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NewsChannel Oct '02



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Salem Communications has launched Faith Talk Magazine, a regional publication that initially is a cooperative effort between Salem Publishing, a division of Salem Communications, and Salem's talk/teaching radio stations. Markets featuring the magazine, which expected to reach more than 340,000 homes across America, are Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Portland and Washington, D.C.

“We have worked closely the entire Salem radio team to develop a magazine that complements our talk/teaching radio stations,” commented Jim Cumbee, president of Non-Broadcast Media for Salem Communications. “Faith Talk Magazine brings to life in words and pictures what listeners hear on Salem's talk/teaching formatted stations. It is synergy at its very best.” (11/26)


The 30th Annual American Music Awards have announced nominees in the Contemporary Inspirational Category. The nominees are: Avalon (Sparrow), Jars Of Clay (Essential) & P.O.D. (Atlantic). The American Music Awards will air LIVE on ABC, January 13th, 2003 at 7pm CST. (11/26)



Six-year old Rocketown Records has started a new distribution agreement with Provident Music Distribution effective on January 1, 2003. Distribution was previously handled by Word. (11/25) announces its end of operations today. "It's been an incredible two-plus-years," said Scott Hawk, President and founder of "And it's with great sadness that we've decided to shut down the station." launched in August 2000. In 2002 Radio & Records, called it, "One of Internet radio's few success stories." (11/22)



Dave Senes leaves the PD position at WYLL "Chicago's Word" due to budget cuts at the Salem Property. WZFS PD Kevin Robinson will handle PD duties for the station. (11/22) reports...Here To Him Music Group, home to Here To Him Music, Worship Extreme and Cross-Driven Records, announces the promotion of Ryan Howard to Pres. effective January 1, 2003. Ryan has most recently served the company as VP of Marketing. Current GM of Here To Him Music Group, Glenn Wagner, will part with the company to maintain his Nashville-based marketing and consulting firm, Glenn Wagner Resource Group. Dennis Disney and his agency, D-Squared Entertainment, will continue to oversee the company's artist development that currently includes Ceili Rain, Among Thorns and The Parachute Band. (11/20)



His Radio Network PD Rob Dempsey is back in morning drive. (11/20)



Rick Innamorato has been named Director of Programming for KAIM-FM The Fish 95.5, KHNR-AM News/Talk 650, and KHCM-AM Country 940 in Honolulu. Innamorato was previously Brand Manager and Program Director for Clear Channel's San Diego station cluster. He also held various positions at New Planet Radio, Secret Communications, and United Broadcasting/Crescent Communications. He is succeeding Michael Shishido, who has been promoted to the position of Creative Director for Salem Media of Hawaii, where he will oversee all areas of production for Salem's Honolulu station cluster. (11/19)


Salem Communications announced today the renaming of CCM Communications to Salem Publishing. The name change reflects Salem Publishing's expanded scope and includes Salem Communications' publishing operations, CCM Magazine, Youth Worker, Faith Talk Magazine, Worship Leader, Half Time, and Guideposts for Teens. Edward G. Atsinger III, President and CEO, commented, "The renaming of CCM Communications to Salem Publishing further strengthens the Salem brand. This name change reflects a more synergistic and holistic approach to the publishing business, as we further develop the complementary bond between our radio and publishing businesses. (11/18)



Music News from Paul Colman Trio celebrates making R&R's 2002 Top 10 Breathrough Christian Artists list...Sparrow says no to featured spot for The Elms in controversial teen film...Go Fish to release second album, Parade, on December 17.  (11/18)



The demo for CR20, a Christian Rock Top 20 Countdown Program, is now available for download from the CR20 website at (11/18)


Darren Marlar is now doing mornings at "1030 The Light" KCWJ / Kansas City. Daren re-joined the station two months ago in the afternoon slot. "The Power Radio Show" with Darren Marlar will be heard weekday mornings from5 to 10.  (11/18)

Cliff Tredway has left the PD position at AIR 1 and MD Bryan Oneal is now acting PD. (11/15)

CONGRESS PASSES THE SMALL WEBCASTER SETTLEMENT ACT! For the complete story go here. (11/15)

Music News from Nichole Nordeman breaks radio record...John Reuben a big hit at college radio...Warner Christian President Barry Landis named Alumnus of the Year by alma mater...Jars of Clay to release live 2-disc set, Furthermore - From the Studio- From the Stage (11/15)

Jerusalem Post, announces that daily and weekly radio programs – long form and short form – are available for syndication to radio stations throughout the world. “In response to continual requests for our audio content, we have decided to begin offering our audio programming to radio stations for syndication,” said Alan Abbey, Vice President, Electronic Publishing. “We believe our programs, which include interviews with political leaders and the average person, will be of interest to radio stations across the world and across demographic lines.” For information on how to purchase syndicated programming from Jerusalem Post Radio, please contact Alan Abbey, Vice President, Electronic Programming, The Jerusalem Post, at 011-972-2-531-5603 or by email at (11/12)

Music News from Buzz  Word- Sixpence, downhere, Point of Grace, Salvador... WOW Gospel 2003 to release February 4... Blindside performs in skateboarding-themed movie  (11/12)

