adopt the positioning statement "Speaking Hope to the World" to fortify its new identity. "While our commitment to radio broadcasting remains steadfast, the name Trans World Radio no longer fully conveys the scope of our organization," says TWR President Lauren Libby. "TWR is more than radio. It is a multifaceted media ministry. By changing the name to TWR, we will maintain radio as a keystone communication component all the while employing a strategic integration of new media platforms. In fact, we will even seek to enlarge our broadcasting footprint."  (11/16)


KCXR/Tulsa (100.3 The Kross) has discontinued its simulcast of sister station KXOJ/Tulsa and is now programming a Christian CHR format. You may remember the former Rock station that launched in 2002 and dropped the format to simulcast KXOJ over 2 years ago. (11/16)


On Tuesday, November 17  WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) PD/mornings Johnny Stone will be speaking with platinum-selling recording artist Casting Crowns on the air. Their new CD “Until The Whole World Hears” goes on sale Tuesday and the band will perform a few songs live starting at 6:30am. “Casting Crowns is one of the lead artists for Contemporary Christian Music and they speak into the hearts of those that listen to STAR 99.1,” explains Morning Show Host Johnny Stone. “These guys (and gals) are the best of the best and we can’t wait to talk to them.”  (11/16)


ARB Fall '09 Phase 1 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WJQK/Grand Rapids 1.9...  (11/16)


As expected, Classical music fans are protesting the sale of KFUO/St Louis by Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Gateway Creative Broadcasting. LCMS said it is selling the station in order to raise money. The comment period on the sale of the station, owned by the Lutherans since 1948, ends Nov. 30.  (11/16)


KLRC/Fayetteville is encouraging listeners to “Pay It Forward” through random acts of kindness. “‘Pay it Forward’ inspires us all to look for ways we can show love in tangible ways with our community,” said Keri Lynn, KLRC morning show host and promotions director. “Already this year our listeners have been able to ‘Pay it Forward’ to an elderly homebound couple in need of a garbage disposal, and provide warm socks to the homeless and needy in Fayetteville. The best part is this is just the beginning of a month filled with generosity.”  Beginning Nov. 1, KLRC started asking listeners to go to KLRC.com and let them know how they would “Pay it Forward” if they were given $101.  Thanks to Arvest Bank, three listeners will be selected from the submissions and given a check for $101 to use for their “Pay it Forward” plan. The “Pay it Forward” plans chosen to be carried out will be announced during the “KLRC Morning Show” on Fridays during the month of November.  (11/16)


KZTH/Oklahoma City (88.5 The House FM) just celebrated 5 years on the air. To celebrate, Brent and Janelle from McCoy in the morning traveled around the listening area sharing birthday cake, prizes, and collecting baby items for the pregnancy centers in each location. (11/12)


Culminating 2 days of their first-ever broadcast fundraising event (Sharathon), United Christian Broadcasters (UCB), through the help of Polaris Fundraising Worldwide and ShareMedia Services, raised the final funds needed to witness a milestone vision, first cast by UCB founder, Ian Mackie 23 years ago…bringing Christian Radio to the entire United Kingdom. Just one week prior the British Government amazingly, approved UCB's Nationwide Broadcast License and at 10:00 pm GMT on November 5, 2009 the final funding, $1,230,000 (£750,000) was raised to underwrite this broadcast offering for an entire year.

In studio to coach and consult with the broadcast team at UCB, ShareMedia Services President Todd Isberner, who provided this proclamation via international text, “After everything added in, the total at 10pm was 763,000 pounds!! Over the goal of 750,000! “Unbelievable celebration and praise. Haven't felt this much fresh excitement and faith since my early days of Christian radio. We've been smothered in love by this new family of ours. What a privilege!”  UCB, which had previously been broadcasting to most major cities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on digital audio broadcast (DAB) has now signed contracts and been granted approval, to broadcast nationally across the entire UK (including Northern Ireland).

“This is an extraordinary dream come true,” said Ian Mackie, CEO and founder of UCB UK. “We have had a 23-year old dream and vision to broadcast nationally across the UK and it’s an overwhelming and humbling day to finally see that dream come to fruition”.  (11/11)


         
Todd Isberner and Dick Jenkins onsite at UCB


The date of April 21, 2010 has officially been posted on the GMA website as the date for the 2010 Dove Awards. The only dates for GMA Music week on the site are for 2009. So after much speculation it appears the 41st Annual Dove awards will take place. Earlier this month the GMA board was rumored to be voting on shutting its doors. No one at the GMA ever confirmed this publicly.  (11/11)


WHZN/Indianapolis (88.3 The Walk) PD Kurt Wallace takes on mornings at WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3). Kurt will continue to handle programming, music, and VT duties for WHZN while doing mornings live weekdays at WAKW.  (11/10)


Family Life Network (FLN) has introduced Kurt Goff and Jean Hetherington as co-hosts of its new afternoon radio show from 2pm-6pm. Goff joins Family Life from SOS Radio Network (Las Vegas, NV) where he did afternoons.  Prior to that, Goff was anchor and reporter for several television stations including KVBC-TV (Las Vegas, NV), KOLD-TV (Tucson, AZ), and KRDO-TV (Colorado Springs, CO). Hetherington joined Family Life Network from co-hosting the morning show at KVOO/Tulsa. 

