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At KSBJ/Houston it was announced this morning that Bill Maier from Focus on the Family will join PD Susan O'Donnell on the morning show starting May 7th. It's all part of what the station calls "A Powerful Change" that is taking place at KSBJ this Spring.  Previously announced changes are current morning duo of Coppelia and Joey K will be moving to afternoons and evening personality Jen Driskill will be moving to Middays 10a-3p.  The station says the biggest change will be announced May 4th.

Bill Meier, the new morning co-host is a clinical psychologist, but most of you know him as the voice of Focus on the Family's "Family Minute"  (4/27)


Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) has announced the establishment of the *Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award.*  The award will be presented to an artist or group to recognize their long-time contributions to the music and ministry of Christian Radio. In establishing the award, CMB felt that honoring Rich Mullins was only natural as his influence continues to be felt years after his death. Mullins died tragically in an automobile accident just outside of Bloomington, IL in 1997.

Similar to the *Scott Campbell Industry Achievement Award* and the *Rob Gregory Community Service Award*, artists may be nominated for the *Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award* by any CMB member - with the winner being chosen by a select panel of voters.  The *Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award, *along with the other special awards and the *2012 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards, *will be presented during *Momentum 2012* in Orlando, Florida.  (4/27)


WCIC/Peoria and McDonald’s teamed up to present Concert for Kids, featuring Word artist Sidewalk Prophets. More than 750 people attended the benefit show. Concert for Kids was a fundraiser for the Peoria Public Schools Foundation's Beacon Project, designed to provide up-to-date technology for District 150 schools. With tickets sold, items purchased at a silent auction the night of the show, and additional donations, the event drew more than $6,500 in support of District 150 and the Beacon Project. These funds will be used specifically to help with the purchase of an iPad cart for the sixth graders at Rolling Acres Middle School. Thirty iPads will be used for improved learning and in an after-school computer lab.(4/26)


According to WAY Media Network Services General Manager Faron Dice, The Melissa and Matt Show (left) recently launched a brand new website www.heymelissaandmatt.com . The site offers Afternoon personalities Melissa and Matt fans a place to interact and engage with the radio show. Dice also noted that The Melissa and Matt Show was recently added on the Toccoa Falls Radio Network, which includes six stations in Georgia.  WAY Media Network Services provides Christian Hit programming and syndicated personalities to WAY-FM owned and non-owned stations all over the nation.  (4/26)


After 8 years at His Radio Network morning co-host/promotion director Kristin Roberts is leaving to take care of some personal matters. Her last day will be this Friday April 27th. If interested in this opening contact His Radio PD Rob Dempsey or jump to jobs page for listing.  (4/23)


HisAir.Net sends condolences to ChristianNetcast VP Sales & Marketing David Palmer who lost his mother last week. The burial was held this past Saturday. Please pray the Lord would comfort and strengthen David and his family during this time. (4/23)


Former Manager of Operations at Thy Word Network John Hayden has landed a new position as Midwest Ministry Representative for Revive Our Hearts. John will travel throughout the region representing Revive Our Hearts to ROH constituents.  He will also be interacting with ROH stations in the Midwest. John will continue hosting Moody Radio’s Sunday Praise which he has done since 2005. Prior to joining Thy Word Network John served as Manager of Operations at Moody Radio in Chicago from 1999 to 2010.  John will be based in Evansville.  (4/21)


KSOS/Las Vegas (SOS Radio) has hired WAY FM/Denver PD Mike Couchman as Music Director…. AGAIN! SOS Radio Program Director Scott Herrold says,  "Our staff started yelling and hollering in excitement when we announced Mike was coming back to SOS.  Mike & his wife Jennifer have a real heart for the Las Vegas community and we're excited to have them back on our team!”  Mike says: “SOS kept a piece of my heart when I left! I can't wait to get back to reclaim it, and to resume my side-career as an Elvis Impersonator-impersonator.”

Mike has worked with Way FM/Denver the past 2 years and his and will relocate his family to Las Vegas in late May.  (4/20)


KSBJ/Houston PD Susan O'Donnell will return to the morning show May 7th. It was announced on the air this morning as part of "A Powerful Change" that is taking place at KSBJ this Spring. The second half of the morning show change is expected to be revealed Friday April 27th on the air at 7:45am. In addition KSBJ evening personality Jen Driskill will be moving to Middays 10a-3p.

It was announced last week that current morning duo of Coppelia and Joey K will be moving to afternoons. O'Donnell was a longtime morning co-host with Mike Kankelfritz who left last year from KLOVE.  (4/20)


KTSY/Boise and KTFY/Twin Falls Director of Radio Chris Gilbreth checks in with HisAir.Net. Chris says both stations’ spring pledge drives went over goal. Last week KTSY’s pledge drive went over the goal of $175,000 by about $11,000 with the overflow going to help replace the 22 year old roof on the station.  This week KTFY wrapped up spring pledge drive in Twin Falls, also over by about $11,000, which will help add a new part time community impact member to the staff.  “This was a finish for the history books,” says Gilbreth.  “We were already saying our final thank-you on the air and getting ready to pray when a volunteer whispered in our ear that another $1,000 match was on the phone. After a flurry of calls, we said another round of thanks, sang some live worship music on the air led by our morning guy Robert Forbes and brought it to a close.”  General Manager Brian Yeager says “both stations reached record amounts for a spring event in our station history, and KTFY raised nearly double what was raised last spring.”  (4/20


Arbitron March 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Austin: KFMK 165,000...
Nashville: WAYM 99,300       
Norfolk: WGH 72,600... 
Providence: WSTL 17,400...
Raleigh: WNNL 177,000... WRTP 55,100
West Palm Beach: WAYF 95,000   
(4/19)


Arbitron March 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Charlotte: WRCM 202,500... WPZS 221,200...
Cleveland: WCRF 102,500
Columbus: WCVO 243,300... WZNP 23,900
Las Vegas: KSOS 169,900...
Orlando: WPOZ 449,600 (#1 AQH 9.6)... WPOZ HD2 63,000
Portland: KFIS 232,400...
San Antonio: KZAR 145,600... 
(4/18)


Arbitron March 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 291,300... WGTS 102,200... WCAO 90,300  
Detroit: WPZR 407,200...
Minneapolis: KTIS 413,600... KTIS-AM 33,600 
Phoenix: KFLR 152,200...    
Seattle: KCMS 406,400... KWPZ 49,600... 
Tampa: WCIE 118,700... WJIS 43,800
Wash DC: WGTS 449,400... WPRS 401,400...
(4/17)


BITS: Happy to report AFR midday host Jon Rivers was released from the hospital and returned home following his bicycle accident last week...  WBGL/Champaign's 3 1/2 day spring Sharathon surpassed its goal with a total of $551,000, more funds than any previous year... Starting April 22nd Heidi Harris joins Salem stations KRLA/Los Angeles and KTIE/Riverside to host the new morning show "The Answer" ... (4/17)


A word about Arbitron ratings. ARB introduced a new policy effective with the March PPM release to only include stations that subscribe to the service. The list of stations will be fewer than previous reports.

Arbitron March 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 654,200... WPZE 596,500...
Chicago: WMBI 170,200...   
Dallas: KLTY 859,700... KCBI 214,100... 
Houston: KSBJ 736,800...
Los Angeles: KFSH 679,400... 
Middlesex: WAWZ 156,200
New York: WAWZ 385,100
Philadelphia: WPPZ 315,500... WBYO 42,100...    
Riverside: KSGN 226,400... 
(4/16)


Air1 Radio Network has hired Brenda Price (left) as midday host on the air from 11am - 3pm ET. Price comes to Air1 from mornings at mainstream country KUSJ/Killeen-Temple. Paul Goldsmith, Air1 Program Director, stated, “Brenda’s great passion for radio, her listeners, and God is contagious. She’s just the lively and engaging personality we’ve been searching for in middays to fit between our dynamic morning duo of Eric Allen and Mandy Young and the always compelling Brant Hansen in the afternoon.”

