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NewsChannel April '02


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Jimmy Swaggart Ministries and Family Worship Center Church in Baton Rouge, have purchased WTGY-FM/Charleston, MS from Charleston Broadcasting and WSTN-AM/Somerville, TN from Fayette County Broadcasting in two separate deals totaling $350,000. WSTN is located just east of Memphis, and both stations will air the Sonlife Radio network. Wally Tucker of MGMT Services served as the broker for both deals.  (4/30)

Jayar Reed joins Air1 as nightime personality from KRXY, Olympia.  (4/29)

Salem Communications apppoints  Marla Bane as VP/Affiliate Services, and reports to President  Greg Anderson. She will be headquartered Dallas. Bane joins Salem from AMFM networks where she was  Sr. VP/Operations.  (4/23)

Cliff Tredway is out after one year as program director of WZFS-FM (106.7 The Fish) Chicago.  Tredway, who doubled as afternoon host in recent weeks, resigned for personal reasons. He joined the Salem Communications outlet from KTFM-FM, a contemporary-hit station in San Antonio. GM Dave Santrella, "The Fish," said a nationwide search for a new program director was under way. Reach out Cliff (847) 381-7371 or by email at   (4/19)

Christian talk show host Todd Friel, most recently with KTIS-AM Minneapolis, is taking his show "Talk the Walk" to crosstown Salem talk station KKMS-AM. Beginning May 6, Friel's show will air from 2-4 p.m. (4/19)

KAFC, KATB, and KCFT Family Net Television Anchorage, Alaska, OM Tom Stiegleman , is now hosting the Morning Show on KAFC!  Val Woosley replaces Tom in the pm drive slot.  (4/18)

Chicago Sun Times columnis Robert Feder in his column today accuses "106.7 The Fish" of deceptive practices in it's marketing campaign. Go here to read the entire story.  (4/17)

Winners have been announced by the GMA and NCRA for radio station of the year. Drum roll please!! And the winners are in major market 104.7 The Fish, Atlanta, large market KXOJ, Tulsa, medium market KTSY, Boise, and small market KLRC, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Formal announcements will be made at the Dove Awards April 25th in Nashville.  (4/15

GMA week is just days away. Essential Records will be celebrating it's tenth anniversary with a concert featuring the labels artists on April 24th at the Ryman Theatre downtown Nashville. That concert will be followed by sister label Reunion Records 20th anniversary celebration at the Hilton Suite's Ballroom.  (4/15)

WAY-FM Media Group has promoted Dusty Rhodes from VP/Radio to chief operating officer. President Bob Augsburg said, "Dusty's broad oversight in all facets of our nonprofit organization warrants this change. He is assuming more responsibilites in other areas of WAY-FM Media Group beyond our owned-and-operated radio stations, including CHRSN, TheXStation.COM, our website, and overall brand management, which warrants this change in functinal title to COO. Dusty recently celebrated nine years with WAY-FM, orginally joining us in 1993 to launch and manage WAYF-FM West Palm Beach. I am very grateful to have a man of this caliber and integrity on our senior management team." (4/12)

The Radio Training Network (RTN) recently helped raise over $124,000 for prison radio station KLSP in Angola, LA. KLSP is the nations only prison radio station. RTN is operated by His Radio Network. RTN conducted the three-hour remote from the station’s studios, which happens to be inside Angola Prison, as a fundraiser gift from the network. RTN stations include Heritage Station WLFJ and the 23 frequencies throughout the Carolinas and Georgia that make up the His Radio Network, WJIS in Sarasota and the stations throughout Florida that make up the Joy FM Network, WAFJ in Augusta Georgia, KWND in Springfield Missouri and their sister commercial station in Atlanta, J93.3. Combined, the listenership of the stations is approaching 600,000.

“Most people in our industry haven’t heard of Radio Training Network because we go by so many names. The stations that make up this network are some of the most respected in the nation.” Said Ken Mayfield, Director of Network Operations for the His Radio Network. “Many of the men who run the station (KLSP), are Ordained Ministers. They take prayer requests, play lots of Gospel music and encourage the men, 100 of which are on Death Row.” Said Mayfield. “How could you know of a need so great and not respond. We did, our listeners did and most importantly, God honored the project and blessed the whole day.”

