DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4:  Austin, W Palm Beach, & more...  AQH 6+ KFMK down 5.1 #6... WAYF down 2.7 t#10...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/30)


KFIS/Portland (104.1 The Fish) announces a new on air line-up starting Jan 6th. APD Morgan (Smith) moves from middays to join Nelson mornings 6-10am. Former morning co-host Kat Taylor jumps to middays 10a-4p, while PD Chris Kelly holds down PM drive 3-7pm and syndicated Delilah is heard in nights. (12/30)


WAY-FM Louisville (pictured at left) encouraged its listeners to live out their faith and bless the kids who will be spending Christmas at Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville.  WAY-FM collected over 900+ new toys and handed them out room-to-room and shared the joy of the season during this difficult time. 

One mother posted this on the WAY FM facebook page: "My son was just visited by you all! Thank you so much! This is our first time in the hospital with a child and we cannot begin to express our thankfulness for what everyone has done including you all! Merry Christmas to you all!"  (12/30)


DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3:  Orlando, KC, & more...  AQH 6+ WPOZ down 8.1 #1... WAKW up 5.2 #6... KJNW down 4.4 t#10...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/27)


DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2:  Wash DC, Baltimore, & more...  AQH 6+ WGTS down 3.1.. KCMS down 4.0 t#9...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/26)


DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1:  Dallas, Houston, & more...  AQH 6+ KLTY down 4.4 #6... KSBJ down 4.0 t#6...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/23)


BITS:  Nancy Harris is the new Ministry Director KTLF/KTPL/Colorado Springs (Lightpraise Radio)... Longtime WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) Pillar of Fire GM Rev. S. Rea Crawford passed away December 20 from Mesothelioma, he was 86...  San Antonio gets a new online radio station this week as  Thefishsanantonio.com debuts on December 26th at 10am... On 12/23, Truth4Life Radio will launch online from Ghana... Dec Nielsen PPM numbers will start to be released today and will be posted on the ratings page later today... (12/23)


On February 25, 2014, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) will present the 2014 NRB Media Awards to honor and celebrate the most outstanding ministries, facilities, and programs/producers in the world’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators. NRB’s Media Awards program is designed to encourage excellence in production service to the community, faithfulness to the mission, commitment to the Gospel, and personal integrity. There are seven areas of focus for the 2014 awards: Church Media, Radio, Television, Internet, International, Intercollegiate, and Special Service.

All award recipients will be presented their awards during the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention, which will take place February 22-25, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

The recipients of the Church Media, Radio, Television, Internet, International, and Special Service awards are as follows:

Church Media
Best Video Production for Use in a Worship Service (Large Churches)
First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, TX

Radio
Radio Program of the Year
Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston, Heartlight Foundation

Radio Station of the Year
KSBJ

Radio Impact Award
Ambassador Advertising Agency
12/23)


SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston unveiled the 15th edition of his annual White House Christmas poem this week at the White House Press Basement Christmas party.

Presidential press secretary Jay Carney and several members of his press office staff came down to the crowded basement to mingle and hear the poem. This year, Carney stood at Clugston’s side for the 2013 reading.

Clugston observed: “What was meant as a one-time only poem in 1998 has turned into an annual tradition spanning three administrations.”

Pictured (Left to right) are: Steve Thomma, president, White House Correspondents' Assn; Greg Clugston, SRN News White House correspondent; and Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney. (Photo credit: SRN News).  (12/19)


 


Libby Carver (left) has been promoted to APD/MD at WBSN/New Orleans (Lifesongs). Libby also co hosts the WBSN morning show. ...  (12/18)


Effective January 1, 2014, Dr. Frank Wright will be joining Salem as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Wright will be reporting directly to Salem's Chief Executive Officer, Edward Atsinger.

Dr. Wright has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters, a position he held for the past 11 years. Prior to joining the NRB in 2003, he served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship based on Capitol Hill. Having managed the world's largest Christian media association, Dr. Wright has significant and wide-ranging experience in the electronic media market place, including active engagement in the regulatory and public policy processes centered in Washington, DC. Dr. Wright also has earned a doctorate in finance.

