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BITS: As a reminder all airchecks and information for the 2013 CMB Station of the Year competition must be from the one year period ending April 30, 2013, you'll have until mid-June to submit the application... KSBJ/Houston announces a star-studded concert celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday, May 11 featuring MercyMe, Switchfoot, Francesca Battistelli, Chris August, Family Force 5, For KING & COUNTRY and some very special guests... Stephen Duncan joins the Centricity Publishing staff as Creative Manager and Jaime Smyth as Publishing Coordinator...  KJIW/Helena-West Helena, AR owner Elijah Mondy is in stable condition at a Memphis hospital after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest early Monday morning during an attempted robbery, please pray he fully recovers...   (4/30)
 


The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) announced this week the formation of the committee that will be recruiting and vetting candidates for the association's next President & CEO.  The Presidential Search Committee, comprising members of NRB’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, will be chaired by NRB Board Chairman Rich Bott (Bott Radio Network). Other committee members include: Bill Blount (Blount Communications); Peggy Campbell (Ambassador Advertising Agency); Roger Kemp (Roger Kemp and Company); Michael Little (The Christian Broadcasting Network); and Tom McCabe (Pursuant KMA). “The Presidential Search Committee is excited about its work, recognizing the significance of the task,” commented Chairman Bott, who appointed the committee members. Last month, NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright, announced his intention to step down this coming October. (4/30)


Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) recent #cmbsummit events in Charlotte brought out over 100 attendees to the 'Social Media' and 'Women In Radio' Momentum Summits.  Leaders in the digital and social media world (pictured at left L-F) Lori Lewis (Jacobs Media), Zena Burns (iheartradio) and Jacquelyn Bullerman (Arbitron) spoke to attendees and then led a Q&A discussion panel .  Momentum 2012 favorite Lisa Johnson and Paul Martin (Advocace') walked our women in radio through communicating effectively within the workplace and ended out the day with a time of prayer and covering as we all realize the spiritual battle we are up against daily. Registrations are available now for the CMB Rocklin 'Leadership' Momentum Summit June 20th at cmbonline.org    (4/30)




 


KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) welcomes new Morning Show Host Carder Price (at left) to the team.  He was one of the 3 finalists nominated for 2012 Personality of the Year with the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.  This was also an intern at the station while getting his broadcasting degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.  He joins Janelle Keith on “Wake Up! With Carder & Janelle” Monday – Saturday on The House FM.  Price will also assist with video production and the ministry’s Facebook pages and websites.  (4/26)

 


 


WPHZ/South Bend (Pulse FM) held its Spread the Word bible drive.  God showed up in a big way.  Pulse FM PD/mornings Corey Mann (center) got some help from Jeff Scott (left) and Larry Walters (right) working on behalf of ShareMedia Services.  The goal of $50,000.00, or 10,000 bibles was surpassed as $81,000+ with money still coming in and 16,000+ bibles sent. (4/26)


 

BITS: Creative Cardios next jock brainstorm is Tuesday, April 30th at 10:30 Pacific/1:30 Eastern, talking about how to do better on air interviews on our shows, call in number is 213.493.0800 use access code: 502051#... New Christian station WUNT/Sheffield, IL is on the air...  During a three-day, on-air fundraiser, KSWP/Lufkin reached its funding goal of $69,000 per month... (4/25)



KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) and KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise FM) (pictured at left) finished this year’s Pledge Drive fully funded for the upcoming year.  Due to the generous support of 2691 pledgers, with 677 of those being new contributors, the budget goal of $1.4 million was met to cover the 15 signals in the two radio networks.  With a large number of listeners on the Internet, pledges came in from 428 cities in 48 states and 20 countries including Argentina, Canada, India, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.  Promotions Dir./morning show co-host Janelle Keith adds, "One of our special projects was made possible through listeners and generous contributors who provided 38,170 meals for kids in SOUTH AFRICA.  And one of the calls that stands out was from Curtis, a prisoner who was just released.  He went straight to a phone and called in a pledge to the station that fed him while he was incarcerated.  He couldn’t make calls like that from the inside. That was really encouraging." (4/23)
 

 


 

Arbitron March 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Austin: KFMK 172,500... KVLR 21,400

Indianapolis: WHZN 43,400...
Memphis: WHAL 245,300...

Nashville: WFFH 116,400... WLVU 103,900... WAYM 103,100... WBOZ 11,600  
Norfolk: WGH 64,400... 
Raleigh: WNNL 151,600... WRTP 33,000
West Palm Beach: WAYF 125,900... WRMB 52,700 

(4/18)


Arbitron March 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Charlotte: WRCM 201,300... WPZS 228,100... WMIT 146,900...  WLFJ 31,400 
Cincinnati: WAKW 174,700...
Cleveland: WCRF 91,100... WJMO 45,100
Columbus: WCVO 211,400 #5 5.3... WZNP 10,400
Las Vegas: KSOS 149,200...
Orlando: WPOZ 388,500 (#4 AQH 6.7)... WPOZ HD2 56,400... WPOZ HD3 26,700
Portland: KFIS 232,300...
San Antonio: KZAR 80,700... 
(4/17)


BITS: 30+ year veteran of CCM radio, including experience in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Wichita and national networks, Scott Thunder launches "It Sounds Like Thunder" for voice tracking, spots, and imaging...  Christian Williams is now National Promotions Manager for NGEN Radio/Houston... EMF buys 2 Texas FM's KZRS/Hunt and KHLB/Mason for 170k...  (4/17)


BITS: Nikki Martinez joins KVNE/Tyler (Encouragement FM) as music director and evening host...  Jim Levy has been named Director, Affiliate Relations and Media Syndication for Briargate Media...  CMB holds its Charlotte Social Media Momentum Summit at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this Thursday April 18, focusing on digital and social networking... (4/16)


Arbitron March 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 235,500... WCAO 86,300... WGTS 83,300...   
Detroit: WPZR 321,400... 
Minneapolis: KTIS 558,300 (t#3 7.1)... KTIS-AM 41,100
Phoenix: KFLR 136,100...   
Seattle: KCMS 472,400 (#4 4.8)... KWPZ 40,200...     
St Louis: KLJY 398,700 (#3 6.3)... KATZ 52,000
Tampa: WCIE 143,100... WBVM 107,100... WJIS 36,800
Wash DC: WGTS 452,300...  WPRS 432,800...
(4/16)


Faron Dice announces that WAY-FM will no longer be feeding a live satellite network to non-owned affiliates, effective July 1. Dice says this move is being made to make a better WAY product on their own stations.  WAY-FM will continue to offer "The Wally Show" in syndication via FTP voice tracks to non-owned affiliate stations.  (4/16)


Arbitron March 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 640,500... WPZE 499,100... WVFJ 128,600
Chicago: WMBI 278,400... WGRB 129,000... WONU 66,100  
Dallas: KLTY 893,400 (t #2 4.5)... KCBI 226,700... 
Houston: KSBJ 719,200...
Los Angeles: KFSH 506,200...
New York:  WLIB 252,200...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 353,500... WBYO 40,100...    
Riverside: KSGN 228,600... 
(4/15)


BITS: Blake Carter is now music director at KJIl/Abilene, KS... Salem NewsTalk WHK/Cleveland launches a new brand and imaging campaign on the air and in outside marketing starting today 4/15 as AM 1420 The Answer, following a theme that Salem has launched in New York, Los Angeles, Riverside, Dallas, Houston, Columbus, and Chicago... From transmitters based in Guam, TWR is broadcasting messages of God’s love and peace to North Korea’s Christian population as threats of the nation’s nuclear firepower dominate headlines, TWR CEO Lauren Libby says “Most believers who are Christians in the country have to practice in private, or they get together in homes and they do it in an almost clandestine nature, we have known of people who would meet in homes and listen to radio programs. It’s a resource not only to individuals but groups of Christians who get together in a very difficult circumstance.”  (4/15)


Northwestern Media has hired Bethesda Christian Broadcasting Executive Director Dave Gordon as Station Manager for KLJC/Kansas City.  Dave has been with Bethesda the last five years. Dave has also worked for Salem Communications (both in Chicago and San Antonio), Stephens Media (KXOJ/Tulsa) and New Life Radio (Illinois).   “Given the breadth of Dave Gordon’s skills and experience in programming, sales, management and fundraising, we are delighted to have Dave join the Northwestern Media team,” according to Dr. Paul Virts, Senior Vice President for Media at Northwestern Media.  “Dave is passionate about Christian radio and will bring a delicate balance between ministry and business as he manages KLJC.”