 “We’re so happy to have Kurt and Jean here,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life Network. “They both have impressive broadcast experience, come from major markets, and show great on-air chemistry.  Both guys come from diverse backgrounds, too, which bring interesting depth and relevancy to the show.”  (11/10)


Arbitron Oct 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WPKV/Pittsburgh 110,000... WORD/Pittsburgh 90,600... WRBS/Baltimore 273,700... WGTS/Wash DC 109,100 (Bal book)... KLDV/Denver 283,300... KXWA/Denver 87,100... (11/9)


Spirit FM/Missouri  Marketing/Promotions Director Jack Davis checks in with HisAir.Net "we just wrapped up our Fall Days of Glory with a ‘God is More’ day. Our monthly goal is just over 107% & our Five Star goal is at 206% and still going.  God is good!" (11/6)


Arbitron Oct 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WGTS/Wash DC 359,100... WAVA/Wash DC 152,700... WMUZ/Detroit 214,100... KLVJ/San Diego 53,700... WFSH/Atlanta 647,600... WVFJ/Atlanta 181,600... KCMS/Seattle 458,300... KWPZ/Seattle 60.100... KTIS/Minneapolis 419,700... KLVA/Phoenix 187,200... KGCB/Phoenix 48,500... (11/5)


Salem Communications Corporation released its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009. For the quarter ended September 30, 2009 compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2008:

Consolidated

-- Total revenue decreased 10.2% to $48.9 million from $54.4 million;
-- Operating expenses decreased 20.8% to $54.4 million from
   $68.7 million;
-- Operating expenses excluding impairment of goodwill and indefinite-
   lived assets and gain or loss on disposal of assets decreased 16.6%
   to $40.2 million from $48.2 million;
-- Operating loss from continued operations was $5.5 million in the
   current quarter as compared to $14.2 million in the prior year;
-- Net loss was $4.6 million, or $0.19 net loss per share, as compared
   to $11.0 million, or $0.47 net loss per share;
-- EBITDA was a loss of $0.2 million for the quarter as compared to a
   loss of $9.7 million in the prior year; and
-- Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2.3% to $12.5 million from $12.7 million.
(11/5)

Arbitron Oct 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WPPZ/Philadelphia 384,900... WFIL/Philadelphia 74,200... KFSH/Los Angeles 384,300... KKLA/Los Angeles 271,400... WMBI/Chicago 291,100... WJKL/Chicago 280,600... WONU/Chicago 67,300... KLTY/Dallas 878,600... KSBJ/Houston 630,200... KROI/Houston 426,500... WAWZ/New York 332,000... KSGN/Riverside 170,700  (11/4)


The Gospel Music Association is now live with its first-ever online auction offering one-of-a-kind memorabilia, autographed CDs and promotional items along with unique VIP experiences from top Christian artists. Auction highlights include the "Christmas Coffee" with Amy Grant and "In the Studio" with Michael W. Smith experiences, as well as a MercyMe autographed Epiphone guitar. Other auction listings include:

- Dolly Parton-Autographed Book, CD, and more
- DeGarmo & Key-Autographed Keyboard
- Aaron Rogers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback-Autographed Football
- Decyfer Down-and Disciple-Autographed Skate Decks
- Karen Kingsbury-"Forever In Fiction"
- Michael W. Smith-Autographed "Healing Rain" Gold Certified Plaque

Dan Michaels, marketing senior vice president for INO Records and co-chair of the GMA's Auction Committee, shares, "We're excited that the artists are donating their time and products to support the GMA, an organization which has championed Christian music for more than 45 years."

To view a full list of items and make bids visit: www.gmaauction.com (11/4)


BITS: Prentice Parton has exited nights at RadioU/Columbus and relocated to San Diego... EMF has purchased WHMR/Paducah from Heartland Ministries... UCB, a Christian-broadcasting network has launch in Scotland on DAB becoming the second religion-based channel to do so, joining Premier Christian Radio... WCLN/Fayetteville as pulled its sponsorship out of a local cultural holiday citing religious censorship according to GM Dan DeBruler "This is a stand on who we are as Christians"  ...   (11/3)


The WBGL/Champaign  "Vision"fall fundraiser held October 28-30 was a huge success. The operations goal was met early, allowing the focus of the fundraiser to be completing the building campaign. When the fundraiser ended Friday morning, over 3,400 people had gotten involved, giving WBGL a gift of over $571,000. The fundraiser completed 92% of the $1.5 million building campaign, leaving just over $100,000 to finish it entirely.  (11/3)

Family Life Radio hosted a REACH Concert featuring the Newsboys on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31. Thousands attended the concert where 250 – 300 gave their lives to Christ and three tons of food was donated to the Gospel Rescue Mission. “We’re here to shine light on a dark night,” stated Dr. Randy Carlson, President of Family Life Communications. In a night of music and the Gospel message, concert goers were given the opportunity to come forward, pray with volunteers and commit their lives to Christ.

“Rock & Roll used to be divisive,” said Newsboy guitarist Duncan Phillips. “Now three generations of families connect (at concerts) and worship God together.” The one thing Phillips wants for each person in the audience is “to seek God for yourself. He’s your Father and wants to show Himself to you.”