Mr. Atsinger said, "Frank has nearly twenty years' experience working on Capitol Hill, ten years' experience working with the Federal Communications Commission and various Executive Branch agencies, and more than 20 years' experience working in and with broadcast media organizations. Frank has also developed a robust network among DC-based public policy organizations, as well as DC-based political organizations."   (12/17)


Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio and end times Bible teacher, has died at 92 years of age. Camping sustained a fall in his home on Saturday, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. Harold Camping started Family Radio in 1958 and hosted a daily call-in show. According to the Family Radio bio of its founder, "Harold Camping is a full time volunteer, receiving no salary or other financial compensation."  (12/17)


BITS: Steve Gandy joins the production team at American Family Radio in Tupelo, MS, he was formerly with Focus on the Family... Brian Whitman has signed a contract extension to remain part of 'The Morning Answer' on KRLA Los Angeles (AM 870 The Answer)...  In case you missed the November Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers sponsored by Curb go here, December numbers due out 12/23... (12/16)


WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 the Light and in 106.7 the Light/Knoxville) joined with Prison Fellowship this past Tuesday (12/10) for a one-day event for Angel Tree. Listeners provided for 6,751 children with a parent or parents in prison at Christmas. The giving totaled just over $83,000. The listener’s generous response to what God asked of them means that in nine-and-a-half hours, 66% of all children registered in the Angel Tree program within our two station’s listening areas were taken care of. These kids will know how much they’re loved, at Christmas and always. Translated another way, 66% of all the children registered for Angel Tree in the cities of Charlotte, Knoxville, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, Asheville, NC,  Johnson City, TN, Kingsport, TN and all towns in between, are now taken care of for Christmas.  (12/13)


WRDR/Old Bridge, NJ (The Bridge) GM Robert Taylor checks in with HisAir.Net. Robert says, "The Bridge Christian Radio has been given permission to construct a translator atop of 4 Times Square, right in the heart of New York City! With this expansion, The Bridge will be the only Christian radio station in the New York market with a transmitting antenna that is located in Manhattan. “God has made it very clear that our new mission field to bring His light to is the dark oppressed area of NYC”.   (12/11)


BITS: Nationally syndicated Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson is suing the federal government over a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that his ministry must include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance... SRN host Janet Meffert calls out Pastor Mars Hill Church in Seattle Mark Driscoll in an on air interview accusing him of using author and Westminster Seminary California professor Dr. Peter R. Jones’ content in 14 pages of “A Call to Resurgence” without properly citing or footnoting it, read story here...  Salem has acquired the Twitter curation site, Twitchy.com from syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin... (12/11)


Christian broadcaster Darren Marlar announces he has created a new sitcom called "Rock And a Hard Place" which is set to be filmed in Rockford. The show is about a pastor who unexpectedly inherits a bar directly across the street from his church. The show will be starring actor Stephen Baldwin and Darren and will primarily use Rockford and Chicago filmmakers.  

Monday Dec 16th Baldwin will be flying in Rockford for a red carpet event open to the public to let people know about the show and how they can get involved. They will also be able to take photos with cast members including Baldwin, and singer/ongwriter John Schlitt. We'll keep you up to date with this project on HisAir.Net.  (12/9)


BITS: EMF is purchasing WHWT/New Hope, AL (Huntsville103.5 FM)... WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) adds Delilah for nights starting 12/16...  In case you missed the November Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers sponsored by Curb go here, December numbers due out 12/23...   (12/6)


After nearly 15 years, WMBI/Chicago (Moody Radio) morning host Mark Elfstrand has exited the station. His last day on the air was Wed 11/27.  Monday Elfstrand wrote in his blog “Radio is not who I am. My identity is not wrapped up in being a radio personality. . . . Our work should never define us as human beings. God created in each of us something much greater. The Creator of all things has made every human being in His image. He doesn’t stamp us with a job title. He gives us His divine imprint.”

From his blog Eflstrand continued “Make no mistake, here, I ENJOYED it! Radio is a wonderful line of work. The connection to people from all walks of life . . . travel . . . the opportunity to be creative and use your gifts . . . are all such a blessing. But radio can also be a very transient line of work. Most of us in this business have experienced changes in station ownership, management, and formats at some point. . . . The radio management team where I’ve served in Chicago recently decided to make a change in morning programming. Like most changes, ‘in with the new and out with the old.’ Marketing impact is always made with ‘new and improved.’ That’s usually how I came to get my jobs!”

