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Dr. James Dobson's will return to the airwaves on Monday, May 3rd as over 500 outlets with launch of the new daily "Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson" radio program. Joining Dr. Dobson on each day's broadcast will be co-hosts Ryan Dobson and LuAnne Crane as the program covers a wide variety of topics concerning today's family. "Our country is facing desperate circumstances now, and the family needs all the help it can get. Frankly, we're circling back to 1977, when I left USC to address the same concerns. I'm very excited as we look ahead" says Dobson. (4/30)


Salem Communications has launched 57 mobile applications for its listeners with iPhone or BlackBerry devices. Salem tapped digital content and advertising service provider AirKast Inc. for the creation of the applications. In total, 71 Salem radio stations will have iPhone and BlackBerry mobile applications available to listeners, with the iPhone versions letting users buy music tracks via iTunes, BlackBerry users via Amazon.com. “Salem understands that providing an interactive mobile experience alongside favorite music or personalities will help attract and retain listeners,” said Larry Leung, CEO of AirKast, Cupertino, CA. “This interactive content changes radio from being a passive to an engaging experience.”  (4/30)


Arbitron  Winter 2010 P 12+ AQH:  WCVO/Columbus 2.7...  (4/30)


WJBC/Jacksonville (91.7 The Truth) has gone on the air with a Christian talk format. The new owners are River Educational Media, who also own WCRJ/Jacksonville (88.1 The Promise). The company purchased the station for over $2 million from West Jacksonville Baptist Church. "We've had several of our listeners and friends ask us if we're ever going to put any Christian ministries on the station," said Henry Hoot, general manager. They will keep WCRJ (which has been on the air for about 20 years) music. (4/28)


During the month of March, WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) collected more than 8,000 gently used children’s books. The staff sorted and cleaned the books before delivering them all over the state of New Jersey during their Children’s Book Drive with Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat. “To know that kids in tough situations will find comfort in these books is a great thing,” says Johnny Stone, STAR 99.1’s Morning Show Host and Director of Programming. “It’s a little touch that reminds these kids that someone cares about what they are going through.”   (4/27)


TWR has launched a newly revitalized, user-friendly Web site spotlighting ministry efforts to women around the world www.projecthannah.org. Project Hannah, a TWR ministry, offers compassion, encouragement and hope to suffering women worldwide through prayer, awareness and radio programming.  Project Hannah's radio program Women of Hope broadcast is aired in 56 languages globally. The program provides a spiritual lifeline for women of all ages, races and walks of life.  (4/27)


Arbitron March 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KZLV/San Antonio 219,000... KFIS/Portland 238,300... WAKW/Cincinnati 140,100... KKFS/Sacramento 117,600... KARA/Sacramento 51,100... WFHM/Cleveland 200,200... WCRF/Cleveland 94,200... KLRX/Kansas City 215,200... KLJC/Kansas City 114,100... KSOS/Las Vegas 131,000... (4/23)


  Arbitron March 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WCIE/Tampa 139,700... KCMS/Seattle 462,600... KWPZ/Seattle 35,600... WRBS/Baltimore 280,600... KTIS/Minneapolis 448,700... KHZR/ST Louis 61,100... KLVA/Phoenix 192,000... KGSB/Phoenix 56,900... KLDV/Denver 284,900... KXWA/Denver 82,100... WPKV/Pittsburgh 127,200... WORD/Pittsburgh 96,100... WMUZ/Detroit 201,100... (4/22)


Salem Communications is entering the Washington, D.C. market  with the purchase of WWRC/Wash DC and will flip to conservative news-talk format under an LMA May 15.. "There is no better place to have a platform for our brand of talk radio than in our nation's capital, and this acquisition provides us with just such an opportunity," David Santrella, division president for radio, said in a press release.  When the deal closes Salem will own 95 radio stations in 37 markets.  (4/22)


Arbitron March 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:  WGTS/Wash DC 326,000... WAVA/Wash DC 156,100... WFSH/Atlanta 667,900... WVFJ/Atlanta 188,600... WAWZ/New York 312,600... WJKL/Chicago 355,500... WMBI/Chicago 273,100... WONU/Chicago 84,800... KLTY/Dallas 952,300... KCBI/dALLAS 222,600... KSGN/Riverside 187,000... KSBJ/Houston 643,400... KFSH/Los Angeles 478,100... KKLA/Los Angeles 275,400... KWVE/Los Angeles 254,400...  (4/21)


KSBJ/Houston announces the promotion of Tammy Johnson to executive director of Special Events. In this capacity, Johnson is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Special Events and Ticket Servant including interfacing between Special Events, Ticket Servant and the community; identifying, negotiating and booking concert tours, brown bag events and festivals; and, establishing and maintaining relationships with the music industry, sponsors and venues.  Previously, Johnson held the position of Special Events Director.  “We have the utmost confidence in Tammy and her ability to lead the Special Events and Ticket Servant teams, providing motivation, counsel, and spiritual leadership to the staff necessary to meet our goals, as well as to serve Him in all our efforts,” said KSBJ President and General Manager, Tim McDermott.  (4/21)

 


Bott Radio Network (BRN) launched a new station on 91.7 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri Monday, April 19th. BRN President/CEO Rich Bott noted, "For 48 years, Bott Radio Network has served families with Quality Bible Teaching, Christian News and Information. We are excited about expanding our coverage to Poplar Bluff at 91.7 FM. This new radio station will help listeners grow in their faith and keep informed with a Biblical worldview."  In addition to Southeast Missouri, BRN serves the state of Missouri with 37 radio stations.  (4/20)


Tate Luck has exited the WAY FM National Program Director position and is on the hunt for a new opportunity. Reach out to Tate at  615-714-5586
or tateluck@gmail.com. (4/19)


The Christian music-based show "The Full Breakfast",  has been cancelled after 13 years on West Yorkshire radio station Pulse 2.  The show which is one of the longest-running shows on UK commercial radio, first started on Easter Sunday in 1997 and included the popular 'Toaster Challenge', in which listeners had 60 seconds to say why they believed in God, and and 'Thoughts in Shorts' - funny commercial-type reflections on Christian themes. The show was produced by Whistling Frog Productions, a division of the HCJB Global radio ministry and had won no less than 28 radio awards. Host Colin Lowther commented, "We've had a good run and enjoyed every minute of it. More than anything we'll miss the listeners - they really are like family to us. Most of them don't go to church but they still tuned-in every week. We've got a long list of people to keep praying for!" 

He said: "There are still plenty of opportunities out there to tell listeners about Jesus on mainstream commercial stations. "Many people would never even consider tuning-in to a Christian radio station, so it's essential that we keep the rumour of God alive on the stations that they love."  (4/16)


CIAM/St. Catharine's, ON (Victory FM) is in the process of moving to a stronger signal. The non-profit  station started broadcasting at 100.1 FM in December 2008 in the Rural Municipality of Buckland and is moving closer to the city. Part of getting the proper license from the CRTC is to get a letter of welcome from the city, which station officials say they will do.  (4/16)


CHRSN General Manager, Faron Dice has announced the promotion of Jeff Connell to CHRSN Network Program Director, effective April 12, 2010.  Connell assumed the duties immediately, but will transition to Nashville over the next few months.  His most recent role has been Program Director for WAY-FM Denver.  According to Dice, “I’m excited to have Jeff stepping into this role for our company.  He has already done a great job for WAY-FM in Denver and I believe that now he’ll be able to continue to take our network to the next level in the coming years.” Connell adds, “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to work alongside Brant Hansen and the Mornings with Brant team, Donna Cruz, Wally on Total Axxess, and the entire team at CHRSN and our WAY-FM stations.  Radio is evolving and I couldn’t be happier to work with these talented communicators and a company who both understands what lies ahead and is poised to do big things.  I can’t wait to get going.”    (4/14)

 

 


At Colorado’s WAY-FM (KXWA/Denver)  Paul Van Sickle has joined the team as Operations Coordinator/Morning Show Producer, replacing Michelle Bowers who was promoted to Promotions Director.  For the past 7 years, Paul has worked at KCWJ/Kansas City, operated his own dj company,  and has taught Radio Broadcasting at Mid America Nazarene University.  KXWA PD  Jeff Connell said, “ Paul brings with him a ton of energy, excitement, and gifts and talents that make him the perfect fit for our team in Colorado.  We’re excited to get him here.  His first day will be May 10th, and we’re eagerly counting down the days.”   (4/14)