Price said, “I am truly honored and blessed to be a part of the Air1 team! I have been in radio for a decade and now I get to use my gift, my voice, to entertain and lead people to Jesus through music! I am excited for this new journey.”  (4/16)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) midday personality Betsy Spina has exited the station. Former KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) PD Therese Romano has been brought on to fill in while WAWZ conducts a search for a new mid-day talent. Romano's previous Christian radio experience includes EMF Broadcasting, Sharemedia, Mission of Mercy, The Word in Music Network. (4/15)


KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) announced their June 23rd Fishfest line-up including TobyMac, Sanctus Real, MikesChair, Chris August, Lincoln Brewster, Moriah Peters, and more, details at www.thefishla.com/fishfes... Salem announced a strategic partnership with TuneIn, making their stations available on the free service... Grace Broadcasting Services has flipped its 50kw WTGP/Jackson, TN (97.7 The ‘Dove) back to music from Moody talk/teaching...  The online prayer tool developed by KTIS/Minneapolis "PrayerWorks" hits one million prayers prayed since its launch in 2009... The Christian Women in Media Association (“CWIMA”) announced that after seven years out of state, they will move their national convention back to Dallas in time for their April 2013 event.  (4/15)


WBGL/Champaign PD Ryan Springer checks in with HisAir.Net and a testimony regarding their Sharathon. Ryan says "We just ended our annual Sharathon at 9:20 this morning, 40 minutes early... going up and over our biggest goal in history ($540,000) by $11,000... and with the fewest amount of gifts given (1,840) since 2006... and with zero giveaways or thank you gifts. We ended at $551,000, and the largest average gift size that I'm aware of in station history, at $299.46. (Normal average is around $220 to $230). Just amazing."

Ryan continues "At one point our Axia on-air board locked up, first time it's ever done that in the 2 years we've had it, and we weren't able to turn on the mics for about 45 minutes. Within minutes, the volunteers came out and placed their hands on the studio and prayed (pictured below).  It was more than a moment.  It was a show of love for this ministry that is uncommon in this world.  It's a display of passion that only comes from God. It's a passion that only God's people understand. (BTW: the phones kept ringing for those 45 minutes or so and $4,300 came in). I turned around and got goose bumps when I saw them standing there. It was a neat moment."  (4/13)


At KSBJ/Houston this morning Coppelia and Joey K were heard saying they would be moving to afternoons next month. The two had been teamed together since Mike Kankelfritz left for mornings at KLOVE last November. Does this mean an announcement on a new KSBJ morning show is right around the corner? As a matter fact KSBJ says the next big announcement is Fri April 20 at 7:45am....  Coppelia and Joey K move to afternoon starting May 7th... We'll keep you posted.  (4/13)


Sorry to hear AFR mid-day co-host Jon Rivers fell and broke a rib while riding bicycles with his daughter Lexi last week. Then Wednesday morning, Jon collapsed at the his ranch and was rushed to the hospital as his blood pressure was extremely low. The cause is not known at this time. Jon's wife Sherry is posting updates on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/sherryrivers  (4/12)


 


CMB will hold a Momentum 2012 'muted' conference call today at 11AM EST/10AM CST.  Details for Momentum 2012 will be discussed. You'll hear an update on what's planned for Momentum thus far, including registration information, new speakers added and a new schedule arranged to help you have greater 'take-away' from the event. Both CMB Members and Non members are invited to sit in on the "Muted" conference call.

To listen in call 559-546-1000 PASSCODE: 856034.   (4/11)


WGTS/Wash DC announced today that WMIT/Ashville (106.9 The Light) afternoon personality Jerry Woods, and WGTS evening personality Blanca Vega are teaming up for the station's new morning show effective June 11th. Current morning team, Brennan Wimbish and Becky Alignay will move to other dayparts, Wimbish to evenings, and Alignay to middays.   "Having Jerry Woods and Blanca Vega onboard for mornings will round out an all-star staff for WGTS 91.9 and Washington, DC listeners," said the station's General Manager, John Konrad. "We are excited about the creative spark these two personalities will bring to the station." Woods and Vega will be assisted by Morning Show Producer, Spencer White, on a regular basis.

Prior to WMIT Woods was with KTSY/Boise and Positive Life Radio network (Eastern Washington).  Program Director, Ty McFarland said “Jerry brings energy, excellence and passion to his work, and gives listeners his best. I’m excited that he’ll be teaming up with Blanca, who is already well loved by our listeners. We’re blessed that they can be with us to help write the next chapter in the station’s ministry.”

“I can’t wait to get started.  It’s exciting to join a team of radio professionals who truly want to make an impact on the Washington DC community,” said Woods.  (4/10)


BITS: WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) owner Central Florida Educational Foundation has launched Christian rock station “106.3 The Rock” on its HD3 signal... Congratulations to KCMS/Seattle (105.3 Spirit FM) MD Sarah Taylor on the birth of a baby boy...  (4/10)
 


Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) has announced the eligibility period for the 2012 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards.  Eligibility dates for the 2012 awards will be May 1, 2011 thru April 30, 2012.  Stations wishing to enter the 2012 competition will only be allowed to submit airchecks, ratings information and station activities which took place between those dates.  Stations wishing to enter the competition must submit their entries by June 15, 2012.

 

Voted on by a panel of judges within the radio industry, the Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards are presented to stations which show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership.  One award is given in each of four market categories – Major, Large, Medium and Small.  The 2012 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards will be presented during Momentum 2012, September 5-8 in Orlando, Florida.

 

Details regarding eligibility requirements for entering the 2012 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards, as well as air-checks and entries from last year’s winners, are available on the CMB website – cmbonline.org.  (4/9)

 


WEMI/Appleton (91.9/91.5 The Family) completed their 20th annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive (left) last week as hundreds of volunteers throughout Northeast Wisconsin retrieved donations from 900 collection boxes at 610 area businesses, churches and schools - totaling more than $246,000 worth of personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. The items were sorted, counted and delivered to 44 area crisis agencies - where they’re now safely tucked away to meet the needs of their clients in the coming year.  (4/9)


AttendStar ( http://attendstar.com) & Christian Concert Alerts (http://christianconcertalerts.com) would like to welcome new radio station partners in March.  KCFY, KYMS, WYCM, WXLN, SolutionFM.com, WGRC, WHCF, The Light Radio Network, KWFC, KBMQ, KJIL, NewVisionFM.com, WCTL , KGBA and 887theBridge.com.  (4/5)


Two-time Grammy  nominee Mandisa will be visiting The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug, and Jaci Velasquez on WFFH/Nashville (94FM the FISH) Thursday morning. Topics of discussion will include Easter memories, favorite Easter outfits and Zumba!  Morning Show Co-Host Jaci Velasquez says, “I’m so excited to hang with my girl, Mandisa. She is a force to be reckoned with. She’s both funny and fun.  (4/4)


BITS: Nick Spiniolas joins KLJY/St Louis (99.1 Joy FM) as Promotions Director coming from CBS Radio/St. Louis... Misty Jordan is the new afternoon personality at KDUV/Visalia... Bott Radio Network has appointed Fred Zielonko as St. Louis Regional Manager... WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) welcomed Girls Night Live to Atlanta as Morning show co-host Kevin Avery, AM Show producer Prod-G and Promotions Director Chad Davis (AKA The Fish N Chips Dancers) joined Mandisa on stage during her performance of the song "Good Morning", watch the video here... (4/3)


BITS: Glenn Goodwin exits as Director of Marketing & Promotions for KCVO/Camdenton, MO (Spirit FM Radio Network), reach out to him at glenngoodwin@gmail.com... WAYH/Huntsville (WAY FM) Operations Director Matt Merriner will be leaving the station, GM Thom Ewing is looking for a replacement, check the jobs page... New radio station "Word SBC 88.3 FM" will launch on Sat 3/31 by The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventists... .(3/30)


  Arbitron Winter '12 Phase 2 AQH 12+: KGBI/Omaha 1.4... WDJC/Birmingham 3.8...   (3/28)


MEoutside.jpegVP of Marketing for Shamrock Media Group Chris Laney has accepted a position to head the new marketing/sales division of Digital Frontiers Media. “We are excited to welcome Chris to our team,” said DFM President Stephen Barker. “His experience and marketing savvy will be critical as we move to the next level.”  Laney's radio experience includes on-air talent for Lightforce Radio on WJIS/Sarasota (The Joy FM) then starting Laney Media Group (LMG), a smarketing, design and PR firm with clients including Chick-Fil-A, SignZoo, The Bradenton Herald and The Joy FM.  “I have known Stephen Barker for a few years now and his passion for digital development and understanding the importance of value, integrity, and hard work goes beyond many I have found in my career,” said Laney. “I am honored to work under someone as intelligent and hard working as Mr. Barker”  (3/28)
 


Dave Wonders (yes his real name) joins the MCBI Radio (Minnesota Christian Broadcasters) network as  mid-day personality on WZFJ/Pequot Lakes, MN (FM 100.1 The Pulse) Dave will also voice-track a separate music program on sister station KTIG/ Pequot Lakes (The Word). Dave is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul Minnesota with a B.S. in Broadcasting and Electronic Media.  (3/27)


BITS: Denise Pagano joins Moody Radio as National Programming Assistant... Dr. Ray Pritchard program, Keep Believing Ministries, is now heard on TWR 3 times every week... KSGN/Riverside scores big in Feb PPM, #1 Monday-Sunday in the Women 25-54 demo with an 8.6... Positions in Christian radio still open include OM at WAWZ/New York, Promotions at KLJY/St Louis, On air at KVNE/Tyler, check the HisAir.Net jobs page for complete listings...   (3/27)