Star Educational Foundation officially takes ownership of WLAB/Ft Wayne (Star 88.3). Star Educational Foundation is headed by GM Melissa Montana and purchased the station from Indiana District-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for $1 million. (11/2)


Spirit FM/Missouri is having it's Fall Days of Glory (Sharathon) November 3rd, 4th & 5th.  They'll kick it off on Monday, November 2nd with a Miracle Monday…serving listeners by having prayer warriors on hand to pray with them. Keep Spirit FM in your prayers. (11/2)


 

BITS: James Dobson has announced he will leave the daily radio program Focus on the Family in February...  Charlestown, Nevis Island Christian station Praise FM 99.3 is celebrating it's fifth anniversary... WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) "Share hope Now" 2009 Sharathon is set for Nov 9-Nov 14...  (10/30)



As hinted here on HisAir.Net earlier this week, EMF announced it has hired Chuck Pryor as VP Programming for K-LOVE and Air1. The position has been open since David Pierce moved into the position of Chief Creative Officer in August. Pryor was previously PD at KSBJ/Houston at GM for New Life Media Network in Illinois. Most recently he served in the media department at Lakewood Church/Houston. Pierce commented, " Chuck has the heart and expertise to help keep K LOVE and Air1 relevant and successful in the days to come. I'm excited to welcome Chuck to Northern California and look forward to his contributions."

 

On his new position Pryor says, " I'm thrilled to be joining the K LOVE and air1 team and I'm excited for what lies ahead. The fact that Northern California has In-N-Out and some of the best motorcycle terrain in the country is just a bonus." Chuck will start at EMF early November. (10/29)


Congratulations to Barry Armstrong and the team at WRXT/Roanoke who raised a new, all-time fundraising record $599,136 during Share-A-Thon which concluded last night. The amount was substantially up from the last drive.  (10/29)


KEYY/Provo has named Micah Swick as GM. Former manager Steve Barsuhn left KEYY to pastor a church in northern Utah and the position has been vacant for over a year. (10/29)


The Aspiring Mark Agency and Marlar 24/Seven announce "The Collision Of Comedy Tour" on-air promotional events for local radio. According to the release the events are designed  to build excitement and cume at very little (or zero) expense to your station, and are customizable. For more information on "The Collision Of Comedy Tour" contact Lee Porter at the Aspiring Mark Agency at 615/656-5987 or email him  lporter@aspiringmark.com  (10/29)


FrontGate Media announces staff and office expansion by hiring Kyle Bennett Promotions Manager. Also, Becky Berg has joined the team as Assistant to the CEO while Brittany L. Bury joins as Intern.  FrontGate Media has also relocated to an expanded office space located in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. (10/27)


KJWR/Windom, MN will be celebrating during “Share-a-thon” scheduled for November 5 and 6. KJWR began its 24-hour Christian radio broadcast ministry in July of 2008 serving the people and communities of Southwest Minnesota. (10/27)


Things we're hearing: WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) has become "The Official Christmas Music Station" airing all Christmas music... Has EMF made a decision on a programming post, and will their choice have to give up Texas fish tacos...  (10/27)


HisAir.Net hears that a major vote by the GMA board is due to take place today that could shut down the organization. Some staffers are denying the news though, while some industry observers say it is inevitable. No other details are available but we'll keep you posted. (10/27)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) makes changes to afternoon drive creating a “team show” with David Emerson and production Director Mary O’Brien. WCVO PD Todd Stach says, “David welcomed Mary to his show last week and the chemistry between the two made for great interaction with our audience.  I’m very excited about having a unique team show in afternoon drive.”  Afternoons with David and Mary airs weekdays 3p-7p. David has been with WCVO since August 2008 and Mary since December 2006.  (10/26)

      


On the KCBI/Dallas morning show Dr. Tony Evans responds to a recent speech by President Obama that compared the gay rights movement to the civil rights movement.  “It’s not for me to tell you to be patient, anymore than it was for others to counsel patience to African Americans petitioning for equal rights half a century ago,” said President Obama, speaking to the Human Rights Campaign on October 11. “I’m just shocked that such a comparison would be made,” said Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and Host of the nationally-syndicated broadcast, “The Urban Alternative.”  “That is ridiculous! “Civil rights have to do with, first of all, biblically, a standard for how you treat your fellow men who’ve been created in the image of God,” Dr. Evans explained.  “God directly condemns homosexuality as outside of that creative order in Romans Chapter 1.  So that’s not part of God’s creative order, so that comparison is totally false.”

KCBI aired the Special Report as part of its mission to faithfully send forth the Word of God so that it will accomplish His purpose in the hearts and lives of those who receive it. (10/22)


HisAir.Net is very sorry to report EMF Broadcasting VP Communications & Marketing Keith Whipple passed away yesterday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Keith was 61and is survived by his wife Kathy and two children. Please pray God will comfort them during this time.  (10/21)


BITS: KVRK/Dallas (89.7 Power FM) has signed Glenn Moore to become its new station image voice effective 11/1... WHMX/Bangor (105.7 Solution FM) Morning co-host Jolie Littlefield has exited the station... EMF has purchased KABW/Westport, WA from College Creek Media for 100,000... (10/20)


ARB Summer '09  Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WCVO/Columbus 3.2... WRVI/Louisville 1.2...  (10/19)


Jill Kelly, the wife of retired Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly joined Family Life Network (FLN’s) Sharathon this past Saturday.  Jill met visitors and did interviews with FLN to raise awareness of Hunter’s Hope Foundation, named after the couple’s son.  Hunter’s Hope has raised millions for children and families facing Krabbe disease and other neurological problems.