Arbitron Phase 2 Winter P 12+ AQH:  KBIQ/Colorado Springs 7.2... (4/9)


 

BITS: Today’s Family with Beth Warden” is now airing weeknights on Life 97-3 KDNW/Duluth... The Brian Mason Show airing on mainstream station WJXA/Nashville will celebrate its 30th anniversary on May 2nd 2010...  (4/9)



Christian radio manager and consultant Jerry Grimes has joined Advocace Media as a Development Consultant. Paul Martin, President of Advocace said “Jerry’s skills in donor development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership training have impacted many stations through the years. We’re excited to see him put his skills to work for Advocace Media clients.” Martin continued, ”Combined with his certification as a Ministry Coach, he brings a powerful combination of skills to stations who desire to fund their vision.”  Before joining Advocace, Jerry served as a development consultant in the industry, as General Manager for WMHK/Columbia SC and as Donor Marketing Director for WAY-FM Media Group, Colorado Springs, CO. Grimes notes about Advocace, "I've long admired the professionalism and integrity of the Advocace team. It’s a privilege to now be a part of the team."  (4/9)

 

 

 



The GMA has announced the Radio Stations of the Year for 2010.

The 2010 Radio Stations of the Year are:
Southern Gospel Radio Station of the Year - JOYFM, Winston-Salem, NC
Contemporary Christian Radio Station of the Year - WAYFM Network, Colorado Springs, CO
Gospel Radio Station of the Year - WTLC, Indianapolis, IN

The Radio Stations of the Year awards are presented to those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. Awards are given to Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Contemporary Christian stations. The recipient in each market category was determined by a panel of judges who based their judgments on community involvement, ratings, broadcast programming and air talent quality, and industry leadership. "On behalf of the entire GMA membership, Board of Directors and staff, I want to extend to Hillsong United, JOYFM, WAYFM and WTLC our heartfelt congratulations for being chosen to receive these awards," stated Ed Leonard, Chairman of the Board of the GMA. "We are thankful for their invaluable contribution to Gospel music and at the impact they are each making around the world."   (4/8)
 


 

 

 

 

WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) listeners gathered Easter morning at SeaWorld for the 33rd annual Easter Sunrise Service. Over 6,000 in attendance enjoyed watching a spectacular sunrise over the bay as the service began. Worship this year was led by Word Records artist Meredith Andrews. Guest Speaker, Steve Brown (Key Life Network), gave a captivating sermon asking the question, "If you aren't saved, why are you up this early?". After the service, Z listeners had the opportunity to meet and talk to Steve Brown and Meredith Andrews along with the entire Z88.3 Air Staff. SeaWorld and Z88.3 along with Easter Sunrise Service, Inc. put together this free service for the community each year. A love offering was taken at the end and put toward future services.  (4/8)

 

 

 

 

 


On February 1, 2010, WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) listeners donated more than $118,000 for immediate relief work in the earthquake affected areas of Haiti. Now, with all of the HD resources available, STAR 99.1 and Compassion Intl. are working to change the lives of 400 Haitian kids for the long term through child sponsorships. STAR 99.1 will also be relying on the websites, e-blasts, blogs, tweets and Facebook messages to update followers on the number of children sponsored. For the first time, the programs on the HD channels have been preempted for the live broadcast from STAR 99.1 of these children’s stories and the plea for sponsors to help stop malaria, dysentery, child trafficking and other dangers these young people face.  Compassion, Intl. has been on the ground in Haiti working with local churches for more than 40 years and they are currently organizing multiday camps to help address the psychological, physical, nutritional and cognitive needs of the registered children. They started in the last week of February.  “It is a cause that is worth putting all of our HD channels, social media and streaming channels towards to impact the lives of these children.” says Scott Taylor, Station Manager of STAR 99.1. “We have a calling to help; STAR 99.1 listeners are responding.”  (4/7)


Arbitron Phase 2 Winter P 12+ AQH: WJQK/Grand Rapids 2.3... KPEZ/Austin 1.6... WHJT/Jackson .6...  (4/7)


K-LOVE has hired Sterling as it's new mid-day host. Chuck Pryor, EMF VP of Programming stated, “After an extensive search over several months we’ve found the perfect fit for K-LOVE and it turned out she was already part of the family!”  Pryor also commented, “Sterling has a very rare, God-given ability to be real, honest, and vulnerable in a way that is very difficult to teach and I know our listeners will love her. She is the real deal and I am thrilled to have her on the KLOVE team.” Sterling joined EMF over two years ago on K-LOVE’s sister network, Air 1. After a short time away she returns to host mid-days on K-LOVE starting April 12th.  

Sterling said, “It is such an honor to work with the amazing talent at K-LOVE and to do what I love, while encouraging my brothers and sisters in Christ... It's a gift that could have only come from God. I'm humbled and grateful to be part of the K-LOVE family, and I can't wait to see what God is going to do!". K-LOVE is heard on over 200 stations
in 44 states.  (4/7)


“The ChristianNetcast.com Peoples Choice Award”  was presented at this years National Religious Broadcasters convention.  The Peoples choice award is given to the stations that ChristianNetcast receives the most votes for. The streaming company allows listeners to choose the stations they like best and then vote for them. This year’s winners were KMOC/Wichita Falls and The Gospel Station network/ Ada OK.  “We provide streaming for more Christian radio stations than any other streaming company out there, over 500 of them, states David Palmer, VP of Sales and Marketing for ChristianNetcast.com. “These awards will recognize the leaders in the Christian Broadcast Industry and their forward thinking. What I like best about the Peoples Choice Awards is that they are chosen by the on line listeners from around the globe” For more information on ChristianNetcast and its services, visit www.ChristianNetcast.com, or call toll-free (866) NET-CAST.  (4/6)


The southern Iraqi city of Basra has it's first Christian radio station. The Voice of the New Testament broadcasts mostly religious hymns and Bible readings from the station’s office in Basra’s National Evangelical Church. Saad Matti Petros, the head of the Minorities Committee on the city council says the radio station will promote the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in society. Mr Petros, who is a Christian, said the opening of the radio is “a historic event” as it is the first time Basra has had a Christian radio station. He insisted that the radio does not have any missionary purposes. He said the director of the radio station, Father Maher, has also signed a written statement that the broadcasts will not offend the followers of other religions.

The deputy head of the Basra city council, Sheikh Ahmad al-Sulayti, welcomed the opening of the radio station. “We consider this a big achievement in the new Iraq,” he said. “It proves there is an opening to all the other cultures [in the country]. It also reflects that other cultures have the freedom to express themselves…. We are blessing this good step.” He added that the city council gave immediate permission for the radio station. The new station can be heard in most of Basra Province. (4/6)


Arbitron Phase 2 Winter P 12+ AQH: WDJC/Birmingham 2.3... KAIM/Honolulu 2.3...  (4/5)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) morning hosts Kevin and Taylor auctioned off an autographed guitar from Amy Grant to raise money for Food for the Poor and their relief efforts in Haiti.

WFSH listener Brian Conn outbid everyone with an offer of $700!

Brian is pictured here with his new guitar along with Kevin and Taylor.  (4/5)

 

 


Arbitron Phase 2 Winter P 12+ AQH: KGBI/Omaha 2.3... WFFH/Nashville 3.0...  (4/1)


EMI CMG Label Group Manager National Promotion Josh Lauritch is leaving the label to become Director of Brand Management at Word Label Group. (4/1)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) held the "United Hands For Haiti" fundraiser to benefit the Children of Israel Orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti that was destroyed by the recent earthquake. JQ99 sold ceramic, mannequin hands to local artists and celebrities. Each artist then decorated their hand in whatever style they chose. The completed hands were auctioned off at a black tie evening featuring Live Music, Dinner, and a Fashion Show. The evening raised over 18,000 dollars, which is enough money for two full housing units at the orphanage. Each housing unit will accommodate 4-6 children and a caregiver.  (3/30)


Arbitron February 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KZLV/San Antonio 224,600... KFIS/Portland 235,800... WAKW/Cincinnati 135,100... KKFS/Sacramento 122.700... WFHM/Cleveland 177,600... KLRX/Kansas City 229,800... KLJC/Kansas City 102,900... KSOS/Las Vegas 123,300... (3/27)


Betsy Sharp informs HisAir.Net she will depart her Assistant Promotions Director position at KZTH/Ponca City (The House FM) and KLVV/Ponca City (Praise 88.7). Her last day will be March31st.  (3/26)


Terese Taylor has been named PD of Bath, NY based Family Life Network overseeing the programming of their 68 stations in New York and Pennsylvania. Previously Taylor was with mainstream AC WRMM/Rochester. Terese will also do a 9a-noon airshift. She'll be on the job at FLN starting April 5th.

