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NewsChannel July '02


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Is WQCK / Baton Rouge PD Kurt Wallace about to make an announcement? (7/31)

Steven Curtis Chapman's next album to be a live concert? Get all the scoop from  (7/30)

The U.S. House of Representatives now has a bill before it that many hope will provide "relief" to struggling Internet Broadcasters. Late last week, Representatives Jay Inslee, George Nethercutt and Rick Boucher introduced the "Internet Radio Fairness Act," which would exempt businesses grossing less than $6 million annually from royalties set by the latest Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) proceeding. Directly contradicting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Internet Radio Fairness Act would also require future CARPs to do away with separate royalty fees for temporary, or "ephemeral" copies, created as a part of streaming radio. The bill also includes a number of proposed changes to the CARP process. The proposed legislation has been met with cheers from proponents of smaller sized Internet broadcasters who could be driven out of business entirely if the current royalty structure is kept intact.The new law would require that future CARPs set royalty rates using the traditional "market" standard, rather than the "willing buyer, willing seller" standard used by the webcasting CARP; would provide a small-business exemption from fees for taking part in the CARP process; and would require that future CARPs consider the impact of their rulings on small businesses. (7/29)

"The Big 20 Countdown" with host Kevin Seal will be syndicated by ZEO Radio Networks. For more info on the show go here. or e-mail T.J. Hess at or call (412) 512-1515.  (7/26)

Radio Eternal is getting ready to begin it's streaming on the internet station at The stream will start this Monday July 29th with the official start date August 1st. The bands Daily Planet, Three5and6, and Rebecca Avery will perform at the official kick-off party this Sunday July 28th in Sacramento.  (7/24)

Warner Music Group announced today that it has expanded its relationship with veteran music executive and Curb Records Chairman and founder Mike Curb. Under the new, long-term agreement, Warner Music Group's WEA Inc. will continue to manufacture and distribute releases from Curb Records in the U.S., Warner Music International will serve as the label's exclusive licensee in Latin America, Europe, and parts of Asia, and Warner/Chappell Music will administer Curb's publishing interests throughout the world outside the U.S., Canada, and Japan. In addition, Mike Curb will become a partner in WMG's Word Entertainment, and will be named Chairman of the company, serving in a non-executive capacity. The current reporting structure at Word will be unaffected, with Word president and chief operating officer, Malcolm Mimms, continuing to report to Warner Bros. Nashville president Jim Ed Norman, who reports to Tom Whalley, Chairman of Warner Bros. Records.  Go here for more on this story from  (7/23)

MeasureCast reports that the number of hours spent listening to on-line stations rebounded during the week of July 8 after an early summer slowdown. The company's Internet Radio Index for the week of July 8-14 shot up 26 percent to an all-time high. This after the index dipped 4 percent during the week of June 24, and fell another 15 percent during the week of July 1. Since January 6 of this year, the total time spent listening to web radio stations measured by MeasureCast is up 141 percent. (07/23)

Promotions: Ben Cooper becomes Sytems Manager for the Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA) running the soundscan and BDS operation. Meanwhile Daniel White is now Manager Special Products for the Gospel Music Association (GMA).  (7/23)

Brian Dishon Is promoted to Manager National Promotion at Sparrow Records. Brian has been with Sparrow since 1997 in radio promo.  (7/23)

BEC Recordings, home to such successful bands as The Supertones, Plankeye, and Cadet, is adding male singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp to its current roster of cutting edge acts. Stay, his debut album, releases on September 24. "I have never been this excited about a new artist since the OC Supertones," says Brandon Ebel, president of BEC Recordings. "I have known Jeremy and his family for over eleven years and am truly amazed by his ministry. This album is full of incredible, personal songs based on Jeremy's experiences in faith and trust in the Lord through any circumstance. I know that God is using and will continue to use Jeremy to bring people to him through his music and testimony."  (7/15)

Saturday night, July 20, Michael W. Smith recorded his second live worship album, entitled Worship Again, at Southeastern Christian Church in Louisville, KY. He led the crowd in thirteen songs, which will all be considered for his new album. Click here to get complete story from  (7/22)