In January Calvary Bible sold KLJC/Kansas City to Northwestern College. KLJC is a Class C1 facility. Northwestern  operates 15 full power stations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, including KTIS/Minneapolis.  (4/12)


Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) has announced the eligibility period for the 2013 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards.  Eligibility dates for the 2013 awards will be May 1, 2012 thru April 30, 2013.  Stations wishing to enter the 2013 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 14, 2013. 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 2013 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards will be presented Wednesday evening at the CMB Networking dinner to be held at Momentum 2013, September 4-7 at the Disney Yacht & Beach Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Details regarding eligibility requirements for entering the 2013 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.  (4/11)


BITS: CFEQ/Winnipeg, CN (Ignite 107.1) drops CCM for a classical music format... At the NRB Radio Advisory Council Meeting Ric McClary, David Pierce, Michael Shelley, Wayne Shepherd were all elected to the Class of 2016... Northwestern Media's new acquisition KLJC/Kansas City has made a decision on a new station manager, announcement coming soon...  (4/10)


Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher’s foundation “Gallagher’s Army”, which raises funds for families of police officers killed in the line of duty, created a First Responders Bible specifically intended for policemen to carry in their patrol cars. The First Responders Bible was designed with the help of the National Bible Association. Recently a Chaplin in Miami requested 100 copies of the First Responders Bible for his guys; this week, he requested 100 more…and Channel 10 TV (pictured left) in Miami featured the First Responders Bible in an on camera profile of the city’s new Director of Police J.D. Patterson.  To watch the video click here.  (4/10)


BITS: Trinity Broadcasting Network, (TBN) has donated its 50,000-watt Caribbean AM station "Radio Paradise" to Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida. and pastor Rick Wiles who produces the daily talk show Trunews... WBGL/Champaign ended its Sharathon shortly after 10am on Friday, April 5th.at over $667,000 which was a record-breaking fundraiser for the radio ministry and as of Monday morning was approaching 65% of the $1,080,000 goal... KSWP/Lufkin kicks off its 3 day Spring Sharathon today (4/9)... BEC Recordings announce that Kutless has re-signed with the Seattle-based label...  (4/9)


CMB’s April Teleconference will take place this Wednesday April 10th at 11AM CST / NOON EST. "What Are You Doing On Your Summer Vacation?: Best Summer Promotions" will be the topic. Chris Lemke hosts the discussion with KSBJ/Houston Promotions Director Brittany Whatley and WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) Promotions Director Carol Ellingson. CMB members and non-members are invited to listen in by calling 559.546.1000 and use the passcode 856034.  The conference will last 45 minutes with an opportunity for questions at the end of the session.  If you have questions you email them to chris@cmbonline.org.  Future teleconferences will be a benefit to CMB members only.  (4/8)


BITS: Ronnie Bruce announces after 21 years at WDJC/Birmingham he will exit at the end of this week, (4/12)... EMF purchases KOUL/Corpus Christi (Class C1 103.7) from Tejas Broadcasting... Better Life Broadcasting obtains a construction permit for a new 5k AM station licensed to Medford/Klamath Falls... New Arbitron-Edison “Infinite Dial 2013” series says 18% of listeners to religious stations follow the station they listen to on Facebook... Sorry to report that Christian apologist, speaker, radio commentator and author Dave Hunt passed away Friday (4/5)... (4/8)


CORRECTION: KLJY/St Louis (JOY FM) has hired KTSY/Boise OM Chris Gilbreth as its new PM drive personality.  He will serve two key roles as PD for a new format and Afternoon Drive Co-host for JOY FM.  Chris says, "I'd be hard pressed to write a better plan for where I'd want to be-- I get to be part of a team afternoon show on Joy FM, launch a new youth-driven station and there's abundance of toasted ravioli. Is it wrong to say I'm OVER-joyed?!?"  Chris will start May 1 at JOY FM-St. Louis. Brown will continue to oversee the programming dept.

JOY FM has also promoted Kelly Corday to Music Director.  Kelly is also currently on-air mid-days on JOY FM. GM Sandi Brown says, "Kelly came to JOY FM from a secular radio career.  She is a real pro with a real passion for music.  She will be a great Music Director for JOY FM!  Regarding the new format Brown tells HisAir.Net "We still own the two signals that JOY FM was on before we moved to 99.1fm.  We have been simulcasting JOY FM on them for the past two years.  We are going to develop a new station that targets teens/young adults. The first step was to hire a PD who can help develop the format and get it launched later this year."  (4/5)


Air1 PD Paul Goldsmith announces via twitter he will be the new Director of Promotions & Marketing at Salems WIND/Chicago (560 The Answer). Paul will exit EMF April 12th and will start at WIND April 22nd. Previously he was with K-LOVE Chicago and WAY FM/West Palm Beach.  (4/3)

BITS: Longtime KLJY/St Louis (Joy FM) morning show co-host (and former PD) Greg Cassidy has exited the station, GM Sandi Brown says he resigned earlier this week... Salem has launched ChristianRadio.com bringing radio users a complete digital listening experience that includes the nation's top Christian music and teaching talk stations from Salem Communications Corporation...  During the month of April, K-LOVE listeners who make a new pledge of support to K-LOVE with a $40 monthly will also help provide a new pair of shoes to a child in need through Shoes for Orphan Souls... Look for an announcement coming soon regarding a new PD at KSBJ/Houston... (4/2)


WAYMedia announces staff changes effective immediately. Faron Dice joins the executive team as Vice President of Content & Network Services. Dice had been WAYMedia Network Services General Manager. In addition, the Digital Media Department will now fall under Dice’s direction, with Director of Digital Media Dan Gross reporting directly to Dice. Founder/President Bob Augsburg stated: “Here at WAYMedia, Faron has a ten-year track record of being a strategic thinker with a tremendous heart and passion to impact people through Christian radio. He also believes that excellence should prevail in all aspects of our on air product and online offerings. His new role will help take the ministry to new heights”.

Also at WAY-FM/Louisville General Manager Matt Hahn is promoted to Regional Manager. with both the Louisville and Nashville operations officially his responsibility. He will continue to report directly to Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Parker, who stated, “Matt has a real heart for the mission of WAY-FM and done a tremendous job for WAY in the Louisville operation and I am looking forward to seeing what his expertise brings to Nashville.” Matt will continue to spend time each week at both operations, with Louisville Operations Director Bryan Johns assuming more duties at the Louisville office.

As well Regional Business Development Director BJ O’Neal is being promoted to WAY-FM/Nashville Station Manager effective July 1, reporting directly to Matt Hahn. O’Neal will also continue in his role as National Director of Business Development for the ministry. BJ will be re-locating to Nashville from West Palm Beach this summer. The Nashville Cluster staff will report directly to him.

WAY-FM recently celebrated its 25th anniversary as a ministry, founded by Bob and Felice Augsburg as a single station in Ft Myers, FL. Listener-supported WAYMedia, Inc., including WAY-FM and WAY Media Network Services, airs on over 120 radio stations in 28 states.  (4/2)


BITS: All Access is playing an April Fools day joke on readers today saying Capitol Christian Music VP Grant Hubbard will exit the label this June to become co-owner and VP/Marketing for Casey Hunting Camp in Alabama...  Former WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) morning personalities Chris and Emilee say they plan to return to an internet ministry they set aside when they joined WJQK four years ago...

WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) signed on satellite station 91.7-WDOZ/Pierson last week, the 5,000 watt station named in honor of VP, GM and PD Dean O’Neal, is now on the air serving southeastern Putnam, northeastern Lake and northwestern Volusia counties including Crescent City, Pomona Park, Georgetown, Seville, Pierson, Eldridge and Astor, pictured at left is the WDOZ antenna being installed on a tower in Crescent City, FL. (4/1)


Thy Word Network based in Evansville has received a CP for a new 5400 watt FM station serving Western Kentucky at 94.5 and hopes to be on the air this year...  NRB President Dr. Frank Wright, has sent a letter thanking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for highlighting the plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who has been imprisoned and persecuted in Iran for his Christian faith, urging that the U.S. State Department secure the immediate release of Pastor Abedini and his safe passage back home to the United States.... An HCJB Global partner radio station in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), was overrun by looters following a coup, the station operated by ICDI has been stripped of equipment essential to continue operation, thankfully all staff is safe.  (4/1)


Internet station ClassicChristian247.com celebrates its third anniversary on March 31st.  And in addition to that the crew is launching Classic Christian Weekend!  It’s a two hour show offered to radio stations and hosted by their morning personality Mike Schlote.  The program can be aired anytime on the weekend and can be sold for local revenue.  WUNT/Princeton is the first CCW affiliate.  To hear a short demo of the show go here.   (3/29)


“The Chris & Emilee” Show, has exited mornings at WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99).  The show aired from 6-10 a.m. Monday through Saturdays since 2009 with Chris and Emily Danielson, and featured the married couple whose slogan was to “Laugh Louder, Dig Deeper, and Live Larger in the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Chris & Emily will be replaced by The Ace & Sabrina Show that starts in morning drive on JQ99 on Monday 4/8. Chris & Emily posted on their facebook page that they will announce their future plans this Monday.  (3/29)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99.3) announces some big change to their line up as they welcome Ace McKay and Sabina Fairchild as the NEW morning show. Program Director Troy West, says, “We are excited to bring Ace & Sabrina to the team. They both have a great heart for ministry and with 15+ years of professional excellence on & off the air.”  McKay recently hosted morning shows at WLAB/Fort Wayne, IN and WAY-FM in Tallahassee, FL & Huntsville, AL. Fairchild has been a talent in the Grand Rapids area for many years. Mostly recently hosting shows on 95.7 WLHT and 105.7 WOOD FM & 104.5 WSNX.  McKay & Fairchild "The Ace and Sabrina Show" will debut on Monday, April 8th. (3/25)


BITS: Craig Thomas joins Jim Stephens on the WWIL/Wilmington (Life 90.5) morning show... WGTS/Wash DC has started a search for its new GM, contact Ed Fry at FaithSearch at edfry@faithsearchpartners.com... WTRJ/Jacksonville (91.7 The Promise) is getting a signal upgrade, better antenna array and 75 feet higher, next weekend... SRN News U.S. House correspondent Wally Hindes (pictured left) was notified Friday that he will be among a select few broadcast journalists credentialed to be inside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (3/26) during arguments over the Prop 8 vote in California; the 2008 referendum defined “marriage” as the union of one man and one woman, prompting advocates of so-called Gay Marriage to challenge the election results in court, Hindes will be file live reports on SRN News beginning at 1PM (Eastern time) to SRN’s 1,400 news affiliates... New station WUNT/Sheffield, iL is on the air (website).. Paul Goldsmith will reportedly exit the AIR1 PD position next month... (3/24)
 


Salem Radio Network highlights starting Monday (3/25) include.. All SRN talk hosts, including Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Janet Mefferd, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt, will continue distribution of facts on traditional marriage in concert with the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom. An SRN News special 5-part series on Biblical Marriage starts Monday anchored by SRN News religion correspondent Michael Harrington.

Also the Janet Mefferd Show, SRN’s nationally-syndicated Christian talk program, will originate from Washington, D.C. Tuesday; Janet will personally join marchers at the “March for Marriage” (http://www.marriagemarch.org/) coordinated by the National Organization for Marriage. She will share highlights and interview special guests live from 2PM-5PM Eastern time.  (3/22)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) chief creative officer Todd Stach checks in with HisAir.Net to, "congratulate Mornings with Mary & Josh, Director of Brand Development, Andy Meyer and Alan Mason for doing something for the very first time in our station’s history.  Mary & Josh have been flirting with “tied for #1” since October, but finally broke out and were ranked # 1 in our core demo and #2 P6+ in February 2013’s ratings book.  That’s an incredible accomplishment when their main competition are national shows and local, legacy morning show teams.  See what hard work, determination and God’s blessing brings". (3/21)


NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright, (at left) who has led the association for the past 10 years, announced on Monday his intention to step down this coming October. After a decade of dedicated service and stellar performance as NRB’s President & CEO, Dr. Wright shared in a letter to NRB Chairman Rich Bott that he has “prayerfully concluded that my season of service at NRB is drawing to a close.”  “Ruth and I have counted this as a special season of blessing in our lives,” expressed Dr. Wright, referring to his wife of 32 years. “We have felt our time in your service to be fruitful and fulfilling, yet we now have a clear sense that the Lord is leading us to another area of service.”   (3/21)

 


Arbitron Feb 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Austin: KFMK 168,400... KVLR 21,600
Memphis: WHAL 225,000...

Nashville: WFFH 134,500... WAYM 99,300... WLVU 88,300... WBOZ 10,100  
Norfolk: WGH 71,300... 
Raleigh: WNNL 158,200... WRTP 39,800
West Palm Beach: WAYF 118,100... WRMB 53,500 

(3/21)


Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) has completed its acquisition of the existing Tooth & Nail recorded music catalog. This includes Tooth & Nail Records, BEC Recordings and Solid State Records, while excluding the catalogs of artists Demon Hunter, August Burns Red and the latest recordings from Love and Death and the Supertones. Capitol CMG will own and continue to develop products from Tooth & Nail’s extensive catalogs, marketing and distributing them through Capitol CMG Label Group and its catalog division.  According to Capitol Christian Music Group President and CEO Bill Hearn, "It's been my privilege to work alongside Brandon Ebel for the last twelve years. He's a great record man and has developed some of our industry's best artists and music. Together we have built a strong catalog which CCMG will continue to develop and grow. I wish Brandon continued success as he re-establishes himself as one of the leaders in the independent music community."

“Our partnership with EMI has been very successful, and we are grateful for the opportunities we have had with Bill Hearn and his team over the last twelve years. We are confident that our artists' back catalogs will be well served under CCMG. Moving forward we are excited to continue developing our artists on Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State Records, and BEC Recordings” said Ebel, Founder and President of Tooth & Nail.

Tooth & Nail Founder and co-owner Brandon Ebel will retain rights to all label names and trademarks and will re launch Tooth & Nail as an independent label group, with forthcoming releases planned from August Burns Red, The Almost, Demon Hunter, Emery, Icon For Hire, Nine Lashes, Living Sacrifice,  and All Things New among others. Details of release dates and distribution for the new label will be announced soon. During the transition period, Capitol Christian Music Distribution will continue to distribute all Tooth & Nail products.

BEC Recordings’ award-winning artist Jeremy Camp's catalog and recent #1 Christian SoundScan debut, Reckless (February 2013) will now be supported by the Capitol CMG Label Group for all A&R, marketing and promotion. Camp is currently performing on the highly successful Rock and Worship Road Show with Mercy Me, Family Force 5, Kutless and Luminate, among others. Additionally, Camp’s debut single “Reckless” is currently #7 on the AC Indicator and #12 on the AC Monitored charts.  (3/20)


Beginning Monday, (3/25) former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh will join the line-up at WIND/Chicago (AM 560 The Answer hosting a show each weekday from 7-9pm.  "There are few politicians in Illinois or anywhere in the country that garner as much attention as Joe Walsh," said Jeff Reisman, General Manager of AM 560 The Answer. "Joe is an outspoken defender of freedom, and because of his firsthand experience in Congress, he brings a unique perspective to the national conversation as our country searches for answers during these challenging times."   (3/20)


Trina Wilcox joins KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) for middays... Mike Haggins exits the PD chair at WQXL/Columbia, SC...  Capitol Christian Music Group has acquired Tooth & Nail Records music catalog. (3/20)


Arbitron Feb 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Charlotte: WRCM 187,000... WPZS 220,900... WMIT 156,800...  
Cincinnati: WAKW 164,700
Cleveland: WCRF 82,200.. WJMO 43,700
Columbus: WCVO 239,500 #5 5.9... WZNP 11,900...
Las Vegas: KSOS 159,900...
Orlando: WPOZ 382,700 (#2 AQH 7.3)... WPOZ HD2 70,000... WPOZ HD3 20,000
Portland: KFIS 237,700...
San Antonio: KZAR 114,000... 
(3/20)


Arbitron Feb 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 233,900... WGTS 99,800... WCAO 84,700  
Detroit: WPZR 321,100...
Minneapolis: KTIS 563,300 (#2 8.0)... KTIS-AM 45,600
Phoenix: KFLR 177,900...   
Seattle: KCMS 467,400 (#4 4.4)... KWPZ 37,000...     
St Louis: KLJY 399,200 (#2 6.5)... KATZ 54,700
Tampa: WCIE 148,800... WBVM 126,600... WJIS 44,000
Wash DC: WPRS 444,100... WGTS 423,400... 
(3/19)


The K-LOVE and Air1 Radio Networks was recently presented with the National Radio Broadcasters (NRB) Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications. They received the prestigious honor  during NRB's Awards Dinner, which was held last week in Nashville at the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition.