FLN Manager tells HisAir.Net We’re reorganizing and splitting up duties.  Cecil VanHouten had been PD and Music Director while also handling a lot of administrative duties. His new title is Radio Administrator and Music Director.  Terese will take the PD responsibilities to allow Cecil to spend more time in the other areas. (3/26)


Arbitron February 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KSIV/St Louis 98,500... KHZR/St Louis 75,000... WMUZ/Detroit 207,300... WRBS/Baltimore 276,400... KLVA/Phoenix 177,700... KFLR/Phoenix 148,200... KLVK/Phoenix 99,900... KGCB/Phoenix 53,300... WPKV/Pittsburgh 126,000... WORD/Pittsburgh 105,600... KLDV/Denver 286,100... KXWA/Denver 79,100... KLVJ/San Diego 47,500... KCMS/Seattle 438,400... KTIS/Minneapolis 434,100... WCIE/Tampa 132,100...  (3/25)


VoiceHangar.com owner Mike Schlote checks in with HisAir.Net to announce the upcoming launch of a brand new internet station.  He and partner Doug White have created ClassicChristian247.com.  According to Schlote  "It’s finally time for a station like this.”  The launch is set for 9:00am CT on March 31st. The station website is at   www.ClassicChristian247.com. Schlote was formerly with WQFL/Rockford, WMCU/Miami and KZZQ/KPUL/Des Moines.  (3/25)


KLOVE has gone on the air in Salt Lake City at 107.5 (KKAT/Orem). The station was formerly mainstream Country owned by Citadel. Look for EMF to purchase the station. (3/25)


Arbitron February 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:  WGTS/Wash DC 323,000... WAVA/Wash DC 155,800... KSTN/San Francisco 78,600... WFSH/Atlanta 649,800... WVFJ/Atlanta 156.900... KLTY/Dallas 872,600... KCBI/Dallas 220,500... WAWZ/New York 302,600... WJKL/Chicago 374,600... WMBI/Chicago 277,800... WONU/Chicago 69,000... KFSH/Los Angeles 444,000... KKLA/Los Angeles 285,500... KWVE/Los Angeles 244,900... KSGN/Riverside 183,300... KSBJ/Houston 637,800... (3/24)


Kevin and Taylor in the Morning from WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) made good on a promise made during a Food for the Poor fundraiser to run the ING Georgia Marathon.

Kevin set a personal best marathon time at 3:54:24. Taylor finished in just over 4 and one half hours. More importantly it was a HUGE fund raiser for Food for the Poor-Haiti! You can still make donations to their on-going efforts in Haiti at www.foodforthepoor.org  (3/24)

 

 

 


Katie McCaffrey joins the Bott Radio Network in Kansas City as Marketing Coordinator.  She is a native to the Kansas City area, and after graduating from K-State, she came back to the area to pursue a career in marketing and be near friends and family.  (3/24)


WZFI/Bridgeton, NJ (LiftFM) has added "Mornings With Brant" (Brant, Nikki and Pablo) every morning Monday - Friday, from 8:30 - 10:30 am.  (3/22)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) celebrated the first day of Spring by hosting their 14th annual "Spring Swim" Saturday, March 20th. Hundreds of JQ99 listeners took an icy swim in Lake Michigan for charity. The weather was far from Springlike...it was snowing and the wind was creating 3-4 foot waves on the Lake. The station raised 40,000 dollars for Living Water International, enough money to drill 2 fresh water wells. JQ99 will send a team of listeners to drill a well this August in El Salvador and later this year in Liberia. In the 14 years of the Spring Swim, JQ99 has raised approximately 360,000 dollars for different local and international charities. (3/20)


BITS: KTSY/Boise GM Mike Agee has resigned to take a position with Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX... WVYN/Bluford, IL (90.9 The Vine) is thisclose to FCC approval to double it's power from 4,500 watts to 11,000 watts, and increase the tower height from 150 feet to 250 feet...  WWSJ/St Johns, MI now also heard on 100.3 in Lansing... WLFJ/Greenville (His Radio) introduces their new mobile app... (3/18)


KLRC/Fayetteville has been selected as a finalist for the NAB Crystal Award for Community Service.  KLRC general manager Sean Sawatzky said the nomination would not be possible without the outstanding support of KLRC listeners.  “Our listeners are the best anywhere.  They always respond with enthusiastic support when presented with an opportunity to impact the community," he said.  "I'm so grateful for a staff that loves to serve and for the ownership of John Brown University that encourages us to make a difference." The NAB has been honoring radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service since 1987.  (3/18)


KTFY/Twin Falls GM Ty McFarland has been named PD at KLOVE starting April 12th. Previously McFarland was with KTSY/Boise and WGTS/Wash DC in programming roles. McFarland said, "I can't wait to begin working with the K-LOVE team. I know good days are ahead and I'm looking forward to joining the team. Oh, and I’m pretty sure California is looking forward to me becoming a taxpayer."

"Adding TY to the programming team is the next step in our efforts to have more impact across the network and in our local markets. TY is the right PD to oversee the day-to-day operations of K-LOVE and I'm thrilled to have him on our team," said EMF VP/Programming Chuck Pryor.  (3/17)


KSBJ/ Houston has entered a mentoring partnership with WAYR/Brunswick, Ga (90.7 WAY Radio). With the goal of offering guidance and assistance in nearly every aspect of radio station operation, KSBJ’s work with WAY Radio will focus on four areas: the station’s music library and song rotations, bylaws and non-profit compliance, coaching the on-air team, and working with the station on managerial initiatives. KSBJ President, Tim McDermott, and Senior Director of Programming, Jon Hull, traveled to Georgia in late 2009 to meet with staff and determine the goals of the mentoring program. WAY Radio, the first small-market radio station to participate in the mentorship program, reciprocated with a visit to KSBJ for two days in December. To fulfill the needs of WAY Radio, KSBJ will continue this partnership for two to three years.

“God has given KSBJ a passion to share our radio expertise and training with other Christian radio stations,” said KSBJ President, Tim McDermott. “We are thrilled that God has brought us this wonderful radio station to work with.”   (3/17)


Air1 Radio Network has hired Nikki Martinez for onair duties. Nikki is currently with KSBJ/Houston and previously was with KVMV/McAllen. In addition to hosting a regular air shift, Nikki will contribute to Air1’s social media properties including the Air1 Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. Nikki stated, “To be able to work with Air1 is such an amazing feeling, and I am blessed beyond my own understanding! God has surrounded me with some great people to help me use the gifts the Lord has given me. Air1 APD Paul Goldsmith stated, “My first introduction to Nikki was via her video resume on YouTube. Then, I started following her on Twitter and eventually had the opportunity to hear an aircheck. Nikki is exactly the kind of multi-dimensional talent we need to connect with people where they are and, hopefully, point them back to God.”