Jill Kelly (left); Sonny Delfyette, co-host of FLN’s morning show (right)


UCB/Canada Chatham celebrates it's 2nd year anniversary on Nov 3rd. OM Al Baker credits the success of the station, so far, “to the willingness of the community to support us.” There are three full-time and one part-time staff, along with five regular volunteers working at the station.  (10/18)


WMKL/Miami President/GM Rob Robbins clarify's an earlier news post on HisAir.Net this week, "The CALL's WMYE Fort Myers-Cape Coral 91.9 FM signal went on the air June 24th of last year (2008).  However, we've recently completed a reshuffling of translator stations which officially became complete last week when we changed our Naples translator to 107.7 FM - the switch was completed on 10.7 at 1:07 to 107.7 FM.  The FCC had approved the change the week prior so it was a catchy way to promote the change in signal to our listeners.  The CALL, in Southwest and Southeast Florida combined is now reaching 40% more potential listeners than last year and completely covers all of Southwest Florida now from Naples to Punta Gorda, including the town of Immokalee in Eastern Collier County.  Our last big project slated to be completed by February is to relocate WMKL 91.9 FM in Southeastern Florida to a new site in Miami-Dade County to increase coverage to a substantial portion of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. (10/16)


The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to require radio stations to pay royalties to performers when their music is aired.
The vote marks the furthest congressional progress yet for the measure, although it is still far from becoming law. Broadcast radio stations now pay song royalties to songwriters and producers, but they don't pay performance fees for playing the artists' music. In contrast, cable, satellite and Internet radio pay performance royalties. Under the bill, large radio companies such as Clear Channel Communications Inc. and Cox Radio Inc. would be required to pay negotiated royalties to performers for playing their music on the air. The measure includes features to accommodate financial woes of smaller broadcasters. Broadcasters making less than $50,000 a year could elect to pay $ 100 as a flat fee to play all the music they want. Mid-sized stations also would have flat-fee royalty options on a tiered basis.

A similar bill passed the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., one of the lead sponsors in the House, has acknowledged that the measure isn't likely to see a House floor vote this year because it doesn't yet have enough supporters.
The National Association of Broadcasters has been lobbying aggressively against the bill and has garnered enough members in the House to stop the bill from becoming law. The NAB argues that performers receive free promotions worth millions when their music airs on the radio.

Broadcasters also say the extra cost for the royalties would be devastating to their businesses. The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the National Association of Media Brokers told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., earlier this week that the legislation would throw at least a third of minority broadcasters into bankruptcy.

The musicians' supporters - the Recording Industry Association of America and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists among them - say the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn't pay performance royalties. That disparity costs American musicians between $70 million and $100 a million a year, according to Leahy. The bill also includes language to set the same general royalty rates across different broadcast platforms, a particular concern for Internet radio. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., has asked for such changes, and further negotiation on those provisions is expected.  (10/15)


KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) and K L V V/Ponca City (Praise 88.7) announce their partnership with sixstepsrecords, EMI CMG Label Group, and the David Crowder*Band to promote the release of the band’s new album “Church Music” and celebrate Minister Appreciation Month. Throughout the month of October, listeners have the opportunity to nominate their favorite Minister, Pastor, or Clergy online to win several prizes including Bed & Breakfast stays at Panoramic Symphony. One grand prize winner and a guest will fly to New York City to see David Crowder*Band’s “Church Music Tour” live at Terminal 5 on Friday, November 13th. (10/15)


More than $350,000 was raised at the "Save the GMA" concert event Monday night in Nashville. The concert featured performances by Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Kirk Franklin, and Point of Grace, in front of a crowd of about 350 and an online audience estimated at  nearly 10,000. "While tonight we've come together to help the GMA navigate through some immediate challenges, this assembly also offers us a unique blessing to renew the commitment to our community, and to build a GMA that is relevant for the future," GMA Board of Directors chairman Ed Leonard told the crowd.

The GMA has implemented some changes this year due to the current economic recession and the shifting shape of the gospel music industry.  (10/14)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) teamed up with Third Day to present a flood relief concert on Saturday, October 10 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.  Over $13,000 was raised to benefit local flood relief efforts through Engage Atlanta with Third Day donating $1.00 from each ticket sold along with a matching grant from an outside donor.  "Kevin & Taylor in the Morning" on 104.7 The Fish held multiple on-air auctions leading up to the show for premium tickets and backstage passes to raise additional funds.  (10/12) 


BITS: Kurt Goff is the new PM driver at Family Life Network... WMYE/Naples (“The Call”) has gone on the air at 91.9... KNWC/Sioux Falls received $810,336 in gifts and pledges last week in its annual three-day fall fundraiser... WNYX/Montgomery, NY (Connection 88) will begin broadcasting from its new studios on Nov. 1... Jack Indigo joins WRBS/Baltimore (95.1 Shine FM) for afternoons... (10/12)