According to Mike Novak (at left), President/CEO of the K-LOVE and Air1 Radio Network, "When your name is mentioned in the same breath as Billy Graham, it's humbling to say the least. In addition, to have the National Religious Broadcasters recognize the efforts of K-LOVE and Air1 is such an honor."  (3/10)

 

 


Prayers are requested for KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal and his wife Mary. Both suffered injuries from motorcycle crashes this past weekend. Bryan described what happened this way, "Mary and I had a great ride in the San Bernardino Mountains... Mary got high in the corner and caught loose gravel. I saw her go down (i was 35ft back.) Next thing you know I'm down and tumbling on the center lane into the oncoming lane. I believe I tried to stop too fast to help her. We had just passed a CHP sitting on the side of the road facing the other way two seconds earlier, so we got help right away. It still took 40mins for the ambulance and a long time treating us on the side of the road, and a 45min ambulance ride together through the mountain curves to the hospital. This could have been much worse, we were doing 50mph when we went down. We were wearing leather chaps and motorcycle jackets and full faced helmets, I had just bought Mary the leather chaps before the ride.  

Bryan also says "GOD SPARED OUR LIVES. I am home and resting. I have one broken rib, broken rotator cuff, and there's a bone in my shoulder they have to screw together. Surgery will be in about two weeks. Mary will stay one more day at the hospital. She has 7 broken ribs, 5inch laceration on her left knee, and a small fracture in her left ankle. We will both take LONG time for recovery. Thank you for all your prayers, God did take a bad situation and worked several things out for our good."  (3/19)


Sterling Tarrant reports that his “Taking it Deeper” Service is celebrating Passion Week, by inviting stations to check it out free of charge through Easter.  Taking it Deeper is song based prep that gives you short, creative, real-life spiritual bits to hook listeners into your songs.  It’s also for production idea starters and for any kind of spiritual communication from you to your listeners.  Check it out at http://takingitdeeper.com/free-passion-week-trial/  Also check out Sterlings latest article here on HisAir.Net  - the KSBJ example mentioned there was based on a Taking it Deeper bit.  (3/19)


Arbitron Feb 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 608,100... WPZE 469,600... WVFJ 151,200
Chicago: WMBI 259,600...    
Dallas: KLTY 945,400 #2 5.3)... KCBI 236,800... 
Houston: KSBJ 703,700...
Los Angeles: KFSH 506,700... KLST 139,200
New York:  WLIB 243,500...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 346,000... WBYO 30,000...    
Riverside: KSGN 189,900... 
(3/18)


Bethesda Christian Broadcasting Executive Director Dave Gordon tells HisAir.Net “I am pleased to announce that Don Burns (left) has been named General Manager of the Bethesda Christian Broadcasting Wisconsin radio stations (WPFF/WNLI)!  Don has been a member of the BCB team since last June, serving as our Operation Manager and Program Director.  He also co-hosts the new WPFF Morning Show with Kim Bindel.”  (3/18)

 


WAKW/Cincinnati (STAR 93.3) GM Art Garza tells HisAir.Net that Director of Programming Randy James has exited to pursue a new media venture, Truth2value in which he'll be offering his media services in a new and innovative approach.  Garza says, "I'm saddened by his departure but, very encouraged by his zeal for choosing to pursue his passions in helping multiple radio stations across the globe. Randy's experience has been instrumental in helping STAR 93.3 reach more people for Christ in Greater Cincinnati.  We're grateful to still have the opportunity of working with Randy in his new venture."  STAR 93.3 will be seeking to fill the newly vacant Director of Programming position. Go to the HisAir.Net jobs page for opening.  (3/13)


BITS: Salem Communications CEO Ed Atsinger has agreed to a new deal replacing his current contract... Blue Ridge Broadcasting, Inc. (BRB) of Asheville, N.C., has entered an agreement with International Baptist Outreach Missions, Inc. (IBOM) of Asheville, N.C., to sell WFGW-AM/Black Mountain, N.C., pending FCC approval... Jeff Donovan joins WVRV/Montgomery (The River) as PD... CMB hosts its next teleconference, "So I've got a consultant, now what?" tomorrow (3/13) with John Frost and Brian Wright at 11AM CST / 12PM ET sharp call 559-546-1000 and use the passcode 856034(3/13)


WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) PD/MD Randy James is launching a new company named Truth2Value. Randy says Truth2Value is not a consultancy. Randy will work with media companies in a new and& unique partnership to create immediate and ensure future success. Truth2Value begins Tuesday, March 12. His first client is WAKW. WAKW is Randy's most recent media post, where he developed Christian Radios first Hot AC/CHR Hybrid, Star 93 3. For more information on Truth2Value, go to truth2value.com, or Reach Randy directly at 301 693 9429 or fitzmountie29@yahoo.com.  Truth2Value is Market exclusive to Market Media Companies or Individual Media Outlets. (3/11)


Glenn Goodwin exits Patton House Entertainment to launch SoundBox Media. Glenn says he will continue to do Radio Promotions, and will now add Concert & Event Booking to his company's profile.  In doing so, he will be adding a few Booking Managers to partner along side him with SoundBox Media. His new new phone number is: 615-337-7048, and email address is ggoodwin@soundboxmedia.net and on facebook at www.facebook.com/soundboxmedia (3/7)


We've got new up to date music research courtesy of Hit Music research posted here... Creative Cardio will hold its next group brainstorm is tomorrow (3/7 10:30am Pacific/1:30 Eastern time) as they discuss Easter ideas for your show, call in number is 213-493-0800, Access code: 502051#... The Women In Radio Momentum Summit will take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on April 19, to register click here... KKNG/Oklahoma City flipped to a Catholic format... Cheryl Kent joins WMUZ/Detroit as account executive...  (3/6)


A new 100k CCM station is expected to go on the air this summer in New Orleans. The license for WOTB/Pearl River (The Bridge Radio 88.7) is owned by New Horizon Cakvary Chapel in Slidell, LA and headed up by Pastor John Raymond who will serve as GM. The new station website is here.  (3/6)


Pictured at left: Game night at NRB 2013 in Nashville. KVNE/Tyler GM Troy Kriechbaum and KVNE PD Mike Harper were the BIG winners of "Name That Tune" hosted by Family Life Todays Bob Lepine. (3/5)


KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal has made it from the semi finalists to the Finals in "The Next Great Voice Talent" contest. The contest was held in 5 cities nationwide. Bryan auditioned in Las Vegas. They chose 20 semi-finalist from each city and the popular vote advances one person to the finals in April. Bryan won the Las Vegas sessions. The studio will pick another person from each city they they deem talented at voicework. The Grand Prize is a $100,000 VO contract over the next year! Bryan says "Thanks to all my friends and family for voting for me". Check out this site for info on the contest...  http://thenextgreatvoicetalent.com/content/contestants     (3/4)


Just In: KSBJ/Houston PD/morning co-host Susan O'Donnell has exited the station. O'Donnell has decided that her season at KSBJ has come to an end. KSBJ President Tim McDermott says "While she will be missed dearly, we are grateful for her 19 years of dedication and service. And, we believe that God is stirring new things in Susan and has a great plan for her future." KSBJ has begun a nationwide search for a new program director. 