Chuck Pryor, EMF VP of Programming, stated; “I am so excited to see the Air1 team come together. Nikki compliments our already extraordinary staff and will be a huge asset for Air1 both on-air and online.” Air1’s “positive alternative” CHR Christian format is heard on over 200 radio signals in 40 states. (3/17)


WIBI/Carlinville welcomes Joe Muench as Production Director and Midday Host.  "Joe brings a wealth of experience, talent, and stability to a ministry that has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years" says Program Director Rob Regal.  Joe's career includes stops as Network Music Director for Family Life Communications and Program Director for KLMP/Rapid City. (3/16)


Former Christian radio programmer Doug Hannah has launched "The Christian Radio Show"  a brand new podcast just for those who work in Christian radio and media.  "The show is a place where those in Christian Radio can give and receive good advice, vent, hear from those who can teach us, and THINK, together.  The goal is to be THE must-hear show for Christian Radio each week." says host Hannah.  Doug's first guest is WAY FM's Brant Hansen from "Mornings With Brant".  You can listen and subscribe here.  (3/16)


Congratulations to the staff at KNKT/Albuquerque for receiving the "2009 Medium Market Station of the Year" from Focus on the Family during the National Radio Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The award was presented in recognition of the station's commitment to local families and excellence in partnership with Focus on the Family. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly presented the award to KNKT General Manager Chip Lusko. "Awards are, for the most part, not my deal. But as a matter of fact, Focus is the one media group I really admire for their pro attitude and excellent quality. So to be chosen out of all the stations they deal with was a genuine honor," Chip commented.  (3/16)


Mainstream oldies WTHZ/Lexington (Majic 94.1) has flipped to CCM airing K-LOVE.  "It was just an economic decision, like any other radio-station-format change," said Stacy Hilton, the general sales manager for WTHZ. "It was a financial decision. It didn't have anything to do with listenership." Davidson County Broadcasting, the family-owned company that owns WTHZ  is leasing the station to K-LOVE.  (3/15)


Arbitron Phase 1 Winter P 12+ AQH: KBIQ/Colorado Springs 5.7... KPEZ/Austin 1.1... KAIM/Honolulu 2.5... WDJC/Birmingham, 4.3... WJQK/Grand Rapids 2.1...  (3/9)


BITS: Congratulations to Centricity group Downhere member Jeremy Thiessen and his wife Erin on the birth of a baby daughter Karis Joy Thiessen. Mom and daughter are doing great and Jeremy is a very proud papa...  Bill Pearce, the voice of the Christian radio program “Nightsounds,“ has died of complications from Parkinsons disease at the age of 83, recordings of Pearce’s “Nightsounds” will continue to be broadcast on more than 300 radio stations... WRTK/Niles, OH (1540 AM) flips from contemporary Christian to sports...  (3/9)


The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters has awarded Honorable Mention in the Best Newscast contest category to KCBI/Dallas Senior News Director Sharon Geiger, and KCBI Reporter and Midday News Anchor Chris Howell. Nikela Pradier, KCBI News Reporter, also won 2nd in the Best Sports Story/Series category for her feature on “Football, Faith & Music.”

Sharon Geiger, Senior News Director gives all the credit to God for the Texas AP prestigious awards, “I’m very grateful to God because He gives us the opportunity to do this. It’s a matter of honoring Him with our work.” KCBI Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Tirone said, “The only approval that matters to KCBI is God’s approval. I’m proud of our news team led by Sharon Geiger. This award is God’s blessing and God’s favor encouraging us to persevere. To God be the Glory!”  (3/9)


The Rev. Don Wildmon has resigned as chairman of the American Family Association. AFA said Wednesday that the 72-year-old Wildmon's resignation follows months of hospitalization, including treatment for encephalitis and cancer of his left eye. Wildmon said his son Tim is expected to lead the ministry. The retired Methodist minister founded his group in Tupelo in 1977 as the National Federation for Decency. The name was changed in 1988. Wildmon built the organization into a ministry with a $20 million annual budget that owns 180 radio stations. (3/4)


Arbitron Phase 1 Winter P 12+ AQH:  WFFH/Nashville 2.8... KGBI/Omaha 2.2... WDCX/Buffalo 1.1... WFHM/Cleveland 2.8 (Akron book)...  (3/4)


Salem Communications Corporation released its Fourth Quarter 2009 results ending December 31, 2009 compared to the quarter ended
December 31, 2008. Total revenue decreased 7.9% to $50.8 million from $55.2 million. Net broadcast revenue decreased 8.8% to $43.3 million from $47.5 million. Non-broadcast revenue decreased 2.1% to $7.5 million from $7.7 million.  (3/4)


KHZR/St Louis (Joy-FM) has been busy raising funds for the down payment for the purchase of a 100,000 signal in the heart of the market. Monday morning JOY-FM achieved their goal of $2 million and listeners continued to call, adding an additional $15,000. to the total. The FCC is processing the application to purchase KFUO/St Louis. (3/2)


As the nation of Chile continues suffering from the aftermath of Saturday’s massive earthquake, international Christian media ministry TWR was also affected as its partner office there, Radio Trans Mundial (RTM), sustained severe damage. According to RTM-Chile National Director Sigisfredo Alvarado, “All of those involved in the [RTM] ministry here in Chile are physically well,” he writes in an e-mail from a communication center with electricity, “but the office ended up in a heap of rubble. Part of the roof fell in, and the furniture came tumbling down destroying other things in its path.” Fortunately, no one was inside the building at the time the quake hit. The extent of the damage and what it may cost to repair are still being assessed. 

TWR’s Member Care Radio, in partnership with Dr. Brent Lindquist of Link Care Center, is responding to comfort the people of Chile by distributing a series of radio programs in Spanish for caregivers and survivors of crisis and catastrophe titled “Growth Through Hardship.” These radio programs, based on the Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) book “When Your Whole World Changes,” present a clear Christian context throughout while bearing witness to the love and care of God in the midst of tragedy and devastation. The book will also be distributed as part of an on-the-ground ministry to earthquake victims. (3/2)


Arbitron January 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KSOS/Las Vegas 126,300... WFHM/Cleveland 182.100... WAKW/Cincinnati 146,800... KLRX/Kansas City 199,500... KLJC/Kansas City 92,600... KFIS/Portland 254,200... KZLV/San Antonio 201,400... KKFS/Sacramento 118,300... KARA/Sacramento 65,100...   (2/26)


James Dobson made his last Focus on the Family radio broadcast Friday (2/26)  "I have a lump in my throat, but God's in control," Dobson told listeners.  He plans to start a new show, "Family Talk with James Dobson," next month.  Dobson said Friday the new show isn't competition for Focus on the Family, noting that Focus agreed to donate $1 million to help him start.  (2/26)


Arbitron January 2010 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:  WCIE/Tampa 125,800... KTIS/Minneapolis 418,500... WRBS/Baltimore 293,200... KLVA/Phoenix 160,200... KGCB/Phoenix 25,400... WPKV/Pittsburgh 128,400... WORD/Pittsburgh 89,200... KLDV/Denver 262,500... KWXA/Denver 64,900... KLVJ/San Diego 47,900... WMUZ/detroit 217,400... KCMS/Seattle 466,900... KWPZ/Seattle 29,800... KSIV/St Louis 90,800... KHZR/St Louis 76,800... (2/25)


Congratulations to KTIS/Minneapolis morning co-hosts David Christian and Pam Lundell will receive the 2010 NRB Media Award for Air Personality of the Year (Music Format). The award is presented to a personality who is compelling, relevant, informative, personable and entertaining, while demonstrating an authentic Christian faith in their on-air announcing. David commented, “This is really about our listeners - our show is a just a conversation we are having with them as we do life together.” Pam added, “They’re the stars of the show!” “At 98.5 KTIS, we are blessed to have two Twin Cities radio veterans spearheading our morning show,” said Program Director Jason Sharp. “Called to the ministry of Christian Radio, David & Pam have been working together for two years and I am thrilled with how they connect to the audience each day!”  The two will be presented the award at NRB’s 67th Annual Convention in Nashville this Saturday. (2/25)


Arbitron January 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:  WGTS/Wash DC 340,300... WAVA/Wash DC 151,800... WFSH/Atlanta 648,500... WVFJ/Atlanta 157,700... WJKL/Chicago 325,000... WMBI/Chicago 284,000... WONU/Chicago 70,500... WAWZ/New York 286,000... WMCA/New York 215,400... KLTY/Dallas 974,900... KCBI/Dallas 269,900... KSBJ/Houston 604,300... KROI/Houston 409,800... KHCB/Houston 189,700...  KSGN/Riverside 184,200... KFSH/Los Angeles 476,500... KKLA/Los Angeles 295,300... KNDL/San Francisco 68,100...  (2/24)


On Feb. 1st a new Christian station in Lubbock, TX hit the air. KRBL/Idalou (Praise 105.7) launched with 5500 watts covering parts of  west Texas including metro Lubbock.  Local minister and disc jockey Robert Cortez is directing the operation says he broadcasts a little contemporary Christian music, a few Gospel hymns, some Christian hip-hop and Latino beats. He claims he's just trying to create a station that radiates the heartbeat of West Texas’ Christian community.  “For years and years and years, we’ve been preaching,” he said. “It’s time to come together.”  Cortez, who currently serves as a minister at Grace Beyond Walls Church, had been preaching over the airwaves throughout his career, but backed off after a Christian AM station he was a part of failed in 1998. He decided only an act of God could get him back into broadcasting. “If God wants me to do radio, he knows exactly where I live and where I hang out,” he told his wife.  Shortly after he ran into KRBL owners Rick and Bobby Benavides.  While there are plenty of satellite Christian radio stations, Cortez said, Praise 105.7 is the only local FM station that plays the variety of music that represents the people living in West Texas.    “Finally, we have a choice,” he said. “Finally, we have a voice.” 