KSOS/Las Vegas (SOS Radio) MD Rick Hall is joining the staff of KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) as Program Director/Music Director, and afternoon show host.  Rick has been with the SOS Radio Network since 2010, with previous stops at CBS Radio in Chicago, WQFL/Rockford, IL, and New Life Radio in Peoria.  Rick will be in house in Waterloo in mid-April. Hall replaces Therese Romano who exits the station.  KNWS is part of Northwestern Media, originating at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN.  (3/26)


WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) PD Dean O'Neal checks in with HisAir.Net news about their new station Christian Hip Hop and R&B station, Hot 95.9 (WPOZ-HD2). The station posted an AQH share of 1.3 and a weekly cume of 82,100 in the Feb Arbitron PPM.  Streaming server data shows an on-line average weekly cume of 9,000.  A little history on the station,  in 2003, Z88.3 launched RadioY.com, which housed YHot/Orlando's Positive Hip Hop and R&B Channel, as an internet only station.  In May of 2006, Z Listeners jumped on board during Midterm Fundraiser to support a simulcast on HD Radio. That brought the channel to 88.3 HD2, as YHot. Fast forward eight years, the opportunity came about for YHot to make the jump to an actual terrestrial FM signal as HOT 95.9, an HD simulcast on a 99 watt translator just north of downtown Orlando.  Dean says "We are elated with the growth of this station and the ministry opportunity it brings to Central Florida, and we are humbled that God is already using HOT 95.9 in mighty ways!"  (3/26)


Matt Hubbell (former Air1 and KKFS/Sacramento personality) has joined WFFH/Nashville (94.1 The Fish) hosting afternoons on the Salem Music Network. Matt will is also the producer and fill in host for the morning show with Doug and Jaci Valasquez.  (3/26)


Arbitron Feb 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Austin: KFMK 160,400... KYLR 66,100...
Greensboro-Winston Salem: WWLV 172,500... WBFJ 39,700... WKVK 28,200...
Indianapolis: WKLU 197,900... WGNR 66,000... WQRA 27,900... 
Jacksonville: WCRJ 139,100... WTRJ 59,500... WZAZ 42,000...
Memphis: WHAL 239,700... WKVF 97,900... WLOK 54,600...
Milwaukee: WLVE 155,900...
Nashville: WFFH 154,900... WAYM 95,200... WFCM 16,200...       
Norfolk: WZLV 97,200... WGH 79,900... 
Providence: WSTL 17,400...
Raleigh: WNNL 183,000... WRTP 64,100... WKVK 54,100...
West Palm Beach: WAYF 102,800... WCNO 26,400... (3/22)


Arbitron Feb 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Charlotte: WRCM 213,300... WPZS 196,300... WMIT 183,600... WWLV 145,900... WLFJ 28,400
Cincinnati: WAKW 179,100... WNLT 137,900... WORI 45,800...
Cleveland: WFHM 165,800... WCRF 88,500... WJMO 39,900...
Columbus: WCVO 255,300... WUFM 47,900... WZNP 23,400
Kansas City: KLRX 274,300... KLJC 103,200... KWJC 52,400... KCCV 17,300
Las Vegas: KSOS 163,200...
Orlando: WPOZ 415,100 (#1 AQH 9.0)... WPOZ HD2 82,100... WTLN 35,400
Pittsburgh: WPKV 177,600... WORD 87,600... 
Portland: KFIS 237,200... KLVP 64,200... KFBW 47,500... KZRI 36,600...
Sacramento: KKFS 156,800... KLVS 69,900... KLRS 67,800... KARA 44,700... 
Salt Lake City: KKLV 86,500...   
San Antonio: KZLV 313,900... KZAR 129,300... 
(3/21)


BITS: Tom Sullivan joins KTLF/Colorado Springs (Light Praise)  as GM. Tom was previously with AFR... Congrats to Fair Trade Services National Promo Manager Meredith Hupp on her marriage March 10th... CMB Members tare invited to its third teleconference TODAY, March 21st, at 12:00 noon ET featuring Brian Wright of Audience Development Group...   (3/21)


Arbitron Feb 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Baltimore: WRBS 256,100... WGTS 101,500...WCAO 94,600...  
Boston: WEZE 35,100...
Denver: KLDV 337,500 (AQH #4 5.1)... KXWA 71,800... KRKS 43,700... KPOF 31,400
Detroit: WPZR 357,300... WMUZ 200,200... WLQV 53,800...
Miami: WLFE 71,000... WRMB 68,400... WAYF 66,100   
Minneapolis: KTIS 442,900 (AQH #8 4.8)... KNOF 55,300... KTIS-AM 44,800... KKMS 29,400... 
Phoenix: KFLR 184,100... KLVK 162,700... KLVA 110,400... KZAI 94,100...    
San Diego: KLVJ 124,100... KSDW 46,100... KPRZ 43,400
Seattle: KCMS 416,000... KWPZ 47,800... 
St Louis: KLJY 389,000 (AQH #$ 5.9)... KSIV 83,000...
Tampa: WCIE 128,700... WBVM 95,000... WKES 72,700... WJIS 44,300...
Wash DC: WGTS 432,500 (AQH #11 3.7)... WPRS 415,800... WAVA 162,900... WRBS 90,100
(3/20)


KLJC/Kansas City is making some on air changes. Rachael Geiger is exiting the “Dad and Daughter” morning show she co-hosts with her father KLJC PD Wayne Geiger, on April 2nd.  Returning to the morning show is Wayne’s wife, Kimberly Jo Geiger (pictured left).  Wayne and Kimberly Jo were on the air together from 2001 until 2009.  “It will be a delight to have Kimberly Jo back on the air,” Wayne said. “She is my best friend and so much fun to be around.” In addition Assistant Music Director, Leslie James will move to afternoons.   (3/20)


Arbitron Feb 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Atlanta: WFSH 653,700... WPZE 631,100... WVFJ 192,400... WWEV 47,500
Chicago: WJKL 364,400... WMBI 161,400... WONU 80,200... WCFL 77,900...  
Dallas: KLTY 850,700... KCBI 253,100... KWRD 56,700
Houston: KSBJ 769,400... KHCB 185,000...
Los Angeles: KFSH 677,800... KWVE 202,500... KKLA 164,400...
New York: WAWZ 329,200... WFME 218,400... WKLV 208,700... WMCA 105,400...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 327,600... WBYO 37,900...    
Riverside: KSGN 236,200... KLRD 127,900... KWVE 84,900
San Francisco: KLVS 179,700... KBKF 89,900...
San Jose: KLVS 60,000... KBKF 37,700...   (3/19)


After 2 years in the OM chair at Thy Word Radio Network in Evansville, IN, John Hayden has exited. John previously was PD at WMBI/Chicago.  Look for announcement on where John is headed coming soon.  (3/19)


After 20 years, KYTT/Coos Bay morning co-host Dave DeAndrea has decided to exit the station to concentrate fulltime on his voice over business. Dave is available for Christian station imaging and production... check out his website.  (3/18)


KBMQ/Monroe, LA (88.7 The Cross) met and exceeded its Sharathon 2012 (pictured left) goal.  GM Jeremiah Beck says "We were hoping to raise $120K in new giving.  $123K was pledged, as we went up and over in the final moments.  In an area hard hit with unemployment and underemployment, it was a huge blessing to see the outpouring of generosity"   (3/16)


BITS: Steve Gimbert exits afternoons at WRAF/Toccoa Falls Radio after nearly 11 years. Steve also tracks afternoons WJYO/ Ft. Myers... Curb Records and K-LOVE have partnered to sponsor the #98 K-LOVE Car (Ford Fusion piloted by 5th year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Michael McDowell) with a message designed to encourage Christians to live out the reality of Jesus Christ in their own lives as well as impacting their families and communities... The Christian Post has published an article about CCM causing in a stir in the radio & record industry, read it here...  (3/15)


CMB welcomes Members to its third teleconference next week, March 21st, at 12:00 noon ET featuring Brian Wright of Audience Development Group. Wright will be talking about Arbitron: Why it matters to more than just your PD, your Sales Manager, and you! For those calling in, Brian will clarify how to effectively read Arbitron (PPM and Diary based markets), how you and your station can get the most out of the information and how to apply this information in subtle but effective ways. CMB will be sent conference call info and passcode before Monday, March 19. The conference will last 45 minutes with an opportunity for questions at the end of the session.  (3/15)



New Inpop Recording Artist Karyn Williams hit the road for her first Radio Tour. Stops included WDJC/Birmingham, WCQR/Gray, WPOZ/Orlando, His Radio/Greenville, WAFJ/Augusta and others. Joining her was Inpop General Manager Andrew Patton. We thought you would enjoy the video. (3/14)


