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

Drew Powell is the new PD at WPSM / Ft Walton Beach. Drew returns to the station from Nashville where he was involved in music. (10/31)

The KSBJ / Houston morning show is spearheading an effort to provide Thanksgiving food for as many of those families as possible. They've teamed up with local ministries to gather canned goods and non-perishable food items to be distributed during the holidays and will start the collection during a live broadcast of the Morning Show at a local mall on November 8th. They'll also be collecting at the November Brown Bag concert with Joy Williams November 12th at Memorial City Mall and wrap up the drive at the Michael W. Smith/Third Day concert November 16th at the Compaq Center. 10/30)

KLTY / Dallas scores big in the latest Metroplex Arbitron ratings. Women 25-54 the station now ranks #2 and #3 in adults 25-54 in the nations 5th largest market! KLTY tied with CHR KHKS for 6th place with a 3.9 overall 12+.

"The Summer 2002 ratings success for 94.9 KLTY-FM is a landmark achievement for the station and Christian radio as a whole, illustrating its broad appeal while stretching the genre to new levels. Never before has a CCM station posted such strong results in any ratings period," said John Peroyea, General Manager of 94.9 KLTY-FM. "Contemporary Christian Music continues to be one of the best selling music genres in the country, in large part due to the roll-out of Salem's Fish stations." (10/29) named Best Radio Station Website. Get the details from (10/28)

Jeff Scott is the new PD at WBGL / Champaign coming in from KSBJ / Houston. (10/28)

Lisa Bowen is the new Director of Audience Development at New Life 91.9 WRCM Charlotte. She was previously with the Charlotte Hornets in Promotions. (10/25)

Kim Bindell joins Doug Griffin and Don Burns on the morning show at The New 93.7 / 94.1 The One WYYB and WRLT / Nashville doing news. Kim comes from positions at The Salem Music Network and WAYM both in Nashville also at KSLT Rapid City and KOFR Lubbuck. (10/25)

106.5 The Promise WBGB / Jacksonville midday personality Kelly O'Brien has decided to move on to other interests. Her last day is today 10/25. The Promise welcomes former weekender Sherri Myers to midday's and promotions coming from the Jacksonville Fox TV affiliate. (10/25)

Colleen Colloton is new to WFZH "The Fish" Milwaukee joining PD Danny Clayton on the morning show beginning Monday, October 28. Colleen comes from positions with "The Jonathon Brandmeier Show", WPST in Stevens Point, and HBO in New York. (10/25)

News from It's official- Beanbag is no more; band in car accident, 18th Annual Stellar Award Nominees, dc Talk's Free At Last movie to finally be released; 10th Anniversary CD, too. (10/25)

Spirit FM (WRXT/WPAR) raised over $323,000 during its "In God We Trust" fall sharathon on October 21-23, exceeding the goal by over $20,000. In addition to funding Spirit FM's operational budget, the successful sharathon means the Virginia-based network will be able to send 323 solar-powered missionary radios to Africa in partnership with HCJB World Radio. In addition to raising funds for the missionary radios, Spirit FM's sharathon also included the "In God We Trust" Radio Tour, 15 remote broadcasts over three days from locations throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Visitors to the remote broadcasts registered to win a WOW Hits 2003 cd library, a 31-cd collection worth over six hundred dollars. (10/25)

Internet station based in Houston will change to a CHR format November 1st. The station has been Rock. (10/25)

There's a brand new place on the net to discuss Christian Radio topics. Log on to to check it out and make a post. (10/23)

Sean Caldwell adds to his Christian radio clients and is the new station voice at Spirit FM WBVM Tampa.  Hear Sean Caldwell demos and get details at (10/23)

Dove Award-winning Curb recording artist Selah is featured on the current edition of's "Street Week," the website's bi-weekly webcast highlighting upcoming releases in Christian music.  In promotion of their first holiday recording, Rose of Bethlehem, Selah performed three selections from the album: "Silent Night," "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and "Joy," an original song and the project's first single. For more log onto (10/22)

The Gospel Music Association has announced deadlines and guidelines for the 2003 GMA Radio Station of the Year contest. The radio station awards are designed to publicly acknowledge those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas, according to Frank Breeden, president of GMA. Awards are given to major, large, medium, and small market stations.