Salem Communications Corporation today announced that it will release second quarter 2002 financial results prior to market hours on Tuesday, August 6, 2002. The company will also host a teleconference to discuss its results on August 6th at 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time. To access the teleconference, interested parties are instructed to dial 973-582-2741 ten minutes prior to the start time. The teleconference will also be available via live webcast on the investor relations portion of the company's website, located at If you are unable to listen to the live teleconference at its scheduled time, there will be a replay available through August 13, 2002, and can be accessed by dialing 973-341-3080, passcode 3398357. The webcast will also be archived on the company's website for one month. (7/19)

Air 1 and K-LOVE get a few new stations. 91.1 KARQ Mesquite, NV. and 91.5 KKRO Redding CA. join the Air 1 Network. While 90.3 KLOP La Pine. OR. joins K-LOVE. (7/19)

Dan Hatfield Is the new PD at WNCB / Duluth. an was previously the Chief Engineer at Red Rock Radio. (7/19)

Clif Tredway becomes the new PD / Afternoon Personality on the AIR 1 Radio Network. Cliff was formerly PD at "The Fish" in Chicago. (7/16)

Sal Diguardio joins KDUV / Visalia, CA as the new mid-day personality. Also Shannon Steele moves from the mid-day spot to join the morning show with Joe Kroft.  (7/16)

Sales of Contemporary Christian and gospel music rose 18 percent over the first half of 2002, marking six straight quarters of growth, announced the Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA) last week. According to SoundScan, contemporary Christian and gospel music album units sold from January 1 to June 30, 2002 were 23,445,000 compared to 19,830,000 for the same period in 2001. The overall music industry is reporting a nine-percent decline at this point in 2002, with Christian and country being the only two genres that have experienced any growth this year. Get the complete story from  (7/15)

Radio Eternal says it will celebrate it's new internet station on Sunday, July 28th with a pre-party in Sacramento. then they will begin a continuous music stream Monday, July 29th.

Radio Eternal is an online radio station that exists to encourage, inspire, and challenge today’s youth and young adults.  The station focuses on rock and rock alternative music with a positive message, from both secular and Christian artists, or what we call Real Music/Real Life.  More information on Radio Eternal can be found at or by calling 916-849-0904.  (7/15)

Live 101.5 KMRX / Tulsa drops it's Christian rock format for secular CHR/Rhythmic calling itself "101.5 The Beat". (7/15)

Don Guidas exits KTLI / Witchita where he was production director afternoon personality. Don plans to start his own production business. Contact KTLI PD Todd Taylor at if yor're interested in filling that position.  (7/12)

Ken Farley joins WCFL / Chicago as an Independant Consultant in programming. He will take of the duties from home in Franklin, TN. where he can reached at 615-595-8510. Ken was previously with Forefront Records and has radio experience at KOKF / Oklahoma City.  (7/12)

Salem Communications Corporation announced today the appointment of Dionne M. Petitpas as Director of Communications. Ms. Petitpas will report to David Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salem Communications and will be based in their corporate headquarters in Camarillo, California. "I am very pleased that Dionne has joined Salem," said David Evans. "Her extensive experience in both radio broadcasting and the music industry will be tremendously valuable as we continue to grow Salem's businesses." (7/12)

Elizabeth Grattan has been named the promotions coordinator for Moody Broadcasting Network's WCRF 103.3  Cleveland. Grattan will be responsible for developing and coordinating station campaigns, imaging, and event promotions and be a part of the morning program.  Congratulations Elizabeth at!  (7/11)

All Access is reporting that National Public Radio Pres/CEO Kevin Klose made an apology to conservative Christian group the Traditional Values Coalition for a January  22nd  "Morning Edition" report falsely linking the group to anthrax mailings to Congress. Klose made the apology before a House subcommittee hearing on funding for public broadcasting. TVC Exec. Dir. Andrea Lafferty replied by saying the apology as "not enough. Eight million people heard this libelous, slanderous report." The incident has been raised as an example of NPR's "liberal bias."  (7/11)

Format flips: WANL 1250 AM Albany, GA.  flips to ESPN sports as WSRA. KAML 990 am Kenedy, TX.  flips from Christian back to country. New 97.1 Ukiah, CA. to be KULV, Christian contemporary "K-Love." as well as 99.1 Williams, CA. to be KHKL Christian contemporary "K-Love." And AFR KAVK 89.7 Many, LA. moves to 89.3 and upgrades from A to C3, putting a city-grade signal into Nachitoches LA. 