The money will go toward a new transmitter and studio equipment for the station. RTN also has plans to install equipment so that the prison’s chapel services can be carried live over the station.  (4/12)

A special feature profiling Rocketown Records singer/songwriter Ginny Owens aired today (4.11.02) on National Public Radio's popular daily show "All Things Considered". The segment featured an interview with Owens and songs from her brand new album SOMETHING MORE. The audience for this program is estimated at 2.5 million. For more information on Ginny Owens and her music, please visit (4/12)

Christian Talk KKMS-AM / Minneapolis welcomes Tony Verkinnes as it's new Production  Director. Tony is leaving the  afternoon drive slot at Contemporary Christian KKJM / St. Cloud. First day with the Salem station will be on Monday, April 29th.  (4/10)

Religious WNTW  Winchester VA goes with sports calling itself  "SportsTalk 610" (4/10)

Billboard magazine reports that BeBe Winans will join Michael Jackson and Tony Bennett April 24 as part of "Every Vote Counts," a voter registration drive sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. (4/9)

The CCM Update and Radio & Records ink a two-year Strategic Alliance; The CCM Update Discontinues Christian Airplay Charts. "Salem Communications, the parent company of CCM Communications and The CCM Update, is the largest owner of contemporary Christian radio stations in the country," explained Salem Communications Non-Broadcast Division President Jim Cumbee. "It became obvious that it is not appropriate for one division of a company to be tracking and publishing airplay reports when so many of the stations affecting the reports are owned by the company that is doing the tracking and publishing," he said.


Salem Communications Corporation is a publicly traded company that owns more than 80 radio stations with over 1,500 affiliates. Salem's Non-Broadcast Division includes publishing, Internet, and software operation. Get the full story at (4/4)



Christian radio all across America hit the air today with "In God We Trust" featuring Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, DC Talk, Rachel Lampa, Jaci Velasquez, Avalon, Anointed, and more. It's the Christian music song dedicated to the 9-11 tragedy. "In God We Trust" we be performed live at the Dove Awards April 25th in Nashville. (4/4)



Performers at the 33rd annual Dove Awards have been announced by The GMA. They include Jars Of Clay, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Delirious, Point of Grace, TobyMac, Third Day, Nicole C. Mullen, Rebecca St. James, and more. The Doves' will air April 25th live on Pax-TV and hosted by Kurt Warner and Yolanda Adams. Check out for more info. (4/4) President Scott Hawk reports today that the internet rocker is breaking all it's revenue and listenership for the first quarter. They are also launching it's first sister station, Visit  (4/2)




Production Dir./afternoon jock Jeremy Larcom of KTSL Spokane has left the station. Contact him at Meanwhile KTSL PD Dave Masters is looking for his replacement. (4/1)



The 2002 nominees for Christian Radio Station Of The Year by The GMA and the National Christian Alliance (NCRA) are as follows. Winners will be announced at the  Dove Awards on Thursday, April 25th in Nashville.






Contemporary Christian KLGH 105.3 Oklahoma City does the a format flip to a sports simulcast with WWLS  (4/1)



Charles Morris of the radio program "Haven Today" introduces a new format to the show. He says the program will focus on "relating today's headlines to Scripture and proclaiming Jesus as the ultimate answer."  Listen to today's broadcast by clicking here
Using satellite and Internet technology, the program presents timely content, targeting what's on people's minds with solutions for contemporary life. Produced just hours before it airs to radio stations, the program has already received good response since its launch on March 4. (3/28)

Religious KYFV 1410 Victoria TX  changed it's format to adult standards. KYFV has requested to change it's call letters to KNAL it's previous calls. KNAL was sold to the Bible Broadcasting Network and changed format to the BBN network feed. Recently, BBN sold it to Victoria Radio Works. (3/28)

Air 1 Christian rock signs on at KWBX 90.3 Salem OR  (3/28)

Religious KSRX 1360 Wichita flips to standards  (3/28)

Country KUUZ 95.9 Lake Village AR/Greenville MS has changed to religious airing Jimmy Swaggart Ministries "Sonlife Radio Network".  (3/28)






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