After 5 years with Northwestern Media KNWI/Des Moines (Life 107.1) PD/mornings Dan Young will exit to join KGCB/Prescott (Radio Shine) as its PD.  On the move Dan says, "'Im very grateful for the excellent people that I've learned from and served alongside, and the ministry that God has allowed me to be a part of. This has been an incredible experience at a wonderful organization. Lives are being changed in Des Moines and Central Iowa, and I'm humbled to have had front-row seats". Dan replaces Mike Medlin who announced his departure from radio last year.  Check out the opening for KNWI on the HisAir.Net jobs page. (3/14)


BITS: WLLM/Lincoln, IL is expected to be off the air for nearly a month after an electrical fire at the station Monday morning destroyed vital wiring... At NRB last month TWR (www.twr.org) introduced www.linguadms.com (the DMS stands for “digital media source”) to potential users aimed at providing partners and other ministries with a tool for managing, archiving, repurposing and enabling distribution of digital files, including videos, audio, images or text... ChristianNetcast has a new address, 499 Broadway, #330, Bangor, ME 04401...  (3/14)


Family Life has increased the power of its radio translator signal, 98.7 FM, in Erie, Pa., providing primary coverage to the metro area.  The upgraded translator signal in Erie rebroadcasts the full-power station, WCGM/Wattsburg (102.7 FM). “We hope that people listening to Family Life experience a message of hope that impacts their lives,” said Rick Snavely, president of Family Life. “We’re thankful for opportunities to reach more people in ways that encourage and educate.”  (3/12)


Bob Morrison is now VP catalog & Special Markets at eOne Music... KHCB/Houston (Keeping Him Close By) is celebrating 50th years of ministry having signed on the air March 9, 1962... Craig McDonald joins WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River for afternoons/production Director duties... American Idol finalist Jason Castro has signed a deal with Word Records... Salem Communications released its results Fourth Quarter 2011 Results showing "Total revenue" increased 6.2% to $57.1 million from $53.7 million... AirPlay Direct has appointed Michael Harnett President... (3/9)


American Family Radio is adding Sandy Rios to the AFR TALK network line-up. Rios will be heard weekday mornings on AFR's 123 Talk stations. Sandy is a long time conservative Christian broadcaster/talk show host, spending time in Chicago with the Salem network.  Sandy will be broadcasting each morning, 7-8 AM central, from her home in the greater DC area where she and her husband now live. Sandy Rios is the Vice President of Family-Pac Federal, a FOX News Contributor, a conservative columnist and radio talk show host.  (3/8)


WEMM/Huntington, West Virginia would like to ask for all other stations in the Midwest to join them tomorrow for a Day of Prayer for the victims of the recent tornados.  "We have declared Thursday,  March 8, 2012 a day of Prayer on WEMM for the victims of the recent storms across the Midwest.  Damage has been catastrophic but we rest our Faith in the one who has the Universe in his hands.", said Bryan K. Fowler, General Manager of Gospel 107.9FM and Shine1200. Beginning at midnite tonight,  WEMM will feature a different local Pastor offering Prayer and encouragement to victims locally and abroad.  "While we certainly encourage our listeners to prayerfully consider giving financially,  we feel that these people need a move from God, says Laddie Smith, Operations Manager.  (3/7)


KFIS/Portland (104.1 The Fish) PD Dave Arthur checks in with HisAir.Net, "On Monday March 5th Salem Communications Portland lost a well-loved member of their family.  Jeff Davis who worked for the last 18 years at KFIS/KPDQ in Portland as Production Director died from a heart attack.  He was 58 years old.  We have lost a great talent but even more so, we’ve lost a great friend. Jeff had one of the greatest sense of humor and always knew how to make anyone smile. Our entire staff is mourning this loss.”   (3/6)

 


Family Radio founder Harold Camping issued an apology to listeners, admitting that he was wrong. "We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God's hands and He will end time in His time, not ours!" a statement on Family Radio's website reads. "We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically."  Camping, 90, has made predictions about Judgment Day, with the May 21, 2011 date receiving the most media attention. Each time the date passed, he did not admit to mistaking the timing but instead reasoned that the events happened "spiritually" rather than physically.

"Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken," Camping and Family Radio staff stated in their March letter. "We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ's return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking.

"But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible's statement that 'of that day and hour knoweth no man' (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God's divine plan."   (3/6)


BITS: Former KLOVE morning show producer KC Wright is now doing middays (VT) on WLAB/Ft Wayne (Star 88.3)... After 44 years Roger Manning retires from Mortenson Broadcasting Company's WEMM/Huntington... Darren Marlar joins WYLL/Chicago hosting morning ministries... Bott Radio Network received the "Radio Network of the Year" at NRB... (3/5)


 

WAY-FM/Louisville continues to partner with various ministries to bring relief to tornado victims in the WAY-FM listening area of Henryville, IN.  Please continue to pray for families who have lost so much.  WAY-FM will continue to link arms with Samaritan Purse and local churches to bring relief.

 

 

 


His Radio/Greenville, SC (89.3 Radio Training Network) threw a party before the Winter Jam concert at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC.  “Party in the Plaza” featured InPop artist, “The Advice”.  “For King and Country” and “Group 1 Crew” came out to be a part of the festivities.  15,213 people attended Winter Jam in Greenville and most were at “Party in the Plaza” before the doors opened for the concert. 

While waiting for the doors to open, people at the concert, were invited to make Valentines for children in children’s homes and hospitals for His Radio to deliver, meet Bob & Larry from Veggie Tales, and the Chick-fil-A cow

Pictured Rob Dempsey introduces “The Advice”

 


Therese Romano will exit the PD chair at KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) March 23. She will continue programming AllWorship.com, doing some indie contractor Social Media projects and available for voice-tracking, voice-work, consulting, etc.  (3/1)


KFIS/Portland (104.1 The Fish) PD Dave Arthur announced today that Delilah is returning to the Portland airwaves on The Fish this coming Monday March 5th.  Its been a number of years since Delilah has been on in Portland and The Fish is thrilled to have her find a home with them.  Former evening host Mary Shepherd will stay on with the Salem Portland cluster in a new, yet to be announced, roll. (3/1)


Word Entertainment ups Kenny Rodgers to Sr. Director, National Promotion. “Kenny is an absolute star. Our team at Word strives to put relationships first, and Kenny represents us very well in his southeast region and beyond.  I’m extremely thankful to have the opportunity to work alongside a promoter of his caliber,” says Andrea Kleid, VP, National Promotion at Word Entertainment.

Kenny shares, “I’m honored to be a part of one of the best promotion teams in our industry, and to work with an amazing variety of talented artists. I’m also thankful for the mentorship I’ve been given, and to work at a company that cultivates the leadership of tomorrow.”  Kenny has served on the promotion team since 2006, where he started as Coordinator of National Promotion.  (3/1)


ARB Winter 2012 Phase 1 AQH 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid: KGBI/Omaha 1.5... WDJC/Birmingham 3.2... (2/28)


WVVC TV 40 New Hartford, N.Y GM Mark Russ checks in with HisAir.Net. Mark says he's getting close to putting a new Christian radio station serving the area. WVVC/Dolgeville (88.1) will be a brand new 11,000 watt station signing on between April 15- May 12. The format will be mostly p&w / inspirational with morning and afternoon drive with some AC mixed in. Northeast Gospel Broadcasting Inc owns the properties as well as others.  (2/29)


WEMM/Huntington, WV owner Jack Mortenson, president of Mortenson Broadcasting Company, received the National Religious Broadcasters milestone award. The award was presented on Feb. 21, at the awards dinner, at the NRB 2012 convention and exposition in Nashville. “This award would have not been possible without the loyalty and support of listeners in the Tri-State and Kanawha Valley,” said Bryan K. Fowler, general manager for the Huntington Cluster of MBC. “After being notified of winning the award, it was quite a task to get Mr. Mortenson to accept it. He says all the credit goes to the Lord and the listeners.”  MBC operates Gospel 107.9 FM and AM Shine 1200 WEMM.