While the station was launched earlier this month, Cortez said he is in the early phases, still trying out new programs. He said he wants the station to be centered around music, but Lubbock pastors will have the chance to broadcast 15-minute sermons between blocks of music.   (2/24)


BITS: Get 2010 CMB Radio Station Of The Year Awards details online here...  41st annual Dove Awards were released, click here for list... (2/24)


EMF has expanded KLOVE into market #4 on KLVS/Stockton, CA.  The format is now on 107.3, a signal that covers the San Francisco Bay area including San Jose, Stockton/Modesto, and also reaches well into the Sacramento market. KLVS previously was a Regional Mexican format as KSTN-FM. Chuck Pryor, VP of Programming for K-LOVE stated, “God has blessed us with an amazing opportunity to reach this major market, on 107.3FM, most of which is not currently being served with this format.” David Pierce, Chief Creative Officer stated; “reaching from the Golden Gate to the foothills of the Sierra’s allows us to impact communities and lives in a way that was not possible before going on 107.3FM. Needless to say we’re excited about bringing something new to the Bay Area & Northern California!”  K-LOVE’s reach now includes these major markets: Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, Portland, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Kansas City, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Norfolk. . K-LOVE’s is now heard on over 200 stations in 46 states. (2/23)


Best Christian Workplaces Institute, a research-based organizational and human resources consulting firm, has named KSBJ/Houston as one of the United State’s 30 Best Christian Workplaces of 2010. Organizations were selected based on a comprehensive survey administered by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) in October and November 2009.  “Of all the awards that KSBJ has received, being recognized as one of the best Christian Workplaces is the greatest honor to me personally as this is a goal that we have been working hard to achieve over the past few years,” says Tim McDermott, president and general manager of 89.3 KSBJ. “And, while we have received this honor, we will continue (awards or not) to strive to make KSBJ a great place for all of us to work.”

The survey encompassed 6,700 employees in 62 organizations across North America to identify workplaces with a Christian mission and/or values. Organizations were evaluated on issues including job satisfaction, organizational commitment, Christian witness, supervisory effectiveness, work satisfaction, personal growth and development, management effectiveness, customer/supporter satisfaction, teamwork, communications, salary and benefits.  (2/19)


Salem has acquired the popular right-of-center blog HotAir.com.  HotAir.com, combined with Townhall.com, creates the largest conservative commentary, analysis, and news network on the Web with more than 3 million unique readers. Best-selling author, blogger, and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who started HotAir.com in 2006, said of the acquisition, "HotAir has experienced phenomenal growth -- beyond our wildest expectations. With its established radio platform and fast-growing Internet brands, Salem is perfectly positioned to take HotAir to the next level as a conservative multimedia powerhouse."   (2/18)


Good news from KSLT/Rapid City, SD as PD Dave Masters checks in with HisAir.Net to report some sizeable recent growth with sustained high ratings. The station was #1 in women 25-54 in the TSA and tied for #1 in the Metro for the whole year. KSLT continues to expand their 5 state signal as well, getting approval for full power stations in Pierre SD & Dickinson ND. (2/15)


WVFJ/Atlanta (J 93.3) has made some budget cuts resulting in jobs being lost. Leaving the station is five year PD/Afternoons Don Schaeffer and APD/Marketing and Promotions Director Steve Williams.  (2/15)


Founder Dick Bott is retiring as the Bott Radio Network President/CEO and his son Rich will take his place. Rich has been with Bott since 1981.  "The need for the clear teaching and preaching of God's Word has never been greater, " said Rich. "I intend for Bott Radio Network to honor the past, serve in the present and anticipate the future. I'm excited about the future with its new technology innovations, together with the power and reach of today's terrestrial AM and FM radio."  Dick and his wife Shirley started out in Kansas City in 1962 with a single radio station and a vision. He will remain as Chairman of the Board.  (2/15)


BITS: KTIS/Minneapolis afternoon guy Jake Sommers can now be heard doing weekends on Way-FM in Northern Tasmania, Australia... Bryan Hunter most recently with KADI/Springfield, joins KHRT/Minot, ND as production director/on air... (2/12)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) will present Valentine’s Vows this Saturday, February 13, 2010 when 50 couples will renew their wedding vows in a special ceremony. The ceremony will feature a performance by Brandon Heath. All couples attending will receive a copy of the book The Five Love Languages and tickets to the upcoming Love Worth Fighting For marriage event featuring Kirk Cameron. One grand prize package will be given out featuring a diamond necklace from David Douglas Diamonds and VIP access to the marriage event including the opportunity to meet Kirk Cameron. (2/11)


WIBI/Carlinville Program Director Rob Regal checks in with HisAir.Net to say that a case of WIBI Pay-It-Backward broke out yesterday (2/10) at a Starbucks in Springfield, IL.  Between roughly 7:30a & 2:30p, 172 cars paid for someone behind them at the drive-thru window. "Our station is really all about what God is doing through our listeners," Rob says, "and the community of Springfield, including TV and newspapers, took notice". (2/11)


ChristianNetcast.com VP of Sales and Marketing David Palmer will speak at this years National Religious Broadcasters Convention to be held in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. "We have been a part of NRB for almost ten years now and it is a true honor to be asked to speak at the national convention" states Palmer. Palmer will be speaking in a session entitled Internet Evangelism & Social Networking. This past year ChristianNetcast.com Inc. has seen continued growth in an unpredictable and unstable economy. Earlier this year ChristianNetcast.com announced the acquisition of NWR Network, a streaming company based out of Colorado Springs. MainstreamNetwork.com is another streaming company that falls under the ChristianNetcast umbrella.  ChristianNetcast has recently opened an office in Maine where the company was founded. Palmer says the reason for this was to enable he and his wife to be closer to family. The company now has offices in Virginia Beach VA, Williamsburg VA, Colorado Springs CO, St Louis MO and Los Angeles CA. (2/10)


WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 the Light) listeners pledged $272,250 during an on-air pledge drive to support ongoing ministry in Haiti being conducted by Christian international relief agency Samaritan’s Purse. Listeners responded to the fund drive by meeting the immediate needs of 1,815 Haitian families. Each gift of $150 will provide a family of six with temporary shelter, clean water, a medical supply kit, and emergency supplies (blankets, hygiene kits, etc.). “Last Tuesday’s response from listeners ranks among the biggest outpourings to any mission project 106.9 the Light has ever presented,” stated Jim Kirkland, executive director of the radio station. “And in these times when money is tight, some listeners had to make sacrifices to provide for Haitian families. Every bit of the credit belongs to God.” (2/10)


UK's Premier Christian Radio says its thrilled with the results of a new survey showing that listeners are tuning in longer. The latest RAJAR figures show listening hours for the station doubled in the last quarter to 16.6 a week. The results place the radio station, which went digital nationwide late last year, second only to Gold Crawley, which averages 20 hours a week. "Listening hours for Premier Christian Radio have shot up, we're all thrilled," said Controller, Dave Rose. "We've been working hard to broadcast the best Christian music, cover topical news from a Christian perspective as well as lining up great guests. This month, Premier launched a new gospel music radio station, broadcasting in London and the surrounding area. Chief Executive, Peter Kerridge said: "We're hoping that Premier Gospel will grow to be as popular as it's sister station, Premier Christian Radio". (2/10)


KSBJ/Houston will receive the prestigious NRB Station of the Year Award (Major/Large Market) during the February 27th Radio Reception at the NRB Convention & Exposition. “KSBJ has demonstrated to their listeners in Houston that they are interested in meeting needs, and their listeners have responded in kind—giving $700,000 more than their Sharathon goal last year,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright. “And the KSBJ leadership has demonstrated that servant heart yet again through mentoring other Christian stations in several countries—and continents. We are therefore delighted to recognize KSBJ for their presence in their market as well as around the world.”