Meanwhile, KSBJ President/General Tim McDermott was re-elected to the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Board of Directors at their meeting in Nashville.  (3/3)


HisAir.Net is at NRB 2013 going on now in Nashville (booth 356)... (3/3)

 


KCBI/Dallas announces the hiring of Joel Burke as the stations new Program Director. Joel most recently served as PD at mainstream country KASE/Austin.  Prior to that, he spent ten years as Program Director at KYGO/Denver.  “Joel brings many years of strategic leadership experience and is a Texas native, said KCBI General Manager Matt Austin. “I’m very excited that Joel is joining the team.” Joel starts on Monday, March 11th and replaces Sharon Geiger, who is now KCBI APD.  (3/1)

 


 

This Saturday thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals will converge at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, to take part in the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition, if you're going make sure to stop by the HisAir.Net Booth (356) ask for a limited edition HisAir.Net 2013 mouse pad (pictured at left)  ...  (2/28)


CMB will be hosting a meet & greet reception for members and prospective members at NRB Sunday, March 3rd in Suite G6014 from 3:00-4:30PM CST.  The  reception will be hosted by KLOVE / Air1.  Stop in to meet the CMB Executive Director, members of the CMB Board and learn more about CMB. (2/28)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) adds Kim Carson as host of its "Faith, Hope, & Love Songs" that airs Sundays noon to 3pm. Carson was formerly with mainstream AC WTRV/Grand Rapids and previously worked in Christian radio in Toledo.  (2/28)
 

Clear Channel Satellite, a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc., announces the deployment of the XtremeSat Media™ satellite broadcast distribution platform for KSBJ/Houston. KSBJ purchased the system to deliver two high-quality audio channels to its affiliates and company-owned radio stations from its uplink located in Humble, TX. KSBJ has also entered into a multi-year agreement with Clear Channel Satellite to provide satellite capacity for the distribution of its programming. Don Chapman, Chief Engineer for KSBJ commented, “We recently replaced our existing satellite with the new XtremeSat System, and doubled our throughput. It has made our delivery system much more robust and much, much more reliable”. (2/28)


Northwestern Media WNWC/Madison (Life 102.5) has hired Steve Young as Station Manager. Young has been Station Manager at WAY FM Tallahassee for the last 10 years. Steve also worked for a number of years in Illinois at New Life Media during which time he was the Program Director at WBGL/Champaign eventually becoming their Station Manager.  It was during Steve’s leadership at WBGL that the station experienced great growth in listenership, funding and additional signals!  Steve also managed WCFL/Morris, Illinois before heading to Tallahassee.  (2/27)


KLTY/Dallas posted some historical evening numbers in the latest PPM release. Night Light with Andrea Jaxson hit double digits with a 10 share in January with Women 35-54 good for number one. In addition Night Light was #1 with Women 18+ and #2 women 25-54 with an 8.1 share just .3 behind mainstream CHR KHKS/Dallas with an 8.4.  (2/25) 


BITS: Salem reports its 2012 fourth-quarter revenue rose 6.1% to $60.6 million, and Internet revenue increased 25.4%... Curb artist Michael English will be singing at the Easter sunrise service in Washington DC in front of the Lincoln Memorial and over 8k people... This Saturday thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals will converge at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, to take part in the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition, if you're going make sure to stop by the HisAir.Net Booth (356)...  (2/25)


KTIS/Minneapolis PD Keith Stevens checks in with HisAir.Net  and says "KTIS has climbed to # 2 overall P6+ in  Minneapolis ST Paul in the latest PPM ratings.  We are humbled by God's blessing and give Him the praise for this good news.  I am so proud of the entire KTIS team as they have all worked very hard to bring the station to this level."

Also today KTIS celebrated David Christian on the morning show (David and Pam -also #2 in the Twin Cities P6+) and wished him well as he transitions off the morning show...and into Creative Services at KTIS.  He will still retain a weekend shift and fill-in as needed.  And, this Monday...it's the launch of "Pam and Andy" in the Morning on KTIS!  That's Andy Youso formerly with KJTH/Ponca City (The House FM).  (2/22)


Arbitron Jan 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Austin: KFMK 198,000... KVLR 22,600
Memphis: WHAL 221,500...

Nashville: WFFH 116,300... WAYM 90,200... WLVU 84,600... WBOZ 7,900  
Norfolk: WGH 65,600... 
Raleigh: WNNL 157,900... WRTP 42,100
West Palm Beach: WAYF 134,000... WRMB 59,600  
(2/21)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) CCO Todd Stach shares some great news as WCVO has tied for 3rd place in ages 6+ (AQH 6.7) in the Jan PPM report!  As Todd addressed the WCVO staff "That means that the place you serve and work is tied for 3rd as the most popular radio station in Central Ohio.  That ranking is an all-time high!   Our music and DJs are connecting with the target audience as top ranking day parts, with a special recognition to Mary & Josh for their rise to the top and holding that consistently over the past few rating’s books.  I just saw this from Tim Miles, “Passion breeds care; care breeds new customers.”  In our business, that means lives changed.  Again, great job, everyone! (2/21)


Word FM GM David Baker checks in with HisAir.Net with news that The Word FM Radio Network, headquartered just outside Philadelphia, recently added another station to their growing network in Pennsylvania.  The new station is 89.1 FM in Mohrsville, Pa., and covers various towns in and around the northern Berks County region.  It's the 13th station added to the network along with seven other translators scattered across the state. The Word FM Radio Network is owned and operated by Four Rivers Community Broadcasting Corporation and reaches communities from the very edge of New York state on southward into the state capitol of Harrisburg, plus portions of Maryland and West Virginia along the I-81 corridor. The Network plans to light up additional stations and translators this summer, including 96.9 FM Glenside, Pa., just outside Metro Philadelphia; 90.7 FM in York/Hanover, Pa.; and the Allentown/Bethlehem-area 90.3 FM, recently-acquired from Lehigh Carbon Community College. The Network's total average weekly cume persons is 188,700. (2/21)


BITS: Radio Training Network buys WFTI/St. Petersburg (91.7) from Harold Camping’s Family Stations for $2.5 million cash and flips it to "The Joy FM" this week, RTN has six other full-power FMs in Florida, including it's other Tampa Bay station WCIE (91.5) located in New Port Richey... CMB announces that radio host Delilah is now confirmed to speak at Momentum 2013 to be held September 4-7 in Lake Beuna Vista, FL at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center...  Salem has closed on the $4 million purchase of WJKR/Columbus and has flipped format to Christian Talk "The Answer", WJKR pairs with sister WRFD (880 AM)... (2/21)

Arbitron Jan 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Charlotte: WRCM 223,700... WPZS 217,900... WMIT 156,600...  
Cincinnati: WAKW 182,300
Cleveland: WCRF 78,100... WJMO 47,700
Columbus: WCVO 234,800... WZNP 19,300...
Las Vegas: KSOS 149,300...
Orlando: WPOZ 442,200 (#2 AQH 8.5)... WPOZ HD2 51,500
Portland: KFIS 218,100...
San Antonio: KZAR 113,300... 
(2/20)


BITS: Tom Greene checks in with HisAir.Net and is available for a new opportunity, Tom has a ton of experience in Programming, Operations or Management and can be reached at at tgreene85@gmail.com or 217-313-1671... Prayers requested for KSWP/Lufkin Founder & CEO First Dwyan who is hospitalized with a blood infection... Also Carmen posted on his Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with Myeloma Cancer and it is incurable, he says doctors have told him he has a 3-4 year window of time but in Carmen's words "I will continue to minister and win souls until I can't do it any longer. My life has always been about ministry. I have a call of God to touch lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that's what I will do until the Lord calls me home,"... WCQR/Johnson City is searching to fill its PD chair, if interested contact Mike Perry ASAP at mike@wcqr.org...  (2/19)


Arbitron Jan 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 233,300... WGTS 95,900... WCAO 75,200  
Detroit: WPZR 336,000...
Minneapolis: KTIS 562,200 (#2 7.4)... KTIS-AM 44,000
Phoenix: KFLR 175,200...   
Seattle: KCMS 445,300 (#3 5.0)... KWPZ 36,400...     
St Louis: KLJY 404,400 (#3 6.4)... KATZ 53,700
Tampa: WCIE 186,500... WBVM 117,000... WJIS 57,700
Wash DC: WPRS 441,600... WGTS 415,000...
(2/19)


Arbitron Jan 2013 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 618,900... WPZE 486,900... WVFJ 152,000
Chicago: WMBI 357,700...    
Dallas: KLTY 871,200 #2 5.6)... KCBI 210,500... 
Houston: KSBJ 716,400...
Los Angeles: KFSH 540,800... KLST 158,800
New York:  WLIB 225,900...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 328,100... WBYO 46,800...    
Riverside: KSGN 191,800... 
(2/18)


Heather Shelley (left) has been named co-host of the “It’s A New Day” morning show heard on Columbia International University’s  WRCM/Charlotte New (Life 91.9) and 89.7 WMHK/Columbia. Shelley will join current co-host Eric Calhoun  “It’s a New Day” is also syndicated to WORD-FM in eastern Pennsylvania in cooperation with Four Rivers Broadcasting Corporation. Shelleys previous experience includes WUSN/Chicago, WLW/Cincinnati, and most recently as the morning show co-host  WMIT/Asheville (106.9 The Light. She is also a recognizable voice on the commercials of national companies including Procter & Gamble, State Farm, McDonald’s and JCPenney.