Today is the last day to take advantage of CMB Early Bird Memberships and Momentum 2012 Registration rates. CMB Silver Membership is $110 and March 1st will be $125. CMB Gold Membership is $799 and goes up to $899 tomorrow. CMB Member Momentum Registration $249 and March 1st will be $299. CMB NON-Member Momentum Registration $349 and March 1st will be $399. To become a CMB member go here.  (2/29)


BITS: Word artists Point Of Grace are launching a new lifestyle and music radio show called “Graceful Living” this weekend on Christian & mainstream Country stations... KVIP/Redding celebrates 41 years of broadcast ministry to the... EMF takes over recent purchase WABB/Mobile with KLOVE programming at midnight Wednesday...  (2/28)


CMB is pleased to announce Mark Ramsey and Valerie Geller are confirmed as presenters for Momentum 2012 in Orlando, September 5-8, 2012. Ramsey, media strategist and president of Mark Ramsey Media, will make his first Momentum appearance since 2009, addressing attendees on how Christian radio can promote "betterness" for its audiences and  its communities. Geller, communications coach and president of Geller Media debuts at Momentum this fall, offering insight into going beyond powerful radio, helping attendees understand the reality that radio is "life with a microphone".  (2/28)


A documentary film about the death of AFR morning co-host J.J. Jasper's son is a semi-finalist in the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. In July 2009, Jasper's five-year-old son, Cooper, went home to be with the Lord after a dune buggy accident. Just a few months later, JJ and his wife, Melanie, agreed to let the American Family Association do a documentary about his family's struggle with the loss of their son. Flame On, named for Cooper's last words, was the result. "It's a bigger story of hope on the other side of tragedy," Jasper shares. "We are a living testimony about God's mercy and grace, and it's true -- His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). The Lord can help you make it through any trial or tribulation, no matter how difficult."  Over 50,000 copies of Flame On have been distributed at no cost, and it has been viewed more than 100,000 times online. In response, people are sharing their testimonies of how the film has helped them accomplish closure through Christ after similar losses. Flame On is a semi-finalist at this year's competition.

Jasper also worked with the producers and crew of Courageous, as several scenes in that movie are based off his family's experience. Courageous is a semi-finalist in the feature film category at the festival. The winners will be announced Saturday night. Jasper is in San Antonio for the film festival. (2/24)


KDUV/Visalia (Spirit 88.9) Listener Engagement/New Media Coordinator Dale Best says February 29th will his final day at the station. He's accepted an offer to be Director of Communications and Production at Neighborhood Church in Visalia. Dale tells HisAir.Net "I'm so grateful to Bob Croft, Jeremy Morris and the amazing team at Spirit. Jeremy, especially, has cultivated in me the importance of story and what that means in showing people God’s love. I wouldn’t be ready for this next step in ministry had it not been for my time at Spirit." Keep in touch with Dale on Facebook, Twitter and via email at christopherdalebest@gmail.com.  KDUV is looking for additional on-air talent, check out the ad on the jobs page. (2/24)


Arbitron Jan 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Austin: KFMK 147,900... KYLR 72,200...
Greensboro-Winston Salem: WWLV 178,400... WBFJ 34,600... WKVK 23,900...
Indianapolis: WKLU 193,400... WGNR 64,300... WQRA 31,700... 
Jacksonville: WCRJ 132,700... WTRJ 48,400... WZAZ 36,800...
Memphis: WHAL 238,600... WKVF 101,500... WLOK 48,200...
Milwaukee: WLVE 117,500...
Nashville: WFFH 147,400... WAYM 94,800... WFCM 13,500...       
Norfolk: WZLV 121,800... WGH 85,200... 
Providence: WSTL 20,600...
Raleigh: WNNL 185,600... WRTP 62,699... WKVK 54,000...
West Palm Beach: WAYF 86,100... WCNO 24,200... (2/23)




NRB 2012 HisAir.Net picture page... click here...  (2/23)


 

BITS: KVMV/McAllen has met it's Sharathon goal of $500,000... On Valentine’s Day KLRC/Fayetteville partnered with Tiny Hands International’s “ONE GIRL” campaign to fight the darkness of human trafficking and 483 listeners committed to pray for ONE Girl, for one year... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees, go here for entire list... CMB announces that Radio Ink publisher Eric Rhoads will be a keynote speaker at this years Momentum conference in Orlando...  Former Christian radio broadcaster Jack Davis is available and can be reached at robertsonproductions@yahoo.com or 573-836-2131... Former NRB Chairman of the Board of Directors Bill Skelton has passed away... (2/23)


At the NRB "Focus on the Family" has been awarded "Radio Program of the Year." The award given at the association's annual awards ceremony in Nashville comes during the second full year of hosting by Focus President Jim Daly, Dr. Juli Slattery and John Fuller. "What a humbling affirmation of how much our broadcast guests help families thrive in their marriages, their parenting and their faith," Daly said in a statement. NRB said it honors the program "that impacts the listener by being compelling, relevant, informative, personable, and entertaining, while demonstrating an authentic Christian faith." (2/23)


Arbitron Jan 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Charlotte: WPZS 200,200... WRCM 187,700... WMIT 160.100... WWLV 128,300...  
Cincinnati: WAKW 185,900... WNLT 117,600... WORI 50,600...
Cleveland: WFHM 180,200... WCRF 87,700... WJMO 40,600...
Columbus: WCVO 251,200... WUFM 58,600... WZNP 23,400
Kansas City: KLRX 299,200... KLJC 115,500... KWJC 50.300... KCCV 42,400
Las Vegas: KSOS 136,000...
Orlando: WPOZ 380,600 (#1 AQH 8.3)... WTLN 42,600 
Pittsburgh: WPKV 148,000... WORD 82,100... 
Portland: KFIS 224,400... KLVP 47,000... KZRI 33,800... KHPE 30,700...
Sacramento: KKFS 133,900... KLVS 65,000... KLRS 60,600... KARA 47,000... 
Salt Lake City: KKLV 74,000...   
San Antonio: KZLV 281,700... KZAR 154,800... 

(2/22)


At The Radio Advisory Meeting conducted by the NRB Radio Committee Tuesday afternoon numerous topics were discussed on how to improve certain aspects of the convention. In addition new board members were elected. Those included Jennifer Epperson/Moody Radio, Eben Fowler/Bott Radio, John Hayden/WBGW, John Summerville/TWR, and Michael Shelley/Toccoa Falls Radio. (2/22)


 

 

 

Arbitron Jan 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Baltimore: WRBS 245,100... WGTS 94,400...WCAO 91,600...  
Boston: WEZE 28,100...
Denver: KLDV 328,100... KXWA 83,000... KRKS 44,700... KPOF 28,600...
Detroit: WPZR 380,900... WMUZ 177,900... WLQV 53,200...
Miami: WRMB 79,500... WAYF 65,600... WLFE 62,100  
Minneapolis: KTIS 396,300... KNOF 57,100... KTIS-AM 33,300... KKMS 28,200... 
Phoenix: KFLR 163,600... KLVK 153,800... KLVA 113,700... KZAI 100,800...    
San Diego: KLVJ 103,500... KSDW 40,200... KPRZ 35,400
Seattle: KCMS 393,200... KWPZ 27,800... 
St Louis: KLJY 399,600... KSIV 92,000...
Tampa: WCIE 131,600... WBVM 96,200... WKES 57,500... WJIS 40,100...
Wash DC: WPRS 408,100... WGTS 385,200... WAVA 133,100... WRBS 51,900
(2/22)


KSBJ/Houston has been named Radio Station of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). Presented at NRB’s 69th Annual Convention in Nashville. “What a tremendous honor for KSBJ to receive this award from the largest Christian broadcasting association in the world,” said Tim McDermott, president and general manager of KSBJ. “We are blessed with a great board, staff and listeners and together we share this award. God continues to use this station to impact lives around the city, the Gulf Coast area, our country and world. It is great to be a part of what He is doing to bring hope and life to so many.” (2/21)


Arbitron Jan 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Atlanta: WFSH 647,800... WPZE 622,900... WVFJ 210,900... WWEV 45,600
Chicago: WJKL 350,100... WMBI 168,300... WCFL 81,800...WONU 73,600...  
Dallas: KLTY 795,000... KCBI 253,500... KWRD 56,500
Houston: KSBJ 740,500... KHCB 178,500...
Los Angeles: KFSH 614,500... KKLA 192,600... KWVE 170,800...
New York: WAWZ 341,400... WFME 236,900... WKLV 202,200... WMCA 119,700...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 290,800... WBYO 52,200...    
Riverside: KSGN 229,600... KLRD 108,300... KWVE 97,600
San Francisco: KLVS 167,200... KBKF 83,900...
San Jose: KLVS 66,200... KBKF 33,500...   (2/20)



At NRB in Nashville Sunday night it was the annual "Name That Tune" contest hosted by Family Life Today. For the 2nd year in a row the winners were the unbeatable combo of
WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) personality Bob Taylor and WRAF/Toccoa, GA's Bryan Race. Pictured at left is (l-r) Family Life Today's Bob Lapine, Taylor, Race, and Family Life Today's Dennis Rainey. (3/20)

Family Life Today host Bob Lapine hosts "Name That Tune" at NRB 2012.  NRB 2012 is going on now thru Tuesday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN 

 

 

 


WPOZ/Orlando has made some adjustments to it's on air line-up. In January Tracy Leek moved from afternoon co-host to to the morning show which is now Ellis, Tyler and Tracy. WPOZ PD Dean O'Neal is looking to fill out the air staff with another member. If interested go to jobs page. (2/17)


CMB Early Bird Memberships and Momentum 2012 Registration rates were scheduled to expire tonight at Midnight, but those rates will be extended through February 29th at Midnight! This is a one time only extension so if you still need to get that budget approved or get your station staff list together then don't delay!  Go to www.cmbonline.org  (2/17)


EMF (Educational Media Foundation) is purchasing heritage mainstream CHR WABB/Mobile. The format is expected to flip to KLOVE on March 1st. By the way WABB is a 100k Class C "Blowtorch" covering the Alabama-Miss-Florida Gulf Coast... (2/17)


NRB 2012 opens this Sat Feb 18 thru Tues 21 at Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville.  See NRBconvention.org for complete information and online registration.  An Expo Pass is $99.  If you have never attended NRB before, enter the code 232 and your Expo Pass is free.  Some highlights:

-Visit ChristianNetcast.com at exhibit booth 420...