The NRB Station of the Year Award (Major/Large Market) is presented to a radio station that is innovative, locally-focused, and effectively impacts a market of more than 1.5 million in potential population through community service, promotions and marketing, outreach, ratings, and/or other means. (2/10)


This Valentines Day WBGL/Champaign is remembering troops serving in every branch of the military by collecting treats and other items from listeners and sending them all around the world. Packages include everyday items like candy, shaving cream, peanut butter, lotion, and much more that is readily available to Americans, but items the troops miss while away on active duty. WBGL is working with Operation Support Our Troops, based out of Naperville, IL to assemble and send the packages. (2/9)


KDNW/Duluth (Life 97-3) has hired Nicole Matthews to co-host the afternoon show with Scott Michaels. Matthews has previous on-air and promotions experience at KZPK/St. Cloud and KKJM/St. Cloud. According to KDNW GM Michaels “Nicole has a great ability to reach our listener where she’s at. She is a “real” air talent and has the passion and drive we need to transform Life 97-3. Plus, she used to work at Starbucks and makes a mean cup of coffee.” (2/8)


KSBJ/Houston recently teamed up with radio stations across the country to raise awareness of the needs in Haiti. KSBJ suspended its regular programming on Feb 1st to raise a total of $356,093.65 for “Heart for Haiti” campaign which will benefit several nonprofit organizations including World Vision, Living Water International, Compassion International and Samaritan’s Purse, each of which is committed to making a difference in the lives of Haitians and are on the ground providing medical services, emergency supplies, food and blankets as well as repairing incapacitated handpumps to ensure clean, fresh water for the area.
 
“KSBJ exceeded its fundraising goal of $50,000 by 712 percent thanks to our generous listeners,” said Tim McDermott, president and general manager of KSBJ. “These funds will help us spread God’s hope to those in Haiti who were affected by this devastation.” (2/8)


Salem Communications has hired Jeff Reisman for General Manager for its Chicago cluster including WYLL (AM 1160) and WIND (AM 560). For the past 5 years Jeff has served as General Sales Manager of WIND and in November of 2008 was promoted to Director of Sales for the Chicago cluster. Additionally Salem named Andrew Adams as General Manager for its Seattle group of radio stations (KGNW, KKMO, KKOL, KLFE, KNTS). (2/8)


The FCC has approved a Christian group's application for a new radio station in Hibbing, MN. We Have This Hope Christian Radio, Inc. was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial station on 88.7 FM with a 6,000-Watt signal. We Have This Hope Christian Radio, Inc. is a non-profit group based in Park Rapids, MN. and owns a station in Blackduck, MN. and has FCC approval for another station in Warroad, Minn. (2/8)


About 1,000 radio stations partnered with Compassion International on Feb 1st with "Help Haiti with Compassion' to raise much needed funds for the people of Haiti as a result of the massive 7.0 earthquake. Nearly $1.2 million was raised. The funds will be used to provide immediate aid to the victims of the Haiti earthquake in the form of food, water, shelter, and medical and counseling services. In addition, funds will be used to re-equip Compassion’s local support structure to aid in the rebuilding of Haiti long-term.

“On behalf of our Haiti staff, the church partners in Haiti, and the more than 64,600 Haitian children we serve, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to our radio partners and their listeners,” said Mark Hanlon, senior vice president of Compassion International, USA. “The funds raised will bring hope to a people who have lost family members and friends, their livelihoods and their homes. It will equip the churches we serve with the tools necessary to continue our more than 40-year mission in Haiti – rebuilding a nation by releasing families and communities from the vice grip of poverty one child at a time. Current estimates indicate that about 50 of Compassion’s church-based child development centers were seriously affected by the earthquake. Although the full extent of the loss is yet to be assessed, it has been confirmed that the ministry has suffered the loss of babies, children and students in Compassion’s programs. In addition, although all of Compassion’s 75-member Haitian staff have been accounted for, one died later due to injuries. Compassion’s work in Haiti began in 1968 and has more than 64,600 children in 230 child development centers. (2/4)


WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) partnered with Compassion International and Help Haiti with Compassion to raise $100,579.00 for those suffering in Haiti. Starting at 6:00 am Mon (2/1) with Johnny Stone in the Morning, the request went out for one-time donations to help those who survived the earthquake and subsequent tremors in Haiti. With more than 300,000 children in Haiti under the age of 2 needing nutritional support and Compassion’s 40 year history in Haiti, people in the New York metro opened their hearts and their wallets to help. Because Compassion was serving in Haiti prior to the earthquake, they have the systems and sponsorships set up to immediately help the people of Port-au-Prince. STAR 99.1’s Morning Show host Johnny Stone summed it up, “It’s reassuring that Americans really do step up and care for others in a time of crisis. I thank everyone who gave.” (2/3)


Arbitron HOLIDAY 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KZLV/San Antonio 96,700... WORD/Pittsburgh 82,500... WPKV/Pittsburgh 133,200... WAKW/Cincinnati 320,800... KSOS/Las Vegas 141,800... WRBS/Baltimore 287,400... KKFS/Sacramento 131,600... KLRX/Kansas City 167,600... KFIS/Portland 289,100... KLDV/Denver 280,200... KXWA/Denver 75,300... WFHM/Cleveland 275,300 (2/1)


Trans World Radio (TWR) will be available to DAB listeners in the North West of England in April 2010. DAB can now be received in over 85 per cent of the United Kingdom. Trans World Radio will now be made more accessible to the 6 million people who inhabit the North West of England. Russell Farnworth, CEO of Trans World Radio, said of the launch: “We have been hoping and praying for the opportunity to launch our radio ministry on DAB digital radio for several years now! This is an exciting development and an important first step towards national coverage. (2/1)


NewReleaseTuesday announces a partnership with Westar Media Group to represent NRT's "New Music Update" to radio stations world-wide. Westar’s marketing launch began Monday, January 25, 2010 and over 70 new affiliates were added in the first week. "New Music Update" is produced by Bill Lurwick of KJIL/Dodge City, KS, (2/1)


Word artist Francesca Battistelli (left) on the red carpet at the 52rd Grammy’s Sunday night in LA. The singer/songwriter received a nomination in the Best Gospel Performance category for the track "Free To Be Me" off her debut album My Paper Heart. (2/1)


Arbitron HOLIDAY 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WGTS/Wash DC 322,100... WFSH/Atlanta 755,600... WVFJ/Atlanta 150,000... KTIS/Minneapolis 436,900... KSIV/St Louis 81,900... KHZR/St Louis 49,800... KLVK/Phoenix 115,500... WCIE/Tampa 136,600... WMUZ/Detroit 200,400... KCMS/Seattle 589,700... (1/28)


Arbitron HOLIDAY 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: KSBJ/Houston 590,200... KSGN/Riverside 145,200... KFSH/Los Angeles 539,900... WBMI/Chicago 316,800... WAWZ/New York 307,000... KLTY/Dallas 1,031,600... (1/28)


Syndicated talk-show host Janet Parshall is leaving the Salem Radio Network this weekend to start up a new show with the Chicago-based Moody Broadcasting Network. Her last day on the air will be Friday, butnthat show will be a rebroadcast of this past Monday. Salem Radio did not renew her contract. "Personally, I love Janet Parshall," said Tom Tradup, VP of news and talk programming for Salem. "This transition is about as smooth a one as I've ever had. She has always been a joy to work with." Parshall's time slot will be filled by KWRD/Dallas host Janet Mefferd, who will start on Salem this Monday. Mefferd is the wife of Salem OM Charley Mefferd. Parshall will debut a late-afternoon issue-oriented show with Moody this spring. (1/27)


Sudan has a new Christian radio station called "Good News FM" (89 FM). The station is part of Sudan Catholic Radio Network (SCRN). With the new station, SCRN now has six stations broadcasting in a good part of southern Sudan: Bakhita Radio, in Juba, Voice of Peace, in Gidel Nuba Mountains, Voice of Love, in Malakal, Radio Emmanuel in Torit, Easter FM in Yei and now Good News FM in Rumbek. (1/27)