Arbitron Sept 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WRBS/Baltimore 289,100... KLDV/Denver 322,400... KXWA/Denver 102,800... WORD/Pittsburgh 103,200... WFSH/Atlanta 614,700... WVFJ/Atlanta 156,400... KTIS/Minneapolis 447,800... WCIE/Tampa 161,300... KLVA/Phoenix 200,500... WMUZ/Detroit 227,800... KLVJ/San Diego 50,200... WGTS/Wash DC 408,600... WAVA/Wash DC 188,100... KCMS/Seattle 471,200...  KWPZ/Seattle 43,700...  (10/12)


Arbitron Sept 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:  WJKL/Chicago 292,300, WMBI/Chicago 316,000... KLTY/Dallas 888,300, KCBI/Dallas 227,400, KVTT/Dallas 111,900... KSBJ/Houston 599,500,  KROI/Houston 405,500 KHCB/Houston 199,800... KSGN/Riverside 175,200... WAWZ/New York 325,200... KFSH/Los Angeles 412,500, KWVE/Los Angeles 238,200, KKLA/Los Angeles 236,000... WPPZ/Philadelphia 393,300, WFIL/Philadelphia 70,900... (10/7)


According to the St Louis Post Dispatch The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has agreed to sell 100kw KFUO/St Louis (99.1 FM) for $18 million to Gateway Creative Broadcasting owners of KHZR ( 97.7 FM) and  KPVR (94.1 FM)  Joy FM. The sale will become final in March, pending FCC. Opponents of the sale, within the LCMS, said that they were considering appeals to the FCC and legal challenges to the sale saying the negotiations were held in secrecy. The LCMS will finance the sale, with a 10-year balloon note. According to sources close to the Synod’s board of directors, Gateway will pay $150,000 immediately, $1.35 million at closing, an additional $1,500,000 in interest and amortization in the fourth year, and the remainder in the tenth year. 

According to Joy FM FM GM Sandi Brown "The target date for JOY FM to begin broadcasting on 99.1FM is March 1st.  JOY FM will sell its current signals (97.7 and 94.1), which will provide additional funds to offset the purchase price of $18million".  (10/6)


KTIS/Minneapolis celebrated it's 60th birthday with over 6,000 supporters Saturday night. The station founded by Rev. Billy Graham signed on in 1949. The event was headlined by Michael W. Smith, and included performances by Phil Stacey and Matthew West. Now 90 years old, Graham wasn't present but his daughters Ruth and Gigi did attend. (10/4)


WFRF/Tallahassee (Faith Radio 1070 AM, 105.7 FM and 90.1 FM) celebrates it's 12th anniversary. (10/4)


Over 10,000 women joined WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) at the first ever Deeper Still event. The two day event offered a conference for women by women! The conference was led by a few of the best female Bible teachers in the nation- Beth Moore and Kay Arthur.



Z88.3 gave a few Z listeners front row, floor seats to enjoy the conference. The station sent their Z air staff (including the guys) to hang out with Z listeners while they had breaks from the conference. Pictured: Z listeners caught Ellis B. Feaster (left), from the Z88.3 Morning Show and Tim Wolf (right) hanging out at the Z booth filing their nails during the Deeper Still conference at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida! With over 10,000 women in attendance, the two day conference featured Bible teaching by Beth Moore and Kay Arthur. (9/30)


ARB Summer '09 Phase 2 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+:  KPEZ/Austin 1.7... KBIQ/Colorado Springs 3.5...  (9/30)


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) PD/morning host Johnny Stone and Jeff Owen of the band Tenth Avenue North joined together to participate in the 8th Annual Tunnel to Towers Run on September 27, 2009 in New York City. The Tunnel to Towers Run is a 5k that celebrates the legacy of Stephen Siller, a NYC Firefighter, who on September 11th ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center while wearing 75 pound of gear. Stephen perished on that day while rescuing victims of 9/11. There were over 25,000 participants from all parts of the metropolitan area, across the country and from as far away as England and Hawaii that attended the Run/Walk.

Johnny said, “I am honored to be apart of this event that recognizes the sacrifices of those who protect us.  I plan on coming back next year with a team STAR 99.1 runners”.  (9/29)


KLRC/Fayetteville increased it's coverage area by signing on its second translator at 103.5.  “While our main signal at 101.1FM already reaches these areas, we’ve had a desire for a long time to improve our signal in this area,” said KLRC General Manager Sean Sawatzky. “One of the benefits of the new translator is that listeners can now tune in at work or at home.”  KLRC’s new translator marks the second enhancement to the station’s signal in the last four years. In February 2005, KLRC began broadcasting from its first translator at 99.1 FM in Bentonville.  (9/29)


WRAF/Toccoa Falls, GA has launched a Christian Radio app for the iPhone / iPod Touch. The new application allows listeners to access not only the live stream from WRAF-FM, but also their internet station gospel formatted, The Falls.

Some of the features that separate this app from other radio station apps is that users can interact with WRAF through their blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel. Christian Podcasts, a local events calendar.