In a statement released on the station website vice president of Moody Radio Collin Lambert said, "After many months of prayer and discussions regarding the future of the morning show in Chicago, Moody Radio's leadership decided that it was time for a new direction," "The population in Chicagoland is rapidly changing, which presents an opportunity for a wider, more diverse ministry in order to reach more people with God's Word." The new direction of the morning show will be focused on reaching a multicultural audience and will feature co-hosts, news and information delivered in a conversational manner, caller and guest interaction, social media integration and much more. Moody Radio is initially planning to launch the new program in January 2014. (12/5)


BITS: After 5 years as KVNE/Tyler (Encouragement FM) APD/middays Jeff Johnson is exiting Dec 13 to become the Senior Communications Specialist at a Tyler hospital...  Salem is purchasing 2 stations former Radio Disney stations in a $2 million deal, including KDIS-FM/Little Rock and KRDY-AM/San Antonio... EMF is purchasing WWLV/Lexington for $10mil, KLOVE has been airing on a LMA for three years... WZAQ/Huntington, WV (ignite) is sold five months following the death of its owne Harold Britton to Kevin West and his associates at Expression Production Group, they have began LMAing the station back in September... (12/2)


NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4:  Austin, W Palm Beach & more...  AQH 6+ KFMK up 7.1 t#2... WAYF up 2.9...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/2)


BITS: Salem launched a new on line station Thanksgiving day  (thefishsanantonio.com) serving San Antonio playing “real Christmas music” through the holiday season and on Dec. 26 will begin airing its regular format... As reported last month on HisAir.Net WAYG/Grand Rapids has gone off the air.... The Tallahassee Democrat has a nice feature article on WAKU/Tallahassee (Wave 94.1) in honor of its 15 years serving the community (read here) ...  (12/2)


 Christian television pioneer TBN founder Paul Crouch passed away Saturday Nov 30. Although Crouch will be be best remembered for his work with TBN, he actually began his broadcasting career while studying theology at Central Bible Institute and Seminary in his native Missouri by helping build the campus' radio station. He moved to California in the early 1960s to manage the movie and television unit of the Assemblies of God before founding Trinity Broadcast Network in 1973 with his wife, Jan. Paul Crouch was 79.  (11/30)


KQLC/Sealy, Tx has gone on the air. KQLC has operated as a LPFM since 2004 and was granted a full power license last year.  The founder of the station, L.C. Orrick, a deceased Methodist minister, had a passion for radio, said Donna Schlitt. Orrick left his money to a little non-profit corporation he had formed, and during the settling his estate it was discovered that he had applied for a radio license and it was granted.  “We felt that we owed it to him to make his dream come true, and originally it was a low power FM station located in Brookshire,” said Schlitt, who was Orrick's business manager for 14 years. KQLC is a  Class A Non-Commercial FM Station with 1700 watts. (11/29)


NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3:  Orlando, Las Vegas & more...  AQH 6+ WPOZ down 8.6 #1... WCVO up 4.3 #6...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (11/27)


NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2:  Seattle, Wash DC & more...  AQH 6+ KTIS up 5.9 t#7... KCMS even 4.1 t#96...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (11/26)


WAY FM/Denver helped a local school with a shoe collection that garnered both local and national attention.  A charter school called SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, CO (Denver Suburb) has a student led Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection at their school every year. This year however the principle encouraged the teachers to remind the students that it was coming up. The American Humanist Association sent them an official “Cease and desist” letter. The school didn’t want to try to go through legal costs to try and keep the event going. The students and parents decided to collect the boxes on the public sidewalk just outside the school anyway. It became a national story as WAY-FM/Denver was on air and on site to help bring awareness to the collection point that these dedicated students and parents wanted to continue to help these children who otherwise wouldn’t receive anything for Christmas.  Pictured the WAY-FM van on site as the Wally show talked about what was happening and encouraging listeners to participate in the collection. It ended up being the largest collection that they have had since it started.  (11/25)


NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1:  Dallas, Houston & more...  AQH 6+ KLTY up 5.5 t#2... KSBJ up 4.6 #6...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (11/25)


WCIE/Sarasota (The JOY FM) has upped its power at 91.5 as of last Friday. The JOY FM now reaches a potential 3.5mil listeners in the Tampa Bay market. The station celebrated with a 91.5 Pre Show Power up party last Friday . Pictured at left is air personality Jayar and youth band Young and Free. (11/25)


Columbia International University has agreed to purchase WGWG/Boiling Springs, NC from Gardner-Webb University pending FCC approval. WGWG (88.3) is a 50kw C2 FM, the WGWG studios and call letters are not part of the deal expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2014. Columbia International University is the owner of WRCM/Charlotte (New Life 91.9). A price on the purchase was not released. (11/25)