The entry deadline is January 31, 2003. Eligible stations must play Christian music for at least 50 percent of their broadcast day. They will be judged in four areas -- community involvement, ratings, air check, and industry leadership. Complete guidelines are attached to this release and are available at the GMA office at 615-242-0303 or online at

Three finalists in each market category will be announced on March 3 and winners named before the 34th Annual Dove Awards on April 10, 2003. The winners will be acknowledged during the Dove broadcast. The Dove Awards are the culminating event for Gospel Music Week 2003, which includes radio specific programming through the National Christian Radio Seminar (NCRS).

The 2002 Radio Station of the Year winners were WFSH-FM in Atlanta for major market; KXOJ-FM in Tulsa, OK for large market; KTSY-FM in Boise, ID for medium market; and KLRC-FM in Siloam Springs, AR for small market. (10/18)

WHMX / Bangor PD Steve Strout is leaving the station to enter the record business as Radio Promotions Manager at Reunion Records startin November 1st. (10/17)

News from Souljahz makes history at Christian Radio, iWORSHIP signs up as title sponsor for Michael W. Smith's Christmastime Tour 2002, The Elms shoot video for first single from new album. (10/17)

Religious and Gospel music now total 7.2% of all music sold in the US according to a new report from Interep Radio. Religious music sales jumped 70% from $549 million in 1997 to $920 million in 2001. The report stated that Country totaled 11.2%, Jazz 3.6%, and classical 3.4%. (10/17) reports: The FCC cancels the proposed $8,000 fine against FAITH BIBLE COLLEGE, INC. for failure to maintain EAS equipment at WTGF/MILTON, FL but does admonish the licensee for willfully violating the rule. The fine was dropped due to the licensee's financial hardship. (10/17)

Lori Lenz has now joined Northern Records in promotions. Reach out to her at She leaves a similar position at Metro 1 Music. (10/16)

John Reuben & Everyday Sunday visit The Bridge 100.7 SanFrancisco. Get story details from (10/14)

Kim Nelly is the new Director of Promotions at Salem / Los Angeles. Kim has previously worked at L.A. stations KFI, KCBS, and KOST. Salem owns KFSH, KRLA, and KKLA. (10/14)

Looks like a new Christian"Rock" station will be on the air soon in Tulsa. The Adonai Radio Group, owners of KXOJ / Tulsa, are buying KHJM and plan to name it "The Kross". The change is expected sometime in January of next year.  You'll recall Clear Channel pulled the plug on Christian Rock "Live 101.5" KMRX in July this year.  Adonai National PD Bob Thornton is requesting record label support for the station looking for all singles from the Rock and CHR charts dating back 5 years. Send it to Adonai Radio Group c/o Bob Thornton, 2448 E. 81st St., Suite 4500 Tulsa, OK 74137. (10/11)

KWVE / Orange County, CA drops "Focus On The Family" with Dr. James Dobson citing concerns about the daily features content. (10/11)

Christian Music Pioneer Steve Camp has announced the formation of Audience One Music, a new record label "dedicated to recovering, reforming, and restoring Christ-centered music ministry for God and His glory and for the good of His people."Audience One Music has partnered with Discovery House Music for marketing and promotion.  The first release from Audience One Music is Steve Camp's "Desiring God."  "After many years of prayer and planning, I am humbled that in God's providence He has allowed the formation of Audience One Music," said Camp.  "I am thrilled that the Lord has brought us together in partnership for ministry with Discovery House.  We are completely unified in one heart and mind in ministry goals and convictions." (10/10)

News from Word Records drops Sarah Masen, Kevin Max recording second solo album, MercyMe achieves 2 recordings in Top 10 at Christian retail. (10/10)

Salem Communications today announced that it will release third quarter 2002 financial results prior to market hours on Thursday, November 7, 2002. (10/10)

Congratulations to K-LOVE and AIR-1 land in the top 25  September Arbitron Webcast ratings! (10/10)

