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NewsChannel Dec '03



If you have station / label news including but not limited to personnel changes, station events, label events, it to

A proposal has been sent to the NRB asking that Christian Radio Week be observed the first full week of March each year in order to heighten the awareness and appreciation of Christian radio. The proposal submitted to NRB Director of Media and Public relations Bob Powers by KLVV/Oklahoma City GM Doyle Brewer says Christian Radio Week would benefit all stations by bringing to the forefront the advantages of listening to and supporting Christian radio. In the letter sent to the NRB Doyle states that he believes the idea would be widely received with enthusiasm and participation. Click here to view Christian Radio Week logo ideas. (12/30)

Star 99.1/New York PD morning personality Johnny Stone checks in with HisAir.Net to let us know after months of searching for his morning show co-host he will have an announcement in about a week. (12/29)

Rebecca St. James and Michael W. Smith will co-host a two hour New Year’s Day television special, “Night of Joy,” set to feature an array of the biggest names in Contemporary Christian Music, and scheduled to air in late prime time on the Hallmark Channel, Thursday January 1 (10:PM-12:Midnight EST/PST). Joining St. James and Smith will be fellow artists Jars of Clay, Kirk Franklin, Point of Grace, Yolanda Adams, Nicole C. Mullen, Rachael Lampa, Freddie Colloca, Salvador, ZOEgirl, and Stacie Orrico. (12/29)

Pierre Chestang is the new station manager at WKES/WSOR/WHGN/WKZM in Central SW Florida. The stations are owned by The Moody Broadcasting Network. Chestang has served as PD and has been with Moody for 9 years. (12/29)

"1030 The Light"/Kansas City Morning Co-host Anthony Norman completed his 10 day live broadcast from the roof of the Blue Ridge Mall accomplishing his goal of raising $12,000 for the children helped by The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City. Norman weathered through bitter cold temperatures, snow and high winds and unfortunately while he was living in a wind-damaged tent, his apartment was burglarized. But despite his own difficulties, Norman focused on the mission accomplished. “I appreciate the generosity of 1030 the Light listeners and the people of Kansas City,” he said. “The $12,000 will help make many children’s dreams come true. These kids have to deal with. (12/22)

 Salem Communications talk show host Adam McManus will be in San Diego this week to fill in for the vacationing Dana Sturgeon on AM 1210, KPRZ. McManus is the host of a daily two-hour call-in talk show called "Take A Stand" heard from 3-5 p.m. central on AM 630, KSLR/San Antonio. Guests this week include on Tuesday Oliver North of Fox News Channel talking about his new book War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom. To listen live from 2-3 p.m. Pacific time go to (12/22)

Jeremy Larcom joins KTSL/Spokane as weekend personality. (12/18)

Christian Radio & Retail Weekly  and Provident Music Group recently announced an exclusive partnership for 2004, which will generate a new version of the CRW trade publication specifically designed to serve the industry by extending its radio focus to now include retail coverage.

Dave Koch, president of Westar Media Group, sees the partnership as a landmark. “Retail is one more important step toward our overall mission of serving the Christian music industry and its radio formats through CRW.  We are honored to partner with such an incredible team at Provident Music Group, and we look forward to providing our readers with more comprehensive retail information in 2004.” (12/18)


Godstock Ministries Inc. of Indiana, PA traveled to Zephyrhills, Florida last week and built a new Christian CHR called "96.7 The Switch" in just 4 days. WZPH was within a week of having its construction permit expire. Godstock will now operate the station and has named Christian broadcast veteran Greg First, a local Zephyrhills resident its Director of Operations. For more details go to  96.7 The Switch will be working with CHRSN.  Godstock Ministries also owns and operates 103.7 FISH FM in Indiana, PA. Congratulations to Chris Lash and staff. (12/18)

WDBX/Chattanooga OM/PD Dale Mitchell exits the station and will spend time developing his voiceover business called Announcerboy Productions. Contact Dale at (12/18)

KTIS/Minneapolis makes Ben Yehuda the Network Music Coordinator at the station. Yehuda joins from cross-town Sprit FM.  Reach him at 651- 631-5073 and (12/18)

KLFF/San Luis Obispo's Melanie Dixon joins The Provident Label Group as National Promotions Coordinator starting January 5th. You can reach her at 615- 261-6467 or (12/12)

Mike Blanton, Dan Harrell, and Steve Thomas have partnered together to form BHT Entertainment to be based in Brentwood, TN. and will house three different record labels. Troy Collins formerly with Gotee and Forefront will be their GM. New projects from the labels will be due out by April '04. (12/11)

Kat Ferguson joins KFIS/Portland as MD/midday pesonality starting in January coming from KLTY/Dallas. (12/10)

Moves: WBDX/Chattanooga, TN adds local youth pastor Ted Goeke and former WGOW talk host Stephanie Birmingham as new morning show co-hosts... Tim Braddock is the new AE for Salem's WBOB-AM & WTSJ-AM/Cincinnati. (12/9)

The Inspo 2004 conference will be held June 13-16 on the campus of Northwestern College in suburban St. Paul, MN. The 15th annual Inspo 2004 is for all stations with an Inspirational music format. (12/9)

WXPZ/Milford, DE. owner Delmarva Broadcasting says it will change the format of the station to oldies January 2nd citing a lack of advertisers as the reason. "The Light" Christian format will still be available on line at (12/8)

CHANGES: Dave Masters exits the PD/Mornings slot at KTSL/Spokane Due to station budget cuts... Paul Goldsmith is the new Air 1 and K-Love Netwoks Regional Manager for Chicago coming from WJMK/Chicago and WONU/Chicago...Pencil Boone is the new Station Manager at WHMX/Bangor starting on January 2nd... WMSJ/Portland, ME Promotions Director Joe Polek announces his engagement to Nicole Marie Barto and a September 2004 wedding... (12/5)

Quick Bits From Mark Schultz hits #1... Grammy nominees announced... Casting Crowns scores another #1... Joy FM staff meets David Crowder and Chris Tomlin... (12/4)

Terry Fayh is the new VP/GM at the Salem Los Angeles cluster including KFSH, KKLA, and KRLA. Terry has been acting GM since this past May and was previously their VP/GSM. (12/3)

Blount Communications, owner of WVNE-Worcester, MA, recently took control of WNEB also of Worcester. WNEB will give Blount Communications a full-time presence in the Worcester market and will simulcast WVNE for the time being. WVNE station manager Steve Tuzeneu will also manage WNEB. Blount Communications
plans to purchase the station early in '04. (12/2)

AFR PD John Riley tells HisAir.Net that KVRS FM/American Family Radio in Lawton, Duncan and Marlow, OK sponsored a "Cards for Heroes" drive to get signed Christmas cards for all of the local troops still in Iraq as well as Prepaid Long Distance Phone Cards for their use.  Over 600 Christmas cards were brought in by KVRS listeners as well many Phone cards.  Wives of the soldiers helped address the cards and got them prepared to send off in time for Christmas. (12/2)

Applications for "Station Of The Year" are being accepted now by The GMA. The award will be presented at the Dove Awards on April 28, 2004. Go to or get a hold of our good friend Kyle  Fenton 877- 289-4251. (12/1)



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