Salem Communications promotes Allen Power to Regional Vice President of Operations. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, Radio, Joe D. Davis. With this promotion, Power, who is GM of Salem Media of Georgia, will assume direct operational oversight of the Southeast US radio markets and will provide a leadership position in the company's national radio business. Power commented, "After 24 years in general market radio it has been rewarding to apply what I learned there to the quickly growing Christian radio genre. The continued growth of Salem Communications is unfaltering and a true testament of successful radio. To be included among the distinguished ranks of Salem's Senior Management is both an honor and an exhilarating challenge. I feel privileged to be a part of what I believe to be radio history." (11/12)

Southern Louisiana has 2 new Chrsitian radio stations. Extreme Radio WXXM / New Orleans has flipped from FM Talk to Gospel calling itself Praise 94.9. And in Morgan City Howard J. Castay Jr. and Hubcast Broadcasting have turned on KFRA AM 1390 simulcasting the companies KBZE. Click here for their website. (11/7)

FYI: Preferred registration for GMA members attending Gospel Music Week 2003 has begun. It will last thru December 2nd. Click on this link to get full details (11/7)

WVNE / Worcester held a Clergy Appreciation contest in October. More than 50 listeners nominated their pastor (via the WVNE website) to win the Pastor's Software Library (valued at $3,000.00) from The winner was announced on the air and on their website. Congrats to GM Steve Tuzeneu and his staff. (11/7)

Veteran Programmer C.C. Matthews has accepted the OM position at the Salem Cincinnati cluster of WBOB-AM and WTSJ-AM. WBOB carries ESPN Sports and WTSJ is Christian talk. Matthews was PD at Clear Channel Tulsa. (11/7)

Billy Smiley, co-founder and member of the mega-group White Heart, has launched Devotion Music, a sub-division of Cul De Sac Records.  The new label will focus on original worship music from various denominations and musicians worldwide. "I am excited to have the opportunity to use the talents God has given me along with my twenty years of experience in the music industry to help young artists achieve their dreams," said Smiley. "Worship Extreme", features #1 songs from Dove Award winning and nominated groups such as Pillar, East West, Justifide, and newcomers Anthem, SoulStar, and ForthRight!  It is slated for release on December 3rd.  The first three releases from Devotion, "Modern Worship", "Quiet Worship" and "Scripture Song", are in stores now. (11/7)

Salem Communications third quarter same station revenues and broadcast cash flow increase 15.0% and 25.5%. For the quarter ending September 30, 2002, net broadcasting revenue increased 15.9% to $38.7 million from $33.3 million in the same period a year ago. Broadcast cash flow (BCF) increased 12.8% to $14.0 million from $12.4 million in the corresponding 2001 period. The company's non-broadcast media businesses, and CCM Communications, generated profit of $0.2 million for the quarter, compared to a loss of $0.3 million for the same period in 2001.

Commenting on these results, Edward G. Atsinger III, President and CEO said, "We continue to report what we believe are some of the strongest same station revenue and cash flow growth rates in the industry. Through the combination of focused operations, strong, stable programming and the continued growth of our music stations, we have delivered strong financial performance. In addition, with a large percentage of our radio station portfolio in a launch or early development stage, we believe Salem is very well positioned to continue delivering some of the strongest revenue and cash flow growth in the radio industry, as these stations develop to maturity."

Also at Salem Sr. VP George Toulas is leaving his position. His responsibilities will be picked up by Salem Managers. (11/7)

Audio Adrenaline achieves a radio personal best....get the story from (11/6) reports: Christian music and book company Integrity Media, which bought M2 Communications in June, reported third quarter 2002 net sales up 26% year-to-year to $22.6 million, with net income up 110% to $1.4 million (23 cents/diluted share). Full-year 2002 earnings guidance is in the 40-45 cents/diluted share range. (11/6)

Music News from No, Skillet's John Cooper really isn't in those beer commercials, Steve Camptakes issue with Come Together & Worship Tour as 'inconsistent with Scripture', Randy Stonehill finally returns, Gotee hopes to pique your interest for the next Relient K record. (11/5)

Movement! Justin Colberg becomes the PD at KNMI / Farmington, NM as Megan Williams steps down to concentrate on middays and non-radio interests. WDAC / Lancaster makes Mike Stike the OM, while John Eby steps down to concentrate on his MD duties. ZJAM newest affiliate is WVMW / Scranton-Wilkes Barre and three international frequencies. (11/5)

Salem Communications has named Christopher Gould as General Manager for its Tampa station cluster overseeing WTWD-AM and WTBN-AM. Prior to joining Salem, Christopher spent ten years serving in advertising sales and marketing positions in Boston, MA and Palm Beach, FL for several radio broadcasters, including James Crystal Radio, CBS Radio, Evergreen Media and Fairbanks Communications.

Additionally, Salem announced that WTWD AM 910 will be repositioned under the call letters "WTBN", thus becoming WTBN AM 910. With both stations simulcasting the talk/teaching format, they will be branded "Tampa Bay's Christian Talk" and can be heard beyond the Tampa-St. Petersburg market, reaching into parts of the Orlando and Sarasota markets. Upon the completion of all announced transactions, the company will own and operate 84 radio stations, including 54 stations in the top 25 markets. (11/4)

WYLV / Knoxville morning personality Jason McKay is going into ministry full-time and exits the station. (10/31)


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