Integrity Inc. is now known as Integrity Media Inc. But the music group will continue to be named integrity Music Inc. Vertical, Hosanna!, Integrity, Integrity Gospel, Integrity Just-For-Kids, INO and M2.0 labels are fall under that banner.  (7/10)


NewSong recently announced that the CBS Television Network will air “The Christmas Shoes” movie as a holiday special Movie of the Week this upcoming holiday season. Starring Rob Lowe (“The West Wing”) and Kimberly Williams (“Father of the Bride”), “The Christmas Shoes” movie will be based on Donna VanLiere’s New York Times best-selling novella of the same title. The novella was inspired by NewSong’s mainstream adult contemporary radio single, “The Christmas Shoes.” Scheduled to air this coming holiday season, “The Christmas Shoes” will feature the NewSong hit and cameo appearances by members of the group. The movie is being produced by Craig Anderson and Beth Grossbard Productions. Filming is currently underway in Nova Scotia. NewSong’s single “Wide Open” is No. 7 on R&R’s Inspirational chart and No. 13 on its AC chart.
For more info go to  (7/10)

Registration for the 2002 CHR Seminar September 6-8 in Atlanta is now open. Advance registration cost is $295 thru August 1st then it goes up to $415.  Special guest speakers include President of Creative Animal International Doug Harris and Senior Director of Radio Disney Operations Robin Jones with two more to be announced. To get complete registration information call 770-517-8811 or e-mail to (7/9)

Jason Sharp joins WQCK (The Bridge) Baton Rouge as APD/MD and morning drive on August 5th. Jason comes from WCQR / Johnson City, TN.  (7/9)

The Christian Radio & Rrcord community is mourning the death of Sparrow Records VP of A&R Grant Cunningham. Grant died of injuries sustained during a soccer game last week. He is survived by his wife Kristen and three sons. (7/8)

Make sure you look for our exclusive interview with consultant Dan Vallie of Vallie/Richards Consulting very soon on HisAir.Net.  Vallie/Richards is very involved with the Salem "Fish" concept.

Having recently wrapped up a 53-city stint on Third Day’s “Come Together” tour and on the heels of his first multi-format Top 10 radio hit “Holy Is Your Name,” Essential Records artist Bebo Norman readies for the release of his next project, Myself When I Am Real, September 10th. Read more on this story here. (7/3)

WCFL UPDATE...According to Director of Engineering and Technology for New Life Media / IBI Radio Ministries Morgan Grammer, the station is operating at 1kw with a temporary transmitter and coverage is modest as expected. Engineers are continuing to investigate exactly what caused the station transmitter to blow last week to a storm. Please pray for WCFL to return to full power soon.  (7/3)

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CHR Rock Radio Promo Manager Kent Coley will exit Forefront Records July 12. (7/3)

Congrats to Gotee Records Troy Collins and wife Stacie who welcomed their second child Elizabeth Anne Collins on June 28th!  (7/3)

"Everyday Sunday" signs on with Flicker records. The Ohio based band will release it's first CD "Stand Up" on September 24th. (7/3)

KSBJ / Houston surpassed it's goals during their 20th annual Share-a-thon. Listeners gave over $50,000 more than asked for in monthly support and $300,000 more in one time gifts.  (7/3)

Christian talk WXLW / Indianapolis will change format to ESPN by end of July. (7/3)

WebRock (, the online modern rock music station, recently sponsored Creation Festival 2002 in Mt. Union, PA. as part of it's long-term strategic sponsorship of the Creation Festival. Creation Festival is the world's largest Christian music and worship festival with nearly 80,000 in attendance each year. Click here to see a pic.  (7/2)

WCLQ / Wausau 89Q has promoted afternoon personality Matt Deane to PD. (7/1)

Changes at The Provident Music Group. Tim Marshall has been named VP/Marketing overseeing the marketing staff and Bob Wohler is upped to VP/A&R for Essential Records. (7/1)

The 2002 NAB Marconi Radio Award Nominees were announced today. The winners in each category will be announced on September 14th at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA. The annual dinner & show will be the grand finale to The NAB Radio Show.

Nominess for "Religious Station of the Year"
KFSH-FM, Los Angeles, CA
KGBI, Omaha, NE
KTSY, Caldwell, ID
WRCM, Charlotte, NC
WVEL, Pekin, IL



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