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NewsChannel June '02


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WGRC was recognized for Best Newscast in the State among small market radio stations during the recent Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association Convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WGRC’s three-person News Department of Terry Diener, News Director; Don Casteline, Sports Director; and Jennifer Lunt, Anchor/Reporter earned that distinction for the first time in station history. Station General Manager Larry Weidman said, "We give credit to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving us the vision to make news a very important aspect of our contemporary Christian programming."

WGRC is a radio outreach of Salt and Light Media Ministries covering 15 Central Pennsylvania counties with contemporary Christian programming. The grant and listener supported nonprofit ministry was founded in 1984 and originally broadcast solely from Lewisburg at 91.3 FM. WGRC is now also simulcast on 107.7 FM Bloomsburg, 90.9 FM Lewistown, 91.9 FM Pottsville, 101.9 FM State College, and 90.7 FM and 107.1 FM Williamsport. (6/28)

Promotion director/midday personality Cindy Wright exits WJIS "The Joy" Tampa after 14 years to spend more time working with her church. WJIS PD Steve Swanson is looking for Cindy's replacement. Contact Steve at 6469 Parkland Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243. Or e-mail him at  (6/28)

WCFL / Chicago is back on the air after being knocked off due to lightning strikes. The station will operate with reduced power while repairs continue. (6/28)

As reported first on HisAir.Net Salem Communications is planning to debut it's new Fish 94 in Nashville sometime between July 9 and August 1. They are taking over WYYB (93.7 The Phoenix) and WRLG 94.1 from Tuned-In Broadcasting. No other details have been revealed at this time.  (6/28)

WCFL / Chicago has been knocked off the air due to damages incurred from a storm yesterday. Lightning reportedly struck the tower causing an explosion to the transmitter building. No one was injured. Damages are estimated to be between $75,000 and $125,000. Encourage and pray with WCFL GM/PD Steve Young at 1-900-520-9235 or shoot e-mail to Steve at  (6/26)

The CPR Internetwork is a new internet only music station started by Salem's Christian Pirate Radio. The CPR Internetwork will provide subscribing stations their own personalized seven-channel web music station streamed from the subscribing station's main website. Visit or call marketing director KENNY DOWE, at (972) 293-4420 or by email at  (6/25)

The National Christian Radio Alliance announces it's new name will be Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB). The announcement came at a meetings held this past weekend in Orlando to discuss it's agenda for GMA week 2003 April 5 thru 10 in Nashville. The CMB will now be totally separate from the GMA.  (6/24)

Internet radio appears to be in serious jeopardy. The Librarian of Congress's June 20th decision on royalty rates upheld most of the CARP's recommendations -- including royalty rates that exceed the total revenues of almost all webcasters. Get a complete story from (6/20)

Two new countdown shows are being offered to Christian radio. "The Big 20 Countdown" with Kevin Seal concentrate on AC artists. Host Seal says "This will be the first of its kind, with a real 'fun' approach to today's biggest Christian AC stars. Not syrupy or slow, this will be a well paced, compelling program to target your female audience giving a new image and sound to the ever changing face of Christian music today." Reach Kevin at 918- 491-6528 or e-mail him at And "The Weekend 22" hosted by Jgonzo debuts this week at for CHR. Check out or call 509- 525-3370.  (6/19)

Salem promotes Regional VP Operations Rob Adair to Senior VP Operations.  (6/19)

Please pray for WFHM Cleveland (The Fish) PD Sue Wilson who's husband passed away Thursday 6/13 of cancer.  (6/19)

HisAir.Net hears rumblings from Nashville that Salem Communications will debut a new station on July 1st. Will it be simulcast on 93.7 and 94.1 and called "FIsh 94" ??   (6/19)

WPCF 1290 am Panama City Beach flipped to a sports format. (6/18)

Reunion Records names David Bach VP A&R. The label artist roster includes Michael W. Smith, Joy WIlliams, Daily Planet, Larue, and Newsong. Reunion is part of the Provident Music Group. (6/17)

KSBJ / Houston will be celebrating it's 20th anniversary with a mega concert on Saturday, July 6, 2002 at the Reliant Astrodome. There will be 25 artists and bands performing and up to 60,000 people in expected attendance. KSBJ's 20th Anniversary Concert features Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Newsboys, Avalon, Nicole C. Mullen, 4Him, Wayne Watson, Twila Paris and many more. And in other KSBJ news, according to Arbitron's latest Webcast Channel Ratings Report (May 2002) KSBJ is the number 1 streaming Christian station with 134,100 ATH. That actually puts them ahead of many top mainstream stations as well. And, the numbers did NOT include low-speed listeners!  (6/15)