“In a world where so many are using iPhones and social networking, we wanted to make sure that our listeners always have a direct link to their favorite station no matter what technology is being utilized or where they are,” noted Race. “The prospect of reaching new listeners is also very real. Around 50 million iPhones and iPod Touches have been sold to date and analysts project that number to top 100 million by the end of 2010.”   (9/28)

 


WCVK/Bowling Green (Christian Family Radio) exceeded their 3-day Pledge Drive goal of $35,000, three hours early!  PD Susan Woodard says "This hasn't happened in several years!  Short breaks, lots of listener testimonies, wild enthusiasm and, as the goal drew near, a stunt -- and here we are!"  The final total was $38,025. We thank everyone who has given us input, strategy, and ideas over the past few years for fundraising success!   (9/28)


KVTT/Dallas-Fort Worth will sign off from its 91.7 frequency tonight at 6pm (9/28) after 33 years and switch programming to 1110AM. KVTT GM Doug Price said the station has entered into a lease agreement with North Texas-based M&M Broadcasters that will enable the switch to the AM "daytime"  “There are some months of the year when you don’t sign on till a quarter till 8 in the morning,” Price said. “[But] we’re going to have KVTT.com, which will carry everything the station does carry, and overnight it will continue with programming.” Price added that the FCC has approved a power increase to 50,000 watts.

KVTT sold the 91.7 FM frequency in June for $18 million to North Texas Public Broadcasting. The $18 million went toward the debt load that forced KVTT to sell according to Price. (9/28)


St Aloysius College in Mangalore has launched a Christian radio station that will vie to spread communal harmony in the backdrop of conflicts between religious groups. Karnataka Governor H R Bharadhwaj launched the Community Radio Sarang 107.8 FM on September 23. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has assigned 107.8 MHz to Sarang, and will air programs in Tulu, Kannada, Konkani, English, Malayalam and in Beary languages.  (9/28)


Congratulations to KLTY/Dallas staff for winning the Marconi award for "Religious Station of the Year" at the NAB in Philadelphia.  (9/25)


ARB Summer '09 Phase 2 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+:  KGBI/Omaha 2.3... KFIS/Portland 2.1... WFFH/Nashville 2.8... KKFS/Sacramento 1.8... KAIM/Honolulu 2.1... WDJC/Birmingham 4.0... KXOJ/Tulsa 3.2... WJQK/Grand Rapids 1.7...  (9/23)


WQBC/Vicksburg (1420 AM) has gone dark as of Sept 1. Grace Media International who owns the license for WQBC hopes to sell the  station, or donate it to a nonprofit organization. Mississippi’s oldest radio station is off the air again, but perhaps not definitely.

Christian talk show host Michael Corley, says “It’s bittersweet. We’ve accomplished a lot,” said Corley, president of Grace. Technical problems have continued to hinder broadcasting by the station, and, he said, led to his decision to close. WQBC returned to full-time broadcasting in August after being off air since May.  WQBC is Mississippi’s oldest radio station licensed in 1928.  (9/23)


Harbour Life Media Inc. announces that its evening radio show, "Today’s Family with Beth Warden" is entering syndication. Today’s Family with Beth Warden features music, listener phone calls, relational stories, daily prizes and interviews, primarily targeted to women with children at home. The four hour daily program has been airing on CJRY/Edmonton AB, CJGY/Grande Prairie, AB, and CJSI/Calgary, AB since 2007.  For more information or to explore affiliate opportunities visit www.todaysfamilyradio.com, call Harbour Life Media at 250-713-4753 or e-mail info@todaysfamilyradio.com   (9/22)


For the second year in a row WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) PD/mornings Johnny Stone has hosted a live broadcast of the Prayer in the Square presented by Times Square Church. This year’s event brought approximately 40,000 people to Times Square, the intersection of the world, for the hour and fifteen minute long prayer service. It even brought out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who proclaimed September 20th, 2009 “Prayer In The Square” Day.

Various pastors from New York City churches, teachers, students and missionaries all prayed for our city, our country and our world. This year’s theme “Lord Forgive Us” rang through the streets in the largest city in the country. From 3:00pm to 4:15pm, STAR 99.1 broadcast the entire prayer service with Johnny Stone providing vivid descriptions of the emotionally moving program. “There is nothing like the power of prayer and to see it in the crossroads of the world, Times Square, awesome! “ Johnny explains.  (9/22)

 

Pictured left to right STAR 99.1 Ministry Relations Representative George Flores, Morning Show Host Johnny Stone and Morning Show Co-Host Stacey Stone center stage at 2009 Prayer in the Square


Word Entertainment ups Kenny Rodgers to Sr. Manager of National Promotion.VP of National Promotion Andrea Kleid said of the promotion,  “I am very proud of Kenny’s growth as a radio promoter, and leader in our company.  He has worked his way from Coordinator to Sr. Manager in three short years.  Kenny’s dedication and hard work earned a nomination as 2009 Radio Promoter of the Year, alongside his Word teammate and Sr. Director, Brian Thiele.  I’m honored to have him as a part of this team,” says Kleid.  Kenny shares, “I have been fortunate to be able to learn from some of the best in the business, and I honestly feel like Word has the best promotion team in the industry headed up by Andrea Kleid. We’re fortunate to have a great mix of core and up and coming artists and are encouraged to be building such strong relationships with our partners in radio.”  (9/22)


Premier Christian Radio became the first Christian radio station to broadcast across the UK on a digital license today. Listeners will be able to pick up the signal wherever they are in the country.  Until now, the ministry’s digital radio license had been limited to London, meaning that it could only broadcast nationwide through the television or internet. Premier celebrated the launch of its nationwide DAB service with a prayer event Sunday. Premier Christian Radio began broadcasting 14 years ago.  (9/21)


