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Movement: WCFL Chicago will cease local programming on Feb. 10th and begin simulcasting sister station WBGL Champaign. The move is a result of financial pressure to maintain the frequency. WCFL GM Steve Young will join WAY FM as GM at their new Tallahassee property, MD Joe Buchanan will transfer to WBGL, and night personality Rick Hall lands at WCIC Peoria.  (1/28)

New Station! "New Life 1520" WLGC signed on January 16th in Greenup, KY in the Ashland, KY/Huntington, WV market.  Mic Marshall is the GM and Kevin Grady joins the staff in morning drive. The format is a mixture of classic Christian hits and today's music.  Congratulate them with a phone call to 606-473-0999.  They could use records service as well. Address: New Life 1520, P.O. Box 578, Ashland, KY  41105.  Visit their website at (1/28)

Natalie Grant injured in fall from stage Saturday night. Details. (1/27)

Floodgate Records artist East West has just started recording their much awaited sophomore album for at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA. Enlisted to produce is none other than Dennis Mackay, whose credits include David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Judas Priest, and Barry Manilow! The currently untitled album will release through Word/WEA on June 10. (1/24)

Family Radio Co-founder and President Harold Camping on-air remarks anger Christian leaders. Go here for details. (1/24)

Go Fish jumps 39 slots on Christian SoundScan chart in one week. Get the scoop from (1/23)

New frequency  88.5 KTKL in Stigler OK has signed on and is the latest affiliate with EMF's K-Love contemporary Christian format.  (1/23)

Mark Giles is now operating in the role of radio consultant for Vertical Music as his promotion position was eliminated by the label. Reach out to Mr. Giles at 850-974-8998 or (1/22)

WRCM Charlotte names its APD/MD Dwayne Harrison PD effective immediately. Also Gary Morland joins WRCM as morning co-host arriving from the big state of Texas at Country KASE Austin. (1/22)

Radio Ink reports Salem Los Angeles has begun streaming five new Internet-only stations, each featuring free continuous replays of top programs heard earlier in the day on the siteís terrestrial station.

The new online stations include SmartTalk 870 KRLA-AMís site,, featuring The Mark Larson Show on the Mark Larson Channel; The Dennis Prager Show on the Dennis Prager Channel; The Michael Medved Show on The Michael Medved Channel; and The Hugh Hewitt Show on the Hugh Hewitt Channel; and on KKLA 99.5 FMís site,, Duffy & Company/Live From L.A. on the Duffy & Company Channel. SmartTalk 870 KRLA-AM and KKLA 99.5 FM will continue to stream live, so Internet listeners will have their choice of live programming or a rebroadcast of one of their favorite shows. (1/22)

Paul Colman Trio garners second #1 single on Radio & Recordsí Christian Hits Radio Top 30 chart...Click here for details. (1/20)

34TH ANNUAL DOVE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED. Click here for a complete list of the nominees. The Dove Awards will be presented April 10 at The Gaylord Entertainment Center Nashville. (1/14)

KHJM 100.3 / Tulsa flips to Christian rock as KCXR, "The Kross."  Visit the stations new website here. The Kross is the sister station of KXOJ and part of the Adonai Radio Group. Richard Robertson, from crosstown KXBL (The Bull) /Tulsa, will be the evening personality. (1/14)

CCCCHanges at K-LOVE as PD Mike Novak becomes Director Of Programming of EMF, APD David Pierce is now PD, And Morning guy Jon Rivers will be picking the hits as the MD. (1/14)

Music News from Stacie Orrico embarks on radio promo tour for upcoming album...Forefront Records intern guests on Audio Adrenaline's Worldwide...Reunion Records to release Dove Hits 2003 March 18. (1/13)

Movement: KXOJ Tulsa morning co-host Jim Marbles is exiting the station at the end of January. Morning partner Craig West will remain on the show.

ANS.......WQCK Baton Rouge Pd Morning Personality Scott Michaels has exited the station due to personal reasons. His last day was Friday 1/10. So it looks like The Bridge is in need of a programmer ASAP. Contact GM Darren Ryder at 225-774-7780. (1/13)

Talent on the move! WCVO Columbus welcomes Tracey Leek to the morning show with Scott Saunders. She joins from the midday spot at Magic 98.9 also in Columbus. And at KZZQ Des Moines Rachel Leigh is back from maternity leave as the MD. (1/7)

Frank Breeden resigns as GMA president! The Gospel Music Association announced that Breeden, president of the GMA and Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA), will continue in his role until January 31, 2003 and remain a consultant for the GMA and CMTA through April 30. Breeden chose not to renew his contract and will be pursuing different business opportunities. On February 1, current GMA Board Chairman John W. Styll will assume the duties of interim president of both organizations but will begin working with Breeden immediately on transition issues. Breeden became president of the GMA and CMTA in 1997, after serving on the GMA Board of Directors since 1988. (1/7)

Music News from GMA releases year-end sales figures for Christian Music...45th Grammy Awards Nominees...Australian Christian Radio names its Artist of the Year. (1/7)

Nominees for the 34th Annual Dove Awards are scheduled to be announced at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at The Gaylord Entertainment Center. (1/7)

 Christian radio airplay charts finally come of age! CMTA's "Top Christian Hits," a new weekly radio airplay chart based on Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) and Arbitron will debut on January 9. BDS is the world's leading provider of off-the-air music recognition to the recording and radio industries and Arbitron is the music industry standard for measuring listening audiences, according to Gabriel Aviles, director of CMTA. (1/7)

Nominations are now being accepted for the Scott Cambell Award and Rob Gregory Award whicjh will be presented a during Gospel Music Week April 6-10 in Nashville. The awards are presented to the Christian Broadcaster or Associated Professional for outstanding contributions to the industry. nominations should be no more than 100 words long and e-mailed to Deadline is Feb. 7th. (1/6)

 Salem changes format on KBJD 1650 AM in Denver to conservative talk. The programming change will now be a companion format to Salem Media's 710 AM KNUS conservative talk station, adding its new moniker of KNUS II. Programming will include G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Medved, and Michael Savage. (1/6)

Movin Up! Gregg Michaels is now Production and Programming Assistant at WAY FM Nashville. (1/3)

Monday January 6th will bring changes to J93.3 Atlanta. Mid-day personality Tiffany Thorpe and afternoon guy Kurt Wallace will team up for morning drive while PD Jerry Williams moves to mid-days. The station also adds Kevin Steele for PM Drive. Meanwhile Sheila Richards leaves the station. (1/3)

WNCB Duluth has changed its identity to "The Refuge" and has re-focused to more of a CHR sound. Visit their website here (1/3)

Love 89.1 WYLV in Knoxville debuts its new morning show line up..."The Love 89 Breakfast Bunch" consisting of WYLV Program Director Jonathan Unthank, local Youth Pastor Mike Parker, and WYLV Promotions Director Marisa Lykins on January 6th. (1/2) 

According to a December study by the Mellman Group (commissioned by NAB), about 78 percent of Americans say "local" radio provides a "very important" or "somewhat important" role in providing news and information considered relevant to the community. Additionally, an overwhelming number of those polled said they are satisfied with overall programming provided by their local outlets. 77 percent indicated their favorite station plays the music they like at lease some of the time, while almost 30 percent said local radio provides more variety today than 5 years ago. (1/2)


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