 BITS: KLFF/San Luis Obispo (K-LIFE) has promoted Chris Durban to Music Director, he was previously production director/pm drive host and replaces Noonie Fugler who stays on in a consultant role... KNWS/Waterloo (LIFE 101.9)/ adds Bryon Mengle for pm drive/listener engagement director duties...  EMF has closed on its $20.25 million cash purchase of WWIQ/Philadelphia from Merlin Media, calls have been changed to WKVP... (11/20)


BITS: WIHS/Middletown, CT has hired Mark Channon as its new Station Manager starting December 1st...  Jonathan Nagle joins WMUZ/Detroit as sales executive... KLYT/Albuquerque (Static Radio) morning show Team Awesome Morning Party (Steve Jeter and Matt Lott)  discovered an unexpected visitor as a black bear (pictured left) had come down from the Sandia Mountains to the the station parking lot,  police were alerted and after a few tranquilizers the bear was captured, local TV station KOAT featured a story on the adventure, watch here.  (11/19)


Rahny Taylor has been named Assistant Program Director at K-LOVE Radio Network. He will begin his new position on December 2 and will be based at K-LOVE/Air1's Rocklin, CA office. K-LOVE Director of Programming Chuck Pryor stated, "We are very excited to have Rahny join our K-LOVE family. With his experience in radio and his passion to combine his skills with his love for the Lord, there is no question he will be an excellent addition to our team."

Rahny Taylor joins K-LOVE from Kiss FM in Milwaukee, where he was APD/MD and on-air DJ. Taylor was part of Kiss FM's "Wes, Rahny and Alley," the station's morning show. He also was the in-game announcer for NBA's Milwaukee Bucks home games. Prior to Kiss FM, Taylor worked at KDWB/Minneapolis/St. Paul.  (11/18)


BITS: After 10 tears with KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) Promotion director Jenny Estebo is exiting to join Viacom in NYC... Strong Tower Radio (WGCP/Cadillac, MI) is expanding with a new television station (TV23) planning to hit the air by Feb 2014...  On Monday, November 18, TWR will begin air a one-hour daily program produced in the Philippines on it's high-power station on Guam, the program addresses the psychological and spiritual needs of those who have been impacted by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan... (11/18)


Moody Radio announces new hires including Joe Gonzalez who has joined as KMBI/Spokane Station Manager. Joe previously worked for Salem Communications. Jason McKaig is the new Program Director/Morning Show Host at WMBW/Chattanooga. He was previously Station Manager at Wilkins Communications. Former church planter in Northport, AL, Greg Rogers is now  the Mornings Co-Host at WMFT/Tuscaloosa. And Yahir Vergara is a new air talent for the Radio Moody (Spanish) program. He joins from Client Services at BAM Studios.  (11/15)


BITS: Ryan van Fleet joins KLTH/Ponca City (The House FM) and KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise) Operations Manager starting Jan1st... Danielle Madsen joins WAY-FM/West Palm Beach as Community Impact Director... Zach Evans is the new Operations Coordinator at WAY FM/Huntsville... Check out the new articles including "The Evolution of a Christian DJ" from KTIS's Lisa Barry and "Volunteers, Interns & Capes" by WCIC's Dave Brooks this week... (11/15)


BITS: Digital Frontiers Media (DFM) has launched a new iPhone and Android application for WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) including its 3 brands, Contemporary Christian Z88.3, Hot 95.9 Positive Hip-hop & R&B, and 106.3 The Rock... Advocace announces the promotion of Sr. Development Counselor Jerry Grimes to VP effective 12/1... In case you missed the October Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers sponsored by Curb go here, November numbers due out 11/25...  (11/13)


WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) was the only radio station in Columbus to join  the festivities by participating in the Columbus Veteran’s Day Parade for a fifth consecutive year .  Thousands of downtown workers, veterans, and families lined the streets to enjoy the annual tribute to those who have fought to protect our freedom.