Curb recording artist Natalie Grant was recently honored by Curb Records founder and chairman, Mike Curb. The presentation was made at Momentum ‘09 in Orlando. Grant is a four-time Female Vocalist of the Year. Her radio singles include “Held”, “In Better Hands”, “I Will Not Be Moved” and “Live For Today”, among others. She has also had multiple hits on mainstream AC radio. Grant is currently featured on Jeremy Camp’s “Speaking Louder Than Before The Tour 2009”.  (9/18)


New GMA Chairman Ed Leonard has announced that on October 12, 2009, several of the top artist in Gospel Music; , will come together for the "Save The GMA" concert. Included are Casting Crowns, Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, The Booth Brothers, Natalie Grant, and others. According to Leonard "This spectacular evening, produced by the legendary Brown Bannister, is made possible by the generous donations in time and dollars by each of these artists who  believe in the mission of the GMA! This event was inspired by a "Save the Symphony" event held to support the Nashville Symphony a few years ago."  Limited seating is available for $1000/ticket.  Contact Angilee at 615/277-1376 for more information.  (9/18)


The staff from WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) celebrated another successful event at Disney’s Night of Joy on September 11-12, 2009! Z88.3 hosted the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, including two amazing nights of Christian music by Z artists- Chris Tomlin, Mercy Me, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, Newsboys, Mandisa and more!  The Z88.3 air staff had the privilege of introducing all of their favorite Z artists from each stage at Disney’s Night of Joy. Along with stage duties, Z88.3 air staff and music could be heard broadcasting throughout the park during both nights of the event! Z88.3 also had the chance to host Converstations, which was an intimate interview time with Disney’s Night of Joy Artists. Together with Disney, Z88.3 celebrated a wonderful event with Z listeners. The biggest thing they celebrated this year was the announcement MercyMe made on stage Saturday night to let loyal Z listeners know that Disney’s Night of Joy would be moving back to it’s original home at Disney’s Magic Kingdom® next year!

 

 

Pictured The Z88.3 air staff at Disney's 27th annual Night of Joy event at Disney's Hollywood Studios®! (9/17)


Greg & Sandi from the Morning Show at KHZR/St Louis (JOY-FM) hosted a fun day at Busch Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals for a group of listeners.  Several thousand entered for the chance to spend time on the field for batting practice and enjoy the game in a VIP Suite.  Special guide for the day was former Cards pitcher, Andy Benes (center back row) a good friend of the ministry. 

Pictured Sandi in back row far left, Greg back row far right, Kim Underwood (PM Drive/Promotions) front row left, and Ryan Wiggins (Production/Overnights) front row center.  (9/17)


ARB Summer '09 Phase 2 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WFHM/Cleveland 1.4... WAKW/Cincinnati 1.5...   (9/16)


WDLF/Knoxville (Life 88.3)  Afternoon Drive Host Jonathan Unthank was nominated among 10 finalists in the 2009 Poll for "Best Local Radio Personality" in The Knoxville News Sentinel's "East Tennessee's Best" Poll. Final poll results will be released in the Oct. 16 print edition, and online at Knoxville.com. Jonathan Unthank has been in Christian Radio in the Knoxville area for 12 years, helping launch and program WYLV/Knoxvlle (Love 89.1) and WDLF last June.  (9/15)


This year the Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) brought their first annual radio conference, Momentum '09 to Orlando. Over 400 Christian broadcasters from across the country were in Orlando for the conference and had the opportunity to enjoy Disney’s 27th annual Night of Joy.

The annual Radio Echo Awards ceremony served as the wrap up event to the Momentum Conference. The awards were given based on voting by Christian Music Broadcasters from across the country.  2009 Echo Awards winners are....

Market 1-25  PD
Jason Sharp KTIS Minneapolis

Market 26-100 PD
Dean O’Neal WPOZ Orlando

Markets 101+ PD
Steve Swanson WAFJ Augusta

Manager of the Year Award
Chris Lemke  WCSG Grand Rapids

Market 1-25  MD
Jim Beeler KSBJ Houston

Market 26-100 MD
Chris Lemke  WCSG Grand Rapids

Markets 101+ MD
Melissa Montana  WLAB Ft Wayne

Market 1-25  Air Personality
Total Axxess with Wally

Market 26-100
Air Personality
The Morning Cruise with Dave, Bill and Carmen  The JOY FM

Markets 101+
Air Personality
Noonie Fugler KLFF San Luis Obispo

Promotions Director of the Year
Carol Baker  WPOZ Orlando

Promoter of the Year
Kai Elmer  INO

Industry Impact
Fireproof/Provident Films

(9/13)


Momentum '09 is underway in Orlando kicking off this morning. CMB is holding their 3 day event at Walt Disney World and says there are over 400 in attendance.  Pictured below left to right KXWA/Denver (WAY FM) PD Jeff Connell, Chris Hauser, and WAY FM Morning personality Brant Hansen. (9/10)


Congratulations to The JOY FM air personality (and HisAir.Net feature aircheck) Jayar Reed on the birth of his son Boston this afternoon. (9/10)


Arbitron July 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume:  WFSH/Atlanta 3.5-639,900... WVFJ/Atlanta .6-184,300... KTIS/Minneapolis 3.8-425,000... WMUZ/Detroit .9-202,600...  KLVJ/San Diego .4-49,800... WGTS/Wash DC 5.6-431,100... KMPS/Seattle 4.2-589,000...  (9/10)