-Christian Community Broadcasters John Broomalls invites you to join 6,000 other Christian communicators at Expo Booth 232.  On Saturday John will be speaking on "How to Start and Operate a LPFM Station for $10 a Day" in Canal E at 1:30 and on "NCE Underwriting Regulations" at 2:30 in the same room.  Attendance at Educational Workshops is not included in the Expo Pass, and therefore will involve added costs.

-Global Christian media ministry TWR will receive the International Strategic Partnership Award from the NRB at the 69th annual NRB Convention Exposition. Three of TWR’s partner ministries or affiliated organizations will also be presented awards.

-The public policy debate on “Anatomy Of Hate: Free Speech Implications" on Tuesday Feb 21st.

-The nightly “Career Hour” is for those seeking employment. If you’re looking for a job – or perhaps just looking for tips to make yourself invaluable to your current employer – join in each night in Delta Lobby B...

-The Radio Awards recipients have been notified, but the winners will not be announced publicly until the Tuesday Awards Reception, awards include the Radio Station of the Year Award, Radio Program of the Year Award, and the Radio Impact Award!

-Centricity artist Jason Gray will be performing at NRB’s Monday night event on Feb. 20.

-The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association NRB breakfast takes place Sunday, February 19, 7:15–9:00 a.m.

(2/16)


Effective March 5th, 2012, Gator J. Gaynor assumes PD/MD duties at KNMI/Farmington, NM (Vertical Radio) On the new position Gator tells HisAir.Net "I'm ecstatic to be joining Vertical Radio/KNMI as they continue to utilize their airwaves to share God's love through music with the Four Corners area! As PD/MD, I'll have a heavy responsibility to move this station forward with the momentum that they've been creating for over 40 years."  Gator previously was with KXGM/Cedar Rapids, Air1 Network, WayFM Network, KRKS/Denver, KKRE/Colorado Springs.   (2/16)


As reported last month on HisAir.Net  Save the City Records, has hired Christian music industry veteran Chris Chicago (left) as Head of National Promotion.  Chicago, founder of Shamrock Media, has left his position as an independent promoter at Shamrock to join and exclusively represent Save the City Records full-time to national radio, overseeing promotion for Save the City artists, including Benjiman, Brandon Bee, Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers, Circleslide, Kimber Rising, Jekob and The Washington Projects.

"We chose Chris Chicago to exclusively represent Save the City Records because of his reputation of solid promotion in Christian music, with a proven track record of delivering hits," says Derek Hoiem, president of Save the City Records, "Chris understands our vision for the label and already has been articulating it to stations across the country."  Chicago also hosts "HYPE Radio with Chris Chicago," the No. 1 syndicated Christian hip hop show, heard in more than 125 markets internationally.

"The heart of Save the City Records fits exactly with my own core values and beliefs, so getting a chance to work with Derek Hoiem and do ground-up ministry with him was something I couldn't pass up," says Chicago. "I have met only a handful of people in my life with the heart and passion that Derek has and I knew I had to work alongside him."

"Save the City Records selects artists who are 'the real deal' in their musical talent, in what they preach, and how they live," continues Chicago. "Those are the kinds of artists I want to work with and share with radio. I am super honored to be a part of the team at Save the City!"


CMB presents its second teleconference today, (2/15), at 12:00 noon ET. Featured will be WFSH/Atlanta air personality Beth Bacall, with the topic "Speak To Her NOW Before She says LATER!  Join this complimentary conference by calling 559.546.1000 and use the passcode 856034. The conference will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end of the session. Email your questions for Beth to: lori@cmbonline.org  (2/15)


WAY Media, Inc. announced today it will purchase WSRX/Naples (89.5FM) from Family Christian Broadcast Network. In turn nonprofit listener-supported public radio organization Classical South Florida will acquire WAYJ /Fort Myers (88.7FM) from WAY Media.  WAY-FM programming will move to WSRX.

“We are basically doing a frequency swap in Southwest Florida and we are excited about continuing our 24 year outreach in the Fort Myers/Naples area. This is where WAY-FM began in 1987 and we anticipate making an even greater impact in the years ahead. Since WSRX does not cover Charlotte County well, WAYMedia has made arrangements to cover that portion of Southwest Florida with a new 250 watt translator on 100.5 FM”. The WAYJ call letters will be moved to 89.5.

Augsburg continued, “Some of the excess funds we will realize in this transaction will be earmarked towards many new digital strategies which were unveiled recently in WAYMedia’s new 2020 Vision”. The sale requires approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

WAY-FM/Fort Myers general manager Jeff Taylor also commented, “This is a very exciting time for the original WAY-FM in Southwest Florida.  Not only will our move from 88.7 to 89.5/100.5 enable us to serve the entire region just as we always have, but proceeds from the sale of WAYJ will enable us to help fund the initial stages of WAY-FM’s Digital Media initiative.  Our ministry just got stronger!”

The acquisitions require approval by the Federal Communications Commission, and program changes likely will not take place before spring.   (2/14)


Former KLOVE morning co-host Lisa Williams checks in with HisAir.Net. Currently Lisa is tracking a weekend shift for WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3). . She's also done a couple of events for i58:10 Media, helping raise money in Cincinnati and also Portland including a fundraiser through i58:10 Media on KXOJ/Tulsa in March for World Concern and their "One Village" campaign. And she says "I'm considering podcasting, or coaching, or a couple other ideas that would keep me at home with my boys but also keep me plugged into our industry and serving through Christian radio." Check out her blog www.godsradiogirl.com. Lisa relocated to Colorado last year when her husband accepted a position with a a church. She joined KLOVE in 2007 after 10 years at Z88.3 (2/13)

 


Grand Rapids was host city for the first CMB 2012 regional Momentum summit (pictured left) , Thursday February 9. Topics of discussion included insight on listener trends, digital strategies and marketing from Daniel Anstandig, founder & president of Listener Driven Radio, and Steve Johnson, VP of Marketing for Family Christian Stores.

Dallas is set to host CMB’s second regional Momentum summit, Thursday April 19, 2012. Attendees will learn more about how to strategically plan and paint the bigger picture as led by Chuck Finney of Finney Media and Alan Mason of EMF/K-Love/Air1.  (2/13)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) presents Valentine’s Vows on Saturday, February 11, 2012.  Two hundred fifty couples will renew their wedding vows in a special ceremony. Following the ceremony, couples were be treated to a concert from Shawn McDonald and a light reception featuring wedding cake and drinks.  All couples attending were be registered to win prizes given out throughout the reception including a grand prize couples getaway to Houston on Southwest Airlines, new wedding rings from Cumberland Diamond Exchange, free registration to the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember marriage conference, and more. (2/10)


BITS: BGEA now simulcasting WMIT/Asheville on it's new acquisition WRJK/Knoxville (106.7)... KVNE/Tyler and it's "Valentines for Kids" is making the day special for kids in the hospital, click here to watch the local TV report featuring afternoon personality Jeff Johnson... Paul Butler (formerly with Moody Chicago) has been hired as OM for WUNT/Sheffiled, Il, the station expects to be on the air by Fall 2012... NRB 2012 opens Sat Feb 18 thru Tues 21 at Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville, go here for more...   (2/8)


The Mars Hill Network through “Christian Professional Media Alliance” (CPMA) has become an official chapter of the “Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN), a strategic prayer network for the Hollywood Entertainment Industry.  CPMA through its’ association with HPN is encouraging its members to pray for non-Christian media professionals to put their trust in Christ and for the Christian entertainment community to draw closer to the Lord and into tighter unity with one another.  (2/7)


WMBI-AM/Chicago (Moody Radio) has been converted to all Spanish-speaking Christian radio station" (Compartiendo Esperanza. Siempre Contigo" (Sharing Hope. With You Always.)  “There are approximately two million Hispanics living in Chicago and with no Spanish-speaking, Bible-based Christian radio station serving them, we believe this station and its programming will fill a significant need for this community,” according to Moody Radio VP Collin Lambert. “We are excited about this initiative and look forward to hearing from listeners how Moody is ministering to them.”   (2/6)


Logos Broadcasting Corp. announces the appointment of Brett Gibson as Executive Director / General Manager of their network of stations on the California coast. Brett will oversee both KLFF/San Luis Obispo (K-LIFE) and KLFF 890 AM from the Logos headquarters in San Luis Obispo. Gibson last served for 17 years as GM / CEO of Refuge Radio in Duluth. On his new position Brett says. “I’m a product of Christian radio,” says Brett. “I was saved through Christian radio, and understand radio’s ability to reach people right where they are. I’m excited to lead Logos and the ministries of K-LIFE-FM and 890 AM to what God has next for them.”  (2/3)


Salem announced today the appointment of Phil Boyce to the position of Vice President, Director of Spoken Word Format. In this position he will lead Salem's programming department and the overall sound and effectiveness of News Talk, Teaching and Talk, and Business formatted stations. Salem Communications Radio Division President, Dave Santrella, said, "Phil Boyce brings an impressive pedigree to Salem and we are confident that our media platforms, our advertisers, our programmers and our listeners will all profit from his oversight. Phil's track record is a testament to his abilities and we look forward to reaping the rewards of his talents to our mutual benefit." 