Congratulations to WAYJ/Fort Myers (WAY-FM) Operations Director Steve Shore and his wife Kim on the birth of their son Jonas, at 4:44am 1/27/2010. Mom and baby are both healthy and resting. (1/27)


We've got new AC & CHR format data FREE from Hit Music Research and HisAir.Net. Click here... (1/25)



MORE BITS: WAY-FM Media Group is selling KWYA/Astoria, Oregon (89.7) to Oregon Public Broadcasting for $85,000-cash... Former KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) morning guy Ted Ziegenbusch joins KOST/Los Angeles for weekends... Former KAIM/Honolulu (95.5 The Fish) PD (1988-2006) Michael Shishido is back on the air at KUMU/Honolulu... Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Santa Ana, Calif., is selling WGPS/Elizabeth City, NC, WPGT/Roanoke Rapids, WJIJ/Norlina, N.C., and WAJC/Zebulon, N.C. to Liberty University. (1/25)



BITS: Joey Krol exits WIBI/Carlinville to become a Youth and Children's Pastor... Darren Marlar says he will exit mornings at WQFL/Rockford on January 29th, to do comedy fulltime, he will be replaced by Sky Drysdale at WQFL... After 32 years on Sunday mornings on KYKY/St Louis (Y98), Stel Pontikes "The Answer Radio Show" is moving to KEZK/St Louis (102.5FM) beginning Sunday, January 24... KTLF&KTPL/Colorado Springs GM Lynn Carmichael will exit the station in May to relocate to Louisiana...  (1/22)



A 100-foot broadcasting tower was blown over by high winds knocking KUPR/Alamogordo, NM and KVCC/Stockton off the air Friday . In addition three television stations were knocked out of commission. Officials don't know when the tower will be repaired and said it could take 30 to 60 days, depending on the weather. (1/22)



ChristianNetcast.com announces the acquisition of NWR Network of Colorado Springs. Several NWR Network staff members have joined the ChristianNetcast.com team according to a ChristianNetcast.com spokesperson. David Palmer, Vice President-Sales and Marketing for ChristianNetcast.com, said the acquisition has been in the works for about a year. He added the deal brings both companies enhanced production capabilities. "NWR has provided production and streaming services to Christian radio stations and ministries. They were a perfect fit into our future plans for growth. ChristianNetcast.com and NWR will continue to operate as they always have but now both companies will be able to provide added value services with no increase in cost to the customers." Over the next 12 months, the acquisition will increase the ChristianNetcast.com customer base and provide NWR with a more stable network infrastructure according to Todd VanTasel, Vice President-Technology for ChristianNetcast.com. "With the addition of NWR we have doubled our tech support staff and now are able to provide our customers with production services using a stable of radio talent with a combined 70 years of experience.” (1/22)



Focus on the Family will air a 30-second Super Bowl ad featuring former Florida QB Tim Tebow and his mother Pam. "Tim and Pam share our respect for life and our passion for helping families thrive," says Jim Daly, president on Focus of the Family. The Tebows decided to participate in the ad "because the issue of life is one they feel very strongly about."  Focus on the Family spokeswoman Lisa Anderson would not reveal how much her organization paid for the ad or provide further details about it. But she told CNNMoney.com that the funds were donated specifically for this purpose by unnamed individuals. She said the money did not come from the group's general fund. CBS is charging about $3 million for 30-second spots, according to spokesman Dana McClintock. But CBS would not reveal how much it charged Focus on the Family for their ad. (1/20)
ARB Fall '09 Phase 2 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WCVO/Columbus 3.2... (1/20)


WSAE/Spring Arbor (Home FM) GM Malachi Crane has been promoted to Executive Director of SAU Radio as well as Donor Relations for Spring Arbor University as a whole. In his new position Malachi will still supervise HOME.fm and SAU Radio. Malachi joined SAU Radio in 2007 and previously worked for WJIS/Sarasota (The Joy FM) . He has started a search for a new General Manager to oversee the day to day operations. Jump over to jobs page to check it out. (1/19)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) listeners responded in a big way following the earthquake in Haiti last week and raised over $375,000 to benefit recovery efforts.  The station started an emergency relief campaign asking for donations the morning after the earthquake hit with the money going to benefit Food for the Poor. (1/19)


Due to the extraordinary tragedy happening in Haiti right now Compassion has postponed Global Food Crisis Day until later in 2010 and is urging all Christian broadcasters to join in a special one-day event "Help Haiti with Compassion" on February 1st. The Help Haiti radio website is now online and contains resources including spots, scripts, talking points, logos, banners and more. Click here for the website. (1/18)


Sunday, January 17th, WLAB/Ft Wayne (STAR 88.3) and area churches, organizations, and the community at large joined together for Mission of Hope for Haiti event. The evening which raised nearly $14,000 featured 4 local bands, testimonials about Haiti, video of the destruction, a “live” call from Haiti and special prayer time for the people of Haiti.  (1/18)


As the beleaguered nation of Haiti suffers from mass devastation caused by Tuesday’s earthquake, international Christian media ministry TWR will provide Creole language messages of hope into Port-au-Prince by radio. Beginning tonight and continuing indefinitely, TWR will provide a simulcast of local Christian programming from Haiti’s Radio 4VEH via TWR’s 100,000-watt AM outlet on the island of Bonaire. Broadcasts of Radio 4VEH’s live Internet audio stream will be aired from 10:15 p.m. until 2 a.m. local time in Haiti. “Two solid Christian stations on Haiti are Radio 4VEH and Radio Lumiere,” explains TWR Americas International Director Tim Klingbeil. “Since Radio Lumiere is off the air due to a damaged transmitter facility, we believe broadcasting Radio 4VEH’s programs from Bonaire will reach people who currently are not able to receive much-needed gospel messages.” Radio 4VEH is located on the northern part of Haiti, and broadcasts do not effectively reach listeners in Port-au-Prince.

According to sources from Radio 4VEH, the station plans to make adjustments to its regular programming in an effort to address the needs of those who are suffering and looking for help. “Our thinking is that we will continue providing simulcasts at least until Radio Lumiere is able to go back on the air,” Klingbeil says. (1/18)


Hundreds of thousands of people in two areas of Ghana have access to local Christian broadcasts for the first time as the result of a joint effort between Accra-based Theovision and HCJB Global. Test broadcasts began December 7th at Asamankese, a town outside of Accra. Eight days later, test transmissions went on the air in the central Ghana city of Assin Fosu, making Christian broadcasts available to an estimated 700,000 people. Upon installation of the first FM station “almost immediately the team heard the broadcasts being listened to in taxis and cafes across the town,” said Jeremy Maller, HCJB Global’s chief engineer for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region which has an office in Accra.

Maller said the outlet in Assin Fosu is especially strategic because the “local population has no other private FM station broadcasting in the area – only the local government station. The new station, broadcasting at 88.1 MHz, offers Christian content tailored to the local audience, “something they have not had very much access to up to this point. (1/18)


Trans World Radio has announced that it has delivered more than 100,000 "Radio Church Kits" to interested parties in China since the program started in 1994. The actual number is now over 101,000. Each "kit" consists of a portable shortwave radio, a Bible in the Chinese language and additional literature. TWR aims for distribution of the kits in the more rural areas of China, which often have limited communications options. TWR started broadcasting in 1954 from Morocco with a single army-surplus transmitter. It now provides programming in more than 200 languages and dialects, in more than 160 countries. (1/14)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) midday air personality Melony McKaye is among a group of Central Floridians who are stuck in Haiti after Tuesday afternoon's devastating earthquake. McKaye traveled to the island nation with New Missions, a nondenominational group that has operations in Haiti. The group was staying at the New Missions compound in Leogane Plain when the earthquake struck. None were injured. Members of the group hope to be able to return to Florida beginning Friday. Mckaye is providing updates to WPOZ.  (1/14)


WBGL/Champaign facilitated the Random Acts of Christmas program for the 4th year, kicking it off the week of November 23rd. The program allowed listeners to nominate people they know who are in need during the holiday season. It also encouraged listeners to give back during the Christmas season, as they stepped forward to meet the needs of others. Over 300 nominations were received, and thanks to generous people throughout the WBGL listening area, over 280 families were helped over the Christmas season. The various needs ranging from baby clothes, toys for kids, blankets, groceries, and home repair went to many deserving families who needed an extra helping hand this Christmas. The program ran through January 7th, with the hope that every need would be fulfilled. (1/14)


Lighthouse Radio Network (WHCF/Bangor and WHMX/Bangor 105.7 Solution FM) have re-structured their staff.  The staff has moved to roles over both stations. Staff positions and their roles are re-aligned to the following: Marc Tischart/General Manager, Tim Collins/Operations Manager/ Group Program Director, Morgan Smith/Group Assistant Program Director/ Group Music Director, Joe Polek/Group Assistant Music Director/ Group Promotions Director, Penny Ayer/Group Programming/ Ops Assistant, Pencil Boone/Solution FM On-Air Staff, Mike Couchman/Solution FM On-Air Staff, Shelly Mitchell/WHCF On-Air Staff. 