Joe Paulo, Director Broadcasting, says Shelley has a gift for communicating with people and a passion for influencing people for Jesus Christ. “Heather will be a great complement to our staff at New Life 91.9 and 89.7 WMHK – a team consisting of some of the most talented and hard-working people in Christian radio,” Paulo said. Shelley’s first day on the air will be February 25.  (2/15)


BITS: Spirit FM/Lynchburg has hired Marc Tischart as its Operations Manager. Marc was formerly with WHCF-WHMX/Bangor... Terry Michaels exits WEMI/Appleton (The Family) to head south as Director of Promotions for Cumulus Pensacola... NRB 2013 takes place March 2-5 in Nashville, for more info go here...  When at NRB be sure to stop be the HisAir.Net Booth 356...  (2/15)


Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West will appear at this year’s NRB Convention & Exposition in Nashville to share the story behind his current single “Hello My Name Is” from his current album Into the Light.  West’s song was inspired by the real-life story of Jordan Jeffers, who overcame drug addiction with the help of Teen Challenge. West and Jeffers will share about the song and story at a press event during the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition on Monday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m., in Delta Ballroom B.

Additionally, Teen Challenge President Jack Smart will share about the life-changing ministry of Teen Challenge. All members of the press are invited to attend this special event.  To find out more about NRB 2013 March 2-5 in Nashville go here...  When at NRB be sure to stop be the HisAir.Net Booth 356. Advance Registration rates will be in effect until February 15.   (2/14)


Educational Media Foundation (EMF) flipped KTCY/Azle (Dallas 101.7)  to Air1 today following the station’s acquisition last week. David Pierce, Air1's Chief Creative Officer, stated, “After our expansions in San Antonio and Houston last year, we are excited to extend our Air1 coverage in the Texas Triangle to include Dallas.”

Paul Goldsmith, Air1 Program Director, added, “Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. And, as it relates the Air1 audience, they are absolutely right. We are thrilled to now be able to bring the positive alternative to Dallas!”   Air1 is a non-profit, listener-supported Christian CHR radio network listened to by nearly 4 million people each week in cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix, Portland, Riverside, and Sacramento.  (2/13)


Its time to make plans to attend NRB 2013 March 2-5 in Nashville, for more info go here...  When at NRB be sure to stop be the HisAir.Net Booth 356 and say hi... (1/29)


EMI Christian Music Group unveils its new name as Capitol Christian Music Group. Capitol Christian Music Group is part of the newly-launched Capitol Music Group which includes Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Blue Note, Astralwerks, Harvest, Caroline and the Capitol Studios.  

“We are very encouraged to be working alongside Steve Barnett and the amazing team he is building at the new Capitol Music Group,” says Bill Hearn, President & CEO, Capitol Christian Music Group. “Being part of this team and with the strength of the Universal Music Group Distribution system we are now in the best possible position to invest in and serve our artists and writers and grow our business.” (2/12)


BITS: WORQ/Green Bay (Q90 FM) PD Jim Raider needs your prayers, he was taken to the emergency surgery for internal bleeding and at last report was listed in critical but stable condition... EMF closes on purchase of KTCY/Dallas and takes it off the air temporarily... Radio By Grace sells its Class C1 FM KBIJ/Guymon for 421k... AFA will purchase WTRM/Winchester, VA (Class B @ 91.3) from Timber Ridge Ministries...  New station WAOG/Aberdeen, NC (100.7 The Shield) has gone on the air... Condolences for KFNW/Fargo PD Paul Perrault who's mother passed away yesterday...  (2/11)


John Brock will return to the ShareMedia senior leadership team. John will assume a newly created role of Executive Vice President on April 15, 2013. He will oversee domestic and international Christian radio client development and radio fundraising events in the US. John has nearly 40 years of experience in radio with 25 years focused in the Christian radio market. In addition to his part-time radio fundraising involvement as a consultant, coach and host with ShareMedia, John most recently served as Senior Pastor at New Hope Church in his hometown of East Tawas, Michigan. He will continue to preach from time to time as a guest pastor at New Hope Church.

Todd Isberner, President and Cofounder of ShareMedia said, “John has a unique call on his life to help strengthen and resource ministries. He’s one of the most gifted broadcast fundraisers I’ve encountered. And in 25 years of knowing and working with him, I’ve personally witnessed God use John in increasingly greater ways. I’m incredibly grateful for John and look forward to working with him as we mutually seek to increase the impact of Christian radio and ministries on our culture.”  (2/9)


As previously reported on HisAir.Net WBGL/Champaign announces a major expansion into southern Illinois, as the station joins forces with sister station, WIBI/Carlinville. WBGL will be adding seven of WIBI’s frequencies including: Carlinville, Granite City, Vandalia, Effingham, Mount Vernon, Murphysboro and Metro St. Louis. WBGL’s coverage area will now stretch from Chicagoland to Carbondale, and its potential audience will grow from 2.5 million to nearly 3.75 million people.

Station Manager Jeff Scott shares, “This is an extremely exciting period in the life of WBGL and the New Life Media network. God has richly blessed our efforts in the past 30 years, and we are looking forward to serving the communities of southern Illinois and are eager to see what God has in store.” The WBGL team is growing as well! Johnathon Eltrevoog, previously at Joy FM in St. Louis, joins the WBGL team as Afternoon Co-Host and Assistant Production Director, teaming with current WBGL evening talent, Lindsey Capperrune. Melody Miller, currently mornings at WIBI will be doing an evening show for WBGL and WCIC. GW VanAlstine, current Promotions Director at WIBI becomes the Market Manager for southern Illinois. And, Program Director Ryan Springer will come off the air to focus on programming.

Program Director Ryan Springer shares his thoughts, “It’s evident looking back over the years that God has been preparing WBGL for this major expansion of both territory and personnel. I’m thrilled to have Johnathon come on board and for Lindsey to move from evenings to join him on WBGL's first-ever cohosted afternoon show. I’m equally excited to have Melody come over from hosting WIBI's morning show to connect with an even wider audience in an engaging evening show, something she has a passion for doing."  The targeted transition date is February 15, 2013.  (2/9)


While many people were focused on Super Bowl XLVII, WONU/Chicago (The New Shine.FM) turned the spotlight on Jesse Nedohon of Crown Point, Ind., the winner of the 2013 Super Mom Contest. Friends, family, neighbors, on-air radio personalities and even a marching band took time to celebrate the wonderful mother that Jesse is. The sun was shining, but the temperature was below freezing. That didn’t stop the special parade to honor Jesse. Led by Olivet Nazarene University’s mascot, Toby the Tiger, the parade wound through the neighborhood as Olivet’s Marching Tigers set the beat and provided the music. Jesse and her husband, Ray, and their three children rode in the parade. Neighbors came outside along the route to cheer for Jesse and enjoy the band.

At the end, the band gathered to play one more song in Jesse’s honor. Then Kurt Wallace and Lisa Graft of The New Shine.FM presented Jesse with her prizes, including a 50-inch flat screen TV and a certificate for a spa day. Papa John’s had already scheduled the delivery of pizzas for the Nedehons and their family and friends to enjoy later as they watched the big game.