Phil Boyce said of his new appointment, "The more I learn about Salem Communications, the more impressed I am with this great company. I could not be more thrilled to be joining them as we work together to make their stations even better. This company has become one of the best places to work in radio, exhibiting class, integrity, and a true dedication to great programming. Ed Atsinger and Dave Santrella have created a position that perfectly fits my skillset, and I am grateful for their trust and support."

Boyce previous experience includes President of Programming at Talk Radio Network and WABC/NewYork PD. He will be based in New York. (2/2)


 


KTLF/Colorado Springs (90.5 Lite Praise) and KTPL/Colorado Springs announce the hiring of Tom Sullivan as new General Manager. Tom served most recently as GM for KCFN/Wichita (American Family Radio) from 2007 to 2010. He has also served as General Manager and Music Director for 89.3 WGCF/Paducah.  KTLF broadcasts throughout the state of Colorado with over 38 signals Pueblo, Ft. Collins and the newest signal, 106.3 in Denver.  (1/30)

 


BITS: WPAR/Roanoke (SPIRIT FM 91.3) welcomes Michael Brown to mornings joining Linda Armstrong, meanwhile Dave Clark jumps to PM drive... Centricity Music announced today that the label has signed the Nashville-based rock group, Remedy Drive... City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films has hired Christian music industry veteran Don Noes as chief operating officer/business development... WHIF/Palatka FL (Hope FM) afternoon personality Dan Davis and his wife Laura welcomed their second child, Evan Daniel born Saturday morning at 10:40am and weighs 8lbs and is 21.5"...  (1/30)


Arbitron Holiday 2011 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Austin: KFMK 217,700... KYLR 90,700...
Greensboro-Winston Salem: WWLV 156,000... WBFJ 24,000... WKVK 19,800...
Indianapolis: WKLU 169,600... WGNR 87,000... WQRA 16,800... 
Jacksonville: WCRJ 109,400... WTRJ 41,600... WZAZ 31,800...
Memphis: WHAL 207,700... WKVF 84,100... WLOK 49,600...
Milwaukee: WLVE 118,400...
Nashville: WFFH 175,600... WAYM 85,500... WFCM 18,400...       
Norfolk: WZLV 113,200... WGH 70,800... 
Providence: WSTL 16,700...
Raleigh: WNNL 166,800... WKVK 44,800... WRTP 42,600...
West Palm Beach: WAYF 67,700... WCNO 23,100... (1/27)


After auditioning for American Idol on Fox 13 times, Marissa Pontecorvo of Staten Island, NY persistence finally paid off. The Choir Director at Our Lady of the Sea church sang “Somewhere” from West Side Story and wowed the judges. So Johnny Stone in the Morning on WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) called to congratulate Marissa this week. But she turned the tables on Johnny, Stacey, David and Dawn when she explained that, during the tough times in her life, she had listened to their show to get her through. After talking about how her children’s choir responded, how inspiring it is that fellow Christian artists from American Idol, like Mandisa and Daughtry, have such successful music careers and what she is going to wear, Johnny Stone encouraged Marissa to be a light for Christ. Marissa then encouraged the members of Johnny Stone in the Morning by saying that she has listened to them since she is 14 and how uplifting it is to turn on STAR 99.1 in her car each morning. Marissa said that she was overwhelmed just talking to them!  STAR 99.1’s Morning Show Host/Program Director Johnny Stone explained, “Marissa is a tremendous church worship leader on Staten Island and we are so proud that she has an opportunity to bring Christ to American Idol.”  (1/27)


Arbitron Holiday 2011 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Charlotte: WRCM 190,600... WPZS 168,400... WMIT 153,400... WWLV 101,600...  
Cincinnati: WAKW 391,200... WNLT 129,600... WORI 48,800...
Cleveland: WFHM 209,200... WCRF 93,600... WJMO 39,700...
Columbus: WCVO 250,200... WUFM 59,600... WZNP 17,100
Kansas City: KLRX 278,400... KLJC 110,300... KWJC 57,500... KCCV 42,700
Las Vegas: KSOS 138,700...
Orlando: WPOZ 447,300 (#2 AQH 9.0)... WTLN 31,800 
Pittsburgh: WPKV 145,800... WORD 85,000... 
Portland: KFIS 255,000... KLVP 53,500... KHPE 40,700... KZRI 38,800... KPDQ 26,900... 
Sacramento: KKFS 166,200... KLRS 68,700... KLVS 39,700... KARA 33,700... 
Salt Lake City: KKLV 86,800...   
San Antonio: KZLV 215,500... KZAR 174,300... 


Arbitron Holiday 2011 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Baltimore: WRBS 269,200... WGTS 101,800...WCAO 99,800...  
Boston: WEZE 32,500... WROL...
Denver: KLDV 317,800... KXWA 93,100... KRKS 45,700... KPOF 38,200...
Detroit: WPZR 339,500... WMUZ 187,700... WLQV 44,100...
Miami: WRMB 96,600... WAYF 79,200...  
Minneapolis: KTIS 490,900... KNOF 50,700... KKMS 35,400... KTIS-AM 32,400...
Phoenix: KLVK 127,200... KFLR 120,300... KLVA 104,600... KZAI 91,300...    
San Diego: KLVJ 112,300... KPRZ 34,900
Seattle: KCMS 531,500... KWPZ 41,000... 
St Louis: KLJY 398,900... KSIV 92,500...
Tampa: WCIE 137,000... WBVM 101,700... WKES 68,200... WJIS 41,100...
Wash DC: WGTS 445,200... WPRS 393,300... WAVA 125,300... WRBS 61,100
(1/25)


Christian Concert Alerts at http://christianconcertalerts.com, has released a concert widget that be added to your stations website with just a couple lines of code.  The concert alert code will allow you to show the Christian concerts the area that your site visitor actually lives in.  The is a great tool for site visitors that listen over the internet or in other markets.  Custom designs are available by contact AttendStar.  Use of the widget is totally free and the code may be obtained at: http://www.christianconcertalerts.com/resources/widgets.  Any questions may be directed to Gary Bradshaw at (615) 223-1973 ext: 111  (1/25)


Arbitron Holiday 2011 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Atlanta: WFSH 683,500... WPZE 553,000... WVFJ 220,100... WWEV 33,400
Chicago: WJKL 374,900... WMBI 185,900... WCFL 111,500...WONU 66,300...  
Dallas: KLTY 877,000... KCBI 230,200... KWRD 46,100
Houston: KSBJ 702,300... KHCB 195,700...
Los Angeles: KFSH 642,000... KKLA 161,600... KWVE 157,100...
New York: WAWZ 344,200... WFME 280,000... WKLV 200,700... WMCA 122,900...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 288,300... WBYO 40,800...    
Riverside: KSGN 197,700... KLRD 129,800... KWVE 81,800
San Francisco: KLVS 141,900... KBKF 77,600...
San Jose: KLVS 38,300... KBKF 37,900...   (1/24)


Former EMF Broadcasting CEO, Dick Jenkins, is reported to have accepted a position as the Network General Manager of the Immaculate Heart Radio Network (IHR). Immaculate Heart Radio is one of the largest Catholic broadcast networks in the U.S, with 25 AM/FM signals in 5 Western States. Doug Sherman, the President and Founder of IHR (pictured at left with Dick Jenkins) was quoted as saying “I am excited to have Dick Jenkins helping to lead and expand our ministry.  Dick brings over 35 years of broadcast experience and has already demonstrated a unique gift in increasing both listenership and donor revenue, while at the same time assisting us in acquiring new stations.”

