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NewsChannel May '02


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Jimmy Swaggart's Family Worship Center Church Inc. is in a station-buying mood this year. In his latest deal, Swaggart is buying WTGY-FM Charleston, MS for $300K from Tommy Darby's Charleston Broadcasting Company Inc.  (5/29)

Midday personality Smilin' Tom Fridley is named MD at WZFS "The Fish" Chicago. Reach out a big congrat to Smilin Tom at 847-437-5200. (5.28)

WEMM Gospel 107.9 (Mortenson Brodcasting Company) in Huntington West Virgina adds Denzil Vickers for it's 3-11pm. He replaces Mike Randall who left the station in May. Denzil's first offical day is Tuesday May 28th.  (5/27)

Salem Communications has entered into an agreement with International Communications Corp. to purchase KJPN-AM in Honolulu, HI, for a price of $650,000. Salem will own or operate 83 radio stations, including 57 stations in the top 25 markets.  (5/22)

WEB broadcast royalty plan rejected. The Librarian of Congress has rejected proposed royalty rates that would have charged Internet broadcasters based on each Web user that listens in. A final decision concerning the rates is scheduled for June 20. Get the complete story from Yahoo. (5/21)

The AIR 1 Network welcomes Banana Joe Montione to afternoon drive. Air 1 is heard on over 60 stations and the internet at  (5/20)

AMY GRANT'S much anticipated Word Records release Legacy* Hymns & Faith is tomorrow (May 21). In support of this close-to-the-heart album, Amy will hit the road this week for a promo tour.  Fans in Atlanta GA, Birmingham AL, Jacksonville FL, Tulsa OK, Wichita KS, Dallas TX, South Bend IN, and Chicago IL can anticipate an in-concert sneak peak at various local churches.  Also upcoming on the media front is a Lifetime Channel "Intimate Portrait" television interview. Look for the piece to start airing in June.  (5/20)

KKFS "The Fish" Sacramento PD moves from afternoons to the morning show with his wife Gaye. Former AM driver Kim Kaplan goes to afternoons. And Jeremy Burgess joins KKFS for mid-days. (5/17)

106.7 "The Fish" WZFS Chicago names Kevin Robinson as PD replacing Cliff Tredway who exited last month. Robinson joins The Fish from "Magic 104.3" WJMK Chicago where he spent the last ten years as PD. (5/15)

Tim Chappell joins  WLGH "The Light" in Lansing for part-time duties. Chappell was previously with WYCD Detroit.  (5/13)

AIR1 Network Director Of Operations Lee Nielson exits. The network will be moving it's facilities to Sacremento in the next 90 days, and Nielson has decided to stay in Oregon. MD Bryan O'Neal has will assume Interim duties until the Network has completed the move. (5/13)

EMI has signed a letter of intent to purchase 25% interest of Gotee records. The label owned by DC Talk's Toby McKeehan was formed in 1994. Gotee will remain independent and under the direction of McKeehan and label President Joey Elwood.  (5/10)

The WAY-FM sharathon was a huge success. At 11:30AM Thursday, May 9th listeners giving exceeded the goal for sharathon. The event lasted 2 and a half days. WAY-FM reports listeners gave $70,000 on top of the goal to help start new stations in Clarksville, TN and Huntsville, AL.  (5/9)

Salem Communications first quarter same station revenues and broadcast cash flow increase 14% and 26%, respectively. Edward G. Atsinger III, President and CEO said, "We are pleased to report what we believe are the strongest same station revenue and cash flow growth rates in the industry. These impressive results reflect the strong ratings, revenue and BCF growth at our Contemporary Christian Music stations, as well as the strength of our unique block programming business model of our Christian Talk/Teaching radio stations. With a large percentage of our radio station portfolio in a launch or early development stage, we believe Salem is very well positioned for continued industry-leading revenue and cash flow growth, as these stations develop to maturity."

For the quarter ended March 31, 2002 net broadcasting revenue increased 17.9% to $35.5 million from $30.1 million in the same period a year ago. Broadcast cash flow increased 7.8% to $11.0 million from $10.2 million in the corresponding 2001 period. Complete story from Salem.  (5/7)

KGBC AM Galveston changes to a Spanish Religion format  (5/6)

WOGO AM in Eau Claire flips from CCM to newstalk.  (5/3)

Dave Gordon named GM of Salem Communications San Antonio. Those stations include KSLR AM and KLUP AM. His appointment is effective May 3.   (5/3)


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