In addition effective, January 25, 2010, “Tim & Morgan in the Morning” will move from Solution FM to mornings on WHCF. “Penny & Joe in the Morning” will move to PM drive on WHCF. Pencil Boone will move up from evenings to take over morning drive on Solution FM. Tim, Morgan, and Joe will all have a shift during Mid-day hours on Solution FM. Mike Couchman will remain on PM Drive on Solution FM, while Shelly Mitchell will remain in Evenings on WHCF.  Morgan will be taking all Inspo/Soft AC and CHR tracking calls as of January 28th at 207-947-2751 x 426.  Her new tracking times for both formats will be Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm EST. If she is not available, you may speak with Joe, or email morgan@solutionfm.com  (1/13)


Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume explained why he had to say what he did about Tiger Woods during an exclusive KCBI/Dallas Morning Show interview. Hume recently said during comments on The O’Reilly Factor show and on Fox News Sunday about Tiger Wood’s infidelity that “Jesus offers something that Tiger Woods desperately needs”. Hume recalled the tragic event in his own life that lead to his boldness in sharing his faith and about how his decision was not popular. “Mentioning Christ in a public setting was like dropping a boulder off the 14th street bridge and into the Potomac River because it caused a tremendous stir,” said Hume, “there were some ferocious attacks that led to a week of debates.” Morning Show host Jim Wilson, said the interview was especially meaningful to him, “To hear the boldness of a man who’s in such a secular environment not only stand up for God, but to actually name Jesus….is incredible” .  (1/12)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) partnered with the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, who was seeing over 100 extra people each night during the unusually cold weather Florida recently experienced. Z88.3 asked their listeners to help by donating extra winter coats, gloves, blankets and anything else they had to keep people warm. Z listeners answered the call.  Within a few hours of going on the air with the Coats for OURM campaign, Z’s conference room was filled to capacity with hundreds of blankets and coats. The Orlando Union Rescue Mission was overjoyed by the kindness of Z listeners. The Mission sent a full size van everyday for six days to pick up another full load. Z88.3’s conference room filled up just as fast as it was emptied, a testimony to the generosity of the Central Florida Z community! Daily highs are expected to reach the 70’s this weekend, but lows are still expected to be in the 40’s. Z88.3 will continue collecting coats until the temperatures get back to normal. (1/12)


KCBI/Dallas will debut the new feature, “Gospel Weekends” airing on Sundays at 12:30pm CT. Producer, host, and 33-year KCBI broadcast veteran, Charlie Campbell, said, “This program brings the opportunity to expand on the Gospel music I routinely play on Sunday mornings”. Charlie is the long-time host of Sunday Morning Sounds of Sonshine which airs on KCBI from 6am to 12 noon.  (1/9)


WEOM/Thomasville, NC has received a notice to vacate, even though station operators thought it owned the building. Earl Harrison, head of the World Evangelistic Outreach Ministry, operatesthe station in a building donated to the organization by High Point Bank nearly 15 years ago. But an unpaid tax bill has suddenly surfaced, surprising both the minister and the president of the bank. Harrison said he received a letter from the bank telling him the station had to vacate the building. According to Davidson County records, High Point Bank still owns the property, and owes nearly $16,000 in back taxes on the property. "We’re not evicting anyone," according to High Point Bank president Charles Myers. Myers said the letter sent to the ministry was intended to get someone from ministry to contact the bank, and protect the bank’s liability for a piece of property no one knew about until this week.

Myers said their early investigation into what happened indicates there was intent to donate the building to the ministry 15 years ago, but why the deed to the property wasn't changed remains unclear. Myers added that none of his administration was in charge at the bank 15 years ago. He said he hopes to work things out with the ministry. (1/9)


WTIX/Winston-Salem (980 AM) has changed owners, call letters and formats, switching from ESPN Radio to Spanish-language Christian programming. Truth Broadcasting Corp. has bought the station from GHB Radio Inc. for $400,000. The station switched formats Wednesday night and has changed its call letters to WEGO-AM.

"There's an exploding Hispanic population here in Winston-Salem," Epperson said. "Some people are critical of immigrants, but we wanted to reach out to them and show them the love of God." Truth Broadcasting, based in Winston-Salem, owns nine Christian radio stations in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, Utah and Virginia. (1/9)


KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) has hired Aaron Dicer as new morning show host . He arrives at 88.3 The Wind from WPRJ/Saginaw (Fuse FM) where he was PD/mornings. Aaron will start Monday, February 8. (1/8)


AndoMedia has released new audience data on Internet radio listening for the month of November 2009. There’s a small decline in AAS (a term similar to AQH) of about 10% to some of the leading stations or networks, possibly due to the Holidays. EMF and Salem are demonstrating that their listeners listen more than twice as long as Pandora and some of the larger radio groups. (1/5)


WAY-FM and World Vision announce a national tour featuring Jeremy Camp, The Afters, Chasen, with special guest Jason Gray. The tour will kick off January 20 in Charleston, SC and will travel to a total of 8  WAY-FM radio markets, finishing up in Louisville, KY on February 12. Steve Quant, Director of Media Acquisition for World Vision stated, "I'm always amazed at the generosity of God's people. Audiences in these eight 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 Jeremy Camp and also The Afters will give a great evening of music to our listeners.”  (1/4)


Arbitron DEC 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: WJKL/Chicago 325,800... WONU/Chicago 57,800... WMBI/Chicago 285,700... KLTY/Dallas 939,800... KCBI/Dallas 219,600... WAWZ/New York 321,900... WFSH/Atlanta 712,600... WVFJ/Atlanta 197,000... KSBJ/Houston 653,300... KHCB/Houston 225,300... KFSH/Los Angeles 356,700... KKLA/Los Angeles 249,700... KWVE/Los Angeles 227,600... KSGN/Riverside 158,600... WMUZ/Detroit 200,400... KNDL/San Francisco 69,600... WGTS/Wash DC 321,100... WAVA/WASH DC 155,100... WJYJ/Wash DC 54,900.. WRBS/Baltimore 285,800... KLRX/Kansas City 211,400... KLVJ/San Diego 56,200... Denver 280,100... KXWA/Denver 69,900... KSOS/Las Vegas 118,100... KCSM/Seattle 505,000... WPKV/Pittsburgh 135,100... WORD/Pittsburgh 87,700... KFIS/Portland 262,500... KSIV/St Louis 94,700... KHZR/St Louis 71,900... WAKW/Cincinnati 275,500... WNLT/Cincinnati 79,100... KKFS/Sacarmento 130,100... KARA/Sacramento 81,700... WCIE/Tampa137,200... WJIS/Tampa 26,300... WFHM/Cleveland 225,500... WCRF/Cleveland 95,000...  (1/4)


James Dobson will launch a new 30 minute daily radio program with his son Ryan called "James Dobson on the Family". The program will deal with marriage, child-rearing, family finances, medical and psychological concerns, national issues, the sanctity of human life, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Look for the new program to be available sting this March. (1/4)


BITS: Laura Hamby (Liz Kelly) joins KHRT/Minot, ND (106.9 FM K-Heart) as announcer/Production Director...  WTHU/Thurmont, MD flips from Christian talk to mainstream newstalk... Horizon Christian Fellowship of Fitchburg buys WJWT/Gardner and WFGL/Fitchburg from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa for $200,000...  (1/4)

 

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