Members of 104.9 the River’s Community Relations team drove in the parade, provided candy to spectators, played patriotic music, and relayed a Thank You message to veterans from Mornings with Mary and Josh hosts Mary O’Brien and Josh Hooper.  Mary and Josh honor Veterans daily as kids from Central Ohio classrooms say The Pledge of Allegiance on-air each morning.  (11/12)

 


BITS: Paul Van Sickle has been promoted from Writer/Producer at Crawford Broadcasting/Denver to Operations Manager of KKPZ/Portland (1330 The Truth)... Moody station KMBI/Spokane was knocked off the air Sunday morning when copper thieves pulled the wiring off its transmission tower... Look for new guest columns this weekend from WCIC/Peoria Station Manager Dave Brooks and KTIS air personality Lisa Barry, to submit a guest article send it to ted@hisair.net  (11/8)


BITS: This weekend, a special radio program will air in the place of The Hour of Decision, BGEA Director of Radio Jim Kirkland tells HisAir.Net, "To our knowledge, it’s the first time in 63 years that content has pre-empted The Hour of Decision", all the details are on the website here... WAY-FM announces that their World’s Biggest Small Group (listeners who have signed up to read through the “Flyover Route”) found in Tyndale’s Wayfinding Bible, now has over 10,000 members... Salem Communications announces third quarter 2013 total revenue of 3.1% to $58.5 million, radio station revenues up from $45.9 million to $46 million...  (11/7)


Last week, The Daily Caller ran a story on the potential FCC snooping into radio newsrooms, and ultimately, Talk Radio. Today, Salem Radio Network host Janet Mefferd interviewed Brent Bozell, founder/president of the Media Research Center….who called the possible FCC move “frightening” and “Big Brother in all its worst manifestations: the Federal government deciding what should be and what should not be acceptable public discourse in the nation.”  We thought as broadcasters you would want to hear this portion of todays "The Janet Mefferd" Show on SRN.  Click here.   (11/5)


EMF moves K LOVE from WKVP/Cherry Hill (89.5) to its new big signal at WWIQ/Philadelphia (106.9).  EMF purchased WWIQ from Merlin a few months ago for $20mil. WWIQ adopts the the WKVP calls. Meanwhile WKVP changes to WYPA and will transition to AIR 1 soon.  (11/5)


This week (Thursday, 11/7) will mark the 95th birthday of evangelist Billy Graham. Dr. Graham will mark his birthday with his first nationwide address in years, and SRN News will provide coverage as well as an SRN News special, 5-part series for over 1,400 SRN News affiliates nationwide. SRN News Religion Correspondent Michael Harrington will anchor a five-part series on Graham and his "My Hope America" program, in which the legendary evangelist will deliver the Gospel message to the country for perhaps the last time in his life. The series will air in the top of the hour newscast Monday (11/4) through Friday (11/8) at 8 AM, ET; 12 NOON, ET; 4 PM, ET; AND 8 PM, ET.  

In addition, for the first time in almost exactly 63 years, the Hour of Decision, featuring Billy Graham will not air in its regular time slot next weekend. Instead, a special "My Hope America" with Billy Graham program called Defining Moments, will be broadcast in the place of its place on the nearly 600 radio stations nationwide and XM/Sirius that air the weekly program featuring Billy Graham messages. American Family Radio, Salem Broadcasting, Moody Broadcasting and the Bott Broadcasting Network are all scheduled to air the My Hope America program on Nov. 9 and 10.  "To the best of our knowledge, it’s the first time since it’s debut on Nov. 5, 1950, that Hour of Decision has stepped aside for any other program," Jim Kirkland, BGEA director of radio.  

Defining moments was produced by KSBJ's Sterling Tarrant, and it features the voice talents of Jason Rackow from WBGL, along with Joey K and Coppelia from KSBJ.  (11/4)


KSBJ/Houston GM Tim McDermott (left) checks in with HisAir.Net. Tim was connecting flights at LAX on his return from a mentoring trip to Melbourne, Australia Friday when spent the entire day there in lockdown. Tim describes the day this way in a memo to the KSBJ staff:

There’s a gunman loose in the building.  We are putting everyone in lockdown!” the customs agent yelled to us all as we entered the immigration area at LAX.  I asked another customs agent what was going on.  She said that the gunman had fired several shots and at least one person was killed.   They weren’t sure if there were more gunmen there. My first thought after the 15 hour flight from Australia to LAX wasn’t one of panic. It was really, “This is going to be one long day.”  I tried to text Trudy to let her know I was okay, but I couldn’t get a signal.  Everyone was remarkably calm and I felt good – surrounded by officers and customs agents who were armed. 

