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NewsChannel July '03



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Quick clips: Former WQCK Baton Rouge PD Scott Michaels checks in with HisAir.Net to tell us he's got an announcement coming very soon on his next move in Christian radio. By the way Scotts been staying busy by handling news duties at KUIK Portland and Production at KXPC Albany, OR... Steven Griffin is named GM of Salems new Jacksonville cluster, including WBGB. WPSM Fort Walton Beach, FL celebrated birthday No. 19...KSBJ Houston GM Tim McDermott was the guest speaker at two major events in Australia, a conference for the Association of Christian Broadcasters and the Hillsong Worship Conference, both earlier this month...WRCM Charlotte PD Dwayne Harrison and WMHK Columbia, SC morning host Judi Labrecque will take listeners on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with World Servants and Russ Lee (7/31)

The R&R Christian Summit in Dallas is set for September 18-20. Moderators will include WFHM/Cleveland PD Sue Wilson and WONU/Chicago Station Manager Bill DeWees. The event is to be hosted by KLTY/Dallas and Salem National PD Chuck Finney. (7/31)

On Monday August 4th, Amy Wilken will join TM Century as PraiseDisc Manager. Wilken will manage the PraiseDisc project which delivers Christian new releases every other week to the over 1,800 radio stations in the United States that program any type of Christian music. Wilken was most recently the National Promotions Director for Christian independent label - Razed Records. Eve Mayer Orsburn, Director of Special Projects, explained: "The experience Amy Wilken brings to the PraiseDisc product is invaluable. She understands the challenges both major and independent record labels face. She understands how to service Christian radio effectively." "Due to the huge response we have received from Christian record labels and radio stations since we unveiled PraiseDisc just a few weeks ago, we felt we had to bring someone in to focus solely on PraiseDisc giving it the dedication it deserves." stated TM Century President/CEO David Graupner.  PraiseDisc 002 is hitting stations this week. The PraiseDisc service, which is free to U.S. radio stations, numerous syndicated shows, and several Sunday Morning shows on secular stations, covers new music releases in Christian music format genres...including Rock, CHR, AC, Inspirational, and Gospel.  PraiseDisc, a label/artist supported service, includes releases from all the major and many minor record labels in addition to releases from independent artists.  The PraiseDisc service  also includes  a section on the TM Century website with a fully searchable database, liner notes for each song and links to artist and label websites. (7/31)

The GMA is making changes to the Dove Awards categories, including the addition of a Worship Song of the Year category. The Pop/Contemporary awards will be divided into two separate categories for both album and song groupings. The new categories will be called Pop/Contemporary and Rock/Contemporary. The Hard Music and Modern Rock/Alternative categories will be combined into one category called Modern Rock. Also, Dance will be dropped from the Rap/Hip-Hop/Dance category and moved into the general Pop category. (7/30)

Finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards competition have been selected. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the Marconi Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Winners in each category will be announced October 2nd at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Finalists in the Religious Station of the Year category: KJIL-Meade, KS...KNOM-Nome, AK...KSBJ-Humble, TX ...WMBI-Chicago...WNNL-Raleigh. (7/29)

TM Century presents Praisedemo, a disc including a compilation of demos that will be distributed to 1,856 radio stations and over 100 Christian record labels. The first disc will go out August 11. If you have demo that you would like included contact Eve Orsburn at 973-406-6829 or (7/28)

LABEL MOVEMENT: Nina Williams is the new VP/Marketing for Provident Label Group. She was previously with Essential Records and will report to Dean Diehl.

Andrew Patton lands the VP National Promotion position at the Provident Label group and will oversee all Essential and Reunion Records project effective July 28th.

Meanwhile Lori Cline is upped to Director National Promotions at Word filling the vacancy left by Pattons departure earlier this week. (7/24)

Marcia Ware has taken over the hosting duties for the Top 20 Meltdown from The Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network. “Marcia is a terrific communicator who has been endearing herself to audiences and getting great ratings for 7 years now,” says Doug Hannah, CHRSN Network PD, “We’re excited about bringing her personality into this show.”  (7/24)

American Family Radio has partnered with Compassion International to get 1200 children sponsored within the next year. Compassion recently accepted the 500,000th child into their program, seven-year old Irma from Guatemala. American Family Radio has chosen to sponsor Irma as their child and to help celebrate the half-a-million children milestone, they are presenting the Guatemala Mission Adventure Giveaway. Listeners will be given chances on-air and online to win a Compassion Adventure Pack filled with prizes and qualify in a drawing for a mission adventure in Guatemala. The winner will travel to Guatemala to meet Irma and see Compassion’s work firsthand. (7/23)

Todd Chatman is the new GM at WCSG Grand Rapids overseeing WAYG Grand Rapids and WAYK Kalamazoo. Lee Geysbeek remains as VP Broadcasting for Cornerstone. (7/22)

Troy Vest is the new GM at Flicker Records coming from a former position as Director of Marketing at Sparrow. Vest will be in charge of all label operations and report to President Bob Herdman. (7/22)

Andrew Patton exits his post as the Director of National Promotion for the Word Label Group. Andrew can be reached at 615-405-3622 or (7/21)

  A quick visit to the websit address reveals the following....

The FCC has granted IAM a construction permit to build WRXV 89.1 FM!