Jeff Taylor has been named Station Manager of WAYJ-FM in Ft. Myers, Florida. Taylor will assume all the duties of Station Manager immediately, where he has been serving as Program Director for the past 1 ½ years.  This will actually be Taylor’s second time in that role there, serving as manager for 3 years in the late 1990’s before departing for a teaching career. His promotion comes just as WAYJ-FM is celebrating 15 years as one of the nation’s first Christian CHR stations. Prior to WAY-FM Taylor worked at radio stations in Seattle, Washington; Fargo, North Dakota; and New Haven, Connecticut.  He has been a youth pastor for 15 years, an accomplished speaker at conferences and retreats nationwide, and authored the book  Life Support:  A Prescription For Prolonging The Ministry Life of Your Youth Worker. “Ft. Myers is my home and no one loves this community more than I do,” says Taylor.  “I pray that God will continue to open doors for WAY-FM so that we can creatively minister to people who need Christ.” (10/9)

Burt Perrault has joined Dave Garland Media Brokerage. Burt is a former Christian radio manager and can be reached at or (832) 498-4600. (10/9)

Faron Dice has been named the new Affiliate Manager for the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN), owned and operated by WAY-FM Media Group, Inc.  He will immediately work with existing CHRSN affiliates around the country, seek out potential affiliates nationwide that can be serviced by this contemporary Christian hit music format, and handle all corporate underwriting announcements group and network-wide. “Faron Dice brings a wealth of experience of relationship building and servicing radio clients nationwide,” said WAY-FM Media Group’s Chief Operating Officer Dusty Rhodes.  He is a real quality person I know our affiliates and future affiliates will appreciate. (10/9) has been re-launched by Salem Communications as it's purchase by the Broadcast Company is completed on Oct. 4. The Internet portal is to expand its coverage of news and information, as well as to provide teaching resources and community interaction targeted to the religious and family-values audience on the Internet.

One of the big reasons this acquisition made sense for Salem Communications was that we already had access to tremendous Christian content, from our ministry partnerships on radio, from our own news, public affairs, magazines and music sources,” said Rick Killingsworth, Vice President of “Our re-launch of follows months of user analysis, research and planning. We have a good appreciation of what the Christian audience wants from the Internet and we think the combined forces of Crosswalk and OnePlace will be the preeminent source for Christian content on the Internet for many years to come.” (10/7)

From  Smaller webcasters and the recording industry reached a royalty agreement yesterday 10/6 that lowers the rates for most small webcasters. The plan, covering 1998-2004, calls for rates between 8 and 12% of yearly revenues (the higher of 8% of revenues of 5% of expenses retroactive to 1998, minimum $2,000/year, and rates graduating to 10% of the first $250,000/year of revenues and 12% beyond that level) and allows for three installment payments of the retroactive portion; the agreement could face trouble from the NAB and musicians' unions, which might fight the deal. (10/7)

"106.7 The Fish" in Chicago morning personality Johnny Stone announces the syndication of a new AC radio countdown show.  The show called "Looking Up to Number One with Johnny Stone-The Contemporary Christian Music Count-up" will be a two hour program based on the top 20 from the Radio & Records AC Christian chart, featuring artist interviews and information.  For more information call 312-593-3337. (10/7)

Christian Broadcasting Incorporated names Tom Steigleman as Executive Vice President. CBI owns KAFC 93.7 and KATB 89.3 in Anchorage, Alaska. In the past Tom has served as Operations Manager, Promotions Manager, and Program Director of all three stations. (10/7)

Thom Ewing is the new Station Manager for 88.1 WAYH-FM in Huntsville. The station is scheduled to go on the air serving Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, and all of Northern Alabama in March of next year with a full power signal and local staff. Ewing comes to Alabama via Indianapolis where he worked in public radio and TV the last 7 years. (10/7)

News from teams with HisAir Productions for new syndicated radio show! Come Together & Worship Tour dates already selling out:, True Vibe readies for Pure Pop Tour with Plus One and more: (10/4)

The K-LOVE Network and Worldwide Worship make Kip Johns the music assistant. Kip will take those music calls at (916) 251-1674. (10/4)




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