So there wasn’t much to do but wait.  And we did.  5.5 hours with no food.  I was able to get a signal later on and kept in touch with everyone.  I felt good knowing I was on American soil, but this whole thing seemed surreal.  Because of the events, most of our group wound up outside security and TSA wouldn’t let us into the Terminal.  Transportation around the airport was restricted so no one could get in and no one could get out. 

Finally, after a lot of false hope, TSA reopened the gates after 4 PM.   The gates were chaotic and filled with frustrated passengers.  I heard one gate agent say she had enough and wanted to go home.  My flight was canceled and I tried to get on another flight which was also delayed.  As I walking down past one of the gates to go get something to eat, I heard an announcement, “last call for Flight 1169 to Houston.”  I ran to the gate and they let me go on that plane.  Yeah!  There were very few passengers on the plane.  It reminded me of the travel after 9/11.  Everyone was friendly, relieved and ready to get home.  I watched CNN on the way home – and it was surreal, being at the place where all this happened. 

I got home close to midnight Houston time – starting my day at 5 AM on Friday in Melbourne.  The media was at baggage claim and they interviewed several of us about the day.  It was literally and figuratively the longest day of my life – 40 hours on one long Friday.  The love and concern I received from family and friends were overwhelming.  Although my day was long, it was just a time delay for me.  For the family of the one TSA agent who was killed and the others injured and other TSA agents there and across the country, it will be a lot longer.  I am praying for them and hope you do too.  It is good to be home."  (11/2)


OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4:  Austin, W Palm Beach, Nashville & more...  AQH 6+ KFMK 3^ up 5.1... WLVU down 2.2...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/31)


BITS: WPHN/Gaylord (The Promise FM) PD/afternoons Patrick Green will exit the station at the end of this year, reach out to Patrick at patkgreen@hotmail.com ... After 6 years WHCB/Bristol, TN MD/mornings Dave Purin has exited the station... Night Light with Andrea adds KYTT/Coos Bay (K-Light) to its list of affiliates... Shine.FM Chicago/Indy is playing all Christmas music today during Halloween, GM Brian Utter says "No tricks, just our treat to you!", a digital billboard campaign is supporting in both markets... For the latest Christian radio PPM numbers go here, sponsored by Curb, October PPM day 4 will be released later today...  (10/31)


WAY-FM Florida Regional Manager Jim Marshall has announced that effective December 2, Tom Sullivan (at left)  has been named Station Manager of WAYJ/Ft Myers (WAY-FM). Sullivan had previously been General Manager of KTLF/Colorado Springs. Before joining KTLF, he had stints as General Manager of KCFN/Wichita, KS and WGCF/Paducah, KY.

Commenting on the appointment, Marshall noted, I'm excited to have Tom join the team.  He's a natural leader, and is well-equipped to lead WAY-FM's ministry in Southwest Florida.  His skill set meshes great with WAY-FM's desire to help our listeners live out their faith in their local community." Sullivan replaces Jeff Taylor he joined KCBI/Dallas for mornings last month.  (10/30)


OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3:  Orlando, Las Vegas & more...  AQH 6+ KFIS up 3.2... WPOZ #1 up 9.3...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/30)


BITS: At KSBJ/Houston Coppelia officially moves from afternoons to morning co-host teaming with Bill Maier... RadioU/Columbus GM says a structural change within the organization creates an opening for a Promotions director, check the listing on the jobs page... Regarding the APD opening at KFMK/Austin (Spirit 105.9) PD Steve Sunshine says, "we are filling with existing staff and may reopen at some point in the future."... Ever wonder what your listeners think of themselves, in this report from Kassof Research you'll find out, click here... (10/30)


OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2:  WASH DC, Denver, Seattle & more...  AQH 6+ KCMS down 4.1... KTIS t#8 down 5.3...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/29)


KLVV/KJTH/Ponca City Promotions/morning co-host Janelle Keith last day on the air will be Oct 31.  Janelle tells HisAir.Net "I am leaving The House FM to pursue the dream that God has placed before me -- my love of writing matched with my call to missions. I will continue to blog and write, write, write but mostly I am trusting with obedience in God's wisdom as He unfolds His plans for whatever is next." Jenn Derrick will slip into the morning co-host chair replacing Janelle.  (10/29)


OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1:  Dallas, Houston& more...  AQH 6+ KLTY #3 down 4.9... KSBJ t#9 even 4.0...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/28)