Family Life Network (FLN) has expanded with the purchase of WCIG/Scranton, PA (107.7 FM.  The new station reaches a potential listenership of 450,000 people.  “We want people listening to Family Life Network to experience a message of hope that impacts their lives,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life Network.  “Expanding the network means having more opportunities to reach more people in a way that encourages and educates.”  (9/10)


Arbitron Aug 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: KLTY/Dallas 3.3-830,500... WAWZ/New York .4-324,500... KSBJ/Houston 4.5-578,800... KFSH/Los Angeles .9-427,800... KSGN/Riverside 2.6-171,700... (9/9)


KDUV/Visalia, CA has hired Jeremy Morris as the new Program Director. Jeremy was formerly PD at KWND/Springfield, MO. eremy says, “I'm privileged to be joining such an established and well-respected organization. I'm anxious to hit the ground running and help the team make KDUV-FM the most influential station in the community.”  (9/9)


WRXT/Lyncburg PD Dave Clark checks in with HisAir.Net, "I just wanted to share our ratings victory with you all.  In the latest Arbitron ratings for Roanoke / Lynchburg, WRXT/WPAR (Spirit FM) was 6th overall in the market with a 5.6 share (12+ Monday - Sunday).  We all feel truly blessed. " Congratulations to Dave and staff!  (9/7)


Focus on the Family is terminating 75 staff members to offset a $6 million revenue shortfall, officials announced Wednesday at the Colorado Springs headquarters. The lost jobs, of which roughly a third are management positions, represent about 8 percent of the ministry's 935-person workforce, spokesman Gary Schneeberger said. Last November, Focus on the Family eliminated just over 200 positions. The ministry, which had more than 1,400 employees in 2002, is now left with 860.

"The economic reality out there is recession. Faced with that, we looked at everything we could do to improve structure, strategy and efficiency while carrying out the work we're called to do — helping families thrive," Schneeberger said.

"At the grassroots level, we're still able to have an important place in the lives of those families," Schneeberger said. "That's an encouraging sign for us going forward." Terminated employees will get severance pay, based on length of service. The ministry also will help employees with job searches — including providing them with access to Focus campus computers, he said.  (9/4)


WVFJ/Atlanta (J93.3) made some big staff changes yesterday including letting go their morning show the husband and wife team of "Monk and Kelly" (Johnathon Monk and Dianna Kelly).  “It was awesome. We had the best listeners,” Monk said. “it was fun. My wife and I appreciated the support from everybody. We got to know the band members and lead vocalists of the great Christian bands. We did an interesting show. We mixed Hollywood celebrities with Christian artists.”  Mid-day man Mike Lindsey takes over mornings with part-time Sheila Richards.

All part timers were cut loose including traffic person Kaye Williams, whose husband promotions director Steve Williams remains with the station. According to sources sales have been cut to commission only, and all bonuses removed… as well as their sales consultant, programming consultant, and their agreement with Arbitron has been terminated to trim the station budget.  (9/3)


WAY FM/Huntsville GM Thom Ewing reports he has appointed Matt Merriner, former Production Director for WAY-FM/Nashville, as Operations Director. Matt replaces Jack Davis who joined KCVO/Camdenton (Spirit FM Network). (9/3)


The GMA announces it will undergo "organizational changes" to respond to the current economic recession, and the shifting shape of the gospel music industry, according to Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Music Group and the new chairman of the GMA Board of Directors. As the volunteer governing body of the GMA, the Board of Directors approved a plan to return the association to a more volunteer-driven operation with a scaled down staff that will facilitate and coordinate GMA events and programs. The first step came in May when GMA eliminated several paid staff positions including President/CEO John Styll's. The Board will substitute a managerial level professional to oversee staff at the GMA office. The position has not yet been filled.

"There is no way to adequately summarize John's contributions to GMA, not only in his professional capacity for the last six years, but in the many more years he has served on the GMA Board of Directors, and on which he will continue to serve as a permanent lifetime member. His action of leaving his position for the benefit of the association tells the story better than my words could," said Leonard. The streamlining of GMA has been fueled by the economy as well as the changing profile of GMA's membership, the most important audience it serves and the association's principal source of income. While record labels, radio stations, retailers and other traditional categories of members continue to support the GMA, an increasing percentage of GMA's membership is made up of independent artists, songwriters and musicians and other small music business professionals who are looking to GMA for community, networking and advocacy.

"GMA's mission has been and will continue to be to expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music. We remain committed to equipping the association with the tools and resources required to do the job right. We are grateful to all those who have partnered with us in the last 45 years and will continue to do so in the future as we fulfill a vital purpose," said Leonard.  (9/3)


KCVO/Camdenton (The Spirit FM Network) in Missouri welcomes Jack Davis to the staff.  Jack joins the Spirit FM team from the PD/mornings position at WAY-FM/ Huntsville.  About the new job Jack said, "I'm excited to be a part of the Spirit FM team & I look forward to meeting people & plugging into the community.  Missouri is HOME for my family PLUS we now live on the lake...life is good!"  Jack will be the Marketing/Promotions Director The Spirit FM Network in addition to joining Jim & Karen on the Morning Show.  (9/2)

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