Pictured Shine.FM morning personality Kurt Wallace, Super Mom Jesse Nedohon and Shine Mornings co-host Lisa Graft. (2/8)


Johnny and Stacey Stone will debut on Family Life Radio this Monday Feb 11th at 1pm Pacific, 2pm Mountain, 3pm Central and 4 Eastern.. Johnny tells HisAir.Net, "If there is not a Family Life Station nearby, stream at www.myflr.org or get app at www.myflr.org/apps . The first week will be a "Getting To Know You" week, then adding show elements and additional personnel. "Johnny and Stacey Stone in the Afternoon" will be a relevant listener driven interactive show with current events and humor while intentionally pointing the way to Jesus." (2/8)


Left: KNWI/Des Moines (Life 107.1) has moved!  Early Wednesday morning, Life 107.1 began broadcasting from their new studios  and offices, with Dan Raymond (left) and Erick David kicking off the morning show in the new main studio.  Life 107.1 is a Northwestern Media station, serving central Iowa for nearly 10 years. (2/7)


Effective immediately Ron Shank resigns as PD and Network Director of American Family Radio Network. He will remain co-host of "JJ & Ron in the Morning."  AFR will begin a search for a new PD. (2/7)

 

 

 


Pictured left: WWIB/Chippewa Falls Morning Show Announcers Molly Lee and Caleb Svendsen welcome Feed My People's truck in Fall Creek. Recently the station made a delivery possible to the Community Cupboard there with their "60 Ways in 60 Days" promotion.

WWIB Molly Lee and Caleb Svendsen were on hand at both deliveries and were touched by the positive impact the food would make it both communities. "We are on the air because of our listeners and it's nice to be able to give something in return," Molly said.   (2/5)


Following the recent retirement of Larry Weidman, WGRC/Lewisburg announces the hiring of Rob Kime as the new General Manager. Sandra Hare, Board Chairperson, adds, “The Board of Directors, for Salt & Light Media Ministries, enthusiastically welcomes Rob Kime as the new General Manager for WGRC.  We are excited to see what God has planned for this radio ministry, and we trust Rob will be a faithful leader to the excellent staff already in place”. Rob joins WGRC from KOBC/Joplin where he spent 29 years where he began as a student announcer and moved up the ranks as Music Director, Program Director and, finally, twenty years as General Manager. On the new position with WGRC, Rob says, “I am excited about this opportunity, with WGRC, a great ministry with a long history of serving Pennsylvania’s Heartland.  I am blessed to be here and I look forward to see how God blesses WGRC in the years ahead”.    Larry Weidman served as WGRC General Manager for almost 25 years. (2/4)


Shamrock Media Group announces the addition of radio promoters James Riley and Shane Boyd, who will serve as VP of National Promotions and Director of National Promotions, respectively. They join Alan Garrett (AC/Soft AC National Promotions Manager) and Mike Laxton (Rhythmic Promotions Manager) under the direction of Chris Chicago, founder and President of Shamrock Media Group. Together, the all-star team collectively holds more than 60 years of industry experience.

In addition, Shamrock has announced expanded production and music video services, hiring Rhyan Shirley as Video Promotions Manager, and welcoming multi-platinum and Dove Award-winning producer and Grammy Award-winning producer Jeff Savage (tobyMac, Jars of Clay, dcTalk) as Creative Director. Savage will provide in-house mixing and production services to Shamrock’s growing stable of artists and labels.

“I’m incredibly excited to welcome talented and experienced promoters like James Riley and Shane Boyd,” says Chicago. “And while radio promotion has been our bread and butter for nearly a decade, we are equally excited about expanding our offerings to include music video promotion and music production services. Rhyan Shirley and industry veteran Jeff Savage will be a huge asset to Shamrock as we continue to grow.”  (2/4)


 

Former Salem Music Network morning show Co-host of the Doug & Kim Show, Kim Bindel, (pictured left) will be joining WPFF/WNL/Sturgeon Bay the first part of March. Kim will be the Promotions Director/Social Media Director, and eventually the Morning Show Co-Host on WPFF. OM/PD Don Burns said, “when we were looking at what it would take to help these stations reach more people in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, a Promotions Director/Social Media Director was the first position we felt we needed to fill. Once we decided on what we needed – I knew who we needed. Kim was the first person that came to mind.”  (2/1)
 


Calvary Bible is selling its KLJC/Kansas City decides to Northwestern College. KLJC is a Class C1 facility. Northwestern  operates 15 full power stations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, including KTIS/Minneapolis.  (1/30)


Former KLJY/St Louis (Joy FM) PD Johnathon Eltrevoog is joining New Life Media as co-host of the afternoon show.  He will team with former evening talent Lindsey Capperrune. In addition Melody Miller, formerly mornings at WIBI will be doing an evening show for all of New Life Media, now WBGL and WCIC.  WBGL PD Ryan Springer comes off the air to focus on programming.  (1/29)


BITS: Creative Cardio hosted a group brainstorm on listener feedback and phone strategy ideas, to listen to the discussion click here...  Carder Price will be joining KJTH/POnca City (The House FM) as the Morning Show Host,  he comes from KSPI/Stillwater, OK...  Its time to make plans to attend NRB 2013 March 2-5 in Nashville, for more info go here...  (1/29)



New Life Media announces the merging of WIBI/Carlinville with its sister stations WBGL/Champaign and WCIC/Peoria. The transition date is February 15th.  The plan is for WBGL to add seven WIBI frequencies to its coverage including: Carlinville, Granite City, Vandalia, Effingham, Mount Vernon, Murphysboro and Metro St. Louis.

 

WBGL’s total coverage will then stretch from Chicagoland to Carbondale, and its potential audience will grow from 2.5 million to nearly 3.75 million people.  WCIC will be adding the Springfield and Jacksonville frequencies to its coverage area, and will now reach a potential audience of 1 million people, adding over 250,000 people and extending its reach into the western part of Illinois.
 

Director of New Life Media, Barry Copeland shares his thoughts on the transition, “Our mission is to help connect people to God. We believe this will allow us to be much more effective in that pursuit. Many of the announcers currently heard on WIBI will still be heard, and by joining forces, the programming and outreach ministries of both stations expand exponentially.” New Life Media will continue its goals of playing uplifting, encouraging music, connecting people to Christ, and a commitment to serving its listeners and the community. WIBI’s website will direct listeners to WBGL and WCIC’s resources (phone number, website, smartphone app and social media) during the transition. No announcement was made on staff changes.   (1/29)
 


Arbitron Holiday 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Austin: KFMK 226,400... KVLR 13,900
Memphis: WHAL 212,800...

Nashville: WFFH 182,500... WAYM 92,400... WLVU 92,400   
Norfolk: WGH 76,500... 
Raleigh: WNNL 161,300... WRTP 37,500
West Palm Beach: WAYF 127,200... WRMB 45,000  
(1/25)


BITS: KLTY/Dallas celebrates another 1 mil plus PPM month, their 4th overall and first since 2010... CMB invites all Production and Creative Directors to the Dallas Production Momentum Summit Feb 21st, click here for more info... Its time to make plans to attend NRB 2013 March 2-5 in Nashville, for more info go here... (1/24)


Arbitron Holiday 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Charlotte: WRCM 234,800... WPZS 230,300... WMIT 144,400...  
Cleveland: WCRF 87,800... WJMO 40,500
Columbus: WCVO 250,900... WZNP 21,200...
Las Vegas: KSOS 154,400...
Orlando: WPOZ 463,300 (#2 AQH 8.5)... WPOZ HD2 85,000
Portland: KFIS 252,500...
San Antonio: KZAR 11,700... 
(1/24)


Arbitron Holiday 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 282,500... WGTS 102,500... WCAO 74,800  
Detroit: WPZR 348,900...
Minneapolis: KTIS 563,500... KTIS-AM 45,700
Phoenix: KFLR 134,100...   
Seattle: KCMS 563,600 (#2 6+ 6.3)... KWPZ 34,800...     
St Louis: KLJY 383,300... KATZ 83,400
Tampa: WCIE 152,800... WBVM 115,100... WJIS 53,400
Wash DC: WGTS 449,800... WPRS 386,900...
(1/23)