KNMI/Farmington, NM (Vertical Radio) GM Devin Neeley has announced he will exit the station at the end of the month. Devin has been KNMI GM for the past 3 years. Former KNMI GM Emmet Fowler will be replacing Devin starting Nov 4th.  Devin plans to pursue a job in TV news. (10/28)


Salem Radio talk show host Don Kroah was presented with an earned Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Calvary Christian College in Waldorf, MD by College President Dr. Timothy Wood on October 7th . Before receiving the honor, Kroah delivered the Commencement Address to the graduating class of 2013.  An alumnus of Valley Forge Christian College, Don's previous academic work included studies in psychology and philosophy at the University of Southern Maine and in journalism at Regent University's School of Communication and the Arts in Alexandria, VA. Now in his 16th year as host of The Don Kroah Show on WAVA/Wash DC, Don joined Salem Media of Virginia on October 20, 1997 following 34 years of fulltime pastoral work in Maine. While there he also worked extensively in general market radio as a news director, news anchor, commentator, and morning show host in the Augusta, Waterville, and Portland markets.  (10/28)


Time for the next Creative Cardio National Jock Brainstorm. Mark your calendar! Tuesday October 29th 1:30pm Eastern/10:30am Pacific
Bring some Thanksgiving/November ideas that other radio personalities might find helpful. Call 213.493.0800 Access code: 502051#. Prepare for Thanksgiving!  (10/28)


BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) Promotions & Event Coordinator Leslie Greathouse, moves into the AM Promotions Manager role... KLTY/Dallas Production Assistant Joy Delaney will exit the station at the end of the year to pursue a degree in Nursing... EMF is buying WKFP/Navarre, FL a 25kw C3 at 95.7 for 1,750,000 and in a separate deal EMF purchases WPFF/WNLI/Sturgeon Bay, WI from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting... For the latest Christian radio PPM numbers go here, sponsored by Curb, October PPM will be released on 10/28/13.... (10/23)


WBSN/New Orleans PD Tom Krimsier (left) was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Tom began his career at WQXI/Atlanta with his twin brother Paul who was also inducted. Together they were Quixie’s “Tiger Twins”.  (10/22)

 

 


Here's an encouraging word from ChristianNetcast Account Executive Megan MacDougall, left, we thought you would be interested in.

"There’s just something about being in the presence of people who love Jesus and pumpkin candles.  Both create a grateful spirit that can only be enhanced by pumpkin spiced coffee because, hello, it’s Fall people! I was certainly feeling grateful, as I listened to countless stories of how Jesus was using my local Christian station, Spirit FM, to change the lives of those listening.  When you get the opportunity to be a part of something so special as Sharathon through your Christian Station, do it! Do it because it changes your life to hear about Jesus using your local station to impact so many people, and because maybe you will get the opportunity to pray with a woman over the phone whose mom is dying of cancer, or, if God decides you just may have not smiled enough today, you will get to hear a ten year old girl belt out Mandisa’s new hit, Overcomer, because she, and I quote “loves me some Mandisa!” Either way, Jesus used Spirit FM, a ten year old girl, and a pumpkin candle to change my world today".  (10/21)


Sean Hannity will be joining its KSKY/Dallas (660 AM The Answer) starting January 1st, 2014. Hannity will be aired live from 2pm to 5pm CT.  Hannity is the 2nd most listened to radio talk show host in America, heard daily on over 500 stations. He is also host of his own TV program seen nightly at 10pm ET on the Fox News Channel. Hannity launched his nationally syndicated radio show from WABC/New York the day before 9/11 on about 50 stations, and soon became the fastest growing nationally syndicated talk show in history.

"After 5 years I am finally re-joined with the monster I helped create," said Salem Communications VP Director, Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce. Boyce hired Hannity when he was the program director of WABC in 1996, moved him into afternoon drive in 1998, and spearheaded his national launch in 2001, before leaving WABC in 2008. "When the opportunity arose to place Sean on one of our top NewsTalk stations in Dallas, I had to ask the question 'are you kidding me? (10/18)


Three key individuals recognized among international organizations and ministry leaders for their efforts in media, leadership, and innovative thinking will take the stage during the International Keynote Session at the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN. The panel of speakers on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, will include Lauren Libby, President & CEO of TWR International; Wayne Pederson, President of HCJB Global; and Wayne Shepherd, Owner & President of Wayne Shepherd Communications.   (10/18)