Tiffany Thorpe has been promoted to Assistant PD at WVFJ (J93.3) Atlanta. WVFJ PD Jerry Williams commented " Tiffany has distinguished herself as the finest music director in the industry. Her passion for our mission to excellence are without question. This is a move that is well deserved and comes at an important place in the growth of our team." Thorpe joined WVFJ  two years ago as Music Director and Mid-day Host. She has also spent some time at WBDG / Indianapolis and WONU / Chicago.  Since Thorpes arrival at WVFJ in May of 2000, the station has received a Dove Nomination from the Gospel Music Association as Station of the Year Major Market.” Congratulate Tiffany at 770.487.4500 or drop an e-mail to (6/14)

The third annual CHR Seminar is scheduled for September 6-8 in Atlanta at the Ravinia Crowne Plaza Hotel. The conference is sponsored by Brad Burkhart Christian Media and focuses on issues facing PD's and managers.  Issues to be addressed include "CHR redefined", "The do's and don'ts on in-house research",  and "What labels want from you". Contact BBCM for more info at 770-518-8811 or e-mail  Registration starts late June. (6/14)

Richard McClary joins Christian Ministries Inc. of Essex Junction, VT, as general manager of its radio properties. McClary had been program director and morning host for Clear Channel's K-I-T Radio in Yakima, WA. for the past 13 years.  (6/13)

Justin Vannigan is named music consultant for Radio Eternal. Justin will be taking music calls on Tuesday mornings from 9am-12noon central time or by appointment.  You can reach him directly at 712-476-2235 or email at Radio Eternal is requesting music service. Label representatives can mail their promotional material immediately to Radio Eternal c/o Stuart Takehara, Program Director, 9028 Caldera Way Sacramento California 95826 or email music to for consideration. (6/12)

Kip Johns Update: Kip had surgery last Tuesday, and son Mike is in a neck brace for the next two weeks. Kip was released from the hospital on Friday. (6/11)

WFZH "The Fish" / Milwaukee is moving it's studios to 135 84th Street, Suite 310, Milwaukee, WI. 53214 effective 6/17.  (6/11)

Dave Jolly is the new PD At WDLM / Moline, IL. He comes from the MD post at KCBI / Dallas.  (6/11)

The syndicated Gospel show "Joyfulnoyze" from Pricechampion Communications will debut on Aug 4th. It will be 4 hour show. They request music service be sent to Michelle Price at 2800 Old Dawson Rd, Ste 2 #159, Albany, GA. 31707. Reach Michele by phone at 229 291-2836 or e-mail at (6/10)

New CCM KWOF 89.1 FM in Hiawatha/Cedar Rapids IA signed on today, simulcasting AM sister KWOF 850 Waterloo.  (6/6)

WRRD Milwaukee names Dick Alpert as Director of Operations for the Christian Talk station. Congratulate Dick at (262) 783-2650 ext.214. (6/5)

Donations to the "Kip Johns Family Relief Fund" can be made to the following. By cash, check, or credit card to any Washington Mutual Bank. Or you can mail your check to the K-Love Radio at 1425 North Market Blvd, Sacramento, CA. 95834. Funeral services are planned for Tuesday (6/11) for Kips wife Suzanne and two children who were killed in a car accident this past weekend. (6/5)

Radio Eternal, a new Christian internet station programmed by PD Stuart Takehara, is set to launch in July. Radio Eternals focus will be the younger demos featuring Alternative, Rock, and Pop artists. Check out Stuart is searching for volunteers to aid him as in sales and as music advisors. For more information, email him at (6/4)

KLYT Albuquerque MD Chris Chicago exits to join as MD, The internet station based in Houston is an outreach of KSBJ. Planet Lightforce is looking to expand to a fulltime station soon! (6/4) 


The Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN) in Nashville  announced its newest affiliate, KTYX, Natchez, Mississippi.  CHRSN manager, Matt Austin said, "The operators of KTYX desired a family-friendly programming source, and we're delighted to provide a service that meets that need!"  KTYX will air CHRSN programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and becomes the 36th signal to air The Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network offered by the WAY-FM Media Group.  (6/4)

Salem Communications purchases for 4.1 million. According to a Reuters report, has signed a letter of intent to sell its Internet and e-mail business to Salem Communications radio for $4.1 million in cash. The acquisition is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by Salem Communications' board of directors and's shareholders, the companies said in a statement. "The acquisition of's market-leading Internet business is a significant step forward in Salem's online strategy," Ed Atsinger, Salem Communications' chief executive said in a statement. Crosswalk said it plans to continue its offline advertising business, which serves more than 50 advertisers and 225,000 churches.  (6/3)

HisAir.Net is asking all our readers to pray for Kip Johns (formerly of KCMS / Seattle) and his 13 year-old son Mike Johns who were injured in a tragic car accident Saturday night that took the life of Kips wife Suzzanne, his 7 year-old son Ty, and 20 month-old daughter Ashley. The family were on the way to Sacramento were Kip is the evening personality at the K-Love Network. The report says Kip was driving his Plymouth Voyager Saturday night when they collided with another vehicle on Washington Hiway 12. The report also says the driver of the other vehicle could face vehicular homicide charges.  (6/3)


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