Soon, central PA will have it's own modern Christian music radio station - WRXV FM 89.1 - REV FM. The signal will cover 6 Central PA counties.  REV FM will play your favorite modern Christian music from Skillet, Jennifer Knapp, dc talk, Bleach, Michael W. Smith and P.O.D. -- just to name a few.

Find out more about Invisible Allies Ministries (IAM) by visiting our corporate website:


Be sure to check out two new charts for Christian radio offered by Billboard. Wade Jesson says the "Hot Christian Singles and Tracks" and "Hot Christian Adult contemporary" charts are available at and are based on BDS airplay reports. The audience information used to compile these charts will also be added to the formula for "The Billboard Hot 100,".. (7/18)

WAY-FM Nashville APD/MD Ace McKay will transfer to Tallahassee to become PD of the new WAYT . WAY-FM Network Program Director Doug Hannah says "I hate to see him leave us. I really don't want him to go.  But, unquestionably, he is ready to be a PD. He has also had a dream of doing mornings. This allows him to pursue his passion, take his ministry career to the next level, and strengthen his already fine leadership.  But, I'm genuinely excited that we're able to keep such a great individual in our own company as he takes his excellence to the next level." Aces start date in Tallahassee has not been determined but WAYT is scheduled to debut by late August. Ace will continue his duties as PD of and will remain the main music contact for TheXStation. (7/17)

Mike Couchman is leaving the PD position at WLGH Lansing for the same at WAYG Grand Rapids. If you'd like a shot at the WLGH PD slot email Mike at or mail your package to GM Jenn Czelada at WLGH, 148 E. Grand River Ave. Suite 211, Williamston, MI 48895. (7/16)

Avalon member Michael Passons has left the vocal group to "move on to the next stage of his life and career," according to a statement released by the group. Greg Long, husband of Avalon member Janna Long, will sit in until a permanent replacement for Passons is found. (7/15)

APD/MD/afternoon personality Michael Sadowski will leave WBGB Jacksonville when Salem takes over the station. Michael joined WBGB in November 2000. The sale from Concord Media to Salem will take effect on August 1st. Michael is available at 904-614-4902 or and ready to talk to you about opportunities. Prior to WBGB Michael was with WBGL Champaign. (7/14)

Christian Ministries, Inc headquartered in Essex Junction, Vermont announces a new name for their radio group. They are now called, "The Light" Radio Network. The network consists of nine radio signals reaching into Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts and southern Quebec, Canada. For more information about this radio ministry contact general manager, Richard McClary at 866-878-8885 or (7/11)

TM Century, will launch PraiseDisc on July 11th. TM Century is shipping its first PraiseDisc to the over 1,800 radio stations in the United States that program any type of Christian music. Stations should receive PraiseDisc next week. The PraiseDisc service, which is free to U.S. radio stations, will cover all new music releases in all Christian music format genres…including Rock, CHR, AC, Inspirational and Gospel. The PraiseDisc service will also include a section on the TM Century Web site which will include a fully-searchable database, liner notes for each song and links to artist Web sites. PraiseDisc, a label/artist supported service, will include releases from all the major and many minor record labels in addition to releases from independent artists. For more information on PraiseDisc contact Eve Orsburn, Director of Special Projects at 972-406-6829, or go to (7/10)

Nearly 200 Inspirational radio personnel attended "Inspo 2003" at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. from June 25-28. Guest speakers included Family Life Today's Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine and NRB President Dr. Frank Wright. The seminar host station KTIS/Minneapolis also sponsored its annual Summer Picnic MusicFest on Saturday with over 5,000 in attendance. (7/8)

Following a long and courageous battle with cancer and other health problems, Larry Burkett, the founder of the world's first organization to teach biblically based financial management, has died.  He was 64. Burkett who was host of the Christian radio show "Money Matters" passed away July 4th. Larry’s radio program was carried on more than 1,000 stations in the United States. Please join us in praying for his wife, Judy and their four children: Allen, Kim, Danny, and Todd. Judy and Larry were married for 44 years. Click here for more on the life and ministry of Larry Burkett. (7/7)

Christian and Gospel music sales dropped ten percent the first half of 2003 but maintained its market share according to the GMA. At the end of the first six months of 2003, Nielsen SoundScan sales of Christian and gospel music were at 21,046,000 units compared to 23,445,000 units at the same time in 2002, a 10.23 percent decline. These sales represent 7.14 percent of all music sales, which puts gospel music sales ahead of Latin, jazz, classical and soundtracks. (7/3)

Jim McDermott KCVO-Columbia/Camdenton steps down as morning show host after 18 years.  McDermott will continue as General Manager.  Beginning July 7 "KC and Kyle in the Morning" will air in morning drive. Kyle Miller continues his music director duties.  KC Wright returns to KCVO after a short stint as a youth director, he helped launch KCWN-Pella, IA with WPOZ-Orlando's Lisa Williams in 1996.  Miller and Wright both began at the station in 1995 as the evening hosts of the Saturday night ROCK show "Storm Radio Show".  (7/3)

Christian Future Hits, a 60 minute syndicated show focusing on brand-new Christian AC, CHR and INSPO songs, announces the addition of 2 new affiliates. KXEN St. Louis will run the program at 8pm on Sundays, and WBJY Albany, GA will run the program on Saturday afternoons. For more information on the program, visit or by contacting Ted Kelly at 225-262-7563. (7/2)

Annette Becker joins "The Fish" WFZH in Milwaukee as Promotions Director. She comes from the same position at WJZI Milwaukee and will start at WFZH July 10. (7/1)


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