Arbitron Holiday 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 840,600... WPZE 489,700...
Chicago: WMBI 245,800...    
Dallas: KLTY 1,023,300 (#3 6+ 5.9)... KCBI 214,200... 
Houston: KSBJ 761,900...
Los Angeles: KFSH 519,000... KLST 125,900
New York:  WLIB 196,000...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 327,700... WBYO 46,500...    
Riverside: KSGN 214,900... 
(1/22)


BITS: KURL/Billings celebrates 50 years in Christian radio... Moody station WMBI/Chicago has hired Josue "Josh" Villa for OM/PD duties... Creative Cardio hosts it's next group brainstorm this Thursday 1/24 @ 1:30 pm ET, bring a few ideas on phone call topics that get great listener feedback and/or phone strategy ideas, to participate go to www.CreativeCardio.com (dial-in number 213-493-0800 access code 502051#... (1/21)


CMB announces the opening of 2013 online Memberships and Event Registration purchases.  Membership to CMB is open to any individual (not stations or organizations) who affirms CMB’s mission, vision and statement of faith.  All memberships from 2012 have expired; CMB members of 2012 will need to re-apply for 2013 membership.  CMB offers two tiers of membership for 2013 including Gold and Silver memberships Go to cmbonline.org for all the details.  (1/17)


BITS: As you may know Johnny & Stacey Stone are headed to Family Life Radio for afternoons, read their exclusive interview today here... HisAir.Net hears a PD has been chosen at Spirit FM/Lynchburg and an announcement is coming soon... The CMB Member monthly teleconference is tomorrow, (January 16th) at 11AM CST / 12:00 NOON ET, discussion will feature Randy Bronkema, Senior Consultant with Advocace Media... WAY-FM Nashville had some great TV coverage of its "Drive Thru Difference" click here to watch ...  (1/15)


Former WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) morning team Johnny & Stacey Stone have landed at Family Life Radio. The husband & wife team will be heard afternoons on the network starting some time next month. Family Life Radio airs on 40 station throughout the US.  Program Director Adam Nash explains, “We’re so excited to have Johnny and Stacey join the FLR family. Both Johnny and Stacey have a great passion for people and our mission is to reach people for Jesus Christ through engaging radio.”

“Each of us has been given a race to run that God has set before us. Our race brought us to Family Life Radio where we can continue to create radio we love while reaching people for Christ. How cool it is for us to join the dedicated team at Family Life Radio!” Johnny said. Stacey added, “We are so excited to see how God uses us as a married couple to reach more people for Him. We pray that marriages can be strengthened and that the ministry of Intentional Living changes lives for the better.”  (1/14)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) station manager Scott Taylor has been elevated to the position of General Manager. Taylor, who joined the station in 1994 as morning host, replaces Rev. S. Rea Crawford who remains an active Board member of Pillar, Presiding Elder and Media Trustee at Zarephath.  During his 40 year tenure Rea oversaw a number of significant projects including a format transition in 2003. Taylor was promoted to Program Director in February of 2000, then to Station Manager in September of 2003.  Pictured at left Taylor and Crawford. (1/14)


 

BITS: KJTH/Ponca City (The House FM) has filled it's morning show opening and will have an announcement soon...  WCLQ/Wausau (89Q) is celebrating 25 years of making a difference in North Central Wisconsin...  WMSJ/Freeport (Positive 89.3) is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year...  (1/14)


The 2013 NRB Media Awards to honor and celebrate the most outstanding ministries, facilities, and programs/producers in our association.

In the Radio category, there are three awards:

• Radio Station of the Year and the winner is KVNE/Tyler.
• Radio Program of the Year and the winner is The OneCry Prayer Summit (Moody Radio)
• Impact Award the winner is In Touch Messenger MP3 Player Outreach (In Touch Ministries)

All award winners will be presented their awards during the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition, which will take place March 2-5 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.  (1/10)


FreQ Media Network has launched it's operations under the direction of former Radio & Records Christian music editor Rick Welke. The network has plans to offer up at least six new internet radio stations within the first year of its existence. FreQ Media's first in-house radio station called the Retro Rock channel will launch online 1/13/13. The Retro Rock station will initially be available via radio outlets like ShoutCast, TuneIn.com, and the company's new website at FreQazoid.com which launches in February. The station will feature hits by artists like P.O.D., Skillet, Stryper, DC Talk, TFK, White Heart, along with many other hit producing artists over the past 30 years. 

While the network will be Internet-exclusive over the next several months, there are also plans for expansion to other platforms with each station that is launched later in 2013 and beyond. Welke shares, “We are a media company that will concentrate on excellence in radio programming. Future plans include offering up specialized programming for companies and clients that desire something other than what is presently offered out on the positive media and Christian radio landscape. There is so much under appreciated new music out there performed by quality artists that desire to impact culture – we intend to give them a larger platform to do just that through FreQ Media.”  (1/10)


BITS: Don't miss Consultant John Frost's exclusive article for HisAir.Net My New Year’s resolutions for the Contemporary Christian format, click here to read... Carol Friedman joins WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) as Sales Administrative Assistant...  KSBJ/Houston has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year.  (1/9)


Effective today (1/9) Salem announces Sean O'Neil has been named to the position of New York Market Manager. He will report to David Santrella, President of Salem's Radio Division. Jerry Crowley has been hired as VP/General Manager for its two stations in New York, WNYM-AM and WMCA-AM. Crowley, previously served as VP/GM of Buckley Broadcasting's WOR-AM/New York.  (1/9)


BITS: At KCBI/Dallas PD Sharon Geiger has been promoted to Assistant General Manager and Outreach Director, the station is searching for a new PD... Universal Music has called on Eddie DeGarmo to head its new publishing unit Capitol CMG Publishing... KGNR/John Day, Or )Good News Radio) is celebrating 20 years on the air this month... Its time to make plans to attend NRB 2013 March 2-5 in Nashville, for more info go here... (1/8)


 

Centricity Music has added three new three new staff members and promoted two employees in its promotion department.  The changes include Ben Stauffer named Finance Director, Kris Love becoming Director of Radio Promotions, and Alyssa Kawata as Marketing Manager.  Marshall Macari has been promoted to the Radio Promotion team and will oversee all Indicator stations, while Jon Sell will join Centricity’s A&R Department.

“In tandem with the success we had during 2012, we are happy to expand the Centricity family to handle the company’s growing responsibilities,” says Caren Seidle, General Manager, Centricity Music.  “We are so fortunate to bring such talented people as Ben, Kris and Alyssa onboard and to be able to promote Marshall and Jon, as they have shown such growth and invigorating talent during their years with the label.  We are very excited as we begin 2013 and look forward to continued growth and success in the coming year.”   Jennifer Allen remains as Director National Promotion. (1/7)


The Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Production Summit will take place Thursday, February 21 at Gateway Church in Dallas.  Attendees will not only be coached on imaging, creative writing and recording but will engage in hands-on activities having a direct influence on each attendee's station.  Speakers include production directors Sterling Terrant of KSBJ/Houston and John Hudson of KLTY/Dallas.  WBGL/Champaign morning co-host/social media director Tim Sinclair will also be a presenter. 

 

Looking ahead this year in April, Gold members are invited to Charlotte NC to meet with the CMB Board for a day long roundtable and Web & Social Media Summit as well as the Women in Christian Radio summit. This June its "Leadership through Influence" at EMF/KLove/Air1 in Rocklin. Momentum 2013, is set for for September 4-7, again at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Orlando.


"It's a full plate again this year, " says Michelle Younkman, CMB's Events Manager.  "And, in addition to the summits and Momentum 2013, CMB will continue to host its monthly teleconferences and webinars with industry leaders, covering programming, marketing, management, fundraising, legal and other areas of interest."  These monthly meetings will be 45 minutes each and will be hosted on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT and available as a benefit to CMB members."  (1/4)

 


HisAir.Net is deeply saddened to report the passing of WGTS/Wash DC General Manager/Vice President John Konrad. Last week he was admitted to the hospital with bi-lateral pneumonia, and after a brief recovery was sent home. However, he took a turn for the worse last week. WGTS has set up a page to leave comments in memory of John here.  Please remember his wife Dawn, daughter Marina and family in your prayers. A memorial service will be scheduled.  (1/2)

 

 


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