BITS: An on-line study of P1 Christian radio listeners by Mark Kassof reports about the motivations of the core (P1) listeners to Christian radio, read here... Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb win big at 2013 Dove Awards last night, go here for entire winner list (TV broadcast will be Monday night at 8 ET, 7 CT on the UP Network, formerly GMC - The Gospel Music Channel).... Lubbock Christian University has launched a new online station, ChapRadio... In case you missed the latest Christian radio PPM numbers go here, sponsored by Curb.  (10/16)


KLJY/St Louis (JOY FM) has hired Mike Couchman to take the lead on launching their new teen/young adult radio station for St. Louis in early 2014. Mike retains his responsibilities at his home base at SOS Radio in Las Vegas. Mike tells HisAir.Net "I'll be doing everything involved with programming a new radio brand from scratch. All of the obvious stuff like music, imaging, searching for talent, collaborating with promotions, digital media, plus probably all kinds of things I don't even know yet since I've never been on the exciting front end of building a brand new brand. I might be kissing sleep goodbye for a few months!"  (10/15)


Former WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) air personality Bob Taylor has been named General Manager at WRDR/Freehold, NJ (The Bridge). Bob replaces exiting GM Paul Bohlinger who is returning semiconductor manufacturing industry.  Bob says "God opens doors to those who wait!" (10/14)


BITS: Janelle Keith is exiting her morning co-host/promotions position at KLVV/KJTH/Ponca City at the end of the month... EMF closes on the purchase of KEYN/Ft Collins... Jonny Diaz has signed on with Centricity Records... (10/14)


Night Light host Andrea Jaxson has been named the announcer for the 44th Annual Dove Awards.   Marking the return of the awards to its home city of Nashville, the event will take place on October 15 at 8:30 PM ET at Allen Arena. For the first time the first Dove Awards, "Christian music's biggest night", will be held in the Fall. Also of note is the show's anticipated return to Nashville following two years of being held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Andrea Jaxson is a natural choice to represent these entities," commented Michael Miller, vice president and general manager of Salem's Today's Christian Music radio network.  "She's the most listenened to contemporary Christian music (CCM) radio night-time host in the country and she hosts Night Light(tm) on over 40 stations including KLTY/Dallas and WFFH/Nashville (94FM the Fish).  We are all looking forward to a great evening as we salute CCM's best." (10/14)


Some great news from Nashville this weekend!!   Curb's own Manager of national promotion Sean Hannon wed the Erika Linz in a ceremony and reception at Historic Cedarwood just north of downtown Nashville.  Pictured at left are the groom with Erika and her father. (10/14)

 

 

 

 


4 Christian broadcasters joined representatives of Cross International in Haiti last week (October 6-9) to see first-hand how their station and listeners are helping feed and educate Haitian children. Broadcasters involved included Cross International, KKLA/Los Angeles, Lewis & Associates, WRAF/Toccoa Falls, GA, WKNZ/Salisbury, WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99)

Pictured at left is Bill Sammons from WKNZ/Salisbury/Ocean City (88.7 The Bridge) (10/11)


According to a new Radio Research Consortium analysis of PPM data from 25 religious stations (Christian teaching and/or music) listenership rose 22% Spring 2010 to this year. AQH also rose, from 88,100 to 107,300. To read the report go here.  (10/9)

Beginning Nov 29th WAYK/Grand Rapids will begin simulcasting with sister station WCSG/Grand Rapids. The stations will merge together on WaYfm's frequencies 89.9 in Grand Rapids, 88.3 in Kalamazoo and 89.9 in Benton Harbor broadcasting the WCSG programming. WaYfm, launched nearly 17 years ago in the Kalamazoo area was designed to target teens and young adults. "As the music played and lives were transformed, the audience also changed, but not necessarily in ways we would hope," said Chris Lemke Executive Director, Cornerstone University Radio in a statement. "By 2007, the newness of the ministry faded, music tastes became more personal and eclectic especially for the younger WaYfm listeners, and sources to hear one’s music became more common through online sites and streaming.  By 2009, economic challenges brought tough choices, and competition for listeners had grown even more intense."

"The challenges facing WaYfm are far more than financial. Industry resources and competition from other stations and sources of music have also played major roles in our decision to discontinue WaYfm," the statement continued. According to Lemke, listeners will still hear several of their favorite WaYfm songs on WCSG. No jobs will be lost because of the merger, Lemke said.  (10/7)