While serving as IHR’s Network General Manager, Dick will also provide consulting services to a select group of Christian radio clients on a part-time basis. In announcing his new role, Jenkins also noted that his long time Director of Strategic Analysis at EMF, Frank Kavenik has also joined the IHR leadership team, as Director of Research and Planning.

As part of the network growth plan, Immaculate Heart Radio recently launched a new station in Monterey, California and plans to add an additional station in San Diego to the network, in early March. HisAir.Net will feature an exclusive interview with Dick Jenkins next week.  (1/23)


BITS: Jordan Hamann joins WONU/Chicago (Shine.FM) as Listener Engagement Coordinator... Mike Dorsey has been hired as Promotions Director at WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River)... Pioneer missionary radio broadcaster HCJB Global is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month... For the third consecutive year KSBJ/Houston has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces of 2012 by Best Christian Workplaces Institute... Steve Tuzeneu has been named GM and Director of Engineering at WYCM/Charlton, MA (MAX FM 90.1)...   (1/20)


BITS: The KSBJ Educational Foundation is purchasing KNTE/El Campo, Texas (Class C0 (C-zero) at 96.9) for 2.1 mil from Liberman Broadcasting... Daytimer WPEO/Peoria (AM 1020) has FCC approval to add an FM translator... The Media Collective hires Jess Draper as Director of Publicity... (1/18)



WMIT/Asheville (106.9 The Light) has hired Troy Norton as co-host joining Heather Shelley on the WMIT morning show. “Troy is a guy whose joy for life imprints on everything he touches. Plus, he’s pretty funny. And it helps to have a sense of humor when you get up at 3:30 a.m.” says Jim Kirkland, executive director of 106.9 The Light.  “Like Heather, what impressed us most about Troy is a genuine heart for people; wanting to share in their everyday triumphs and challenges on the morning show.”

Troy and his wife, Rebecca, moved from Los Angeles to Asheville in 2007 to raise their twins in a family-friendly environment. Prior to joining 106.9 The Light, Troy spent a large part of his professional career in front of the camera as the host of HGTV’s Building Character, TimeLife Music, TV Guide. He has also appeared in numerous children’s television shows, corporate training videos, Christian programs and films.  (1/18)
 

 


KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) announces the addition of Delilah to its nightly lineup. The nationally syndicated radio show, which debuted Jan. 16 on The Fish, is now airing in the Monday through Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight PT, timeslot. The program is being fully customized to program The Fish music.  “It’s an honor to join the lineup at 95.9 The Fish, a station which has a long-standing history in Southern California. I can’t wait to connect with the Fish audience every night in Los Angeles!” says Delilah. KFSH Program Director Chuck Tyler stated, “Delilah has become a nightly voice, a trusted friend to millions across the country. We are very excited to welcome her to SoCal, and have her begin to forge a long-term relationship with our Fish Family of listeners.”  (1/17)


BITS: EMF takes over programming for WRXW/Jackson (Air1) and WWJK/Jackson (KLOVE) today... Brian Hurst exits affiliate relations at Salem Music Network... WBGL/Champaign Donor Relations Director Brian Miller and his wife Laura celebrate the birth of a new baby boy... (1/16)


BITS: KLVZ/Denver is now Christian Teaching... Nashville Publicity Group, launched by music industry veteran Brian Mayes, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month... NRB 2012 will be held Feb 18-21 in Nashville... CMB presents its first teleconference next week, January 18, at 12:00 noon ET as the guest will be Greg Stielstra, founder of PyroMarketing... WVOC/Columbia drops sports for Gospel... Adrian Hummel exits his afternoon Drive, Music Director, Social Media Director and Promotions Coordinator position at KVRK/Dallas (89.7 Power FM) and is available contact him at adrianhummel@gmail.com  (1/10)


ARB Fall 2011 AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid: WLFJ/Greenville 3.8... WMIT/Asheville 6.5... KGBI/Omaha 1.8... WDJC/Birmingham 2.8... KXOJ/Tulsa 4.1... (1/10)


Inspire Digital is Australia’s newest Christian radio station now broadcasting in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide on DAB+. Digital radio on DAB+ is a new broadcasting method for Australian Radio that opens the door to a wider range of listening options, higher quality sound and more information about what you’re listening to. With a mission ‘to provide the best available Inspired Christian music and teaching to help our community live the life’, Inspire Digital will provide listeners with a place they can easily go for inspired teaching and music to grow and refresh their faith.  (1/6)


WKTO/Edgewater, FL is celebrating the completion of a new 410-foot broadcast tower giving the 25,000-watt station the potential to reach 1.4 million listeners. "This is a great move forward in the history of WKTO," said Carol Henry , WKTO GM. Henry said the expansion, including the cost of acquiring land, permitting and construction, cost about $300,000. The site where the station's former tower was located was sold five years ago and the new owner demanded the tower be removed, according to Henry. To keep the station on the air, WKTO officials negotiated a lease agreement with the owner of a nearby cell tower at the rate of $2,200 a month while they looked for another site.  (1/6)


American Family Radio has announced the return of former KLOVE morning host Jon Rivers to daily Christian Radio on the AFR network. Jon and his wife departed KLOVE mornings in 2009. Beginning January 9, Jon will broadcast on AFR weekdays 11-am-3pm (Central) from River Rider's Ranch in North Central Texas. “For the last year, Jon has been growing in his faith, getting stronger in the Lord,” said AFR general manager Buster Wilson. “And now, because of a rare crossing of life experiences and a meeting of schedules, he has become available to us to become a part of the American Family Radio family. It is a
great pleasure to announce that Jon Rivers will become midday host of our AFR network of 72 stations.”

Jon's lengthy radio career includes being the voice on the Southern Baptist program "PowerLine!" In 1985, AFR’s own Buster Wilson teamed up with Jon, and they started "20, The Countdown Magazine,"   (1/5)


BITS: KBMQ/Monroe ( 88.7 The Cross bumps creative director Rob Tucker up to PD replacing Phillip Brooks... New station WNSS/Palm Coast, FL is on the air with 4,000 watts at 89.3... The GMA announces "The 4th annual Immerse" will take place July 23-25 at Nashville... WRJD/Raleigh (1410 AM), returns to the air with a Spanish Christian format after being dark one week. (1/4)


Tooth & Nail Records/BEC Recordings has hired Conor Farley as the new Director of A&R.  This role will involve scouting for new artists and developing the current and emerging roster. “We are thrilled to add Conor to the T&N and BEC family,” shares Brandon Ebel, President Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings. “Focusing on the A&R department, we wanted to bring in someone that has a passion for our artists and their music as well as an ear for new talent.  With his vast experience, we feel that Conor will be a perfect fit for this role.”

Farley's experience in the music industry radio promotions at Reunion Records as well as A&R at Provident Label Group and Word Records.  He most recently started the publishing company at Centricity Music.  “I am so excited for the opportunity to work alongside artists I admire so much and helping further a brand that has made such an incredible impact on the music community,” states Farley on his new position. “I have been an outside admirer of the way Tooth & Nail has grown their business and I look forward to great successes ahead.”  (1/4)


KXOJ/Tulsa announced today that Kevin Brooks has been hired as morning co-host to join Heather Miles on the KXOJ Morning Show. Kevin replaces Craig West (who left for KLOVE mornings) and joins 6 year KXOJ morning vet Miles. It will be Brooks first time on the air in the CCM format. Two of his former PD's; Vance Dillard and Mike Blakemore are now programming at CCM stations. Brooks and his family are moving to Tulsa from East Tennessee where he enjoyed many years of success as a morning host in Knoxville (with double-digit shares) as well as a more recent successful run in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. Kevin's first day on the air will be January 16th. (1/3)


HisAir.Net reminds you Early Bird CMB Momentum 2012 Registrations and Momentum Summit "regional" registrations open today (Jan 3rd) at 10AM CST. Registrations will be purchased online by visiting cmbonline.org and clicking on the appropriate link.  CMB is proud to partner with AttendStar online ticketing and promotion for these purchases making it easier. The first Momentum Summit will be held in Grand Rapids, Thursday February 9th.  (1/3)


Shamrock Media announces the newest addition to their team, Alan Garrett, as the new INSPO, CHR, and ROCK National Promotion Manager.  He will begin immediately, taking over the CHR and ROCK roster for Chris Chicago, who has accepted a new position as VP of National Promotion for Save the City Records, while continuing to manage Shamrock Media.  Chris Laney, current VP of Marketing and AC/INSPO radio promoter, is exiting Shamrock Media this year as new Marketing Director for Digital Frontiers Media.  Current AC/CHR National Promotion Manager, Kris Love, will acquire Laney’s company shares as the newest executive of Shamrock Media.  “We are very excited about the changes of operation at Shamrock.  We understand this transition period can be difficult, but our whole team is working together so our clients and partners will not suffer,” says Chris Laney. (1/3)

 

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