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NewsChannel April '03



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WVNE Worcester welcomes Dave Rhenow to it's announcing staff. Also May 28th marks the 12 year anniversary at the station for WVNE Station Manager Steve Tuzeneu. (4/28)

KKMS/WWTC Minneapolis OM/PD David Christian exits the Salem owned stations. (4/25)

AllAccess reports: Salem Communications will write off about $1.3 million for first quarter 2003 due to the rejection by the San Diego County Board Of Supervisors of its request to move the towers of Talk KCBQ AM /San Diego to the Lakeside area. The station's current Santee tower site has been sold for the construction of a home improvement center and the station says it will need to find a new site by September or be forced off the air. Salem also owns Religion KPRZ AM in the market. (4/24)

WCVK Bowling Green celebrates 17 years in the format! (4/23)

Music News from Stellar Awards to air live for first time ever...Rebecca St. James salutes American troops with new radio single...P.O.D.'s new song #1 most added on rock & alternative radio (4/22)

Greg Long injured in motorcycle accident. Go to CMCentral for details. (4/22)

KFSH "95.9 THE FISH" Los Angeles midday personality Michelle has left the station. (4/22)

Salem Communications’ Contemporary Christian music format has received this year’s Gospel Music Association’s Impact Award. The honor is presented to the non-artist individual or organization making the most significant contribution to the gospel music industry. GMA President John W. Styll said, “We congratulate The Fish and are proud of the contributions this new format has made and will continue to make towards furthering our shared goal of increasing the impact of Christian and gospel music.”

The Fish’s National PD Chuck Finney commented, “We’re humbled and honored by the GMA's recognition of Fish music stations and their impact over the past three years. It's exciting for those of us involved with the Fish stations on a day-to-day basis to have the opportunity to bring this uplifting, positive music to so much of America.”

Salem launched the first Fish station three years ago in Los Angeles. Past winners include Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Jars Of Clay, Dan Harrell & Michael Blanton, SoundScan and NARM. (4/22)

The PDA 2003 AC Radio Seminar will be held September 5-7 in Atlanta at the Ravinia Crowne Plaza Hotel. More details are forthcoming from Brad Burkhart Christian Media. They can be contacted at (4/21)

Music News from Switchfoot to make tv premier on Late Late Show...Allen Asbury song generates response on both Christian and mainstream radio...Evanescence ignites controversy with new interview; Wind-Up Records issues recall of product. (4/17)

WAYH (WAY FM) in Huntsville is on the air today serving North Alabama. PD Tim Sinclair says nearly 3,000 people took part in the festivities. Tim hosts the morning show locally then it carries the WAY FM Network programming. Drop a line to Tim at (4/15)

Distributor, Diamante-Butterfly Distribution is now known as Butterfly Internatiuonal Distribution. The name change includes the Dan Huisinga becoming the new VP/Major Accounts, and Jim Clark, the VP/Independent Accounts. (4/15)

WMHK morning guy Rusty Rabon is leaving the station at the end of the month. He'll be heading into ministry as a pastor soon.  See the "Jobs" page if interested in filling the opening at WMHK. (4/14)

Music News from Gospel Music Week 2003 recap...Plus One signs with Inpop Records...Worship band Everyone debuts at GMA...Jars of Clay & Caedmon's Call conclude spring tour...(4/11)

Talent Movement: Music Director Midday Personality Jenifer Page adds APD duties at WQCK Baton Rouge.

...WAYF West Palm Beach Promotion Director Andrea Kleid makes a move to WJIS Sarasota in the same capacity.

...WAYK Kalamazoo PD Brian Nelson jumps over to WJQK Grand Rapids as their APD/MD and morning personality.

...At KAEZ Amarillo Julie Christie takes PM Drive from middays at the station as part-timer Sean Freeman moves into middays.  (4/10)

Several changes within the Moody Broadcasting Network (MBN) will take place over the next several months. Among the changes, WFCM AM & FM-Nashville will simulcast WMBW-Chattanooga, TN; WSOR-Ft. Myers will simulcast WKES-St. Petersburg; and WIWC-Kokomo, IN/WHPL-West Lafayette, IN will simulcast WGNR-Indianapolis. “The broadcasting division realignment decisions are a part of a second and final stage of our initiative to keep MBI on a solid footing as we move into the future,” said MBI President Dr. Stowell. “The first phase of MBI ministry changes were announced in February, including the news that MOODY magazine will cease print publication after the July/August issue.” (4/6)

Station Movement: WJLF Gainsville is now airing music 24 hours a day. AND the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN) has added a new affiliate in Westerly, RI. WBLQ (88.1 FM) began airing CHRSN on April 1st becoming the first Christian music FM station in Rhode Island. (4/4)

Matt Baldridge is the new PD at WAEF and WBJY, AFR's stations in Ashburn,GA. Matt was previously with KSPW Springfield and KXOJ Tulsa. (4/4)

Don't be LATE for church Sunday morning! …remember to move your clocks forward one hour SUNDAY morning at 2am. Spring forward, Fall back. (4/4)

Salem Communications has announced the appointments of Errol Dengler and T.J. Malievsky to Regional Vice Presidents of Operations according to Executive Vice President of Radio, Joe D. Davis. Dengler, who is General Manager of Salem Media of Cleveland, will assume direct operational oversight of the Ohio and Pennsylvania U.S. radio markets.Malievsky, who is General Manager of Salem of Hawaii, will assume direct operational oversight of the Honolulu, Hawaii, Sacramento and San Diego, California U.S. radio markets. Joe D. Davis congratulated Dengler & Malievsky by saying: "These men are both leaders who have demonstrated their abilities in previous jobs, in their local markets, and beyond. They bring a fresh energy and depth of perspective that will be welcome. They are capable of the kind of leadership that will take the stations they oversee to new levels of performance." Dengler will remain in Cleveland, Ohio where he resides with his wife Grete and their two children, Jason and Kristen. Malievsky will remain in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife Cecilia and son Nick. (4/2)

Steve Young has been named Station Manager for the newest WAY-FM station, 88.1 WAYT-FM in Tallahassee, Florida scheduled to launch on-the-air Summer 2003. WAY-FM’s Chief Operating Officer Dusty Rhodes says “Steve Young has the character and integrity, the competency for station management, and the chemistry to fit right into the team at WAY-FM!." Young has over 16 years of Christian radio experience, having served as Station Manager for WBGL-FM in Champaign, Illinois and most recently at WCFL-FM in Morris, Illinois near Chicago.  As Young stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity to actually launch a brand new radio station that didn’t exist before, and serve in a vital ministry in Tallahassee with WAY-FM.” (4/2)

Dave Arthur has been bumped up to PD at The Fish KFIS Portland. Previous PD Andy west will concentrate on sister stations KPDQ AM&FM. (4/1)

From AllAccess: Salem Communications gave its executives some healthy raises for 2002, according to Inside Radio. CEO Ed Atsinger got a bump from 2001's $513,750 to $700,000, although his total take shrank due to a 2001 signing bonus of $300,000. Chairman Stuart Epperson went from $513,750 to $600,000, and Radio Pres. Joe Davis got a bigger salary -- $251,000. to $285,000 --- but a smaller bonus, from $40,000 to $32,000. CFO David Evans and Sr. VP Robert Adair also received raises for the year, which saw the company's revenues rise. (4/1)


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